ABOUT

aboutWhat’s up, I am Jeff Pelizzaro and this other guy is Ryan McMullen. We are two guys from St. Louis, Missouri (cousins actually), that did not grow up playing golf. Despite our lack of time on the links at a young age, believe it or not, we are the creators of 18STRONG.com. I know that sounds a little strange, but I’ll tell you how it came about.

I’m a physical therapist that unexpectedly got mixed up in the golf world several years ago and I got hooked on the game.

Over the past 5+ years, I have been doing everything I can to learn more about the relationship between the body and the golf swing to figure out how to help my clients, but also for the selfish purpose of making my own game better.

The problem that I constantly ran into was how difficult it is to find quality information about golf fitness and game improvement. Yes, there are good articles here and there by different people, but I couldn’t find one concise, all-inclusive place to go when I was looking for an answer to a fitness/training and golf question.

There is a lot of info on on the web about flexibility and “golf-like” exercises, but I’m talking about REAL training; like the stuff the guys on tour are really doing, not just random golf magazine articles and silly exercises that look like a golf swing.

That’s when my cousin Ryan, being the computer guy that he is, asked me “Why don’t we create our own website?” And thus came the idea for 18STRONG.com.

THE IDEA (and the VISION)

Rather than bore you with some lofty, generic mission statement, let me just share what the original ideas are for the site and hopefully this is what you’re looking for.

Have you ever asked any of the following questions:

  • What should I do in my workout to help me hit the ball farther?
  • What kind of exercises are best for a golfer like me?
  • Where should I start with a golf fitness program?
  • What should I eat on the course to help with my endurance?
  • How can I lose this extra 10lbs?
  • What stretches should I be doing?
  • How can I learn to focus better so I don’t make stupid mistakes?

As a golfer, I bet you’ve asked yourself a few of these questions and plenty more.  We know how frustrating it is when you can’t find answers when you need them.  Which is why we wanted to create something to fix this problem.

A Home Base

We wanted to create a place that you can go to find all of this information and more.

As we got into it, we realized that there is a lot more to making your game better than just getting you stronger and more flexible. So, while the site will definitely have a lot of “golf fitness” related elements and topics, we want to give you more than just that.

That’s why we have decided to bring in aspects from the mental game, the swing coach, the player’s perspective, equipment, and of course, the fitness professional.

The Platform

As a therapist and fitness professional, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and get to know some of the best professionals working in the golf business. In meeting these guys and gals, I humbly realized that I definitely have a lot to learn from them.

I quickly came to terms with the fact that, while I have quite a bit of experience in this field, I am not personally able to create enough GREAT content to make this site what we want it to be. But the knowledge and expertise of all of these other professionals would be AMAZINGLY beneficial for you, too.

So I decided that in my quest of learning more from them (both to improve my skills as a trainer, but also as a mediocre golfer), why not create a place where they can share their knowledge on a bigger platform and reach a lot more golfers like yourself?

In order to do this, we have brought a couple of components to the table. Obviously we have a website. Which is where you are right now.

Much of the content on the site is articles written by me and some of the other great (and much smarter) minds in the world of golf.

But along with the website, we have  a podcast, where I have the opportunity to interview many of these professionals. I love this part, because this is where both you and I get to know them, their personalities, and of course, benefit from them sharing their wisdom and experiences.

And the newest addition to our platform is our YouTube Channel:

18STRONG-TV.

It is here that we have begun compiling a massive amount of instructional videos on many different topics, exercises, and tips to help you play your strongest golf.  Here is one of our most popular videos to get you started:

Best Golf Stretches

 

 Our Promise

As Ryan and I started creating this site there were a few guidelines that we wanted to set in order to make sure it gets off the ground the right way and attracts the right readers.

These mainly consisted of the following:

  • Don’t let it suck.  Nothing but high quality, relevant, actionable content that you can use immediately to make your fitness level and golf game better.
  • Don’t be boring. We want you to get to know us, our personalities, and the personalities of the guests and other contributors to this site. We are doing this because we love it and want to keep it that way. Why not have some fun with it.
  • Make a little money. Yes, that may sound a bit greedy, but it’s important to us that we are honest to you as our readers/listeners and that you trust us.  So I’d rather be up front and tell you that, although nearly all of the content on here is free, we will, on occasion, offer things for sale or have affiliate links to things that we believe will help your game. And ONLY things that we believe will help your game!    What can I say, we are both working guys with kids and we like to golf, both of which are rather expensive habits!
  • Create great experiences. By this we mean for you and us. While we do know that the info on this site is going to make you a better, more fit golfer, we don’t know where this site is going to take all of us in the long run.  We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do and that it takes you to a whole new level of experiences with your golf game.

Ryan and I both want to thank you for spending some time on the site and hope we can help you on your journey.  Remember18strong circle, “Train Hard. Practice Smart. Play Better Golf.”

 

All the best,

Jeff