The Golf & Body NYC Experience: a holistic approach to game improvement

Posted by on May 14, 2019  /   Posted in golf tips

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I have always been interested in finding out how the latest research is used to help golfers improve their performance. I recently had a chance to spend an afternoon at Golf & Body NYC. Their facility is home to some of the best experts in the field of fitness, wellness, golf and club fitting. They offer their members a comprehensive plan to improve their golf game in a state-of-the-art facility that is decked out with the latest technology.

I have undergone a full evaluation and have had the opportunity to speak with several members of their team. It was not only incredibly fun, but I also had the opportunity to find out more about my golf game and how their expertise is being used to help golfers within their doors and beyond.

Photo by GBNYC

A growing trend

Indoor golf courses are becoming more popular every year. Many golf simulator companies are roaming around in the United States, taking signals of an explosion of facilities in South Korea. In places such as New York City, where it is difficult for residents of the city to take the course, they are a good option for golfers who want to do their best.

Golf & Body NYC opened its doors in 2013. From the start, it separated itself by creating a private club experience in the heart of the Big Apple. Their goal was to bring together the latest expertise in golf, club fitting, fitness and wellness and to offer their members an unparalleled experience in their state-of-the-art facility.

Members of GBNYC gain access to experts in various fields who offer an adapted plan to improve their golf game holistically. Moreover, they get access to a private club experience in their extensive facility of 25,000 square meters.

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When you get out of the elevator for the first time, it's hard to believe you're still in the middle of New York City. It is a lush set-up that has everything a golfer would want. They have taken the high-end country club experience into account and translated it into an urban environment. I was excited to spend the afternoon there and go through the evaluation process.

My evaluation process

Every member who joins GBNYC goes through an evaluation process with his professional team. I went through the process to understand how each department works together to help each golfer achieve their goals.

The first step is to complete a questionnaire to find out more about the current performance of the golfer and their goals. The information is shared with the team so that they can learn a little more about you before reviewing their assessment.

The evaluation consists of three parts: mobility, fitness and golf.

Mobility

I met Bradley Borne, the director of sports medicine, for the first time. He took me through a patented test that helps determine my joint mobility throughout my body. The goal is to find problem areas and address them to prevent injury.

Bradley discovered a number of rotation problems with my hips and shoulders, as well as a few other areas. I had already worked on a number of these problem areas through a golf fitness program and he gave me some extra exercises to prevent problems further on.

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Fitness

An assessment of the condition followed. Jason Jenkins has done a series of force measurements. Just as with the mobility assessment, they look for problem areas (each element receives an assessment of red, yellow or green). My upper body strength was supposed to be sufficient, but where I struggled is with my lower body strength and control.

The purpose of any body assessment is to share the information with the golf instructor so that he can understand where the player has deficiencies and limitations. Each member also receives a personal fitness plan so that they can address their specific problems to prevent injury and improve their performance on the course.

Golf

I spent a few hours with the main golf professional Ron McDougal. The wave evaluation was intense and incredibly fun for me. We first created a thumbnail combination on Trackman. Ron let me make several shots at different targets with different clubs. He kept track of the location of my impact, as well as many other data points that Trackman offers (swing pad, ball flight, remote control, etc.). Ron then connected me to GEARS, which is the same as having a CT scan of your golf swing. By wearing a suit with multiple sensors, we could really see how my swing works.

Connect to GEARS

Finally, we went through a put evaluation to see if he could pick up any problems in my stroke and setup.

Ron and I have talked a lot about my goals as a player, which would improve my performance in local tournaments and try to get my handicap into plus area (interestingly, I achieved this goal a month after my visit).

I have a somewhat unorthodox golf swing, with a very extreme in-to-out club path. Looking at the Trackman data and GEARS, we could see how I manage my ball flight, but it also provided some insights into things that I need to work on, such as neutralizing my path to achieve a little more consistency.

Strangely enough, Ron & # 39; s insight into my putting was perhaps the most fruitful discovery. He noticed that my shoulder alignment was well over from my target, which was the source of pulling many putts. I have been working on it since I was working on my mirror mirror at home and it has already done quite a bit to the course.

Club Fitting

A Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter also gives golf & Body NYC members a full equipment analysis – Pete & # 39; s Golf. The second floor is equipped with an ultramodern studio. It's extremely impressive when you go up – they have an endless selection of club heads and shafts to refine your gear.

The Golf Fitting Studio (photo by GBNYC)

Two members of the Pete & # 39; s Golf team, Sonny Burgo and Rob Larosa, are available throughout the week to evaluate your equipment and ensure that it is accurately matched to your swing.

I have been working with Pete & # 39; s Golf through the site for a number of years now and have learned a lot about it. They also made me suitable for almost every club in my bag. One thing to note is that their club fitting services are available to non-members. So if you live in the New York Metro region, this is an excellent opportunity to work with one of the best in the industry (you can plan an adjustment by calling GBNYC directly or scheduling online). However, beware; you will never want to leave once you are inside.

All in all

When new members of Golf & Body go through this evaluation, they receive a tailor-made plan to tackle their mobility, fitness, equipment and golf swing. After going through the process with each instructor, a report was prepared on my behalf to show me how they could help my game from multiple angles.

Recently I have been writing more about how I have approached my body more seriously and how it relates to my golf swing. When I am 35, I want to make sure that I keep myself free of injuries and also find ways to improve my game. I have already seen the benefits and meeting the team at GBNYC gave me even more clarity about what to work on. I will be alone, but I can clearly see why members of the facility are enthusiastic about the support they receive.

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By the end of the afternoon I did not want to leave. The whole place is just like a golfer's dream come true. In addition, it was fantastic to talk to each member of the team and learn how to integrate the latest research in their field to help golfers achieve their goals.

You can find more information about Golf & Body NYC here on their website.

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