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County Captain's BLOG on Training:
Each County Captain brings with them their own ideas on what they believe will take us to the next level and for my Captaincy, I encourage that all county players should be using their own PGA coach. I have also adopted a more holistic approach to the training schedule by incorporating mindfulness and physical fitness. Maurice Campbell and Laura Collin were involved in last year’s plan and I hope to continue using them this year. In addition to this I have arranged for aim point training for November 12th at Woburn with Jamie Donaldson and I have had a great show of interest in this.
Regular practice matches around the County with competitions within the squad have also been arranged. Please click on the link below for all training dates.
During my term as County Captain it has been my plan to ensure training and development has been accessible to all. Up until now we have used funds from BLCGA to facilitate both group training and individual training. If a county team players need financial assistance to help pay for coaching, in the first instance they should approach the County Captain, who will then take their case to the committee for approval.
I have arranged a session at the Tavistock short game area and as it is too expensive to roll out to all, this will be by invitation only & priority given to first team players. Should places become available, this will be offered to those who have shown an interest.
We are also hiring EM Golf studio for indoor training but this again is limited & by invitation only.
Team bonding session for the first team has been arrange and our first event will be on the 25th February 2016 at the 'Luton Jump Arena'
Our aim as a county is to continue developing players & ensuring we have the strongest team available to represent Bedfordshire.
I hope to keep you updated regularly and although on some occasions where this may not be known initially as with the Tavistock, please be assured that the website will be updated at the earliest opportunity. Those of you not invited, please continue with your passion to improve your game and aspire to be selected to play for your county.
This starts from our youngest players to get them into the mind-set that it takes practice & commitments to reach their potential. I hope to arrange occasional sessions when all of our county players can come together i.e. First/Second & junior squad, with a view to encourage a strong sense of Team spirit. I truly feel we can all learn from each other & there is great value in this shared experience.
AimPoint Express 1 & 2 Class with Certified Instruction Jamie Donaldson. This class was the beginning of green-reading education. Please click
for Class Notes
Please click below for simple techniques and exercises to benefit your game.
HERE, Pre Exercises
HERE and post golf exercises
Session Aim – Cardio, balance, rotation, lower body strength and posture/core strength
Format – Tri set
Tri set 1 Lower body strength– 45 seconds on each exercise
2. Kettlebell assisted deep squat
3. Single leg squat (Bulgarian lunge) option to add bounce -
Tri set 2 Balance – 45 seconds on each exercise
1. Stand on balance disc
2. Single leg balance in golf stance -
3. Single leg deadlift in T-pose -
Tri set 3 Rotation – 45 seconds on each exercise
1. Seated Twist -
Sit on the edge of a chair with feet and knees together, arms across chest and rotate upper body
2. Helicopter turns (option is to stand on one leg and switch) -
3. Split stance long turns -
Tri set 4 – Cardio 45 seconds on each exercise
1. Medicine Ball Slam
2. Shuffle around cones and twist with medicine ball
3. Squat to push press and heel lift (down slow up fast)
Using a weight hold it at chest height, squat deep then rise from squat to a heel lift and shoulder press
Repeat the above tri sets
Posture and core strength – 45 seconds on each exercise
1. Pelvic tilts in golf stance supported -
2. Stand on your balance disc. Ideally not holding onto anything unless you are struggling to maintain good balance
3. Squats whilst standing on your balance disc (down slow up fast)
4. Forward lunges onto balance disc on right and repeat on left
5. Side lunges onto balance disc on right and repeat on left
6. Side lunges with hip rotation right (stepping behind slightly onto balance disc) repeat on left side
7. Superman’s -
8. Open book case -
9. Plank on hands -
10. Plank with knee tuck and kick 10 x Right leg 10 x Left leg
11. Plank with leg abduction 10 x Right leg 10 x Left leg
12. Bridge with feet on balance disc x 10
13. Single leg bridge with one foot on disc 10 x Right leg 10 x Left leg
Paying attention and maintaining your focus helps you to build confidence and cope when things go wrong.
Check out the notes captured in this easy to read mind map from our Mindfulness Training session with Maurice.
Don’t make it too important. Making things too important is why I stopped playing for a year. Making things too important is why you get nervous and find it a struggle to play. The next story I am going to share about making things too important had a great impact on me as I wished I could’ve had this coach with me at the time. The coach is Pia Nilsson.
Where does your head normally go when you are playing badly. That’s right, down. I would urge you all to walk with your head up. It helps stimulate relaxation, but it is difficult to do. I remember I was doing a playing lesson with a very god player and he always walked with his down.
The brain is happier and more productive when it is focusing on one thing at a time. Attention training helps with your nerves and your concentration.
Maintaining and taking in the positive. When you have a difficult shot would you much rather think about a time when you hit a good shot in a similar situation or would you rather think about a time when you hit a bad shot.
Nutrition & Exercise
Golf-focused fitness training
Laura emphasises the need for a good warm up session and each of the following should be done 8 times - great to do before each game too!
- Head Turn
- Head nod
- Shoulder rolls forward
- Shoulder rolls backward
- Side bends
- High knees
- Lunge and rotate to left and right
Laura introduced a series of 10 excercise 'stations' or exercises which can be done in pairs or on your own for one minute each.
- Medicine ball throw squat
- Push ups agaist the wall
- Rotation with foot against the wall
- Overhead squat
- Kettlebell swing
- Rotation in golf posture.
- Crab with dynaband
- Single leg deadlift.
- Clockwork lunges.
- Rotator Plank.