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Golf is hard.  And there are a lot of components that contribute to making it difficult.  Typically, in order to improve, we resort to working on our technique, getting in better shape, fighting off nagging injuries, or other methods that often take a long time and a lot of work.  But there is a secret weapon that can have an immediate impact on your game and prevent you from breaking down at the end of your round. This week on the podcast I am talking all about hydration for golf and why it might be one of the most important, but overlooked components that could change your game. My recent trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama allowed me to play a couple of rounds of golf in the hot, humid Gulf weather.  This got me thinking about staying hydrated on the course and wondering about some of the physiology of what is actually going on when we sweat and how it affects our performance. So in this episode, I break down the basics of hydration/dehydration by looking at: What is actually happening in the body The main substances and chemicals that contribute What dehydration can mean for your golf game Share some of the performance products that I use/recommend Give you 7 tips for fighting dehydration to keep you from giving up sloppy strokes Below is the outline of notes for the show, including links to any resources mentioned during the show and other online articles/studies that were used to gather information. The Golfer’s Guide to Hydration (Outline) The body needs water for survival. (If water is the gas, electrolytes are the motor oil). It delivers good stuff like oxygen, nutrients, and hormones while removing wastes and other junk. Regulates body and cellular temps Definitions: Hydration: the condition of having adequate fluid in the tissues of the body Dehydration: an abnormal depletion of body fluids (the body needs more fluids than are present or being input to function normally) What’s normal hydration? Body’s water % (can only really measure with a body fat scale using bioelectric impedence analysis, which sends electrical signals through the body) Men 50-65% Women 45-60% Urine: light yellow emptying bladder 5-8 times per day What is dehydration? 2 kinds Loss of Water (Hypernatremic or hypertonic) Electrolytes (Hyponatremic or hypotonic) Both (isonatremic or isotonic) Levels Mild >2% (of total bodily fluids) Moderate >5% Severe >10% * emergency * Signs of Dehydration stomach cramps muscle cramps spasms, dizziness fatigue nausea weakness confusion headaches dry mouth Electrolytes: minerals/substances in the body that become ions in a solution and are able to conduct electricity that help the body perform their normal functions. They work both independently and with each other doing things like moving glucose and other nutrients into your cells, and helping to remove waste products and extra water from your cells. Sodium: 136-145 mEq/L Potassium: 5-5.3 mEq/L Magnesium: 1.5-2.5 mEq/L Chloride: 97-107 mEq/L Calcium: 5-5.5 mEq/L Why is this important? Some parts of the body rely more on the “electrical functions” Brain Nervous System Muscles The brain is 85% water. Not drinking enough water means not enough blood flow. If the brain doesn’t get circulation, your ability to focus and process on the course decreases. The discs in your back are mainly water. Staying hydrated means more support for the spine. When the discs compress (lose water) it can put more pressure on the small intervertebral joints and even close down the space where the nerves exit. BACK PAIN Hydration for Golf and its Effects on Performance Study (by Smith, Newall, and Baker 2012) looked at 7 low handicap golfers and took them through several skills and cognitive tests Hit 30 balls to given targets measuring accuracy and distance control Also shown 30 different golf location images and asked to judge distance 7 days later with 12 hours of restricted beverages (determined to be mildly dehydrated: up to 3%) Decreased motor control and cognitive ability This was the first study to show that mild dehydration can impair distance, accuracy, and distance judgment during golf performance. The end all be all is pure clean water. The best type of water is natural Spring water.  For a much deeper dive into the topic of water, listen to episode 73 of The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson. Plastics (not so much heat, but light allows chemicals to leech into drink) Traces of pharmaceuticals in tap water Different types of quality sports drinks on the market (mention a couple of brands) The Right Stuff– high sodium Amino Vital– added amino acids for focus Designs For Health*- solid blend of electrolytes *Designs for health has been our preferred provider for pharmaceutical grade supplements for years (ie. multi vitamins, fish oil, etc).  You can find the entire line of products in our nutrition shop. Celtic Sea Salt: an organic, unrefined sea salt that has over 80 trace minerals that will help replenish electrolytes. Typical Sports Drinks: Gatorade/Powerade (not the same formulation as for the Florida Gators) most people (especially kids) drink these as if they are a health drink Be aware of serving sizes. Many times the serving size is 8oz. but it is a 20oz. bottle Amount of sugar ranges from 14-36g which is the equivalent of 3-9 teaspoons of sugar! Alcohol/Caffeine: (diuretic) alcohol blocks the release of a hormone needed for water reabsorption (ADH: anti-diuretic hormone) Kidneys don’t reabsorb the water, they excrete it in urine. Plus simply affects cognitive function, decision making, and “Sober up” by drinking coffee?! Sparkling water: Does hydrate as well as water, but less likely to drink as much.  Also, refer back to the quality argument. There are possible risks of damage to teeth enamel, especially w/ citrus flavored ones. 7 Tips for Better Hydration for Golf Drink first thing in the morning Higher quality water Drink ½ your bodyweight (lbs.) in ounces (drink more if you are working out or golfing) Eat more fruits and veggies (on a regular basis) these are packed with electrolytes Top hydrating foods Coconut Water Celery Watermelon Cucumber Kimi Bell peppers Citrus fruits (oranges at soccer games) Carrots Cultured Dairy (kefir/yogurt) Pineapple Broccoli/cauliflower spinach Limit alcohol/coffee (or at least up the water intake) Use some sort of high-quality electrolyte and possibly amino supplement during physical activity Refuel after exercise (drink extra water/recovery drink after exercise or golf) Articles/Resources Mentioned in this Episode*: Robert Yang Article on Hydration The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson (episode 73) Robert Yang interview on 18STRONG (Episode 42) The Right Stuff USA Amino Vital Designs for Health Electrolytes *Other Reference Articles on hydration for golf are located at the bottom of the page.   Episode Sponsors: NEW Players’ Pages: Check out the new streamlined layout and new info on the players’ pages at RAD Roller: Connect with 18STRONG Facebook Page       Twitter Profile       Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! 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What does it take to make it to the PGA Tour? Join us as Adam Long shares his ongoing journey over the last 5 years to present day as a professional golfer striving to reach the ultimate goal of playing (and winning) on the PGA Tour! Adam narrowly missed being in the top 25 money earners on the Tour, which would have secured his card to play in the PGA Tour for the 2015-2016 season.  He has very high hopes for this upcoming season.  In this interview, Adam shares some of his highest and lowest moments on the course, as well as some of the key lessons that have gotten him this far on his journey. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Adam Long’s Background Born in Louisiana Grew up playing golf in St. Louis, MO He had a highly decorated amateur career, ranked as high as 8th in the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings He played four years at Duke University, compiling quite a resume for both his golf game and academics. After graduating, he wasted no time, deciding to turn pro in June of 2010, and had relatively quick success with solid finishes on the eGolf and Hooters tour, including a win in 2011. Adam played his way onto the tour this past year, with highlights including T2, 4th place, T13, and T18 finish. Adam finished #41 on the money list at the end of the regular season, just 16 spots away from earning his PGA card. Highlights from this Episode He also walks us through 2 of the most gratifying moments in his golf career: Adam walks us through his LOWEST MOMENT on the golf course which was several missed cuts right before US Open Qualifying, and the lessons he learned from this experience Adam walks us through some of the most important moments that he feels have shifted his career: When his college coach told him he had a chance to go pro and needed to shift his focus When he started working with mental game coach Bob Rotella and started working on his philosophy of “who Adam Long is as a golfer” as opposed to focusing simply on each round of golf. He has full status on the, which means for the 1st time, he DOES NOT have to go through Tour Qualifying School (“Q-School”). Adam explains what his upcoming year looks like as far as the tour and his status are concerned. Adam Explains to us in plain english how the end of the season of the Tour works, including the top 25 $ earners, the Tour Championship Events, and what each guy is playing for at the end of the year. (Finally someone that can relay this in layman’s terms!) A tournament that he was called up to play in his Freshman year at Duke This past year when he placed T2 at the United Leasing Championship (Here’s a video of Adam from this event courtesy of We discuss what Adam feels are the strongest parts of his game and what he’s looking forward to improving on this upcoming year. Adam has a unique perspective on working with his swing coach.  Unlike most golfers that are always searching for what needs to be fixed, Adam and his coach, Brian Fogt, prefer to “check up” on his swing to make sure nothing crazy us going on, but they don’t try to “fix” something everytime they are working together.   CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore Who would you like to spend a day on the course with? Tiger Woods.  He’s always been a fan and would love to pick the brain of the most dominant golfer ever. Recommended Resource: Any Bob Rotella Book What are you excited about in your near future? The fact that he has a legitimate opportunity to reach his ultimate goal of winning on the PGA Tour. Where to Find Adam: Twitter: @aLongShot Adam Long Other Links Mentioned: Bob Rotella books on Amazon   TRUE Linkswear Shoes Having Trouble Leaving a review from your iPhone or desktop? CLICK HERE to see how on your iPhone! CLICK HERE to see how on your desktop!  
Tyler Ferrell, named one of Golf Digest Top Golf Fitness Professionals 2018, Best Instructors in Texas 2018, and Best Young Teachers 2017, is a leading expert in the application of 3D motion biomechanics. His background as both an instructor and a trainer give him a unique ability to communicate how the body works in the golf swing. He joins us today to give us a glimpse into his recent book The Stock Tour Swing: Use Science to Uncover Your Version of the Tour Swing. In his book, Tyler breaks down 3D research and his experiences in coaching that have identified the major differences between the swing of elite golfers compared to the amateur golfer.  With this knowledge, Tyler has created a system to help you “decode” your swing. Tyler’s Background Tyler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Towson University with a degree in Marketing and E-Business where he played two years of collegiate golf. Tyler had the privilege of learning from some of the most recognized names in golf fitness and golf biomechanics. Two of his main influences were Dr. Greg Rose and Janet Alexander. He is currently studying the work of Dr. Guy Voyer, a world leader on how the fascial system influences movement. He is also a trainer of other golf coaches through seminars and programs. He has given lectures in a number of PGA Sections as well as a 2-day training program for the Danish National Team coaching staff. In 2016 he presented at the World Golf Fitness Summit, presented by the Titleist Performance Institute. Prior to the book, Tyler created Golf Smart Academy, a website for do-it-yourself golfers and coaches to find answers to their most difficult questions related to golf. At current, Golf Smart Academy has over 750 videos helping golfers all over the world understand how to apply the latest golf science to their game. Highlights from this Episode How his career has evolved from being a Division 1 Golfer, getting into the fitness side of training, and eventually the Director of Instruction at La Rinconada in San Jose. How his neck/shoulder injury, and the healing of which led to the inspiration for the writing of his book “Stock Tour Swing.” We dive into different pieces and aspects of the book and what it means to develop your own Tour Swing. He also talks about “Decoding your swing” and choosing the best swing for your situation. The difference between what we feel in our swing and what we are actually doing in our swing and the importance of that awareness. He also goes into a quick synopsis of the ELDOA Program and its influence on his teaching technique. Feller’s two big things the amateur player should focus on to see improvement in their swing and understanding the way their body moves.   Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack What would be your walk up song? The Piano Guy’s cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise” If you could play 18 holes with anyone, who would it be and where would you play? Ben Hogan at Agusta What are you excited for in the upcoming year? Building on momentum from the previous year and to keep learning and improving on my teaching. Where to Find Tyler Ferrell Website: Golf Smart Academy Book: The Stock Tour Swing: Use Science to Uncover Your Version of the Tour Swing   Episode Sponsors PGA Tour Mobile App Connect with 18STRONG Facebook Page       Twitter Profile       Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group and ask to join!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!
Today I am very excited to announce our guest, PGATour golfer and Major Champion, Webb Simpson.  Webb is most known for his 2012 US Open win at the Olympic Club (as well as his post-round interview that was infiltrated by the “Birdman!”). Webb has had an incredible career to date with 4 wins, 6 finishes for 2nd place and 47 “top 10” finishes as of this interview with his most recent being the loss in a playoff at the 2017 Waste Management Open to returning winner, Hideki Matsuyama. In this interview, we pretty much chat about everything under the sun including Webb’s schedule on tournament days from start to finish, his fitness routine and what he recently did this year to shed some weight, his experience winning a major and how it affected him as a golfer, and much more. . . Webb Simpson’s Background As an amateur, Webb was a member of the United States’ victorious 2007 Walker Cup and 2007 Palmer Cup teams. In college, Simpson played on the Wake Forest University golf team on the Arnold Palmer scholarship. After turning professional, Simpson played on the Nationwide Tour where he finished in second place twice. In 2011, Simpson had his first two victories on the PGA Tour, which came at the Wyndham Championship and at the FedEx Cup playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship. He went on to win the 2012 US Open and the Shriner’s Hospitals for CHildren’s Open in 2014 Highlights from this Episode Webb’s background and how he got into playing golf. How Webb balances golf with family life. Webb is a father of four, so needs to organize his time well. He takes the approach of making better use of his time and playing smarter, not harder. We talk about what a regular week looks like for Webb Simpson. How Webb knows exactly what he needs to work on from week to week. We discuss how he puts his schedule together and adapts it based on the areas that need improvement. How Webb has changed his fitness routine in the last few years. He had an ‘epiphany’ moment one day and decided that he needed to change his diet and exercise routine. We talk about the specific steps Webb took and how it affected his game. We talk about what an average day on the PGA Tour looks like. Webb tells the story of winning the US Open, and what that weekend looked like. Webb didn’t expect to play very well that tournament. We discuss the extra exposure, confidence, sponsorships etc. that all come into play when you win a major. We discuss the struggles and tough times Webb has faced during his career. At one point, Webb nearly lost his PGA Tour card. We talk about what Webb did to reset and come back from the slump to become a champion. Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore What is your next big goal? To contend this year in the majors. What’s the biggest number of practice swings you’ve made on one hole? 14 – on the 17th hole at Tampa. Who would you choose to spend a day on the course with, and where? My wife at Augusta Any parting words of advice?  Whatever you’re doing, do it 100%. If you’re playing golf, play golf. If you’re with your family, be with your family. Compartmentalize your life to be completely focused on what you’re doing at the time. Where to find Webb Simpson: Twitter: @websimpson1 Instagram (Webb’s Wife, Dowd): @dowdsimpson Links mentioned: College Golf Fellowship Episode Sponsor: 18STRONG Resources Get a copy of Jeff’s Best-Selling Book: “The Golfer’s Guide to a Bogey Proof Workout” Get your very own 18STRONG t-shirt Check out the 18STRONG Complete At Home Warm-Up Video and Cheat Sheet Check out the 18STRONG Flexibility Guide Check out the 18STRONG e-Book and Video Series: 5 Yards in Less Than 5 Minutes Connect with 18STRONG 18STRONG’s Facebook Page 18STRONG’s Twitter Profile 18STRONG’s Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group and ask to join!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!!
While normally we’re talking about the physical and mental pieces that you can emphasize to get the greatest edge on your golf game, this week we are talking with Curt Rohe from the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association about the new rules that are coming into play in 2019. If there is one theme that we try to reiterate over and over here at the 18Strong Podcast, it’s that simplicity and consistency are the key to winning at everything, so I thought it would be the perfect time to bring on Curt Rohe, the Executive Director from the Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association here in St. Louis, to talk about the new rules that have been changed with the USGA and the RNA, for professionals and amateur golfers across the world. I want to take this opportunity to make sure we are clear on the rules and discuss what they are trying to do because I know there is already a considerable amount of confusion amongst golfers.  Overall, I love seeing the proactive approach of the USGA to try to simplify and improve the game. Curt Rohe’s Background Started with MAGA in 1998 as a PJ Boatwright Intern. Franklin County Country Club (Washington, MO) as Assistant Manager for 2 seasons. October of 2001 returned full-time to MAGA as Director, Tournament Operations. 2010 was named Executive Director and have held that position ever since. Officiated at several USGA championships: the 2015 US Open, 2015 & 2016 US Senior Open. Worked with the NCAA in conducting the NCAA Division II Golf Championship from 2002-2008. Highlights from this Episode Curt talks about the Metropolitan Amatuer Golf Association (MAGA), their role in relation to the USGA, and the services they offer like course handicap and slope rating. We also get into how they are authorities on the rules of golf and the perfect guest to dive into the different changes we will see in the next year. The importance of keeping a handicap record rather than just spit-balling your score each time, and how helpful and motivating it can be to see your handicap trending in the right direction. What sparked the big change in rules through the USGA in 2019 and how this process, started years ago, aims to simplify, expedite, and modernize the rules and game. We breakdown the different new or revised rule groupings and his thoughts on each: Putting Green: Being able to fix damage without fear of penalty (tamp down spike marks, old hole plugs, spike marks, etc.), being able to leave the flag stick in, able to replace ball from accidental movement (e.g. Lexi Thompson Incident), and the naked eye ruling. Bunker: Can remove impediments, still cant ground clubs, brush sand away on your back swing, can get relief from bunker for -2 penalty stroke. Penalty Areas: What used to be “Hazards” are now penalty areas, defining from red stakes and yellow stakes, and allowing the committees to make any area a penalty area (not just high grass areas, water hazard, etc.), able to take 2 club lengths laterally out of penalty area rather than search for ball. Misc.: New standardized dropping height (from the knee.) Parting Questions: Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack What would your walk-up song to the first teebox be? Emerson Drive – A Good Man 18 Holes anywhere in the world with anyone, past or present: Where would it be and whom would you play?  Arnold Palmer at Latrobe Any last piece of advice for the 18Strong Community?  Get a copy of the player version of the rules of golf book and get acclimated to the rules. If you have any questions, seek a PGA professional. Find more information on the new USGA rules at: Website App Are you lost?  Don’t know where to start when it comes to your Golf Training? We’ve got you covered.  Check out the 18STRONG ELITE membership!
Today, I’m going to give you 5 simple things that could change your game next year, but NONE of these involve hitting a golf ball this off-season. We believe that your body is the greatest piece of golf equipment you own, and (perfect timing with the PGA show coming up) this is the time when every golf gadget and piece of technology is running rampant with claims that they will be the “one stop shop shortcut” to helping your golf game. Haven’t we all tried (myself included) some of these shortcut gadgets that promise us amazing results with the least amount of effort? How well has this worked in the past? What is it that you really want when it comes to golf? What I’ve gathered speaking with some of the best coaches in the world, it’s primarily about eliminating the bad shots so each time you go out your playing your best game, and in order to do that, you have to take the time tuning and maintaining your best equipment: yourself. Highlights of this episode Fix Your Stuff – You’ve probably had some aches, pains, or ailments towards the end of this past season. Those lower back aches that just aren’t going away, or that rotator cuff sting at the end of your drive for example. These are the fine tunings that we need to nurse and care for on the off-season so we can hit the ground running when things warm up. Otherwise, you’ll be right back here next year with a WORSE injury. Find yourself a TPI practitioner, physical therapist, or trusted chiropractor that can help you get into the right shape for the new season. Move Every Single Day – It’s really easy to get cooped up inside at your house or office without that weekly reminder to get up and move. Without that usual movement schedule, you can forget how uncomfortable it is to swing a club, how long it takes you to warm up, proper swing rotation that can really set you back mentally and physically come the next golf game. This doesn’t even have to be crazy intricate or long yoga sessions, this can be short, targeted, specific workouts and drills targeting bigger problem areas. Our Golf Body Blueprints give you just that: daily targeted drills that not only keep you proactive about daily motion but keep you vigilant about your bodies health and limber through the off-season. Joint Circles/Motion Neck Shoulders/Trunk Back Hips Ankles Big Movements Squat/Lunge Row Push (Pushups/Presses) Hinge/Bridge Core/Abs/Rotation Leg work – You can’t skip leg day! It is such a prevalent issue with gym patrons that it has become a running joke. Start thinking about doing more with the lower body through lower body strength exercises. This is going to give you biggest bang for your buck regarding strength, power, cardiovascular endurance, and fat loss. You’re going to notice, if you haven’t worked out your legs, that once you incorporate some of these lower body exercises (split squats, lunges, hinging exercises,) you’ll not only feel fresher out on the course but even in everyday movement and motion. Grip Strength – Now, when I say grip I’m talking about the resiliency of the forearms, wrists, and hands. We put so much force through these extremities, both in our golf swings and in daily life, building up and maintaining strength and grip fortitude is something we should all be included into our exercises in the off-season. From heavy carries, heavy dumbbells, and changing your hand positions in your exercises (palms up, down, hammer grip, etc.) there are a ton of ways to stay cognizant of your grip. One of our favorite ways is to incorporate the Fat Gripz into your everyday lifts. You can see The video we did on Fat Grips Here! Superspeed Golf – The Superspeed Golf Overspeed System is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do when it’s cold out, practically anywhere, 2-3 times a week to make the largest difference in your off-season fitness. These things will not only keep you swinging throughout the winter which will keep up, if not improve, your swing speed but also will build up different styles of motion because these have you swing both right and left-handed, working on acceleration and deceleration and rotation. If you have any questions or want to find out more about Superspeed golf, check out our episode with Matt & Kyle from Superspeed. Watch Adam Long’s highlights from his win at the Desert Classic! Other Links from this Episode: Adam Long Episode #60 Adam Long Episode #207 Episode Sponsor: Are you lost?  Don’t know where to start when it comes to your Golf Training? We’ve got you covered.  Check out the 18STRONG ELITE membership!
Today I am especially excited to bring on our special guest, Patrick Koenig, Founder of the RGV Tour. Have you ever wanted to just quit your job and go on an endless golf trip, traveling around the states, playing the best courses, hanging out with golfers from all over the country, golfing with celebrities, and doing it all in a pimped out RV? If you said yes, you basically just described the RGV Tour and the life of our guest, Patrick Koenig. Patrick decided to quit his job about a year ago and pursue his passion for golf and golf photography. He bought an RV, decked it out (including a rooftop driving range,) named his adventure the “Recreational Golf Vehicle Tour” (RGV Tour) and invited anyone and everyone to come out a play with him. To this date, he has played over 360 golf courses since last February, played in 47 states with over 700 golfers and travelled over 32,000 miles in the RGV. Today we get a VIP pass into the last 10 months of the tour; the story behind it, the antics, and it’s future moving forward. Patrick Koenig’s Background Patrick Koenig is an avid golfer who loves to capture some of the outstanding moments he encounters on the golf course through amazing photography. His mission is to share my stories, excitement and love for the game of golf with others. He resigned from his sales position, purchased a recreational vehicle (RV), and turned it into a recreational golf vehicle (RGV) where he is touring the country playing golf raising money for kids and golf. The best part about the RGV Tour is that it will be raising money for a worthwhile cause, The First Tee of Seattle.  The First Tee of Greater Seattle positively impacts the lives of young people by building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf. Patrick believes that every aspect from his relationships to his finances has changed for the better because of golf. With an original goal to present a check for $10,000 at the season-ending check ceremony, The RGV Tour has successfully crushed the original goal and has currently raised over $17,000 for The First Tee of Great Seattle. Highlights from this Episode Patrick starts the episode by giving us some background on the RGV tour and its inception. Everything from what his life was like before the RGV tour to what inspired him to take this unconventional leap from his 9-5 to touring the country playing golf in all 50 states. How he is raising money for the great cause, The First Tee of Great Seattle, and also how every donation is going straight to the cause and not into his gas tank. He is completely funding this tour out of his own pocket. The balance between playing golf and shooting golf photography, and how he was able to get such great pictures/drone footage of some of the top courses in the states. The highlights from the tour, pros, and celebrities he played with on the tour like Bill Clinton, where he could and could not play, and how improvised some of the on-the-fly planning was when traveling from state to state. The experience, demands, and tolls on his body and fitness while traveling for the last 10 months and playing golf every day. He gives us the inside look at what he does to stay healthy and lean (through his patented “Swedish Fish” Diet.) He also dives into the different stats he has collected (Distance traveled, birdies within 2 feet of the hole, courses played, etc.) His take on the age-old question here at 18Strong: Playing more often and beating balls vs. playing less and more technical. He also dives into how his golf game has improved from playing over 300 rounds over the last 10 months. Parting Questions Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack What would your walk-up song to the first teebox be? “Seek and Destroy” by Metallica 18 Holes anywhere in the world with anyone, past or present: Where would it be and whom would you play? Jesus, Bill Murray, and my Dad at Cyprus Point Any last piece of advice for the 18Strong Community?  Golf hard and have fun with it! Follow Patrick Koenig at: Website Twitter Instagram The RGV Tour Podcast Win a 1-year Membership to the 18STRONG ELITE: From now until the end of the year, every week we are going to give 1 lucky person a FREE 1-year membership to 18STRONG ELITE.  For a chance to win . . . Screenshot and share this podcast episode (or any 18STRONG episode) on Instagram or Facebook. Be sure to tag @18STRONG_ and use hashtags #18strong and #elite Comment and tag friends on any of our social media posts with the hashtags #18strong and #elite. 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Better known as “The Golfing Doc”, Dr. Harry Sese, a chiropractic sports physician and performance coach specializing in injury rehabilitation and prevention, biomechanics and performance conditioning, joins us today to talk about how he approaches working with these professionals, how he approaches working with professionals at all ends of the spectrum regarding where they are in their career, as well as their responsibilities when it comes to keeping their health up to par with their game. Dr. Harry Sese’s Background Graduated from Western State’s College of Chiropractic in 2007. Is a Master Instructor and former national champion in Taekwondo. He has traveled and taught with the Titleist Performance Institute and is now touring with PGA professionals including Graham McDowell, Jerry Kelly, Adam Hadwin, Jon Rahm, and many others. Harry’s Approach: The Goal is to play golf for as long as you want/can. Always keep an eye on your body and fitness to stay in peak condition for as long as possible. Highlights from this Episode How he got the “Golf Doc” nickname by creating his own niche, how the founding of “Golfletica” fueled this, and how he broke into working with the tour players. He gives a play-by-play of how he works hands-on with the players in tandem with their other coaches as well as how he adapts his techniques to each player’s unique needs, be it position in life and their career to optimize their potential. He ties in his martial arts background into how he trains and treats players, how it has helped his mental game and teach that mindfulness to his clients, as well as the differences in training, and the trap of training for the aesthetic appeal rather than training to play and perform better. Some of the biggest issues and mistakes he sees golfers making regarding the fitness aspect and how they approach getting better for the game through working on their body and the necessity to work under a golf coach/trainer so as to avoid possible injuries from working with someone who doesn’t know what training can hinder the average golfer. His predictions on the stable of golfers through Golfletica in the coming seasons. Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore What is your walk-out song? I’ve Got the Power by Snap Who would you want to spend a day on the course with and what course would you play?  I would play Brue Lee at Pebble Beach What would be your parting advice to impart on the 18Strong Community?  If you’re struggling with your game, work on your body as well. Where to find Dr. Harry Sese Website: Twitter: @TheGolfingDoc Instagram: @thegolfingdoc Episode Sponsors PGA Tour Mobile App RADroller: The greatest self soft-tissue and myofascial release products in the world!! Connect with 18STRONG Facebook Page       Twitter Profile       Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group and ask to join!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!
Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Frank Duffy. Frank is the Director of Performance at Par Four Performance and the owner of Frank Duffy Fitness. He has assessed and worked with hundreds of individuals from different walks of life. From Major League Baseball pitchers looking to stay healthy throughout their season, to the elderly grandmother just trying to live a pain-free lifestyle, he has been lucky enough to observe and learn from every single client that he’s ever encountered. Frank takes the view that every day is a new opportunity to practice, experiment, and learn, which allows him to fine-tune his coaching skills. He firmly believes that in order to achieve our goals, we need to keep ourselves healthy. Whether your goal is to shoot under 80 on the golf course or play with your kids pain-free, it all starts with an educated approach to training. Frank Duffy’s Background While Frank’s life has always revolved around sports, he wasn’t introduced to strength training until he was 14 years old. In high school, Frank played both baseball and basketball, before dedicating himself strictly to baseball, which he went on to play at Queens College. After two years playing baseball, he decided to hang up his spikes to focus on his degree in Exercise Science & Nutrition, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in May of 2015. It was in the Queens College weight room where he found his passion in the field of fitness. It’s all about getting people to commit to small habits and working on a few things every single day to get better control of your joints and body. Frank started Par Four Performance with Co-Founder Joe Gambino DPT as a way to help golfers enhance their mobility and strength with the intention of creating better perofrmance and longevity in their game. The mission is not so much to create scratch golfers as it is to keep them on the course, help them feel better, and simply enjoy the game more. Highlights from this Episode How the golf swing is a very unnatural movement and makes the body move in ways that it really isn’t meant to move in. A breakdown of what a session with Frank Duffy looks like, and how he views strength, mobility, and fitness in general. Frank goes through his workout step by step, and what he sees working best for golfers among other athletes. How Frank incorporates Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) and Kinstretch principles in his training, and why it’s so important. What PAILs and RAILs are, and how to incorporate them into your training to improve movement in your joints. Body control and how with some extra effort and hard work, people can tap into movements and potential that they didn’t realize they had.  Better body control equals better golf. Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore What would be your walk up song to the tee? Brently Gilbert – Kick it in the Sticks Who would you want to spend a day on the course with, and where? John Daly at St Andrews What has you most excited moving forward? Working with my coach, because it’s important for everyone to have accountability. Also, launching our online coaching segment for Par 4 Performance. Where to find Frank Duffy:  Website: Online Kinstretch Class: Instagram: Facebook: To continue the conversation and ask any questions you may have, head over the 18STRONG Facebook page. Episode Sponsors Skratch TV: RADroller: ( The greatest self soft-tissue and myofascial release products in the world!! Connect with 18STRONG Facebook Page       Twitter Profile       Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group and ask to join!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!
Today I am very pleased to announce our guest; Ali Gilbert. Ali serves as Partner of the Greenwich DX Sports Labs and is their Director of Performance. With her unique, multi-faceted approach to performance training, she is able to combine all relevant physical and technical details into one thorough, scientific approach towards performance-based strength and conditioning. As a former collegiate soccer standout, Ali has been committed to achieving excellence in the field of performance training for over a decade.  She has become highly sought after for unconventional approach to golf fitness that includes the “Triangle of Performance”- assessing the physical. nutritional and hormonal aspect of performance training. This unique approach with her background in hormone optimization redefines what her definition for golf performance truly is. Ali has presented on Golf Fitness & Performance Training for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the Metropolitan PGA, and various golf clubs around the country. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Ali Gilbert’s Background Ali’s clientele includes PGA Tour players, celebrities, politicians, teaching professionals as well as recreational and competitive amateurs of all levels. Ali holds a B.S. in exercise science from Springfield College, is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Level 3 Fitness Professional and Juniors Coach, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, FMS Certified Level II, Precision Nutrition coach, specializes in various manual Neuromuscular Reactivation Techniques, and is certified in Golf Biomechanics by K-Motion. She also serves on the Sports Performance University’s Advisory Board which has been chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia to develop their instructor’s golf performance training protocols. Highlights from this Episode Why men tend to have lower testosterone these days than in previous decades. We talk about why testosterone is important for men, and a few indicators that could mean someone has low testosterone. The effect that stress has on depletion of energy and testosterone, and what you can do to minimize it. How walking and low intensity cardio can be highly beneficial to reducing stress and keeping your body in check. High intensity is not always better. The effect of plastics, alcohol and other everyday items that can reduce testosterone and overall performance. We also talk about a few foods and supplements you can eat to increase Specific exercises everyone should be doing at the gym, and the importance of lifting heavy. CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack Who would you like to spend a day on the course with?  My mom, at Aviara What are you most excited about moving forward? To deliver the message that it’s ok for men to talk about testosterone, and what they can do to improve their testosterone levels and wellness in general. Where to find Ali Gilbert: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Looking to get your blood tested? We are super excited to let you know that we have partnered up with the team at Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab to bring their amazing testing capabilities to you, the listeners of The 18STRON Podcast! In order to find out more, simply head over to their inquiry page and send a note to Michael.   Be sure to tell him you heard about them on the 18STRONG Podcast and they’ll take extra special care of you ? You can contact them by clicking this link: Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab    
Happy Holidays, everyone! Today I am very excited to announce our guest, Brian Chandler. Brian is a trainer at one of the most recognized golf fitness clinics in the US, Anthem Fitness. Anthem Fitness utilizes methods that help clients develop better velocity and control, which aim to ramp up your overall performance. Brian recently wrote an article for TPI about his work with Ryan Moore this past year, and how he came back from an injury cloud to go on and finish the 2016 season as one of the most dominant players on the PGA Tour. Brian breaks down what they did to fins the weak links in Ryan’s body and how the entire team from fitness, medical, and swing coach all collaborated to to help Ryan overcome a nagging injury and play some incredible golf. Brian Chandler’s Background Brian Chandler is a licensed massage therapist through the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Current Movement and Performance Coach for UNLV Womens Golf Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach – NSCA TPI Level 3 Fitness Continuing Education includes FRC, PRI, SFMA, FMS, and ART. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Performance. Highlights from this Episode Brian’s background, and how he shifted from coaching the ‘technical’ side of golf, and into the fitness side. We talk about Brian’s assessment of Ryan Moore, and the key things he found that were effecting his swing. They realized that his hip and pelvic movement had a big impact on his ankle, which was where his injury was most apparent. The approach Brian took to start the rehab process with Ryan, and getting him back on the path to success. We get into the things that had the biggest impact in getting Ryan back to his best form, and what others can emulate to help their own fitness and golf game in general. The #1 thing was isometrics. What is it about Ryan and other top performers that make them stand out above the rest. At the end of the day, it all comes down to mindset. However, movement also has to be a key focus in order to stay in form year round. Brian tells a story about the time he accidentally set his girlfriend’s hair on fire – on their third date! Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack Who would you like to spend a day on the course with? My grandfather at Augusta National  What is your mission moving forward? Encourage athletes to be more curious, in regards to how well they can perform, and how good they can potentially be. Where to find Brian Chandler: Instagram: Twitter: Brian’s article on TPI: Resources: Get a copy of Jeff’s Best-Selling Book: “The Golfer’s Guide to a Bogey Proof Workout” Get your very own 18STRONG t-shirt Check out the 18STRONG Complete At Home Warm-Up Video and Cheat Sheet Check out the 18STRONG Flexibility Guide Check out the 18STRONG e-Book and Video Series: 5 Yards in Less Than 5 Minutes Connect with 18STRONG 18STRONG’s Facebook Page 18STRONG’s Twitter Profile 18STRONG’s Instagram Profile
Oliver “Chip” Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Callaway Golf Company, is a proven leader in the golf industry where he has held executive positions since 1998. Brewer assumed his leadership of Callaway Golf on March 5, 2012, arriving with a firm belief in technology-driven products and a track record of increasing market share and shareholder value. Chip joins us today to chat about everything going on at Callaway Golf and the overall shifts the brand has experienced in the last 5+ years to re-emphasize their mission of creating “pleasingly different, demonstrably superior” products. Chip Brewer’s Background Brewer has an undergraduate degree in economics from the College of William and Mary, where he played on the golf team, and later earned his MBA from Harvard University. Prior to joining Callaway Golf, Brewer served as CEO of Adams Golf from 2002-2012, where he engineered a turnaround that drove the company to profitability. He was widely credited with transforming Adams from a single-product focus to a diversified brand portfolio. With a clear focus on innovation, Brewer made strategic investments that bolstered the size and success of his product development team. He first came to Adams Golf as senior vice president of sales and marketing in 1998 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer from August 2000 to January 2012. He was previously vice president of sales and marketing for Mead Corp.’s containerboard division. Brewer embodies a lifelong passion for the game and its continued growth around the world. His father, O. Gordon Brewer, is the former president of Pine Valley Golf Club and is a former member of the USGA Executive Committee. Chip’s Approach: We make products that are Pleasingly Different, Demonstrably Superior.   Highlights from this Episode Chip takes us back to when he started as CEO of Callaway, the changes he made, his role day-to-day and how it has shifted over time, as well as how the brand has evolved and what changes were put in place to bring back Callaway to be a forerunner in the realm of Golf. How they stay innovative with new technologies while staying in the parameters and restrictions of the USGA, how a product goes from idea to finalization, and how Chip sees these as a positive influence to work within the rules and deliver “DSPD” products. We talk about their extensive stable of players. From what they look for in a player, what players expect from them, how they’ve expanded more to the youth and amateur players, and how they help push the brand with their feedback. How the acquisition of Travis Mathew will shape the future of Callaway in the golf apparel and lifestyle realm, as well as what this means for the future of both companies. We break down the market for “Premium Clubs”: What are they, what makes them significantly better than your clubs, and why make the switch. Where to find Chip Brewer and Callaway Golf: Website: Callaway Golf Twitter: @CallawayGolf Instagram: @callawaygolf Other Callaway Golf Brands Mentioned: Travis Mathew Ogio Odyssey Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack Who would you want to spend a day on the course with and what course would you play?  I would play with Arnold Palmer, Eisenhower, and Tiger Woods at Augusta. What is your walk-out song? The Theme from Rocky What would be your parting advice to impart on the 18Strong Community?  When looking for new gear, Go to a fitter that you trust and don’t rush the process. Episode Sponsors SKRATCH SuperSpeed Golf Connect with 18STRONG Facebook Page       Twitter Profile       Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group and ask to join!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!
Dr. Kyler Brown from Austin Sports Therapy joins is an expert in working with athletes and other individuals to overcome injuries, or other issues that may be impairing their performance, whether than be on the course, on the field, or simply in everyday life. Kyler’s background as a former collegiate athlete and his training as a chiropractor have helped him develop a very integrated approach to healing and treatment.  Rather than simply look at a diagnosis of one particular body part, Kyler explains why it’s so important to treat the individual as a whole instead of separate pieces. This is important for you to make educated decisions about any possible medical intervention you may need, but also simply to help guide your approach when embarking on your fitness, performance, and practice. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Dr. Kyler Brown’s Background Doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, CA Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician His specialties include Active Release Technique (masters level), Cox Flexion Distraction, Diversified Spinal and Extra Spinal Rehabilitation Techniques, Selective Functional Movement assessment (SFMA), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and detailed biomechanical assessment protocols. Dr. Brown has experience working with elite athletes including NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, NHL, and Olympic athletes, professional tennis players, English Premier League players, and NCAA and world champion triathletes. Highlights from this Episode Kyler’s gives us his background as a collegiate basketball player and his journey into chiropractic care He explains his philosophies as they pertain to treating clients/patients with the mindset that a particular injury or symptom may just be one piece of the puzzle.  There may be several factors (many times that are not obvious) that are contributing to the cause Without fixing the root causes, which can be limitations in mobility, stability, or other factors, symptoms may be alleviated temporarily, but likely will return, or contribute to something more serious. Kyler works with Nick Watney (PGA professional), who has had recent back issues which have sidelined him for a while. We discuss the decision to take the “long and slow” approach with Nick and why, when dealing with your athletic or personal goals, you have to weigh the short term wants (immediate rewards) with the long term needs (overall health). This can be a very difficult decision both for you as the individual and for the medical practitioner. Kyler not only works with athletes, but also does a lot of consulting in the corporate space. So we dig into some daily hacks that you can input into your work day or daily routine to help move better, feel better, play better and simply set you up for more success in your game and log range health. CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? CaddyShack (no question.  I think he was almost offended that I even asked) One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life? All in all, he credits the experiences that he has had in the clinics.  Not just at Austin Sports Therapy, but especially some of the relationships and mentors that he had in his early clinical experiences.  One in particular being with Dr. Rob DeStephano at La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine in New York City. Who would you like to spend a day on the course with? Jim Nance, but under the condition that Jim is calling play by play for his round of golf! What are you excited about in your near future? Their off-site consultations (or as I referred to it Chiropractic 2.0) where his clinics offer online consultations for patient not in their area.  Allowing them to offer clinical advice or make recommendations for the patient to a practitioner that is in their local network.  Basically, this allows patients to get a quality referral from the staff at Austin Sports Therapy so they aren’t overwhelmed by all of the options on the internet. Where to Find Dr. Kyler Brown: website: Austin Sports Therapy Facebook: Austin Sports Therapy Twitter: Dr. Kyler Brown For more information on Austin Sports Therapy or how to get a consult, go to their contact page. Other Links Mentioned Stand up Desk: Varidesk Having Trouble Leaving a review from your iPhone or desktop? CLICK HERE to see how on your iPhone! CLICK HERE to see how on your desktop! <a
What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Robbie Cannon shares his expertise in the world of Golf Fitness, Championship Amateur Golf and gives us an in inside look at his week at the Open Championship with Shane Lowry. Robbie Cannon is the owner of Cannon Performance, in Dublin, Ireland.  He works with some of the top professionals and amateur golfer/golf teams in Ireland.  Robbie is also a champion amateur golfer himself. Robbie stresses that the introduction of proper fitness into his training changed his game, but also created a passion that changed his career! You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Robbie Cannon’s Background Robbie started paying golf around the age of 14 Started having some success at the amateur ranks Robbie was introduced to some of the top instructors in Ireland to help him with his game, both with his swing and fitness (John Kelly and Liam Hennessy) The saw significant changes in his game and found a passion for the fitness side. He won the 2009 South of Ireland Tournament as well as the 2013 Irish Amateur He changed his career to the fitness side of golf, realizing that he could help so many of the irish youth and even the elite players by helping them in their training. Highlights from this Episode Robbie goes into detail about his story; how fitness and great instruction molded him into the player he is today and how his passion was created for helping other golfers We discuss some of the changes that Robbie made, both in his fitness routine as well as his diet that made the biggest difference. Robbie has also become a competitive sprinter in recent years and explains some of the exercises that overlap between golf and sprinting that help create the explosive power needed. Robbie spent the week at the 2015 Open Championship with Shane Lowry at St. Andrews and discusses how they prepared for the event We talk about Shane’s career and some of the other great players that Robbie has had the fortune of wither playing with, or coaching. Robbie gives some insight into the difference of playing Links style golf vs. what we are used to playing in the US CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore What are you excited about in your near future? Robbie is working with an elite group of Irish female golfers that is playing extremely well.  He is especially impressed with Olivia Mehaffey’s recent play and says to watch out for her in the future! Where to Find Robbie: Website: Cannon Performance Facebook: Cannon Performance Twitter: @RobbieCannon Other Info from this Episode: Padraig Dooley-  TPI Expert, also runs a golf travel company for golfing in Ireland
Jason is one of the first guys that really made an impact on me as a golf fitness professional. From my first experience of his presentation style and  personality at the TPI Leel 2 Fitness Professional course when I met him, I have been a huge fan. Not only is Jay extremely entertaining, but he constantly has his finger on the pulse of the newest and most effective strength and conditioning research for the golfer. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Jason’s Background Top golf strength and conditioning specialist. Owns/operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance Based in Vancouver BC Specializes in rotary athletes, biomechanics, physical assessments, and functional strength training Consultant for top players on the PGA, LPGA,, European Tour and professional snowboarders Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Canadian National Team Head of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Fitness Advisory Board Host of the Coach Glass Podcast Topics discussed/Highlights Loves to help people accomplish their dreams and be all they can be. Father, husband Played power sports growing up: hockey, lacrosse, soccer, football Started out working in the tennis world when training, then branched to golf TPI level 1 changed his life in regards to screening and learning more about golf performance Setting an intention and going after it is how Jason got to where he is with TPI Stand up Comedy “Fit doesn’t equal performance” Each golfer has different needs (story of the guy with horse power that needed meat on his bones vs the tempo guy that needed injury prevention) Figure out their needs and decide what course of action to take? Don’t screw yourself by letting the things you can control get out of hand Biggest mistakes: Golfer’s Biggest Mistakes When it Comes to Fintess not warming up effectively (takes 4 holes to get warmed up) Not staying hydrated and fueled (drinking on the course, toxic foods What Does Jason Struggle with in His Own Fitness Program Low back pain: Definitely notices it if he hasn’t been training and doing his corrective exercises. Beer: don’t feel guilty though What is Jason’s Golf game like these days? Chipping and pitching are terrible. Irons are pretty good Good putting What does your schedule look like with the tour players? Jay meets with them every 6-8 weeks.  He is more of a consultant, not necessary for him to travel with the guys often The soft tissue guys are more important on the road as they can work on specific issues and get the guys feeling better and moving right. What do the workouts look like the week of a tournament? Tuesday: Arrive on site, full body functional workout Wednesday: Practice day/pro am day, metabolic workout, very intense 30-45 min Thursday:  1st round early morning work with physio/mobility soft tissue, dynamic warmup, maybe a 20 min feel good workout after the round (kinoga, kinetic yoga) Friday: Same as Thursday (same for Sat and Sunday if they make cut) Missed cut, punish days, full workout Monday off Jay’s Advice Your trainer shouldn’t hold your hand Don’t become reliant on your fitness coach (you’re giving up your will power) Becoming a speaker and presenter has allowed him to impact thousands more people than if he was just working as a trainer To get more power and distance, get an ass. Your glutes are your horse power generator Favorite piece of equipment that every golfer should have FMT tubing, or gray cook tubing: every one of his players gets one, no excuses on the road. Favorite on course snack Water, bag of almonds with raisins (high protein and a little sweetness) Biggest misconception of golf fitness: golf fitness is similar to other types of fitness (insanity, P90x) Greatest sports movie Slapshot or Caddyshack. Final decision Caddyshack What are you excited about in your Career right now Coach Glass Podcast  “The Next Level”- Jason’s upcoming project, online subscription site for all of his fitness news and edumatainment Define 18strong: Your round of golf isn’t by accident. Take control of the outside factors What would Jay’s workout look like if he worked a normal job 2 good workouts a week (Mon and Wed) 45 min workouts 15 min warmup, 15 min resistance, 10 min cool down 3rd day is something completely different (hike, etc) plenty of time at the course for warmup on Sat. Get screened, find out your limitations and start working on them. Jay’s last piece of Advice Dream big and overdeliver: ask yourself “what could I accomplish in life” and get off your ass and do it! Write down your goals and start checking off the boxes If you do the hard work, you will achieve your goals Where to find Jason Glass twitter: jasonglasslab #DreamBig #OverDeliver
Skip Berkmeyer joins us in this episode to share his experiences as a top amateur and mid-amateur golfer, both locally and nationally.  Having won the Missouri Amateur title multiple times, played in 30 USGA events and won on the national level, Skip offers us some insights in to his philosophies around playing your best golf and how to balance that when you also have a full time career, wife, kids, etc. As a friend and one of the best players I know personally, it was great to chat with Skip and hear some of his stories from the past, get some advice from him about playing better golf, and learning more about what keeps him driven to play at such a high level when the stakes aren’t millions of dollars.  Simply a love of the game and a desire to keep competing ! Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Skip Berkmeyer’s Background Has played in 30 USGA events Won the Missouri State Amateur title 3 times Player of the Year 11 times in Missouri 2009 Crump Cup Champion Grew up in St. Louis, MO Played multiple sports in high school: Baseball, Football, Golf Highlights from this Episode Skip shares some of his accomplishments as an amateur golfer on the local and national level Skip didn’t grow up playing only golf, he played just about every sport. We discuss the pros and cons to that back then and now. Ultimately, he believes that not focusing solely on golf, but having the freedom to play other sports, is likely why he still has such a love for the game. Skip explains why he still does it all.  With a wife, kids, running a business, a radio show, life is busy, but he still has the drive to compete and win. We also talk about the trends in the game and the younger golfers coming up in regards to fitness and athleticism. Skip’s experience is that the younger players coming up are more athletic: bigger, stronger, and longer than ever. Skip emphasizes that if golf is not your full-time job, it takes a lot of organization to practice, play and prepare if you want to compete. He stresses the use of small doses of focused practice, rather than going to the range and hitting hundreds of balls. Work on the short game and put yourself in all different position. Don’t just hit the same shots over and over.  You need to practice adversity, so you are prepared when you face it on the course. Words of wisdom: “[Get good with the driver, the wedge and the putter.]” Skip some some of his best memories and a couple of his biggest challenges on the course. CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? CaddyShack One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life? His Parents.  Especially being able to see his mom win the women’s state Amateur title (which she won 5 times!) Who would you like to spend a day on the course with? His Grandfather: who he lost at age 9.  His grandfather was the one that taught his mom to play golf. Bobby Jones: Being an amateur like Bobby, would love to get some of his insights. What are you excited about in your near future? Just excited to get consistently get better. Where to Find Skip Berkmeyer: Company Website: Radio Show: Fairways and Greens Twitter: @sberkmeyer Having Trouble Leaving a review from your iPhone or desktop? CLICK HERE to see how on your iPhone! CLICK HERE to see how on your desktop!  
Don Saladino joins us again in this episode to share some of his experiences and lessons learned in the golf fitness business and also around the topics of creating routines, habits, and structure that allow for more success, happiness, and balance. Running one of the most successful golf fitness businesses is no easy task and there are a lot of components required above and beyond just the training part.  Don has some exciting news to share for any up and coming golf fitness professionals and also shares some of his secrets to living a more productive and fulfilled lifestyle while building a successful company and family life. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below:   Don Saladino’s Background For more info on Don, you can listen to his 1st episode on the podcast (episode 30) HERE! Don owns and operates Drive 495 in New  York. Started Drive 495 with his brother 9 years ago His younger brother was a golfer and he decided to help his brother gain some size, speed and distance. Started out as a golf fitness facility and has just grown from there. Don has worked with a number of celebrities in prep for movies. Highlights from this episode: Don announces his new location and explains how it is a completely different animal than Drive 495, but is a very exciting new opportunity and challenge. Don shares some very exciting news about the new internship/educational program they have started at Drive 495, giving the fitness professional the opportunity to learn from the best in the world about not only the training aspect, but all the behind the scenes of creating a very successful business. We delve into some of the habits and routines that Don believes are crucial to not only his success, but in creating a more productive and rewarding life/career for anyone, including the golfer. We even talk about some of the bggest challenges he and his brother have face in their businesses and what it’s like to separate the family part from the business part. What are you excited about in your near future? Don’s has a lot of great projects going on.  He is especially proud of Drive 443 and the internship program, but is also stoked about his partnerships/current projects with a few other companies including Greyson Clothiers, Garden of Life nutritional products, and Revolution Golf. Where to Find Don Saladino: Facebook: Don Saladino Twitter: @DonSaladino Drive 495: Drive 443: Drive 443 Revolution Golf: www.RevolutionGolf Don’s Revolution Golf Products Other Links Mentioned Drive 495 Internship Greyson Clothiers Garden of Life Having Trouble Leaving a review from your iPhone or desktop? CLICK HERE to see how on your iPhone! CLICK HERE to see how on your desktop!
What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Dave Phillips, co-founder of TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) shares his expertise in the world of golf fitness and instruction.   Dave gives us an inside look at the beginnings of the TPI, the initial vision, and how it has evolved into such a huge successful business that has impacted hundreds of thousands of golfers across the globe. Dave Phillips is one of the world’s premier golf instructors and one of the founders of the Titleist Performance Institute.  Dave has worked with many of the top golfers on the tour over the past 25 years and is one of the most well respected authorities in golf instruction and golf fitness. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Dave Phillips’ Background Dave is located in Oceanside, California and is a co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute. Member of the PGA of America and has devoted the past 25 years to becoming a world-class instructor. Rated one of the Top 100 Teachers in the country by Golf Magazine and Top 50 by Golf Digest. TPI was developed by Dave Phillips and Dr. Greg Rose with the goal of creating the world’s first true golf performance facility that looked at every aspect of a players game, from equipment fitting to biomechanics and the human body. Since the start of the education seminars in 2006 there are now close to 15,000 TPI certified experts in 58 countries around the world. Highlights from this Episode Dave walks us through the vision of TPI when it was just beginning and how he and Dr. Greg Rose, with the support of Titleist, built the world’s top training and practice facility for golfers. He gives us some insight into the new project they have coming up for the youth golfer, the Junior Development Pathway, and providing the parents with a bit of a roadmap Dave explains how the company has grown and how the overall mission has slightly evolved into an education based company, with the result of over 15,000 instructors being certified and hundreds of thousands of golfers being helped overall. We discuss the separation of fitness and instruction, and how a team of experts can be very effective if each know their role and communicate well. We get into some technical advice from Dave on the topic of SEQUENCING in the golf swing and how to work on improving your own sequencing. Dave tells us a few stories of players he has worked with, like Padraig Harrington, and what kind of role fitness has played in their game, both good and bad. We discuss Tiger Woods’ current state of play and his chances moving forward. CaddyShack or Happy Gillmore? Caddy Shack What are you excited about in your near future? Dave is really excited about the Junior Development Pathway that they are creating in order to grow the game and give the junior golfers the best chance to have fun, learn the game and grow as athletes. Where to Find Dave Phillips: TPI Profile TPI Website Twitter: @mytpidave
Aside from the fact that Clint Howard works with the best golfers in Oklahoma from the junior ranks to the OSU golf team and PGA tour players, Clint is also know as the “Fat Loss” guy in Tulsa. One look at Clint tells you that he absolutely practices what he preaches in regards to health, fitness, and staying lean.  Clint’s high intensity training for fat loss has proven to be extremely effective for his clients, and he shares with us some of his tips for crushing your fat loss goals as well as how he adjusts his programs to suite the needs of his golfers. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Clint’s Background Clint is the Owner and Founder of Tulsa Fitness Systems (TFS) with his wife Kara Known as the “Go To Trainer” when it comes to fat loss Also has Tulsa Golf Fitness Systems Grew up playing baseball, pitched in college Graduated with an exercise science degree and a Masters in Exercise Physiology From Oklahoma University Has always loved to work and has owned several businesses Trains all populations including several golfers and golf teams Has been certified through TPI since 2005   Highlights Clint tells the story of his very 1st golf fitness client which did not end the way he would have liked it to! We discuss the use of High Intensity Interval training and Metabolic Resistance training in order to stimulate fat loss. The focus of these workouts is to create a high caloric burn both during and after the workouts. Intensity in interval training is much better for fat loss than steady state cardio workouts Nutrition is the key to fat loss. Teach the basics, rather than get too complex with diet tips Eat more protein Eat less processed food Eat more veggies Eat a good breakfast Get rid of high calorie drinks 80/20% or 90/10% rule Clint gives tips for the business professional that is on the road a lot with a hectic schedule, business meetings and social functions Be a little more diligent when you are in town, hit the gym a few extra times Even short workouts on the road can help keep you in shape stay hydrated don’t binge, keep focus on moderation “You can’t out train a bad Diet” What do you do different with your golfers from fat loss clients? Screen the golfers (TPI assessment) and power tests Discuss their golf game and their golf goals (more power, fat loss, etc?) Contact their swing coach Emphasize the mobility and flexibility to eliminate restrictions Why is Fat loss important for golfers? Reduction of low back stress and pain Improves mechanics Increased stamina Explosive power utilizing fast twitch muscles What do you struggle with in your diet/fitness? Clint Stays pretty clean with his diet most of the time, eats very little sweets and doesn’t drink much Has trouble finding time to workout and get motivated for workouts some days due to his busy schedule Hard to stay focused on his own workouts when he is concentrating on his clients programs, so sometimes Last piece of advice You’ve only got one body, so you have to take care of it It’s NEVER too late to start (has clients from age 6 into the 70’s) Find a place where you are comfortable and you can get a proper screen If you can’t get a trainer, find a buddy and accountability partner Re-evaluate your goals and why you are doing it in the 1st place. Find Clint Website: Facebook: Tulsa Fitness Systems Twitter: @TulsaFitness Email:
Do junior golfers need to be more athletic?  Rene Cammarata, one of the premier coaches working with Junior golfers in Pennsylvania, believes they absolutely do. With more than twenty years of experience as a strength & conditioning coach, power coach, speed and agility coach, junior coach, golf biomechanics, and as a nutrition coach among others, Rene has noticed a concerning trend when it comes to a large number of junior golfers.  They simply aren’t very athletic. Rene joins us today to talk about some of the differences he sees in the junior golfer population vs some of the other junior athletes he has worked with.  Is there a difference in strength, coordination, stature, and even psychological makeup between these demographics, and if so, what should we be doing to bring more athleticism into these players. Whether you are a junior player, coach, or parent, we dissuss some ideas, concerns and solutions that might clear a few things up for you. Rene Cammarata’s Background Graduated from Temple University, Rene is a Golf Fitness Professional (Level 3), Junior Coach (Level 2), and a Golf Professional (Level 2) by the Titleist Performance Institute He is a K-VEST Certified Professional, a community of accomplished professionals that utilize 3D and 6D motion capture technology to fully understand how the body moves to create a repeatable and efficient swing motion. Although he has a unique skill set as a golf performance coach he also works with athletes from many other disciplines including swimming, triathlon, rowing, figure skating, ice dance, speed skating, lacrosse, football, etc., all competing at the highest levels of their sport. His Approach: In any sport you can have great athletes who perform and play at a high level, but they can still have imbalances and weaknesses in their kinetic chain. I find those imbalances and get them to perform at a level they never dreamed. Highlights from this Episode He kicks the episode off talking about the mindset of young golfers and the differences psychologically and physically between them and other team sport players We discuss how to approach shaping them into well-rounded athletes. Where he starts day one with his young athletes that exhibit some of these symptoms of trying to perfect their swing before mastering the basics following the PMRS Model (Position, Movement, Resistance, Speed,) and tapping into their energy systems. Why is athleticism important for golfers and how can we introduce it. The differences between sport-general training and sport-specific training A message to the parents about what is most important in the training. How confidence can make a world of difference in their performance. “Success breeds success” Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack What would be your “walk-up song?” Problem Child by AC/DC If you could play 18 holes with anyone, who would it be and where would you play? Sammy Hagar at Kauai Any parting advice for the 18 Strong Audience? Think of developing the athlete first and becoming a golfer second. Where to Find Rene Cammarata: Instagram: @Training_INC Episode Sponsors The Golf Fitness Roller Coaster Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group and ask to join!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!
I’m super excited to bring Adam Young back on the show this week.  Adam has taught golf all over the world, has a best-selling book The Practice Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Golfers, and now has created an online training course to help golfers all over the world become better ball strikers in The Strike Plan. In this interview, Adam helps us understand some of the basic, yet often misunderstood, priorities when it comes to hitting the ball better and more consistently.  He also shares some of the strategies that they have been implementing with students to practice much more effectively. About Adam Young Adam is a teaching professional that has worked with golfers of all levels Leadbetter trained teaching professional Originally from the UK, currently teaching golf in Santa Barbara, CA at Don Parsons Golf Academy Adam’s website is one of the most read golf instruction blogs on the web. Adam is the author of the best-selling book The Practice Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Golfers Adam has created a new online course called The Strike Plan, which is a structured guide with online videos to make you a better ball striker Highlights from this Episode with Adam Young: Adam shares a new model of coaching that they have been using very successfully revolving around group practice sessions. The group dynamic allows for more focus on strategy and structured practice vs the typical technique-based individual sessions Adam explains the “2 glasses” analogy to convey the lessons of increasing your amount of potential and reaching your current potential We discuss some of the concepts  in his new program The Strike Plan including: Face Strike Low point The gear effect We also dig deeper into the 2 factors that Adam says are the most important when it comes to ball striking: where you strike the face of the club where and how deep you strike the ground We talk about the driver and how you can possibly add 20-40 yards simply by hitting the ball in a different spot on the face of the club And finally, we discuss why the pros hit the ball so differently than most of us and why what we are doing to mimic them is completely wrong!! Where to Find Adam: Website: The Strike Plan: The Strike Plan Episode Sponsors: PGA Tour Mobile App: PGATour Mobile App watch live action and keep up on the latest happenings in golf on your laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Blackberry! SuperSpeed Golf: Connect with 18STRONG Facebook Page       Twitter Profile       Instagram Profile Join The 18STRONG Movement! If you listened to the very end of this episode, then you know that there is a movement happening in golf and fitness.  To join, simply follow this link to the private Facebook group!  Once you’re accepted, you are officially part of The 18STRONG Movement!  Introduce yourself to the group and let’s get connected!
I am super excited to bring this week’s guest back on the show.  Dr. Bhrett McCabe is one of the top sports psychologists in the game of golf and has become a great friend of 18STRONG. With his incredible clinical training, personal journey as an elite pitcher and his experience working with professional athletes, Bhrett is a master at helping his clients overcome fears, doubts, and push themselves to levels they didn’t know they had. His book The Mindside Manifesto is the long-awaited for compilation of concepts and lessons that Bhrett has developed over the years.  I aIn this interview, we get to talk about the inspiration and struggles behind writing the book and how developing your own personal Mindside Manifesto can elevate you to a completely new level. Dr. Bhrett McCabe’s Background Dr. McCabe holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University (LSU), with an emphasis in behavioral medicine. He completed his 12-month, pre-doctoral internship at the prestigious Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Providence, RI. He has published several academic journal articles, presented numerous scientific presentations, and provided insight and authored numerous articles for trade magazines such as GOLF Magazine, Golf World, and ESPNW, among others. Dr. McCabe was a 4-year letterman for the LSU baseball team, coached by legendary coach Skip Bertman, and was a member of 2 National Championship teams (1991 and 1993), 3 Southeastern Conference championship teams (1991-1993), and 3 College World Series teams (1991, 1993, and 1994). He led the LSU baseball team in appearances as a pitcher in the 1994 and 1995 seasons, and fought through injury to earn a trusted role on the team from closing games and getting out of trouble regardless of the inning. From the baseball diamond as a player, through training as a psychologist, to leading The MindSide, it is about competing for excellence. Highlights From This Episode In this episode we discuss Dr. McCabe’s new book The Mindside Manifesto: The Urgency to Create a Competitve Mindset. He shares the story behind writing the book and some of the struggles that he, himself had to overcome in order to bring the project to life and overcome his own doubts to share it with the world. Dr. McCabe explains the battle between our doubts and our beliefs and how we can work on what we tell ourselves, especially in the most high pressure situations. We discuss the 2 circles of Capability vs. Capacity and how each of them play a role in our performance and how you need to be able to reach your full capacity at the most crucial times. Dr. McCabe defines what a Manifesto is and why it’s so important to have one for yourself. Manifesto: “A strongly held belief,” which he also describes as a “public declaration of how you view the world.” He lays out the 5 things that successful people do on a daily basis: Administrative (tasks) Developmental (planning-looking ahead) Training Tasks Execute Review and Reflection The Coolest Golf Experience Dr. McCabe has had since the last time he was on the show: Watching his daughters’ confidence grow (one daughter in golf, the other in fitness). Having a Tour player come up to him at an event and compliment him on the work he is doing and how he is doing it. Who would you play 18 Holes of golf with? A course designer (like a Pete Dye) to understand the nuances that they create and the layouts. He would play where ever the designer would like to show him. If You Could Only Have one Last Meal in New Orleans, What Would it Be? A hot roast beef po’boy sandwich. (a 10-15 napkin kinda po’boy) Last Piece of Advice Transform your life into living Where to Find Dr. Bhrett McCabe website: Facebook: The MindSide  Twitter: @TheMindSide or @DrBhrettMcCabe Instagram: @themindside or @drbhrettmccabe   18STRONG Resources Get a copy of Jeff’s Best-Selling Book: “The Golfer’s Guide to a Bogey Proof Workout” Get your very own 18STRONG t-shirt Check out the 18STRONG Complete At Home Warm-Up Video and Cheat Sheet Check out the 18STRONG Flexibility Guide Check out the 18STRONG e-Book and Video Series: 5 Yards in Less Than 5 Minutes Connect with 18STRONG 18STRONG’s Facebook Page 18STRONG’s Twitter Profile 18STRONG’s Instagram Profile   Episode Sponsor:  
Michael Manavian is not your typical Teaching Pro.  He is also a nutrition consultant and former world class bodybuilder.  He has found a way to utilize his experience in all of these arenas in one of the most state of the art golf facilities in the US. As a partner at Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab, Michael works with world class golfers not only on their swing, but on nutrition down to the cellular level, literally. In this episode we discuss the role of hormones on your health and golf game, as well as a few quick dietary fixes to get you on the right track.  We also go into Michael’s history as a bodybuilder and how that has helped shape the way he approaches not only the physical aspect of his golfers, but the mental side, too. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below:   Michael’s Background From Watertown Massachusetts Graduated from Methodist University  Started teaching golf lessons Then took a year off to play professional golf At 128lbs. he decided he needed to start working on the body and got into Body building and started working with Steve Michalik (Mr. USA/Mr. Universe) Did over 20 bodybuilding shows, then got into training and supplement development Got back into teaching golf a few years ago Met Ali Gilbert and Dr. Steven Murphy, who are now his partners in Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab Opened up 2 more locations at the Clay Institute and Rebar Fitness What Does Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab do? Hormone Testing Nutrition consultations Fitness testing and training Primarily work with Golfers Highlights from this Episode Worked with Rob Labritz in 2010 who went on to be the low pro at the PGA Championship Michael REQUIRES all client to submit a 3 day food log Most people aren’t eating enough protein (1gram per 1lb. of body weight) are eating too many carbs (1gram per .75lbs of body weight) not enough good fats (1 gram per .5lbs of body weight) Michael views weight training as mental toughness training I don’t think you can OVERTRAIN, I think you can UNDER-RECUPERATE Your training and recovery need to be proportionate with each other. You can’t train 5 days a week, get little sleep, have bad nutrition habits and expect to get results Recovery has a lot to do with food, and even hormones Michael explains several different hormones and their role in our body’s function Discusses the Steroid Cascade or Cholesterol Cascade Stop eating Soy, stop eating things that come in bags and plastic bottles, and stop eating CRAP! High fructose corn syrup is one of the worst products known to man. Michael wrote a book with his bodybuilding coach/mentor Steve Michalik: Atomic Golf Michael’s bodybuilding consisted of a training program known as Intensity-Insanity developed by Steve Michalik He discusses his training method and how that relates to his golfers and golf instruction What is Michael Excited about these days? Invited by the golf Channel for a casting call for a new golf fitness show The GEARS Golf 3D system that they are using at the Lab. Parting Piece of Advice Michael makes note of the fact that their main objective is to optimize people health and enjoyment level so they can continue to play and thus the game of golf grows even more. Where to Find Michael Clinic Websites: Greenwich Diagnostics Sports Lab Clay Diagnostics Sports Lab Facebook: Michael Manavian Greenwich Diagnostics Clay Diagnostics Twitter: @Manavian Other Links in this Episode: Atomic Golf
Not breathing is a problem, of course, but did you know that the WAY you breathe can basically effect every aspect of your health and performance?  Even worse, you’re probably doing it wrong. In this episode, Brian Bradley, the Vice President of Egoscue University, give us a “master class” on how most of us neglect how important our breathing and postuer are not just to our golf game, but literally in every facet of our life. In my opinion, this is a MUST listen episode of the 18STRONG Podcast.  The information in this episode could literally transform you life and your game. Enjoy. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Brian’s Background Has been with Egoscue for 24 years Met Pete Egoscue when he was working with Jack Nickalus Jack was backing the expansion of Egoscue from their California location and branching into Florida Has worked with Nicklaus, Player, Palmer, Trevino, Tony Robbins, etc Brian was a physical therapist, started working at the FLorida location then moved to California He is now the Vice President of Egoscue University. Posture Pain and Performance ins the backbone of their company Highlights from this Episode Pete Egoscue’s background: Injured in Vietnam Searched for 3 years to figure out what was causing hi pain and was told it was “in his head” He decided to learn the anatomy on his own and figure out what was causing his pain from an “outsider’s” standpoint, he was not a medical practitioner, he had a computer science degree He began seeing patterns in pain and posture, then began collaborating with other very well known individuals in the medical world to help create what Egoscue is now. You breathe over 20,000 times per day, unlike any other activity The United States is very much BEHIND other areas of the world in regards to their philosophies and execution of strength and conditioning/rehabilitation protocols and practices. 2 experts they have worked very closely with are Dr. Pavel Kolaj and Dr. Carl Levitt Their #1 goal was to change the paradigm of how the human body is looked at so dysfunctions are looked at more globally If you can change a persons breathing patterns and the postural positions that effect those patterns, you can in turn eliminate many of the pain and issues that their body creates out of compensation Don’t “activate” your core before you swing a club, it should automatically generate that stability and activation when needed in the movement if the body is working right. By changing the way the upper back and shoulders function and move, and working with some breathing exercises on a regular basis, you can create more of the motion needed in the swing. You can get Bigger, Faster, Stronger simply by lying on your back working on your posture When you’re head is out of position, forward just 15 degrees, it effectively weighs 15lbs. , at 45 degrees (like looking at your phone, it now weighs nearly 50lbs. This stress increases the tension on your neck, traps, upper back, etc. Brian explains East-West vs North-South breathing The younger population is in more need for this work than anyone, primarily because of the consistently bad postures they are in at school, etc Egoscue exercises make everything you do easier and better.  It makes your chiropractor, trainer and therapists job much easier What’s Up with Tiger Woods Health? Tiger Woods is not weak, he is disconnected He’s not being given a chance to come back because he’s not being given the right information He is trap and lat driven, not a proper breathing pattern If anyone is out of balance, they will develop injury What can you do today to work on these issues? Static Back: Lie on your back on the floor, feet propped up, hips and knees at 90 degrees, arms at a 45 degree angle on the floor with palms up. Should mix reeducation, repositioning, and breathing exercises with strength and conditioning exercises to improve oxygen use and overall function of the body Practice East-West Breathing exercises to get the diaphragm working properly and releasing some of the tightness in the low back/fascia The most important take away from this episode (per Brian)  The position/function of your upper back dictates your health. It dictates your breathing, your movement, your golf swing, how you exercise, your digestive issues, etc Where to Find Brian email:  Websites:   Egoscue Resources Youtube: Egoscue San Diego  Egoscue Japan: video What is the Patch?: video Other links from this Episode Pain Free Living Book by Pete Egoscue Before and After Pics from Egoscue Clinics:        
In this episode, Justin Bryan and Van Pierce share the highs and lows (more lows than highs!) of the mini tour life and how their new website ( just might be a game changer in how these golfers can afford to play in these costly events in hopes of achieving their ultimate goal of getting to the big show. Justin and Van are two friends and former golf teammates from St. Louis that decided that the mini tour golfers need a better way to support their future and provide some financial security to be able to showcase their talent.  From this mission they have created, which is a Crowd-funding website dedicated to mini tour and golfers. Much like the very popular  website which has propelled hundreds and thousands of entrepreneurs ideas into successful products and brands, these guys are looking to do the same for the aspiring tour pro. And they know this business first hand as Justin is currently playing on the mini tour circuit and Van played on the tours for a short period of time after graduating from college. In this episode, they share the highs and lows (more lows than highs) of the mini tour life and how their new website just might be a game changer in how these golfers can afford to play in these costly events in hopes of achieving their ultimate goal of getting to the big show. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below:   Justin and Van The Guys’ Backgrounds Justin Bryant: Currently playing mini tour golf Played at Wake Forest for coach Jerry Haas Living in St. Louis, traveling to Jupiter in winter months Van Pierce: Currently in Law school at St. Louis University Played football at Drake University Played college golf at Chapman University Played some mini tour golf   Intro video to ProUKnow Highlights Life on the mini tour Justin describes the difference between the mini tour,, and PGA The mini tour life is not the glitz and glamour lifestyle that most would imagine. Guys living in motel rooms, tents, cars while traveling from tournament to tournament Different mini tour events: Adam’s Golf Tour eGolf Tour (formerly Hooters and NGA) PGA Canada PGA Latin America Typical purse these days in a min tour event is $12-16,000 The competition is super steep with winning scores sometime in the range of 20 under par (that’s some serious golf) If you’re not in the top 10 money earner on a mini tour, you are likely NOT making money! What does the Average Tour player spend per year (not PGA)? $50,000-$60,000 for a full time mini tour player Upwards of $75,000 for the player Getting more expensive every year Expenses include (from Justin’s profile page): Weekly Tournament Costs Entry Fee: $900 Travel: $400 Hotel: $420 Food: $180 Total:$1,90020 Tournaments= $38,000 Q Schools PGA Canada: $2,500 entry + $1,200 expenses= $3,700 $5,200 entry + $6,000 expenses= $11,200 Other Expenses Lessons with Instructor Practice Facilities = $7,100  What is Crowd-funding was a 5 Billion dollar business last year It is a platform for mini tour players to build a campaign in order to bring in funding for their year of playing on tour Moves the golfers away from giving away equity of their earnings in exchange for up front funding Allows your friends, family, and extended networks to easily contribute to the golfer ProUKnow provides certain gifts/rewards to the contributors, but players can come up with their own rewards as well to help drive contributions examples include a round with the pro, or even with a PGA pro, lessons, corporate golf outings, etc. Endorsed by Webb Simpson Big Break contestants on ProUKnow: Charlie Harrison Christian Heathers Workouts on tour are very limited due to lack of facilities Best Advice you’ve learned on the Course: Van: Don’t linger on your last shot.  Every shot stands on it’s own merit Justin: Your golf round basically comes down to 6 moments, slow down and capitalize on them. “You’re never going to hit well enough to hide a bad short game, but you can have a good enough short game to hide a bad day of hitting it” Jack Lumpkin (Sea Island). Justin’s big golf goal for next year is to be on a tour that qualifies for world golf ranking.   Other Links From This Episode: Website: Justin’s ProUKnow profile:  Justin Bryant Facebook: ProUKnow: Twitter: ProUKnow: @ProUKnow Justin: @JustinBryant Van: @Van_Pierce #JointheGolfJourney #ProUKnow #18STRONG Matt Rau’s (one of my clients) profile: Matt Rau Justin’s Juggling video:  
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