King and Mount Olive completed the day tied in second on the women’s side, while North Greenville finished fourth.
On the men’s side, Sophomore Jake McLaren led the way shooting a one under par 71 to finish in second. Sophomore Jordan Bilodeau finished beind McLaren tied in third with an evan par 72, while junior Freddie Nordhoff shot a 75 to take ninth place. Sophomore Alex Weare (76) and senior Christopher Baker (78) completed play in 10th and 13th, respectively.
No. 24 Barton finished second, while No. 12 Belmont Abbey and Limestone finished tied in third. Daniel Claytor of Barton shot a three under par 69 to finish first individually.
Advanced Golf Performance and Tom Lowrie are pleased to announce the launch of a great new athletic improvement product called the Hip Speed Trainer.
The Hip Speed Trainer will help rotational athletes by improving hip motor control, hip strength, hip speed, hip over speed training,lateral stability, kinematic sequencing and more.
Here is a video showing the basic exercises using the Hip Speed Trainer.
At Advanced Golf Performance we utilize world class technology using the AMM 3D Walkabout Sports Motion Capture System with the TPI PGA and LPGA database to measure every aspect of a golf swing.
Hip motor control, hip speed, hip strength and proper kinematic sequencing are very important for rotational athletes to perform at the highest levels.
The Hip Speed Trainer will help you improve your athletic performance!
Golf Swing Over Rotation and Lower back Injuries go hand in hand. Does your golf swing instructor know why?
One of my main goals when teaching my students and PGA Instructors this wonderful game of golf is to make sure they are utilizing correct Biomechanical Principles and avoiding lower spinal compression. Lower back injuries are the number one injury in golf and can be caused from a simple lack of understanding by swing instructors and players.
There are several “opportunities” to create trauma or avoid trauma to our spine while performing the golf swing. Here are critical points to understand as a golf instructor.
1) Set up – The correct biomechanical golf set up has the pelvis tilted forward approximately 20 degrees and the torso (upper body) tilted forward about 30 degrees. This set up position allows us to be in a neutral spine position which will not compress the spine and allows the glute and core muscles to activate and fire during the swing.
Many amateur golfers and swing coaches all too often have players tilt the pelvis too far forward and keep the upper body to upright. This leads to what is called S Posture at set up and places extreme compression forces on the lumbar spine.
2) Pelvis Sway – When a players trail side hip (and pelvis girdle) sways away from the ball during the back swing, it greatly increases the chance to add compression forces the the lumbar spine. If a player has a good range of motion in the torso or over rotates the hips to allow the upper body to break 90 degrees in the back swing… in addition to pelvis sway… the lumbar spine is in extreme negative extension and compression forces are creating micro trauma with each and every swing!
3) Over Rotation of the hips and Torso – Many swing instructors have their players rotate as much as possible with both the hips and torso thinking they are going to generate more swing speed and power. There are several reasons this is not a good idea for power production and injury prevention.
Power in the golf swing comes from the separation in degrees of the lower body (hips and pelvis) and the upper body. When looking at the mechanics of a spine we can see that the thoracic spine is made to rotate and the lumbar spine is not.
Simple rough math tells us we have approximately 60 degrees of thoracic spinal rotation potential with a healthy thoracic spine.
So the goal should be to maximize spinal rotation and create as much separation as possible between the pelvis and upper body without turning the combination of the 2 segments beyond 90 degrees.
In summary please have your swing instructor pay close attention to your biomechanics at set up and top of swing. Don’t allow your pelvis to sway away from the target during your swing. Instead “stay in the bucket” and learn to rotate your lower body instead of swaying or sliding to reduce injury potential and increase power and distance.
Tom Lowrie is a Certified Swing Instructor, Biomechanist, Junior Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. You can reach Tom by email at email@example.com
I often hear people say they run to stay in shape for golf. When I ask why and they say “um, cause, um, well that’s good for golf right”?
Then I like to ask, “well are you running side to side, jumping and twisting, running sideways up hill, or how exactly are you running”? It’s always “I run forward like runners do”.
Golf is not played in what is known as the Saggital plane of motion. Meaning we don’t play golf by moving forward and backward as if we were running. So why run to stay in golf shape? I don’t know either.
Golf is a rotational sport that is primarily played in the Transverse plane of motion. Golf actually requires that we avoid the saggital plane by lifting or thrusting (forward or backwards) and stay in rotation in order to transfer loads from the ground through our pelvis, thorax, arms and hands.
Likewise golf is not meant to be played in the horizontal plane by sliding and swaying left to right. When we slide or sway we actually break down biomechanical advantages of rotation and hinder our golf swing.
The best way to think about exercise for sport specific development is to understand what is being called for (and not called for) by the sports requirements.
Golf requires stability in 2 planes of motion (Saggital & Horizontal) and for maximum mobility and speed in 1 plane of motion (Transverse).
Instead of running forward, try walking uphill sideways. This promotes lateral stability and will help you increase rotational speeds in your swing.
Instead of running forward, try jumping and twisting 180 degrees. This promotes explosive rotational speed & balance.
Instead of running forward, try performaing side planks and prone planks to promote core strength & stability.
So next time a buddy says “let’s go running to get in shape for golf…” you know what to say. Nah. I’m going to do some other exercises instead .
Advanced Golf Performance specializes in building great golfers. We are certified in fitness, biomechanics, junior coaching and more. We help people play the best golf of their life! With science, education and world class technology.
So we have all heard the adage “swing easy for a longer ball off the tee” right? Why does it seem to be so true?
The answer really lies in the way we are built as humans. A great way to understand this concept is by looking at muscle force velocity curves.
As you can see in this graph, an eccentric loaded muscle can generate the most force. On the other end of the force curve is the concentric contraction of a muscle.
Our muscles can contract in 3 “ranges” in our bodies. They are eccentric, isometric and concentric load ranges.
Eccentric loads are achieved while the muscle is getting longer while loaded. Think of as “negative reps” when doing and exercise. This load activates the most neurological pathways to the muscle and will also build the most strength in the muscle.
Isometric loads are achieved while there is no movement of the muscle. Think of a plank exercise where you are holding perfectly still yet muscles are fully engaged and contracted.
Concentric loads are achieved during muscle shortening such as performing arm curls. This load activates the least amount of neurological pathways to the muscle as compared to eccentric and isometric.
When we swing a golf club we really want to pre-stretch each muscle to be used. A nice smooth take away will let a load build between proximal – distal segments of the body. Then on the down swing we really want to keep stretching each proximal to distal segment.
We achieve this downswing stretch by accelerating the body in the proper order. Pelvis first, upper body second, arms third and hands last. 1-2-3-4. This is also known as the proper Kinematic sequence of a golf swing.
If we are “stretching” muscles while loading them… we are achieving eccentric loads and as the muscle force velocity clearly shows, we will generate more force. More force, more speed, more distance – less effort!
Swing as hard as you can if you want to hit short drives. Swing easy if you want to hit the ball deep! It’s just math, science and the way God built us.
Advanced Golf Performance is pleased to announce it has recently received approval from the PGA Executive Director of the Carolina’s to offer a continuing education class for PGA teaching professionals.
“It’s an honor to receive this approval. Our recent educational partnership with the PGA and its teaching professionals speaks volumes to our professionalism and knowledge of golf and teaching. Golf is our passion and we feel blessed to have this partnership” says Tom Lowrie of Advanced Golf Performance.
The first of several classes is scheduled for Monday November 19th at Advanced Golf Performance’s training center (The Q Athletic Performance Center) in Mooresville NC. The class is titled Kinematics and Physical Correlations. The class will explain direct correlation of the kinematic sequencing of the golf swing and the ability for the body to perform proper swing techniques.
The class will explain how to screen for physical restrictions, corrective exercises to improve any restrictions, and how to achieve proper kinematic sequencing of a golf swing.
Advanced Golf Performance is the Charlotte and Lake Norman area leader in golf swing biomechanics, kinematic sequencing and golf fitness. Our 6D Kinematic motion capture system from Advanced Motion Measurement is the best technology in the world for building a great golf swing.
The PGA has rated the class at 9 MSR continuing education credits for PGA Teaching Professionals. The class is available to the first 50 registrants.
Tom Lowrie is the owner of Advanced Golf Performance and is a certified personal trainer from the American college of Sports Medicine and Titleist Performance Institute certified in Fitness, Biomechanics and Junior Coaching.
To sign up for the continuing education class simply visit our sign up page or call us at 704-607-6975.
The X Factor stretch was coined by teaching professional Jim McLean and is very relevant in the golf swing. Jim did not invent the process of the action, he simply gave it a name. And a good name!
At Advanced Golf Performance we can measure the X Factor stretch of your golf swing. In fact we can measure the X Factor stretch in 3 locations of your golf swing.
This is the Pelvis to Thorax X Factor Stretch Segment
This is the Arms to Club Head X Factor stretch Segment
1) Pelvis to Thorax segment – This segment has been talked about and gets most of the attention when it comes to X Factor stretch. Think of it as preloading the muscle in the back swing so it is ready to deliver all the force it can in the downswing. When you are rotating in your backswing, you would stop your pelvis before you stop your upper body. In Fact Pros stop their pelvis around 40 degrees in the backswing. Then simply continue turning your torso and you will end up creating X Factor stretching in this segment.
2) Thorax to Arms segment – Same as above only we are stopping our torso and allowing our arms to continue to rotate in the back swing to build a preloaded muscle stretch.
3) Arms to Club – Same as above only we are stopping our arms and allowing our wrist set angle to continue just a little further back to build a preloaded muscle and X Factor stretch.
So in order to preload and stretch a muscle… how important is it to improve your flexibility? Answer below
Yes it is very, very important to have good flexibility for a better golf swing.
Please call us or stop into our learning center at The Q in Mooresville NC to have your kinematics reveiwed today!
Advanced Golf Performance is now offering TPI Certified adult and junior golf fitness classes at The Q Fit Athletic Performance Center in Mooresville NC.
Tom Lowrie is TPI Certified in Swing Instruction, Biomechanics, Fitness and Junior Coaching and a certified personal trainer. Our classes offer the very best in golf fitness, technology and results!
The golf swing is a very dynamic, explosive movement which requires stability, mobility, flexibility, strength, power and speed.
Our golf fitness programs (group & personal) target golf specific motor patterns, requirements of speed, balance, strength, mobility and flexibility.
Group classes last 1 hour and run Monday & Wednesday mornings from 7:30 – 8:30 am.
The cost is $100 per month and you can attend as many of the classes as possible.
Please call Tom for more information at 704-607-6975 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Golf Performance is a state of the art golf learning center employing world class technology and TPI Certifications.
If you have a passion for golf, are a touring professional, trying to recover from or avoid continued injuries, or just want to improve your game… then you have come to the right place.
Getting Started and improving your golf game is very easy with Advanced Golf Performance. We offer several services to help golfers at every level of play.
Please email us at email@example.com or call us at 704-607-6975 to schedule your first appointment today!