A different perspective on golf – CAUTION: Not for the faint hearted!
As some of you may know, I recently competed in the ‘Speedgolf Australian Open’ at Albert Park Golf Course. For those of you who don’t know, Speedgolf is a format where your stroke score is added to the amount of minutes it takes to play your round. Like stroke play, it’s the lowest score that wins.
From a results perspective, I achieved a stroke score of 78 (+6) in a time of 59 minutes resulting in a total score of 137 for 18 holes and 7th place overall. All this with a run distance of 6.8 km at an average heart rate of 170 bpm and a maximum heart rate of 190 bpm; clearly not a sport for the faint hearted!
So what can we learn from this? Firstly, it is possible to play a round of golf in under an hour – the winner did it in 47 minutes. But to me the time is less remarkable than the score I shot, especially when you consider that I only had five clubs – Driver, 5 iron, 9 iron, SW and Putter; I took no practice swings and putted one handed with my bag on my shoulder; all with a heart rate through the roof. How was that even possible when I would probably shoot the same score with a full set of clubs over a 4.5-hour round?
I put it down to two things:
- Limited equipment: Because I was trying to save time and reduce carry weight I only had a limited number of clubs. My tactics were all about positioning and instead of throwing a SW up in the air from 100 metres, I would chip a little 9 iron along the ground to the front of the green – a minimal risk approach to save time which I believe helped me avoid any big numbers on the score card.
- No practice swings and less thinking: To reduce time I decided not to have any practice swings; and by taking this approach I was able to be reactive and use my instinct to play rather than overthinking every decision.
Speedgolf is a great way to increase your fitness and reduce the time it takes to play a round of golf. It will also enhance your strategic approach to the way you play. We regularly use Speedgolf as a training tool with our golf clients on Shark Waters because of the benefits to their fitness and golf game.
It is important to remember that you need to be physically prepared to play this format of golf. Getting a health and fitness assessment from Fit Golf and a medical clearance from your GP is always recommended before undertaking any physical activity onsite.
To book a complimentary health and fitness assessment, email email@example.com or call Oliver on 0400066682.
february TIP : ‘Make 2018 your best year yet!’
While I’m not usually a fan of your stereotypical ‘New Year’s Resolution’, the summer holidays are a really good opportunity for us to reflect on the year that has been, but more importantly, where we want to go in the New Year and beyond. Our goals might be around improving relationships or our finances; but more often than not, our health goals are at the forefront.
The reality is that our health is integral to our personal relationships as well as our career. What good are we to our family if we are sick in bed or unable to chase our kids around the backyard; and let’s not forget the direct link between exercise and productivity in the work place. Who knows, some regular training might even (will) help your golf game!
So to those who have decided that 2018 is going to be the year that you take control of your health and wellbeing, you ought to be congratulated! And to those of you who are thinking about it, remember that you deserve to be the best version of you. Like a good friend of mine, who is a real estate agent, said to me recently: “the best time to buy is yesterday”, which essentially means the best time to buy is now. This is no different to getting started with you health and fitness goals. The best time to start is today!
If you’re reading this, you most likely have access to the wonderful health and fitness recreational facilities here at The Eastern Golf Club. The Gymnasium, Tennis Courts and Walking Trails are available every day for you to access, so take advantage!
To help you kick start your 2018 (and the rest of your life), Fit Golf® is offering the following offers for you to select one from:
- Gymnasium: 1 x Complimentary Fitness Assessment & Gym Program or…
- Gymnasium: 1 x Complimentary Personal Training Session or…
- Fit Golf Core Strength & Flexibility Class (ideal for golfers looking to improve their physical performance on and off the course): 1 x Free Trial or…
- Small Group Training (the ultimate muscle building, fat burning session): 1 X Free Trial
- T & C: Offer must be booked and taken during the month of February; only one offer can be booked per person.
Happy Golfing! Oliver / Fit Golf
DECEMBER TIP : ‘If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse’
“Today, you’ve got a decision to make. You’re gonna get better or you’re gonna get worse, but you’re not gonna stay the same. Which will it be?” – Joe Paterno
This is a saying that I like to live by and it is something that our trainers and our clients live by at Fit Golf. At the start of each day, we ask ourselves – “how am I going to get better today?” and at the end of the day, we ask ourselves “how did I get better today?” This saying is always relevant; Even as we get older, we can always try to be better versions of ourselves.
I would like to use this article to congratulate my client, Anthea Green, on her recent achievement. In case you don’t know Anthea she is the person you see running up and down the driveway every Wednesday and Saturday morning – do you know who I’m talking about now?
Anthea is the classic example of someone who relentlessly pursues better; someone who never accepts mediocrity; and is never satisfied just waiting around for something good to happen. She makes it happen, and you can too!
Anthea has been training on a regular basis with me for a couple of years and throughout that time, has toyed with the idea of competing in a 10+ km run. Approximately three months ago we decided that the 10 km Melbourne Marathon Event would be the one for Anthea. She has overcame injuries, illness, rain, hail and more to achieve her goal. At the age of 70, Anthea achieved her goal and completed the 10 km Melbourne Marathon Event. Not only was this an extraordinary achievement for someone of her age; this was also the furthest she had ever run and gives credit to the notion that you can always get better and that age is no barrier.
So what is ‘better’ to you – is it about improving your golf game; is it in business; is it the way you look; your health or your relationships with others? Only you know the answer. The next time you look in the mirror ask yourself “am I a better version of myself today than I was yesterday?” If the answer is yes, then keep getting better! If the answer is no, you need to change something.
Be inspired by stories like Anthea’s; and more importantly, create your own stories of personal achievement.
OCTOBER TIP : How a lack of ankle mobility changes everything about the way you move.
At Fit Golf, we rank ankle mobility and stability right at the top of our list of priorities when it comes to a player and their physical limitations. The effect of tight ankles is extremely profound on a player’s ability to move correctly. Just as important as ankle mobility is ankle stability.
Starting with ankle mobility, imagine building a 60-storey sky scraper in a hurricane zone that doesn’t have the ability to flex or withstand any sort of wind. The result of 100+ kph winds would be devastating and the structure would buckle. You and your tight ankles are no different from this throughout the golf swing. Ankles are the first link in the chain and if they can’t flex or adapt to different forces and stances you have no chance of maintaining your posture and striking the ball cleanly. Thankfully, you can fix this with exercise and correct footwear.
Unstable ankles can be equally problematic. Lets take the 60-storey sky scraper example again. This time, let’s build it in an earthquake zone with two ice skates as the foundation. How is that building going to balance with even the slightest tremor? It won’t. Again, unstable ankles during the golf swing are no different. However, with deliberate exercise including single leg balance work and some lower body leg strengthening we can fix this. The footwear you choose will also help a lot.
Establishing your physical limitations will make your road to success far less foggy. If you see a coach, your body could be the answer to some of your long time swing faults that seem too hard to eliminate, and you could be doing you and your coach a favour by fixing them.
Fit Golf offer 1-1 physical assessments that will help establish your physical limitations and we will help you map out the pathway to overcome these. If 1-1 is not your thing, our weekly Core Strength & Flexibility classes are specifically designed to improve your overall physical condition for golf, including but no limited to your ankle mobility and stability.
In the meantime, check out this article from the guys at TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) about ankle mobility & stability.