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Is Your Golf Swing Efficient-->, Issue#122
September 09, 2015
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To bring you the very best information, this newsletter focuses on fitness and performance training principles for athletes and fitness clients, and how to use them to make sure you are on the right track. Enjoy!

1. Performance Article/Video: Testing for an efficient golf swing--

2. Special Announcements: Tactical Fitness, Website Updates, New Training Videos, workout and nutrition plans, and articles

3. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

4. Thank You


Is Your Golf Swing Efficient?

By Jeremy S Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, NASE, TPI1
Director of Performance Science and Coaching

It’s easy to watch the British Open or any major professional golf tournament and be amazed at how effortlessly (most of the time) the golfers seem to hit the ball and how much control and consistency they have during the rounds.

None of this happens by accident.

Occasionally we also get to see a golfer break down over the course and become less consistent, or never really find the groove for that day.

None of this happens by accident, either.

According to the Titleist Performance Institute, with 1000s of hours of analyzing the worlds top golfers, there are three things that lead to efficiency breakdowns:

Poor Mechanics—teaching professionals use video swing analysis to isolate mechanical breakdowns

Poor Physical Conditioning—golf fitness coaches/professionals use physical screens to isolate any limitations in the body.

Poor Equipment—use club fitting to determine the best specifications for the player.

The Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness professional is responsible for utilizing specific physical screens and working to prevent efficiency breakdowns.

An efficient swing, or one of the main keys to great ball striking, is a good kinematic sequence. This is the correct sequence or pattern of the hips, torso, arm, and club, firing in that sequence at point of contact or ball strike. This is the sequence for an efficient swing, which is crucial for consistency and accuracy.

Additionally, for great ball striking, you will need good segment stabilization (stability in each segment during the sequencing), and square face contact of the club.

Inefficient movement, poor kinematic sequencing, and/or lack of stability all can directly contribute to one of the major swing characteristics (or faults).

It is the job of the Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness professional to screen for physical limitations that could create inefficient movement, poor kinematic sequencing, and/or lack of segment stability. Once these limitations have been identified, a customized program can be created to work to correct these issues, and help create a more efficient golf swing.

For information about specific golf fitness programs offered at Finish First Sports Performance, you can reach us at admin@finishfirstsports.com.

Please stay tuned for more articles about the swing characteristics and different physical screens that are used to correlate with each characteristic.

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Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

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