PODCAST EPISODES

77: How a top amateur organizes golf around life with Skip Berkmeyer

Skip Berkmeyer joins us in this episode to share his experiences as a top amateur and mid-amateur golfer, both locally and nationally.  Having won the Missouri Amateur title multiple times, played in 30 USGA events and won on the national level, Skip offers us some insights in to his philosophies around playing your best golf and how to balance that when you also have a full time career, wife, kids, etc. As a friend and one of the best players I know personally, it was great to chat with Skip and hear some of his stories from the past, get some advice from him about playing better golf, and learning more about what keeps him driven to play at such a high level when the stakes aren’t millions of dollars.  Simply a love of the game and a desire to keep competing ! Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Skip Berkmeyer’s Background Has played in 30 USGA events Won the Missouri State Amateur title 3 times Player of the Year 11 times in Missouri 2009 Crump Cup Champion Grew up in St. Louis, MO Played multiple sports in high school: Baseball, Football, Golf Highlights from this Episode Skip shares some of his accomplishments as an amateur golfer on the local and national level Skip didn’t grow up playing only golf, he played just about every sport. We discuss the pros and cons to that back then and now. Ultimately, he believes that not focusing solely on golf, but having the freedom to play other sports, is likely why he still has such a love for the game. Skip explains why he still does it all.  With a wife, kids, running a business, a radio show, life is busy, but he still has the drive to compete and win. We also talk about the trends in the game and the younger golfers coming up in regards to fitness and athleticism. Skip’s experience is that the younger players coming up are more athletic: bigger, stronger, and longer than ever. Skip emphasizes that if golf is not your full-time job, it takes a lot of organization to

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76: Our Trip to the 2016 PGA Show

Our trip to the 2016 PGA Show was a huge success.  It was the first trip that Ryan, Tim, and I have taken together as 18STRONG, and and I have to say, we had a great time, met some great people, and were amazed at not only the size of the show, but the excitement that was in the air around golf in general.   Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Highlights from this Episode In this episode, I simply wanted to give you a glimpse of our experience at the PGA show.   There are so many great people and connections that we made while we were there.  If you have never been to the show before, I highly recommend going just to experience it once. You will find everything under the sun that is golf related: gadgets, equipment, simulators, golf carts, apparel, you name it. Here is a little collage of our trip.  Yes, we had a very good time! Having Trouble Leaving a review from your iPhone or desktop? CLICK HERE to see how on your iPhone! CLICK HERE to see how on your desktop! <a

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75: The Calorie Myth with Jonathan Bailor

Jonathan Bailor, author of the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling book, “The Calorie Myth,” joins us in this episode to share his experience in the world of health and nutrition and to dispel the long believed, but rarely successful “Eat Less, Exercise More” philosophy on weight loss and health.   Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Jonathan Bailor’s Background Jonathan Bailor is an internationally recognized wellness expert who specializes in using modern science and technology to simplify health. He has collaborated with top scientists for more than 10 years to analyze and apply over 1,300 studies. His work has been endorsed by top doctors and scientists from Harvard Medical School, Johns’ Hopkins, The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, and UCLA. Jonathan is the founder of SANESolution.com and serves as the CEO for the wellness technology company Yopti®. He authored the New York Times and USA Today bestselling book The Calorie Myth, Hosts a popular syndicated health radio show The SANE Show And regularly blogs on The Huffington Post. Additionally, Bailor has registered over 25 patents, spoken at Fortune 100 companies and TED conferences for over a decade, and served as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft where he helped create Nike+ Kinect Training and XBox Fitness. Highlights from this Episode Jonathan starts out by answering the question “How did we get it so wrong for so long?” talking about the idea of calorie counting and the “Eat less, exercise more” philosophy Jonathan explains a few of the analogies in his book that really drive home some of the major concepts that are fundamentally different than what most of us have been taught, like: Our bodies are like a clogged drain Sugar is basically the new cigarette The SANE solution (which is his solution for helping us eat more and exercise less!) Jonathan helps us understand why the concept of preaching moderation, especially in recommended guidelines is so wrong.  You wouldn’t suggest someone smoke in moderation, or simply smoke smaller cigarettes, would you?! Jonathan shares with us the keys to eating smarter, SANE foods, and why they create a much more efficient environment in your body that will help you burn more fat, feel much better,

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74: Brain Hacking: How to download the perfect swing with Sean Hutchison

Sean Hutchison joins us in this episode to share his experiences in coaching world champion swimmers, brain science, mirror neurons, and why he is now speaking to the who’s who about creating better golfers. Sean is the founder of IKKOS, a technology company that is changing the way we learn movement patterns.  He shares with us how, in literally minutes, the brain has the ability to see something externally, process it as if it is our own body, and then perform that same movement better than before, using mirror neurons.  “Back to the Future” kind of stuff, right! Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Sean Hutchison’s Background Former US Olympic swim coach Sean has trained some of the world’s top athletes, and is regarded as a coaches’ coach In addition, he is an experienced entrepreneur with a history of building outstanding teams, innovative products, and revolutionary systems for learning and training. Sean is the founder of Ikkos, an incredibly innovative piece of technology that allows you to tap into the power of your brain to create better movement in sport and function within minutes of work. Highlights from this Episode Sean divulges some of the most influential people in his life that have helped him get to where is is now We discuss his background as a swimmer, then swim coach and some of the decisions and passions that helped him become a world class coach Sean explains some of the common characteristics that he noticed in the world class and Olympic medal athletes that he trained. He shares why he hates the word “talent” We delve into brain science and how his passion for learning more has now become a new venture for him by creating the company IKKOS IKKOS is a combination of mobile technology and recently understood brain science that uses the premise of mirror neurons to help you literally download the movement patterns that you see on TV to your brain and body! CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? CaddyShack- definitively! One or 2 of the Most Influential People, Books, or Experiences in Your Life? His family Walt Disney, DiVinci, Einstein, Hemingway

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73: The story behind the Orange Whip (and how to use it). . . with Jim Hackenberg

Jim Hackenberg, the creator of the Orange Whip Trainer join’s us in this episode to give us the story behind his invention which has been named the #1 Golf Product in the world. If you haven’t seen or heard about the Orange Whip Trainer, frankly, you must have been living under a rock.  These things are everywhere, including in over 400 professional golfers bags across the globe. In today’s episode, Jim shares how he came up with the idea for the Orange Whip, where the name came from, and how to use it. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below:  Jim Hackenberg and the Orange Whip’s Background Jim grew up in North Dakota, but didn’t start playing golf until the age of 12 or 13. Once he started playing he was hooked. Jim played at Arizona State for a couple of years (at the same time as ole “Lefty,” Phil Mickelson) before finishing his college career at Oregon State. He played on the mini tours for quite a few years before going into teaching. While he was teaching, he was asked to caddy for a friend on the PGA, which is when the idea for the Orange Whip came to him. Highlights from this Episode Jim tells us about the revelation he had about the golf swing and teaching his clients, and how this lead to the creation of the orange whip. After many tweaks and changes to the prototype, he finally figured out the right look and feel, and the Orange Whip was born. Jim and I discuss the importance of rhythm, tempo and balance in a golf swing. Jim walks us through his 3 main drills for the Orange Whip: Torso Twist Hinging Forearm Rotation Drill Full swing Drill Jim has learned quite a few new drills from other teachers that use the Orange Whip (including using the trainer as a high intensity or cardio alternative, you can see our video below . . .) Jim reveals where the name REALLY came from (HINT: it’s an 80’s movie with 2 guys in Black hats, Suits, and sunglasses. . .) We talk about all

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72: Ten Nutrition Guidelines to live by on and off the course.

Diet and nutrition info is running rampant online.  It’s hard to know where to begin when you are looking to clean up the diet and get on the right track.  So in this episode, I am going to break down the exact guidelines that we use with our clients and athletes. I’m gonna warn you they are pretty simple and common-sense based, so if you’re looking for a magic wand or super secret trick, this episode doesn’t have it.  The nutrition guidelines are something I learned from Dr. John Berardi over at Precision Nutrition and have basically been following ever since I first saw them. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Highlights from this Episode I have come to find that people usually struggle with their nutrition for 5 main reasons: They don’t have enough information They have too much information and are paralyzed by information overload They have BAD information that leads them down the wrong path They know what they need to do, but just aren’t willing to commit to it They just plain don’t care! I tell the story of a time a few years back when life got hectic, I let my diet and workouts slide, and I got FAT! But once I opened my eyes and realized how much I had let myself slip, I drew the line in the sand and committed to my diet and workouts hard-core, dropping over 11% bodyfat and adding quite a bit of muscle mass in less that 3 months.  In this episode, I share the primary principles that I used during that time (and since then) with my diet. I found that there were 3 main components that allowed me to succeed in this: The 10 nutrition guidelines I am going to share A solid plan for my workouts (4-5 days/week, lots of weights, very little cardio!) An Accountability partner/coach The 10 Nutrition Guidelines These guidelines were originally taken from www.PrecisionNutrition.com (a great resource for anything related to nutrition) EAT OFTEN, every 2-3 hours Eat complete, lean PROTEIN at every “eating opportunity” Eat VEGETABLES at every “eating opportunity” Earn your CARBS Include HEALTHY

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71: What is your state of mind on the golf course? with David MacKenzie

David MacKenzie is an expert on the mental game of golf, short game and putting.  In this episode, David shares with us some of the reasons we struggle on the course, and explains why it is often less about technique, but more about mental attitude and confidence in the work we have already put in. David has worked with players at every level of the game.  Have you ever been on a streak on the course where everything is going great, your irons are hunting the pins and you’re draining putts, then all of a sudden it all falls apart?  Is that technique, is it between the ears?  David helps us figure some of these things out, and how we can remedy the situation. We even talk about the . . . (cover your ears if you don’t want to hear it) . . . YIPS!  Yep.  I know you don’t like that word, but we dive into the “Y”-word. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: David MacKenzie’s Background David MacKenzie is the founder of Golf State of Mind and he lives in Washington, D.C. David has been a coach for almost 15 years and has taught every level from beginner to Tour Pro with huge success. David is a scratch golfer and attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, UK. He uses the perfect blend of sports psychology and practical application to ensure no time is wasted in you working towards consistently playing to your potential. Highlights from this Episode David shares his story of going from a career in finance to becoming a highly sought after mental game and performance coach for golfers. What does a performance coach do?  Is it all mental game, swing lessons, putting; David explains. We discuss confidence on the course and how you can gain more. We talk about developing the right pre and post shot routine that works for you and how you can ingrain it so you don’t have to think when you are getting ready to hit your shot David walks us through some of the things that he does with his

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70: How and Why You Should be Foam Rolling with Nick Mueller

Nick Mueller joins us again to discuss how important self myofascial release/massage (SMR) can be for a golfer, and how it can be done very effectively if you have the right kind of tools, like a foam rolling. Nick is the head of Golf Performance at Innovative Fitness in South Surrey, BC , Canada.  Nick is an expert when it comes to strength and conditioning, especially in the world of golf and fitness.  Nick was a guest on an earlier episode of the 18STRONG Podcast (Episode 010) which we discussed regressing and correcting movement in the golfer in order to progress and make improvements.  This episode falls right in line with the last one. Knowing SMR techniques and how to properly do them with a small piece of equiptment (like a foam roller or ball) can save you lots of time and money trying to get your body back in order or recovering from a tough day on the course. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT RAD ROLLER Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below:   Nick Mueller’s Background You can find more about Nick and his background at Innovative fitness HERE  Since we last heard from Nick on the show he has started a new junior golf program at Innovative Fitness and has been working with several WebdotCom hopefuls. Nick has also been named an ambassador for RAD a company that specializes in making very sophisticated self myofascial products.   Highlights from this Episode Nick catches us up on all of the projects and programs he is affiliated with since our last conversation on the show (60 episodes ago!). Nick gives us a breakdown of what fascia is in layman’s terms and what we can do to work on it. We discus several different tools available that can help you with your self massage techniques. Nick highlights a few of the RAD products that he loves and why Nick explains why a golfer especially should be utilizing SMR techniques to play better and feel better   CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Bagger Vance (Nick just had to be different.  For the record, I do

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69: Building Champions and Breaking Down Back Pain for Golfers with Dr. Troy Van Biezen

Dr. Troy Van Biezen was one major win away from the “Van Biezen Slam” this past year with 2 of his clients (Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson) capturing 3 of the 4 Major titles in the year 2015 (Masters, Open Championship, US Open). Along with the 2 aforementioned golfers, Dr. Troy also works with several other very recognizable golfers including Rickie Fowler, Ryan Palmer, and Jason Dufner to name a few. It’s obvious that Dr. Troy has experience working with and helping to create champions by getting them prepared and in optimal condition for their game.  As a chiropractor with a very well-rounded approach to care and physical preparation, Troy’s expertise provides an integral piece in creating the off-course training programs, nutrition plans, and preventative care to keep these guys healthy during their grueling playing and travel seasons. Dr. Troy Van Biezen also breaks down some of the main causes, treatments, and problems related to golfers and back pain. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Dr. Troy Van Biezen’s Background Chiropractor for the PGA Tour. Chiropractor for the Professional Arena Football Team; Dallas Desperados. Active Release Doctor for the Dallas Stars. Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional Level 2. Chiropractor for the National Champion Junior Hockey Team; Texas Tornadoes. Chiropractor for the Triple AAA Midget Hockey Team; Dallas Stars. Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist. Board Certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Has been practicing in the DFW metroplex since 1997. Member of the American Chiropractic Sports Council and National Football League Professional Chiropractic Society. Member and Instructor for Professional Sports Care. Sports Biomechanics Certified* Highlights from this Episode Troy shares his background from his days playing hockey in Canada and professionally in Europe. He talks about his experience working on the tour medical trailer for many years, traveling week to week with the players. We discuss his role in the players’ care and what his schedule looks like working with them during the season. Troy shares some stories of the guys (Jordan, Zach, Rickie, etc.) in the gym and

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68: Make Your Next Ball Better with Chris O’Connell

Chris O’Connell from The Plane Truth Golf joins us this week to discuss how to make your next ball better than the last one you hit.  Chris is a world class instructor that has been in just about every golf publication out there.  Chris is Matt Kuchar’s long time coach/instructor and is one of the founder’s of The Plane Truth Golf, along with legendary instructor Jim Hardy.   Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Chris O’Connell’s Background Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America 2013-14 and 2015-16. Current PGA TOUR students include Matt Kuchar and Eric Axley. Authored numerous articles in Golf Digest and Golfweek. Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013. Mentored under Jim Hardy since 1998, ranked #8 2011-2012 America’s 50 Greatest Teachers by Golf Digest.  Named 2007 PGA of America Teacher of the Year and authored the #1 bestseller golf book The Plane Truth for Golfers. Vice President and Co-Founder of The Plane Truth Golf Institute, a business dedicated to training golf instructors and providing instruction to golfers worldwide through innovative teaching tools. Competed in 4 PGA TOUR events. University of Notre Dame graduate 1995. Highlights from this Episode Chris tells us about his youth as a golfer, his time at Notre Dame and his time on the Pga Tour. Chris Caddied for Peter Jacobson for several years on Tour He was then introduced to Jim Hardy by Peter Jacobson, who eventually became his instructor, mentor and now business partner at The Plane Truth Golf Chris tells us what it’s like working with Matt Kuchar and some of his other high level players. He discusses both the pro’s and cons of working with someone with such a unique swing as Matt’s and “being known for something” as an instructor The 1 Plane and 2 Plane swings.  What are they, what are some of the fundamentals of each? Chris explains the Plane Truth philosophy of “Next Ball Better” and how the method of instruction he abides by is based on impact and ball flight, not aesthetics. We also talk about introducing kids to the game.  As a father of young

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