Gray Cook was next and he discussed what we can learn from primitive movement patterns. Watch a 2 year old pick up a heavy object or squat and you’ll see perfect form. Watch a 42 year old try to do the same squat move and it’s not so pretty. So why are we having golfer’s squat when they can’t do it? We must find out why they can’t squat properly first, then give them the correction for it. After Gray was Mike Leahy, the creator of ART. I personally go to an ART specialist in Lawrence, KS and it’s been huge for me to have someone that can help me when I have issues with my body. I then ventured over to watch Phil Cheetham see www.amm3d.com discuss “why the pro’s hit it further than you”. It’s all in the Kinematic Sequence and I’ll discuss the Sequence in an upcoming blog.
Mark Verstegen was the main speaker Saturday morning and spoke of the importance of the glutes in all sports. He also gave a cool example of the stretch/shorten cycle which I’ll describe in an upcoming blog. After that was Greg Roskopf, the creator of MAT or Muscle Activation Technique. Very complex, but boils down leveraging the theory of reciprocal inhibition.
The afternoon breakout sessions were excellent as well. Dave Phillips and Lance Gill led off with “Swing Styles and their Physical attributes”. The believe there is no one way to swing a club, but an efficient way based on your body. Want to swing “stack and tilt”? well, you body better be able to perform some certain movements or you’re on your way to injury/bad play. Think you’re a “1 planer”? Well, you need mobility in your T-Spine or you won’t be able to do it. This presentation really hit home the need to know what your body can/can’t do and how it will affect your swing.
Sunday was junior day. The 2 main themes I drew from Sunday were: let your junior golfer hit it as hard as possible and keep their clubs as light as possible. Dr. Liam Hennessy led off with studies on junior golfers. Unbelievable presentation on how important it is for juniors to learn to swing hard! Also, it’s great for them to play other sports, especially those using an implement such as tennis racquet or a baseball bat. Once you learn to hit hard at an early age, it’s like riding a bike, you never forget it. That might have something to do with the success of Canadians (growing up playing hockey) at the REMAX WLDC every year. Simon Webb had a great presentation on even starting off your 2-3 year old with hitting balloons with light objects. If the object is heavy, it will teach the young golfer bad technique and they’ll swing too slow.
Well, that was the Cliff notes version, I’ll try to expand more on this in my new Video Blog that starts later this month…..