What an honor it was last week to spend a few minutes interviewing Mr. Fitness, golf legend Gary Player. Interviewing the Black Knight is certainly one of the best highlights in the history of this modest golf blog.
In the interview below I discuss fitness with the 9-time major champion and member of the “Big Three,” the other two of course being Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
Groups of golfers whose handicaps were above 12 found an improvement in their handicaps following sleep apnea treatment by an average of 11.3% while golfers whose handicaps were under 12 had handicap improvements of 31.5%.
Golfers will do anything (except practice of course) or buy any worthless piece of golf-training junk to shoot lower scores. As crazy as golfers are, some may read this study and try to somehow contract sleep apnea, just so they can go through the treatment and improve their golf scores.
My wife says I snore a lot. Perhaps I have sleep apnea? Yesssss. Yesssssss.
What study is next? Golfers who lose 200 pounds or more improve their handicaps by 32.3%? Fetch me a pizza so I can put on enough pounds to be able to afford to lose 200!
There are many studies which prove that short study sessions allow the pupil to retain more than long study sessions. It is better to, for instance, study in 20 minute segments and break three times than to study a straight hour. The starts and stops are where most of the information is retained. That’s what makes a format like 365 Golf Tips & Tricks From the Pros so great. It is 592 pages, but there’s no way on earth I’d read it from start to finish. I’ll take a tip and read it with the thoughts of really trying to absorb it and work the concept into my game or my practice.
I recommend keeping books like this in places you’ll visit every day… Click to buy
1 Tip Per Day
365 Golf Tips & Tricks From the Pros is obviously meant to be read a day at a time, a tip at a time. Read that one tip on one day and really try to absorb it. The tips are well but concisely written and all supported by color photos demonstrating the concept.
All areas of golf are covered from the rules to etiquette to long and short games. 365 lessons are in there and at only $12.95, a fraction of the cost of one private lesson!
I’ve been a member of Gold’s Gym for a year or so, and I’ve made some good progress in my fitness. Unfortunately a couple of months ago the gym I go to, which I can walk to in about one minute, closed. Now the closest gym is a very inconvenient drive away. That inconvenience has hurt my workout schedule. Recently though, I’ve acquired the SKLZ TRAINERmat and TRAINERball. I’ve done a lot of working out at the Gold’s on mats and with workout balls in the past, and now I can do some of those exercises at home. Today I’m reviewing the TRAINERmat.
SKLZ TRAINERmat – click to zoom
Quite simply, the SKLZ TRAINERmat is exactly what its name says. But this mat has some unique features which make it stand out above other mats.
First, this mat is long. The mat is six feet long and two feet wide. Most mats at my gym are only four feet. I really like being able to keep my whole body on the mat, instead of having my legs or upper body on the floor.
Second, this mat has graphics which show all sorts of stretches and exercises which are geared for GOLF. There are 24 total exercises printed right on the mat. No more reading my notes from a piece of paper or from my iPhone.
The pad rolls up into a very easy to carry compact cylinder for transport to the gym, storage in the house or car. See below.
SKLZ TRAINERmat rolls up for easy storage – click to see more
The 1/4″ thick pad is also a very cool shade of golf green. Love it.
Example exercise – click for more
The mat groups the exercises into four categories:
Hard to write a 3,000 word review on an exercise mat, so I’m not going to try. In short the $29 SKLZ TRAINERmat is great for golf training, stores easy, covers a full body length and has the exercises printed right on the mat.
Today I’m reviewing a great instructional DVD. I’ve now watched the entire two disc set “About Golf” by Butch Harmon three times. I’ve watched the short game section (4) at least five times, the area I need the most work in. Let’s take a look at the product and what it covers.
About Golf DVD Overview
This DVD set covers literally every aspect of the golf swing and the game imaginable. There’s even a section on anger management.
The discs are broken down into sections as follows:
DVD ONESECTION 1: Ball Striking, Basic Fundamentals
1. Set Up
3. Grip Pressure
5. Ball Position
6. Pre-swing Posture
10. Head Position
13. Follow Through
14. Pretty Swing vs. Efficient Swing
SECTION 2: Faults, Cures & Drills
1. Swing Too Fast
2. Topped Shot
3. Hitting it Fat
4. Dreaded Hook
6. Hook & Slice Drill
7. The Shank
8. Hitting from the Top
9. Reverse Pivot
10. Taking a Divot
11. Anger Management
SECTION 3: Specialty Shots
1. Long Drive
2. Draw / Hook Shot
3. Fade / Slice Shot
4. Low / Punch Shot
5. High Shot
6. Ball Above Feet
7. Ball Below Feet
8. Uphill Lie
9. Downhill Lie
10. The Stinger
11. Fairway Bunkers
12. Hitting O! Hard Pan
SECTION 4: Short Game
1. Basic Wedge Shot
SECTION 5: Sand Play
1. Short Bunker Shot
2. Long Bunker Shot
3. Buried Lie
4. Uphill Lie
5. Downhill Lie
DVD TWOSECTION 6: Putting
1. Putting Fundamentals
2. Reading the Break
3. Putting Drills
4. Practice Routine
SECTION 7: From Good to Great
(in alphabetical order)
1. Fred Couples
2. Ernie Els
3. Natalie Gulbis
4. Dustin Johnson
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Greg Norman
7. Adam Scott
8. Nick Watney
9. Tiger Woods
SECTION 8: Selecting Correct Clubs
SECTION 9: Fitness in Golf
SECTION 10: Kids/Women/Seniors
The lessons Butch gives in this two disc set are very well done and very educational. Butch covers everything from the very basics that all golfers need, to the fine details of shot making and dealing with trouble on the course. Harmon is very clear and descriptive in his concepts, setup and execution. He really stresses the basics, which are so obvious but so often overlooked.
Before turning golf web geek, I worked as an engineer in the audio/video field for 25 years. I know good and bad production. This DVD is produced, filmed, edited and packaged with the highest quality and attention to detail. The audio is great, the video quality is fantastic and so are the supporting graphics and materials. This is a top notch production.
My favorite section other than the short game section is “From Good To Great.” In that section big name stars like Ernie Els, Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson etc., talk about their game and how Butch helped them. Very interesting to know that even Ernie Els was aligning some 15 yards right of target with a 7-iron and had to make all sorts of other manipulations in his swing to compensate. Once again, going back to the basics and checking alignment, helped Ernie.
Putting It Together
There’s so much material in this DVD. I’ve developed a couple of ideas on how to best take advantage. First I might pick one lesson inside a section, like hitting the stinger for instance, and work on that for a range session. I’ll pick another section or subject for the next range session.
Butch’s DVD in my computer this morning…
The other way I use the DVD is running a section over and over on my home computer, like pitching or chipping, to pound the concepts into my cranium.
This DVD is fantastic for golfers of all ability levels. At $89 retail, this program costs as much as one or two lessons, but there are 100’s of lessons and tips one could learn from. Whether you are a pro, low single digit like me, or a beginner, this DVD is a great resource for learning and improving your golf game.