Golf Fitness with Mike Pedersen part 1

Eric Jones and fitness trainer Mike Pedersen
“In The Gym”

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.

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.

This first video is Mike putting me through my paces in the gym. We had already spent some time on the range, where I worked with Mike on his swing (see the video further down the page). He showed me some really good exercises and some inexpensive ways to get a great workout.

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.

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

Mike’s First Lesson: Athletic Balance

In this 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.

pedersen-address-lean-lineMost 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.

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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.

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  1. Joseph Gonzalez
    4 years ago

    Hi Eric. I’m 60 years old. I was lacking distance (160 yards for a drive). With your program that I purchased mid 2012, i have been able to add 40 yards to my drives, sometimes more when I’m in a good day. And all my shot have been improved, from 9i to hybrids, with better consistancy and accurate direction. Congrats for the BLAST concept ! Joseph


  2. Jacques Despres
    4 years ago

    FANTASTIC, I PURCHASED YOUR VIDEO AND BOOK A FEW YEARS AGO, I WENT THRU THE BOOK QUICKLY, I WATCHED THE VIDEO ONCE AND SINCE THAN, I MUST HAVE WATCHED 1000 VIDEOS OF ALL KINDS AND I AM MORE MIXED UP THAN EVER. I AM SO IMPRESSED BY THIS PRESENTATION THAT I WILL GET YOUR BOOK AND VIDEO OUT OF THE DRAWER AND WE WILL START FROM SCRATCH, HOPING THAT I WILL FINALLY IMPROVE THE GAME THAT I SHOULD GET TO LOVE SO MUCH MORE.

    THANK YOU ERIC FOR YOUR REMINDER VIDEO.


    • Eric Jones, MA, PGA
      4 years ago

      Thanks Jacques! Mike and I had a lot of fun on the range. He has a great swing. Very athletic, of course. Just what you’d expect from a fitness trainer. But even the best can use a reminder or subtle adjustment now and then.
      Keep us posted on your progress!

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