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Golf fitness for junior golfers

Golf Fitness for Junior Golfers

I receive many questions about the junior golfer and golf fitness programs. The questions are on a number of different topics, but they generally fall into three or four different categories. Typically the questions are; at what should a junior golfer begin utilizing golf fitness exercises, how often should a junior golfer implement golf fitness exercises, and finally what are the best golf fitness exercises for the junior golfer? Typically this last question is the most commonly asked question. This article is intended to provide some answers to the question; what are the best golf fitness exercises for the junior golfer?

First and foremost golf fitness exercises can be of great benefit to the junior golfer provided a few principles are adhered to in the development of such a golf fitness program. We are obviously aware certain exercises are beneficial to the golfer and others are not. Keep in mind regardless if you are a junior, professional, or senior the exercises within your golf fitness program should center upon developing the body around the golf swing.

This single principle indicates certain exercises are of greater benefit to the golfer than others. Generally speaking, the exercises should focus on developing your body to the positions, movements, and physical requirements of the golf swing. This equates to exercises developing the required flexibility, balance, endurance, strength, and power required of the golf swing. For example, we are fully aware the golf swing requires you to make a full shoulder turn. A portion of the ability to make a full shoulder turn is contingent upon the golfer’s flexibility (regardless of if you are a junior golfer or not). If you are lacking flexibility the ability to make a full shoulder turn, the golf swing will be compromised, and compensations may set into your golf swing. That being said, a portion of your golf fitness exercises, specifically your golf flexibility exercises will focus on developing a full and effortless shoulder turn.

The junior golfer is really no different than golfers of a different age when it comes to the basic principles of a golf fitness program. The goal of the golf fitness program is the same, and the physical components of the body to be developed are the same. The goal of the golf fitness program is to develop your body around the golf swing in order to create a more powerful, consistent, and accurate golf swing.

The difference for the junior golfer comes down to what are the best exercises within each of these categories. Typically the junior golfer is not as physically developed as an adult thus changing the exercise prescriptions that are best for them. Meaning, the categories to develop within the body for the golf swing are the same as the adult golfer, but modifications in certain exercises are required to counteract the physical development of the junior golfer.

Typically flexibility exercises for the junior golfer can be the exact same as for any other age golfer. Generally speaking, flexibility training is often much easier for the junior golfer to perform because muscles and connective tissues tend to be more flexible when we are young.

Progressing to balance exercises. Often the junior golfer is not as kinesthetically developed as an adult. Their bodies, control of the limbs, and knowing where the body is in space tends to be less developed at younger ages. For this reason we must modify some of the balance exercises to a lower level of difficulty. For example, a junior golfer may have difficulty performing an advanced airplane rotation found in my golf fitness book. As a result a modification may be required in the exercise. The adjustment could consist of keeping the junior golfer using the basic airplane rotation and adding more repetitions to increase the difficulty.

Another adjustment is usually required for the endurance, strength, and power exercises for the junior golfer. Golf fitness exercises found within these categories of training are geared towards increasing muscular strength, endurance, and power. In order to improve these components of the muscles in anyone (junior golfer included) we must overload the body with a higher workload than it is accustomed too. For example, if you were a bodybuilder and wanted get bigger biceps. You may choose to perform bicep dumbbells curls with a 50 lb. dumbbell. In the beginning this exercise may be very difficult to perform. The reason is the 50 lb. dumbbell is overloading your bicep. Over time the bicep gets stronger and the 50 lb. dumbbell gets easier to lift. This is an example of how to overload the muscles of your body to get stronger.

Many of these exercises to develop increased strength, endurance, and power can require the use of external resistance: In the form of dumbbells, elastic tubing, medicine balls, etc. The mistake with junior golfers is externally loading these exercises too much. For example, using to heavy of dumbbells for a certain exercises. The result is a compromise in form and loss of benefit from the exercise. For this reason, I have found it best for the junior golfer to use their body weight as resistance first. Then slowly progress to adding external resistance in the form of tubing, medicine balls, etc…

This format allows the junior golfer to progress in the development of their bodies for the golf swing properly. It allows them to focus on exercise technique and execution rather than the amount of weight lifted.

To recap, modifications for the junior golfer in terms of their program is required. It is a simple process if they are not overloaded with resistance or difficulty of exercise. The goal for the junior golfer is the same as any other golfer; develop the body around the golf swing. The physical components to be developed by a golf fitness program are again the same; flexibility, balance, strength, endurance, and power. The difference for the junior golfer lies within the implementation of the exercises within these categories in the golf fitness program.

Sean Cochran

Land battle guide for napoleon total war section four

Land Battle Guide For Napoleon Total War Section Four

In previous three sections we have learned how to use any type of infantrymen in good way and efficiently. Now any other player or especially the artificial intelligence shall fear our tactics and strength that we field on battle! Let us do a quick remainder about the tactics for each type of infantry. Well line infantry are the most basic style of infantry which you only need to ensure that they lesser ranks in order to get full salvo from more of their units, for that you need space. Light infantry, which are also called as our skirmishers are extreme gunmen, for what which you need to make sure that they do have even more space than the line infantry units. They may go from way ahead of the line infantries, attack from far range than the enemy forces, and retreat, harming them this way. Or could actually deploy stakes and behave as real light infantry where they defend against bullets to a matrix degree, and prevent any cavalrymen from charging them directly. And the elite infantries can also be called elite line infantries which for you can kill the enemy with attrition without fighting them, and use your fire and advance drill, or even maybe luring them into close range, if you have superior melee abilities of course, and attack them in melee. It is time that we have learned a new style of unit. Which are, to start with, the missile cavalry.

Missile cavalry in Napoleonic Total War are actually able to fire when on move. This is an addition which is quite realistic, and also not so like what things were in Empire Total War, where all the missile cavalry needed to stop by, pick targets to shoot. That was quite stupid since a gun can even be fired accidentally on horseback, how come they are not able to fire? However, in Napoleon Total War, they are able to fire, but only in a slower rate, and they have less chances of hitting the target, therefore they have their precision and accuracy lowered. Considering that it require intense skill to be firing a musket that hits the target all the time, this too, is quite realistic. And also that, as all muskets present are muzzle loading muskets that require a new bullet to be inserted and gunpowder pressed on it again, it should take considerable time to reload these muskets. And when you are on horseback, which does not let you set your arm high stable enough to press the gunpowder, it should take even more time. Which evens the things out for missile cavalry.

If only missile cavalry had longer range i wish. That way, they would be intensively accurate units on land battles. With their even range compared to other line infantries, the only tactic you can do with them about shooting on horseback is that of, wandering close around the enemy at all times. And when they are confused, most likely reforming their ranks or moving from right to left or something like that, you should close up and deliver your deadly salvo on them.

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Things to consider before enrolling your kids into martial arts classes

Things to Consider Before Enrolling Your Kids Into Martial Arts Classes

A lot of young people become interested in the martial arts at an early age. Parents should encourage this interest. The advantages of enrolling kids into classes include an improved self-esteem, fewer disciplinary issues, and important physical fitness. Taekwondo, karate, judo, and kung fu are just a few of the many popular styles from which to choose.

Before signing up your child to a local studio, it’s worth considering a few important factors. For example, you’ll want to consider cost, your child’s age, and whether you should sign a long-term contract. In this article, we’ll explore each of these factors to help you choose a suitable martial arts class for your son or daughter.

Non-Tuition Expenses

The tuition you’ll pay to enroll your children is the upfront investment. Besides the tuition, there are additional costs to think about. For example, your son or daughter will likely need to have their own uniform in order to participate in the sessions. Keep in mind that you’ll need to purchase replacement uniforms as your child grows older.

Also, if the dojo provides sparring, you’ll need to purchase a few pieces of protective equipment (headgear, pads, etc.) for your children. Like uniforms, your son or daughter will eventually outgrow the equipment; they’ll need replacements.

Finally, if your child wants to participate in tournaments, you’ll need to consider registration fees and traveling expenses. If the tournaments are local, this may not represent a substantial investment.

Your Child’s Age

Some martial arts schools refuse to train anyone under 10 years of age. Other studios will be happy to train your children if they’re at least 4. As a general rule of thumb, your son or daughter can safely participate in martial arts at age 6. The important thing is that the school have separate classes for older kids. When you and your child visit a few dojos, ask the instructors to clarify at what ages the children are allowed to participate in the classes.

Long-Term Contracts

There are many commercial studios that require parents to sign long-term contracts in order to enroll their children. From the dojo’s perspective, having this requirement ensures that revenue comes in. On the other hand, many schools have had to make concessions in order to motivate parents to sign. For example, the instructors might promise an accelerated ranking program for the kids.

It is impossible to say that you definitely should or should not sign a long-term contract. The most important factor is the studio’s philosophy when training children. Martial arts tends to be a lifelong pursuit. Students enjoy a host of benefits aside from simply earning a black belt. An accelerated ranking system is not nearly as important as what the training can offer your child. Before signing a contract, you’ll should have a clear understanding of the dojo’s philosophy and quality.

Making A Wise Decision

Martial arts classes can be a fantastic vehicle for your son or daughter’s personal development. As noted, exposure to the training goes much further than simply learning techniques. The instruction teaches personal refinement and self-control. It provides focus and discipline for kids. It strengthens both their mind and body, and offers improved agility and coordination.

That said, selecting the right martial arts school for your children requires thought and research. You’ll need to consider factors such as the ongoing costs, your child’s age, signing contracts, and the dojo’s philosophy. You should also let your child contribute to the decision.

The list above is not meant to make the choice of selecting a studio easier. Rather, it should trigger a few questions for which you should have answers before enrolling your son or daughter into martial arts classes.