Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 547 - Wed. March 6th, 2019
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: Develop More Brain Power In Your Game
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Tom's Featured Tip: Develop More Brain Power In Your Game

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

This topic was a part of my course when I was completing my golf psychology coach certification. I've added my own comments because I'm a total believer in the premise presented.

Please note this caveat: Always get approval from your doctor before you embark on any exercise program.

"An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body"
General George Patton

The golf world has totally bought into the importance of keeping the body in shape. Gary Player was one of the first PGA tour players to realize this essential, but back then most (not all) tour players were pretty heavy partiers. Physical fitness didn't have top of mind awareness with very many players, it was very much the exception rather than the rule.

A guy named Tiger changed all of that. Players noticed the correlation between his fitness regimen and his success.

Now you see top players like Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, and many others that stay in the best shape possible. Now it's the rule, rather than the exception.

It is not just the top players who are focusing on building a better body.

Professionals from all the tours are getting in the best shape possible. Everyone is strength training and doing cardio to build a stronger body. The hope is that the enhanced muscular strength will not only allow them to hit the ball farther, but also promote the ability to control the clubface when they need to hit a shot out of high rough.

The cardiovascular workouts contribute to keeping the legs fresh throughout 18 holes or longer, if necessary.

But being in shape does more than just allow the professional golfer to pound 300 yard drives.

Researchers have found that being in shape also helps the mind function better.

For instance, individuals who exercise regularly can make quicker and more accurate decisions. This applies to the ability to make better decisions on the course. In addition, a healthy body also increases the level of concentration and alertness - it helps you focus better.

Interestingly, staying in shape can also help with creative thought - which can help you visualize better on the course.

The reasons for these benefits are quite simple.

When you work out with weights and do cardiovascular activity, the heart gets stronger. When the heart is stronger, it can pump more blood to all the tissues and organs, including the most important organ, the brain. The blood carries nutrients and oxygen, ingredients that enhance the functioning of the brain. Thus, when you are in better shape, your brain will work that much better. While the mind controls the body, the body also affects the mind.

So, here's the takeaway from all of this: Work out. No excuses, just do it.

I practice what I preach, but every now and then I don't feel like doing a workout as scheduled. When I'm in that mode, I remember this video for motivation: a girl with only one leg doing squats.

One legged girl doing squats

It makes me appreciate my good health and motivates me to continue to do things to enhance it, like not skipping a scheduled workout.

Here's another tip - you don't need what's commonly called a "golf specific" training regimen. A whole cottage industry has exploded around "golf fitness", which is a myth as far as I'm concerned.

A "normal" full body strength routine done with compound exercises is absolutely all you need. Nothing fancy required, and no huge amount of time is required either.

What is required is commitment and discipline, but the reward is well worth the effort. Not just for golf, but for life.

A full body progressive resistance weight training program can be done in no more than 45 minutes per session, two or three times per week. Add 20 or 30 minutes of cardio three times per week and you'll get yourself into great shape.

Keep in mind that brief sessions with high intensity are much better than longer, less intense sessions. There's a ton of information available on exercise programs, do some research and get started. Start with a manageable level of intensity, then gradually build it up as your strength increases. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

Once again: Get approval from your doctor before you embark on any exercise program.

If you are good to go and add workouts to your life, you will have more brain power for your game.

Try it you'll like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan