Choosing A Golf Specific Trainer

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Choosing A Golf Specific Trainer

You have seen a lot of posts from me on this website talking about the benefits of physical training for golf. I have described the benefits of golf specific training, given you some simple advice and encouraged you to get involved in golf fitness training. In this post, I would like to talk about how best to go about choosing a golf specific trainer.
It is important that you make a smart choice when you are starting off in this space. You are going to working on your body, your strength, your flexibility and your overall fitness which will have a large influence on your golf swing and golf game. You need to make sure that the people you are choosing to work with are the best people for you.
I am going to outline the four things that I feel are the most important when it comes to choosing a golf specific trainer to work with.
Qualifications
The first thing that you need to check with a potential trainer is their qualifications. There are lots of different fitness qualifications in the market and you need to be careful with the qualifications your potential trainer has. Personally, I prefer fitness trainers with tertiary qualifications. In Australia, we have fitness qualifications of a lower level called Certificate IV and Diploma qualifications. I make sure all the trainers that I use in my programs have University/College degrees before using them.
Golf Specific Knowledge
Golf specific knowledge is also an important part of the skill set that your golf specific trainer needs to have. The golf swing is made up of a lot of complicated moves and some of these moves can place a high level of stress on the body. A good trainer will understand these movements and design a training program to build your strength, flexibility and other body systems to support these movements. Look for golf specific knowledge such as TPI qualifications and other golf industry based training.
Experience Working With Golfers
Qualifications are great to have but experience is also an important trait to look for in a potential trainer. You should be looking for a trainer that has a track record of working with, and improving, golfers. The ability for a trainer to demonstrate and use their skills and knowledge in a practical setting is one of the key things a trainer needs to be able to do. Ask your trainer to show you references and testimonials from golfers that they have worked with and you will be well on your way to working with a great trainer.
Personality
The last thing I look for in a trainer, and it is often overlooked, is personality. You will be working closely with your trainer and you need to click, personality wise, with them. Some people work well with a drill sergeant type trainer while some people need a more encouraging type trainer. Spend some time with your potential trainer and ask them what their training philosophy is. How do they motivate their clients? Do you like the trainer? Can you see yourself working with them?
These are the four main things that I look for in a golf specific trainer. What are the things that you think are important? What does your trainer do that works for you? What have a missed? Let me know in the comments and we can get a good discussion going.
Until next time,
Brent Davis

Brent Davis

Brent Davis

PGA Professional

Training & Education Coordinator
PGA Centre For Learning Performance
Melborne, Victoria, Australia

Email: brentdavis@pgamember.org.au

 

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Golf Match Play-Think A Different Way

 

Playing match play golf has been around for centuries.  With a handicap system to equal the field, just about anyone can beat anyone on any given day. That’s what makes it so much fun to play.  All inclusive.

I have had a formative career playing match play events.  I have won some and lost some heart breakers.  As I look back on it honestly I have learned more about myself and game than any other format of tournament play.  So I wanted to share some of what I have learned with you today.

I guess you could call them rules, mistakes, or things that have worked for me. So lets begin!

Doomed Before You Start

In the days leading into a big match can set a tone for your match without you even knowing it.  Perhaps you know this player ahead of time or maybe you don’t. Regardless of that everyone around you will have expectations about the outcome of your match. Only you have control over you. Don’t let the distractions bother you.

While we are here let’s add a few more things that can cause you to be doomed to the start. Things like lack of sleep, improper nutriution, and lack of preparation time all can have you doomed before the start.

What Happens During The Match

Being reactive instead of proactive will ruin your chances to win matches. A big rule that I stand by is that no matter who you are playing against, play the course and play that course to the best of your ability. If you try to keep up with the 350 yard bombing opponent, most likely you will be hurting only yourself by slashing balls deep into the forest. Be proactive by knowing your own game limitations and maximizing them.

Always go into matches with a “let them beat you” mentality. Dare them right? If they do beat you and produce great golf, hats off to them! Your opponent’s play throughout the day had nothing to do with yours. You just didn’t play well enough to win. and…..that’s ok. We often learn more by losing than by winning. Losing does inspire greatness!

Never get too far ahead of yourself. Each hole is it’s own entity. It doesn’t matter what has happened before in the match, and….guess what? It doesn’t matter what will happen after either. Be concerned with what you are doing on each shot on each hole. Many a player has had a thought they had it in the bag coming down the stretch and found victory fall through their fingers. Which brings me to my final point.

Never underestimate your opponent. Your opponent is here for one reason and one reason only….to beat you. You can’t go through a match hoping that your opponent makes mistakes. It’s draining on you and you aren’t paying attention to what you need to do to play your best and win the match. Be encouraging to your opponents, show respect for the good shots they hit, you will be a better player for doing these things. The world’s best player can be beaten in match play, we have see it done before. Play YOUR game and not to theirs.

 

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Fun In Your Fitness Training

If you have been following my blog posts on this website, you are probably getting the message that fitness training for golf is important. Well, I will emphasise here again that it is very important, both to your golf and your general wellbeing.

But it is sooooooooo boring!!!! Is a common excuse I hear from people who are starting out with fitness training. Well, I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be.

There are so many options when it comes to fitness training and you can check out your local gym, talk to your personal trainer or use some of the ideas below to bring some fun into your fitness training.

Classes: Doing an exercise class is a great way to increase your enjoyment during your fitness training. You are in a group situation around like minded people with a fun and energetic instructor leading the way. The atmosphere keeps you motivated and classes usually include some great music to keep you going. Try lots of different classes and I am sure you will find a few that you like.

Set goals: Goal setting has been discussed on this website and in Mike’s podcast and, if you have a competitive streak like me, are a great way to keep your sessions fun. Striving to beat your personal bests and achieve your goals is a lot of fun and will keep you coming back for more fitness sessions.

Make up some games: Training your cardio vascular system doesn’t need to be hour after hour sitting on an exercise bike or walking on a treadmill. Make up games that you can play with a friend or group of friends and your session will be fun and the time will fly by. When I was coaching in Taiwan the players I was coaching has their own little games they would use to make the training session fun. You can see a couple of videos showing the session by clicking here and here. As you can see, they are simple games but can make the session fun and competitive and help make the training enjoyable.

Mix it up: Doing the same thing over and over is a sure-fire way to make your training sessions seem endless. Make sure you mix it up a little and try different types of training. This will ensure you use different muscle groups and continually challenge yourself and your body. When I was coaching in China my wife and I introduced the students to boxing training for golf. It is a great way to challenge your fitness levels, build your strength and improve your coordination. You can see, in this video, my pregnant wife leading the students through some combination punching drills.

These are just a few ways that you can make your training more enjoyable and I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.
Until next time,

Brent Davis

Brent Davis

Brent Davis

PGA Professional

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Melborne, Victoria, Australia

Email: brentdavis@pgamember.org.au

 

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Consistency and Accountability in Your Training

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Consistency and Accountability in Your Training

To improve in anything that you attempt, whether that be sport, music, fitness or any other activity you are undertaking, you need to be consistent in your effort over a period of time to achieve your goals. You need to be consistently doing the things that you need to do to improve. I will use fitness as an example below.

A lot of golfers want to improve their flexibility to make a better golf swing so they decide that they will do some stretching to help with this goal. They might spend twenty minutes one day doing some stretches and this is great. The problem arises when that same person doesn’t do any more stretching for the next week. They might then do some more stretching once a week for the following few weeks and be frustrated because they have not improved. They might come to the conclusion that stretching isn’t for them and they won’t ever be flexible. The problem that this person is having is not that stretching doesn’t work for them or they will never be flexible, it is the fact that they were not consistent in their attempt to gain more flexibility.

So, this leads us to the question, how do you be more consistent in your efforts? The simple answer to this is to me more accountable in your training and I will outline some simple strategies below to help you with this.

Use A Training Partner

The simplest way to be accountable is to have someone else help you be accountable. If you train with a partner, which might be a personal trainer or just a friend, you are much more likely to train on a consistent basis. If you make a time to train with someone you will make that appointment and be much less likely to miss a training session.

Training Log

Keeping a record of your training sessions is a great way to make you accountable as well as keeping you motivated as you see your results improve. There are several training apps on the market that you can use or you can use a simple spreadsheet like this one to keep track of your training. As you can see in the spreadsheet you can use this for tracking your golf and fitness training.

Reporting to Your Coach

As a golf coach, I like nothing more than receiving an email or text message from a student letting me know that they have just completed a training session. This lets me know that they are putting into practice the things we have been working on. This helps me as a coach know that they are motivated to improve and it helps the student stay accountable for their training. To me, this is a win-win situation.

These are just a few simple ideas and I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below.

Until next time,

Brent Davis

Brent Davis

Brent Davis

PGA Professional

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Melborne, Victoria, Australia

Email: brentdavis@pgamember.org.au

 

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Frank-Guastella-Playing-By-The-Rules-Banner-with-Website-Background_edited-1After several near misses, Dustin Johnson finally closed the deal and won the 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club.  Added to the pressure of trying to win the US Open was a possible penalty lingering over his head from the fifth green where he was standing over a putt when his ball moved. The ball moved ever so slightly as he got ready to hit the putt.  Johnson immediately called in a Rules Official and insisted that that he was not the cause of the ball moving.  After listening to Johnson and assessing what he heard, the referee made the judgement that Johnson had not caused the ball to move and no penalty was issued.  Play resumed.  Seven holes later, Johnson was informed by a USGA official that the incident was still under review.

Rule 34-2 Referee’s Decision states: “If a referee has been appointed by the Committee, his decision is final”, whether or not the decision is correct.  Sounds cut and dried.  But that is not necessarily correct.  The Committee reserves the right to review all infractions.  In this case they did just that, they reviewed Johnson’s actions on video tape and they felt his actions may have caused the ball to move.  By the time they called in the head Rules Official and the referee that made the call, Johnson was on the eleventh hole.  A USGA Official met Johnson on the 12th tee and apprised him of the situation.  They also notified the rest of the field.

Rule 34-3 Committee’s Decision, does not prevent a Committee from changing a ruling (See Decision 34-3/1).   Based on the evidence furnished, the referee determined that Johnson did not cause the ball to move and he instructed Johnson to play the ball as it lies without penalty.  After a player plays, the Committee can assess the the same evidence or additional evidence.  In Johnson’s case, the Committee reviewed the tapes of his actions and determined that he had caused the ball to move.   He was assessed a one stroke penalty on the completion of his round.

Under Rule 34-3, a Committee’s decision is final.  The Rule does not prevent a Committee from correcting an incorrect ruling and imposing or rescinding a penalty provided that no penalty is imposed or rescinded after the competition is closed, except in circumstances set forth in Rule 34-1b.

Frank Guastella, PGA Rules Official Michigan Section PGA
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