How to Gain 5-10 Yards in 5-10 Minutes (Part 1)
Have you been struggling with adding distance to your golf game? Have you wondered why swinging "harder" doesn't automatically mean more distance? Or, are you looking for something to do to warm up properly that might actually help?
In the first part of our "5-10 Yards in 5-10 Minutes" series, we are demonstrating and discussing a simple, low tech, no gimmick way to improve your club head speed and prime your body for the grind of 18 holes.
Yes, I said grind! I'm tired of people not only not recognizing how explosive of a sport golf is. But I'm also tired of people brushing off that fatigue or lower back ache after 18 as a "normal" part of the experience.
So, start here. Your body will appreciate it...and maybe, just maybe your score will too. You see, your body responds well to novel or new experiences. It develops stronger nerve signaling, better reaction and stabilization, and better timing. So how do we experience something new in the golf swing without completely throwing us off of our typical game for the worse?
SWING BOTH DIRECTIONS!
There is something to be said for providing balance in the body and firing patterns even though golf is a repetitive, one direction sport. The benefits are many and have even been validated in certain studies by some of the top golf performance experts in the field. So why might this be?
1. Protective Movement Mapping: A fancy term I came up with for your body's likelihood to limit it's potential for complete movement based on what's safe, comfortable, and pain-free. You see, if you've had past pain or restrictions, you're likely to limit certain potential ranges of motion or muscle firing based on the threat of that pain again. In addition, if you've swung the club enough times in the same direction, your body has probably fell into an adaptive pattern to take the most efficient path based on what your body is used to, but not necessarily on what your body has the potential to do.
2. Body Balance: Just because you swing the club one direction when scoring your golf game, doesn't mean that your body wouldn't still benefit from a better balance side to side in the golf game. Your body has elastic energy that can be increased when all potential ranges of motion, joint positions, and muscle firing patterns are able to provide information back to the brain.
3. Stabilization is not a part time gig: Stabilization is your body's ability to keep an important body segment stiff, solid, or rigid while the rest of the body moves around it. Usually that movement can be faster, more efficient, and less likely to be injured if the stability component is optimal. However, it is unusual that a segment is completely stable if it's only stable in one position or direction. Thus, it's all the more important (for your pelvis and lower body for example) to swing both directions to develop complete stability (so that your upper half can turn more efficiently for example).
So maybe the above points seem a little bit like science fiction or "not golf specific." GOOD! One of the key points I will tell all of the golfer's and athletes that I get the honor of working with is this..."our game will only improve when we focus on the factors that are not the game."
What I mean is this...golf is an output. No one cares about how they move or how they swing. They ultimately just care about where the ball lands. But if all you focus on is the output or where your ball lands, you're not focusing on the input (your body and brain connection) then the output will ultimately plateau and you'll become frustrated.
So, give it a shot! You'll feel strange but I do believe you'll feel better. And until next time..
Dr. Eric Wallace
"Helping golfer's of all levels crush the ball off the tee while staying pain-free."