Train For Your Game: GolfForever, Charlotte, NC

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Golf, Game, or Sport? 

There WAS a time, not that long ago, when golf was thought of as just a game. A game, well, that’s hard to play! Especially when your own body gets in the way!

 

Until the mid-1990s, to get good at golf you needed what was known as The Triangle of Instruction. That triangle was made up of the following three things:

  1. Good instruction (skills)
  2. Well-fitting equipment.
  3. A strong mental game.

The Game Has Changed

When Tiger Woods began to dominate “the game” this formula changed. In addition to the basic triangle, physical conditioning was added as a necessary part of the sport of golf.

“Golf is a sport, so you have to train for it.”__Tiger Woods, 2010

Today’s professional golfers, whether they be PGA, LPGA, or LIV, all have someone like me on their team to help them with their strength and conditioning. To compete against the rest of the field of professional athletes, it’s essential to train for the ‘game’.

There are hundreds of examples of this you can see on YouTube, including this video of US Open winner, Bryson DeChambeau.

The reality is golf is a rotational power sport and requires the same amount of force to hit a golf ball as it does to hit a hockey slapshot, a tennis serve, a boxer’s cross, or to hit a baseball. The difference is that the professional athletes who participate in those sports have been using strength and conditioning to enhance performance for much longer than golfers have. But that’s the top of the food chain. What about the rest of us?

Professionals vs. Amateurs

“The game of golf has two important groups, amateur and professional. Amateurs are mentioned first because they were the game’s first players. They buy green fees, pay membership dues, buy equipment, take golf instruction, travel on golf vacations, raise money for charities, and run golf tournaments. Amateurs are the game, without them, there are no professionals.”__Michael Hebron

As much as professionals use strength and conditioning programs to enhance performance and stay competitive with the rest of the players in their class, amateur golfers need even more help.

“Like so many others, I took regular golf lessons but resisted the notion that I was out of shape. I have been working with Brett for 3 years and I now understand what I believe to be true for virtually every golfer over 50, namely that we are physically unable to produce the swing that our pros are teaching us.”__Mark Cusick

The sport of golf requires the following physical qualities:

  • flexibility
  • mobility
  • stability
  • strength
  • speed
  • power
  • balance
  • coordination
  • strength endurance

 

Most professional golfers possess these physical qualities in abundance. The average amateur struggles with all of them. Especially with flexibility, mobility, stability, and balance. It’s these physical qualities that are assessed in the TPI Level 1 Screen.

It’s in this screen that we discover how your body affects your swing and how your swing affects your body.

The screen helps to measure movement efficiency as it relates to that which is required and desired of a mechanically correct golf swing. The screen tells us what’s working and what’s not working and how that relates to the struggles you’re experiencing.

Golf IS Rotation

To have an efficient, repeatable, and powerful golf swing you need to be able to move freely from the following 5 places:

  1. Ankles
  2. Hips
  3. Thoracic Spine
  4. Shoulders
  5. Cervical Spine

Unfortunately, the average amateur is going to struggle with most of these.

So, therefore, amateur golfers’ fitness programs begin with trying to improve the range of motion of these joints and segments.

In the above video, Dr. Troy Van BiezenGolfForever Instructor and trainer to Ryan Palmer and Scottie Sheffler says; “Especially when you’re dealing with golfers, the body parts you want to keep moving are your hips, your shoulders, and your mid-back.” 7:15 min. in.

GolfForever

In addition to my 14-year associate with the Titleist Performance Institute, I recently completed a certification provided by GolfForever. While the concept of how the body the human body works in relation to the golf swing is completely familiar to me I am still open to hearing the same concept from a new perspective. The GolfForever Swing trainer is an asymmetrical training device consisting of a golf club-like bar attached to a resistance cord and an anchor point.

It’s basically the same thing as a TRX RIP Trainer, but a little lighter and more golf-friendly.

These tools have limitless possibilities and their uses are only bound by imagination. However, they can be intimidating to a non-exercise professional. Things like positioning, grip, intensity, and programming are challenging if you don’t know what you need to be working on to improve your athleticism and your golf game.

I CAN HELP!

In addition to being GolfForever certified, I am also TRX Golf Certified and have an arsenal of knowledge to help you get the most out of these wonderful tools.

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAM

Working with these tools will help to create:

  • Better balance
  • Better coordination
  • Stronger Core
  • And all this will help translate tiny faster club-head speed with less chance of injury.

Let me know if you need some help.

Brett