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.