Tom is a member of a weekly men’s golf league. We’ll change his name to Tommy to protect his anonymity. And while we’ll start with Tommy’s current predicament… we’ll explain how he can work this off-season to reign supreme in next years league play.
Tommy’s current problem in his men’s league is:
HE USED TO DOMINATE the league for golfers his age. Not so much recently.
Tommy suffered a tweaked back a few months ago, and literally “backed” off his stretching, workouts, and meal plans. This set”back” has cost him yards, scores, and pride… in fact, don’t take my word for it, here are Tommy’s exact words:
“…Since I hurt my back in the summer, I have stayed away from all weights and workouts. I wanted to finish the golf season(done) but I have lost strength, swing speed and distance. Also true that my eating habits have been bad, which I know from my log. Case in point, played 18 yesterday and was getting out driven by guys I always blow it by. They have new drivers (PingG400(2) and Rogue). One guy is a year older than me and has a huge gut. I was so depressed that I sucked down two beers after golf in the clubhouse before heading to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch MNF and eat wings and drink Miller Lite.”
Injuries are never fun… but an injury also isn’t a good reason to throw the baby out with the bath water.
And I see it all the time… this roller coaster of up and downs… where one thing goes sideways and we quit everything else we are doing.
I’m guilty of it too…
The problem is, we often find ourselves further “back” when we do start feeling better. And often, we make our recover much slower than it need be…
Let’s dissect the above statement real quick:
Tweaked backs happen…
And being overweight is the #1 hardest thing for your back. So eating right needs to be priority #1… even more important than stretching and workouts.
Second, if we have a tweaked back… make an appointment with your chiro, your massage therapist and even a PT if it’s serious. Don’t delay.
No offense to general MD’s, but if we have a back issue… let’s get to the back doctor.
And 90% of the injuries I see in my students are caused by tight muscles… that’s where the massage therapist comes in handy.
Laying off rarely addresses the root cause of the problem.
Address the problem head on.
Let me be clear, injuries suck. They really do… they can keep you from doing what you love. But when you stop moving forward to address those issues, they rarely improve. And when they are resolved to their own timing, we are talking months or years… not days.
And let’s be even more clear… one trip to the chiro and one to a massage therapist is NOT going to permanently fix your issue.
You need to be going at least once a week when you first hurt yourself. Second, you need to be doing the right exercises and stretches as well as eating right when you feel GOOD to stay feeling GOOD.
A lot of my students stop doing the preventative maintenance once the inflammation subsides.
That’s why I’m excited to give you the OTA.
OTA stands for Off-Season Training Academy and is designed to keep your game AND body in shape… during the Off-Season.
When Tommy was checking off all the boxes in my programs similar to OTA, very few were out-driving him. In fact, was banging out 300 yarders just a few short months ago… and at 50+ years of age. No one his age was coming close.
The good thing is that
Tom… err.. Tommy knows this… he has proof.
And he’s ready to join the OTA starting on November 5th and get his driving dominance back.
“So, yes, I am looking forward to OTA so I can lose weight and blubber before I head to Arizona for Thanksgiving and take on Desert Mountain. ”
The good thing about the OTA is that we attack your golf game from multiple angles.
With all of the above said… golfers often treat their Off-Season like a tweaked back…
They just put the clubs away and waste away during the cold winter months.
In the spring, they are often worse off than the last day of the golf season.
The OTA attacks from not one, but multiple angles:
• Maintaining Touch and Feel
• Swing, Putt, Chip and Pitch Grooving
• Comprehensive Practice Plan
• Comprehensive Golf Workout Plan
• Flexibility and Durability Plan
• Equipment Check and Tune Up
• Implementation of Stat Tracking
• Distance Tracking System
When Spring hits, my golfers are READY for the season.
In fact, many hit the season running shooting lower scores than at the end of the previous season.
Most golfers have no idea how much better you can get once you adopt a solid off-season program.
It’s almost scary. I recall several other golfers who year over year in my program drop their handicaps… and they keep coming down.
Before, they were spinning their wheels every year.
Starting worse, finishing the same… over and over again.
So how do we do it?
You don’t have to improve 624 things. You only need to get good at four:
1. Fitness and Diet
3. Organized and Focused Practice
4. AVOIDING anything else that can derail the above
That’s it. In fact, if you simplify and clarify, you don’t need new clubs, lessons, or hours on the driving range. You’ll lower your score with surprisingly little.
You can drop your score to astonishing levels from small micro-improvements. It’s true.
But there’s a problem:
The problem of one. Thin ice.
As Dan Kennedy says, the number “ONE” is a perilous number. One practice drill, one workout, one technique, one club, one ball – your golf game is just begging for a massive blow up moment.
An epic fail.
And it’s not IF. It’s a question of WHEN. Something’s going to derail you.
That’s why you need multiple angles of attack for your game.
Once you get the basics down… the “Gold Standard” of managing your time efficiently with the RIGHT things to do in the OTA… you can out-play your partners and competitors.
… and you’ll most likely be the #1 player in your age group. Your game will be built on a solid foundation… where other area’s pick up the slack if one goes wrong.
Once that happens, it won’t hurt so bad if someone out-drives you a few holes, because you will command the approach shot, the sand save or the clutch putt. You’ll be READY for high pressure moments and crave them.
I just illustrated how you go from…
Toehold – to Foothold – Stranglehold
… for your golf game.
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to dominate your age group at your club the same way many of my students do.
Chisel your way in. Then DOMINATE.