Random Thoughts on Golf, Hockey, and Running

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Today we are going to hit on a bunch of topics.

This time of year is a big change in some of things that I enjoy learning about and training.

The golf season is coming to a close which means it is time for some people to get in the gym for next year.

The hockey season is also approaching. We are putting the final touches for the college season and high school will start up in early December.

It is definitely getting close.

I saw an interesting graphic from either Kevin Neeld or his facility, Endeavor Sports Performance.

It said that an athlete with great skating technique and poor aerobic capacity is about the same as someone with poor technique and high aerobic capacity.

Basically what this means is that we can have 2 athletes, one who skates well and the other doesn’t. Yet, they can display the same on-ice conditioning levels.

This leads into two things. The first is that hockey players that want to be successful must get the proper coaching to maximize skating technique. Otherwise the athlete will always be leaving something behind. Learn to skate well.

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It also shows me that off-ice conditioning standards are not always going to predict how well someone plays hockey.

Here’s an example. As a part of our training, we test the college guys in September with the 2-300 yard shuttles. Both have to be under :60 to pass.

Does the athlete with the best times automatically become the best hockey player? No way. All it means is that they were the best at that test.

On the other end of the spectrum we have some kids who struggled to pass but are immensely talented. They may have great fundamentals on the ice but lack the proper conditioning off of it. Once practices start it may not seem like that athlete is out of shape because their technique is on point.

On the other hand, improve the off ice capacity and that athlete will be more effective on the ice.

Side note: We do not use the conditioning test as a means of predicting on ice ability. It basically serves as part gut check and part accountability to be in shape over the summer. 

These same principles go for an athlete that runs for their sport. An athlete that had good running technique can mask poor conditioning to a point.

But, I like the idea that you can take someone who runs, passes conditioning test, and still get them better.

On the other hand, an athlete may not be poorly conditioned it just appears that way because their body is so inefficient.

The Golf Offseason is Coming 

It is starting to get cold out here and the frequency of golf rounds is on the down-slope.

Before we know it there will be snow and the courses will barely be open (…great).

I know some brave souls will get out there in January and play what is left of the course but most will not.

Everyone should be taking November- March. To improve their game.

A good off season program will get golfers stronger, more mobile, and more likely to resist injury.

There are a few things that can happen come March for those that sit around all winter.

  • Losing distance on shots
  • Feeling tight and restricted on the swing
  • Potentially swinging too hard, too often, and too soon resulting in injury

Let’s try to avoid that and take care of ourselves this off season.

Find someone who trains golfers, who is hopefuly TPI certified, and get into a program.

If you need some guidance on a program shoot me an email at bobby@bobbydattero.com.

I can help you find something that will help you hit the ball further, be more flexible for swinging the club, and leave you pleasantly surprised come next season.