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Dr. Nick Curry is a chiropractor that is also certified through the highly esteemed Titleist Performance Institute as a medical, fitness, and junior golf wellness professional.  He is the owner of Integrative Health and Sports Performance in Bellbrook and serves at the Team Chiropractor to Wright State and Miami Universities.  To Visit their Website or call 937-848-8500
Opposite Speed Training 

TPI-logoOne of the most common mistakes I see golfers make with their fitness programs is trying to be too “golf specific” and replicate the golf swing with their exercises.  Most of the exercises to increase power and speed have nothing to do with a swinging motion.  In fact, when we do include rotary/swinging movements we actually train in the opposite direction more frequently.

This is a theory that was given the name “The Big Break Theory” by TPI Advisory Board member, Dr. Tom House. We have noticed that there seems to be a strong correlation between the longest hitters in the world and a history of speed training in the opposite direction. In other words, if they are a right-handed golfer, they would train for speed left-handed.

Our theory is that you will only accelerate to the point of which your body knows you can safely decelerate. We have speed limits on the roads because we need to be able to decelerate and stop safely depending on our surroundings.  Same goes for your body, If your body knows it can’t slow down efficiently enough, it will hold back your ability to be faster.  Therefore, the stronger and faster your decelerators are, the faster you can develop your accelerators. For example, some of the fastest runners in the history of the NFL are cornerbacks. They spend half their time running backwards. Coincidence, maybe? Some of the most successful long drive hitters are left-handed but swing right handed.  There is also the argument that training the opposite side of the body helps maintain symmetry and mobility which is beneficial regardless of what direction you are swinging.

Because of this observation, we incorporate opposite side training with all of our players. Some of our favorite ways to incorporate opposite side training are:

     Opposite Side Pitching

     Same Side Pitching without letting go of the ball

     Opposite Side Batting

     Opposite Side Golf Swings

     Backward Sprinting

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Opposite Speed TrainingOpposite Speed Training One of the most common mistakes I see golfers make with their fitness programs is trying to be too “golf specific” and replicate the golf swing with their exercises. Most of the exercises to increase power and speed have nothing to do with a swinging motion. In fact, when we do include rotary/swinging movements we actually train in the opposite direction more frequently. This is a theory that was given the name “The Big Break Theory” by TPI Advisory Board member, Dr. Tom House. We have noticed that there seems to be a strong...
Upper Body Modifications for PowerUpper Body Modifications for Power The upper body generates the highestrates of speed in the golf swing. Therefore, any modifications that we canperform here will pay off big time in the long run. However, these modifications to greatlyincrease clubhead speed also come with a greater risk of reducingaccuracy. But right now we are justtrying to increase speed and power. Onceyou do that then you learn how to control it. If you go back and read last week’s article on lower body modificationsand thought those tips were completely different from what most teachingprofessionals...
Lower Body Modifications for PowerLower Body Modifications for Power When it comes to modifying swing mechanics for power, let’s begin by stating the obvious - the fastest way to increase your distance is to make solid center face contact on the club! So most players could easily pick up a few yards with just a standard golf lesson and proper fitting. With that said, we will discuss some of the techniques and swing modifications that have been shown to help generate more power. However, none of these will matter without solid contact on the club face. The lower body has the most modifications for power and can...
Shoulder Mobility CorrectivesShoulder Mobility Correctives Last week we went over one of the mobility screens for the shoulder. The ability to obtain adequate external rotation, and maintain it, is crucial for staying in posture during your backswing. We want to be able to externally rotate past your spine angle. If you are unable to reach that position in either posture you may have a mobility problem with your shoulder. If you are able to rotate past your spine angle in the upright position but lose range of motion when in your golf posture you may have a stability issue around your shoulder blade (scapul...
Shoulder Assessment 90/90 TestShoulder Assessment – 90/90 Test The 90/90 Test is one of the primary assessments we use to look at shoulder mobility, specifically external rotation. More importantly, we test the golfer’s ability to maintain that range of motion while in a golf posture. When we bend forward to get into a golf posture, we can lose range of motion in the shoulder if we don’t maintain a good, stable position of the shoulder blade. Reduced range of motion in the shoulder can lead to a flat shoulder plane or loss of posture, and cause us to get out of position on the ba...
HydrationHydration As the temperature increases, it’s important to keep up on hydration- especially when playing a round of golf. In order for our bodies to function, we have to replenish its water stores. After all, the body is made up of 70% water! By staying hydrated, you will be able to make better decisions on the course, decrease stress levels, and recover better between rounds. Dehydration on the course can happen more quickly than you may believe. It only takes 1-2% loss of body weight to start seeing the effects of dehydration. Think about how much energy you’re exerting...
Protein 1st ThingProtein should always be the first food on your plate Protein should always be the first food on your plate, as the word protein stems from the Greek word proteos , or “of primary importance.” Why is it so important? Protein is made up of twenty-four amino acids, some of which your body isn’t able to produce on its own. The only way your body is able to get these amino acids, is by taking them in through the diet. Amino acids are responsible for many functions of the body such as repairing tissue, boosting energy, improving metabolism, and increasing muscle m...
Sway - The Hip KillerSway - The Hip Killer A sway is any excessive lower body lateral movement away from the target during the backswing. If we aren’t rotating around the hip but moving laterally it will cause the pelvis to side bend and anterior tilt excessively which just loads the hip and dramatically reduces the intra-articular space in the hip. If you do this enough it will most certainly lead to hip complications down the road. Mobility restrictions with hip internal rotation, ankle eversion, thoracic spine extension/rotation, tibial internal rotation, or stability limitations in the hip...
Sprint Interval TrainingSprint Interval Training Even though gyms, and some courses, are closed there is still plenty that can be done to work on your golf game. We are offering some different programs to work on your game but today I wanted to talk about Sprint Interval Training (SIT). SIT is a type of training that can produce amazing results and can be done with little to no equipment right at home. I am going to lay out a sample workout but right now we are offering free at-home programming so contact us if you would like a built out program. Interval training has been proven to reduce body...
Two programs to get your game ready this Spring!Dr. Nick Curry will be offering two programs this Spring to help you get ready for the golf season. Both can be done remotely. The first is a Golf Performance and Fitness program and Virtual Assessment and the Second is a way to improve your clubhead speed. Using time tested training protocols, that can add at least a 5% to your swing speed in just 6 weeks. Act today!
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