Is your golf swing GOOD, BAD, or just plain FUGLY(Functionally ugly)
Most golfers don’t realize why they move the way they do. The facts are that we all move differently, there are no two people alike and therefore no two golf swings alike! So the question arises why do YOU move the way you do and can you move better?
We all have our own individual golf swing DNA, and it is this DNA that causes our swing to move as it does which often is why we have swing faults.
When i have a client come to me that wants me to fix their swing, my job is to help them realize that i can do more than just fix their swing, but I can also fix their life!
But first I need to know why they move the way they do. So for me to stand on the teaching bay and tell them to move a certain way without understanding why their body is moving the way it is wouldn’t help them in any way, shape or form.
The bottom line is your body moves the way it does for a reason, and even though the way your body moves is most likely not beneficial for your golf swing, it still does what it can do to hit the ball.
When your body moves incorrectly and i tell you to change and try to do something different, it might not be physically possible for you to do anything other than what you are used to doing. You might lack flexibility in the muscles that surround certain joints that will prevent your joints from moving as freely as they were meant to. If this is the case, then the lack of range of movement in these joints is preventing you from being able to make an efficient golf swing and at this point in time you are not able to improve your golf swing.
Stiffness and lack of mobility in your body is often caused for different reasons, for example, if your brain senses that you need to protect a part of your body that lacks strength, it will often shut down your freedom of movement in other areas of your body to protect you from injuring yourself. Or you may have had an injury somewhere in your body that previously prevented you from moving correctly and even though your injury has healed, your body has learned an altered movement pattern to work around that injury to protect you. It can take up to 6 months after an injury has healed before your body allows movement again and because of this it may never re-learn an efficient movement again so it becomes unbalanced and not able to activate the correct muscles at the correct moment in time.
The catch 22 is that this protective lock-down or lack of mobility may be adding extra stress in other areas because you are unknowingly asking your body to move in areas that weren’t meant to move to pick up the slack!
It is for this exact reason that if you have an injury, as hard as it is for your ego, you need to take a break! If you continue training while injured you will only be teaching your body to move in protective patterns that compensate for an effective movement which means you are pretty much teaching yourself to do something wrong!!!!
Your body is your body, and it could be that your body is good, bad or just plain FUGLY, and I do not mean this in the esthetical sense either! Infact your body could look esthetically sexy but not function well, or you might be big boned but have the ability to move very freely like John Daly. The way your body looks on the outside can be irrelevant to how well it works on the inside. So don't judge a book by it's cover!
So here’s the dilema you have now, if for whatever reason you aren’t able to move your body’s joints as they were meant to, then you are compensating for that lack of movement. This means that every time you swing a golf club you are strengthening those compensations to work around those limitations! Compensation for lack of movement means lack of power, lack of consistency and could very seriously lead to injury.
So in a perfect world you should drop everything you’re doing right now and get yourself moving better before you make another swing, lift another weight, or do another workout. Because if your movement pattern is a compensation and you just keep on training you will be strengthening that compensation and engraving it deeper in your nervous systems memory bank!
So what should you do to find out if your body is good, bad, or just plain fugly? I thought you’d never ask! I feel like i’ve been running around in circles here, just waiting for you to ask!
There is no time like the present! You need to order a copy of the Golfers Handbook today. The Golfers Handbook is a tool that will help you learn how to attain and regain athleticism in your body with simple tests and easy exercises. You will learn how to move more athletically in your golf swing by regaining freedom of movement in your joints. The Golfers Handbook will help you get your body to move more efficiently so that you don't need to compensate any more, it will also provide you with exercises to re-learn a more efficient golf swing to help regain more length and more consistancy in your golf shots, and as an added bonus improve your quality of life aswell! There is also extensive chapters to help you maintain energy through proper nutrition on the course as well as off, proper warmup routines to get your body ready to move, and exercises to improve your golf swings technique and whole lot more.
You can buy it as a ebook on iTunes for $9.99,- just use the link below.
Now, i want to tell you a story about a member at the local Country Club that I work at. He is a retired gentleman that really wanted a copy of my book, so he asked his wife to give it to him for his birthday. A couple weeks after his birthday he came running across the parking lot saying that he got a copy of my book and in his own words he said it was a fantastic book. He said there was a lightbulb that turned on in his head when he read it, and that it was easy to read and fun as well. So i asked him if he'd done some of the exercises to help him move better, his response was.....No he didn't think it was for him, he said he was way to stiff in his body to try.....I said WHAT! I could not believe it....This book is exactly what he needed, he just didn't believe in himself enough to think he could do it! So i helped him with it and now after only a few short weeks feels great and he has already gained 50yards in his drives!
People, i repeat!...there's no time like the present!
Thank you for reading this and I hope these tips are helpful and sincerely do yourself a favor, if you really want to improve your game, order a copy of the Golfers Handbook, it will Save your golf game - and your LIFE!
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Author of the Golfers Handbook, Save your golf game - and your LIFE!
Do you also root for the underdog?
Let’s be more specific, I mean who doesn’t want to see an exciting game where the leaders are challenged…..but how do you decide who to root for? Do you want to see the favorite that everyone expects to win win or do you prefer to see the underdog take the victory?
Well I myself am kind of an underdog rooter, don’t get me wrong, I do have my list of favorites that often are at the top of the leaderboards, but that is because I see them for much more than just the superstars that they are! Here’s why:
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”. This is a quote that every working man, woman, child and their dog loves, it makes us feel worthy and makes us feel like we the average Joe or Jane also will have a chance if we just keep working hard at it, right?
It is definatly up there in my list of top ten quotes! I mean why wouldn’t it be, it’s the thing that Hollywood movies are made of right? Ofcourse the other top 9 being quotes from Zig Ziglar, he is a motivational wizard, ;-)
I suppose I too see myself as an average Joe, or as my dad would always say to me “son you’re a plodder”.
I work hard and eventually over what seems like forever I start reaching my goals, that is of course if I don’t get discouraged and lose the urge to succeed along the way.
So I tend to fall into that category that hard work will pay off in the end but only if i keep plodding away at it, never giving up, fighting for it, and always believing I will succeed eventually.
The truth is that there is NOTHING average about the average Joe or Jane plodding away and getting it done! Most average people that feel diversity and defeat don't ever get up again and continue, because it is easier to quite.
Hey… let’s make a Movie about me!
Who wouldn’t love to see this…. oh, maybe the Talented guy’s I suppose, or atleast the talented individuals that haven’t made it in life, that would kind of be like throwing salt on a wound…what a bunch of wasted talent! Nobody wants to see a movie about wasted talent! Okay relax i was just kidding you wasted talent individuals and read on.
Which brings me to my next question, is there really such a thing as wasted talent? Well, we all remember growing up with those kids that just seem to excel in everything, and you always hear people mentioning how talented they are. Oh why don’t I have their talent I used to wonder! And then the majority of them somehow just disappear off of the grid, right?
What happened to them, maybe the talented individual that seemed to be so blessed with all these gifts, may never really have learned the ethics of how to work hard, because everything seemed to come to them so easily. You know that old saying about the Big fish in a little pond becoming the little fish in the sea.(or something like that) Well Maybe they were so used to winning all the time that when they met their match, they didn’t know how to deal with it.
Learning how to work hard is a gift that can teach you a lot about yourself, and can only be taught by experiencing it first hand.
So why didn’t someone teach them hard work then? Well there are probably a lot of factors involved to why they didn’t make it and hard work is only one thing, good guidance and coaching are a couple of other things that pops to mind off of hand. If you try at something and get knocked down and defeated and learn how to pick yourself back up again you will succeed. There’s no guarantee that you will become a superstar at that discipline you are attempting to succeed in, but it builds backbone, grit and determination and more importantly it teaches you mental toughness, so you will succeed in life!
In these days talent isn’t enough because the competitiveness at the highest of levels of sports is all about having self-image and grit. Believing in yourself when you’re having a losing streak and getting back out there to compete another day with the exact same enthusiasm as always is what it is all about.
And then there is the 10,000 thousand hour rule that many experts believe to be misunderstood and taken out of text. But for you readers that aren’t familiar with it, it basically was a very popular theory a couple years ago and has been written about and popularized in books like, the Talent Code and Outliers. It is a theory from swedish psychologist Anders Eriksen, stating that if you practice 10,000 hours you will achieve expert status in a skill.
The 10,000 hour rule pretty much says that anybody can become an expert, if they put in the time, well worth reading these books if you are interested in more about this.
But the truth is that even though it is necessary to put in the time as these books state, there are really a lot more factors involved such as Random practice vs. Block practice, and a whole lot more.
The more I learn and understand about elite sports in general, the more I believe too that it is what you’ve got on the inside that matters. WHY, good question, here’s why:
Because the world is full of success story’s of average Joe’s and Jane’s that eventually do something outstanding and when this happens I think everybody can respect, and admire the amount of hard work that was envolved for them to achieve their goals and succeed.
Not to take away the thunder from the talented superstars that also dominate the world of sports, because they have definatly also payed their dues to get to where they are and without a doubt have worked their asses off to get there!
Infact these so called talented superstars have achieved superstardom through sweat and blood too and I believe that they too deserve the respect for their achievements because it doesn't matter if you’re talented or the average joe, you’ve got to get your thing on! It’s what goes on behind the scenes that counts. You’ve got to both put in the quality time, and work on your mental game and how to deal with pressure, your physical game, constantly fine tuning and repairing your physical machine with fitness experts, chiro’s, physio’s, coaches, parents, and life!
So ask yourself if you are a plodder or if you are talented? I suppose it doesn’t really matter, because in the end even the talented individuals are also plodders! Talent takes hard work period! Nothing is given to you…… So if you really want something, don’t look at how green the grass is on the other side of the fence. If you really want something then get involved for the long hual! And most importantly BUCKLE UP, and enjoy the ride!
Thank you for reading this, and if you enjoyed it please be sure to download a copy of the Golfers Handbook for only $9.99 on iTunes.
PGA Professional & TPI Certified Expert
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Author of the Golfers Handbook - Save your golf swing and your life!
YOU - NEED - GOOD - POSTURE!
I remember as a kid everyone would always remind me to stop slouching and to stand or sit more upright! And with a lifestyle that is built up around sitting I almost felt as if my body was made of sillyputty! It just felt easier to let gravity take over and let my oversized noggin get pulled down to my lap! I seriously remember it felt like i was using more energy to sit or stand upright than to slouch…..
Do you sit a lot either at your job or leisure? Do you have good posture or do you relax letting gravity turn your body into sillyputty?
So what about todays generation, experts say that the smartphone is causing people to look down all the time checking for messages, Facebook, twitter, instagram, emails! The smart phone is like having a pocket sized computer with you at all times….this is a computer generation and i am not the boogyman because I’ve got to admit I enjoy it too!
So how come it is so important not to slouch then, after all it just feels right. The truth is that slouching has longterm destructive effects on your posture. It creates muscle imbalances that can lead to injury’s and serious limitations in your joints integrity. This means you will lose the ability to activate certain muscles and as a result be forced to over work other muscles in a desperate measure to function on a daily basis. Which will often also result in stiff joints that lack proper range of motion. Back and neck pain are often symptoms but the reality is that if you aren’t able to use the right muscles to function on a daily basis then you could have symptoms throughout your whole body!
What should you do then if sitting upright doesn’t feel right? Good question…stand, walk looking forward, play as often as you sit! If you are a kid, get outside and play, run, jump, fall, get back up again and do it over and over and over again creating a good all-round activation of your body’s muscles, teaching them to work together in athletic movement patterns.
Are you a grown up, what should you do then? Well it is NEVER ever too late to get better! But you will need to be more cautious. The chances are that if you all of a sudden go out and run, jump, and fall that you won’t get back up again, because you already have developed these muscle Imbalances and aren’t able to activate the correct support muscles to support these athletic movements when needed.
You’ll need to first get a physical screening to check for limitations that restrict you from moving efficiently, HOW? Book a screening with a TPI Medical or Fitness expert. Or if you don’t have an expert in the area, order a copy of the Golfers Handbook which amongst having a lot of expert advice on moving healthier, more efficient, dietary advice, proper warm-up and a ton of other nuggets to improving your game also has a physical screening to check your body for limitations. Just click on this link to order a copy for only $9.95
Once you’ve removed limitations that prevent you from activating the correct muscles, then you’ll need to train those muscles up again. This process is effective and you will usually feel improvement fairly soon after getting started. So stop denying yourself of a better lifestyle and get started today, because tomorrow is a long ways away!
So what about posture and your golf swing?
Well due to what I’ve mentioned above, the chances are you might have muscle imbalances that will affect how you stand in your golf posture. So for me to write that you need to have good posture in your golf swing would be similar to saying you need to stop slouching. But that wouldn’t necessarily be the best for you either if you all of a sudden feel like you have to arch your lower back to get your posture less slouchy. Getting too archy in your lower back in order to get less slouchy is a destructive way to take your posture, because it turns off your support muscles and often forces your body make an inefficient golf swing that causes more strain on your body which can lead to injury.
But if your golf posture is too slouchy, you will limit your range of motion drastically and most golfers that have slouchy golf posture have found alternative ways to move usually around these limitations so that they lose their posture in the backswing which causes loss of power, less consistency, and also a greater chance of injury.
Your posture is without a doubt one of the most influential things that will affect and more or less dictate how you will make your golfswing. So if you want to improve your golfswing you will need to improve your posture so that you can activate the correct muscles that will give you more power, consistancy and help prevent injury.
Here is a video that I did for 18Strong that fires a few tips at you that can help you with regaining good posture in your golfswing
If you are interested in learning more about how you can improve your golf game then you should start by ordering a copy of the Golfers Handbook. As the subtitle says it will save your golf game and your life!
I hope these tips have been helpful and thank you for reading this article. If you have any questions or comments then feel free to leave a comment and please share this article with your friends.
PGA Professional & TPI Golf Fitness coach
Author of the Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your life!
Strength and golf…. Really?
Well yes your body will need strength in everything you do such as carrying those heavy bags of grocery’s to the car and then lifting them out of the car then lifting them up on the kitchen countertop to sort them. Your body needs strength to function on a daily basis, and quite frankly, if your body lacks strength then it won’t function as efficiently as it would if it had sufficient strength. Though that does not mean you need to go to the gym and build on a ton of beach muscles either, because even though those muscles may look good they don’t always translate to better function. So the bottom line is do you need strength in your body to make a efficient golf swing, the answer is ABSOLUTELY! But the important thing to understand is that having strength is useless if you can’t use it correctly in your golf swing. The ability to use strength correctly in a golf swing is what is called athleticism. NEWS ALERT….All golfers are athletes, from the young juniors, to the elites, to the weekend warriors, to senior golfers. If you want to play better golf, then why not start with improving your athleticism? This is not really all that difficult to understand, but for some of you, you may think this article is not for you, and that you just want to get rid of your slice and play more consistent golf and that you are too old or too busy to think about being an athlete right? WRONG… you do athletic movements everyday, such as getting up from a chair, or walking the dog. And the truth of the matter is that the reason you have a slice and lack consistency is usually due to poor athleticism in your golf swing, so yes you too will need to think of yourself as an athlete!
So if athleticism is the ability to use strength efficiently in your golf swing, how do you become more athletic then? Good question, and the answer is not always strength first, in fact if your body can’t function athletically then building more muscle is not the answer. You will need to re-teach your body to move athletically which means you will need to find out if you have any limitations in your joints or muscles that restrict your body from moving athletically. Limitations in your joints or muscles will restrict your body from moving athletically and will force your body to compensate around your limitations by searching for the easiest alternative route causing your body not to move as athletically as it could/should/needs to!
Here is what you need to do:
Step 1; Get a physical screening to check for limitations that restrict you from moving efficiently, HOW? Book a screening with a TPI Medical or Fitness expert. Or if you don’t have an expert in your area, order a copy of the Golfers Handbook which amongst having a lot of expert advice on moving healthier, more efficient, nutritional advice, proper warm-up techniques and a ton of other nuggets to improving your game, it also has a physical screening to check your body for limitations. The Golfers Handbook is available on the link below in ebook format for only $9.95USD
Step 2; After having your physical screening work on improving your body’s limitations with simple and efficient exercises prescribed by visit with your expert, or prescribed by yourself with the easy to do self-screening from your copy of the Golfers Handbook.
If your have no limitations the move directly to Step 3.
Step 3; Have a TPI Fitness expert make a strength screening on you, to check how well your ability to activate your muscles are, then work on strengthening any weak areas if lack of strength is the issue.
Step 4; Visit a TPI certified golf coach to help teach you a technique that will help your body learn how to move efficiently with it’s new range of motion and improved movement. If you don’t have a TPI certified golf coach in your area then again I would recommend ordering a copy of the Golfers Handbook.
The Golfers Handbook is a tool that will help you learn how to attain and regain athleticism in your body with simple tests and easy exercises. You will learn how to move more athletically in your golf swing by using your muscles correctly.
Strength is the key to a better golf swing, but removing limitations is the keyhole. And if we really want to destroy this metaphor, we’d better say that timing and efficiency are the door hinges that glue it all together so that you move more athletically in your golf swing!
Thank you for reading this weeks free weekly tips and as usual if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to leave them. I look forward to hearing from you.
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI Golf Fitness expet
Author of The Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your LIFE!
Grip it and rip it!
Having the ability to “grip it and rip it” is what the golf swing is all about, right? So on top of being physically, mentally, nutritionally, spiritually, and equipmentally(I think I just made this word up…so get over it) prepared you of course will also need to be technically prepared in order to do so.. That’s right, you’ll need a technique that doesn’t break down and delivers the consistency that you desire to shoot low. YES in order to have this technique, it would be a HUGE advantage to be physically, mentally, nutritionally, spiritually, and equipmentally prepared, but there are certain adjustments technically that can be made here and now that can help you too. One of these adjustments that will have the biggest impact on your technique is the grip. The grip is the placement of the hands on the golfclub, which like everything is individual to you and your golf swing! How you place your hands on the golfclub can affect where your clubface is aiming and which direction you are swinging the club at impact. So it will play a huge roll on the direction of your shot and how consistently the contact with your shot is.
For example, if you turn your hands to one direction on the grip it may promote either a open or a closed clubface at impact, which ultimately should change the clubs direction at impact as the golfer trys to prevent the ball going off direction by altering the clubpath through impact. OR if the clubs grip is placed far up in the palm of the hands it may promote a rather active rotation of the arms, hands and clubface, also forcing the arms and club to reach after the ball, which may alter the golfers balance throughout the golfswing. If the clubs grip is held in the fingers there may be less clubface rotation which may or may not give you more consistant shot direction.
One of the most important things in the golfswing is without a doubt the posture and alignment of the body at set-up. If you are have poor posture and alignment at set-up then you are literally setting up for a disaster. Having poor posture limits what your body can do in your golfswing and having poor alignment just confuses your body as to which direction it should swing in. Having poor posture and alignment pretty much forces you to make huge compensations in your swing which in turn pretty much guaratee’s poor timing and lack of shot consistency.
AND YES! - The grip and placement of the hands WILL also affect your posture and alignment. Turning your hands in one direction will affect your clubface and path at impact but it will also change your bodies tilt either to or away from the target. The turning of the hands on the grip will also alter the alignment of your upper body as opposed to your lower body in direction to where you’d like to hit the ball and often also will affect the posture of your backs forward bend toward the ball at set-up.
All these things plus a whole lot more such as tension of the arms/shoulders and not to mention the amount of grip pressure applied or the pressure points will affect your golfswing dramatically.
Lady’s and Germs, it may be the club that hits the golfball, but it is you body that swings the club, and your mind that swings your body…..but your hands can help attribute to all of the above, so next time you’re ready to “Grip it and rip it” be sure about it, and if your not happy with the results of your shots go to see a PGA swing coach that can literally “give you a hand” ….i’m sorry about that one, i know it was bad, I’m paralized with shame!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks free tip and found it informative. Thank you so much for reading it, and as usual feel free to leave comments or requests.
By for now.
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI Golffitness Coach
Author of Golfers Handbook - Save your golf game and your life!
Breathing….. if you are living right now then a congratulations is in order i suppose. I mean it’s usually something we do automatically without a lot of thought to how or why we breath right?
Well to be honest it’s not something i’ve put a lot of thought into myself until the last couple years that is. So i wouldn’t call myself an expert at it, oh other than successfully doing it for my whole life just like you.
However there are certain methods of breathing that we can benefit from both mentally and physically better than others.
As a golf coach I am fortunate to have gotten to know different experts in different fields of sports and human performance around the world.
Luckily these experts have influenced me both with their knowledge but also with their inspiration to share their knowledge which inspires me to dive down different rabbit holes of information to learn more about their understandings.
This weeks FREE weekly tips from the Golfers Handbook dives down the rabbit hole of breathing.
But before we get to the exciting stuff, let’s start with a few interesting facts about breathing directly from our good friends at wikipedia:
“Breathing is the process that moves air in and out of the lungs, or oxygen through other breathing organs such as gills. For organisms with lungs, breathing is also called ventilation, which includes both inhalation and exhalation. Breathing is one part of physiological respiration required to sustain life. Aerobic organisms of birds, mammals, and reptiles—require oxygen to release energy via cellular respiration, in the form of the metabolism of energy-rich molecules such as glucose. Breathing is only one of the processes that deliver oxygen to where it is needed in the body and remove carbon dioxide. Another important process involves the movement of blood by the circulatory system. Gas exchange occurs in the pulmonary alveoli by passive diffusion of gases between the alveolar gas and the blood in lung capillaries. Once these dissolved gases are in the blood, the heart powers their flow around the body (via the circulatory system). The medical term for normal relaxed breathing is eupnea.
In addition to removing carbon dioxide, breathing results in loss of water from the body. Exhaled air has a relative humidity of 100% because of water diffusing across the moist surface of breathing passages and alveoli. When a person exhales into very cold outdoor air, the moisture-laden atmosphere from the lungs becomes chilled to the point where the water condenses into a fog, making the exhale visible.”
Okay, now we understand a little more why we need to breath, so let’s get more into how we can benefit from improved breathing techniques.
Breathing is one of the most underrated forms of exercise, but we all do it 20,000 times a day. When done correctly breathing can activate and strengthen the postural muscles in our body to help us live better and perform better. Therefore Breathing correctly can have huge benefits to rehabilitation of injury’s and sports performance. The worlds best golfer Jack Nicklaus suffered with backpain for many years before finding correct breathing methods and he credits this to Egoscue University. Egoscue university is a learning institute for postural breathing that has made huge advances in the importance of how breathing can effect our quality of life. I have attached a link to an interview from the 18strong podcast with Brian Bradley from Egoscue university that is dripping with nuggets of information about breathing techniques and I recommend you listen to it.
So what is proper breathing then, well there are two styles of breathing. Upper chest breathing and lower diaphragmatic breathing. In order to breath into our diaphragm our ribcage needs to externally and internally rotate.
The diaphragm is the king of the core- Dana Santas and if the diaphragm does not function properly you will not only have a difficult time breathing but you will have poor posture. Poor posture equals poor activation of the core muscles. The diaphragm is attached to the lumbar spine(lower back) your pelvis muscles(psoas) and also attaches to your ribcage. So if you don’t use your diaphragm as a functional respiratory muscle then it will actually cause dysfunction in your postural muscles causing poor posture which will lead to over exertion and muscle imbalances which will eventually lead to injury and lack of performance.
Breathing correctly is much more than just maximizing your physical potential to performance, it can also give you a huge advantage mentally.
I've been trying to help my golfers find a relaxed state of mind, so that if they have a bad shot or a bad hole they’re able to accept this negative experience and get a hold of their emotions as quickly as possible so that it doesn’t spiral out of control and destroy the rest of their round. I’ve found that having them take some deep breaths really helps in this process. So earlier in the year while attending our PGA of Denmark summit i had the opportunity to talk with one of our guests Brian Hemmings after his presentation. Brian is a sport psychologist and has worked with numerous European tour players. We got to talking about breathing, and he also uses breathing techniques with his players but he takes it a degree further. He has them count to 4 while inhaling and then count to 8 on the exhale. He said that having them focus both on the breathing but also on counting helps them forget about the negative thoughts more effectively!
If you are like me and really want to learn more about breathing and how it can affect your performance then i'd highly recommend you listen to my friend and colleague Jason Glass on the Coach Glass Podcast episode number 55 and 77. see the link below.
Jason has these two great interviews with Brandon Marcello and Dana Santas, but if you are up for more knowledge pearls sign up for Jason's homepage on the Next level http://www.jasonglassperformancelab.com
Thank you all again for joining me on the free weekly tips and remember you need to exhale before you can inhale!
If you are interested in improving your golf game then be sure to check out my e-book. It is available on iTunes for only $9.95!
See you next week with more free weekly tips to improve your golfgame!
PGA Professional & TPI certified golffitness instructor
Author of: Golfers Handbook - Save your golfgame and your life!
Golf is a game of opposites!
If you think you are a little confused by this statement, then good! Most golfers are confused by what they should be doing, and this statement wraps it all up.
I work with golfers of all levels, and the more the golfer thinks they know the more often they get it all backwards. Oh, I apologize…of course I didn’t mean you, but most likely someone you know right?
For example I see a lot of golfers that have learned golf by scooping the ball in the air, why, because they think it is the most logical way for them to get the ball in the air. But of course that’s just it, golf is a game of opposites. The most consistant and effective way to hit a golf ball from the grass is to hit slightly down through the ball and let the clubface’s degree of loft and grooves do their job getting the ball to go up in the air.
So then you have the slicer who for the right handed golfer is terrified of hitting weak slices deep into the trees to the right of the fairway. Logic says that if their ball is going right, then they’d best be hitting that ball swinging towards the left of the target at impact…..However this would be wrong too!
How about the educated slicer that has heard that in order to prevent the slice they need to swing the club flatter….So of course they swing as flat as they can starting their backswing, which will only worsen their slice because they usually get the club so flat that they need to steepen their swing direction in the downswing just to make contact with the ball!
So how about the golfer that fats their shots hitting the ground before the ball….logic says for them to place the ball further towards their trail foot or more or less where they’ve been hitting the ground……WRONG, WRONG Wrong! If you place the ball further back to prevent hitting the ground before the ball then more often than not you’d be forcing yourself to hang back with your weight on your trail side through impact, which is forcing you to ingrain even worse swing mechanics to your golfswing. In this scenario I usually have my students place the ball under their lead armpit then have them start their swing with the clubhead a couple inches behind the ball. This forces them to move their body forward and turn through the shot creating good timing so that they tend to hit the ball first!
How about the injured golfer that often comes to the lesson tee complaining of pain. First of all you should go find an expert to tell you whats going on. Where you feel pain is more often than not a symptom of another body part that isn’t doing its job. Let us say you have a bad lower back, well most adults at some point in their lives have had pain in their lower backs. So instead of treating the pain, why not find out what part of your body isn’t working correctly, try to fix that and then resolve the problem?
So back to the lesson tee, you come to the lesson tee complaining of pain, so instinctively your brain tells you to protect that painful area, which usually means lockdown mode! Depending on where you feel the pain, i’ve never seen a golfswing that benefits from lockdown mode. Lockdown mode often means more stress on the body, which potentially adds to your injury. You need to swing more freely relieving stress on the body, flare your feet out, lift your lead heel in the backswing and your trail heel in the forward swing, STOP! Go to an expert first to get a green light to train your golfgame, but when you’ve got a green light, get out of lockdown mode!
The list of opposites goes on and on, this sport can definitely put you in a of a pickle for sure!
So what do I recommend you do, Stop playing with your buddy named Logic of course! The logical thing to do is often the opposite of what you need to do to improve your game. If you really want to move some mountains and get your game on, then swallow that pride and get some professional help! If the best players in the world work full time with a team of fitness, nutrition, swing coaches fysio’s, mental coaches and so on….perhaps you’d be best getting some help too.
Here is a plan, start easy by getting a physical assessment, then get some lessons with a TPI certified Golf Professional that you feel a good chemistry with and that has a good reputation as someone that wants you to improve as much as you want to improve. Now you have your support team that is ready to get you on the right track to improvement and helping you stay away from opposites!
If you’re interested in learning more about your body, your golfgame, and improving your quality of life, then please do yourself a favor and check out my book on iTunes.
I honestly believe it will take your game to the next level of success and enjoyment!
PGA Professional & TPI certified golf fitness instructor
Author of The Golfers Handbook - Save your golfgame and your life!
The key to a better golfswing is simple…better movement!
As a golf instuctor i get the chance to see a lot of different golfswings. I listen often to what my clients want from the lesson which is quite often more or less something along the lines of added yardage, better shot consistancy, or improved direction. Now the solution to all these wishes is simple, they need to improve their movement right?
So how hard can that be? To be honest that answer is about as individual as a golfswing itself, because there can be a lot of factors involved. You may have a simple misunderstanding of what needs to be done in the golfswing or more often than not you may have a physical limitation that prevents your body from moving more efficiently. But the list of reasons can really go on and on.
The Golfers Handbook takes a look at some of these factors and gives you the tools to understand your golfswing and how it can be improved by simply helping you learn about your body. Better movement lies with in all of us, the key is to understand how to get it.
Now the one thing that is certain when it comes to movement is feel and real! Most golfers feel they are doing something when they are not, or they are doing something but feel they aren't. The same goes for physical limitations, when I ask a client if they have any physical limitations that I should be aware of, unless they’ve been injured they usually say no. They answer no, often because they can’t feel that they have a dysfunction somewhere in their body because they are simply unaware of what proper range of motion is. So quite simply they don’t realize there is a problem and how it can affect their golfswing.
Now there are ways to get around physical limitations, but they aren’t the best solution. Though they may be the best solution at the moment. If the body can’t improve it’s movement because of a limitation, then working around it is okay for the time being to improve on the clients wish, which was to have added yardage or more consistency or improved direction or whatever. But working around a limitation is a compensation, and compensations aren’t longterm solutions! Infact most inconsistent golfswings are compensations meaning when the client comes to me for a lesson, their lack of distance or poor shot consistency is usually caused because they are unconsciously compensating for a limitation. So my job is then to help them compensate in a more efficient way or atleast until they get their body working better by removing those unwanted physical limitations.
Don’t do it….I know what you may be thinking people. You may be thinking that this sounds like the easy way out right? Compensating is not function, which as i mentioned earlier you will not be getting the longtern results you want, plus compensations often leave unwanted stress on other parts of the body which often leads to injury.
Physical limitations are often easy enough to improve, if you know where to start. The Golfers Handbook gets you safely on the right path to a get your body moving better to help you become a better golfer.
If you want to take the next step to improving your game, be sure to purchase a copy of the Golfers Handbook on iTunes.
Thank you for reading these tips, I hope you've found this helpful and now have a better understanding that your golfswing is directly related to your bodys quality of movement. So take charge of your body, and don't let your limitations take charge of you and your golfswing!
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Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI certified Golffitness instructor
Author of the Golfers Handbook - Save your golfgame and your LIFE!
Is it easy to improve? What a great question right? I think to answer this question accurately we need to understand what it takes to improve.
First of all i’d like to confirm that improvement is easy and it is! But if it is so easy why are so many golfers not really making huge improvements in their games? Well there are several reasons for this, here is a list of some of the factors to why golfers aren’t improving that i witness on a daily basis that you should avoid.
1. Having a learning mindset
-When you tell yourself you can’t do something it usually means your right! When you book a lesson it is because you are unsatisfied with your current game and you want to improve, right? Well you’d be surprised at how many golfers tell me they can’t change to do a new thing because it feels less correct to them. At this moment i usually tell them about a certain person they may have heard of called Einstein. Einstein said you can’t do the same thing twice and expect a better result! At this time they usually smile. The swing you do now creates the results you are not satisfied with ergo you need to change it if you want better result! However because change is different, you may not do the new movement consistently because it needs to be taught to your body(central nervous system, brain), so there will most likely be failure involved. Don’t be afraid of failure, be excited because it is part of learning.
If you look forward to change and are not afraid of failure then you are in the correct mindset to learn FAST! This is without a doubt the easiest way to fast improvement, because if you think you can change and improve, you can!
2. Incorrect training methods(random vs blocked practice)
- If you want fast improvement then you need to diversify your training. There are two types of training: Random and Blocked
Blocked training is more or less where golfers miss the boat to improvement. Blocked training is when you take several buckets of balls and make several shots trying to mimic the same movement. This is a necessary part of development when you are working on a swing change, but try not to get stuck in this phase of learning. To accelerate your progress try quickly to gain a feeling and not search for a position in this phase, then once there’s a feeling move on to random training.
Random training is where you will get the fastest results. Random training is when you constantly change your goal with each shot. e.g. hit a high 7 iron, then a low 9 iron. Or hit it down the left side of the driving range then down the right side. With every shot in random training integrate a pre-shot routine similar to the one you use on the course. Divide your area on the range into 2 boxes, the shot box(where the ball is located) and the thinking box(a couple club lengths behind the ball). The shot box is where you pull the trigger and make your shot. The thinking box is evaluation of the previous shot, visually seeing the next shot, club choice, aim, practice swing etc…
3. Are you physically ready to improve?
- Your body needs to earn the right to improve, which means your joints and muscles need to be able to move correctly without any limitations before you can expect it to learn an improved movement. How can you expect your body’s motor to move efficiently if you have spark plugs that don’t fire in the correct sequence, or your motor needs an oil change, or you’ve got no break fluid, or your are tanking up with petrol when your motor is a diesel?
If you are serious about improvement go to a TPI expert to help assess you or buy a copy of the Golfers Handbook and get your motor tuned to perform!
4. Stick to the program!
- A lot of golfers that come to the lesson tee can feel instant improvement when working with a good instructor. But it never ceases to amaze me when I see my client a week later doing something else and when I ask them why, they’ll usually say something like oh I tried your changes in a round the other day and I played the worst I’ve played in years, but when I got home i read an article that said I should try doing what I’m doing now. So I ask them of course is it helping, usually their response is not yet, but I think I’ll give this a chance because it feels easier. Then the week after their trying another new tip they heard somewhere. I call these people searchers, because their searching for the quick-fix, usually they’ll be searching for the rest of their lives. Golfers please realize there is a learning curve with everything in life, don’t be afraid of failure, you need to regress to progress. It is a part of improvement, so stick with the program!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these free tips to easy improvement and be sure to check out the Golfers Handbook on iTunes to assist you in your fast improvement.
Once again thank you for reading this.
Author of the Golfers Handbook
Coach Adam Stevenson
PGA Professional & TPI certified golf fitness instructor