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RecruitPKB Perform: 5 Golf Fitness Myths

This article is part of a guest series to the RecruitPKB "Complete Golfer" program by Chris Finn, MSPT, CSCS, owner of Par4Success in Cary, North Carolina. 1. I'm not a football player, I don’t need to weight train? The golf swing is a fast, explosive, and powerful motion. Power is an application of force. You need to have force to be able to apply it. Force is developed by gaining strength. In fact, the stronger and more powerful you are, the less work each swing requires, the longer you can play and continue to hit the ball with as much power on the 18th as on the 1st.The best gains in distance we have seen have come from players who increase strength in big athletic golf movement patterns such as squats, deadlifts, and clean variations. Becoming a fast, explosive athlete should be a priority for any junior [...]

RecruitPKB Perform: 5 Golf Fitness Questions for the Off-Season to Play at a High Level

This article is part of a guest series to the RecruitPKB "Complete Golfer" program by Chris Finn, MSPT, CSCS, owner of Par4Success in Cary, North Carolina. Why is offseason training important? For any athlete, off season training is vital to improving year after year.  This is prime time to make strength, speed and performance changes.   If you need to build muscle, speed, power or improve flexibility, the off season is the time to make that a priority.  For Golf there really is not a true "off season". The best time to make serious gains will be in the winter, when you are still playing, but can afford to make training a priority. Who should do offseason training? Everyone.  The priorities will be different but every golfer, to some degree, should train during the offseason.  For younger players this could be as simple as general athletic development and [...]

RecruitPKB: Love Yourself

As I am sure everyone was aware, this past week was all about LOVE! And while Valentine's Day is more about showing your love to others, I wanted to take the chance to remind you about the importance of loving yourself but also possessing the willingness to become a better version of who you are.  There is no doubt that you have to love who you are, some days may be harder than others to do this, but you must find the power to still love who you are at the end of the day. With that being said, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be a better version of who YOU are and what you want with your life. It should actually be a priority!!   Maturity and discipline are two things I have always struggled with in my life, not that there is anything [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:43+00:00 February 16th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Dress the Part

Through my 28+ years of playing golf, I have certainly seen golf fashion change drastically over time, especially for females. As junior golfers, we did not have many options for cute clothing on the golf course. I can remember wearing long Duck Head shorts and baggy collared shirts for most of my childhood. I will admit that I was quite the tomboy growing up but the options were still very limited to look cute and trendy on the golf course. Even in college, golf skirts/skorts were just becoming a fashion trend. Obviously, times have changed and so has fashion on the golf course. From a college recruiting perspective, how you dress on the golf course can play a factor in whether a coach recruits you or not. It would be one of the small factors, but it is still something to be aware of as you proceed [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:43+00:00 February 8th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Bring on 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, holiday season, and a Happy New Year. I know I sure did! I was able to spend a lot of time with my families and friends, ate way too much good food and relaxed a bit as the year came to a close. I am really excited about 2017 and what is in store for PKBGT and RecruitPKB.   As we kick this year off, I wanted to give the opportunity for you to send me some questions and thoughts on topics you would like for me to cover in my articles, webinars, and seminars. These can be specific to college recruiting or more general in regards to player development, junior golf, female athletes, etc. You can email your thoughts and questions to me at bjackson@pkbgt.org. Right now, we are working on updating our RecruitPKB packages for this year to [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:43+00:00 January 11th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB Perform: Junior Golf Back Pain

This article is part of guest series to the RecruitPKB "Complete Golfer" program by Chris Finn, MSPT, CSCS, owner of Par4Success in Cary, North Carolina.  --- The most common injury in golf is back pain, accounting for over 35% of all injuries sustained in the sport.  These are the numbers for adult golfers.  There have not been any studies on the frequency in junior golfers, but based on the fact that whenever I ask a large group of junior golfers to raise their hands if they have had back pain when playing golf and about 60-70% raise their hands, I am guessing the number might be higher in juniors. The number of 10-14 year olds who seek out therapy for their back pain related to golf is both frightening and 100% preventable.  Last month I wrote about the great strides that have been made in the world [...]

RecruitPKB: Discipline, Plan and Commitment

The drive time in my car is usually my chance to brainstorm with a clear head. This past week while I was driving back from spending Thanksgiving in Charleston I had a few thoughts pop into my head that I wanted to share. I posted this on my social media but for those that don't follow me here is what I feel like are some key things to remember in order to find success both on and off the golf course. "If you have more discipline than desire, If you create a plan instead of goals, If you focus on commitment more than effort, Then you will create results instead of dreams" For me, I had a dream to play on the LPGA Tour from the time I was 7 playing in my first golf tournaments. Yes, I had the desire, I put in the effort and [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:44+00:00 November 30th, 2016|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Happy Thanksgiving

As we head into the holiday week I want to say a quick Happy Thanksgiving to all the PKB members. I am very grateful for the privilege to work with the PKB, it's staff and the families of the PKB. It's been an awesome 4 years of this partnership and I look forward to many more years of advising and consulting the girls on the college recruiting process. The last couple of weeks I asked some of the PKB members what they are most thankful for this time of year so I wanted to share what they had to say. "I'm thankful for the support from my family and coaches" - Channing Hensley "I'm thankful for my family and everything the do for me." - Gracyn Burgess "I am thankful my family and all of the friendships and opportunities that golf has provided" - Hailey Joy "I'm thankful [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:44+00:00 November 20th, 2016|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments