Hello valuable readers, Dee here, and I’m about to off on a rant, so if you are sensitive, don’t like to be challenged, don’t like to hear the truth and don’t like to be called out, then now would be a good time to go to facebook or something and waste some time!
Part of me is pissed and part of me is sad, so for now I’m both…”pissad” (new word for the day!).
I’m “pissad” because as I was out on my road bike today, I passed two golf courses with about four holes visable from the path I was on. And at both courses, I stopped to watch some swings, but become struck by the fact that of 32 golfers (4 holes x four foursomes on each course = 32 golfers), ALL OF THEM WERE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE, and ALL OF THEM WERE STRUGGLING WITH THEIR GAME because of their weight.
Of course while I was thinking this, I was reminded of the newest overwt and obese numbers that came out about three weeks ago (see the blog that I posted) that stated that more people (~32%) are now obese, and (~31%) are now overweight with kids following behind at close to 25% each obese and overwieght.
As much as what I was seeing is a true representitive of our population here in the United States, I got mad at how people have just “given up” on themselves, and that’s when I got sad.
As my “thought flood” continued, I started thinking about why so many, men in particular, end up playing golf as their “sport of choice,” and I think part of the reason is that it’s easy! Seriously…if you ride a cart, there isn’t much exercise at all! So it still seems that to the public, golf is an easy sport to play and doesn’t take much fitness to play like many other sports do.
Think about how golf is viewed for the most part, especially from a “male” point of view:
1. We try to hit it as far as we can to make ourselves look better or bigger than our opponents = insecurity
2. We miss a putt and cuss and blame the putter = immaturity
3. We move the ball a little bit or change our score = cheating
4. We think our “state of the art” clubs are better than our opponents (even though they don’t equate to lower scores!) = show off
5. We blame our back pain as the reason as to why our game sucks = laziness
6. Then we get hot dogs and a soda at the turn and cocktails afterward, and then players wonder why they have a hard time with the game and life in general!
I mean how pathetic is that! But, if you think about it, those adjectives above describe alot of people and how the run their lives…and that is probably the biggest reason why I think people have just given up.
Golf is a sport of integrity, honesty, precision, patience, skill, talent, love, hate, and athleticism! These are the values we promote, and will always do our best to help you with any of those that you struggle with!
Really my friends, that is why Tyler and I created Golf Fitness Guys, and why we talk about everything in life that could play a role in being a great golfer, because in our opinion, golf just isn’t a sport, it really is a lifestyle and speak a ton about how you look at life. Our goal is to provide you with the latest, most solid- research backed information you can get on:
1. Golf Fitness
2. Body therapy
3. Muscle Activation Techniques
4. Mobility, Stability
5. Strength, Power
8. Life issues- hydration, sleep, stress reduction, disease prevention, etc.
You see, we see golf and golf fitness as a lifestyle. Our golf fitness programs we make for our clients, including our PGA Tour winners, benefit their lives first, and they get better at golf because there lives begin to change for the better! Like I always say, “Golf fitness is Life fitness!”
So PLEASE, get off your butt, get outiside or into a gym; go to Whole Foods or at least buy as much organic food as you can; and make a change for not just yourself and your game, but for your kids and legacy after them! God gave you a healthy body the day you were born, and the only thing that has made it different since you’ve been old enough to make decisions for your health and fitness is YOU!
Thanks for listening, and I hope that it has stirred some feelings in you that will make you want to make a difference in your life.
You had the power to get where you are now and ONLY YOU HAVE THE POWER TO GET OUT!
If this is you, and you are hopefully not offended, and want come coaching on how to be better, then PLEASE contact us, and we’d be happy to help you get your life and game back!
Dee here, back from another TPI certification event!
BTW…did you know that you have absolutely NO reason why you shouldn’t be on a golf fitness program?
Because there are over 4000 TPI certified professionals in the world that are ready to help you be a better golfer! Find one in your area.
Ok, the big mistake you are probably making is…stretching random muscles cause your golf instructor or personal trainer, or yoga teacher, or because you read it in Mens Health or Golf Digest! Here’s why:
As golf fitness pro’s, Tyler and I believe in seeking to gain “Mobility” in the body, not just flexibility, which would be gained if you just stretched. The difference is in the definition of Mobility, which states that, “Mobility is a combination of joint range of motion and muscle flexibility.”
So what this means to you is that you not only need to stretch, but you need to make sure that the joint that is crossed by the muscle you are stretching is mobile, aka, “free moving.” This is why I posted the tennis ball and foam roller videos, because they help the hip joints’ range of motion AND the muscles flexibility that crosses the hip joint. The result, increase mobility of the hip (and shoulder too since there is a tennis ball therapy video as well!).
To access those videos, just scroll down the page!
So, if you are making the big mistake of just stretching without making sure the joint is being addressed, you are wasting valuable time that could be making you get better quicker!
If you have questions about Mobility and stretching, just email Tyler or I, and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions!
Now go watch those videos (don’t forget to sign up for our you tube channel) and get more mobile!
Tyler here with my first solo video. Dee has your body moving like it’s never moved before, but if you have a poor grip, then you won’t be able to utilize those new found physical skills. If this grip change is drastic, then practice gripping pens and pencils throughout the day to help make the change feel more comfortable.
Tyler here adding my 2 cents again concerning the dreaded chicken wing. I don’t think this one is as controversial as the sway topic but I think there are some other factors to consider anytime you are addressing chicken wings.
Rotation is one of the big keys to the golf swing. If you don’t rotate your chest through the ball then you are more than likely going to chicken wing. This is one of those, don’t try to fix the chicken wing without fixing the rotation first type of things. One of your goals in the golf swing is to swing the club out toward the target after you hit the ball. You know this, I know it, and the brain knows it. If you don’t have your chest open as you strike the ball then the left arm should bend to keep the club moving toward the target (if it stayed straight then the club would swing out to the right). The one exception for this is if you are able to side bend like crazy. I’ve only witnessed one person who was good at this, and his body is paying for it.
The reason I pick on this distinction is that rotation should happen first and if it doesn’t the chicken wing is going to show up. I give lots of lessons where the golfer sees the chicken wing and immediately interrupts me with, “see, I’m bending my arm again.” I always counter with, “did you rotate?” Unless that is a yes, then I don’t care about the chicken wing, it is a cause and not the effect. Fix something earlier in the swing and the chicken wing will usually disappear…that is of course, if you are physically capable of it.
Good luck golfers, enjoy the U.S. Open this week and see what you can learn from them.
Tyler here on Long Island enjoying lots of bar-b-que’s on this long weekend. Before we head out to church, I thought I’d give a quick post for the die hard GFG readers.
I got a lot of positive feedback from my report on my first round this year. So here is my report from round number two. I played in a scramble at Worthington Mannor with my boss, his wife, and his brother-in-law. I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that I can still drive the ball as well as anyone. The bad news is that my putting is rusty – and when I say rusty I mean that I started ONLY one putt on my line over 18 holes. That’s pretty much unacceptable and will take a little practice this week, but all-in-all I was happy.
So we started on 13, a par 5. I let everyone hit their drives and then stepped up remembering how it went last round. If you can’t remember the struggles I had the first round out this year, then flip back to my older posts. Anyway, I stepped up knowing that I had no swing thought because of my lack of play. Somewhere in my takeaway I decided, left shoulder down. The ball finished 320 yards just in the first cut of rough – and I had my swing thought for the day. I am very analytical and have numerous mental tests done (if you want to take my favorite test, then leave me a message on facebook). Anyway, I play better with one clear swing thought than with no thought. It’s how I work and I go with it. I usually like to pick a thought during warm up to be my “feel” for the day – good thoughts can last me a week or month and I won’t have to find one before I play. But on Tuesday I didn’t really get to warm up my swing because I was doing a clinic for the event. Basically I made a mistake of not having a clear thought process walking to the ball; and I got away with it. Not only did I get away with it, I had my thought for the rest of the day.
With that thought in mind I drove the ball amazingly well. On 14 (340 yard downhill par 4) I was in the greenside bunker. On 7 (315 yard par 4) I was on the fringe. On 10 (310 yard par 4) I hat a lazer to sneak the ball past the water and was a foot off the green. Then on 11 (303 yard par 4) I was pin high just off the fringe. I had a bunch of other good drives, but those 4 required distance and direction to get near the green. What’s really cool, is that I could have told you that I was going to hit the ball well after the second hole. So no, this wasn’t just a boastful post about how I am the greatest driver of the golf ball alive, it is pointed to help you analyze your own game.
I know my game and swing at this point and I know what it takes for me to play well. I try my best to recreate that situation every time I play. For me it is having a clear swing thought from my list. I have about 10-15 acceptable swing thoughts that all help me control my tendency to early extend/slide. My swing thoughts don’t jump around for no reason. I have never worried about my arm or club position at the top of the swing. It doesn’t fit within my game and it’s requirements. Take a second and think about how well you know your game.
Do you play better when you care/take it seriously? Or are you better when you joke around? Do you play better in the morning or the afternoon? Do you play better when you have a caddy or when you are helping someone else by telling them your thought process? Do you do better with a 30 or 90 minute warm up? Knowing where you stand or taking it shot by shot?
For me, golf fitness is all about being self-aware and attacking your weaknesses. Greg Rose wrote a quick article a few years ago that I completely agree with. In the gym you should attack your weaknesses with everything you got. If you are strong, then take yoga. If you are gumby then do some deadlifts and get on a strength program. However, on the golf course I think the opposite is true. You should continually develope your strengths and simply manage your weeknesses. There is room to be a great golfer with great ball striking or great short game. Or you can be an average golfer with good ball striking and a good short game. Re-read that last sentence, the words were chosen carefully.
Work on your strengths and manage your weaknesses. I am not going to allow myself to only get one putt online for a round, but I can manage it to where I start 50% online and let my ball striking score for me. What is going to score for you and what are you just going to manage?
Know your body and know your game and you will be able to reach any goal you want in golf. Good luck golfers.
As much as the “stimulus” plan is about to take America down a path of the unknown, your golf game and fitness plan can have a direct path that leads to happiness, success, and total satisfaction!
But here’s the deal…you must work for it!
Yes, like anything in life that you want, you must work for your game and health to be at it’s best.
But here’s the deal, it can be fun! It’s a shame so many people think that exercise is so much work and no fun to go with it!
So it’s almost like “having your cake and eathing it to,” in that, when you have a golf fitness program that is specifically designed for you, not only will your game take leaps and bounds, but so will your health! And isn’t that the goal in life…be as healthy as you can for as long as you can so you can enjoy the favorite things of life (golf!) as much as you can??
Here’s the only problem though, and that is so called, “golf fitness programs” at your local gym. If the person who is putting on the program isn’t “Titleist Perfornance Institute” certified, then you need to be weary of how that program will help your game!
So make sure you find a true TPI professional to help you because they will put you through a series of screens and tests, THEN, create and teach you a specific program just for you!
If you get one of these programs (and we can provide them for you by the way!), you will:
1. Increase your distance
2. Increase your accuracy
3. Decrease the likelihood of being injured
4. Drop your handicap
5. Be more consistent
6. Beat your friends!
THAT to me sounds like an awesome “golf stimulus plan!’
Won’t you get started today?