Brooks Koepka hits his tee shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on August 6, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America
As a coach I have always embraced an “athletes first” mentality, there are very few sports in this world that require early specialization, and golf is certainly not one of them. I still have the picture burned in my brain of Brooks doing leg day on the Sunday morning of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. I can still remember thinking I had never seen a professional golfer doing that before, but the game has evolved. This game of skill is a lot easier when you hit the ball far. I would tell my everyday golfers that being athletic and having coordination is a basis of being a good golfer. If you have a problem throwing and catching a ball, it is just as essential for you to work on functional movement patterns and physical literacy just like you would practice chipping and putting. The ability to control your body will make golf easier and more fun for anyone who plays. - PGA Coach Brian Phelps
Director of Instruction & Player Development
Avon , CT
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