How Kinesiology Taping is Helping Golfers

Michelle Wei taping How Kinesiology Taping is Helping Golfers
You may have seen Michelle Wie or a number of others on the PGA or LPGA Tour using that strange, brightly colored tape on their bodies. Well, what the heck is it and why are they using it?

The first thing you might notice is how weird it can look. Looks like some bored kids who might have (just for fun) used some bright-colored duct tape on one of their siblings while sleeping.

It’s called Kinesiology Taping (KT) and it’s actually been around for over 40 years.

World Class athletes are touting the benefits of kinesiology tape for its ability to accelerate healing, increase circulation and relieve muscle pain and swelling – all of which help improve endurance and overall athletic performance.

Who Invented It

A Japanese chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase, originally developed both the taping method and the first elastic therapeutic tape (Kinesio Tape) back in the 1970s because he was dissatisfied with the properties of the tapes available.

Previously the tapes available allowed for a totally different paradigm. They were non-elastic and were designed to provide rigid support and prevent movement (and only worn after short periods of movement) Then, of course, they were removed to allow for circulation and movement.

He also founded Kinesio, the company behind the product, in the 1980s, and formed the Kinesio Taping Association (KTA) in 1984. By 1994 he had published 20 books on the Kinesio Taping Method.

He was looking for a natural way to relieve pain. He knew the pain sensors were located between the epidermis and the dermis (the first and second layers of your skin) so he thought if he could lift these somehow, more blood would flow to the strained or inured area.

Originally, Dr. Kenzo used the tape with those (rather portly) Sumo wrestlers. They always seemed to be injured and once they started using it, the amount of relief was nothing short of amazing.

Before hitting the modern day world of competitive sports performance, the tape was primarily used by orthopedists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and chiropractors.

How It Works

The tape can work in several ways.

1. Take Pressure Off Painful Areas – this reduces the tension through weak, strained or inflamed muscles and tendons.

2. Relax Muscles – this assists the stretch receptors in the skin which provide
feedback to influence the control of the muscle tension under the skin.

3. Promote Blood Flow and Lymphatic Drainage – when applied to the skin with stretch the tape naturally wants to recoil a bit. As a result it lifts the skin and fascia to allow blood and lymph flow which helps speed up the healing process.

4. Provide Structural Support – provide structural support for weak or injured muscles and/or joints.

Is It Really Effective?

Renee Garrison, a physical therapist with MUSC Sports Medicine, shared her thoughts of kinesio taping. Although there is some debate about the effectiveness of kinesio taping and how and when it should be used, Garrison says the concept behind the taping makes sense.

“Kinesio tape has a little stretch, and the therapist applying the tape can apply more or less as needed,” she explains. It is designed to ensure proper mechanics with sports movements by providing feedback to correct a joint’s position. Because of its elasticity, it helps to reposition a shoulder, for instance, and thus correct faulty mechanics that come with fatigue.

Garrison normally sees this method used by athletes after injuries, and it can help them play through pain.

“By encouraging proper muscle contraction and facilitating the proprioception (a joint position sense) of a knee or shoulder, it might not hurt as much. Plus it does help stimulate the lymphatic system to help decrease swelling and rid the area of lactic acid more quickly.

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Tape Properties

Kinesio tape is made of cotton over elastic fibers. It’s breathable, flexible, and mimics the skin’s elasticity.

It’s unrestrictive properties allow many athletes to continue to train during injuries. It’s designed to withstand the harsh conditions of sweat, dirt, and water and can be worn up to 3-5 days. You can even wear in the shower or while sleeping (although you might frighten your sleeping partner in the middle of the night!)

You can wear it in the shower and while sleeping so it’s providing therapeutic treatment around the clock.

Interestingly, the first colors were designed were more a beige (or skin-like) color but a schoolgirl in Japan complained to Dr. Kenzo that it looked horrible and made her feel sickly. Soon after, shocking pink and blue were introduced. Of course, now, almost every crazy, cool color and patterns are now available.

What About Those Strange Patterns?

Why those strange, spiderman-superhero-like taping patterns are you seeing on athletes?

Some of them do, indeed, look rather strange but they are specifically designed to encourage and support proper postural and movement patterns.

Previously you had to cut these patterns yourself with scissors – round the corners, add pieces, etc. but no more. Most of the big manufacturers now offer pre-cut, ready-to-apply applications for specific body parts. So just peel, apply and you’re off and running (or swinging)

How To Apply It

So can you apply it yourself or do you have to have a PT (Physical Therapist) or some sort of other specialized practitioner apply it?

I guess it sort of depends (great answer, right!) I mean if you livelihood depends of your athletic performance it might be a good (really good) idea to have a pro apply the tape – at least initially.

That being said most of the big tape producers (I’ll list them below) have videos on how to apply it by yourself. Further, the a lot of the tapes are pre-packed by body area – shin, knee, shoulder, etc. – so it’s just a matter of finding the right package, following directions on the package and/or checking out a video or 2 just to be sure.

Not Just For Athletes

Keep in mind too, that Kinesio Tape is not just for athletes. In my research I found a number of individuals swear by KT. Just regular folks like moms, gardeners, retirees, etc. who have found the tape to provide the relief and support they were looking for.

The funny thing is that some had no idea how it actually worked. They just applied and it did. But that’s the cool thing, right? who cares as long as it works! The exercise physiologists have already figured the science out.

So don’t feel like if you’re not Rory McIllroy or or LeBron or Venus Williams that this product isn’t for you. The only way you’ll know is to give it a whirl.

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Top Kinesiology Tape Brands

And while not an official sponsor, golf pro, Michelle Wie just recently began endorsing SpiderTech:

“This (SpiderTech) definitely helped me get through the week!”

Sponsorhips by kinesiology tape brands are also on the rise. Rocktape and PerformTex are sponsors of CrossFit, and PerformTex also is the first tape to sponsor a Nascar’s team, the Turner Motor Sports Team. Strengthtape is the official sponsor of the IRONMAN® events.



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Why Aren’t Sports Clubs Opening Their Doors to the Disabled?

clubs for disabled golfers Why Aren’t Sports Clubs Opening Their Doors to the Disabled?

According to the last census, there are 9.4 million disabled people in England (never mind the US) – that’s almost one in five of the population. In difficult economic times, simple economics might suggest sports clubs would do all they can to open up to all fans – including those with disabilities. The reality is that this simply is not happening.

As a result of recent changes to the law – and especially the Equality Act 2010, it is now illegal for service providers to treat disabled people less favourably than other customers. As part of this, sports and golf clubs are required to look at their facilities to determine what adjustments are required to achieve equality (e.g. loop hearing, audio visual descriptions, ramps, suitable toilets, etc.).

Despite the passing of the Act, disability access is still a problem across many sections of the leisure industry – as was demonstrated in a recent survey from the charity, Vitalise. On looking at 52 of Britain’s 100 most visited tourist attractions, the charity found 63% were not fully wheelchair accessible. Shameful!

Other findings included the fact 44% of sites offered no discount for disabled people and 26% of attractions failed to give accessibility information on their websites.

To some extent, catering for everyone may pose difficulties at historical sites, surely it’s a different story at 21st Century sports stadia? Not always – according to a recent BBC report on the Premier League. Since 2004, English Football’s top tier has had guidelines in place setting minimum standards for grounds in terms of provisions for disabled fans (about time!)

The report showed only eight out of 20 Premier League clubs currently provide the required number of wheelchair spaces specified under the guidelines. As part of the BBC investigation, disabled fans reported problems such as having to suffer extremely restricted views and not being able to sit with their own team’s supporters. Some clubs were also shown to have specific disabled fan ticketing policies – meaning disabled supporters were faced with restrictions that do not apply to non-disabled fans.

It seems the R & A (Royal & Ancient Club) is doing more than the PGA in the golf arena in this regard including recently at the Open Championship. Provisions were set up for wheelchair friendly stands on the 8th, 15th, 17th and 18th greens. Wheelchair-accessible toilettes were also provided and marshals were requested to assist in asking spectators to allow wheelchair users to access the front of the rope line where possible. Not totally thought out yet, but a move in the right direction.

Just how difficult is it to achieve equality of provision?

If the richest sporting organization in the country is failing disabled fans, what hope is there for clubs at grass roots level? In fact, with a little common sense, a lot can be achieved; that’s the message from the English Federation of Disability Sport in their recent guide, Access for All: Opening Doors.

The guide will make welcome reading to sports club trustees who want to make changes but are put off by ‘health and safety’ fears (e.g. fire risks) and the assumption that the cost is going to be prohibitive. As the guide puts it, “much can usually be achieved with either modest physical adjustment and/or the introduction of appropriate management practices”.

The providers of sports insurance solutions can also perform a very useful role in helping clubs become more accessible. This is especially the case when it comes to risk management. The approach taken by specialists in this area is not to see disabled people as a ‘problem’ to be dealt with.

Rather, it is often about helping clubs work out the most effective ways of making sure everyone who wants to get involved with the club is able to do so.

Bluefin Sport is one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, providing specialist insurance and risk management services to individuals and businesses.

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A Good Teacher For My Horse

mr ed A Good Teacher For My Horse

If I had a horse, I’d trade him for a good golf teacher. But only if the price of gas goes below $3.00 again.

So we’ve decided that there are at least a few good teachers out there. I’ll posit that most are where the serious money is – teaching the pros and opening up golf schools. That way they can stay away from us, the pitiful golfing public.

I mean, they tell you to do one simple thing, give you two weeks to practice and you still can’t do it when you return. That’s got to wear you down. You tell a pro to practice something, most of them are going to do it at least 6 days a week since it puts the food on the table.

And why won’t we practice? Because you have to practice a lot to get a little bit better. And then, your likely to lose it anyway if you take just a week off. Or maybe you’ll lose it anyway, even if you don’t take time off.

Two weeks ago I played a good round of golf for me. Then I took a week off and went to the range this Monday. I felt like I’d never swung a club before. I swear some joker changed all my clubs for brooms.

How come pros can wake up one day and “all of a sudden” lose it. And how come you can’t make a simple change and be back on track for Saturday and Sunday

And if a PGA pro can’t do this, then what the heck am I beating my head against the wall for? How can I, average Joe or Joyce, expect to ever improve?

Conclusion? Simple. It’s just golf.

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Golf Visualization #2: Complete Your Follow Through

swingset Golf Visualization #2: Complete Your Follow Through

This is another visualization that maybe helpful if you are finding yourself not having much tempo or “feel” in your swing.

Sometimes a golf swing just doesn’t feel like a golf swing. What do I mean by that? Well, a swinging motion is a very free motion. It’s like being on swing set. You just start it in motion and just let centrifugal force take over.

It’s not like you have to work hard when your on a swing. Didn’t it always feel great and freeing? You never had to force yourself down with some “herkey-jerky” motion. Gravity brought you down.

Yes, swinging the club is not the same as being on a swing set but many of the principles ARE the same.

Try this visualization. Before you start your swing. Imagine yourself finishing the swing into a complete follow through. In order to get into a finished follow through you will have to complete a fuller (is that a word?) swing. You need to feel like you are hitting through the ball and not at it.

This can really help you “re-set” your swing into a more holistic motion. It sort of like when you do your practice swings. There is often a lack of tension and you “naturally” swing the club head in a smooth, unimpeded motion.

To help you “feel” this motion you can try Ernest Jones’ favorite handkerchief and penknife experiment where you “feel” the weight at the end of the handkerchief.

The weight will exert a pulling motion as the handkerchief (or whatever you have rigged up – yo-yo, object on the end of a string, etc.) is swung. The key is swinging. Without swinging the handkerchief you’ll break the momentum. Sound familiar?

Another way to try this is to just hold a golf club lightly between your thumb and forefinger and hold it out in from of you trying to create pendulum motion back and forth. Let gravity do most of the work as you feel the rhythm of the moving club head.

Hopefully these couple of thoughts will help you feel the “tension-free” feeling in a relaxed swing. Visualizing a complete swing will help reinforce this concept.

Note: You still have to use body mechanics here as well meaning you have to get on to your front side otherwise you’ll hang back and “flip” your hands at the ball.

I find when my swing is headed South and feels more like a hitting motion instead of a swinging motion that imagining (then actually producing) a full, complete follow through that you almost immediately begin to swing more freely and naturally resulting in more consistent and powerful golf shots. Give it a go.

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Interesting Facts about Valhalla Golf Club

valhalla 18 Interesting Facts about Valhalla Golf Club

Here are a few interesting facts facts that you may (or may not) know about Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, which is hosting this years 96th PGA Championship.

- Valhalla is a private golf club that plays to Par 71 (35-36), measuring 7,458 yards. It’s the longest par 71 in PGA Championship history.

- In Norse mythology, Valhalla (from Old Norse Valhöll “hall of the slain”) is a majestic, enormous hall where the souls of Vikings feast and celebrate with the gods.

- In the fall of 2011 Valhalla and the PGA of America enlisted Valhalla’s course designer Jack Nicklaus to modernize the course, which opened in spring of 1986, by overhauling the drainage and irrigation infrastructure throughout the course.

The major focus was be on the greens which were rebuilt from the ground up enhancing drainage and softening contours.

Nicklaus, described the site in 1983 as a,

“Golf designer’s dream because there is a variety of terrain, vegetation and water to work with. Everything necessary for an excellent golf course is here: room for wide, tree lined fairways and spectacular golf holes.”

- The PGA of America completed a purchase of the private club in 2000 and utilizes the course to host major events including the PGA Championship twice (3rd time this year – 2014), Senior PGA Championship twice, and the 2008 Ryder Cup where the Americans were victorious with local Kentuckians Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes on the team.

- The winner receives $1.8 million of the $10 million purse – the largest purse of any of golf’s majors. They also receive a lifetime exemption into the PGA Championship, five-year exemptions into the other majors – The Masters, U.S. Open and British Open and a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

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- The club’s Web site says of its clubhouse:

“The 17,500-square foot clubhouse, featuring a 45-foot Rolex clock tower and a veranda overlooking the 18th green, opened in February 1996. The clubhouse, in the traditional Louisville design, blends both Midwestern and Southern accents.”

- Dwight Gahm, the founder who built Valhalla made most of his money manufacturing kitchen cabinets via the company, Kitchen Kompact.

- The 13th hole (name: “The Island”) is considered to be Valhalla’s signature hole. It’s a short par-4, 355 yards, with a tee shot to a narrow landing area followed by a short approach to an island green that is supported by a wall of rocks and surrounded by water.

- Ticket sales this year are the highest in the 96 year history of the PGA Championship.

- Strict dress code at Valhalla – Here are just some of them:

For men. Shorts may be worn but must not pass below the knees or be higher than four inches above the knee. Cargo shorts are not permitted.

AND Please keep shirts tucked in and all headwear worn in the forward position (love that – “in the forward position!”)

- The course has a front nine that is links-style, while its back nine is more traditional, tree lined and wooded.

- Over 60 bunkers are scattered throughout the course and water comes into play on a half dozen of the holes.

- Posted Green fees: Weekend (and Weekday) Green Fee (Including Cart): $250.00

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Is Slow Play Ruining Golf?

slow as turtle Is Slow Play Ruining Golf?

It seems slow play has always been an issue in golf but how directly does it affect us amateurs? Do you find the game less enjoyable and more annoying?

The Rule for slow play is Rule 6-7 and states:

Undue Delay; Slow Play: The player must play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines that the Committee may establish. Between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play.

On the PGA Tour for example, a player has 40 seconds to hit a shot (with an additional 20 seconds) for differing circumstances – weather, etc.

First a player is informed he is “out of position” and placed on the clock. Then a player receives a warning. If they then are issued a second “bad time” they are issued a 1-stroke penalty and $5,000 fine. If he records a third “bad time” it’s a 2-stroke penalty and $10,000 fine.

But is playing slow golf really as big an issue on the PGA as they make it or is it more an issue for the amateur players and golfing public at large?

The pros know how to play golf – that’s why they’re pros. Are some more deliberate than others – sure. But there’s also lot more at stake at the professional level. Missed puts can results in thousands or hundreds of thousands of lost income, possible exemptions, sponsors and more.

You could smoke a whole cigarette waiting for Hogan to take the putter back – Sam Snead

For me, I can definitely understand deliberateness. But in the amateur ranks it seems to be a bit different.

I play a decent amount of golf and slow play is alive and well out here in the public realm. But I’m not sure it’s one thing and one thing only.

I have a few observations on this. The most prevalent (to me anyway) is that people just don’t play “ready golf.” That means they’re over talking with their buddies or meandering around or realizing they grabbed the wrong club – just really dumb stuff.

I mean you should be just about ready to hit just after your partner hits. You know where you are in turn – so get ready to hit!

Another is amateurs who think they’re better than they are. Studying putts from every angle, waiting for players to leave the green on par 5’s – thinking they’re going to get there in 2, the yardage book guy – studying yardage like they’re Mike “Fluff” Cowan – I mean – come on!

Almost all this is directly attributed to television. We all want to play like the pros and we watch the most golf on the tube so that’s what we tend to replicate. But do we really need to read the green for 3 minutes?

There’s certainly not a lot of monitoring of this. I have never heard one mention of “ready golf” from any course starter (or even anyone in the clubhouse). To me, this would be a good beginning. Plant the seed before the round starts. Get players acclimated – at least to the idea of “ready golf” so it’s in their consciousness.

Also, what about some little laminated cards or even half sheets of paper with a few tips on speeding up play. Things one can do *specifically* to speed up their own play. Honestly, a lot of folks just don’t know but, again, it would be a way to begin to introduce the concept to players less familiar it.

What do you think? Would love to hear your comments on this.

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Golf Socks by Swiftwick

swiftwick socks Golf Socks by Swiftwick

I receive a lot of golf equipment, accessories and apparel throughout the year but honestly one of my favorite things to receive in a nice, new pair of golf socks.

Yup, golf socks. Nothing like a nice, fresh, quality pair of golf socks. The ones I just received are by Swiftwick and I tested a number of them.

Remember when a sock was a sock? Not anymore. Swiftwick puts a lot of technology into their socks for all types of athletes (and non-athletes) including, of course, golfers.

My favorite was, The PURSUIT™. It’s such a comfortable, plush sock. It’s made from 21 gauge American Merino Wool.

The site says this:

The PURSUIT comes fused with the natural and thermal properties of super fine, 36 micron Merino Wool sourced from farmers right here in America AND is the only 200-needle compression wool sock on the market.

They just didn’t think about the basics of a sock they thought about EVERYTHING, like:

No seams – all one construction, arch support, impact padding, full-cushioned foot bead, high density weave (for “no-bunch freedom” of movement), compression cuff (so it STAYS on the foot) and more.

The other ones I received were the ASPIRE™ and the VIBE™. The ASPIRE are true compression socks. They fit like a glove and are like another layer of skin. I’m not quite used to these yet but find I’m wearing them more often.

These are thinner, lighter socks. They’re made with US manufactured T-66 Nylon (around a core Spandax) throughout the sock. Their Managed Compression™ prevents bunching and hot spots by supporting all 3 arches in the foot. Nice!

Here’s the intro for the VIBE:

Unique in the Swiftwick family, the VIBE line is a little more plush, and a lot more colorful. Using a half height terry loop throughout the footbed, the VIBE offers a highly consistent, thicker feeling with linked toe construction and slightly less compression. To carry the color, it’s flat knit, super thin upper is smooth and snug.

Honestly, you can get a little overwhelmed at the site. There’s so much information. My recommendation is to start with the “Sport” tab in the left nav, that way you can start by targeting your sport and move from there.

Or, you can get and test a few different product lines, like I did. They even have a SockClub of the month! Now that’s something that would be fun to receive every month!

They have a great selection of colors (including neon ones) styles and heights, materials (natural, synthetic) and, of course, sizes.

Swiftwick produces a high quality, innovative socks that will make your feet sing and most importantly, take care of those valuable appendages while enjoying the sports and activities you love.

There site is here: Swiftwick

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Golfers Sign Anti-Betting Waivers at Open Championship

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In the past, players could back believe in themselves with a legal wager at the Open but this year have been asked to sign a waiver to avoid betting on themselves.

Although sports betting has limited legality here in the U.S., betting parlors abound in the UK ( I read somewhere there are actually 82 betting shops in one London borough!) with a number near Royal Liverpool itself.

With so much money on the line (last years purse was close to $9M) I guess you can see the temptation for these wealthy players to make a wager or two.

Interestingly, this does not apply to caddies so what stops a caddie from putting down $110K from his boss? Who monitoring that?

Many players said it is the first time they’ve been approached to sign the waiver, but R&A’s executive director of championships Johnnie-Cole Hamilton said it has been in place since the 2011 Open Championship.

“I was shocked when they handed me the sheet to sign,” said one golfer, who wanted to remain anonymous.

Added Royal and Ancient CEO Peter Dawson:

I can say that this whole business of keeping sport clean in terms of betting is very high on the IOC’s agenda at the moment, and something that we’re following very closely because it’s just a killer to sport to think that any outcomes might have been predetermined. And I really don’t think that’s applying in golf. But we have to be vigilant.

According to an ESPN report, one player representative, who chose to remain anonymous said:

There’s probably … at least 30 guys in violation [of the no-bet waiver] already, and that number will be bigger by Thursday.

Rory McIlroy is 12/1 with Betdaq to win the Claret Jug and currently the favorite to win. Others include Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Justin Rose at 14/1 while Tiger lurks a bit back at 20/1.

Tiger Woods will be an interesting story this year (as he always is!) playing in his first major of the year. We just wrote a piece on him called, Woods Stumbles in Return to Action but his sheer presence at the Open is creating major buzz, which is good for fans, sponsors and the game itself. It’s great to have him back on the scene.

Each betting establishment has it’s own flavor and variation of odds. Not only can you pick a player to win outright but I’ve seen things like “Tiger Woods to make/miss cut,” “Leader after Round 1” and “Mythical 2 Balls” where they take players and create a 2-ball pairing like with Phil Mickleson and Justin Rose.

I guess there’s really no limit to the creativity these betting parlors can produce. The name of the game in the end is getting people to play and place a bet.

It’s fascinating for me to look at these odds as they are purely of entertainment value for me only. However, it’s only guessing when it comes to betting as we all know.

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Quick 9: Interview with PGA Golf Fitness Instructor, Andrew Fischer

andrew fischer Quick 9: Interview with PGA Golf Fitness Instructor, Andrew Fischer

This month’s “Quick 9″ interview is with Bubba Watson’s Golf Fitness instructor, Andrew Fischer.

Andrew Fischer is a Golf Fitness instructor on the PGA Tour, most notably for 2-time Master’s Champion, Bubba Watson.

Fish, as he is known on the tour, designs golf specific workouts for professional golfers based on their performance goals and personal needs.

He has worked with Bryce Molder, Jeff Overton, Chris Stroud, Ryan Moore, Bubba Watson and other PGA Tour pros.

Fish has helped dozens of golfers, all at different skills levels, reach their peak performance through physical conditioning and golf instruction.

His philosophy of function al training combined with golf-specific motor learning drills has elevated hime to the forefront of the Golf Fitness World.

Here we go. Let’s learn a bit more from Andrew himself.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your background

My name is Fish, and I’m a movement specialist for PGA Tour golfers, most notably, Bubba Watson. I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science and have spent years studying and practicing soft tissue rehabilitation.

2. How did you first get started working with Bubba Watson?

I met Bubba early in his career, when fitness was the furthest thing from his mind. At the time I was working with Ryan Moore on movement functioning, strength and conditioning.

Shortly after our introduction Bubba made me an offer I couldn’t refuse and I took the opportunity.

3. What’s it like working with Bubba?

Working with Bubba is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

He has more fun than any person I’ve ever encountered. He is fun loving and goofy. Basically he is a big kid.

Bubba is also the most “professionally disciplined” person I’ve ever met, with the exception of Tiger Woods.

bubba fish Quick 9: Interview with PGA Golf Fitness Instructor, Andrew Fischer

4. Give us a brief overview of what a training schedule is like with Bubba

I have Bubba in the gym 6 days a week regardless if he is competing or not. Now, we aren’t lifting weights everyday however. One day is dedicated entirely to cardio. Another day to mobility and therapeutic work, next day to corrective exercises, then strength and stability training, and power and balance is incorporated within each session.

Bubba also has some type of therapeutic modality treatment after each tournament round. His body is his business. It’s his company. It’s how he makes money. It must be treated as such. That goes for any golfer regardless of skill level.

5. Since working with Bubba on golf fitness he has had some amazing success. How do you measure the effectiveness of your work together?

In golf, much like in life, success boils down to one key factor- “Confidence.”

To be more confident or effective, a competitive athlete must learn to run faster, lift more, or change their physique. These physical alterations are Measurable, clear, and tangible and therefore they work. Physical results can be measured and managed.

Mental results can not be. So to measure the effectiveness of our partnership, we focus on precision of changing the physical reality to indirectly effect the internal mental confidence.

6. I often get the comment, “There are just so many exercises and programs out there I have no idea where to start” How do you react to that comment?

In a sea of propaganda and sales marketing there is an over saturation of golf tips. Whether instructional or exercise based, it’s intimidating.

But like in any subject, getting back to the basics, must be a priority. Otherwise, you will become addicted to the “search of getting better” rather than actual improvement.

I implore my students to start with the basics and stick with the basics. Fitness is quite simple. Motivation is the hard part.

When my clients are confused about how to start, I encourage them to just start. Nike has the “just do it” slogan for a reason. Action is more important than preparation.

Not to discredit preparation. In golf, a pre-shot routine is very important, but it’s the execution of the shot that ultimately matters the most.

7. What are a couple “staple” exercises that can help one increase their power off the tee?

I receive this question most frequently. There’s no real secret to golf swing power. Think Glutes and Abs.

Any exercise that is focusing on these muscle groups is going to be advantageous to your power output. (Lunges, Wall Squats, Split Squats, Bird/Dogs, One-legged Squats, Exercise Ball Ab Rollouts, Plank Holds, etc……)

8. What excites you most about the relationship of biomechanics and golf?

It’s the future of Golf. Golf training and Golf instruction.

We are able to isolate deficiencies in the overall foundation of the golfer. Test their function, and then move to their skill.

Through biomechanical movement screens, specialists can pin point poor body mechanics, physical limitations, and proper movement sequencing.

Movement Experts discover body deficiencies to correct swing deficiencies. It’s an exciting time to be in the Golf Fitness field.

9. Tell us a bit about your cool, new app, “FishFit” and how can we get it?

FishFit focuses on all aspects of Golf Fitness. Warm-up, Instructional Drills, Golf Fitness Exercises, and Injury Prevention.

It’s a simple slogan, “Fix the body, to fix the swing.”

Check it out for yourself. There’s a few free sample videos for your education.

FishFit – Golf Fitness

Here’s a nice piece “mini-film” on Andrew Fischer

Top photograph credit: Jonathan Rojas

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Golf Visualization #1: Feeling Grounded

jq condor feet Golf Visualization #1: Feeling Grounded

I’m going to start a series on golf visualizations. I find these immensely helpful in my own game and hope they will be helpful to you, too.

The great thing about visualizations is that they can be as creative and imaginative as you like. Creating different ways to imagine or think about a specific golf position or dynamic can be a immensely powerful way to producing a solid, repeatable, relaxed golf swing.

I’ve often felt, when playing my best golf, that I had a very rooted, grounded feeling with my legs and feet. That the leverage of the ground is producing the power.

As we know, a good, solid golf swing is initiated by the lower body. The feet grip the earth, the weight begins to shift forward, your shoulders, arms and hands remain soft – allowing them to drop into the “slot”, then your hips begin to be activated, your shoulders and arms following with a nice powerful, inside-to-out “sling” through the ball. All produced from leverage via ground force dynamics.

Visualization: “Feel” like your feet are like an Eagle’s talons. You want to feel as if your feet has claws and that they are literally sinking and gripping the earth by digging in and turning the claws inward.

Visualization 2: This is the same feeling you get when you are wearing a treaded show (like Merrells hiking shoe) and try to turn (as if you are making a golf swing) but keeping your feet firmly on a rug. You immediately feel the resistance of the tread of the shoe getting intertwined with the rug fibers creating “resistance.”

I actually did a post on this called, Braced Right Knee in the Golf Swing.

In my experience this is something that can developed through focused training and practice.

Practice: Via Qigong Training. Qigong is an ancient practice (not unlike Tai-Chi) that promotes balance, strength, calmness and cultivation of Qi – or “life energy”

Think of this as another little “experiment” Just try it out. Keep an open mind. Have a bit of fun with trying something new. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

What we’re going to practice is called a “Standing Meditation” or “Standing Post”. This is the single most important and widely practiced form of Qigong.

This is a LOT tougher than it looks initially. You might wobble, shake, think it’s stupid to be doing it or a thousand other distractions will go through your mind. Let them happen. Rise above them.

Try it for 2-3 minutes the first week, 5 minutes the following week, 10 the next etc. Try to eventually get up to 15-20 minutes. Watch the video below for more details on the specific posture, positions, etc.

What this does is build tremendous strength in your legs and core, allows you to breathe properly (from the belly), promotes relaxation, accurate body awareness, proper alignment, tranquility and, of course, cultivation of Qi.

As you begin to practice this you want to feel your weight “sinking” into the ground. This will really help to relax your arms and in particularly your shoulders which, for many, have chronic tension. Get the breathe to drop from your chest to your belly. For now, just be aware of those.

You’ll soon have legs of steel and better body integration and awareness of the ground and how to use it for more relaxed power in your golf swing.

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