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To stay focused on the task at hand despite the presence of cameras, it is important to stay present in the task and do what's in front of you. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by the cameras, and focus on what you are doing. Transcript: "How do you prepare yourself mentally to stay focused on the task at hand despite the presence of cameras? On the golf course, unless they're moving, you really don't see them, you're not aware of them. At least that's my experience. If you see them, then you're not really focused. So it's important to stay present in the task at hand, do what's in front of you. It's much like getting in the batter's box. You only see what you allow yourself to see. And if you're focused, you won't see the cameras."
Three tips for reading greens are to look for slope and tilt in the green, look for lower areas where water would run off, and use your feet to feel the slope. Additionally, observing your partner's balls can provide a helpful read. Transcript: "What are three quick tips into helping you read greens and breaks? Well, I would tell you that as you approach the green, that you have your eyes up and you're kind of looking at the surface of the green to look for slope and tilt in the greens. All greens have slope and tilt. Most greens have between 1 and 4% of slope, maybe 5 or 6 in the areas where they put the cups. You can't have excessive slope way more than that. But typically where you can putt is going to be in a 1 to 4% grade. I would also kind of, when you get on the surface of the green, look to see where the water would drain. That usually, the ball will break where the water rolls to. So it's usually rolling to lows or off to sides. Grain is important if you're in Florida. The Aimpoint people would argue with me about that. But you can also plumb bob different methods. But I really like to use my feet to kind of feel slope. So the three things are have your eyes up when you look at the green, look for slope and tilt in the green. The second thing would be you can look for the low areas where water would run off and third usually feet. But I would also say check your partners or your playing partners balls out. If they're on the same line, you can kind of pick off a read that way as well. So observation is the key to reading greens. Hope that helps."
I'm predicting that Amanda Doherty and Sam Writer will have breakthrough seasons on the LPGA and PGA Tour respectively. Transcript: "What professional golfers will have breakthrough season on the LPGA and PGA Tour? I'm looking for one of my players, Amanda Doherty, to have a great year next year. She was a rookie and played really well, finished in the top 90, and I think she's gonna have a great year. And then on the men's tour, I really like Sam Ryder. I think he's got a really good chance. He keeps knocking on the door. So those are my two kind of picks for the year. And I hope they do have breakthrough seasons. Thanks for the question."
Here is a video of some great mobility exercises for people in their 70s. It includes hip mobility, shoulder work, tea, why, and external rotation. Doing these exercises will help with physical health and movement. Transcript: "So here the question is asked, which are some great mobility exercises for people in your 70s? I think movement is the key to life, physical health, so I've put together this video for you. And I don't think you have to be 60 or 70, you just do them to the best of your ability, regardless of what your age is. We've got a bunch of hip mobility here, we've got an open book, a cat-cow for your spine, some elbow drops. These are all really, really good things to do. And then I've thrown in some shoulder work, just some T's, some Y's, some I's, some external rotation. And what I've shown you here is one of my clients, they have a foam roller that runs from the base of his neck down to the top of his spine, or the bottom of his spine, right above his sacrum. And we're just trying to create movement here. So anything that, these are all not golf specific, well they are golf specific, anything that you can do to move, maybe mimic some of these, it's going to require you to get on the mat, go ahead and give them a try and let me know what you think. Hope that helps you. I'm in an external rotation, which will be a 90 degree angle between the elbow and the upper arm and the lower arm. So help me out there. So here? Yeah. Pull, rotate. I see, okay. Good, good. Good, good"
The biggest challenge for golf instructors today is embracing new technology such as force plates and swing simulators, while also understanding that every player's body is different and they may not be able to do some of the things the instructor is asking them to do. Transcript: "Hello, Anonymous. What do you think the biggest challenge for golf instructors are today? Well, I will tell you this, is that there is an abundance of technology out there and it's usually not cheap. Force plates, swing simulators, there's body mapping technology. And I'm a guy who grew up playing under the rules of ball flight. In other words, we kind of figured out what the body was doing based on how the ball was flying. So I think teachers who have come up post-Tiger will fight theory rather than having the data that's available. For example, force plates and understanding how we use the ground with our feet and our body to produce speed. How we embrace that and to validate our teaching theory. I don't think there's any one way to teach a golf swing. I think a great example is Butch Harmon. All of his players swing the club a little differently. I get a little nervous when an instructor wants everybody to swing the same way because as a fitness guy, I understand everybody's body is a little different and you may or may not be able to do some of the things the instructor is asking you. So in summary, I think technology and embracing it, getting up to speed on it, and then being comfortable and competent enough to know that you'll figure it out."
People often ask me about personalities of golfers, training frequency, and what a day in the life of a tour player is like. Transcript: "What questions do people ask you most often? Well, when people find out I train guys that play golf for a living, they usually get asked about personalities. What's Tiger like? What's this person like? I get a lot of those questions, and I get a lot of questions about training frequency. What is it like for a... what's a day in the life of a tour player? What time do you get to the course? How do you prepare? Do you work out days that you play? What is your training schedule at home? What is your training schedule at the road? So those are questions that I'm asked quite frequently. Pretty normal stuff."