Hi, this is Ed Ibarguen and I am glad to be here with you to talk about one of the things that I have seen in going around the country watching good teachers teach and maybe watching some bad lessons as well.
Limitations in Golf Training
I think you can learn from all the lessons you watch. We have been talking a lot among ourselves, the PGA Instructors, that we need to be careful that we are not asking the student to do something they can not do. We know what all the great positions are, we know exactly where we want you to be, but for a lot of you, that is just not possible.
But understand one thing, physical fitness is not just for Tiger Woods. Physical fitness is for everybody. Here at Duke we have established a program that is actually a golf school with the Integrated Medicine at Duke where I work with Dr. Eric Hegedus who is a physical therapist.
Daily Exercise for Flexibility in Golf
He will come out and he will do a workup and one of the things that we have found is that if you sit at a desk all day you have hip flexor problems. Very bad stiffness in your hips. Your shoulders gets tight. So what Eric does is he will do a work up with me and the student to say look these are the exercises that you can do. It is not going to kill you.
It is a little bit of a routine that takes a little bit of discipline, but it is going to make a world of difference in your golf. With that information we will build a golf swing around what this student can possible do. There are so many different body types that we are dealing with that you can not possible expect one position or one swing to work for everybody. That is not the way golf is. You have an individual swing like a thumb print and it is up to you get with a teach to try to find out what that is. But it is also up to you, how can you expect to play good golf if you never do anything to make yourself better.
It is not just hitting balls, it is saying you know what, I think I am going to go through a good stretching routine before I play. I think I am going to take the time to hit some balls before I tee off. I think every morning when I get out of bed I am going to go through a fifteen minute stretching exercise to get my body to feel better. To develop better muscle tone and better flexibility.
If you will do these things there is a physical therapist in your town, there is a golf professional in your town that knows a physical therapist. Between the two of them they can really make a world of difference in your golf game. Remember, pain-free golf is not something that is for somebody else. It can be for you. Instead of going out for eighteen holes and coming out the next day too stiff to even walk let's be proactive, let's go do something about it. If not come on down to Duke and we will take care of you.