PODCAST EPISODES

18SP 054: Tim Mickelson | Your Personal Division I Golf Program

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Tim Mickelson, head coach of the ASU Sun Devils Golf Team shares his expertise in the world of college golf.  Tim gives us an in inside look at what he’s looking for in a recruit and walks us through the weekly schedule of their program. Over the past 4 years, Tim and his team have jumped the ranks in the college golf scene and are primed to be one of the top teams in the nation this year.  With such success, Tim is able to enlighten us with some of his suggestions for you to be most efficient when practicing in order to play your best golf. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes  and stitcher by clicking the button below:                                                             Tim Mickelson’s Background Tim Grew up in California and is 7 years younger than his brother Phil Mickelson Like Phil, Tim played for ASU, winning a national championship, then went to Oregon State to finish his college career He played mini tour golf for a brief period, making it to the 2nd stage of Q-School He took a position at San Diego State, then became the Head coach at USD (University of San Diego) After 8 years at USD, he was named the head coach at ASU In his soon to be 5th year, Tim has taken the team from being ranked #85 to as high as #2 last year, and looking forward to a very promising year ahead. Highlights from this Episode Tim shares his background as a player, a coach, and what it was like growing up in the Mickelson household We discuss what it takes for a kid to even be looked at as a recruit for a program like ASU Tim highlights the on and of course characteristics that they look for in the young men they recruit Fitness has become such a big part of the game these days.  The team does

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18SP 053: Dr. Jimmy Yuan | What’s a Kettlebell? (And How can it Help My Golf Game?)

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Dr. Jimmy Yuan shares his expertise in the world of Kettlebells, Athletic Performance, and Golf.  Jimmy helps us understand why Kettlebells have become so popular in the fitness world in recent years and how they can be used effectively in your training. Jimmy is a chiropractor in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ area.  Along with many of his other certifications and specialties (ART, DNS, SFMA, etc.) Jimmy is also a Strong First certified Kettlebell instructor, which is basically the most bad ass kettlebell certification a coach can get.  Jimmy utilizes all of these specialties when working with his “Warriors” as he likes to call his clients.  This includes warriors of all levels, from Professional Athletes (Pro Warriors), Weekend Warriors (weekend athlete), and the Urban Warrior (desk jockey). You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Dr. Jimmy Yuan’s Background Dr. Jimmy Yuan is a chiropractor, practicing at Warrior Restoration in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the State University of New York, Binghamton Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the New York Chiropractic College. Fellowship in medical acupuncture from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is a full body Active Release Techniques (ART) instructor Titleist Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (Medical 3 and Fitness 2). Jimmy has consulted for multiple professional sports teams and athletes (PGA, LPGA, MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL), including being a consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Highlights from This Episode Jimmy starts by giving his background and how he became one of the most sought after chiropractors in Arizona and especially in the golf world. I ask Jimmy, “What’s a Kettlebell? and Why should the golfers be using them?” He explains his background in kettlebells and why he utilizes them in his practice and his own training routines. Kettlebells can be used very effectively by beginners and very advance trainees for many different results. Jimmy gives us a few things to be aware of before just jumping in and using an object that is foreign and often too heavy. Jimmy’s 2 recommended KB lifts:

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18SP 052: Shane Lawlor | How a Winning TEAM Creates Champions

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Shane Lawlor shares his expertise in the world of chiropractic care on the PGA and European Tour.  Shane gives us an in inside look at the type of care and teamwork that goes into a tour players program/routine. Shane Lawlor is based out of Portlaoise, Ireland and is the chiropractor for several PGA and European Tour players, including Shane Lowry Padraig Harrington Peter Uhlein Ross Fisher Michael Hoey Shane has been on tour for over 5 years and spends nearly 25 weeks per year on the road with the players. In this episode, he gives us some behind the scenes info on Shane Lowry’s most recent win at the WGC Bridgestone. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Shane Lawlor’s Background Shane graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of South Wales in 2006 with a BSc. in Chiropractic. He is one of Europe’s leading Golf Performance Therapists and is an expert in the treatment, screening and rehabilitation of golf injuries. Shane has traveled with professional golfers for over 5 years on both the European & PGA Tours for 25 weeks a year. His clients include world leading golfers and athletes. Shane’s professional golfers include Michael Hoey, Shane Lowry, Ross Fisher, Peter Uihlein and Padraig Harrington. Shane continues to travel in his spare time, researching and studying the best methods to help individuals achieve their ultimate goal. He is a level 3 certified medical professional with the Titleist Performance Institute and Lead Instructor for Active Release Techniques® in Europe. Shane is certified in Functional Integrated Needling, Fascial Manipulation, Kinesiotaping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT®) Highlights from this Episode We talk about how Shane got to where he is working on tour and how other fitness professionals can take similar steps if they want to work with professional athletes. Shane and I have a chance to talk about his experience at the WGC Bridgestone when his client Shane Lowry

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18SP 051: Dave Phillips | The Vision of TPI

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Dave Phillips, co-founder of TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) shares his expertise in the world of golf fitness and instruction.   Dave gives us an inside look at the beginnings of the TPI, the initial vision, and how it has evolved into such a huge successful business that has impacted hundreds of thousands of golfers across the globe. Dave Phillips is one of the world’s premier golf instructors and one of the founders of the Titleist Performance Institute.  Dave has worked with many of the top golfers on the tour over the past 25 years and is one of the most well respected authorities in golf instruction and golf fitness. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Dave Phillips’ Background Dave is located in Oceanside, California and is a co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute. Member of the PGA of America and has devoted the past 25 years to becoming a world-class instructor. Rated one of the Top 100 Teachers in the country by Golf Magazine and Top 50 by Golf Digest. TPI was developed by Dave Phillips and Dr. Greg Rose with the goal of creating the world’s first true golf performance facility that looked at every aspect of a players game, from equipment fitting to biomechanics and the human body. Since the start of the education seminars in 2006 there are now close to 15,000 TPI certified experts in 58 countries around the world. Highlights from this Episode Dave walks us through the vision of TPI when it was just beginning and how he and Dr. Greg Rose, with the support of Titleist, built the world’s top training and practice facility for golfers. He gives us some insight into the new project they have coming up for the youth golfer, the Junior Development Pathway, and providing the parents with a bit of a roadmap Dave explains how the company has grown and how the overall mission has slightly evolved into an education based company, with the result of over 15,000 instructors being certified and hundreds of thousands of

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18SP 050: Nick Buchan | The Facts vs. The Myths on the Path to STRONGER GOLF

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Nick Buchan shares his expertise in the world of strength training for golfers. and gives us an in inside look at his training methods, how to design the proper schedule for workouts and debunks some of the common myths surrounding the golf and strength training world. Nick Buchan has utilized his experience as a former power lifter and his passion for the game of golf to create a career that allows him to combine the two.  His training philosophies emphasize the need for a golfer to develop significant structural strength and balance, as well as general athletic power.  The combination of these will allow the average golfer to rise above the rest. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Nick Buchan’s Background Strength coach based in the UK Golf Coach Nick grew up playing golf and has a passion for helping golfers get stronger and play better golf by delivering cutting edge training advice AGMS graduate Highlights from this Episode Nick and I discuss the topic of “Periodization” What factors go into how to train and when based on your goals, schedule, amount of time you have to dedicate to your training. Nick explains how his clients programs and training sessions differ based on what they have going on in their playing schedule,work schedule, time of year, etc. We get into a discussion of some of the more popular golf and fitness myths, which Nick wrote an article on a while back (you can find that article here) The MYTHS that we touch on are: Golfers shouldn’t lift because it will make them tight Golfers shouldn’t bench press because it’s not sport specific Olympic Lifts are the only way to get explosive power Lifting weights at higher reps is better for golfers CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore (Apparently, Nick informed me, Caddyshack is not very popular over in the UK and if you are not a golfer, you probably haven’t even heard of the movie Caddyshack!!  That’s crazy.) What are you excited about in your near future? Nick is

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18SP 049: Jaacob Bowden| Swing Man Golf and Training for Speed

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Jaacob Bowden from Swing Man Golf shares his expertise of training for clubhead speed and gives us an in inside look at some of the secrets to hitting longer drives. Jacob Bowden is a professional golfer and is one of the world’s leading experts in gaining clubhead speed.  He has worked with golfers of all ages, levels and on just about every major Tour, and consistently see results of more than 12-16 mph gained in less than 30 days! You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Jaacob Bowden’s Background A Professional Golfer The Official Swing Speed Trainer of the eGolf Gateway Pro Tour Senior Writer at GolfWRX The original founder of Swing Man Golf Jaacob is a “Top 100 Most Popular Teacher” He has made cuts in various tour events with rounds in the 60s and 70s He finished 5th in the Speedgolf World Championships Won the Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a televised 381-yard drive He is considered by many to be the world’s leading expert in swing speed training with his tour player and amateur clients who typically pick up 12-16 mph in the first 30 days of swing speed training. Highlights from this Episode Jaacob shares his story from growing up in St. Louis, MO to becoming one of the world’s leading experts in gaining swing speed. He didn’t start his journey to be a professional until after college and working several years in the corporate world. He went from a 14 handicap to a professional golfer in a ridiculous amount of time Jaacob talks about his mentors Dan Shauger and Mike Austin and how they changed his golf swing and ultimately his career path Jaacob tells us about his long drive competitions and what his training consisted of during that time He gives us his 2 biggest keys to gaining speed in your swing Jaacob explains how his system at SwingManGolf.com has helped thousands get more clubhead speed in short period and how you can take advantage of it, too   CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? CaddyShack

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18SP 048: Robbie Cannon | How Golf Fitness Changed his Career and Made Him a Champion!

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Robbie Cannon shares his expertise in the world of Golf Fitness, Championship Amateur Golf and gives us an in inside look at his week at the Open Championship with Shane Lowry. Robbie Cannon is the owner of Cannon Performance, in Dublin, Ireland.  He works with some of the top professionals and amateur golfer/golf teams in Ireland.  Robbie is also a champion amateur golfer himself. Robbie stresses that the introduction of proper fitness into his training changed his game, but also created a passion that changed his career! You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Robbie Cannon’s Background Robbie started paying golf around the age of 14 Started having some success at the amateur ranks Robbie was introduced to some of the top instructors in Ireland to help him with his game, both with his swing and fitness (John Kelly and Liam Hennessy) The saw significant changes in his game and found a passion for the fitness side. He won the 2009 South of Ireland Tournament as well as the 2013 Irish Amateur He changed his career to the fitness side of golf, realizing that he could help so many of the irish youth and even the elite players by helping them in their training. Highlights from this Episode Robbie goes into detail about his story; how fitness and great instruction molded him into the player he is today and how his passion was created for helping other golfers We discuss some of the changes that Robbie made, both in his fitness routine as well as his diet that made the biggest difference. Robbie has also become a competitive sprinter in recent years and explains some of the exercises that overlap between golf and sprinting that help create the explosive power needed. Robbie spent the week at the 2015 Open Championship with Shane Lowry at St. Andrews and discusses how they prepared for the event We talk about Shane’s career and some of the other great players that Robbie has had the fortune of wither playing with, or coaching. Robbie

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18SP 047: Jim Ferris | More Than Just Golf Fitness

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Jim Ferris shares his expertise in the world of fitness, strength training, nutrition and even micro brew beers! Jim is a strength coach for some of the highest level athletes in the world.  His expertise in this world makes him a trusted resource for many fitness professionals as well as the clients he works with.  Jim also has a great presence online via social media often sharing some gems of wisdom and entertaining insights into fitness, food, beer, life and much more. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Jim Ferris’ Background Philadelphia based trainer Works with professional athletes, local teams, colleges, everyday fitness enthusiasts and a few celebrities His athletes include members of the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLL, and many NCAA athletes both team and individual. Jim’s philosophy is that every person, athlete or everyday fitness enthusiast has potential that can be unlocked with excellent work in the gym. Highlights from this Episode Jim and I discuss the problem of information overload in the fitness and health industry. He gives some tips on what an individual can do to make sure they are getting great information and not just jumping on the band wagon of the most recent fitness trend An example of one of the debate we have seen over the years is the use of the speed ladder, which Jim helps us break down and highlights some of the benefits and some of the not so useful applications With diet and nutrition being such a big part of fitness and performance, Jim and I talk about his personal diet. With his wedding coming up in a couple months, Jim’s personal training program and diet are in full swing, or as we like to say “getting shredded mode.” He has started using Inside Tracker, which is a blood testing system to take the guesswork out of your nutrition. He has also been utilizing Pat Davidson’s “DRAGO” workout to kill it in the gym We discuss some of his tactics when working to achieve body composition (building lean

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18SP 046: Mike Brantl | Yoga for Golfers

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Mike Brantl of Mike Brantl Golf Fitness and author of “The Empowered Golfer” shares his expertise in the world of yoga for golf. Mike Brantl is a TPI Level 3 certified golf fitness instructor that has an expert background in the practice of Yoga.  Mike has been using yoga with his golfers for many years and explains some of the incredible benefits he has seen in golfers of all levels. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Mike Brantl’s Background TPI Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor Has worked as a strength coach and personal trainer since 1991 Mike grew up playing golf and caddying at a young age but didn’t start playing seriously until his 20’s Mike is the author of the book “The Empowered Golfer: Yoga for Optimal Golf Performance” Highlights from this Episode Mike explains yoga for us, what it is, the background of it, different styles, etc. We discuss the different ways that yoga can benefit a golfer Breathing Posture Mobility/stability “Grounding” and transferring energy Mike and I discuss the “one-sidedness” of golf and why yoga can be a great way to help balance out the body Yoga can also work as a natural corrective exercise technique due to the body learning to stabilize in new positions and result in more range of motion as a result Mike explains what a novice can do to start working on some yoga techniques He gives several resources that will be helpful in learning more about yoga and provide you with some introductory poses Mike suggests a few poses that he likes using in certain situations for the golfer (some videos are linked below) Recommended Book: “The Empowered Golfer: Yoga for Optimal Golf Performance” by Mike Brantl (the current version of this book is not in print as Mike is working on a new version, but he does have it available for sale in digital form.  Simply email him at [email protected] CaddyShack or Happy Gillmore? CaddyShack What are you excited about in your near future? Mike is excited

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18SP 045: Martin Chuck | Successful and Repetitive Ball Striking

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Martin Chuck shares his expertise in the world of golf instruction and gives us an in inside look at the keys to a successful and repetitive impact on the golf ball. Martin Chuck is one of the most prominent golf instructors on the web.  From his Tour Striker Golf Academy and training aids to his instructional videos on Revolution golf, Martin has impacted hundreds of thousands of golfers with his philosophy of creating successful and repetitive impact. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Martin Chuck’s Background Grew up in Canada Played collegiate golf at New Mexico State University Played on the Mini-tour and Nationwide Tour At age 26 moved to Palm Desert to work at a golf club as a teaching professional Invented the Tour Striker Golf Club and founded the Tour Striker Golf Academy Highlights from this Episode Martin Chuck analyzes Ben Bishop’s golf swing (goaltender of the Tampa Bay Lightening): Martin analyzes my Dad’s (Tom Pelizzaro) swing: 2 Drills that Martin Suggested: Extension is Key Add Body Extension to Your Swing   CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Caddyshack What are you excited about in your near future? Martin has several Tour Striker Schools coming up including a couple overseas in England.  He is very excited to work with new groups of golfers from all over the world in such an intimate and immersive setting. Where to Find Martin Chuck TourStriker.com RevolutionGolf.com Twitter: @tourstriker Other Links Mentioned All Tour Striker Training Products  

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