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03 December
2021
  • December 3, 2021

The Journey of Clubfitting

Clubfitting has taken off in the past decade with better technology, more efficient fitting systems and more people having access to fitting centers than ever before.  This combination has cultivated a custom fitting boom in the golf industry.  There was a time where getting fit was something only for the guys on TV and everyone else bought clubs “off the rack”.  In this era in golf equipment, almost nobody picks out clubs without testing them first, companies offer digital clubfittings online and make recommendations based on the information you provide.  The consumer can also do research into the different heads and shafts and go deep into the world of custom clubs, and that can help them narrow down their options.  But has the clubfitting journey reached its peak, or do we still have room to grow?  I believe that the evolution of clubfitting still has a long way to go.  The concept of clubfitting makes sense and is a key element of reaching your golfing potential.  However, I believe that clubfitting is not a one time thing when you need to buy new clubs, but rather an ongoing journey that is constantly evolving with your golf game.  That is why we do quarterly equipment evaluations with our athletes so we can constantly monitor the performance of the equipment as our athletes develop physically and with their golf game.  

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03 December
2021
  • December 3, 2021

You become what you think!

Just because you think it, it doesn’t mean it’s true. The things we think about ourselves are just thoughts, they are not truths, or facts. If you make the mistake of believing the things that you say about yourself are facts, you can find yourself stuck in an identity that will guide your behavior in ways not helpful to your performance. For example, I played with someone recently, who after missing a short putt, declared, “I’m the worst putter in the world!”.  This refrain, in various iterations, continued throughout the round. Now, it might seem fairly innocent to pound away at yourself when you don’t live up to your expectations, but there are significant consequences. It was clear that my playing partner did not think very highly of his ability to putt and I have no doubt that the identity he created for himself as “The Worst Putter in the World ” contributed to why he struggled so much on the greens. If you are someone who is really tough on themselves in your practice sessions or on the course, start challenging the negative self-statements, judgments, and criticisms you make. Otherwise, you will start to believe they are true and don’t be surprised if you start to act the part.

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03 December
2021
  • December 3, 2021

The 2nd Major

From the sound of it you may be thinking I’m referring to the US Open that traditionally falls around the third week of June. Not so fast! At GPC we are excited to be starting our 2nd Major Testing Period next Wednesday! In order to best measure our athletes development we find that a full Player Development Index (PDI) Assessment should be scheduled every 12 weeks. This allows us to test the athletes 4 separate times throughout the year to ensure both the athlete and the coach have solid understanding of where they are in their journey and what they need to be focusing on at any particular stage of development. 

Major Testing weeks are no joke. This event is treated just like a tournament. No practice shots are to be taken once the golf assessment begins, maximal effort is required throughout the range of physical proficiencies asked of these athletes, and the final PDI score is posted on the athletes Junior Golf Hub profile for them to own as they would any tournament score.

Our athletes have been working for the last 12 weeks to improve in the areas they initially struggled with during the 1st Major, while continuing to strengthen the areas they did well. It is not easy to get put under the microscope and to hold your game up to the mirror. The coaching staff at GPC, however, can’t stress how important this is in your long term success. It is normal to get those “pre-round” butterflies you feel before a competition or big event; that means you care! It is critical to “test” and “retest” as you work towards reaching your goals, no matter what they are. I am looking forward to seeing some of our athletes accomplish more of theirs in the coming weeks! Good luck next week everyone! 

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The Golf Performance Center Ridgefield, CT
03 December
2021
  • December 3, 2021

Learning takes Discipline

Ok so you say you want to learn how to play better golf, but you are afraid to learn something different.  Learning to play better golf takes time, hard work, a positive attitude and discipline.  It will take all your abilities to be patient enough to allow learning to happen.  

That’s right learning doesn’t just take place when you are taking in the information.  Misconception 101, when the teacher gives you an assignment and you try and memorize it, that doesn’t mean that you have learned the information.  Our brains are awesome computers that can memorize things, but it doesn’t always mean that it knows what to do with the information or how to apply it to the right situation.  Since we are talking about golf, a very complex pattern of movements, thoughts, and reactions, many things need to take place in order to learn or apply it in the right situations.  

Steps of learning: 1-identify the problems, 2- develop a plan 3-work with a development mindset on the problem areas 4- practice and train to transfer the new information, 5-play with new information and repeat the process until the new skills are learned or able to apply.  This will take discipline to stick with the process of learning.  Remember just because you may know the answer it doesn’t mean you know how to improve.

As you move into the off season stay disciplined to learning, it will take time, there will be improvement, mostly likely it will not be “fixed”. You are learning, enjoy that process as it will take time and effort to stick with it.  Each time you play have fun, let it happen, you have trained and worked hard to improve and after your practice or round use the feedback to continue your development!  Another way to know if learning is taking place, use challenges, like the Player Development Index Assessment, this will give you great feedback as to how your skills are improving which should give you more confidence to transfer are improving skills to the golf course.  The more you enjoy the process of learning the more success you will have learning and the more eager you are to learn more!

Enjoy your Journey!

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03 December
2021
  • December 3, 2021

Feedback

One of the most challenging endeavors in all of sport is to change an ingrained motor pattern in an effort to become better.  Nowhere do we see this challenge greater than we do in the game of golf.

Understanding what needs to be done is the first step and a critical one.  After that, addressing any physical limitations and improving function is also vital to the improvement process.  When physical function has improved certain tendencies may still remain as they are hard wired into the central nervous system making them very difficult to reprogram.  However, this does not mean that it is impossible.

Receiving consistent feedback as you move through the improved movement is vital.  Many golfers continue to work on drills in an effort to make a change, yet do so without the proper feedback.  They are simply fooling themselves into thinking that they are making the improved motion until a coach or video tells them otherwise.  This is why most people who understand what needs to be done and can physically make the movement still cannot make the change into automatic motion.

Designing an off season practice plan which includes the proper feedback mechanisms is a critical step to making the necessary changes.  Ultimately, practicing with instant feedback will help you to increase your awareness more quickly and help you override the old tendencies.  Coaching, training aids, video, and 3D biofeedback systems (See Alex on K-Vest in the photo above) are all great ways to receive instant feedback.

Take the time to write down the changes that need to be made, the drills that you will perform, and the feedback mechanism that you will be using as you go through the drills.  This will make for a much more productive off season.

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GolfDigest
27 May
2021
  • May 27, 2021

Golf Warm Up with GPC Director of
Performance, Tyler Campbell

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27 May
2021
  • May 27, 2021

Golficity Podcast with GPC Director
of Instruction, Dennis Hillman

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GolfDigest
14 April
2021
  • April 14, 2021

This simple exercise can give you
more pop in your swing

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GolfDigest
14 April
2021
  • April 14, 2021

GPC Coach Nick Novak Named One of
Golf Digest’s Best Young
Teachers

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