Become A Consistent Golfer – Part 2

Here is part 2 on becoming more consistent on the golf course from my guest writer.

“A Blueprint For The Consistent Golf Swing And How To Get One – Part 2″

I’ve been helping an old friend improve her golf swing so she can enjoy playing weekend golf with her new husband. After convincing her that a consistent golf swing doesn’t just happen without an investment of some time and energy, I prepared a solid and doable course of practice sessions that would fit even her busy schedule. It’s so user-friendly that just about anyone who wants to play better golf can handle the load.

A few weeks later she ran excitedly into the Pro Shop looking for me. She had followed the lesson plan as prescribed and then joined her husband for their first round of golf together. Beaming from ear to ear, she reported, “I remembered everything. I took my time, planted my feet, relaxed, focused, took a deep breath, and swung the driver just like I’d been doing for the past two weeks. When I felt the club connect with the ball and heard a sharp ‘crack,’ I felt such a thrill that I could hardly contain myself and keep my head down. When I finally looked up, I could see the ball sailing straight down the fairway!”

She and her husband gaped at the ball as it bounced once, bounced again, and finally rolled to a stop almost 150 yards away. Suddenly there was a ‘Whoop!’ from her husband and then he was lifting her off her feet and swinging her around shouting, “You hit it! You really hit it!” She was pleased at his reaction but she was not so happy when they approached her ball, which was only a few yards from his, and he said, “Bet you can’t do that again.” But she showed him that her great drive wasn’t a fluke with a second wood shot, almost as long and just as straight, leaving her with a perfect lie about 100 yards from the green of the long par-5 hole.

When she approached the third shot, she was really nervous because she had been practicing with her woods and now she was faced with an iron shot. “But,” she said, “I got focused and I just started my swing. I didn’t hit it quite hard enough to make the green but it went straight! I couldn’t believe it and neither could my husband. He was so impressed, he asked to see my plan.”

The plan I gave her consisted of three parts:
1/ Consistency – What it is and why it works.
2/ Practice Makes Consistent – Why consistency is perfect.
3/ Consistent Tips That Work Consistently

1/ Consistency – What it is and why it works.
Consistency is the art of repeating the same helpful actions to achieve the same desirable results. That sounds a lot like the definition of insanity: repeating the same actions and expecting different results. Many people classify golfers as somewhat insane for chasing a small white ball over hills and in and out of lakes, traps, and deep forests through heat, rain, and even snow. While this behavior is fairly consistent for many occasional golfers, it can only be considered insanity if they continue to make the same mistakes and expect their shots to land in fairways and on greens.

The “Consistency/Insanity Defense.” As crazy as it sounds, the qualities needed to achieve consistency are the very same ones – commitment and determination. The difference lies in what you choose to repeat to achieve the expected result. If your actions will not contribute to an excellent swing, then you fall in the insanity camp because you continue to produce the same poor swing with the same poor results.
On the other hand, if you are repeating actions that result in long, straight drives, as well as deadly accurate chips and putts, then you are on your way to consistency.
2/ Practice Makes Consistent

Whatever I tried to achieve in my life, I heard the same advice from my parents: Practice makes perfect. As I have grown up and found a measure of success in many endeavors, I have proven them almost right. I say “almost right” because I discovered that, no matter how long and consistently I practice, I am incapable of perfection.
Consistency is not perfection but it is as close as we can get to it. It means performing the same actions the same way every time and I soon discovered that I am capable of consistency. As I worked on my own golf swing, I found that the proper actions produced the desired results. Repeating those actions over and over produced those results consistently.

Practice is the consistent repetition of an action; so, practice not only “makes consistent,” it is consistency itself. Therefore, to be a consistent golfer takes practice, practice, practice.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Address the tee properly (Repeat 20 times twice a day)
– Stand straight without hunching your shoulders
– Plant your feet slightly further apart than your shoulders
– Flex your knees and adjust your weight on your feet until balanced
– Relax your shoulders, shake out your arms and let them fall at your side
Grip the club properly (Repeat 20 times twice a day)
– Lay the club head next to the tee and relax with it loosely in one hand
– Place the other hand on the grip
– Adjust your grip until comfortable
Swing the club
– Address the tee and grip the club as practiced
– Swing smoothly and firmly with your arms and shoulders
– Follow through completely with your head down and eye on the tee
– Videotape and analyze – make adjustments as needed
Swing the club properly (Repeat 20 times four times a day)
– Pay attention to the feel of the proper swing
– Make sure each swing feels the same
– Videotape your last set of swings to be sure your swing is consistent with the beginning
Hit the ball
– Place a ball on the tee and address the ball properly
– Forget that there is a ball in front of you and just swing as practiced
– After the ball has left the tee, complete your swing and then look up
– If the ball didn’t go where you intended, adjust your swing
– Once your swing is effectively hitting the ball, repeat 20 times as many times a day as you can
3/ Consistent Tips that Work Consistently
These tips are from golfers who have worked long and hard to perfect their golf swing. While most of them are still aiming for the perfection that will never come, that doesn’t keep them from trying.
Get it right. Repeat your swing until it feels right and natural.
Practice, practice, practice – in your back yard, your basement, even your garage.
Ask for and pay attention to good feedback.
Develop a positive attitude. Reward yourself for good shots and look for ways to improve the bad ones.

One final word to the wise: Most golfers whine and complain about their scores, their poor strokes, and their high handicaps. Instead of beating yourself up when you hit poorly, reward your good play consistently. Whenever you hit a green or the middle of the fairway, congratulate yourself and then swing again the same way. If it feels the same, remember it and then do the same thing again and again until it feels natural. It may sound like the road to insanity, but it is the only way to consistency at its best.
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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 18, 2012

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Are You A Golfer In Poor Health?

I recently ran across this article on how the game of golf may be a vehicle to decreased health and fitness. It clearly emphasizes the need for consistent exercise for not only health, but to ensure you can play this great game into your later years. You can read this interesting take on golf & health by going HERE.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on September 23, 2012

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Golf Fitness Chicago Seen On Chicago Sun Times Site

I want to direct you to a nice article Matthew Schwerha wrote in today’s online Chicago Sun Times. It gives you some more recent golf fitness exercise photo’s of my colleague Wynne Conklin. You can check it out HERE.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on July 31, 2012

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Can The HGC Diet Help Golfers Lose Weight?

I have recently been asked about the HCG diet and what I thought. I’m going to give you some information I found from a reputable nutritionist online.

What Is The HCG Diet?

This diet was fairly popular in the 1950’s until it became clear that there was insufficient evidence to support using HCG for fatloss. As with most fad diets, the HCG Diet has resurfaced and makes some pretty outlandish claims. Many of the products declare that the diet will “reset your metabolism”, change “abnormal eating patterns” and result with a “loss of 1-2 pounds per day.”

HCG is a hormone produced in women by the placenta during pregnancy. HCG is sold as a prescription drug approved by the Food & Drug Administration for various medical conditions including the treatment of female infertility (but not weight-loss). The diet requires a daily injection of this hormone along with a scary obligation to eat a very low calorie diet of ONLY 500 CALORIES A DAY!

Why Do People Lose So Fast?

In short, people are actually losing twenty pounds and more per month because they are starving themselves! If you stop eating, you will likely drop weight quickly no matter what you are injecting into your body.

It’s insane really… it will cost you hundreds of dollars a month and the real secret to this diet is… starvation. You don’t have to pay for that… you can starve yourself free of charge. =) (Which I don’t recommend.)

The HCG label actually states, there “is no substantial evidence that it increases weight-loss beyond that resulting from caloric restriction, that it causes a more attractive or ‘normal’ distribution of fat, or that it decreases the hunger and discomfort associated with calorie-restricted diets.”

Is It Safe?

No matter your size, that level of calorie restriction is severe and does not lack consequences. These include, but are not limited to, gallstone formation, irregular heartbeat, vitamin & mineral deficiency and electrolyte imbalance. This means that the HCG diet is not only unhealthy, it’s hazardous.

Keep in mind that following this diet will give you an increased risk of headaches, blood clots, restlessness and depression. In addition, the HCG can give you pregnancy-like symptoms, such as water retention, breast tenderness and swelling. And finally, HCG can also cause a condition called OHSS, or ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which is potentially life-threatening.

In addition to the calorie restriction being unsafe, the HCG hormone is actually illegal for over the counter sale for any reason. In fact, it’s not approved for weight-loss even as a prescription. The FDA is warning any consumer currently using HCG for fat-loss to stop taking it and to stop following the dieting instructions immediately. I recommend this too!

My suggestion? Stick to what we know works—eating natural, wholesome foods, healthy supplements and exercise—and don’t be fooled, misled or tempted by fad starvation diets. Sustainable, healthy fat loss takes a permanent change of your habits and lifestyle.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on June 10, 2012

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Golfers Should Stop Stretching Before They Play

Are you one of those golfers that are stretching out before you play or hit balls. Well check out this research that again explains that passive stretching before you play may not be the best thing for you. I always recommend warming up by performing functional movements and of course by hitting balls. And by all means do your stretching on a regular basis after your golf fitness exercise program, but not right before you play. Read the research here on my website.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on December 14, 2010

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Golf Fitness Core Exercise

This is the plank, a good golf fitness exercise for developing the core control and strength needed in the golf swing.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 24, 2010

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Golfers Back Pain Improved with Golf Fitness Exercise

Core exercises to improve golf performance are very popular these days. However it must be understood that these golf fitness exercise need to be performed without compromising the low back. This exercise focuses on gaining control of the stabilizing muscle through the lumbar spine. I must emphasize the word control. The core musculature is not designed to generate power but to control the forces that occur during violent motions such as the golf swing.

This exercise is called the bird dog, and its purpose is to teach control of the lumbar spine while moving the extremities. Move slowly and focus on control when doing this golf fitness exercise. Good Luck

Posted under Exercise Tips, Exercise Videos, Golf Injuries

This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 24, 2010

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Core Exercise For Golfers With Low Back Pain

The key to controlling low back pain in golfers should focus on controlling the stresses that occur at the lumbar spine during the swing. Golf specific exercises are developed to improve the golfers ability to control or stabilize the trunk. This golf fitness exercise shown below is one of the beginning de-rotation exercises I teach. It is important to learn how to control the rotational forces in the low back during the swing and you do it with this exercise. You can build neuromuscular strength and control, as well as endurance in the deep stabilizing muscle of the spine. Make sure to start with light weight and progress slowly.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 24, 2010

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Golf Training – Cardio & Strength Execises Together

We are busy these days and it’s often times hard to get those workouts in. So what do you do?

Here’s a nice way to do both strength training and a little cardio together. So let’s say you are doing 4 sets of pull-ups or bench presses. Or one of my favorite exercises, like the curl & press combo. What you do is perform the first set of the curl & press combo then immediately hop on the treadmill or track and do a 1 minute sprint. Then you return to the second set of the strength exercise. Continue alternating until you complete all 4 sets. If you want, then move on to the next strength exercise and repeat the same sequence. This is a fast moving high intensity program that you’re going to love if your short on time. Good luck!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on November 1, 2010

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A “Superset” For Increased Power In The Golf Swing

We are always looking for increased power in the golf swing. Supersets are often used to add extra challenge to our workout as well as help in weight loss. This week I’d like to show a superset that helps build leg and core strength.

A superset is when you do 2 exercises back-to-back. Sometimes you have a little rest in-between the 2 exercises and other times you don’t. So what you may want to start with the rest method. In other words perform the first exercise for 30 seconds, rest 30 seconds and then perform the second exercise for 30 seconds. Continue in the manner for 4 rounds.

An alternative to this is to perform the first exercise for 30 seconds and immediately perform the second exercise for 30 seconds & then rest for 30 seconds. So the rest is between each superset vs. each exercise. Again perform 4 rounds.
Try the first option first and if it is to easy then go to the second option.

So this superset is a push-up followed by a jump squat. You can see the pictures below & I hope to have videos of my supersets completed soon. For the jump squat you want to squat down as shown then jump up as the arms go down and back (ignore the band around the knees).
So remember to perform in good form and follow one of the above options.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 18, 2010

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