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Best Golf Balance Exercises | GOLFFOREVER

Balance plays a key role in the game of golf. Having good balance will enable a stronger swing and improve your game. Here we show you some exercises you can do at home that will improve your balance. #golfforever

Generally speaking, balance is the most under-trained aspect within most golf training programs. But as you surely understand – balance is perhaps the most fundamental element of your golf swing.

People tend to think a loss of balance is an unwanted side effect of aging. It’s true—like so many things related to our bodies—balance does diminish with age… but only if not practiced.

Here’s the encouraging news: balance WILL improve when practiced regularly – and doing so will pay dividends on the course. 

Generating maximum power and consistency in your golf swing requires that all of the body’s systems related to balance work together: your vestibular system (inner ear), proprioceptive system (cells found in ligaments and joints that tell your brain where your limbs are in space), muscular system, and visual system. It’s important to challenge these systems individually and together.

The best way to do this? Practicing simple balance drills on a regular basis. The following video contains several simple movements and exercises that you can do anywhere with just a golf club. These balance moves train all four systems to improve your balance in golf-specific ways. As an added benefit, nearly all of these exercises serve a dual purpose of also improving flexibility in the hips, rotational coordination, and core muscle activation.

As we say at GolfForever, change comes with commitment. A little bit of balance work a few times a week will go a long way toward enabling you to Play Without Limits!

Jeremy James, DC, CSCS

Founder of GOLFFOREVER

Co-Author, The Younger Next Year Back Book. Golf-performance and pain specialist to PGA pros, Fortune 500 CEOs and thousands of everyday golfers

PGA Member Rich Steinmetz Leads 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open

Macungie, Pa. (July 11, 2022) — Philadelphia PGA Member Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., leads the Golf Association of Lehigh Valley’s 2022 Lehigh Valley Open at Brookside Country Club by three strokes, following his 3-under-par opening round of 68.

It was the first time seeing the Brookside layout for many of the PGA Professionals in the field as this is the first new host site for the GALV Lehigh Valley Open since 2009. The Section did host its Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship at Brookside in 1968, won by Stan Dudas. Between the steady breeze and the difficult greens, most scores remained near par or over.

Steinmetz, however, managed to make four birdies and only one bogey in his opening round, placing him three strokes ahead of Alex Willey, Burlington C.C.; Jeff Fick, Moselem Springs G.C.; and Travis Deibert, Doylestown C.C. Four players are tied for third, four back: Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C.; Trevor Bensel, Sandy Run C.C.; and amateur Jake Haberstumpf, Bethlehem, Pa.; and Rocco Sgrillo, John F. Byrne G.C.

In the race for Low Amateur honors, Haberstumpf leads the way by two strokes over Zach Fischl, Bethelem, Pa.; and Michael Ashcraft, Freemansbirg, Pa. Scott Kalamar, Bethlehem, Pa.; is in solo fourth place at 5-over-par. Three amateurs are tied for fifth place at 6-over-par.

Brian Kelly leads the Senior Division at 1-over-par, one clear of Applebrook G.C.’s Dave McNabb; Hugo Mazzalupi, Linfield National G.C.; and George Forster, Radnor Valley C.C. John Pillar, C.C. of Woodloch Springs, is in fifth at 3-over-par.

The Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Bill Sautter leads the Super Seniors following his 3-over-par round of 74. PGA Life Member Michael Versuk is six behind Sautter.

The 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open’s final round is scheduled to conclude tomorrow, July 12.to Due to the weather forecast for tomorrow’s final round, starting times will be moved to 8:30-10:10 a.m., with a two-tee start.

The 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open, a Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament, is supported by the Golf Association of Lehigh ValleyJani-King, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our host, Brookside Country Club, its members, management, host PGA Professionals, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 GALV Lehigh Valley Open leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament on the schedule is the Doylestown Open on Friday, July 29 at Doylestown Country Club. The Doylestown Open is also the final Silvercrest Cup qualifier prior to the final in September.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

GOLFFOREVER FITNESS TIP: Pre Round Golf Warmup Standing Up

Here is a simple pre-round golf warmup you can do standing up. This is a quick 8 minute warmup that you can do anywhere. 

 

Warming up before your round – along with committing to a golf-specific fitness routine – is critical to maximize your performance and to stay healthy on and off the course. This goes beyond simply grinding through a bucket of range balls 10 minutes before your tee time. A good pre-round warmup is 5-10 minutes of moves and stretches that prepare your body for the unique demands of the golf swing. The goals of your warmup should be the following: 

 

Engage the Right Muscles Believe it or not, it’s possible to do almost any movement (including the golf swing) using only some of the muscles designed for that particular movement. That’s why it’s important to practice exercises that boot the neurologic system and wake up the crucial muscles for the golf swing. The muscles in our backside – the gluteal muscles – can especially need “waking up” if you’ve been sitting at work all day. A failure to engage the posterior chain can result in a weak, injury prone swing. 

Increase Mobility and Flexibility in the hips, thoracic spine and shoulders. To avoid injury and maximize your swing range of motion, it’s important to go through golf-specific mobility drills in a careful, controlled manner before doing it in a fast, dynamic manner. For example, a lack of mobility in the upper back (thoracic spine) is one of the main causes of lower back injury in golfers. This is due to over-rotation through the lower spine to compensate for the inability to move the upper back and shoulders during backswing and follow through. 

Rev up your Balance System Being able to stay balanced in your posture while generating high speed rotational force is an important skill to play consistently good  golf. The systems in our body that control balance – the vestibular, visual and proprioceptive systems – work better when challenged regularly, even right before tee time. 

A quick pre-round warmup can achieve all of these benefits which will  dramatically improve your performance on the course while decreasing your chances for pain and injury. 

Jeremy James, DC, CSCS

Founder of GOLFFOREVER

Co-Author, The Younger Next Year Back Book. Golf-performance and pain specialist to PGA pros, Fortune 500 CEOs and thousands of everyday golfers

Steinmetz Leads 2022 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac

Medford, N.J. (June 13, 2022) — Rich Steinmetz, PGA, of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., leads the 2022 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac at Medford Village Country Club by one stroke over Greg Farrow, PGA, of Deerwood Country Club in Mount Holly, N.J, and Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. The championship is also supported by Golf Channel and Jani-King. The top six finishers following tomorrow’s final round will advance to the 34th Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Golf Clubs in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., on October 13-16.

Eric Kennedy of Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, Pa., and Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., are tied for fourth place, two behind Steinmetz, going into the final round. Eight PGA Members are currently tied for sixth place.

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The Shore Club’s Marjorie Jones, PGA, leads the Super Senior Division by six strokes over Patrick Keefe, Frog Hollow G.C., and seven strokes over Joe Ambrose, Saucon Valley C.C., following her 3-over-par round of 75.

One of the highlights from the first round came from Brendon Post, when he recorded a double eagle on the 490-yard par-5 fifth hole. Post used a 3-wood from 228 yards to make his second career albatross. Congratulations, Brendon!
The final round is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 14 at Medford Village C.C.

The top 35 finishers in the 34th Senior PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac will earn a spot in the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2023, on PGA Frisco’s Fields Ranch East course in Frisco, Texas.

The 2022 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, and supported by Golf Channel, and Jani-King. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, Medford Village C.C., its membership, management, staff, and host PGA Professional staff, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

To view the full 2022 Philadelphia PGA Professional Championship Presented by Cadillac leaderboard, click here.

The next Philadelphia PGA Rolex / The Haverford Trust Company Player of the Year tournament is the Conestoga Classic on June 20 at Conestoga C.C. The Conestoga Classic is also a Silvercrest Cup qualifying event. Beginning this season, the Silvercrest Cup series will include four qualifying events for Philadelphia PGA Professionals, and will culminate in a $30,000 Silvercrest Cup final, hosted at Gulph Mills Golf Club in King of Prussia, Pa. For more information on the season-long race to the Silvercrest Cup, click here.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Golf Industry Job Fair Scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at Green Valley C.C.

The Philadelphia PGA Section invites you to join us for a golf industry job fair on Saturday, March 12, at Green Valley Country Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa., from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and again at 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.

This event will feature all job types (full-time, part-time, seasonal, PGA Professionals, indoor and outdoor golf operations, food & beverage, grounds and maintenance, administrative, etc.) at golf facilities across the Philadelphia PGA Section (central and eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware). There is no cost to attend. \

Click Here to Register for the Job Fair

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com

Recap: Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship Day Two

Hellertown, Pa. (October 6, 2021) — The semifinal matches have been set in the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship at the Steel Club. Bettering a field of 47 players, the final four PGA Professionals have earned their way to Thursday, and include: No. 16 seed Eric Kennedy of Overbrook G.C. in Villanova, Pa.; No. 13 seed Andrew Turner of Berkshire C.C. in Reading, Pa.; No. 2 seed Zac Oakley of Bidermann Golf Club in Wilmington, Del.; and No. 6 seed Dave McNabb of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa.

Semifinal Matches
(16) Eric Kennedy v. (13) Andrew Turner

(2) Zac Oakley v. (6) Dave McNabb

Overbrook’s PGA Head Professional Eric Kennedy won the Dick Smith Sr. bracket with an upset; he started his day on Wednesday by bettering his own PGA Assistant Professional, defending champion, and No. 1 seed Trevor Bensel 1 up. Kennedy rode that momentum into his quarterfinal match against No. 8 seed Brian Kelly of Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa., winning 3 and 1. Kelly had previously won his morning match against No. 9 seed Dave Quinn of Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, N.J., 5 and 4.

Andrew Turner punched his ticket to the semifinals by topping 5 seed Ashley Grier 2 and 1, which also made him the Art Wall Jr. bracket champion. Turner also upset a four seed in Sunnybrook Golf Club’s Brett Walker, winning their morning match 3 and 2. Grier advanced to the quarterfinals Wednesday morning via her 2 and 1 victory against 44 seed Rocco Sgrillo of Blue Bell (Pa.) Country Club.

In the Ed Dougherty bracket, 2019 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Champion Zac Oakley finished his morning match early, defeating 18 seed Eddie Perino of Eagle Rock Resort in Hazle Township, Pa., 6 and 5. He continued his solid play in the quarterfinals against seven seed Brian Bergstol of Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee on Delaware, Pa., winning 3 and 2. Bergstol reached the quarterfinals by beating 10 seed Rich Steinmetz of Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, Pa., 3 and 2.

Applebrook’s PGA Head Professional Dave McNabb came through with another upset, bettering Bidermann Golf Club’s Braden Shattuck, a three seed, 1 up, following his 5 and 3 victory over Andrew Cornish of Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, Pa., in the Henry Williams bracket. Shattuck defeated 19 Mike Moses of Concord Country Club in West Chester, Pa., 2 up.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship bracket, click here.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship is supported by Rolex, Scott & Karen Hutchinson and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, the Steel Club, its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Recap: Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship Opening Rounds

Hellertown, Pa. (October 5, 2021) — Forty-seven PGA Professionals competed in the opening two rounds of the 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship today at the Steel Club. The 16 remaining PGA Professionals will continue their play tomorrow, Wed., Oct. 6, with the semi-finals and final match taking place on Thurs., Oct. 7.

To view the full 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship bracket, click here.

Dick Smith Sr. Bracket

In the Dick Smith Sr. bracket, defending champion and No. 1 seed Trevor Bensel, Overbrook G.C., won his match against No. 32 Danie Steyn, Julian Krinsky School of Golf, in 19 holes after his opening round bye. Steyn defeated No. 33 Kevin Edwards, Olde Homestead G.C., in 22 holes in the opening round. Bensel will play No. 16 Eric Kennedy in the third round, following Kennedy’s 2 and 1 victory over No. 17 George Forster. Kennedy and Forster both received byes in the first round.

No. 8 Brian Kelly, Bucknell G.C., will play No. 9 Dave Quinn in the third round following their 3 and 2 wins against No. 25 Nick Iacono, Chester Valley G.C., and No. 24 Kyle Early, Waynesborough C.C., respectively. Iacono defeated Tony Shields, Union League Liberty Hill, 4 and 3 in the opening round, while Early beat No. 41 Michael Ladden, Whitford C.C., 1 up.

Art Wall Jr. Bracket

No. 1 seed Brett Walker, Sunnybrook G.C., will face off against No. 13 Andrew Turner, Berkshire C.C., in the third round following their victories against No. 29 Dave Fields, Brookside C.C., 3 and 2; and No. 20 Ross Brown, Fox Hill C.C., 1 up. Fields overtook No. 36 Rick Flesher, Lehigh C.C., 2 and 1 in the first round; Walker had a bye. Brown beat Bryan Saxon, Lehigh C.C., 2 and 1 in the opening round, while Turner had a bye.

After her opening round bye, No. 5 Ashley Grier, Overbrook G.C., defeated No. 28 Casey O’Reilly, Sandy Run C.C., 5 and 3, and will face No. 44 Rocco Sgrillo, Blue Bell C.C., in the third round. O’Reilly beat No. 37 Greg Gipp, Phoenixville C.C., 1 up in his opening match, while Sgrillo beat No. 12 Terry Hertzog, Merion G.C., over 19 holes in the second round following his opening bye.

Ed Dougherty Bracket

No. 2 seed Zac Oakley, Bidermann G.C., will play No. 18 Eddie Perino, Eagle Rock Resort, tomorrow morning. Oakley received a bye in the first round and topped No. 31 Dustin McCormick, Glen Brook G.C., 3 and 2 in round two. McCormick beat no. 34 Travis Deibert, Doylestown C.C., in round one, 2 up. Perrino, who benefited from a first round bye, took out Dustin Wallis, Honey Run G.C., 8 and 7.

Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort’s Brian Bergstol, a No. 7 seed, will face No. 10 Rich Steinmetz, Spring Ford C.C., tomorrow after his match was conceded on the 11th hole by No. 26 Steve Sieracki, Woodcrest C.C. Sieracki first defeated No. 39 Kevin Rossi, Lookaway G.C., 2 up; Steinmetz had a first round bye, but beat No. 23 Andy Watters, Talamore C.C., 5 and 4. Watters topped No. 42 George Frake, Moorestown Field Club, 5 and 4 in the opening round.

Henry Williams Bracket

In the Henry Williams bracket, No. 3 Braden Shattuck, Bidermann G.C., and No. 19 Mike Moses, Concord C.C., will play against each other in the morning following their victories over No. 35 Matt Finger, 4 and 2, and No. 14 Dave Pagett, Whitemarsh Valley C.C., 3 and 1, respectively. Finger beat No. 30 Bob Hennefer, Laurel Creek C.C., 4 and 2. Pagett received a bye in the first round, while Moses took out No. 46 Joe Ambrose, Saucon Valley C.C., 7 and 6.

No, 6 Dave McNabb, Applebrook G.C., will meet No, 43 Andrew Cornish in the morning after he beat No. 38 Andrew Geesey, Regents’ Glen C.C., 2 and 1 in the second round. Geesey No. 27 Bill Smith, Berkleigh G.C., 2 and 1 in round one. Cornish finished 1 up over both No. 11 Mike Furey, Saucon Valley C.C., in the second round, and No. 22 John Spina, Philadelphia Cricket Club, in the opening round.

The 2021 Philadelphia PGA Match Play Championship is supported by Rolex and Scott & Karen Hutchinson. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank our partners, the Steel Club, its membership, management, and host PGA Professionals, and staff, as the event would not be possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, mfrey@pgahq.com

Dave McNabb Leads 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship

Shavertown, Pa. (September 14, 2021) — Dave McNabb, PGA, of Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, Pa., leads the 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship at Huntsville Golf Club by two strokes over Brian Kelly, PGA, of Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa. George Forster of Villanova, Pa., is in third place at 2-under-par. The championship is presented by Cadillac, and is supported by Golf Channel, John Deere, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The top six finishers following tomorrow’s final round will advance to the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship presented by Cadillac at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on October 21-24. McNabb won this championship in 2018 at White Manor C.C.

Eddie Perrino, Eagle Rock Resort; and Bill Sautter, Philadelphia Cricket Club; finished their rounds at 1-under-par, in a tie for fourth place. John Cooper, Green Valley C.C.; Hugo Mazzalupi, Patriots Glen National G.C.; and John Appleget, Indian Spring C.C.; find themselves five behind McNabb, while 2017  champion Dave Quinn, Laurel Creek C.C.; Terry Hatch, Royal Oaks G.C.; and two-time defending champion John Pillar, C.C. of Woodloch Springs; rounded out the top 10 at 1-over-par.

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PGA Life Member Don DeAngelis shot his age, 69, to build a commanding lead in the Super Senior Division at 3-under-par. Marjorie Jones, Shore Club, finished at 4-over-par, while James MacFarlane, Camden County Golf Academy is at 9-over-par headed into the final round.

The final round is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 14, at Huntsville G.C.

The top 35 finishers in the 2021 Senior PGA Professional Championship will earn a spot in the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Professional Championship, scheduled to be played May 2022, at Harbor Shores Resort in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The 2021 Philadelphia Senior PGA Professional Championship is presented by Cadillac, and is supported by Golf Channel, John Deere, Ohana Farm LLC, and the PGA Tour. The Philadelphia PGA Section and its PGA Professionals thank Huntsville G.C., its membership, management, and staff, as well as our partners, as the event would not have been possible without their support.

About the Philadelphia PGA Section
The Philadelphia PGA Section, covering eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, is one of 41 geographical managing entities of the PGA of America. This Section manages nearly 900 PGA Members and Associates who are employed at over 590 golf facilities in our region.

Contact: Matt Frey, PGA, Communications Director, Philadelphia PGA Section, mfrey@pgahq.com