PODCAST EPISODES

87: Your Sleep Smarter Game Plan with Shawn Stevenson

Shawn Stevenson is the man when it comes to sleep.  Literally, Shawn wrote the book on sleep.  I have to say that in recent months, I have been hearing more about the importance of recovery and sleep in some mainstream conversations, which is awesome.  But this guy has been talking about this for years.  Not not just talking, but studying, digging into research, and presenting it in a way that millions of people are loving!

With his revised best selling book Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health and Bigger Success, and his #1 Health and Fitness podcast, The Model Health Show, Shawn is bringing an awareness of the importance of sleep to the masses.  And in today’s episode, he expands on why you, as a golfer should take notice.

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86: A whole new approach to club fitting Hoyt McGarity of True Spec Golf

Hoyt McGarity is one of the founders of True Spec Golf, a “brand agnostic” club fitting company that is changing the way golfers can find the perfect clubs for their swing.  In most club fitting situations, a golfer is limited when looking for a custom fit due to only having a single brand to choose from or a somewhat limited selection due limitations in what brands of shafts and clubheads work together.

Hoyt and True Sec Golf have not only solved that solution, they now own that solution, which is a universal adapter known as Club Conex.  They have seen incredible growth in the company in just the last year, going from one location to having plans for 14 in total.  And that doesn’t include their mobile solution.

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85: Building great golfers and succesful golf businesses with Jason Lindsay

Jason Lindsay from TOPTEAM Fitness is an expert in athletic performance, especially when it comes to golf performance.  Working with Division 1 golfers, like the ones at UNC Charlotte as well as professional golfers, and other athletes, Jason and his team have a plan for every athlete and individual that walk through their doors.

Not only do they help them with their specific sport or workouts, but they address nutrition, medical/corrective needs, and create a winning blueprint for them to follow and take ownership of.

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84: Having Fun and Smashing Golf Balls with George Gankas aka “GGSwingTips”

George Gankas, best known in the social media world as “GGSwingTips” is a golf instructor like no other.  In fact, a buddy of mine, “Fish” from FishFit Golf referred to him as the “Happy Gilmore” of golf instruction.  But I don’t want you to get the wrong impression.  This doesn’t imply that George is a newbie on the scene disrupting the sacred game of golf; Quite the opposite, in fact.  George is a definite student of the game, but he brings tons of personality to his instruction, which is why I see the “Happy Gilmore” connection as a huge compliment.

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83: The Green Jacket Edition with Zach Johnson

Zach Johnson has a Green Jacket.  Zach Johnson has the Claret Jug. And this week, he gets to introduce the two!

In 2007 Zach Johnson shocked the golf world with his masterful short game to win the coveted Green Jacket.  In this special Masters episode, Zach walks us through some of the stories from not only his winning weekend at Augusta National, but also from the very first time he played in the Masters, which did not quite go as well!

We also have the opportunity to chat about quite a few other things like Sea Island, Georgia, the St. Louis Cardinals, and of course his amazing win at the Open Championship at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf!

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82: Movement is Therapy with Cornel Driessen

Cornel Driessen has worked with the worlds greatest golfers.  Literally, the #1 ranked golfers in the world.  His list includes Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel, Ian Poulter and others.  Not a bad crew, huh?

As a physical therapist and a strength coach, Cornel feels that there really isn’t a distinct line that dictates whether a client is in need of “therapy” or “athletic performance” because in actuality, “movement is therapy.” All of his efforts with his clients/players is basically boils down to making sure they are moving well and preventing injury.  While each player has his own specific needs regarding injury prevention and optimizing performance, the foundation is laid in the balance of their movement.

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81: Finding Mastery in your Game with Dr. Michael Gervais

Dr. Michael Gervais joins us in this episode to discuss finding mastery in everything that we do, including our golf game.  Dr. Gervais is one of the world’s leading experts in psychology when it comes to working with high performance individuals, especially athletes. Included in his resume is working with Coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle SeaHawks, Red Bull extreme athletes, and corporate execs and teams striving for higher performance.  In this episode, he takes us on a journey of exploration of our inner selves and desires.  Why do you play golf, and what does dictate for you regarding your goals and results? Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Dr. Michael Gervais’ Background California Licensed psychologist specializing in high performance, he works in the trenches of high-stakes environments, where there is no luxury for mistakes, hesitation, or failure to respond. He has created a performance model that allows people to achieve their maximum potential, whether on or off the field. A published, peer-reviewed author and recognized speaker on human performance issues, Dr. Gervais has been featured by ESPN, CNN, NFL Network, FUELtv, Red Bull TV, Extra, The Huffington Post, GolfersMD, South Bay magazine and others. Host of the Finding Mastery Podcast Psychologist working witht he Seattle SeaHawks Co-Founder of WinForever with Coach Pete Carroll Psychologist to multiple extreme athletes, including Red Bull athlete Felix Baugartner, aka. the dude that jumped from outer-space! Highlights from this Episode Dr. Gervais breaks down what he does as a psychologist working with athletes and individuals in high performance situations. What are the differences/similarities in working with the extreme athletes compared to working with other athletes and individuals. Dr. G talks about what he has learned from the “masters” he has interviewed on his podcast. How do we get better at handling disappointments? and how do we train ourselves to be “more comfortable being uncomfortable?” Dr. Gervais gives us some practical application for finding mindfulness in our daily lives and how this applies to golf. We discuss the “space between hesitation and commitment”  and how important that is for performance. The Razor’s Edge, what is it and

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80: Building your swing from the GROUND up! with John Thorp – BodiTrak Sports

John Thorp, from BodiTrak Sports joins us in this episode to discuss a topic in golf and other sports that has been talked about, but not often studied, which is the relationship that an athlete has with the ground. Ground mechanics are often noted as a huge part of the golf swing, but until now, it has not been easy to actually measure these forces without a complete research lab. With their newest technology, Boditrak has changed the game as it relates to the golf swing.  In this episode, we will not only discuss why looking at the feet and pressures on the ground are so important, but also how their technology has been able to take this to the driving range, the course, and just about anywhere.  And golf is just the beginning. . . Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: John Thorp’s Background Grew up in Canada Played hockey, not golf growing up. President of BodiTrak Sports CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore.  It was his favorite movie growing up.  Plus he’s a Canadian, so anything to do with hockey is basically a given. One of the most influential People, Books, or Experiences in your life: Terry Hashimoto Highlights from this Episode John and I discuss the relationship between an athlete and the ground and why it’s so important to understand. John tells us the story behind BodiTrak Sports, where it all started and some of the plans for the future. We discuss the implications of being able to use this technology on the range, on the course, in the gym, etc. John has been very involved in the Level One TPI seminars over the past several months, which has allowed both BodiTrak and TPI to analyze and discover connections between the Big 12 swing characteristics and what is going on in the feet of the golfer. Some of the main takeaways that you may want to note in your own swing are your balance positions at setup and the loading of weight into the trail foot during and at the top of the backswing. John talks about how looking

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79: Getting Strong and Playing Strong with Demi Runas

Demi Runas, LPGA golfer and one of Golf.com’s “Most Beautiful Women in Golf”  joins us in this episode to share her experiences as a professional golfer and the changes that she has made in the gym that have made such an impact on the course. As a young, up and coming professional golfer, Demi Runas has had some amazing experiences on the golf course.  In this episode of the 18STRONG Podcast, she shares some of the highs and lows , as well as some key lessons she has learned that have made her a stronger player.  Demi is also known for her work ethic and impressive fitness training, which she attributes a lot of her success to. She is a great role model for all golfers, and has a great message when it comes to working smarter and harder in the gym.  A message that she especially hopes to pass on to the female golfers interested in improving both their game and their health. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Demi Runas’s Background Grew up playing golf, starting around the age of 4 Finished 9th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list by closing in a tie for 2nd at the Symetra Tour Championship to move from 15th to 9th. Posted two second place results and three additional top 10 finishes Finished 3rd in the Gaelle Truet Rookie of the Year Three-time Big West Player of the Year at UC Davis Won the 2013 Big West Women’s Golf Championship and guided team to four Big West conference titles Four time First Team All Big West Highlights from this Episode Demi tells us about her college coach and how she was/is such an inspiration to her She recounts her introduction to golf as a youngster and how she has loved the game since she was very young Demi recounts her experiences on the course including some of her most frustrating and most gratifying moments She tells an amazing story of the day she earned her LPGA card by shooting lights out and getting into a playoff in her last event of the

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78: Why quieting the mind is making some noise with Sam Goulden

Sam Goulden joins us in this episode to share his experiences as a coach and a player in this incredible game of golf.  Sam has become one of the most sought after coaches in the game that is working with the Focus Band and delving more into the world of managing the mind and focus on the course,as opposed to the traditional model of instruction which is generally based more on technique and positional changes. In this episode, Sam and I talk about his travels and experiences from playing/teaching here in St. Louis, to selling all of his possessions and traveling to California to play, at times living in a tent and struggling to figure out his position in this game.  Sam loves the game of golf and has found a new appreciation for playing and coaching using this new approach of mind over technique. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Sam Goulden’s Background Grew up in Washington, Missouri Skateboarder first, golfer second (at least used to be). Started coaching golfers, then his fucosed shifted more to playing competitively in 2006. Moved to California in 2009 to play on the mini tours. In 2012, decided to give it a run at PGA Tour qualifiers, sold all his possessions and took his show on the road, documenting the whole process with a group of other players, known as TourQuest Sam has been doing a lot more teaching and instruction as of recently, working very closely with the developers of the Focus Band (Graeme and Henry Boulton) and mental game/short game instructor Jason Goldsmith. Highlights from this Episode Sam gives us the highlights of his incredible journey from when he was a golfer in Washington Missouri to where he is now (which is currently The Royal Isabella in Puerto Rico!). We talk about how we met many years ago here in St. Louis when we were both much younger, more naive and probably more handsome. We discuss Sam’s experiences using the Focus Band in his instruction with students and how it has completely changed how he teaches. Sam shares his unique perspective on how the ability

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