Performance Training for Golf - Part 2

by Ben Shear |   Date Released : 15 Sep 2009
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Ben Shear

About the author: Ben Shear

Ben Shear is director of Performance at Athletic Edge Edge, a facility that has become one of the nation’s top spots for technologically-advanced teaching, testing and conditioning. His facility is ranked as one of the top six strength and conditioning destinations in the country by Rodale Press the Publishers of Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World and Bicycle Magazines, to name just a few. Ben has been working with golfers for 10 years, including players from the PGA and European tours, numerous PGA teaching professionals and recreational and competitive amateurs of all levels. He is a graduate of Greg Roskopf’s Muscle Activation Technique, a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Biomechanist and Level 3 Fitness Instructor and an Advanced Metabolic Typing Advisor. In addition, he has lectured to trainers from around the country on golf fitness, has been featured in The Met Golfer, the PGA of America's Professional Guide to Instruction and the New Jersey State Golf Association Magazine. He has presented on swing mechanics and performance training to the New Jersey State PGA as well as at the Better Golf Through Technology Conference at M.I.T. Ben has also been the fitness expert for and a contributing writer for NJ Golfer Magazine.

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Laing, Christopher | 08 Dec 2009, 11:58 AM

great article. However I do think it is a bit inflammatory to suggest that trainers will fail if they do not follow this sequence. Are you suggesting this sequences follows the principles of strength training or a system you have created? I doubt you have got to where you are without making the odd inflammatory statement.

Westmoreland, Jon | 05 Oct 2009, 09:51 AM

I am probably not understanding the movement correctly, but in the, "Tubing-resisted Swing Movement Drill to Correct Sway, the author says, "for a right handed golfer, at the right hip, there's internal rotation on the backswing...". Is this correct? Seems like there would be external rotation on backswing at right hip for right handed player.

Got it! Thanks for the response. Changed my orientation and now I see it.
I felt foolish for asking, but glad I did. Thanks again.

Shear, Ben | 02 Oct 2009, 07:48 AM

John.. It is internal rotation in the right hip. The pelvis is rotating toward the backside around a fixed femur on that right leg. Internal rotation happens if I rotate my femur medially toward the pelvis or if I rotate the pelvis around that fixed axis. I hope this helps and thanks for the question.

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