This month’s “Quick 9” interview is with Bubba Watson’s former 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 that has worked for many 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 PGA Tour 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 was it like working with Bubba?
Working with Bubba was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you were going to get.
He has more fun than any person I’ve ever encountered. Basically he is a big kid.
Bubba is also the most “professionally disciplined” person I’ve ever met, with the exception of Tiger Woods.
4. Give us a brief overview of what a training schedule was like with Bubba
I would have Bubba in the gym 6 days a week regardless of whether he was competing or not. He wasn’t lifting weights everyday however. One day was dedicated entirely to cardio. Another day to mobility and therapeutic treatment, next day to corrective exercises, then strength and stability training the day after that. Power and balance were 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 cannot be. So to measure the effectiveness of the partnership, we would focus on precision of changing the physical reality to indirectly affect 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.
Golf specialists are able to isolate deficiencies in the overall foundation of the golfer, and then test a golfers physical function and overall skill level.
Through these 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 are a few free sample videos for your education.
Top photograph credit: Jonathan Rojas