PODCAST EPISODES

67: Are you playing golf from your THINK Box or your PLAY Box? with Vision54

Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott of VISION54 join me in this weeks episode to help us sort through our emotions on the course and figure out how to get the ball in the hole in the fewest amount of shots. It is their mission to help every golfer they work with realize their highest potential on the course.  While most golf instruction focuses on technique and the physical pieces of the golf swing, VISION54 emphasizes that there are more pieces to the puzzle, including the mental, emotional, social and even spiritual components. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below:  The Background of VISION54 Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson are both featured among the top-50 lists for Golf Digest magazine’s best teachers, and listed on GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers. Pia was Annika Sorenstam’s instructor for her entire professional career. Other notable names that work with VISION54: Kevin Streelman Russell Knox Na Yeon Choi Ai Miyazato Golf Digest ranked them in 2012 as the #1 and #2 women teachers in America. In 2005, GOLF Magazine named VISION54’s flagship program, 54GOLF, the number one golf school in the U.S. They have have coached players to more than one hundred tour victories on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Ladies European Tour; including six major LPGA Tour winners. They also have co-authored a number of books, including the best-selling Every Shot Must Have a Purpose, The Game Before The Game, and Play Your Best Golf Now.    Highlights from this Episode Pia and Lynn tell us the story behind the creation of VISION54 and how it is about more than just golf instruction. They are big believers that everything shows up in the technique, including emotion, tension, and frustration We discuss the idea of having a “post-shot” routine The 6 elements of the game: Physical Technical Mental Emotional Social Spirit They give actionable drills to work on mastering the concepts of the Think Box  and the Play Box The 2 practice essentials and how to incorporate them To simulate golf To integrate skills Pia and Lynn give us several ideas for making our practices more effective, but more importantly, how

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66: Answers to your biggest golf fitness questions . . .

I know you have a lot of questions when it comes to your fitness.  Especially as it relates to your golf game. And as a golf fitness website, we have a lot of content and interviews with information on just about every topic imaginable.  The problem is, where do you start? Sometimes information overload can keep us from seeing the simple answers.  That’s why in this episode, I wanted to answer some of the most common golf fitness questions that I get on a regular basis.  There have definitely been some common themes that I have noticed from the audience, especially revolving around the following: Distance Back Pain Strength vs Flexibility Warming Up Nutrition Therefore, we are going to break most of these down in this episode. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below:   The 4 top golf fitness questions: 1.) Is my regular fitness workout good enough to suffice for a golf fitness workout?  (Does a golf work out differ in any way from any other sports workouts?) Depends on what your “regular fitness workout” consists of The term regular is the determining factor Many guys train improperly, focusing on the wrong muscle groups, don’t perform with very good posture, tempo or concetration of movement But I would say that yes, a good, well rounded fitness routine can suffice for a “golf fitness workout” The main areas of emphasis for me in a “regular” workout would be Posture Upper and lower body exercises (lean more toward lower body) A balance of front vs back exercises (especially strengthening glutes, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders, etc.) Full range of motion with all exercises to get both strength and flexibility Know what your goal is to help determine the type of workout   2.) What is more important…..strength or flexibility….for an older golfer? (How do I get stronger while maintaining flexibility and touch) I suggest it is strength Years ago, I did just stretching sessions, very little improvement Now, we do very little stretching in our programs, but my new clients notice a significant improvement in motion, strength and balance How long have you been

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65: How to choose the right exercises for your golf fitness program. . .

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? In my opinion, it primarily boils down to one main thing.  Having a plan and working that plan.  Whether it be planning out your practice, planning out your mental approach to the game, or your strength training program.  Without a plan you are simply grasping at straws, hoping that all the pieces fall in the right place. In episode 063, we discussed the “Regular” guy’s formula for a great off-season, which broke down the main things you should focus on this winter to get ready for next season.  In today’s episode, we are going to go a little deeper.  I explain the exact mental process I go through when designing a client’s golf fitness program.  And the best part is that it is actually pretty simple for you to do on your own. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Highlights from this Episode If you want the outline for this episode, feel free to download at the following link! How to Choose Your Exercises (PDF Download)   When I am designing a clients golf fitness program, I go through a pretty standard mental process to decide what is going to be right for them and what is going to get them closest to their goals.  It is important to point out that the strength training/golf fitness portion is only a piece of the entire golfer’s off-season. There are many other components that will make you a better golfer.  The role of the strength and fitness portion is simply to make you a more durable, resilient, powerful, and efficient athlete, which facilitates your golf game.  DO NOT get your fitness program confused with your golf improvement/skills training.  While the one should help the other, I think too many golfers and fitness professionals think that their workout programs are the end all be all to improving one’s golf game.  I do not follow that philosophy. So, in this episode, I want to walk you through the process of creating your own personal program based on your needs, your schedule, and your desires.

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64: How Overspeed Training can Unleash Your Speed with Super Speed Golf

What does it take to get more speed in your swing? Do you need more power, more strength, more flexibility? What exercises should you be doing more of?  How long does it take to gain more speed consistently?  Join us as Mike Napoleon and Kyle Shay from Catalyst Golf Performance and the founders of Super Speed Golf share their expertise in the world of Overspeed Training and helping guys hit the ball farther. Mike is a golf instructor and Kyle is a golf fitness specialist.  Their company Catalyst Golf Performance in Chicago has several locations and is a collection of premiere golf specific training facilities.  While they are known for helping golfers in al aspects of the game from club-fitting, instruction, fitness, etc., these guys have more recently become known as the guys helping golfers all over the world get faster and longer. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Mike Napoleon’s Background Director of Golf Instruction at Catalyst Golf Performance Michael has dedicated his career to finding a way for every golfer to improve and find more enjoyment with the game of golf. extensive background in motor learning and development Michael has transformed and applied his passions for human learning, motor development, biomechanics, coaching, and golf to create a unique and innovative method of coaching golfers of all ages and ability levels to new levels of golf performance excellence. Kyle Shay’s Background Director of Health and Fitness at Catalyst Golf Performance Kyle was a top junior player in Illinois, playing in numerous Ill. Junior Golf Association and AJGA events each year. Kyle specializes in corrective exercise, golf specific sports conditioning, spinal injuries, digestive disorders, hormonal balancing, and metabolic typing. Highlights from this Episode Mike and Kyle give their backgrounds and what Catalyst Golf Performance is all about We discuss the importance of great communication between a golfer’s team members (instructor, fitness coach, etc) We talk about SPEED.  Why is it so important and how can we get more? OverSpeed Training: What is it, who should be doing it, and how does it work? Mike and Kyle share stories of their golfers from a touring professional to

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63: The “Regular” Guy’s Formula for a Great Off-Season

This week’s episode of The 18STRONG Podcast is a little different than the rest.  It’s just me, Jeff Pelizzaro.  It’s almost the off-season for most of you golfers.  So what are you going to do to make sure you come out better on the other side? I’ve found that most of the golf fitness information out there is not necessarily targeted for the regular-above average golfer.  It’s mostly just a highlight reel of what the pro’s are doing, but it’s not necessarily broken down into a usable format for a regular guy (which is what 90% of the golf population is comprised of).  So, in this episode, I break down the off-season into 4 pieces (The 4 “R’s”) then tell you exactly what the bare bone essentials of that program would look like if you’re a busy guy with limited time to spare. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Notes from this Episode Below is the exact outline that I used to create this show so you don’t have to take notes.  If you would like to print these out, we’ve created a PDF for you to download.  This episode is specifically for you so you can create your greatest off-season yet. Download the PDF HERE! Outline of Today’s Episode on The Off-Season. . . Most off-season programs are too complicated, too time-consuming and too unrealistic for the “regular” guy. The Regular Guy has. . . kids long work hours lack of sleep running a business taking kids to practices travel Most guys aren’t training 4-5 days a week You need something more efficient, that can be done at home or gym, in minimal time and prevents injuries.  I cover all of that. Ryan and I have been working behind the scenes on a New gift for you.  A complete in home warm up. Which you can get by clicking the image below. In the warm-up, I walk you through a 15-20 minute routine in real time that you can do before heading to the course.  It includes: foam rolling dynamic stretches and some resistance band ex’s to get you primed to play a PDF cheat

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62: How a 40 year old Golf Instructor Changed His Game by Lifting Heavy Things with Nicholas Zaher

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as one of Germany’s most well respected golf instructors, Nicholas Zaher, shares his experience of teaching golfers to play better through both golf instruction and fitness. As a 40 year old “holistic golf coach,” Nicholas Zaher has personally seen big changes in his own game, longers drives, better posture, more endurance on the course once he started paying more attention to his body and started LIFTING HEAVY THINGS!  He has since been implementing fitness and strength training into all of his clients programs with incredible success. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Nicholas Zaher’s Background Graduated as a Fully Qualified PGA Golf Professional at the PGA National Headquarters, Great Britain in 1997. 2002 to 2009 Nick was Director and co-owner of all German based David Leadbetter Golf Academies (DLGA) and a Senior Certified DLGA Instructor. In 2007 he learned about the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) whilst in Sweden and since then has been on a fascinating journey TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, Golf Biomechanist, Junior Coach, Fitness Professional and FMS Certified. Founder of Golf Athletz, a holistic coach, a passionate golfer, multiple Ironman finisher and lives in Berlin, Germany. Highlights from this Episode Nick shares his background growing up in Liverpool where he learned to play golf on the Soccer Pitch of all places! He walks us through his experience playing and eventually earning his pro card and how he ended up owning and running all of the David Leadbetter Schools in Germany After being introduced to TPI in 2007, Nick’s journey as a golf instructor rook a turn in a new direction that involved finding the missing piece to his golf instruction Nick’s new found passion for learning more about the body, how it moves, and how to maximize it’s performance has created a much more “holistic” philosophy to Nick’s coaching methods Nick says he really noticed a HUGE difference in his game when he started working more o his body, and especially when he started LIFTING HEAVIER THINGS Nick gives us 4 exercises that he thinks have changed

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61: What Kind of Cardio Should YOU be Doing? with Neal Hausch

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? In this episode, Neal Hausch shares his experiences from his facility, Golf Fitness Plus, in Akron Ohio where he works with golfers from the junior to elite levels. Neal provides a unique few on the concept of “cardio” training based not only on his experience in the gym but also in the hospital setting where he works with cardiopulmonary patients, and thus has an extensive background in the effects of exercise on the lungs and heart. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Neal’s Hausch’s Background Undergraduate degrees in Biology and Sport Science from Malone University in 2004 Received a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Akron, 2007   During that time, he spent numerous clinical hours in the fields of physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and cardiac testing Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Highlights from this Episode Neal Tells the incredible story of how he started Golf Fitness Plus and ended up winning the equipment from the TPI’s facility in Oceanside, California. Over the past several years, many tour players have made their way through the doors of Golf FItness Plus around the time of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, which is held at Firestone Country Club. We talk about what the guys were doing this past year during this week and how each had a little different approach to their workouts that week. Neal breaks down “cardio” for us.  What is it? Who should do it? And how. You will learn how to figure out how far to push yourself and when you’re not pushing yourself enough. Neal explains why he likes using the treadmill for sprints, but also gives some other options that you can use. Neal prefers using sprints (or high intensity intervals, we use the term interchangeably) lasting no longer than 60 seconds. If you want to go longer, don’t, make it harder (ie. more resistance, higher speed, more incline, etc.) CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Caddyshack Who would you like to spend a day on

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60: Chasing the PGA Tour (and what it’s going to take to get there) with Adam Long

What does it take to make it to the PGA Tour? Join us as Adam Long shares his ongoing journey over the last 5 years to present day as a professional golfer striving to reach the ultimate goal of playing (and winning) on the PGA Tour! Adam narrowly missed being in the top 25 money earners on the Web.com Tour, which would have secured his card to play in the PGA Tour for the 2015-2016 season.  He has very high hopes for this upcoming season.  In this interview, Adam shares some of his highest and lowest moments on the course, as well as some of the key lessons that have gotten him this far on his journey. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Adam Long’s Background Born in Louisiana Grew up playing golf in St. Louis, MO He had a highly decorated amateur career, ranked as high as 8th in the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings He played four years at Duke University, compiling quite a resume for both his golf game and academics. After graduating, he wasted no time, deciding to turn pro in June of 2010, and had relatively quick success with solid finishes on the eGolf and Hooters tour, including a win in 2011. Adam played his way onto the Web.com tour this past year, with highlights including T2, 4th place, T13, and T18 finish. Adam finished #41 on the money list at the end of the regular season, just 16 spots away from earning his PGA card. Highlights from this Episode He also walks us through 2 of the most gratifying moments in his golf career: Adam walks us through his LOWEST MOMENT on the golf course which was several missed cuts right before US Open Qualifying, and the lessons he learned from this experience Adam walks us through some of the most important moments that he feels have shifted his career: When his college coach told him he had a chance to go pro and needed to shift his focus When he started working with mental game coach Bob Rotella and started working on his philosophy of “who Adam Long is

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59: Why Most Golf Fitness Programs Fail with Ryan Blackburn

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Ryan Blackburn from Orlando Golf Performance shares his expertise and gives us an in inside look at some of the biggest mistakes golfers are making in their fitness program. Ryan Blackburn works primarily with PGA, LPGA, and mini-tour players in Orlando, FL.  His approach is to make sure his athletes are all moving better first, so they can maximize their strength training in the off-season. Ryan shares some of the secrets of his off-season training and the mistakes he often sees golfers make when they design their own training programs. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Ryan Blackburn’s Background Owner of Orlando Golf Performance TPI Level 3 Golf Fitness Professional Nike Golf Fitness Specialist FMS Level 2 NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) Russian Kettle Bell Certified (RKC) Highlights from this Episode Ryan tells his story of how he got into the “golf fitness” business We discuss Ryan’s approach to the off season which includes mainly 3 phases: Recovery/correctives Strength Training Power Development Ryan expresses how important the strength training component is for the golfer, not only in the off-season, but during the season to maintain all that was gained in the off-season There are 5 big problems that Ryan sees with many golf fitness programs, especially the ones that are “self-guided” without a fitness professional overseeing them: Lack of/improper use of Corrective Exercises Improper use of Stretching Improper use of/rushing into Power Training Lack of training in 3 planes of motion (Triplanar Motions) Isolation vs Integration The Rotational Squat: Recommended Resources: Dan John Easy Strength CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore (without hesitation!) Who would you most like to spend 18 holes with and why? Arnold Palmer.  He has so many experiences and stories that it would be great to just hear as many as possible. What are you excited about in your near future? He has a lot of players coming back starting the Winter Series as well as many getting ready to start their off-season program. Last Piece of Advice Listen to as many episodes of The

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58: How Yoga for Golfers is Dropping Scores Around the World, with Katherine Roberts!

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Katherine Roberts from Yoga For Golfers shares her expertise in the world of golf, yoga, professional baseball and sports performance. Katherine is truly one of the pioneers in golf.  With her company Yoga for Golfers, she has created a global team of yoga instructors that are helping golfers everywhere improve their performance and their lives by helping them move better, feel better and play better. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Katherine Robert’s Background Katherine has been a golfers since she was a little girl Worked for a Fortune 500 company before being introduced to a female golfer that was a 5 handicap and happened to be a yoga instructor. Founder and President, Yoga for Golfers®, 16 years Founder and President Roberts’ Yoga For Baseball™, Roberts’ Kinetic Yoga For Sports™ Certified Yoga Instructor, 20+ years TPI, PRI, and FMS, and NG360-certified Nike Swoosh Elite Athlete and Advisory Staff Member Gray Institute Fellow, Applied Functional Science and Chain-Reaction Biomechanics Highlights from this Episode Katherine tells her story going from working at a Fortune 500 company to becoming a yoga instructor, to building an empire or Yoga For Golf Instructors around the world She explains how she got into the golf and sports world, sharing experiences that she’s had with athletes and clients We discuss the importance of taking a global approach when looking at an individual and how just because you have pain in one spot, doesn’t necessarily mean your problem is there, in fact, often it’s not. We discuss some of the misconceptions of yoga and how it can be very effective in supporting and enhancing an explosive athlete like a golfer. We go in depth about breathing, how to do it right, how to do it wrong, and how that effects everything els that you do. Katherine addresses the golfer that has been stretching their hamstrings for the past 15 years with no significant improvement.  Guess what?!  “IT AIN’T YOUR HAMSTRINGS THAT’S THE PROBLEM” CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Caddyshack (it was a tough call and she tried to

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