11/13/2017 by Brett Cohen 2 Comments
I Do Not Teach Golf, Golf Fitness, NYC
I DO NOT TEACH GOLF!
I am a golf fitness specialist. As a golf fitness specialist I measure movement efficiency as it relates to that which is required and desired of a mechanically correct golf swing. In other words, I evaluate how a golfer’s body moves and how that effects their swing. This is know as the Body-Swing Connection.
Motor patterns: (in other words, the way you swing the club) are developed around your physical limitations. Unless and until you alter the limitation and then change the software that controls it, we are never really going to see lasting changes in your swing.
Measuring Movement Efficiency: How do I measure movement efficiency you ask? Good question. First and foremost I use the Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Screen. The Level 1 screen was developed for golf professionals to help identify any physical limitations that might be effecting their golf swing. The level 1 screen looks at flexibility, mobility and stability and balance in the body and how it relates to the golf swing.
The physical screening process measures your body’s ability to get into the position required to create an efficient, repeatable and safe golf swing. In short-it identifies what your body can and cannot do as it relates to the golf swing. From the screening process we can learn how any of those physical limitations may be causing your swing inefficiencies.
Once those physical restrictions are identified I then design an exercise program based on the science of exercise and rehabilitation to eliminate the physical restrictions that are preventing you from playing your best golf.
The goal of the exercise program is to help to improve movement efficiency so that the golfer has the physical potential to play golf better!
Strength -Power & Speed are important for golfers, but the foundational movement patterns the golf swing need to be in place first. In order to have the foundation movement patterns in place you need adequate mobility, stability, and muscle elasticity to get your body into position to perform a mechanically correct golf swing
What Your Golf Pro Does
Golf professionals are highly successful and technically skilled golfers who have an aptitude for conveying technique and gameplay through verbal instruction and physical demonstrations. They understand weaknesses in a student’s game, and will instruct and guide the student in order to make improvements.
- First and foremost, your golf professional is a skills teacher. Skills that include: stance, grip, swing variation, club selection, and course management.
- They provide and interpret golf policies, rules and regulations.
- They teach their students the correct way to play the game.
The Different Between Golf Coaches And Golf Fitness Coaches: If you go back in the history of time for golf instruction …..For as long as there’s been video, golf coaches have been comparing the amateur golfers swing to the professional golfers swing and asking that the amateur replicate the professionals form and swing. When in fact… the average amateur golfer does not have the physical abilities to get their body into position to perform a mechanically correct golf swing.
"A Golf Pro is basically telling you that we think this is the best way to express our physiology to move the ball. But if you physically can’t do it you’re going to spend thousands of hours working with a pro who has become a master at addressing your movement compensations…If you show up with the full capacity to move the way a golf pro wants you to – you can use their expertise to become a better golfer because you possess the movement foundation to do so. That’s the central difference between a golf pro and a golf fitness professional." __Kelly Starrett, author of The Supple Leopard
But the coaches keep saying that they need you to get into that position and have been doing that without the knowledge of knowing what YOU can physically do.
Why tell someone to get into a position that they physically can’t get into? If you want to play golf at the highest level, this is what you should do.
- Evaluate the player’s swing.
- Evaluate how the player’s body moves (using physical screens).
- Match that person’s abilities with someone who’s playing golf successfully with those same or similar limitations.
The Team Approach: In an ideal situation the golf pro, golf fitness professional and possibly a medical professional (e.g. chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, osteopath, etc.) would work together as a team to make you the best golfer you can be. The fitness professional and medical professional work on the hardward, the golf professionals program the software.
Our objective is the same. To keep you pain free and playing your best golf.
"If you show up with the full capacity to move the way a golf pro wants you to you can use their expertise to become a better golfer because you possess the movement foundation to do so."__Brett The Golf Guy
Brett’s Bottom Line:
"Let me be clear. When it comes to golf I ONLY work with the body, I DO NOT teach the golf swing. That is the sole domain of the golf pro. I simply prepare your body for golf. As a golf fitness specialist my main objective is to help you become a better athlete for the golf pro to work with so you have the greatest opportunity to reach your genetic potential to play and enjoy the game and sport of golf. As a better athlete you will benefit so much more from what your golf pro teaches you." __Brett Cohen, Golf Fitness Specialist
"Your body is your most important piece of equipment. Your game will be limited by your physical ability."_Brett Cohen
"Golf instructors are great. They can change your swing. But they can’t change your body! The best way to get the most out of my significant investment in golf lessons is to have a body that can do more…and give my pro more to work with._Ken Davenport
If you are a golfer who’s body doesn’t move the way it needs to-to play golf the way you want to, I can help! Call me at (917) 596-8485 to schedule your free Strategy Session. Let’s turn your body into an asset, not a handicap.
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Looking for a local golf pro who can help you Play Golf Better? Meet Evan Cather. He’s a Jim McLean certified golf pro teaching right here at Randall’s Island Golf Center. https://www.evancathergolf.com/