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Can Golf Fitness Training Fix Your Golf Swing?-->, FF Insider#97
December 16, 2010
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Inside this Issue:

To bring you the very best information, this newsletter focuses on awareness of the training principles for young athletes, and how to use them to make sure your coach is on the right track. Enjoy!

1. Performance: Understanding Why Posture is Important in Golf

2. Nutrition: Homemade Smoothie or Shake Recipe

3. Special Announcements

4. New Performance Program: Titleist Golf Fitness

5. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

6. Thank You


Understanding Why Posture is Important in Golf

By Brandon Monin, MS, CSCS, Performance Scientist

Have you ever wondered why your golf swing is inconsistent? Although there are a lot of potential problems, I’m here to give you some advice that could help you solve some of them. One of the most common problems found in amateur golfers stems from the loss of proper posture in your swing. It’s been determined that 64.3% of amateur golfers have some form of posture loss during their swing.

What is Loss of Posture?

Loss of posture is considered any significant alteration from the body’s original set up angles during the golf swing. Loss of posture can affect all aspects of the golf swing, namely timing, balance, and rhythm. Losing posture typically causes two miss-hits: a block to the right and a hook to the left. As the angles of the body change from the loss of posture, the player is put in a position to have to rely on their hand action to square the clubface. This creates a timing-driven swing that can be inconsistent.

What Causes Loss of Posture?

There are a plethora of reasons why golfers lose posture during their swing. Listed below are several of the most common physical causes.

1. Generalized stiffness in the musculature and joints of the lower body--this limitation can alter good set up posture and force players to change their spinal posture throughout the golf swing.

2. The ability to separate the lower body from the upper body-- this allows the shoulders to rotate around the spine without altering original posture.

3. The inability to stabilize the core-- Poor stability in the core can cause a loss of posture. The ability to stabilize the angle of the spine during the swing is directly proportional to the strength and stability of the core musculature (your abs and glutes).

4. Poor Flexibility-- Flexibility allows golfers to get the club into key positions without altering the spine angle. In order to rotate around stable posture golfers must have good flexibility in the hips and shoulders.

What Can You Do?

If you feel that you fit any of the descriptions above then loss of posture could be killing your handicap. Fortunately for you this problem can be fixed through a physical screen and the use of corrective exercises.

The screen is designed to test every critical movement that is used during a golf swing. This will show any mobility (the combination of normal joint range of motion and proper muscular flexibility), stability (the ability of any system to remain unchanged or aligned in the presence of change or outside forces), and or imbalances (caused by the lack of a variety of movements or prolonged static postural stress due to sitting, standing, and walking in a straight line) that you have that could be causing loss of posture and other swing faults.

Once the problem(s) are found, corrective exercises are used to fix them so your swing can improve—which will also decrease the risk of injuries. Therefore if you are a candidate for a golf-specific evaluation, then the Titleist Performance Institute has created the most effective screen available.

Finish First Sports Performance offers this golf-specific evaluation by Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Specialist Brandon Monin. For more information about golf specific programming call Brandon at 1-866-468-2231 ext. 820 or email him at


Homemade Smoothie or Shake Recipe

By Heather R Mangieri, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN Finish First Sports Performance Nutrition Advisor, Visit Heather’s Website

Looking to boost calories without fat? Try either a homemade smoothie or shake recipe. No expensive supplements or weight gainers necessary!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

1 cup vanilla ice milk

½ cup skim milk

2 Tbsp chocolate syrup

2 Tbsp peanut butter


◘Provides 540 calories, 70 grams carbohydrate, 18 grams protein

Strawberry-Orange Smoothie

1 cup orange juice

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

½ cup dry skim milk powder

½ cup frozen unsweetened strawberries


◘Provides 550 calories, 100 grams carbohydrates, 25 grams protein


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New Performance Program:

Titleist Golf Fitness

Golf Fitness Training Evidence Based Customized Programming By a Certified Titleist Performance Institute Specialist

Why should you use a Titleist Performance Institute TPI certified specialist?

A TPI Golf Fitness Specialist is trained to identify and correct any physical limitations that may be causing faults in your swing. This is done by a thorough golf specific evaluation and properly implementing various golf specific exercises and stretches.

What are the benefits of customized golf fitness training?

• Decreases the risk of injury—play golf longer and live healthier

• Increases Power—drive the ball further

• Increases Strength—provides more force and stability for a more consistent swing

• Increases Endurance/Stamina—maintain power, strength and stability throughout the game

• Increases Flexibility—utilize a full swing, prevent injuries, and help increase power potential

• Increases Coordination—get better control of all movements required in your swing

• Increases Postural Stability—maintain proper golf posture throughout your swing

• Increases Mobility—unlock your joints to improve movement and decrease swing faults

How does the process work?

The process begins with a thorough golf specific evaluation to identify any physical limitations that can be causing faults in your swing. Our certified specialist will then use the information gathered to develop your customized training program. Your program will be tailored to fit your schedule and any other conflicts or limitations that you might have. Simply put, you will begin with an exam, then choose your training option.

Golf Fitness Fees

Initial Exam: • Initial Evaluation $99

• Initial Evaluation + Take Home Training Program $250

You will be given an individualized training program based on the results of the evaluation to be done on your own.

Training Options:

Sessions Packages:

• 8 Workout Sessions $320($40/Session)

• 16 Workout Sessions $560($35/Session)

• 24 Workout Sessions $720($30/Session)

All of the training sessions are 60 minute semi private sessions. Our coaches will implement and progress you through your personalized training program established from the evaluation.

All packages include an all access pass to the Titleist Performance Institute website and a FREE ($99 VALUE) re-evaluation at the end of your sessions. ,p>

For more information, please call Brandon Monin, our TPI Golf Fitness Specialist at 866-468-2231 x820. Or visit us at our website , or email at

Motivational Quote

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success"
-- Henry Ford

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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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