The Town-Crier just published an article about my homeschool program. I am honored and thankful. The digital issue can be accessed here, it features a group shot that was taken on July 21, 2020.
Golf is a tough sport. It’s both mentally and physically taxing. That means having both a sharp mind and a properly conditioned body is important to play your best golf. Years ago, golf wasn’t looked at as a true athletic sport. It was viewed as more of a leisure activity that requires a lot of skill. While it does require a lot of skill, golf also requires quite a bit of power and that power is derived from your physical strength, balance, mobility and more.
Golfers like Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka were among the first to introduce detailed training regimens and nutrition plans into their daily schedules which ultimately led to other golfers paying attention to the importance of both fitness and nutrition for golf.
Amateur golfers achieve approximately 90% of their peak muscle activity when driving a golf ball. This is the same intensity as a 4 rep max (the ability to pick up a weight heavy enough that it can only be lifted 4 times before total fatigue). That’s intense! So the need for a specific golf fitness program is important.
Playing a round of golf is physically taxing from the standpoints of both strength as well as endurance. It takes around four hours to play a round of golf so you’ve got to endure a fairly long time frame to complete your round.
The golf swing is so complex because it is performed in all of the planes of motion in a very short amount of time. Getting the most out of your swing and your full round of golf requires a complex mix of fitness related qualities which include:
So if you are striving to be a better golfer, think about incorporating a fitness program into your schedule.
Over the last week, I have had increased conversations about exercise with my students. Exercise and fitness are just as important in golf as in any other sport. If you just gave me a raised eyebrow, I can understand why, but I would like to remind you that I am not referring to the casual golfer that you may encounter in your everyday lives.
I have junior students that are playing tournaments and have aspirations of playing in college. I also have adult students that want to improve their handicap. In order to be competitive, every aspect of the game must be explored and that includes physical fitness. I am not expecting them to become a gym rat, but I do want to know how many push ups and pull ups they can do. Then we may talk about setting goals to do more to increase strength among other things.
Watch the video below to see how Scott Stallings encourages his family to stay fit and then evaluate your own fitness with the PGA Golf Fitness Challenge. Have fun!!
First Tee Healthy Habit: Play
A variety of energizing play can help the body stay strong, lean and fit, and
be fun in the process. Sleep and other forms of “re-charging” allows one to
engage in play on a daily basis
I teach golf. This may sound like an obvious statement but for me it is something that I get to do and I really enjoy it. When I see some of the reviews that have been submitted lately, I find myself honored and humbled. Just yesterday, a student posted that they had learned more in one lesson with me than they had learned in 10 lessons with other golf professionals. I have a hard time understanding what was happening in those lessons.
When I teach, I enjoy helping my students escape from their everyday lives to learn golf. I am direct in my approach and I do not hold back my comments. If a student pays me money to learn golf, I want to teach them golf. I want to see them succeed and achieve their goals. I want them to get out and play.
Truly, I do not take myself that seriously. I am simply thankful that I have a place to teach. This pandemic has made it difficult to find a new home at a golf course but I have continued to coach my students to success even at the Golf Practice Center at Commons Park in Royal Palm.
I am receiving texts and pictures of scorecards frequently from adult students who have improved their scores consistently and are enjoying the game on a new level. More of my junior students are playing tournaments. While some finish first, others do not but they are coming back to their lessons with a renewed desire to keep pressing ahead to improve their skills. I have even witnessed an increased level of energy and joy in my homeschool students that fills me with so much hope for the future of golf.
All that to say, I am thankful for the opportunity to teach golf, to have awesome students and to do what I love to do.
I love golf and I am fortunate that I get to do what I love every day. It was once said that if you love what you do then it is not a job and that is exactly I how I feel. Does that mean that I stop setting goals for the future? Absolutely not. I have a lot of personal goals that I would like to achieve. Some of them are golf-related and some are not.
I know exactly what those goals are and what needs to happen before I can achieve them. I know what I need to do every day and I do them. I am committed and I keep pressing forward. When things get overwhelming, I take time to think, evaluate where I am and make changes if needed. Some days are easier than others but the achievement is worth it.
Check out what Kevin Na had to say about his road to becoming a PGA Tour Player in the video below:
First Tee Healthy Habit: Vision
In order to make the most of one’s unique gifts — talents, characteristics
and abilities — an individual needs to learn from the past, value the present,
create their vision and future to ultimately “leave a healthy footprint.