We here at GravityFit have made an exciting signing for 2018. Fresh off a stint working as a trainer on the PGA Tour, Nick Randall has taken up a permanent role with GravityFit, who specialise in Spinal Sports Performance and Rehab, focussing especially on golf. Nick will be developing business opportunities, delivering education and supporting coaches, physios and trainers that are using the equipment in their coaching, training and treatment of golfers.
Nick will be bringing his experience of working at the elite level with Golf Australia and multiple tour players in the US, including Aussie young gun Cam Smith. “I’ve used the GravityFit products for years, ever since they came and delivered seminars at Ramsay McMasters’ symposium and various Golf Australia high performance camps. The message that they delivered made perfect sense to me – stabilise the spine and joints whilst training good posture. The quality of the tools, ease of application and transference to golf movement patterns made it a no brainer to include in my training toolbox.”
Ive been involved in the company for a number of years now, mostly just helping out at the start and providing feedback on the early version of the tools. Last year when I wasn’t on tour, I helped develop the content for the golf coach’s course and started doing some consulting. They are awesome people to work with and so the decision to take a more involved role and spend decent time at home on the sunny coast was an easy one. I travelled for work 26 weeks out of last year, and whilst it was a fun experience, it’s also really nice to be less jet lagged and actually play some golf myself, instead of watching all of the time!”
Nick is most excited about helping to get GravityFit tools and education in the hands of teaching pros around Australia. “I’ve seen first hand how posture and movement patterns improve really quickly using GravityFit. This seems to ring true at the highest level and for the club golfer. Jonas Blixt made huge strides forward in his lumbar core control especially which had a really positive effect on his low back pain. On the flip side, I’ve seen 15 markers with severe mobility restrictions make very quick improvements in their upper back / shoulder rotation by learning to turn more effectively and connect their arms to their body better.”
“From a coaching perspective, it seems to make the whole teaching / learning experience easier and more enjoyable for both parties. We have a long legacy of the physical complementing the technical when it comes to Aussie golf coaching. I would love to help contribute to that relationship moving forward via delivering education either through official courses for PGA members of more informal workshops at golf clubs, with the clientele of the coach in attendance.”
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High Performance programs in Australia has been at the cutting edge of developing golfers for a long time. Successful grads from GA/AIS programs include Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appelby, Brett Rumford, Mark Leishman, and more recently, Minjee Lee, Nathan Holman, Su Oh and Cameron Smith.
One of the elements that the program has always considered to be among the most important is the development of the golfing athlete, and the high performance programs consider it essential to help players become more physically fit, healthy and resilient to injury.
In order to achieve this, the state programs employ the services of physiotherapists and trainers that are always looking to use research based best practice in their treatment and training. With a theoretical history steeped in science combined with equipment designed for practical use in the gym and on the range, Sunshine Coast based GravityFit have formed a natural alliance with the GA HP programs.
Originally conceptualised to help prevent muskulo skeletal injuries in astronauts and the also general population, GravityFit has a very different approach to strengthening the body. Essentially, the principle of GravityFit training is that if we simulate and even ramp up the effect of gravity on our bodies, while aiming for perfect postural control and joint stability in our movements, then we can make our body extremely posturally strong and stable while dramatically reducing our risk of injury. In my experience working in both high performance and club level golf, this method of training also has an extremely effective carry over to golf performance.
Cam Smith warming up using the TPro
Here’s what the trainers, physios and coaches from the state programs are saying about how and why they use GravityFit with their players:
Josh Meyer – Physio, QLD
‘I have found a massive benefit from all the equipment from a rehabilitation, wellness and high performance perspective.’
Matt Green – Physio, NSW
‘I have all of the Golf NSW High Performance Squad using thoracic Pros and it’s working well with the team.’
Matt Green in the Precision Athletica golf training studio
Ryan Lumsden – Biomechanist, SA
“The TPro is a great tool for training players and helping them understand how to rotate correctly.”
Dean Kinney – NSW Head Coach
“Golf NSW High Performance athletes use gravity fit equipment in every training session. Not only does it help them stay on top of their postural keys, it really gives them great feels of correct engagement of the correct muscles through rotation in their golf swing drills. We find it’s use imperative.”
NSW squad doing postural training on unstable surface
Grant Field – Golf QLD Head Coach
“We use the GravityFit TPro to help the players set the body structure in good posture and create a better sense of arm-body connection. This enables them to move more efficiently throughout the swing. We also use it for warm ups both in their practise and prior to play.”
DeeDee Russell training posture and patterns.
You shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that it’s only for elite players though; I actually believe the recreational golfer has more to gain from using this equipment and type of training. Whilst I’ve seen very positive effects for players like Cam Smith, the biggest gains have been with both juniors and golfers of advancing years. Juniors really benefit from the postural training, getting this nailed early really seems to set good habits that transfer into their game as they grow and develop. As for the more mature golfer, learning how to rotate efficiently and re-discover good golfing posture makes a dramatic difference to the way they move in their swing.
To find out more about GravityFit and what they can do for your body and game, check out the website – www.gravityfit.com.
Please click through to find an article from Inside Golf magazine on how to protect your lower back from injury using the Core Awareness Belt and the Telme buzzer
Click through to read another great article from Nick Randall, this time about using the TPro in your golf setup, to ensure you are using the right golf posture every time.
Click below to read a great article from Nick Randall on how to use the TPro to help with your takeaway – and important part of the swing that is often over looked.
Another great article from GravityFit Ambassador Nick Randall – click here to read part 1 of the article
In the follow up to his frst article, GravityFit Ambassador Nick Randall continues explaining the importance of shoulder stability in golf.