05/24/2017 by Brett Cohen 0 Comments
What Causes Swing Faults? Golf Fitness, NYC
If you’re a golfer then you’re well aware of the bad things that can happen to the ball at impact. What I mean by bad is that the ball does not go in the direction you’d like it to. WHY? What causes swing faults?
Answer-you do: "Most amateur golfers are not physically capable for peforming the required body movements that are involved in a mechanically correct golf swing."
In English that means the average amateur simply doesn’t have enough mobility to get into a desirable postion and maintain it throughout the swing! The result: a golfer who is a weak ball striker and inconsistent.
Your Most Important Piece Of Equipment
Far too often amateur golfers think that if they just get the latest equipment (whether it be a new driver on the market, a gadget that measures club head speed, or a gps watch), it will somehow dramatically improve their golf game.
(this is what I call shiny object syndrome)
While technology can give a golfer great feedback and good equipment certainly plays a role in improving the performance of any athlete – the average amateur can’t get the most of all this technology because their body just doesn’t work the way it needs to to play the sport effectively and safely.
One of my teachers said in a lecture:
"Give Wayne Gretzky a broom stick and he’s still gonna score a goal on you."
It’s Not Your Fault
I once got an email promoting a new driver that promised to help you stop slicing and the opening line of the email was: "It’s Not Your Fault!"
Sorry – but it is your fault! You’re the one in control the club. The flight and destination of the ball is dependent upon the following:
- clubface alignment
- swing path
- angle of attack at impact
- clubhead speed
- and sweet spot
Which are all dependent of whether or not, you the golfer, possess the physical pre-requisites needed to accomplish them. Those pre-requisites are:
Think of a bow and arrow. If you want to pull the string back on a bow, you must first stabilize the bow so you can stretch the string. The string is flexible/mobile, the bow is stable. The combination allows for force generation-or power. Letting the arrow fly is just like swinging the golf club from the top of the backswing to impact. The only difference is you don’t let go of the club.
(think of your left hip as the bow and your right shoulder as the end of the string) This is a natural sling system of the body.
Your New Driver Can’t Fix What Your Body Doesn’t Have!
"Until you can get into a position, until you can move the joints the way they need to move, it will be very difficult to enhance your power and hit the ball with consistency. If we look at the people who struggle with golf it’s because they lack the flexibility and mobiltiy required to get into position."_Michael Boyle, World Famous Strength and Conditioning Coach
No matter how technologically advanced your equipment is, it cannot endow the golfer with the physical abilities he or she does not possess.
"Even the best clubs in the world can’t play the game for you."
So here’s the thing.. Golf is an easy game that’s just hard to play! Not only does your body neeed to move efficiently but you need instruction on how to do so. That’s where your golf pro is invaluable! He or she understands the nuances of the swing and how to help you improve it.
My job as a golf fitness expert is simply to help golfers assess and overcome the physical limitations that prevent you from playing your best golf.
Get a physical assessment that helps to quickly identify any physical limitations that may be causing swing innefficiences and then let’s put together an exercise program to help get you on track. You deserve to PLAY GOLF BETTER!
"Like so many others, I took regular golf lessons but resisted the notion that I was out of shape. That all changed when I herniated a disc three years ago. I have been working with Brett ever since. I now understand what I believe to be true for every golfer over 50, namely that we are unable to produce the swing that our pros are teaching us." _ Mark C. (New York City)
How Do You Get Started?
To schedule your golf fitness assessment: Call (917) 596-8485