Episode 002 | Dr Josh Satterlee Talks Golf Fitness

Dr Josh Satterlee Talks Golf Fitness For Older Folks

Major Golf Fitness Issues For Golfers Over 50

We asked Dr Josh Satterlee, from Anthem Fitness what he thought the major issue was for golfers over 50.
He says, after working behind a desk for years and years our muscles just aren’t what they used to be.
We don’t keep moving enough and our muscles start to tighten up. This leads to a loss of distance and consistency. Soreness turns into pain, and pain makes golf a not so fun activity.
Is there a specific spot that effects older players.
In his years of experience working on golf fitness and especially for older golfers, Dr Josh tells us that he see most of the pain coming from the lower back pain, and then the hips and then lastly the shoulders.
He talks about Titleist research from 1995, where players were asked why they don’t play more. The first reason golfers gave was time, the second reason was money, and the third reason was a surprising low back pain.
He’s not able to give you more time or money, but the low back pain is an issue that can be addressed.
In a lot of cases, low back injuries occur because other things have been injured and it starts to put even more pressure on the lower back.
Next to Coming Into Anthem Fitness What Can A Golfer Do?
It really depends on how much time are you willing to invest in your golf fitness and overall health.
If you only have 10 minutes a day to work on your helath, Dr Josh suggests that you start by using a foam roller.
You can Google how to use one and you can use this to help gain flexibility in your legs, thighs, hips and back.
If you’ve got a little more time like 30-60 minutes, he says to still use the foam roller, but add in some other form of exercise to increase flexibility such as yoga.
Two of the stretches that he suggests are the pigeon stretch and the tactical frog.
I make fun of the spelling of pidgeon or pigeon, but when it comes to the “pigeon stretch” it is actually P.I.G.E.O.N.
Pidgeon is old language is probably something I learned growing up in Canada. Who knows. I know the surname Pidgeon from Canada, so I’ve probably been spelling the name of the bird wrong my entire life!
Maybe it has something to do with the us Canadians spelling “colour” and neighbour” like we do as well. That’s probably a French influence.
Ok, ok…I guess I’m the illiterate one! ūüôā
Anyway, using the pigeon stretch is a great way to open up those hips!
Here are the links we promised:
Pigeon stretch or pigeon pose- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQMsyrLowFw
Golf Fitness and The PGA Tour
We asked Dr Josh if it was better fitness or better equipment for the reason behind the distances the PGA tour players are achieving now days?
He believes that they both have their thresh-holds.
You can only play so well with lower end equipment. Eventually you step it up and get better stuff and your game improves.
The same thing holds true for golf fitness. You can only play so well when your body isn’t in the best shape it can be. Once you achieve a certain thresh-hold only increasing the level of your fitness will allow you to play better.
This holds true of equipment, fitness, flexibility and strength.
Most of the better PGA tour players are natural athletes. They can hold their own in many sports. This is testament to developing many different aptitudes of skillset that will allow you to play better.
As with anything there are anomalies, but for the most part this is true. (ie John Daly’s fitness, Jim Furyk’s swing)
Dr Josh touches on something we will address in future episodes, but if you want your kids to be great golfers you should have them playing many sports growing up. This gives them more agility, better core strength and more flexibility.
We’ll discuss this more in a later podcast.
We talk about how Tiger brought golf fitness to the forefront, but tour players have caught up and players such as, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and others now look much more physically fit than ever.
Tour players started to realize that is isn’t a fluke that a guy like Gary Player is still in such great health. He did it with hard work!
They know that body needs to be fit or you will suffer in the long run. You gain resiliency from your body by strengthening it.
It’s not about just being faster or stronger, it’s also about holding up as they spend more time out on tour.
Golf Fitness And The Asian Player Theory
Most Asian players are not what Dr Josh would classify as very strong.
However, from a very early age they practice relentlessly.
There are so many incredible Asian players, but they tend not to see much success or they don’t last very long on the PGA tour. Dr Josh argues that it is because they tear themselves apart before they get to have any success on tour.
Dr Josh uses the example of KJ Choi, who was a Korean powerlifter turned golf pro. He had conditioned his body first and then had and continues to have great success on the PGA tour.
KJ had dedicated himself to first being in the best physical condition he could be in and then was introduced to golf later.
Better Golf Fitness Gives You Options
Then Dr Josh talks about how having better golf fitness gives you better options because it gives you better capabilities.
If you don’t have the flexibility and power, and you can’t move your body in a way that allows you to hit a variety of shots, you are very limited in what you can do on the golf course.
Older players are obviously more patient and think they way around the golf course better than their younger counter-parts, but scores continue to go up as we get older. The obvious reason is fitness.
The more you can increase your strength and flexibility the better you are able to turn back the clock a few years and lower your handicap again.
To Talk About Your Golf Fitness With Anthem Fitness and Dr Josh Satterlee
Phone: 702.558.2151
Website: AnthemFitness.Com

As always my friends…Long and straight!


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