Fitness Blog

The Off-Season is the Most Important Season of the Year

Coach Joey D Dec 15, 2015 5:07:52 PM
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In a lot of parts of the country, once Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, the golf season is just about over.

The clubs may make a cameo appearance over the next few months during a weekend to Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach, but for the most part, once the clock strikes December, your playing days are done.

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Who's Your Caddie?

Coach Joey D Jun 3, 2015 12:48:05 PM
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If you've paid attention to anything I've said or written about golf fitness over the past 15 years,

you know I'm all about the muscles you've probably never heard of. Sure, big biceps and huge pecs might make you look great out on the course, but it's strong and stable Subscapularis and Gluteus Medius muscles that will actually let you play great on the course.

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Shovel Your Driveway, Fix Your Swing

Coach Joey D Feb 19, 2015 7:16:42 PM
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I've been feeling a little bit guilty recently. Last week, I was at Pebble Beach and I honestly don't remember when I've been in such a beautiful location and had such consistently beautiful weather. I don't feel guilty about enjoying perfect weather; I've worked very hard to get to where I am in my career. I tweeted out what I thought were some amazing pictures from my week, but started to feel some twinges of guilt when I saw some of the weather pictures that a lot of my Twitter followers were tweeting back.

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State of the Industry 2015

Coach Joey D Jan 12, 2015 4:34:25 PM
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I was going to write about the state of golf-specific fitness training and conditioning as we enter 2015.

To be honest, it's reached a level of acceptance and recognition that I never imagined it would. When I started working with golfers back in 2000, the idea of sport-specific training for golf was where it was for other sports back in the 1970s. Sure, there were a few guys who understood the need to be fit, but there wasn't any real plan or strategy for how to adapt the concept of "fitness" to the world of golf.

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Optimizing the Off-Season

Coach Joey D Nov 12, 2014 12:02:59 PM
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I have the Weather Channel. I have an iPhone. I can see when and where it starts getting cold and snowy up north.

Just because I live in Jupiter, Florida, where we experience perfect weather all year long, it doesn't mean that I don't know what's happening in other places around the country. As someone who deals with avid and rabid golfers on a daily basis, I know that to a lot of you, the onset of winter signals the end of the golf season.

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Connecting the Dots

Coach Joey D Oct 11, 2014 4:53:19 PM
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In the grand scheme of human evolution, the concept of golf-specific training and conditioning is, essentially, still a newborn baby.

Back when I started working with golfers in 2000, there weren't a whole lot of golfers working out -- and those who were working out weren't generally doing it in a very golf-centric way. I was among a group of less than a handful of people trying to connect the world of golf with the world of fitness.

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Is Your Tip Jar Full Yet?

Coach Joey D Aug 8, 2014 12:29:19 PM
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I'm constantly asked for "tips" on how someone can play better golf.

I appreciate and am honored that people think that I have a handful of "tips" that I can toss out to help someone's game, but the truth is that "tips" don't work.

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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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