Solutions for a better, more fluid golf swing
APRIL 2015 – Although I played pro baseball for 16 seasons, including for the Kansas City Royals, my real love in high school and college was golf. I sometimes wonder what might have happened if my life had gravitated towards playing competitive golf instead of baseball.
I was drawn more to golf than baseball because it was more of an individual performance rather than a team performance. Unlike golf, in baseball there are umpires, pitchers and managers who can have a direct adverse effect on the outcome of your performance. In golf, it is simply you, your clubs, the course and the weather.
The golf swing and baseball swing have several similarities. Both swings require the right set up, eyes on the ball, a consistent tempo, minimal head movement, and proper weight shift and follow through. A major difference is in the amount of time between shots or swings.
Golfers have several minutes between shots to think about the next swing or putt. Baseball players are required to make swing decisions (or fielding decisions) in a split second. A 90 miles per hour fastball arrives quickly to the plate. Regardless, playing competitive golf or baseball requires a high level of mental concentration and constant communication between the brain and muscles.
Hitting a golf ball or a baseball square is mentally and physically demanding. Both swings require a certain amount of “muscle memory” to make the necessary body movements to do what is required to hit the ball square at impact.
It is necessary, especially in golf, to do a quick mental “cleansing” after each poor shot or swing. This relationship between the brain and muscles is all controlled by neurotransmitters.
Everything that happens in your brain, every memory, every thought, every emotion, every innovation, every “wow, that’s great!” is a result of the release of neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are natural substances made by nerve cells in your brain made from food in your diet that transmit messages from one nerve cell to another across the synapse that divides them. There is a very good chance even if you have a good diet; you’re not getting the optimum amount of the raw materials that your brain can use to make neurotransmitters
Athletes who can get faster muscle recovery have a better chance to succeed at their chosen sport. Muscle Memory™, a Life Priority product, can be used prior to exercise (like the repetitious hitting of a golf ball or baseball), to help promote muscle endurance and quicker muscle recovery after exercise. The “miracle molecule,” nitric oxide, generated from using Muscle Memory, improves heart health, energy levels and impacts every cell, tissue and organ in your body.
Joint inflammation can really hinder optimal performance in golf and baseball. To ease joint pain and inflammation many athletes use a dietary supplement, glucosamine. I have personally been using glucosamine since 1996.
Glucosamine is the main building block to keep cartilage healthy. The late Sam Snead, who won a record 82 PGA events, a famous pro golfer, said when he played well his joints felt “oily.” For a more oily golf or baseball swing, I invite you to consider Life Priority’s Joint Decision™ and Total Joint Complex™.
Whether you are trying to perfect the art of hitting any ball, do not neglect the three most important areas of your swing – your brain, muscles and joints.
Article by Greg Pryor. To discuss your sport, your diet or to get more info on neurotransmitters, please contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org.