PODCAST EPISODES

[#37] Matt Ginella | Golf, Travel, Fitness and the Job Every Golfer Wants

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Matt Ginella shares his expertise in the world of Golf, Fitness, and Travel. Matt gives us an in inside look at his duties on the Golf Channel and what its like trying to stay fit for golf on the road. Matt seemingly has the Greatest Job on Earth from a golfers perspective.  He gets to travel the world, playing the best courses and going to the local hangouts and restaurants, then reports back to the Golf Channel with his notes.  Matt gives us a behind the scenes look at what his job is REALLY like and how he is able to stay in great golf shape despite the crazy travel and work schedule. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Matt Ginella’s Background His uncle got him a job at his local golf club when he was a kid Ended up working on the superintendent crew at the course Played golf in college Worked at Sports Illustrated on an internship and eventually became the golf photo editor Went ot Columbia’s Journalism School Went from SI to Golf Digest as the photo editor Became the golf travel writer for Golf Digest Was then invited down to talk with the Golf Channel to talk more about the lifestyle portion of the game   Highlights from this Episode Matt details his schedule when he travels and when he is in studio Usually filming from sunrise to sunset when on location Usually on the road for 3 days interviewing, playing, filming, etc When in town, Matt has a pretty standard routine which plays a bit part in his physical and mental health Very little if any down time on the road to get in the gym When on the road, he cuts down on his eating and eats a lot cleaner (more fish, more water, more veggies, etc) Matt discusses how important the accountability of his personal trainer is in keeping him on track Matt gives his top 3 destinations and reasons why: Bandon Dunes Pinehurst The 3rd is a toss up (Sea Island, The Grand

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18SP 036: Dr. Ryan Caserta | How Your Visual Perception Effects Your Golf Game

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Dr. Ryan Caserta shares his expertise in the world of Sports Psychology and Visual Perception and gives us an in inside look at how it effects your golf game. Dr. Caserta is an expert in the field of cognition and visual training.  He has worked with professional golfers from every major tour.  His approach to deliberate training of the visual system reduces common errors that our frequently eyes make on the course. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Dr. Ryan Caserta’s Background An internationally recognized expert i the field of cognition and visual perception Over a decade of experience working with professional golfers on nearly every tour including recent PGA Tour winner Matt Every Former professional athlete Did his research in visual perception and cognition, which was published in several well respected peer reviewed journals Resides in Orlando, Florida Is a member of the team at Grand Cypress Academy of Golf Highlights from this Episode Dr. Caserta describes the 5 Domains of Expertise: Physical Skills Technical Skills Tactical Skills Emotional Control Perception Vision is the only one of our 5 senses that can touch every part of the brain, not just one area The myth of Superior Vision in the super athlete He discusses some of the effects that your eyes can have on your game, especially the short game (see videos below) There are 3 “non-trainable” physical traits that are simply genetic, the rest you can effect in some way with training Height Visual Acuity (how well you can see) Muscle Fiber Types Dr. Caserta gives us some drills to help our chipping and putting, especially regarding distance control He explains 3 things that Experts do that separate them from Novices 3 ball putting drill: find a flat surface, hit all 3 balls at a “normal swing” and see what the average distance is, roughly. take the 3 balls 1st putt with a “normal swing” 2nd try to hit a spot 2-4 feet past the 1st 3rd try to get the ball to stop right in the

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18SP 035: Damon Goddard | Training Jordan Spieth at the Masters

Today Damon Goddard from AMPD Golf Fitness joins me on the podcast for the second time to discuss his experience at the 2015 as a part of Jordan Spieth’s team. Damon Goddard has worked with Jordan from the age of 15 and got to experience an incredible week at Augusta National, where his client not only won handily, but broke many records along the way.   You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: You can hear Damon’s first interview on the 18STRONG Podcast by clicking HERE or on the image below Highlights from this Episode  Damon discusses the differences in being at the Masters the 2nd time and how the team approached the week. He explains how and why Jordan was so calm over the course of the week and the fact that the team EXPECTS these kind of results, and doesn’t see it as a “hot streak.” Training Damon goes into significant detail on Jordan’s training in the week prior to and during the Masters leading up to his big win. Jordan’s workouts included a lot of volume and strength training the week before in Houston, then tapered down for the week of the Masters They especially worked on movement patterns, nutrition, hydration and recovery. Jordan is very technical and knowledgeable when it comes to his body and his training. Damon breaks down the high volume workouts and recovery that they used during these weeks. Jordan’s routine regarding workouts, hitting the range, practicing, etc. Post Round What Jordan and his family did after the rounds of golf to stay relaxed and focused for each round. Damon describes being in the house with Jordan, his family, and college buddies. The Overall Experience He relives his experience not just as a trainer but as a spectator walking the grounds with his wife and taking it all in Watching Jordan walk up the 18th Fairway Stories of Jordan’s family and his grandpa’s reaction to the win The importance of this win for Jordan, his family, his friends, and the game of golf overall. What’s Next? The next goal is to be #1 in the world. We

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18SP 034: Craig Davies | What it’s Like to be a Doctor on the Tour

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Dr. Craig Davies shares his expertise as a Chiropractor working and traveling on the tour.  He gives us an in inside look at what it’s like traveling with the players and keeping them healthy during these long, grueling seasons. Dr. Craig Davies is on of the elite Chiropractors and Strength and Conditioning Coaches working on the PGA Tour.  In this interview he breaks down some of the challenges that the players have given their crazy travel schedules.  He also gives us a look at some of the things he has been working on with his players that are relevant to any golfer. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Dr. Craig Davies’ Background Chiropractor Strength and Conditioning Coach on the PGA Tour Worked on the last several Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup Teams International Speaker in the golf fitness world Member of the International Tour Council Author of the book Golf Anatomy Met Sean Foley in the early 2000’s and has worked side by side with him from the junior circuit all the way up to the PGA Players that Craig works: Matt Every, Graham Delaet, Kevin Chappell, Hunter Mahan, Cameron Tringale, Nick Taylor, Justin Rose, Tiger, Anthony Kim Highlights from this Episode The International Tour Council: a collaboration of some of the best fitness, golf and medical minds putting together the research and knowledge they have gathered over the years It’s platform for the professionals to share info with the average golfer. It’s also a way to create awareness and resources for charities looking to improve health and wellness in many different areas, especially for the youth. Craig Talks about the impact that TPI has had on Golf Fitness. Craig walks us through a week on the tour, both from the players’ perspective and the fitness professional (not just workouts, but what life is like, lodging, eating, etc). Trainers schedule: 12-14 hours a day depending on the players they have on location and how they play. Craig describes what the fitness trailers look like. We discuss the crazy

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18SP 033: Jim Holtgrieve | Memories from the Masters & Walker Cups

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Jim Holtgrieve shares stories from his days of playing in the Masters and his experiences playing in and being the Captain of the Walker Cup.  Jim gives us an inside look into what it’s like to be a part of such historic Golf Events. Jim Holtgrieve has had quite a career as a golfer.  Not only has he played in tournaments like the Masters and Walker Cup several times, but maybe even more memorable to him is the time that he spent as the Walker Cup Captain in 2011 and 2013, leading some of todays biggest names in golf to experiences of the game that they will never forget. In this episode, Jim shares some incredible stories from the Masters, the Walker Cup, and some of the time he has shared with Mr. Arnold Palmer himself. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Jim Holtgrieve’s Background  1981 USGA Mid-Amateur Champion 1983 British Amateur Runner Up Played in 5 Masters Played in 3 Walker Cups Captain of the Walker Cup in 2011 & 2012 Turned professional in 1998 to play in the Champions’ Tour Grew Up in St. Louis, MO Highlights from this Episode  Jim gives us the history of his playing career and how he was able to make it into 5 Masters, 3 Walker Cups and Captain the Walker Cup teams in 2011 and 2013. The Masters: He played in his first Masters at age 31. Jim had the chance to play his opening round (in his second Masters) with Arnold Palmer Jim tells a great story about the 1st time he had the chance to play with Arnie (he has since played a total of 97 holes with “Mr. Palmer”) Jim tells the story of the greatest day of putting he has ever had, which just happens to be at Augusta during the Masters when playing with Frank Nobilo The Walker Cup: 2011 Walker Cup included: Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Russell Henley, Blayne Barber, Nathan Smith, Chris Williams, Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein, Patrick Rodgers, Kelly Kraft 2013 Walker

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18SP 032: Brad Skupaka | Golf Lessons from a Long Drive Competitor

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Brad Skupaka shares his expertise in as a Long Drive Competitor and Golf Instructor.  Brad gives us an in inside look at the world of Long Drive and what it takes to make it to the World Finals. Brad Skupaka is not your typical golf instructor.  As his colleagues would say, he is a “beast” that can hit a ball a mile!  His unique combination of being both a golf instructor and a long drive competitor gives him the tools to not only destroy a ball, but also use that experience in his teaching to make his students better players all around. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Brad Skupaka’s Background Director of Instruction at GolfTec in Philadelphia Graduated from Coastal Carolina Over 8000 lessons taught. TPI Level 3 Golf Instructor Stack and Tilt Network Instructor Started in 2008 with the Long Drive Competitions Has qualified for World Long Drive Championship 3 times Highlights from this Episode Brad lays out the format of the World Long Drive Competition from local Qualifiers to the Live televised Finals He talks about his experiences making it to the Finals (128 Man Double Elimination) What are the differences mentally and physically when standing on the tee box for the long drive compared to a regular round of golf? Brad discusses the slight differences in his technique, stance, and swing when in competition vs his regular tee ball. We discuss the current addiction to speed in the world of golf and whether it is a good or bad thing for the average golfer. Brad goes through the specs of his equipment for his long drive competitions, which all have to conform to USGA Standards.  Swing speeds typically in the mid 130’s Longest drive in competition: 432 yards Brad discusses his fitness program working with Michael Manavian and Ali Gilbert “You have to get Stronger to get Faster” Brad Skupaka Brads current routine includes big lifts, some anti rotation exercises, a circuit training day, and some overspeed training with the Super Speed Golf clubs. We discuss the

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18SP 031: Lindsay Becker | How to Prevent Over-Use Injuries for the Golfer

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Lindsay Becker shares her expertise in the world of golf performance and gives us an inside look at her experiences working as a physical therapist with PGA tour players, college golfers and juniors. Lindsay Becker is an expert in the realm of therapeutic and functional rehab as well as golf performance.  Her work with tour players like Jason Day, the golf teams at Ohio State, and her junior program at Muirfield Village Golf club put Lindsay in a class of elite professionals in the golf fitness performance field. She is also an educator working with TPI and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) helping other fitness and medical professionals become better clinicians to improve the world of golf You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Lindsay’s Background Was the head of Golf Performance at Ohio State University (OSU) Recently started her own company Buckeye Performance Golf Still works with the OSU Golf Teams TPI Medical 2 & Junior 2 certified Works with Muirfield Village Golf Club junior program and ladies golf Presents with TPI Medical and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Grew up playing golf but did not play competitively in high school or college Worked in Gainsville Florida as a PT and started a TPI program there. Has worked a lot with Jason Day, as well as many mini tour players Highlights from this Episode We discuss the correlation between individuals that played a lot of other sports and golf performance (like Jason Day)  Overuse injuries How going back to your fundamentals can prevent many overuse injuries (eg. posture, stance, grip) The importance of balance in your swing, your workouts, and practice. Common postural faults and injuries related to each Neutral Posture C-Posture S-Posture What is the SFMA and why is it such a useful tool in helping you move better and figure out your pain? The cause of your pain is often not the same as the location of your pain How do you find the balance between taking time to fix your functional issues/injuries and

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18SP 030: Don Saladino | Training the Golfer for Function & Power

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Don Saladino shares his expertise in the world of Strength/Conditioning/Golf Fitness.  He gives us an in inside look at his training methods, his facility (Drive 495) and what YOU should be doing to ramp up your function and power both in the gym and on the course. Don works with golfers, other professional athletes, celebrities, Wall Street professionals, you name it.  No matter what the profession or sport, everyone needs to “perform” in one way or another.  Don is an expert in bringing out the best in each individuals performance and enlightens us with some very valuable information about “golf specific” workouts. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Don Saladino’s Background Don owns and operates Drive 495 in New  York. Started Drive 495 with his brother 9 years ago His younger brother was a golfer and he decided to help his brother gain some size, speed and distance. Started out as a golf fitness facility and has just grown from there. Don has worked with a number of celebrities in prep for movies. Highlights from this Episode Don shares the story of Drive 495’s inception Don give a brief insight in his experience with celebrities and how he has been extremely impressed with their dedication to their fitness programs We discuss the terms “Golf Specific” and “Golf-ish” How can “golf specific” exercises make you SLOWER? Sometimes you have to take some of the BAD things out of your daily routine before you can expect your fitness program to be productive Don gives some tips for the busy work professional to get some fitness in during those long days “Sitting is the ENEMY“ How does the amateur golfer build power and speed in the gym? What is it that you struggle with? Overdoing it. What is the most useless exercise you’ve seen “golfers” doing in the gym? Anything that involves standing on a Swiss Ball or bosu ball (this leads into a secondary discussion about Crossfit) CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? CaddyShack What’s Coming in 2015? Lots of great business opportunities coming

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18SP 029: Adam Young | The Practice Manual

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Adam Young shares his expertise in the world of golf instruction and gives us in inside look at his new book “The Practice Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Golfers.” Adam Young has taken his experience from years of teaching golfers of all levels and compiled the ultimate guide for golfers.  In his book “The Practice Manual,” Adam goes deeper into the concepts of motor learning and practicing to get the most out of your game. As he describes in this interview, you can have all the dedication in the world to get better, but if your execution of practice is flawed, progress likely will not be made. You Can Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes by clicking the button below: Adam’s Background Golf Instructor who has worked with golfers of the highest and lowest levels Leadbetter trained teaching professional Originally form the UK, currently teaching golf in Spain Author and blogger. His website is www.AdamYoungGolf.com Taught at the Cranfield Academy Highlights from this Episode Technique vs Skill and how a golfer with poor technique may still have the skill to crush a ball 300+ yards Adam explains why this is not a “what” to learn book, but a “how” to learn book A golfer may be highly dedicated, but the execution of their learning may prevent them from reaching their goals Utilizing goal setting to break down your big performance goals How progressive resistance drills can work in your golf practice much like your fitness routine What is Differential vs Variable practice and can intentionally hitting bad shots make you learn faster? What the heck is the Uncontrolled Manifold Hypothesis of Movement? The fork in the mouth example. Forward Modelling, like unknowingly adjusting your arms position as you fill a water glass Procedural Knowledge (what you are doing) vs Declarative Knowledge (what you know about what you are doing) Adam gives some fundamentals of the Ball Flight Laws The misconception of “perfect practice makes perfect” Craziest Golf Gadget You’ve Used 72 degree wedge   Recommended Book Every Shot Counts by Mark Broadie   Most Frustrating Golf Moment

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18SP 028: Justin Tupper | The Revolution of Golf (Online)

What does it take to make your workouts and golf game 18STRONG? Join us as Justin Tupper of Revolution Golf shares his expertise in the world of online golf improvement and gives us in inside look at how the internet is changing the way we learn the game of golf. Justin Tupper is the CEO and Co-Founder of Revolution Golf, one of, if not THE largest online resource for golfers with content covering golf instruction, club fitting, fitness, mental game and more!  Justin’s passion for golf and his background in media and video were the backbone of his vision of Revolution Golf.  Starting with a simple golf blog in 2008, his vision is now a reality with over 2 million members. Justin’s Background Passionate golfer from the age of 10 years old Grew up in Buffort South Carolina Went to the University of South Carolina Current Handicap of (-2) Media and film major in college Started a simple golf blog in 2008 and wanted to bring golf instruction to people that couldn’t afford or have access to traditional teaching Started learning more about internet marketing and met his current business partner Dean Strickler Started selling golf information in 2009 Moved to NYC to create a “golf media’ company Currently has 2 million subscribers and has grown from a 2 person company to 60 employees Highlights from this Episode Justin explains the statement  “Better golf is achieved through simple improvements across all aspects of the game” Just a few of the people that Justin has a been able to spend time with since beginning the website: Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Dr. Gio Valiante, Martin Chuck, etc. Justin and I discuss how to control and prevent “Information Overload“ What content is most popular on Revolution Golf? Take a guess. The push of fitness in the golf world Justin discusses conversations he had with Mark Broadie about his book “Every Shot Counts” Justin explains how he works out when working with Don Saladino We discuss the importance of figuring out your imbalances and how the golf game and life can screw up your body, which needs to be addressed Speed.  How He went from swinging

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