Oh yeah, it’s Monday and time to get moving. Figuratively AND literally.
Lemme ask you something…
If you saw two guys standing on the tee box who looked like:
- John Daly after Thanksgiving Dinner
- A shredded Rock from the Baywatch redux
Not knowing who either were, could you tell me with certainty who was more mobile?
An educated guess would be The Rock. BUT, you would be very, very wrong.
One of the biggest mistakes we all make (I still do it) when it comes to fitness is judging the book by its cover.
When you see a lean guy with low body fat %, I guarantee you assume that he is mobile. Even though he may be stiff as a statue.
When you see a bulky, muscular dude, it’s even easier to assume that he is tight as a drum. And couldn’t touch his toes.
Neither may be true.
John Daly is a perfect example. He looks like he couldn’t turn enough to check his rearview mirror. But that dude’s body moves like an owl’s head.
Mobility and strength have far less to do with how your body looks than you may think.
The truth is that it has a lot to do with what exercises you’re doing, and what plan you’re following.
The first time I tried a squat with rotation, it sounded like I was popping popcorn with all my creaks and cracks.
Same thing doing neck rotations. It sounded like I was cracking my knuckles. A very uncomfortable sound coming from your neck and spine.
At that point years ago, I looked like I was in good shape. And I was…
Just not for golf.
The reason I wasn’t mobile wasn’t because of what shape I was in. It was due to other factors.
Here’s three off the top of my head:
1. I never trained for mobility, so my brain-body didn’t know what to do
2. I lacked strength in the range-of-motion I was doing
3. My nervous system couldn’t relax because it was protecting me from injury
You can probably guess that the key to a loose, but still-in-control swing is the opposite of the above.
The key is to move those joints that we need on the course – neck, shoulders, hips, ankles, etc.
The results I got from moving those “golf areas” amazed me as well as those who have done the same thing.
I went from stiff and creaky to limber and slinky.
And I’ve never looked back.
You’ve got this,
PS – If you want to learn how to oil your joints like the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz – then I would immediately join the 18STRONG Membership.