THE IMPORTANCE OF ATHLETIC BALANCE

Eric Jones and fitness trainer Mike Pedersen “On The Range”

On a trip to the Phoenix area just after winning the World Long Drive Championship for the second time I gave my friend Mike Pedersen a call to see if he would take time from his busy schedule to come work with me on my golf fitness.

I have Mike’s golf fitness training program – The Ultimate Golf Fitness Guide – and I use many of the exercises he outlines in his program as part of my own fitness training. But there’s nothing like going right to the source when you want an expert opinion.

Mike was kind enough to agree to meet me in the gym, but only on one condition: that I spend some time with him and his golf game first.

That sounded like a great idea, and we thought we’d film each session and share it. We had a lot of fun and we each learned some key ideas from the other.

Mike’s First Lesson: Athletic Balance

pedersen-address-lean-lineIn this first video we are on the range taking a look at Mike’s swing.

Like the vast majority of my golf students, Mike wasn’t in bad balance per se. But he wasn’t in the best balance position at address.

Most golfers make the mistake of leaning forward when they bend to get into their address posture. This pulls their center of mass (which is located in the middle of the body) out over their toes. It doesn’t take much forward lean to produce an unstable axis of rotation during the swing.

In fact, did you notice in the video how it only takes me one finger to topple him forward?

When you watch the video, notice Mike’s finish after the first swing. There’s a little bit of wobble at the end, and he winds up leaning in toward where the ball was on his finish – a sure sign of less than ideal balance.

Swing Issues: Curing the Slice, Flip, Chicken Wing, and Off-Center Hits

As I explain to Mike in the video, leaning out over the toes during the swing will cause the lower body to stop rotating as it gets to the impact zone. It does that to keep you from falling over.

The good news is that you’re still standing at the end of the swing. But the bad news is that stopping your rotation can lead to disastrous results.

driver-open-clubface-252xThe most common issue is an open club face at impact, which leads to a slice.

If you have been struggling with a slice and can’t figure out how to make square contact at impact, the issue may actually relate to your balance rather than something you are doing during the swing.

If you don’t turn your body enough toward the target at impact, the club face does not get back to square at impact. Being even slightly out of balance can keep you from rotating enough.

That slight lean can also lead to flipping at impact, causing a pull-hook when the left wrist collapses, or the dreaded chicken-wing, which robs you of distance.

Any one of these issues can also cause off-center contact, which also reduces distance as well as accuracy.

The Cure: Happy Toes for Athletic Balance

pedersen-address-balanced-lineAs you watch the video Mike learns what Athletic Balance should feel like. He liked the term “grounded” where he felt like he was in a really solid position at address.

You’ll also notice that when Mike did the “Happy Toes” move at set-up, his adjustment was small – he moved his hips back only an inch or so. But then when you watch the swing, his ball flies out dead straight, and his finish is balanced.

That one small adjustment alone will add 5 to 10 yards to Mike’s drives.

Perhaps even more important, it will help him to be more consistent and hit more fairways. That means lower scores.

Like Mike learned, it sometimes takes only small adjustments to make major improvements.

ABOUT THE 5 KEYS TO DISTANCE

Athletic Balance is just the first of the five fundamental swing concepts covered in The 5 Keys To Distance.

There are four more.

Mastering any one of the concepts, like Athletic Balance, can get you 10 more yards. Students who invest the time and energy to conquer all five have picked up as much as 50 to 60 yards off the tee.

Imagine what a difference 50 yards would make to your game. 5Keys-book-paperback-w100

5-keys-product-dvdIf you want to hit the ball farther you need THE 5 KEYS TO DISTANCE. It’s the most comprehensive training program ever developed to maximize your distance – off the tee, and with every club in your bag.

That’s because it’s the training program Eric developed to win his first World Long Drive Championship.

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 This is not a collection of tips and tricks. It didn’t even start out as a formal training program.

Like you Eric got really frustrated with the ineffectiveness of all the “tips” from so-called experts who in real life can’t hit a drive past their shadow. He needed results. He had qualified for the first time for the long drive championships.

This was the real deal.

But that’s where his training as a PGA Professional helped.

2012-worlds-finish-150xeric_jones_golf_swing_analysis2Eric systematically broke down and analyzed all the parts of the swing that contribute to distance.

Then he tested.

And tested.

And tested.

Using a launch monitor he was able to track which swing adjustments actually produced results.

Even then it wasn’t easy.

The first swing adjustment Eric tried – getting a wider swing arc – actually backfired. He wound up losing both distance and accuracy.

That was counter-intuitive!

Everybody said a wider swing arc will produce more club head speed. What was wrong?

A KEY DISTANCE DISCOVERY

That’s when Eric made a key discovery: There is a progression of swing concepts that must be followed in order for any swing changes to be effective and work together.

You can’t make one swing change without it affecting another part of the swing.

You have to understand the progression, and how the swing works together.

The great news was that Eric eventually discovered that the progression follows the natural order of the golf swing:

    • Set up in Balance;
    • Maintain your Leverage position on the take-away;
    • Widen your Swing Arc on the backswing;
    • Maximize your Core Speed on the downswing to maintain lag;
    • Extend to the Target on the follow-through.

When Eric tried to widen his swing arc, his Balance and Leverage changed. His swing became erratic.

But that’s because he was trying to widen his swing arc out of order.

Widening his swing arc wasn’t a bad idea. In fact, it was a great idea. Wider swing arc  is one of the fundamental swing concepts that leads to distance.

It’s just that he was doing it in the wrong sequence, without understanding how it would affect the rest of his swing.

Balance and Leverage come first. They provide the stable foundation that allows you to get a wider swing arc.

In hindsight it seems simple. But seeing how all the elements of distance-creating swing concepts fit together and work together was like having a light bulb go on. Suddenly everything was clear.

And when you finish THE 5 KEYS TO DISTANCE you’ll have that same clarity about the swing.

You’ll know.

And the next time somebody suggests a Tip to you, you’ll know exactly how it fits into the swing and what to do about it.

THE RESULT?

In just 8 weeks Eric increased his club head speed from 118 to 140 mph!

That equates to more than 55 yards off the tee. And it gives you an extra gear when you need it. Like Eric needed in the finals at the World Championships, when he drove it 381 yards to claim the title.

DISTANCE AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS

There’s more.

lag golf swingEric developed custom drills to groove the five fundamental swing concepts, giving him more club head speed without sacrificing accuracy or consistency.

Those custom drills are the backbone of the training program.

It’s not going to do you any good to understand the concepts without knowing how to integrate them into your swing and practice them.

That’s another reason Tips are so frustrating. They only tell you What to do.

You need to know what to do, and then How to do it.

The program comes with a BOOK that explains each of the five distance swing concepts.

Then you get specific VIDEO DRILLS that show you how to master each part of the swing.

PLUS: You get the benefit of Eric’s years of competitive experience and his formal training in mental performance from his Masters degree in Sport Psychology.

You get MENTAL TOUGHNESS.

Say goodbye to first tee jitters and folding under pressure.

Say hello to becoming a clutch golfer.

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This is the same training program Eric uses to prepare for the long drive championship every year.

And the proof is in the results – two World Long Drive Championships.

The training program is simple and easy to follow. Here’s what you get:

The BOOK

    • 5Keys-book-paperback-w100A complete and detailed description of the elements of distance;
    • Ball Flight Laws that ultimately determine how far you will hit the ball;
    • The five swing concepts that you need to optimize to get you maximum distance – what they are, and how they work together;
    • Detailed How-To instructions for the specific drills you’ll be using to get you that extra yardage so you’ll know exactly what to do;
    • Consistency – Detailed description and step-by-step process to create a Pre-Shot Routine that will automatically set you up for success;
    • Recovery – Detailed description and step-by-step process for the Post-Shot Routine. This is the secret weapon PGA Tour players use to keep the wheels from falling off, and a tool you should be using;
The VIDEOS
    • 5-keys-product-dvdSpecific drills chosen to help you easily and quickly master the concepts;
    • Three concept-specific drills for each swing concept;
    • Downloadable videos – you can save them to your computer and review them at your convenience;
    • Portable – download the videos to your smart phone and take them with you to the range;
The ONLINE TRAINING SITE 
    • Instant access to an interactive online training site so you can get started quickly;
    • Downloadable version of the book for instant reference;
    • Downloadable training videos you can watch or take with you;
    • PLUS … access to me! You get to ask me questions about your game and I’ll answer!
    • An ever-growing community knowledge base, where you can see what other golfers just like you are learning about how even small insights can lead to big results and solve frustrating issues.

THE PROGRAM COST

You’ve probably spent $500.00 to $2,000.00 over the last couple of years on new equipment, trying to buy more distance. Now ask yourself this question:

Did you get two thousand dollars worth of distance?

The real question is value.

How valuable would it be for you to …
    • Reach par-5’s in two?
    • Reach those long, uphill par-4’s in regulation?
    • Make more birdies because you have a shorter irons into the green?
    • Stand on the tee with confidence?
    • Recapture the distance you may have lost and start finding more fairways?
    • Know how to adjust your swing when the wheels start to come off?
    • Experience that awesome feeling of catching a drive dead-solid on the sweet spot and watching it soar right down the middle?

You have several options to get started:

BRONZE: The $47.00 version is all-electronic. If you are on a budget but want to get started immediately, this is a great option. You can instantly download the pdf of the Book, and get all 18 training and drill videos. Everything is available right away inside the Online Training Site.

SILVER: This $67.00 option gives you everything you’d get with the Bronze package, plus you get the hard-copy of the Book and a physical DVD with all the training videos shipped to you. You can still access the pdf version of the Book and see all the videos online, so you get immediate access. If you prefer reading from a real book and like having the option to watch the videos on your computer or TV, choose the Silver package.

GOLD: This $147.00 version is the best value for golfers who are serious about improving their game. Not only does it include the hard-copy book and the same videos you’d find in the Bronze and Silver package, but you also get a whole expanded library of additional videos. 63 videos in all. The Gold version takes your training to a new level with advanced drill videos focused on the five key swing concepts. But perhaps the biggest value is the Advanced videos where you learn how to practice more effectively, how to learn faster, and how to make better use of swing training aids. You’ll learn how to get more out of a 1-hour practice session than you would in 10 hours of normal practice, using concepts developed and used by coaches and trainers of our Olympic athletes. This is the kind of training enhancement that comes right from Eric’s background in Sport Psychology.

PLATINUM: This $497.00 version of the training program has it all. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the individual 1-on-1 time with Eric. He’ll look at your swing videos and recommend a specific sequence to follow to get maximum results. Once a month for three months you’ll have a private phone or video skype conversation where you’ll  have a chance to discuss your progress and your game. Together you’ll develop a plan of attack, and Eric will follow up to make sure you are getting the results you want.

THE GUARANTEE

I’m so convinced that you will benefit from the information in this book that it comes with a no-risk, unconditional 60-day PERFORMANCE BASED money-back guarantee.
If you implement my techniques and do not add 20 yards to your drives, just send it back within 60 days. You’ll get a full refund. No questions asked. Simple as that.

I’m making that guarantee because this program is not about approaches or gimmicks.

It’s about the fundamentals that really matter if you want more distance.

You have nothing to lose, and lots of distance to gain.

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MY MISSION

I believe “There is a better way …”
There’s a better way for golfers to learn how to play great golf
There’s a better way for instructors to teach
There are more important skills than just mechanics that lead to better play, and you need to know about them;

Because I believe, like you do, that “good enough … isn’t

My mission is to find these better ways and share them with golfers.

How I do that is by taking complex ideas and simplifying them. Because if ideas are simple they are understandable.
And if they are understandable, they are actionable.
And it is only through action that information is turned into knowledge.
Armed with the right knowledge, you can take your game anywhere

My golf training programs are simple yet effective.
Understandable and actionable.
Results oriented.
They move you from information to knowledge to wisdom.
You achieve breakthroughs.

It’s a different kind of instruction, for a different kind of result.
Innovative Instruction. Breakthrough Results.

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