Golf Swing Coach – for an Age-Defying Golf Swing
I would like to first refer to the term golf swing coach not as an instructor but as to the golfer. One reason I make this distinction is because what Sir Nick Faldo stated and what I believe. I even included the term Coach in the title of my book, The ESPY Golf Swing Coach. Nick Faldo stated last year during the Quicken Loans Tournament, “That the golfer must become their own golf swing coach on the course.”
As the golf swing coach, the golfer should include in their training an exercise component to condition and strengthen their body, while preventing injuries. Why wouldn’t a golf swing coach not include an exercise program into their weekly training routine? The answer is, the golfer should include an exercise program for power and distance, but also protect against typical aging issues. Also, ergonomics plays an important role to provide the basis of an age-defying golf swing. This represents the E in the acronym ESPY.
This is my grandfather and golf swing coach, Homer E. Q. Boatright, at 81 still playing golf at North Hills Country Club in North Little Rock, AR. What is special about North Hills Golf Course is that it is the only golf course in Arkansas designed by Robert Trent Jones in 1938.
Nick Faldo- “That the golfer must become their own golf swing coach on the course.”
The CASPER Workout Program for Golfers
The CASPER (Cardiovascular, Aerobic, Strength and Plyometrics Exercise Regimen) Workout Program provides benefits, even as the golfer ages. I’m living proof of this; I’m 58, and retired, and still maintain my CASPER Workout Program, without changes in my physical activities. I still play golf, walk eighteen holes, four times per week, work on my farm, and promote my book while working from my home office, starting at 5:30 a.m. each morning until noon. Then I go to the golf course.
I contribute this ability due to God’s blessings and an exercise routine. I worked with several physical trainers in developing the CASPER Workout Program. In my junior year in high school, I tore my ACL that required surgery. I was determined to stay in shape and maintain my health and fitness even after surgery and as I graduated high school and college. I continued this now after I have retired.
But an exercise routine is just only one-third of the equation, as noted in the road map. There is also diet and lifestyle changes that account for the other two-thirds of your total fitness.
Diet and Lifestyle Changes for Total Health
But an exercise routine is just only one-third of the equation, as noted in the road map. There is also diet and lifestyle changes that account for the other two-thirds of your total fitness. Lifestyle changes and diet should be your starting point. For your free use, you can follow my SR-925 Diet Program, where I lost seven inches in my waistline within six months.
Now for the lifestyle part of the equation to deal with the familiar issues, such as: not smoking, limiting your alcohol consumption, using sunscreen, wearing seat belts, using a bicycle helmet while riding your bicycle for exercise, brushing and flossing, drinking plenty of water, getting adequate sleep, getting your physical checkup, and developing the habit of reading and meditating for relaxation.
Ergonomics is just as important to your golf swing as to your exercise routine and swing techniques.
The Impact Ergonomics has on the Golfer’s Swing
Now an important issue not covered, in most lifestyle and training routines, is ergonomics. Ergonomics is just as important to your golf swing as to your exercise routine and swing techniques. This deals with maintaining proper body alignment and movement while playing golf, during the day and especially during your workout program. One big issue for golfers is maintaining their back health. To maintain a healthy back, the golfer wants to bend at the hips and turn at the waist, the way the body is designed to function. A great way to ensure that the golfer does this is a procedure I call one-step forward, pick up procedure. You’ve heard people state, I just went out to pick up the newspaper and all of a sudden, my lower back went out. This didn’t just happen all of a sudden, but was a cumulative effect.
You’ve heard people state, I just went out to pick up the newspaper and all of a sudden, my lower back went out. This didn’t just happen all of a sudden, but was a cumulative effect.
To ensure that you bend at the hips instead of the waist, the golfer should get in the habit of taking one-step forward, as illustrated, then bending down. The other option for lighter loads, is to use a golfer’s leg extension pickup, with one leg extended backwards, as illustrated. Either method will make sure you bend at the hips and not at the waist.
Bending at the waist instead of the hips will cause the disc, especially the disc in the Lumbar area, to bulge out backwards. This can cause either a herniated disc or worse, a ruptured disc. The reason you want to bend at the hips is that it keeps the pressure in the disc forward. Keeping the pressure in the disc forward is important. This is because the disc is three times thicker in the front of the disc as in the rear of the disc. And this is where the sciatic nerve is located, as noted in the illustration below. Bulging from the disc places pressure on the nerve, causing pain to shoot down into the legs and calf muscles. This is an indicator of disc issues.
Presetting the Wrists to take Stress off the Lumbar Area
One of the benefits of Syncing and Presetting your wrists is threefold. First it makes establishing the golf swing easier. Second- you can become your own golf swing coach on the course because of the set points. Third, the golfer can take a tremendous amount of pressure off their lower back. Presetting your wrists allows the shoulders to turn 50 percent more than the waist turns.
This illustration shows two procedures to maintain back health, first with leg lifts to strengthen your abdominal muscles. And second, how to reduce the effects of sciatic nerve pain with the McKenzie back procedure. Some Yoga poses include this type of back relief exercise, e.g., as in the Warrior Poses I and II. I would suggest that yoga become part of your workout routine. This can be done in the morning or evening and during the course of the day.
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