In my last post I shared that Training Tiger Woods (TTW) is an attempt to create a training program to help people overcome their limitations and maximize their potential. Before I move forward, I should clarify that we are not doing this on a lark. I have spent the last 20 years developing the techniques we are going to be using during this process. These are tried and proven techniques that I have used working one on one with clients in a gym setting. So walking in, we know that exercise can in fact be used as a modality to help people overcome their limitations. Using sports and sports performance takes it one step further.
For those of you who might not know me, my name is Jerry Siravo. I am the founder of A Way of Life Fitness Consulting. I have a BS in Kinesiology and I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). My work focuses on injury rehabilitation and helping people re-establish balance within their lives. My hope is that the TTW program is going to be a stepping stone for teaching the principles that I have developed to larger and more diverse groups of people.
The obvious question seems to be, why use golf?
We chose golf for several reasons. First, golf is hard. The fact that it’s hard to play golf well is generally accepted by most people. Therefore, significant improvement by either of us will be a ringing endorsement for our training methods. Second, improvement is easily measured. At the end of each round you have a ‘report card’ that shows how well you played against the golf course that day. Third, neither of us are proficient in the sport. Ben has never broken 100 strokes over 18 holes. In my past, a very long time ago, I broke 90 once. These days I typically shoot between 96 and 105. Fourth, we both enjoy practicing and playing the game. Since we are going to be spending lots of our time working on this, we might as well have fun while doing it.
Our first order of business will be to get Ben healthy. He is currently recovering from a separated shoulder that he hurt playing soccer. As soon as he has recovered we will play a round and see where exactly we are starting from. (Neither of us has played a full round of golf this season.)
Our initial goals are as follows. By the end of next golfing season, approximately a year from now, Ben wants to be routinely breaking 100. Myself, I hope to be shooting in the high 80’s on a regular basis. Because we are going to teach each other without any outside help or lessons we can insure that our improvement is a byproduct of our training program.
Now that the background has been set and our goals established, it’s time to begin. Wish us luck.