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    305: Will Ahmed: The Golfer’s Guide to WHOOP

    305: Will Ahmed: The Golfer’s Guide to WHOOP

    This week our guest is Will Ahmed, the founder of WHOOP. If you haven’t heard of WHOOP, just watch any PGA Tour event and you’ll see just about every tour pro with this simple looking strap around their wrist.







    “What is it?” you ask?







    Well, I hate to call it a fitness tracker because it is so much more than that as you will hear about in this episode, but it’s basically a wearable fitness/recovery monitor that has exploded across the industry in just about every sport and fitness platform, and especially on the PGA Tour.







    In this episode, we dig into Will’s background, the inception of the WHOOP strap, and how this deceptively simple-looking product is changing the landscape of fitness and shining a light on the importance of RECOVERY for populations beyond professional sports.







    Think of this as your Golfers Guide to WHOOP.















    Will’s Ahmed’s Background







    * Will Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of WHOOP, which has developed next-generation wearable technology for optimizing human performance.* WHOOP today works with everyone from professional athletes to fitness enthusiasts to executives. Ahmed has raised nearly $100 million from top investors and has an active advisory board that consists of some of the world’s most notable cardiologists, technologists, and designers. He wrote “The Feedback Tool: Measuring Fitness, Intensity, and Recovery,” which sparked the underlying physiology and engineering for his work today.* Ahmed was named a 2011 Harvard College Scholar for finishing in the top 10% of his class and a CSA Scholar Athlete; he captained the Harvard Men’s Varsity Squash Team.* He was also recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40.







    Highlights from this Episode







    * The background on WHOOP and how it has changed from inception at the Harvard Innovation Lab to the phenomenon it is today. He also talks about why he was initially so focused on working with professional athletes and how that helped spark the success that it is today.* What differentiates WHOOP from other fitness and health trackers and what it measures that makes it your personal “24/7 life coach.” He also talks about how they measure and collect your respiratory rate which in turn helped Nick Watney catch his COVID diagnosis early and quarantine to not infect others on the PGA Tour.* Will breaks down HRV (Heart Rate Variability), the history of its use as a measurable stat used from Olympians to the CIA, and why it became a main focus and part of the WHOOP system.* What they have found the effects of food and alcohol can have on your recovery and sleep and tips on how to best mitigate the negative effects and optimize your sleep.* Will explains where the name “WHOOP” originated.







    Parting Questions:







    Caddyshack or Happy Gilmore?Happy Gilmore







    What is your walk-up song to the first teebox of the Masters? Mozart







    If you could play anywhere in the world with any 3 people, who would it be and where would you play?  Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, and Barrack Obama at Augusta







    Any Book Recommendations? Phil Knight’s “Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike”







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    304: Athletic Motion Golf: What’s Really Going On In A Great Golf Swing?

    304: Athletic Motion Golf: What’s Really Going On In A Great Golf Swing?

    This week we’ve got Shaun Webb and Mike Granato from Athletic Motion Golf; two guys that are taking all of the 3D technology that they are able to use with their professional and amateur golfers and show us the difference between what the low handicapper is doing vs what the high handicapper







    Many of us as amateurs we think we are getting into a certain position, we think we’re moving in the right direction or making the right move but when you see the difference between the 3D captures, you see what they are talking about in the different drills they give.







    So in todays episode we talk about the “swing killers” that they see amateurs making that the pros don’t make, Bryson DeChambeau and how a lot of what he is doing is not just the physical stuff of gaining weight and getting stronger but some of the things he is doing with his golf swing to create more speed, and what mistakes and simple things you and I can fix in our own game.















    Athletic Motion Golf Background:







    Having worked with golfers from the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, European Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, LPGA Tour, and every level of amateur golfer – Shaun Webb and Mike Granato started Athletic Motion Golf to help more golfers incorporate athletic principles that make for a better more dynamic golf swing.







    Highlights From This Episode







    * Both Mike and Shaun’s background in instruction and golf technology and how it led to the inception of Athletic Motion golf and what that stands for.* Where they collect and pull their swing data from and how using the Gears 3D system (which they describe as almost like a Video Game Motion Capture system) opened their eyes to the intricacies of the golf swing and the almost unlimited amount of data they are able to sift through.* The debate of “swinging your own swing” vs. trying to replicate a model exactly: Shaun and Mike give their insights into how to find a balance between using your own athleticism and have flexibility while instituting different parameters to improve your swing.* One thing we can look for if we took a video of our swing today and active steps we can do to avoid the slice over the top like checking the face of your pelvis on the top of your backswing.* How they coordinate the analytical side to the fitness side and how they interact with some of their top tier professionals. They also talk on the slight changes Bryson DeChambeau did to his swing to improve his swing speed and distance.* Finally I get their thoughts on if they think we will see limitations on the technology used in golf, as the professionals get better and stronger. Mike talks on their newly finished AMG Speed system to go along with their Swing System which is a start to finish look at your swing to increase speed.







    Parting Questions







    Caddyshack or Happy Gilmore?Mike – Caddy ShackShaun – Caddy Shack







    What is your walk-up song to the first teebox? 







    Mike – The Fat Albert Theme Song







    Shaun – Anything from my Foo Fighters Playlist







    If you could play anywhere in the world with any 3 people, who would it be and where would you play? 







    Mike – Dad, Brother, and Shaun at Bandon Dunes







    Shaun – My Brother, Father, and Grandfather at Pebble Beach







    Who is your pick for the Masters? 







    Mike & Shaun – Rory McIlroy







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    303: Colin Masterson: Training College Golfers For the Modern Game

    303: Colin Masterson: Training College Golfers For the Modern Game

    This week we’re taking a little bit of a dive into the collegiate world of golf with Colin Masterson who is the sports performance coach at Villanova Golf.







    We talk to Colin about his background in athletics in general, his transition over into working with the golf team, and the way that the collegiate level players train, how that impacts what you should be doing in your own game as you prepare for the offseason, how you can implement a few things that they do in order to play your best golf coming out on the other side of this winter.







    He also touches on how he implements his previous experience in other sports into the golf team and what his objectives are for the golf team when they enter a gym-like setting and what we can take away from Colin’s philosophy and how his golfers stay in their best game.















    Colin Masterson’s Background







    * Residing in Philadelphia, PA, Colin attended Widener University and was a 4 Year starter at Safety for the Widener Pride Football Team. * Post graduation he worked as an accountant for 4 years before leaving and interning at the University of Maryland with the Football Strength Staff.  * After close to a year down there he took another internship at Villanova with their football strength coach Mike Tucker. * A year later he was hired full time as a sports performance coach at Villanova University and has worked with almost every team including the Mens Golf, Softball, Women’s Tennis, Womens Lax and Assisting with Football. * He has the following certifications: CSCS, FRC, USAW,  TPI Level 1, TPI Eldoa.  







    Highlights from this Episode







    * His background in football and how a career change from accounting led him to his current position at Villanova where he is working with a wide variety of their athletic departments including the golf team.* What he focuses on when working with his golfers to make them a stronger golfer and a more well-rounded athlete like focusing more on rotational work and properly scheduling their workouts day-to-day and throughout the season to maximize his time with them and minimize their chance of injury.* How to bridge the gap between just working out and getting stronger utilizing ways to better control and channel that power through speed and movement.* He also talks about when he likes to focus on skill-specific exercises and when to stick to your core workouts to get better strength and stability and how people implement power and speed workouts incorrectly.* Finally, he talks about the importance of getting started and being consistent. Instead of trying to work out 5 days a week, work out 2 days and make those workouts count if that works better for your schedule.







    Parting Questions:







    Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?Happy Gilmore







    What is your walk-up song to the first teebox? Sirius by The Alan Parsons Project







    If you could play anywhere in the world with any 3 people, who would it be and where would you play? Michael Jordan, Rickie Fowler, Tony Romo at Augusta







    Who is your pick for the Masters? Rickie Fowler







    What book would you recommend? Atomic Habits by James ClearWhat local course would you recommend? Aronimink Golf Club or Merion Golf Club







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    • 46 min
    302: Nick Mueller: How to Create Mobility That You Can Take to the Golf Course!

    302: Nick Mueller: How to Create Mobility That You Can Take to the Golf Course!

    This week we’ve got one of my favorite people in the entire world on the show with us: Nick Mueller. Nick is one of the elite golf fitness coaches in North America. He is now venturing out on his own with his project “The Mobility Caddie” and “MC Sport Kinesiology,” his coaching program working with the elite golfers in his area and all over the world.







    Nick is truly one of the golf worlds foremost experts in the concept of soft tissue myofascial work, fascial stretch, mobility, all of these different pieces that you want to implement into your training and workouts to facilitate you moving better in the golf course and on your swing so grab your golf pencil and paper and let’s dive in.















    Highlights from this Episode







    * Nick and I catch up on his new business venture, The Mobility Caddie, what he’s been doing with online training and how he has been helping his golfers through this turbulent time.* His unique spin on the golf fitness world in his work and knowledge on soft tissue myofascial, fasical stretch, and mobility through adding stability and how he maximizes what his clients currently have without adding more stress to the body unnecessarily.* What guys need to start implementing more in the mobility work like restoring joint range of motion and what role strength training plays in helping to facilitate that.* The correct and incorrect scenarios that people use foam rollers and how it can vary based on intent or what they are trying to accomplish. He walks us through each step of integrating active mobility into a golf swing from the front hip rotation to feeding your nervous system in all three planes of motion.







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    If you could play golf with three tour players, what would be your foursome?Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Bryson DechambeauWhich golfer would you love to have a beer with?Stevie Williams or Shane Lowry







    What is your dream vacation course?Anything over in Scotland















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    • 55 min
    301: Spencer Tatum: The Systems and Goals Behind Jon Rahm’s Fitness Journey to World #1

    301: Spencer Tatum: The Systems and Goals Behind Jon Rahm’s Fitness Journey to World #1

    This week we’ve got Spencer Tatum from Tatum Human Performance who is a strength and conditioning coach that works with Jon Rahm and other golfers/athletes out of Scottsdale, Arizona.







    Spencer gives us a behind-the-scenes look into what they did with Jon in the course of the off (COVID) season, what changes he made to his training routine, what all that extra time allowed him to do and focus on.







    You’re going to get an insight into Jon’s goal setting ideas and how focused he was on putting together a plan and getting his team together for this coming season which obviously has paid many dividends because he has reached the #1 in the world a few times in the past couple of months and playing incredibly.















    Spencer Tatum’s Background







    * Spencer got his degree in Exercise Physiology at Ohio University and numerous certifications in different disciplines. He has taken this approach to clients at all physical levels, from youth to elite athletes.* He firmly believes there is a process to ensure the client reaches goals with a clear pathway. Spencer is now a leader and innovator in the field. He developed a unique niche in the sports world, especially in golf, being named Top 50 Best Golf Fitness Training by Golf Digest and winning a National Championship with the ASU Golf Team.* He has been featured on ESPN for his work in the NFL; CBS sports for his training with Jon Rahm; PGA Tour Superstar and numerous other media forms.







    Highlights from this Episode







    * His thoughts on what golfers will look like in the next 5, 10, and 15 years and how the professional golfer has already started to change before our eyes to adapt on a global level.* What the crossover looks like when working with professional and amateur athletes in the same facility and how it affects general morale.* How he adapted and took advantage of the impromptu extended off season in his work with John Rahm and how he collaborated with John’s team to work as a unit in training his athleticism.* How he focuses on not just the anaerobic aspect of golf but also the importance of the aerobic and para-sympathetic system to balancing the endurance of a round of golf and what that aerobic training looks like.* What his work with amateur golfers looks like and what he would tell someone who is looking for more rotation or flexibility in their golf swing. He also talks about using martial arts to work on lower body and upper body sequencing.* What Spencer and John’s average week looks like as far as training and performance, and what balancing that with tournaments looks like. He also talks about the benefits and drawbacks of recovery devices and other technology.







    Parting Questions:







    Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore?  Happy Gilmore







    What would be your walk-up song?  Eye of the Tiger by Survivor







    If you could play 18 holes with anyone, who would it be and where would you play?   Jesus, Socrates, and Bruce Lee at Augusta







    What does your ideal round look like?   No Music, with my buddies (competitions for sure,) riding and fast pace







    Any last advice?   Listen to the pros that Jeff has on







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    • 51 min
    300: Nick Clearwater: Golf Instruction Myths That Are Holding You Back

    300: Nick Clearwater: Golf Instruction Myths That Are Holding You Back

    That’s right, this is episode 300!







    Kind of hard to believe we have made it this long and I couldn’t think of a better guest to have on to celebrate the big three double zero than Nick Clearwater; Vice-president of instruction from GolfTEC.







    Nick is one of those guys that I lean on when it comes to anything related to the golf swing, the way to help golfers play better golf and what they really need to do because if you know anything about GolfTEC, they measure and study every single swing from every single lesson.















    Nick Clearwater’s Background







    * Nick is the Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC. * He is responsible for the quality of instruction given during the one million lessons that GOLFTEC’s 700 plus Coaches teach annually. * He has been a PGA Tour Credentialed Instructor for the past eleven consecutive years.







    Highlights from this Episode







    * The biggest problems and challenges that he sees from the high handicap golfers that come to see him and how most amateur/beginner golfers have the same 2 issues to varying degrees and how these should be addressed first before getting into the individual technical tweaks.* His background in golf instruction and how it has changed in the last 20 years, how modern technology has evolved golf instruction today and how GolTEC is at the forefront of instruction innovation. * The SwingTRU Motion study (which we discussed last time Nick was on in Episode 99) and what they capture and look at, how they started by recording 13,000 swings and has grown to over 100,000 swings to date and is still ever-evolving to become the most comprehensive swing study.* The biggest myths he sees online in how to advance your golf swing and the biggest differences he has seen between high handicap players and low handicap players like how low handicap players have a greater range of motion in turning and tilting through their golf swing.* What impact fitness programs have on a golfers game and what someone’s intent should be when starting a fitness regiment at the gym specifically for their golf game. Lastly, Nick dives into jumping-off points and where people can start getting a handle on his golf swing tips today.







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    • 57 min

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