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In this week’s Impact Show, we have a special guest: co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute, Dave Phillips. We explore ways in which you can use your body to create more club speed and hit longer drives! These include lifting your lead heel and more controversially, bending your lead arm!

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  1. geohogan

    Apr 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0spwv_hJjU

    Corey Connors has a hint of bend in his left arm in the BS.

  2. Speedy

    Apr 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Just plain wrong. End of lesson.

    Please start vetting these instructors.

  3. BobbyG

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    The first swing was a reverse pivot bail out. The second swing was a turn and hit. Much better. Folks have been teaching roll the feet and roll the arms for years. What’s new? This is old news. Snooze.

  4. Sal

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    You better use a stronger grip meaning more left hand knuckles showing.

  5. geohogan

    Apr 5, 2019 at 11:37 am

    IMO much better to teach how to use scapula more effectively(increase ROM) rather than to bend left arm intentionally. That cuts off ROM of scapula and creates slack in DS.

  6. geohogan

    Apr 4, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Does a shorter crow bar create move leverage than a longer crow bar?

    Straight left arm with fulcrum at the shoulder joint, is a much longer lever than a bent arm with fulcrum at the elbow.

  7. Rick

    Apr 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Not to mention this is such a better swing for your back. Why does every tour pro have back problems? Guess? Watch the swings of Nicklaus, Snead, Jones, etc.

  8. Scott

    Apr 3, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Bending the elbow throws a big tempo and timing variable into the swing. When I am playing well and keeping the ball in play off the tee, I am NOT bending my left elbow, Or only few slightly. When I am hitting it all over the course my elbow is bending. For my game, bending the elbow for the potential for a few extra yards is not worth it.

    • Steve

      Apr 4, 2019 at 8:37 am

      I think bending the left elbow helps players with flexibility issues. If you’re able to keep the left arm straight and not come out of the swing, like they mention in the video, then left arm is preferred.

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Is your “dad bod” ruining your golf swing? This workout can help

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This article was co-written with Nick Buchan, owner of the excellent online resource Stronger Golf

If you are a working father, I’m willing to bet that over the years, golf and working out have slipped down the priority list a few spots. While commitments such as work, family, more work and kid’s taxi service have increased, so the time for working on your game and body has dwindled to almost nothing.

This has likely left you feeling a little disconnected from your former athletic prime, we know that sedentary lifestyles are strongly linked to decreased muscle mass, reduced strength and increased BMI. This will likely have a negative impact on club-head speed and fatigue levels during the round.

Worst still, all that time spent chained to the office desk has likely ingrained some poor postural habits and negatively affected your ability to turn in the golf swing. Fixed posture is thought to be a key contributor to neck and back pain, generally causes all manor of aches, niggles and discomfort, whilst placing a general ‘lock’ on your mobility.

Sitting at a desk all day (in fact staying in any one position for long periods of time) causes your body to adapt to make that position more efficient. For example, sitting all day may cause your hip flexors to become short and weak (due to lack of load on them), your glutes to shut off and your spine to flex forward, which in turn can result in anterior pelvic tilt, which leads to your hamstrings and low back feeling ‘tight.’

As you can see this postural pattern has pretty far reaching consequences, all of which contribute to those niggles you get from daily life and when you do get a chance to play, negatively affect your ability to execute the golf swing of old.

Further, the lack of systematic load on your musculature is causing a lack of tissue resiliency – i.e. those aches and pains you’ve been experiencing – as well as leading to reduced force output. This is an issue as force output is the vital ingredient for moving fast, the ultimate determinant of club-head speed, and even correlates to how long you will live!

If and when you do get the chance to practice or play, the postural inhibition, loss of strength and lack of golf movement pattern practice are likely to be major restrictive factors in the outcome.

The good news is (as you probably already know), a solid exercise routine can counteract the detrimental effects of your lifestyle that have manifested themselves in “Dad Bod Syndrome.”

The bad news is, you’ve tried that before and can never quite make it stick. You’ve likely been left disappointed about the falling standard of your game and frustrated at the lack of time available to fix the problems.

The Proposed Solution

Work out in way that is quick, easy, efficient, doesn’t require much equipment and targets the following priority areas for improvement:

  • Lose some body fat
  • Gain mobility in T-Spine, Shoulders and Hips
  • Improve Posture
  • Re-gain some basic strength
  • Practice a quality golf movement pattern

This quick and easy, circuit style workout ticks the outlined points above. It doesn’t take forever (less than 45 minutes) and requires minimal gym equipment. Aim to complete it 2-4 times per week, depending on other commitments.

Format: Circuit

Total Time: 45 mins

Equipment: Med-ball, Kettlebell, 41 inch Power Band, GravityFit TPro

Rounds: 3 to 5

Rest between exercises: 10 secs

Rest between rounds: 90 secs

Exercise Guide Playlist (you can shuffle between videos)

Warm-Up

1 round, 30 secs each

Half-kneeling alternate reach

Windshield wiper

PNF diagonal pull-apart

T-Spine rotation with groin stretch

Quadruped rock backs

Bar hang

Cross connect march

Strength Circuit

Exercise 1 – Med-ball slam

Priority – power

Equip – med-ball

Reps – 10

Exercise 2 – Split Stance Turns

Priority – golf movement patterns

Equip – TPro

Reps – 10 each side

Exercise 3 – Kettlebell Swing

Priority – basic strength / conditioning

Equip – kettlebell

Reps – 20

Exercise 4 – Push Up with Band

Priority – basic strength

Equip – power band

Reps – 12

Exercise 5 – 1 Arm Row

Priority – basic strength

Equip – kettlebell

Reps – 10 each side

Exercise 6 – Pallof Press

Priority – basic strength

Equip – power band

Reps – 10 each side

Exercise 7 – Suitcase Carry

Priority – strength/ conditioning

Equip – kettlebell

Reps – 30 seconds each side

To progress simply aim to do more reps in the same time and/or increase the duration of each exercise and/or increase the number of rounds in each circuit and/or reduce the rest periods and/or increase the weight/load used.

This workout isn’t special or innovative or entertaining. But it is practical, and it is useful, and it will help to reduce and reverse the effects of “Dad Bod Syndrome.”

 

 

If you would like something more tailored to your specific needs, check out the training program options at Stronger Golf or Golf Fit Pro

For more information on the featured equipment, check out the links below:

Med-ball

Kettlebell

41 Inch Power Band

GravityFit TPro

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