Fitness Blog

Mid-Season Check-Up

Coach Joey D Jul 18, 2014 11:42:07 AM
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For a lot of golfers, this is the middle of the golf season.

Memorial Day and the Fourth of July have come and gone and Labor Day is still about a month and a half away. In theory, this is when you should be playing your best golf. Even with the extra-long winter that a lot of the country experienced, you should have shaken any rust off your game by now. And you still have a few weeks before the dog days of August start to really test your stamina and endurance.

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Is Your Golf "Feel" Real?

Coach Joey D May 28, 2014 7:11:01 PM
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If you've read a lot -- or even a little -- about the psychology of sports performance, then you've probably heard of "visualization."

The idea is that you rehearse in your mind what you want to do and then by continuing to imagine yourself doing it, you connect your brain and your intentions to your body and your sports performance. Even when you're away from the course or practice range, you're still able to work on your game by creating the "feel" that you want to have when you swing a club. It's a powerful tool that's worked for a lot of players. There's only one problem: what if your "feel" is wrong?

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Is Your Head in the Game?

Coach Joey D May 9, 2014 1:05:40 PM
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When I ask you if your head is in the game, I'm not talking about the mental side of golf.

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking I'm about to go all "Zen and the Art of Putting" on you. But I'm not talking about your doubts and fears and the random thoughts that pop into your mind to distract you from playing well. I'm talking about your actual head. Skull, brain, eyeballs, teeth, and hair.

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A Day in the Life

Coach Joey D Mar 16, 2014 3:27:17 PM
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A question I get a lot is about the workouts Pros do after finishing a competitive round of golf.

People are starting to get an idea of what I do when I'm working with players at the Joey D Golf Sports Training Center in Jupiter. There have been pictures and videos and a bunch of articles and blogs I've done.  A lot of people have asked me, though, how the work I do on the road differs from what I do when I'm back at HQ. To give you a sense of what a typical day on the Tour is like -- and to give you an idea of how you may want to structure your playing day -- here's what 24 hours on Joey D Street is like.

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Reconnecting your Body for Golf -- Part II

Coach Joey D Feb 26, 2014 4:11:26 PM
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In my last blog, I talked about reconnecting your body by reconnecting with your Golf Feet.

I talked a lot about grounding yourself and getting in touch with the way your feet interact with the surface below them. I'm guessing that a lot of you -- especially those of you who've met me -- may have thought that was a little bit Zen coming from a guy like me.

I don't look like someone who spends a lot of time contemplating the "Third Eye" and how Chakras get aligned. But even if you're not deeply into yogic ideas, there's no way you can ignore the mind-body connection when it comes to golf.

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Reconnecting Your Body For Golf -- Part I

Coach Joey D Feb 9, 2014 12:20:37 PM
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Despite the fact that the PGA Tour year now officially starts in the fall, a lot of pros still look at the January events in Hawaii and southern California as the real start of the season. And even though they're pros who play golf for a living, if they've taken a few weeks off before heading to a tropical paradise for the Sony Invitational or the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, they still can find themselves slightly out-of-sync with their game.

I talked to Ben Curtis when I was out on the west coast and he admitted to feeling a little bit rusty. Just a small break from playing was enough to take him out of his game.

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Optimize -- Don't Winterize -- Your Game!

Coach Joey D Nov 8, 2013 2:00:51 PM
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If you were a professional golfer, you'd have the luxury of playing year-round in some of the nicest climates in the world.

You'd start off in early January playing for a few weeks in Hawaii and then you'd head off to southern California for a few more weeks. Tournaments in Florida and Texas would keep you busy until the weather got nicer in the central and northern parts of the country. If you wanted to, you could play right through November on some of the most beautiful courses in the world, while enjoying some of the nicest weather in the world.

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Biomechanics and the Golf Swing Coach

Coach Joey D Sep 14, 2013 3:02:49 PM
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I'm always asked what the job of a golf fitness coach is.

Does what I do help a swing coach…or does what I do interfere with what a swing coach is trying to accomplish? Do players even need to work with a swing coach or a club pro if they're working with a biomechanics coach?

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Avoid Wilting in the Summer Heat

Coach Joey D Aug 15, 2013 1:42:39 PM
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It doesn't take a genius to tell you that playing your favorite course on a brutally hot summer day is a whole lot different from playing that same course on a crisp spring morning.

The fairways are different, the greens are different, and there's a very good chance that your scores are different. If you find your game starting to slip as the August heat rises, you may be surprised at one of the best ways to get your golf back on track.

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The Truth Is Out There

bflanigan Jul 16, 2013 2:26:17 PM
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I've been lucky enough to have published a book through St. Martin's Press -- "Fix Your Body, Fix Your Swing." Now, I have a DVD out -- "Golf Fitness 1" -- that some of you may have seen advertised on the Golf Channel. It's funny. I've gone about my business making golfers better at playing golf for years, but it wasn't until I entered the gigantic world of marketing that I noticed how many other folks are out there trying to make golfers better at playing golf. And they have plenty of ideas and concepts they want to sell you.

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