Junior Golf: Our First Tee Seminar

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle we will look at the seminar Linda and I along with Dr Nick Askey put on last Saturday at the First Tee of Greater San Antonio.

A large part of our community outreach involves being in front of people live and in color. The FTGSA has been very welcoming and has invited us into their fold to put on seminars to help the parents of their junior golfers. Last Saturday we held our third seminar and Nick Askey, Sports Therapy and Rehab Director of AIRROSTI Rehab Centers was able to join us. (golfdigest.com)

Our seminars are always coordinated with classes at FTGSA to help increase attendance. So Linda and I began at 1:00pm and talked about discovering your/the parent’s personality and then identifying your child’s personality. Then Linda gave the parents immediate words and phrases to use to enhance communication and dynamics in the whole family. Folks this stuff works. We have seen it time and time again in the nearly 4 years we have been doing this. Parents will contact us after attending 1 of our events and tell us, “It’s amazing, my communication with my son is better than ever!” Parents, you can enjoy the wonderful world of dramatically improved family dynamics by attending 1 of our seminars or by contacting us for more information.

In case you are wondering, improved family dynamics can mean hundreds of things from just a better attitude from your son, less or no talking back, better grades, better golf scores and just a really more pleasant situation all around. Yes, your household can enjoy these benefits.

Nick took the stage around 1:40pm to talk about flexibility, stability and the golfer. Dr Nick Askey, DC, ACP is a medical professional who is also Titleist Performance Center Certified, so he really knows what he’s talking about. Here’s my review of some of the highlights of Nick’s talk.

Core strength is critical to a good golf swing. And there are numerous exercises to increase core strength, but the limited time in the seminar meant Nick had to show some simple exercises that could be done almost anywhere. So our favorite, the good ole plank was the top choice here. Frontal plank, then right side plank, then left side plank, all with ears, butt and heels in a straight line. Tighten core and glutes. Hold as long as you can. I think maybe the PGA Tour average was around 3 minutes each, but I’m not sure. What I do know is that your son will love beating you at this! Make it a contest. Put a timer on the floor where he can see it. Planks are great for your core. Nick is not a fan of sit-ups and crunches.

Next he addressed glutes and shoulders. His quote was, “A golfer cannot have too much glutes!” And he showed us a great floor exercise which I will not try to describe. Just look up some glute exercises on your own. Then we learned about shoulders. Nick took a piece of the 3 or 4-inch wide workout resistance tape which comes in a roll, cut about a 10-foot length of it, tied it to a table leg, got on his knees in an upright position, took the tape in 1 hand and showed us all we needed for golfer shoulder strength. Then he switched hands. Sorry, this 1 is also tough to describe. Maybe we can get some videos.image

Lastly Nick reminded us that muscle bulk is not for golf. If you have a son who is in the “bulk” mode of working out, you will want to help him change his routine to benefit his golf game. Remember that muscle bulk is different from gaining weight. S3 has always been slim on the verge of skinny and he has worked really hard at getting his weight up so he has the muscle tone, strength and flexibility to compete at the college level. Thankfully his college PT has the correct mindset for his golfers and is constantly begging a couple of the guys to change their weightlifting habits. S3, at the ripe old age of 21 years old, has finally gotten to 160 pounds at a height of 5’11”. I think he’d like to get to 165 pounds and keep it there.

See you on #1 tee looking fit… Sam

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  1. Posted by Elizabeth on February 17, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    Thank you! I was blessed to attend this seminar. You guys are the best! I have attended your seminars twice and they are life changing. Nick was terrific too! We are now practicing the exercises he showed. Thanks again!

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