MJ GOLF Performance

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Take a look at the way MJ Golf and BodiTrak is changing the face of golf coaching! BodiTrak is an invaluable tool for helping MJ Golf clients understand weight distribution and movements, and balance patterns, and the impacts these have on the golf swing.

Introducing this world class technology in MJ Golf Performance lessons has proved extremely beneficial by providing ‘fact over fiction’, with real statistics and graphical feedback in a matter of seconds!

To take advantage of this game changing technology, book your lesson today at http://mjgolf.com.au/book-a-lesson

FlightScope’s 3D motion tracking devices are not just about ball measurement; they also help with your golf swing analysis by measuring 27 variables related to your ball, club and swing! By integrating this world class software into MJ Golf Performance lessons, we are able to effectively establish ‘fact over fiction’ and redirect new patterns of learning with real swing data in a matter of seconds.

FlightScope Technology is available to MJ Golf Performance clients, and is an invaluable tool to further develop and improve your golf swing.

Book your lesson with FlightScope today at http://mjgolf.com.au/book-a-lesson/

In a recent full week of training with 21-year old Japanese player Honjo Matsumura, we improved Honjo’s golf technique and developed golf specific exercises to ensure he is always ‘tournament ready’ and in form to play his best golf when it counts.
 
We started with the world-famous Flightscope and Boditrack technology to clearly identify Honjo’s swing and physiological actions when hitting the ball. I call this ‘fact over fiction’ and once again it proved increasingly useful as this new technology highlighted some key areas of focus for Honjo including club face consistency and completing weight distribution!

From here we went on course, at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, and after some technical and stroke correction Honjo was able to find the extra key components to his game that he was missing.

While on course we spent some time on practise routines and adaptation skills so that Honjo can better adapt to changing environments in competition whether they are due to the weather or other playing circumstances.

 

Lastly we went to the Sanctuary Cove gym, not just to work out but to get an understanding of Honjo’s individual physicality so we could design specific exercises that will help Honjo’s golf. From observing Honjo we were able to develop a gym program that will take less than 45 minutes per session but will ensure Honjo is a strong, competitive athlete every time he walks up to the tee. We also talked about the value of physical preparation which has a positive influence on the mind that translates to on course performance.

 

After a week Honjo left Australia and Sanctuary Cove’s world-class facilities with a deeper knowledge of his capability, an action plan of how to achieve his goals and the ongoing practise and gym routines, including mind focus, that will ensure his success.

From a fitness aspect, the golfer’s slice may be a direct result of the body being too strong on one side and too weak on the other. Most right-handed golfers show adequate strength on their dominant side but have trouble activating their less dominant left side.

The right-handed golfer is generally too strong on one side and as a result their set-up usually has the right shoulder taking over the address position. The left shoulder is then shoved to the left side producing an open set-up. As a result the club path works outside and across at the impact position.

To combat this many say to “just move your left shoulder across”. This is easier said than done. The physical problem is the left side of the right-handed golfer is less active and often has limited strength. Therefore it is often spun out of the way on the downswing or impact position.

To change the technique of your swing you have to change the physical fault. This doesn’t mean complete postural analysis – but just pinpointing the weak area. Slicers have weak left side muscles, so we design single-sided exercises to help balance the equation and improve the functionality of both sides of the golf anatomy.

With today’s lifestyle of sitting for long periods, driving your car for hours to-and-from work, etc. there is little chance that your posture will be perfect. To change what you have developed over your lifetime is a tall order, especially through generic stretches and exercises. So pinpointing specific strength limitations in your golf swing is the way to go.

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Regardless of your age, gender or skill level, there are many benefits of establishing and maintaining stability during all parts of your swing.

Stability swing faults are many, but quite often derived from a physical fault, namely the inability to control the “A-frame” – the area between the waist and the knees. If you have instability in this area, then consistent and repetitive swings are more difficult regardless of effort in practice or technique analysis. Common swing issues as a result of instability include sliding hips, over-rotation and reverse pivot, to name a few.

Many golfers seem to focus on the swing itself rather than the anatomy that supports it. Senior golfers, juniors, men and women all could complete golf-specific activating exercises, with their age and fitness level determining the intensity and programming. More golfers would reduce their terrible days (and scores) on the course simply by controlling the “A-frame” anatomy and it doesn’t require major time consumption or complex equipment. Continue reading

Stretching is an important part of your golf routine but it must be specific to your swing issues. Adding a specific strength training routine for your swing issues is the first step in reducing that handicap and playing at your best.

As a golf fitness trainer I am amazed by students I teach when they ask why they are not more consistent and are not hitting it further, despite lots of stretching but not necessarily using golf-specific activating exercises.

For decades, health professionals have saturated us with the idea that stretching is the main priority for all golfers. While stretching is important, when it comes to developing control and muscle endurance, golf-specific exercise is the key to changing your swing dynamics and performance results.

When you look at a golf swing as a whole, it’s a dynamic movement that roughly takes only 1 second, so you need your golf muscles to activate quickly. Stretching can make you feel loose or relaxed but sometimes can upset your normal golf swing’s range of motion or affect your timing mechanisms. If you were to combine the stretching and golf-specific activating exercises (vs stretching only as a form of pseudo activating golf exercises) you would find vast improvements in swing control and muscle endurance.  Continue reading

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