Education

Golfers, what priorities are you focusing on in the gym?

It’s clear that strength and conditioning is an important part of any serious golfer’s routine. You only have to look at the transformation to Bryson DeChambeau to see the impact a training program  (and arguably a nutrition plan) can have on performance. However, the specifics of how you train and how much you train (frequency, intensity and volume) can have a big impact on how efficiently and effectively you achieve your goals of increasing performance and reducing the risk of injury. With this in mind, have you ever considered – what do you want your weekly, 30 day and 90 day S&C priorities to look like? i.e what are you trying to achieve by working out?

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Education, Support

Golf & Technology: The Future

Performance in golf has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. Technological advances have led to new materials, construction methods, and the use of artificial intelligence, that together produce golf clubs and golf balls that help us hit further, straighter, and stop the ball faster. Technology has also changed the way players are custom fit for their clubs and how they practice, with launch monitors commonplace on driving ranges around the world.

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Research

Practice and tournament volumes of young golfers in regional and national squads

In 2018, Ben travelled to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada for the World Scientific Congress of Golf. With an delegate mix of academics, golf coaches and support professionals, Ben presented two papers on his golf research, one of which has influenced the drive to create the AMI Sport: Golf app. The paper, titled ‘Practice and tournament volumes of young golfers in regional and national squads’, sought to understand the influence of practice and competition volumes on handicap. Here is a summary of the presented paper and the full paper can be viewed here

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Research

Contribution to Valuable Research

Currently we have little information demonstrating the true amount of practice, tournament, training and other physical activity golfers engage in. What we do know is that spikes in volume or workload can increase your risk of injury and that these spikes generally occur during holiday periods when we have more time to get out on the range and course.

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Education

Is Your Desk Ruining Your Golf Swing?

Part 2: Upper body postural dysfunctions

So, from Part 1 of this blog we know that excessive anterior pelvic tilt (weak gluteals and abs and tight hip flexors and low back) may cause a host of issues in your golf game, but what about the upper body version?! I’m sure we can all identify with a typical lazy desk posture: rounded shoulders, hunched upper back and a chin that pokes farther forward than a pigeon strutting across the park!

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Education

Is Your Desk Ruining Your Golf Swing?

Whether you want better posture for increased golf performance, injury prevention or simply a more confident, youthful appearance, this blog is a must-read. In this two-part blog series, Dr Ben Langdown, Sports Scientist, Golf Strength & Conditioning Coach and researcher in the field of Golf Biomechanics and S&C, gives us a thorough breakdown of how desk posture can affect your golf performance and what you can do to fix it. I was lucky enough to meet Ben at the Titleist World Golf Fitness Summit, 2014, where he and his colleague Jack Wells came all the way from England to give an outstanding presentation on the ultimate dynamic warm-up for golfers. Many of you have heard me reference their research since then (yep, Ben is one of the experts that helps his golfers hit the ball up to 40 yards farther just by giving them the right type of warm-up).

In Part 1, Ben will discuss anterior pelvic tilt, known as ‘lower crossed syndrome’ in some areas of physical therapy, the swing faults or injuries that may accompany it, and together we will show you exercises you can start performing today to improve your lower body posture. I hope you enjoy it!

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