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Q2Q: Can modern technology, at-home swing remedies help Johnny Wunder achieve a lifelong goal?

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OK. Experiment time. Welcome to a new video series with Cobra Golf and GolfWRX in which I work to rebuild my game from the ground up. I understand that this narrative is familiar (and a touch overdone), but my journey won’t have me beating balls on the range for hours or playing three times a week.

Instead, I’ll be taking my broken game from a struggling three handicap all the way to the point where I could qualify for a tournament I love in Seattle in June. BUT here’s the catch: I live in Toronto (long winters of death) with a young family/career and little time or access to play or practice. I’m going to be doing the bulk of my work at home, in the mirror and occasionally at a facility near my house. It’s going to take a whole new level of self management.

With the help of a trusted few, including the team at Cobra Golf, Teacher Nick Starchuck, Ian Fraser, the gang at TXG, and a couple of others, I’ll be exploring a new way to play the best golf of my life.

To do this right, everything needs to be dialed in. So like my poor swing habits, the majority of my clubs will be closet bound, if not the whole bag. The biggest component here is my own self and time management, that is where Cobra Connect comes in. I’ll be playing at home (weather allowing) as well as taking some trips along the way to prep for this qualifier. Those rounds will be evaluated using the Cobra Connect system and will enable me to separate my perceived reality from the hard truths about me and my game. With this hard data, I can then maximize the small amount of practice time I do have to focus on the things that will actually get my scores down.

It’s the ultimate “work smarter not harder” scenario.

The question is this: Can a 42-year-old dude with a young family and an insane workload actually improve more than at any point in the last 20 years? Is there a home remedy to get better in my garage, my basement, hell my car? Is the abundance of information we now have at our fingertips conducive to finding the Tetris codes to get better without the traditional methods? If there is, I’m gonna find it.

Right now my target goal is lofty. To qualify, I’ll have to fire a couple of sub 70s on a tough track. My game is a big ole’ mess at the moment. My last 20 scores range from 71 to 85. Now, I have been a good player in the past (like ages ago) so it’s not not possible…or at least I’m crazy enough to believe that.

Pray for me! This could go either way…

 

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Johnny Wunder is the Director of Original Content, Instagram Manager and Host of “The Gear Dive” Podcast for GolfWRX.com. He was born in Seattle, Wash., and grew up playing at Rainier G&CC. John is also a partner with The Traveling Picture Show Company having most recently produced JOSIE with Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. In 1997 Johnny had the rare opportunity of being a clubhouse attendant for the Anaheim Angels. He now resides in Toronto, On with his wife and two sons.

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  1. Tom Bertrand

    Feb 13, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    If you want home practice help check my website and book. The Secret of Hogan’s Swing.

  2. X

    Feb 12, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Yeah, if you shave, Wunder.

  3. James

    Feb 12, 2019 at 1:38 am

    May I respectfully ask which tournament you are focused on? I have several events in the Pacific Northwest region this Spring and am curious if we might be playing the same tournament… Would like to give you a good luck before tee-off!

    • Bob the Burger

      Feb 12, 2019 at 4:01 am

      I think it’s the Sahalee tournament

  4. D

    Feb 12, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Qualify for what?

  5. Mark

    Feb 11, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    The headline suggests that Mr. Wunder is someone of note in the golf world. Alas, I have never heard of him in any context which might make him noteworthy. How out of touch I seem to have become.

  6. jack

    Feb 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    golfers don’t live in Toronto … full stop.

  7. B Wilk

    Feb 11, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Nice Pic John. North 2 is a nice birdie op. Can’t believe there used to be another massive tree near that right bunker. If you need a caddie or practice round partner when you get here lmk
    @bwilks dm

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5 most common golf injuries (and how to deal with them)

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You might not think about golf as a physically intensive game, but that doesn’t change the fact it is still a sport. And as with every sport, there’s a possibility you’ll sustain an injury while playing golf. Here’s a list of the five most common injuries you might sustain when playing the game, along with tips on how to deal with them in the best way possible so you heal quickly.

Sunburn

While not directly an injury, it’s paramount to talk about sunburns when talking about golf. A typical golf game is played outside in the open field, and it lasts for around four hours. This makes it extremely likely you’ll get sunburnt, especially if your skin is susceptible to it.

That’s why you should be quite careful when you play golf

Apply sunscreen every hour – since you’re moving around quite a lot on a golf course, sunscreen won’t last as long as it normally does.

Wear a golf hat – aside from making you look like a professional, the hat will provide additional protection for your face.

If you’re extra sensitive to the sun, you should check the weather and plan games when the weather is overcast.

Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that surround the shoulder joint. This group are the main muscles responsible for swing movements in your arms. It’s no surprise then that in golf, where the main activity consists of swinging your arms, there’s a real chance this muscle group might sustain an injury.

To avoid injuries to this group, it’s imperative you practice the correct form of swinging the club. Before playing, you should also consider some stretching.

If you get an injury, however, you can recover faster by following RICE:

Rest: resting is extremely important for recovery. After an injury, the muscles are extremely vulnerable to further injury, and that’s why you should immediately stop playing and try to get some rest.

Ice: applying ice to the injured area during the first day or two can help. It reduces inflammation and relaxes the muscles.

Compress: bandage the rotator cuff group muscle and compress the muscles. This speeds up the muscle healing process.

Elevate: elevate the muscles above your heart to help achieve better circulation of blood and minimize fluids from gathering.

Wrist Injuries

Wrist tendons can sustain injuries when playing golf. Especially if you enjoy playing with a heavy club, it can put some strain on the wrist and cause wrist tendonitis, which is characterized by inflammation and irritation.

You should start by putting your wrist in a splint or a cast – it is necessary to immobilize your wrist to facilitate healing.

Anti-inflammatory medicine can relieve some of the pain and swelling you’ll have to deal with during the healing process. While it might not help your wrist heal much quicker, it’ll increase your comfort.

A professional hand therapist knows about the complexities of the wrist and the hand and can help you heal quicker by inspecting and treating your hands.

Back Pain

A golf game is long, sometimes taking up to 6 hours. This long a period of standing upright, walking, swinging clubs, etc. can put stress on your back, especially in people who aren’t used to a lot of physical activities:

If you feel like you’re not up for it, you should take a break mid-game and then continue after a decent rest. A golf game doesn’t have any particular time constraints, so it should be simple to agree to a short break.

If you don’t, consider renting a golf cart, it makes movement much easier. If that’s not possible, you can always buy a pushcart, which you can easily store all the equipment in. Take a look at golf push cart reviews to know which of them best suits your needs.

Better posture – a good posture distributes physical strain throughout your body and not only on your back, which means a good posture will prevent back pain and help you deal with it better during a game.

Golfer’s Elbow

Medically known as medial epicondylitis, golfer’s elbow occurs due to strain on the tendons connecting the elbow and forearm. It can also occur if you overuse and over-exhaust the muscles in your forearm that allow you to grip and rotate your arm:

A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug is the way to go to alleviate the most severe symptoms of the injury at the beginning.

Lift the club properly, and if you think there’s a mismatch between your wrist and the weight of the club, you should get a lighter one.

Learn when you’ve reached your limit. Don’t overexert yourself – when you know your elbow is starting to cause you problems, take a short break!

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TG2: Our PGA picks were spot on…and Rob hit a school bus with a golf ball

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Rob picked Brooks to win the PGA and hit the nail on the head, while Knudson’s DJ pick was pretty close. Rob hit a school bus with a golf ball and we talk about some new clubs that are going to be tested in the next couple days.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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The Gear Dive: Vokey Wedge expert Aaron Dill

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In this episode of The Gear Dive, Johnny chats with Titleist Tour Rep Aaron Dill on working under Bob Vokey, How he got the gig and working with names like JT, Jordan and Brooks.

Check out the full podcast on SoundCloud below, or click here to listen on iTunes or here to listen on Spotify.

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