Last Saturday we started the Applecross Golf Academy Future Collegians Golf Class with me, Eric MacCluen, owner of the Academy and David Ostrow of FitGolf. The academy is at Applecross Country Club in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.  I had asked Dave to help with this class to try to take our kids to a higher level. The Future Collegians Golf Class has golf instruction on all aspects of the game, and fitness to help the kids be more able to do what I ask of them in their swings.

In the morning we worked on the short game from pitching to chipping. Then the kids got lunch.  In the afternoon we worked on the full swing with drills, and instruction.  Then at the end of the day I had David in to work the kids in the way that only he can.  I will write more about the golf instruction in future installments of this blog, but for today I want to focus on the fitness class that David led. 

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The focus of this class was on developing more clubhead speed to hit the ball harder. I wasn’t sure how the kids would take to it because it was held at 3pm after the meat of the day. First, Dave tested the kids extensively with stretches to see where they were stronger or weaker. He asked them to touch their toes, and squat, and rotate the upper and lower bodies independently.  I was amazed by how all of the kids were challenged physically. Some seemed tight, some seemed weak in key areas.  

The bottom line is that David’s testing helped me understand some of the challenges I saw the kids having in their swing instruction earlier in the day. Once David seemed to have a handle on the physical issues of the kids, he led them in exercises to help improve those issues in short order.  He had them do various exercises.  His focus was on improving the kids stability for golf. Those who could not touch their toes, worked on that.  Those who could not squat worked on that. Four of the kids who couldn’t get to the toes could soon stretch all the way to the ground shortly after doing a few “tricks” as Dave winked.

Then David began on a speed protocol he uses with golfers.  He said that doing that protocol 5 days a week for 6 weeks causes a 10-14 mph increase in driver club head speed.  That caught the kids attention. He had them doing things both right handed and left handed. Some were done on the knees and some were done traditionally. They were worn out at the end but the kids loved it.  I haven’t seen this much excitement out of a few of these kids since I’ve known them. One of the girls thought it was “so cool”. That’s what I’m after…educational, effective, and cool too! Talking to a few of the parents, the common theme was an excitement to practice the exercises at home each night. That tells me the message made sense to the kids which is great. I’m real excited o keep doing the class and see where it takes us. If you want more information about this class please feel free to email me at [email protected] . Eric MacCluen PGA Director of Instruction Applecross Golf Academy

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