A lot is being written about Mr Tiger Woods with his struggling form and the media’s portrayal of his demise and after several emails asking me my opinion, I thought I will chime in a bit here because I do believe Tiger will be back at the top again… I just hope (with the tips below it will be sooner than later)First off, I am not suggesting Tiger goes out and hires a tennis coach, but I am asking for him and perhaps many other PGA Tour and LPGA players alike to learn from the tennis tour. You see, even the very best best players in the world and dominant long term stars have had the sense to recruit as their coaches and at the very least consultants or mentors; former champion players who know how to win, deal with pressure, have a swing and game to deal with pressure and how to think to win. At the end of the day, the object for professionals is to win. Alex Fortey Founder Athletic Golf Training Pictures : Mariaane Bevis
So why oh why are golf professionals not asking for advice from world champion golfers instead of bio mechanists for example that have no clue about the art of winning.Yes science and swing mechanics have their place in the scheme of things but you cannot be a complete player relying on it alone. And there are many good coaches who understand how to play, like really play and understand the swing as well. All of the coaches we feature here on Athletic Golf Training are impressive on the course as well as in the teachings. Is a crucial aspect that we look for. It’s the same for me… I can walk the talk in swinging, playing and training so it means, I can say with confidence.. “this works” and the evidence is clear to see. Tiger needs to play like Seve or Bubba. Just the other day a reminder of the art that is golf came to me as I watched Seve the movie. What an amazing film! I urge you to see if you haven’t yet because it does a great job of depicting the Spanish artista in all is glory young and old, but the reason I mention it is because Seve Ballasteros played golf by feel, reaction and vision. He loved the art of it, not the science and he possessed one of the most elegant fluid golf swings and inspirational short game the world has ever seen. Bubba Watson is another artist. They play with feel and with natural creation of mechanics. This is what Tiger needs to do for one thing, but I truly believe he needs to be coached, mentored by one of golf greats or a coach who understands the real way to play great golf is letting the brain be free and having a golf swing that feels as natural and kinetic as throwing a stone. I think Tiger may have lost his way a little and his voice of reason when he lost his father I know all to well what that is like and it puts ones internal compass all out of whack… He misses his dads words of comfort, encouragement and wisdom. probably the only person on the planet who could say to tiger without any fear or motive…”what are you doing” and give him a slap. Now Tiger has not gone off the rails, but I am saying too many people want a piece of him and are willing to say anything to him to get a pice of the Woods pie. Getting back to the tennis players; – Roger Federer (who Tiger is good friends with) for example… perhaps the finest tennis player and most successful ever to have played the game takes advice and coaching from Stefan Edberg; A fine champion of multiple grand slam events. – Andy Murray had Ivan Lendl, now Mauresmo … Both very successful champions. – Novak Djokovic has Boris Becker a multiple grand slam champion.. And the list goes on down the ranks. But these are the best in the world and they are going to champions for a reason. Because they know how to get shit done and finish the job.
They know the heart of a champion, the mental strain, how really to play under pressure.. so their coaching allows for that.A coach who reads 50 text books on a tennis serve is not going to help them. Maybe a little bit yes, along with fitness trainers, physios etc.. But the heart of a champion and the drive can only be truly understood by a person cut from the same piece of cloth. Imagine having you car repaired by a mechanic who never saw inside an engine or drove a car.. Who only read about it in text books.. You would not want them working on your car would you?!? So .. Getting back to Tiger Woods… I hope he sees the light and goes and asks someone like Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Nick Faldo to help him clear the fog and find his heart the natural way and simply PLAY GOLF LIKE A CHAMPION! Not in a laboratory but on a course and just trying to get that ball in the bloody hole. So my advice to you Mr Tiger Woods if you happen upon this post; 1) Take a 6 iron out and do everything you can imagine with it with the ball… Become an artist and play the game. 2) Listen to those who have done it just like you, trust them, trust yourself and go and kick ass and inspire a new generation of golfer. Hope you enjoyed my rant and why not comment or reply, we love hearing what you think and helping to solve any golfing or fitness headaches you may have.
2. Change Your Ball – Try playing a lower compression ball. Higher compression balls feel like rocks in cold weather, and it’s harder to compress them on the clubface. Also, keep one ball in your pocket and switch out on the next tee, that way you’re always playing with a warm ball. Keeping one of those hand heaters in your pocket will speed up the warming process.
3. Retain your sense of humor and expect to shoot a higher score – Hey… you’re golfing, not working!
If you have any further ideas to add to these I would appreciate your comments!
Source : Mel Sole.
7 Exercises for Lean, Sexy legs To upgrade your lower bodt workout, try these killer exercises for your hamstrings, quads and calves.1. Pistol Squat
Stand holding your arms straight out in front of your body at shoulder level, parallel to the floor. Raise your right leg off the floor, and hold it there. (A) Push your hips back and lower your body as far as you can. (B) Pause, then push your body back to the starting position.2.Dumbbell Split Jump
Hold a pair of dumbbells at arm’s length next to your sides, palms facing each other. Stand in a staggered stance, your left foot in front of your right. From a standing position, lower your body into a split squat. (A) Quickly switch directions and jump with enough force to propel both feet off the floor. (B) Repeat, alternating back and forth with each repetition. (C) 3.Farmer’s Walk on Toes
Grab a pair of heavy dumbbells and hold them at your sides at arm’s length. Raise your heels and walk forward (or in a circle) for 60 seconds. 4. Reverse Dumbbell Box Lunge with Forward Reach
Stand on a 6-inch box or step, holding a pair of light dumbbells at your sides. (A) Step backward into a lunge with your right leg as you lean forward at your hips and reach toward your feet. (B) Reverse the movement to return to the starting position.
Paul Azinger isn’t one to mince words, and the 12-time PGA Tour winner has some pointed words about the state of Tiger Woods’ game. Just 24 hours removed from Woods’ career-worst 11-over 82 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Azinger says that Woods’ woes with his short game should be a quick fix.Source : “He seems to me like he has been over-engineered a bit. He’s gone from artist to engineer and he’s taken the feel out of his game,” Azinger said in an ESPN interview. “We are talking about the most physically smart athlete (and) golfer that has ever lived, for sure. “These chipping and pitching problems can be fixed in minutes. Not days, not hours, not weeks, but minutes. Somebody like Tiger Woods should be able to fix all his issues in literally minutes.” Azinger believes that Woods’ explanation of rust and the need for tournament reps is a sign that he might not know what is going on with his game. “He is as confused as he has ever been in his career,” Azinger said. “Byron Nelson used to say that there are two kinds of players that need to know a little and those that need to know it all. Tiger is in a mode that he thinks he has to know it all. Technically and physically i think he felt like he peaked, (and) he needed more information to get better “(But) in this quest to get better, he’s actually got worse. And now he’s confused.” Azinger also made the observation that Woods is more friendly with his competition nowadays, seen this week walking the fairways at TPC Scottsdale with playing competitors Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Azinger pointed to a shift in Woods’ personality after his off-the-course incidents in 2008. “Tiger used to be uncomfortable if you were comfortable with him. Now he’s uncomfortable if you aren’t comfortable with him,” Azinger explained. “That’s a big difference from a guy that used to show up on Sunday with black pants and shirt the color of blood. He wanted to intimidate guys like Patrick Reed, not bond with him. There’s a major shift in his personality. At age 39, I wonder if Tiger has that same work ethic and commitment to success. “Tiger was the kind of a guy that once he got you down, he’d step on your back.” And Azinger did point to Woods’ back issues and the injury-plagued years since Woods’ last major victory in 2008. “At this point in his career its not really what he has accomplished, it’s what he can overcome. And he’s got a lot to overcome physically and mentally,” Azinger said. “I don’t know that he will mentally accept that. Desire is the big issue here, we don’t know where he is at in his head. Obviously not working nearly as hard as he did in his prime.”Nick Masuda GolfWeek Pictures : Ed Balaun Rick Burtzel
Now, without moving your body, try to clap your hands together. You will see that you cannot as the right hand comes up short of the left.
There are two ways to make the hands reach each other.
You can bend your left arm, bringing the right hand closer and allowing the two hands to meet.
Or you can rotate your body so that the right shoulder and right hip come around level with the left shoulder and hip, allowing the two hands to meet. You can see the direct correlation between keeping the left arm straight and rotating the body into a position that has the hips and shoulders facing the target. Now put a club in your hands and try the same thing.
If you do not move your body through, the left arm will immediately break down.
If you allow your body to rotate, it is relatively simple to keep the left arm straight and create a good extension, which, as I said earlier, will produce those long straight shots you’ve been striving for. So, the next time you go to the range, clap your hands a few times first, I’m sure you’ll love the results. Source : Mel Sole Golf School Pictures : Mel Sole. US Army
Today you will see a golf fitness workout circuit that will help you improve your swing sequence and also increase your swing speed with some fun dissociation drills. This golf workout is great for golfers and really good for your fitness too. Dissociation or upper/lower body dissociation or separation is really important in the golf swing to kind of minimizing unwanted swing characteristics and optimize swing efficiency and driving distance and accuracy. So, separation’s basically upper body and then lower body separation. Both really important for improving your golf swing and we’re going to give you drills to do both of those. First up, a great, cool one. We’re going to do a plank with an upper body dissociation. So normally you have a plank and we’re going to keep our hips facing the ground and just turn to our side. I’m pressing the stomach. Give that a go, 30 to 60 seconds. Another great fun exercise… American football drill. Get into an American football wide stance, quick feet, keeping the shoulders facing forward. You’re going to twitch, turn the hips. Go as quick as you can. Gets me warm, too. Next up is mountain climbers. You’re really looking to drive the knees to the opposite elbow. So I’ll show you from here. Really getting that hip turning. Upper body’s locked in place. Other side. Quick cool work out, that one too. Banded Step And Rotations Next one, we ideally need a golf band. For this you don’t need a band at all but it adds resistance and makes the golf exercises more challenging. Put the band around your ankles, around your knees. We’re just going to take little steps in golf posture, hands across the chest, and turn in both directions. You can do this whilst moving to the left and right too. I also think of it as like a space invader drill. Turn, back the other way. Now you’re good for dissociation, got your glutes too. Next one, I’m going to use a golf band again. Again, you don’t have to. It’s not needed. I should show you a slightly harder version, so what we’re going to do is we’re going to keep a nice sort of base, hips facing forward, and we’re going to turn around, bounce the tennis ball and back the other way. Look and bounce it right behind you, as quick as you can, from one side to the other. Turn the upper torso and keep the hips facing forward.
Here is the video for the golf fitness workout to improve your golf swing and increase distances.Source : Alex Fortey Video : Matt Scott – Golf Fitness Specialist.
Sometimes the simplest things work best. One of the new products I liked best that debuted at the 2015 PGA Show is the Tee Claw. This small, sturdy device allows golfers to use their own tee when hitting from artificial grass mats. How? It features “claws” that grab into the mat and provides a stable base for your regular golf tee. Much better than using those old rubber tees that aid in miss-hits, hooking and slicing. But there is more……..it has elastic strings that attach to this device, so you can use it for alignment of your feet, alignment of your hips, and even put one at a slight angle to help you with club head path.
For more on how this simple device can help you, READ . . . . .
Source : TeeClaw.com
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