Happy new year everyone! Hopefully you've had a good holiday and are ready to kick off your season right.
Today I wanted to talk about the three most impactful episodes of the podcast and how you can use them to maximize your off-season.
When most people think about the off-season their mind immediately goes to fitness. Mike and Kyle from super speed golf shared some incredible information about how to physically train for a more powerful swing. (Full episode here)
I know a lot of people don't like going to the gym (frankly, neither do I!). The coolest thing about the workout technique Mike & Kyle have developed is that it A) draws on proven science used in other sports and B) doesn't require you to go to the gym and lift heavy things!
They use a process called over speed training to help golfers build their swing speed. It borrows from a technique in baseball where pitchers use balls that are different weights to not only build their muscles, but to train their brain and body to throw faster.
They have three weighted golf clubs, 2 lighter than a driver, 1 heavier, that you swing in order then finish with your actual driver. The brain science here is really cool. They've found that your brain will only let you swing the club as fast as you can safely STOP it. So by using the lighter clubs your brain learns that it actually swing fans stop faster. By swinging the heavier club your body gets used to moving a heavy more difficult object and when you switch back to your driver, the combination of the two lets you swing quicker. They've seen immediate gains of 5-7% swing speed just from the mental component.
This has been so successful for them that they have several PGA & LPGA pros using them. Here's a video from twitter of Billy Horschel getting his work in with super speed golf! I even use super speed as part of my training. If you want to get your own you can get a 10% discount using our code: golfstrategy (all one word). As always I want to be totally transparent, I do receive an affiliate commission, but this is something that is a literal game changer, and it’s in my bag too!
The second most impactful podcast is that of Greg Liberto, the Head Coach. I use a lot of the things that Greg share in my mental game coaching. There are some truly foundational things that are extremely easy to do but for whatever reason, we neglect them. The biggest in my opinion is to have a POSTgame routine. (Full episode)
Greg’s big three questions are:
The first question gets you to think positively about your game. Too many people neglect to do positive reflection about their abilities. This can be a huge step to building confidence!
Question two gets into the self analysis part that people tend to either skip or not take seriously. This isn't something to get down on yourself about, rather use it to prepare for your next practice session.
Question three gets us right to the point of what’s next on the agenda. Pick the low hanging fruit and get it fixed pronto!
If you make this part of your golf routine you start to manage your time better and you get to the things that need fixing quicker. This will help you stack your success and become a better golfer.
Our third impactful podcast is the first interview with George Roy who not only shared some awesome practice routines but also taught us an all time great lesson in how to set goals. (Full episode)
George’s strategy is to not set a goal of a score, but rather a series of small achievements that will add up to that score. If we wanted to shoot 79 we wouldn’t try to go 40-39 because if we get off to a bad start we could get discouraged and shoot 95! On the flip side, if we were really setting the course on fire and went out in 35, it would be really easy to take our foot off the gas because we only need to shoot 44 on the back nine to meet our goal. Be honest, would you be happy with a 79 is it was 35-44? NO! You probably would’ve wanted to stay at or below par. So instead we would set our goal as a specific number of fairways, greens in regulation, and two putts. When we follow George’s method of goal setting helps remove self these self limiting beliefs.
So if you’re new to the show or just feeling like taking golf more seriously this year those are the podcasts that I would review to really help get you going on the right foot. Stay tuned for upcoming podcasts where I’ll be answering questions submitted by our Golf Strategy Academy members. And hey, if you really want take your game seriously this year you can join me in the Golf Strategy Academy Membership