OMG-Where does the time go!
OMG-Where does the time go!
What Is BodiTrak?
BodiTrak is a leading-edge sports technology company, focused on the interaction between an athlete and the ground.
Their sensor technologies provide real-time data – a window into that ground interaction between the athlete and the ground – and their team of advisors work to make that information insightful.
By utilizing technology like BodiTrak, we’re able identify movement that the naked eye cannot. Data offers more opportunity to evaluate technique and provide biofeedback for improvement .
BodiTrak for Golf
BodiTrak products give teachers, coaches and golfers the tools to visualize and better understand the golf swing, to make improvements faster and track success.
The mat measures your interaction with the ground and everything you do with the club will be reflected in the ground and therefore, in the mat. So when the golfer can understand how they are interacting with the ground, then that information can be used to help the golfer improve their club delivery by using that feedback.
Take a look at this video of PGA Professionals Piers Ward and Andy Proudman of Me and My Golf, along with my instructor from the Titleist Performance Institute, and BodiTrak instructor and tour coach, Mark Blackburn, use the BodiTrak technology to help Piers get more pressure into the trail leg in the backswing transition and then transfer that pressure into the led leg during the downswing transition in order to maximize compression with the golf ball.
“Whatever we do with the golf club is reflected in the ground.” _Mark Blackburn
BodiTrak for Performance Assessment
In this video, TPI instructor Lance Gill explains how he uses BodiTrak to perform the Overhead Deep Squat . A very informative test that is part of the Level 1 screening process, and how the results on the test can show us if that athlete is loading laterally or are they able to keep their center of pressure well balanced during the squat.
Lance Gill describes how to enhance the overhead deep squat physical screen by looking at an athlete’s interaction with the ground.
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BodiTrak for Performance Training
The BodiTrak force & pressure measurment systems are used by sports medicine and sports performance professionals like myself, around the world, to assess movement patterns, communicate trends, and validate care methods.
Because BodiTrak quantifies vertical force, evaluating force can be a useful way to gauge progress month-by-month or even assess the effect of fatigue at the end of a workout. It also can be a useful tool for encouraging maximum output in a workout. Since athletes see an objective measure of how hard they are trying in a push up, they can’t slack . After all, intent is one of the most under-appreciated elements of an effective training session.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
BODITRAK provides valuable insight into how an athlete interacts with a ground. No matter how many of the above exercises you have seen, done, you are simply unable to determine their true ground mechanics without a pressure and force mat. BODITRAK assists and enhances assessments, training, and rehab, highlighting important information (such as an uneven pressure trace or force production) that will allow you to improve your game at a more efficient and effective rate.
“Adding Distance To Drives And Years To Lives”
Have you ever wondered what allows the pros hit the ball so far? Of course you have. I have never met a golfer that wouldn’t like more yardage. Longer drives gives you the potential for lower scores and isn’t that what golf is all about!
Vertical Thrust Is A Must
The ability to create large vertical thrust is a must if you want to hit the ball a long way. When we look at PGA players we see that some of the longest hitters are also the biggest jumpers. The average tour player can jump somewhere between 20″ – 22″ vertically. If you can jump over 20″ you can likely generate ball speed over 165mph.
“The higher you can jump, the further you can hit the ball.”_Dr. Greg Rose, TPI
We can test vertical jump by simply marking a wall at arms length, then jumping as far as you can over that point. The difference between them is your vertical jump. If you don’t have the ability to check a vertical jump we can also use the broad jump to test for lower body power production. The goal distance for the broad jump is 120% of your height. So if you are 72 inches tall (6 feet) you should be able to jump 86 inches on a broad jump. If you can measure up to these numbers then you have the potential to create incredible vertical thrust forces.
Ground Reaction Force
Ground reaction force is any equal and opposite reaction of you pushing into the ground which goes back into the golfer. As you begin the downswing transition, because the feet don’t go anywhere – we get a force coming from the ground that goes back through the body which is followed by a thrust up, which is what allows you to steal energy from the ground, transfer it into your lower body, then the trunk, arm, club and into the golf ball. (the object of destruction).
The best players in the world harness that vertical thrust power into rotary power.
“Bigger squat = more vertical force. More vertical force = more rotational power potential. More rotational power = longer drives.”_Rory Mcilroy
The main reason the squat is so key to developing vertical thrust power is it has the same general motor pattern. A loaded squat is simply a slowed down jump.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Creating an explosive ground reaction force will shallow out the driver, create a positive attack angle, gets the power starting in the lower body so it can be transferred through the core, and then the arms. And that is how you hit the ball a long way! Let’s get jumping!
Every golfer wants to play better golf! The desire to lower one’s handicap is present from the tour professional down to the recreational golfer. For most golfers getting better means getting new clubs, taking a lesson and playing more golf. And while those are all necessary components to getting better at golf and seem like a perfectly logical approach, it the very reason most golfers rarely reach their potential.
Why Is That?
The reason for this is simply because the average amateur golfer is just not physically capable of performing the required body movements that are involved in a mechanically correct golf swing.
I think most amateur golfers would love to swing the club (regardless of style) like any professional on tour, but in order to do that they need to move like a professional golfer, and to do that they are going to need some fitness training.
“Like so many others, I took regular golf lessons but resisted the notion that I was out of shape. I have been working with Brett for 3 years and I now understand what I believe to be true for virtually every golfer over 50, namely that we are physically unable to produce the swing that our pros are teaching us.” _Mark C., NYC
“If you’re taking lessons and practicing and not seeing improvement – then your body is the limiting factor. Your movement patterns (how you swing the club) are developed around physical limitations. Remove the limitations and you can create better movement patterns, giving you the potential to play golf better.”_Brett Cohen
In episode 200 of the 18 Strong Podcast my colleague Jeff Pelizzaro asked his 58 year old client of ten years, Dr. Andy Frost – 11-time Club Champion, Bellerive CC, what he thought of other golfers that are not putting time into fitness? Here’s his response:
“The golf swing is based on how your body can perform. And it’s impossible to make a proper golf swing and keep your club on plane if for example if you don’t have the flexibility in your hips and shoulders and the strength in your core to make the club do what it needs to do.” “So many golfers get a lesson, they get on video tape, they see themselves make a move that they don’t like the look of and they say, ‘well I need to that like the pro that they show next to them’. But the only way that they’re really going to be able to do that is if they can get they’re body into the kind of shape to do that. ” _Dr. Andy Frost
If you want to get better at golf and use fitness to improve my game – where should you begin?
“I think everyone needs to begin with an assessment and be honest with themselves that there are certain things you can and cannot do and that will filter down into your golf swing.” _ says Randy Myers_ author of new book, “Fit For Golf, Fit For Life”
So the first thing we need to do is assess how your body moves. How is your flexibility and mobility, how’s your balance, can you disassociate your upper body from your lower body? These are essential physical requirements to play powerful, consistent and pain free golf. These are the qualities that are measured in the TPI Level 1 Screen.
In the TPI Level 2 Screen we are measuring how powerful you are, and where your power is coming from. We also look to see if you need to be stronger or are you strong enough? As well as your level of cardiovascular fitness.
That’s what the TPI Level 1 and Level 2 screens do. They tell us (the golf fitness specialist) what you can and cannot do in relation to what is desired of a mechanically correct golf swing. The physical screen becomes a predictor of swing characteristics that effect power and consistency as well as leading to possible injuries. Movement inefficiency causes movement compensations. And the more compensations you have, the more inconsistent you’ll be.
Don’t just think of the screens as a pass or fail, but rather a starting point from which we begin and can measure progress from.
The body-swing connection is simply how your body effects the golf swing and how the golf swing effects your body. In other words, any physical restriction or limitation you have will filter into your swing. From thousands of samples, we can correlate a physical limitation with a swing characteristic that is typically undersireable to have.
If for instance you cannot perform the Overhead Deep Squat test (as seen above) there is a 90% correlation to extend your hips towards the ball too early in the downswing transition. This not only robs the player of his major power source (the lower body) and produces other such characteristics as: loss of posture, over-the-top, casting, etc., but can lead to elbow or shoulder injuries as well.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
Let’s suppose for a moment that you are one of those golfers (like Jordan Spieth above) that understands the relationship between fitness and your ability to play golf to the best of your ability.. Let’s just say….
So if you are going to the gym you want to optimize the time you spend there and derive the most benefit you can from it, right? Of course you do. You’re a successful person who has little time to waste. Then the first thing you need to ask yourself is:
What benefits would you like to see from the work you are putting in and the time you spend there?
If you’re there because you want your exercise to help you with your golf game then you need to know what physical qualities YOU need to improve upon in order to play golf better. Which means YOU need to know which physical qualities are necessary to be a good golfer. With me so far?
The physical qualities that better golfers have are:
Think of each of these physical qualities as buckets. How would you know which of these buckets you need to fill?
Assess and Address
The best way of know which of your buckets needs filling is to assess and prioritize. And the best way to assess what YOUR physical needs are is to have someone who understands how to measure them with a screening process. That’s essentially what a screen does. It tells the screener what it is you can or cannot do. Whether or not you have any physical limitations that are adversely effecting your golf swing. And when it comes to being fit for golf, those screens are measure and compared to by what “better golfers” can do.
Check out this great video of Me and My Golf along with TPI Co-Founder Dave Philips going through some of the physical screens.
Mistake #1: You Have No Plan
I’m sure you’re familiar with the Benjamin Franklin saying, “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail,” and another wonderful quote by the brilliant Zig Ziglar, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
FACT: The average amateur golfer does not have the knowledge of how to put together a complete training program nor are they familiar with all the elements that are required for their success.
For your exercise program to be successful you first have to start with the end result in mind. Where do YOU want to go? Then find out where you are physically in relationship to that end result and then reverse engineer a plan that will take you there.
Most people that venture into a gym on their own go with the thought of changing their appearance, not their performance. And with improving their appearance as the primary objective they tend to gravitate towards one or both of the following types of exercise:
1) Strength training
2) Condition (or as you would say, “cardio”)..
But as you can see from the list above there’s much more to fitness than building muscle and pumping blood. You still have 5 more buckets to fill in order to have all physical qualities that are necessary to play great golf.
And from what I’ve seen, you’re doing a pretty poor job of filling those 2 buckets..
Mistake #2: You’re Filling The Wrong Buckets and With The Wrong Things
As important as strength and cardiovascular fitness is go golf and overall health & fitness, it’s typically not what’s holding the average amateur back from playing better golf. Most amateurs need help with flexibility, mobility, stability, balance, and the ability to disassociate. All critical skills for power, consistent and injury free golf!
“Until you can get into a position, until you can move joints (hips and shoulders) the way they need to be moved, it will be difficult if not impossible to enhance your power. If we look a most people that struggle with GOLF, it because they lack mobility”_ Michael Boyle
So if you’re not working on your ability to get into position to perform a mechanically correct golf swing you’re probably spending your time filling the wrong bucket.
Mistake #3: Never Jog!
If you are putting your time into the cardio bucket you’re probably wasting it by being inefficient.
Go into any corporate gym and you will literally see rows and rows of treadmills and recumbent bicycles. Why are they there? It sells memberships!
The fact is that the reason people gravitate to doing slow, steady-state walking or jogging on a a treadmill or for that matter, easy pedaling on a bicycle – is because IT’S EASY and the alternative, interval training, IS HARD!
People like what’s comfortable but to change your level of fitness you need to get uncomfortable. Get comfortable with discomfort!
Check out these words of wisdom from Ed Mylett’s 10 Rules of Success. Especially #6 – Chase Discomfort.
“The comfortable road will never lead you to be the person you were destined to be.” _Ed Mylett
Compare the body postion of the joggers to the sprinter. There is no comparison other than they are both moving forward!
What About Weight Loss?
What Is Interval Training?
Benefits Of Interval Training
How Do You Know If You’re Working Hard Enough?
“Short distances preserve running mechanics while brief recovery times produce the same AEROBIC benefits as distance runs. _ Gary Winckler University of Ill Women’s Track Coach
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