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  1. Great job Mike with this post on how to draw vs slice the ball. How much do feel a golfer's address posture and overall physical capabilities impact their swing path and slicing versus drawing the ball? As a physical therapist working with golfers, I have evaluated many golfers to have physical restrictions and/or imbalances that interfere with their ability to address the ball properly and the compensations that they make during their full swing contribute to their swing path. Just interested in your thoughts.
  2. OK, makes sense...no real argument coming back from me. Like I said before, I could just have easily chosen Tiger as the best ever. But after working with and spending time with both golfers, I have never personally met a golfer who has overcome the physical limitations that Jack had to deal with and still play at his high level. No debate beyond that. Tiger was/is truly great!
  3. Yes, he has but the 'majors' are still the standard that most experts use as the most significant criteria for evaluating who's the best. I have no real argument with you, however, Tiger as his best was truly amazing. In a few more years, we should really be comparing Tiger vs Rory...two players more in the 'modern' era of golf having more of the same performance factors (golf fitness, mental training, custom equipment and professional instruction) all working for them. Jack never had all of those benefits in his era.
  4. As the physical therapist working for the PGA Tour, I been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with BOTH Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. They are truly both great golfers BUT until Tiger actually beats Jack's records, we have to say that Jack is the greatest golfer.
  5. Are you clear as to what the 'functional' purpose of each exercise is to support (safely and effectively) your swing performance?
  6. In fact, our bodies are quite different. Besides different obvious height and weight differences we also have different degrees of lever lengths (arms and legs have different bone lengths ... arms: from the shoulder to the elbow and from the elbow to the wrist; legs: from the hips to the knees and from the knees to the ankles), different widths of shoulders and pelvis, different angles from the hips to the knees (valgus and varus), differences in the amount of pronation and supination of the foot/ankle, different degrees of forearm angles from the elbows down to the hands (carrying angles), in
  7. Once again, you are correct..."very, very, few players" can maintain a flexed back knee and complete a full shoulder turn. Whether they should or shouldn't and/or how much they should or shouldn't extend their back knee, however, should be answered as a team decision based on the physical evaluation performed by the golf fitness expert and the student's golf instructor. The decision should be based on what is both optimally performing AND least stressful on their body --- not just because that's what the best players do. What the 'best' players did when I was the therapist on tour caused sig
  8. I am sorry. I am not quite sure what you are "disagreeing" about with my previous comments as I was agreeing with your previous points about back knee/hip extension. I am fully aware that many tour players extend and even externally rotate their back knee during the full backswing. And, I agree that it is not always due to physical issues with the back hip, knee or even the ankle - only sometimes is this the case as found through 1000's of evaluation I have personally performed on PGA Tour players as well as many other golfers at all levels. In fact, more often then not, the physical restric
  9. Great question! As a physical therapist working with golfers for over 30 years (1st physical therapist on the PGA Tour), a common complaint coming from golfers who tried other strength and conditioning programs before working with me was that they felt like they are getting stronger from their previous conditioning program BUT they weren't experiencing measurable performance results (more distance, accuracy, consistency, lower scores, etc.) on the course. However, when we added golf-specific swing re-education drills (especially when watching in front of a mirror) between and after sets of th
  10. That's is right ... especially for golfers who have been physically evaluated to have poor mid-thoracic (mid-spine) rotation and/or hip rotation functional mobility restrictions. You would never want to limit what the right (back) knee is doing 'if' a golfer had restrictions in rotation potential as this would prevent a full backswing rotation and the likelihood of over-swinging with the arms and 'disconnection' of the arms/club past the front of the body at the top of the backswing. However, if we can work with a golfer to physically improve their mid-thoracic and hip functional mobility so
  11. Sounds great! What kind of load and load progression are you using with your squats? If you are using a load, where are you positioning the load? What kind of speed? How many reps? Are you also making golf swings between/after your squat sets?
  12. I like how you chart out your workout on the white board!
  13. My golf-specific work-out today focused on: 1) Posture: a) Chest extension stretch over 1/2 thickness foam roll x 3 minutes; b)Prone over Swiss Ball upper tors T and Y arm raises/ 2 sets of 15 each with 4 pound dumbbell weights; c) Wall sits with arm slides x 20 reps 2) Core strength: a) Prone Stir the Pots on Swiss Ball/ 2 sets of 20 reps CW and CCW; b)Supine Level 3 low ab progression x 20 reps; c) Supine lower torso twists with 5 pound medball between knees 3)Hip functional mobility: a) Forward step lunges with upper torso rotation/ holding 8 pound medball/ 2 sets of 20
  14. The key thing to consider with 'any' golf fitness training program is that it should customized and golf-specific. Easier said than done, I know! It really takes an assessment from a trusted golf fitness professional who has known expertise in golf-specific fitness training. This may take some research and speaking with references but you should be able to find a professional golf fitness specialist to take you through an initial evaluation. Only then will you know what you should be doing with your golf workout so it is safe for you and will meet your individual conditioning needs as well
  15. Is What We Eat Effect How We Play? Getting 'golf-fit' is really important and what we eat on and off the golf course can definitely impact our total fitness...no matter what kind of golf workout plan we may be on. As the first golf fitness training expert and physical therapist on the PGA Tour and now Director of Golf Fitness at the Cantigny Golf Academy in Wheaton, IL, I am asked constantly about what kind of special nutrition is best for golfers? As golfers, it’s time to think more about what we eat and drink before and during our rounds if we want to reach our true pote
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