Inside Golf : Inside Golf September 2014
PGA of Australia 36 September 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au Griffin committed to continual improvement T our Professional Matthew Griffin has never been one to rest on his laurels, so less than a week after winning the US$1million KPGA Championship in Korea he was visiting the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance. A world-class facility, the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance provides a range of tools including TrackMan, SAM Puttlab, SAM Balanace Lab, high speed video and complete gym to provide a comprehensive high performance experience. Griffin visited the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance with his Exercise Physiologist Scott Williams to work on golf specific conditioning. “ Whilst I‘m back home, having a week off from tournament golf, I like to get back into the gym to keep my body fresh,” said Griffin. “It’s good to get in and see my trainer. The PGA Centre for Learning and Performance has all the equipment to be able to fit in a good golf-specific work out.” Only utilising the gym section of the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance, Griffin can see the benefits of the facility. “ Today it was more about training; there are a lot of bands and golf specific things that you can’t find in a regular gym. It’s handy to be able to have a more golf-specific work out.” “But with all the other equipment here like the SAM Puttlab and the force plates for the golf swing I think I will be coming back to try it out some more.” As highlighted by Williams, the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance is of most benefit when the golfer, PGA Professional and trainer work together taking a holistic approach to training. “ Today we worked on lower body strength, Matt hurt his ankle about a month ago so we did some rehabilitation. Then we moved into a more golf-specific based work,” said Williams who works with a number of Tour Professionals. “With other players we have used the force plate but when players bring their golf coach in as well and we can do an integrated session, that is the ultimate.” While the technical side of the swing is important the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance also highlights the importance of physical fitness, a key factor for Tour Professionals. “When you’re playing a lot of golf you need the body that holds up to the rigours of professional tournaments,” added Griffin. “Getting into the gym is one thing all the top golfers do. To be the best, you have to try and do that.” Williams expanded on that notion, highlighting the key reasons a gym routine is a tool for elite golfers around the world. “Pros hit a lot of balls so there is a lot of endurance required and there is a lot of force that goes through the body when they hit the driver hard. They need to have good endurance and need to be able to cope with the force of the swing.” “Most of the good players hit it a long way so if you are hitting 20 metres behind your opponent all day long, it’s going to catch up eventually. We just want players to be at their genetic potential, that’s the goal and you can’t reach that without training.” But training and the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance isn’t just for Tour Professionals; club golfers will benefit even more. “The higher the handicap the more impact this type of training has,” added Williams “ With Matt, if we do a really good job and he averages half a stroke better per round that obviously makes him a lot more money but it’s a lot more noticeable to the club golfer. “Club golfers add distance and notice improvement really quickly possibly because they are starting from a lower base.” The PGA Centre for Learning and Performance is open to the general public who can visit the facility with their PGA Professional. Alternatively the in-house PGA Professionals can run a session and provide a detailed report back to the preferred PGA Professional for further development. “If you are hitting 20 metres behind your opponent all day long, it’s going to catch up eventually. We just want players to be at their genetic potential, that’s the goal and you can’t reach that without training.” Exercise Physiologist Scott Williams For further information please contact Nick Bielawski on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 8320 1911 or pgaclp.com.au.
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