What I’m Thankful For In Golf

What I’m Thankful For In Golf

Ha Bui Golf Fitness Training
I’ve been in the fitness industry for 14 years, and have spent the last 3 years focusing more on training golfers at Gaillardia Golf and Country Club in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I’ve been an athlete playing multiple sports for almost all my life and I’ve discovered that golf can be one of the hardest games to pick up for most athletes. When I first encountered hitting a golf ball about 3 years ago, I quickly discovered that if you try to muscle and smack the golf ball as hard as you can, then you will end up whiffing the ball or plowing the your club head into the ground multiple times. After going out to the range trying to master the art of hitting a golf ball a few times, I think I ended up being more of a swordsman with my golf club slicing at the air, ball, or ground. For that moment in time, I had decided that golf wasn’t for me. I’m sure some of you can relate to this experience.


Within the 3 year span I began training in a martial art created by Bruce Lee called Jeet Kune Do www.evolutionmartialartsokc.com – The Way of the Intercepting Fist. Some of the elements that my Sifu(Instructor) incorporated and practiced a lot were energy drills. The energy drills in my own words were a constant personal growth and self-discovery of learning how to use your own body’s (kinetic) energy, and manipulating another person’s or object’s energy to your advantage, while continuing to increase your body and mind’s self-awareness and sensitivity to each movement. I’ve also began training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu www.s4oma.com over a year ago and it was an outlet to help expand and optimize the flow and finesse of the martial art. Over 2 years ago, I increased my skill sets further by becoming a certified TPI golf fitness instructor, MAT www.muscleactivation.com Jumpstart certified and continuing to advance my knowledge with all of the RTS www.resistancetrainingspecialist.com mastery courses this year (one of the highest accredited education and certifications in the fitness industry). I’ve been fortunate and thankful to have incredible teachers and mentors. Great teachers and mentors will create great “ah ha” teaching moments and opportunities. You just have to be ready to truly embrace it.

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3 Training Secrets Golfers Should Know

The Critical Pieces of a Solid Golf Swing

Golf Swing Training Secrets
The golf swing is one big movement that has a lot of room for error when trying to master the full range of motion of the swing.  We are traditionally taught the full range or movement of the golf swing but some golfers rarely learn or break down the mechanics of the swing.  The golf swing has many factors or variables which may involve balance, flexibility, core, strength, lower to upper body sequence, speed and rotational power. As we age, we have to find the most strategic and smartest way to train our body to handle of those factors of the golf swing while minimizing pain or injuries. [Read more…]

Champion’s Kingdom

Champion’s Kingdom

Ha Jiu Jitsu
For my 36th Birthday I wanted to share what I’ve experienced within the past couple of years. This experience can translate into your golf game or any other sports. Everyone’s walk of life and journey will always be different from the road I’ve taken in learning how to win and be a Champion. I cannot provide you the answers to knowing how to win or become a champion. I can only provide you what I’ve encountered through my own recent personal experiences of winning within this past year, and hope that you take something positive out of this.

Each individual may have a different approach and ways of competing and winning. One may be motivated by being the best or number one. Another may be driven by emotions such as from anger, frustration, love, passion, pride, ego, excitement, nervousness, spiritual, status quo, gaining acceptance or approval, family or friend driven, etc. You may be at a point where you have faced or are facing adversity. We are given different layers or phases (opportunities) in our walk of bettering ourselves, and being a successful person or a Champion in life. You may have either given up on your vision or dream, currently being challenged with it, complacent with where you are at, learning how to overcome it and win consistently (where I’m at now), or have mastered breaking down the barriers and know what it takes to consistently become a Champion. [Read more…]

The Hidden Dangers of Sugar

Most of us don’t realize the dangers of too much sugar can have serious effects to your fat and weight loss as well as your overall health.  If you reduce sugar intake alone at an optimal level, then it can go a long way with achieving health and fat loss results. On the other end of the spectrum, having too low of a sugar intake can be detrimental also.  This article will only target what can potentially happen when an individual ingest too much sugar.  Please consult with your physician before following any nutritional plan or guidelines.

Why sugar can hurt the body

While researching and learning about the side effects of sugar I was amazed at how harmful sugar is to our bodies. Sugar can increase risk of heart disease or diabetes, cause tooth decay, and make us gain weight. You may be surprised at how many other bad effects sugar has on our immune system over the long term. When your body is not in optimal shape or condition, then it will be tough to consistently handle or perform an optimal golf swing or a sport specific movement.

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Is Working Out and Soreness Getting in the Way of Your Golf Game?

We hear the old motto “no pain no gain.” Although that motto tradition and mind set still remains within our fitness culture, following that hardcore training tradition can have a short or long term damaging effect to the body. As our body ages it typically means that our body will take longer to recovery from unaccustomed physical activity. So then we would transition into the other motto “train smarter not harder”.

The last thing golfers would want is a painful, aching, tight, sore body especially when you have a golf tournament or in golf season practicing your golf game. With appropriate strength training and conditioning you can reach your optimal golf performance. Neglecting golf fitness exercises may lead to more aches, pains, or injuries. You need strong healthy muscles to support your movement, golf swing, and golf game. That doesn’t mean you have to be a professional athlete but it does mean you need more than everyday normal activity, especially if you have a desk job.


What causes muscle soreness during a physical activity?

The most current consensus attributes muscle soreness to microscopic tears in the muscle or surrounding connective tissue following eccentric exercise. Muscle soreness can be caused either by too much or inappropriate loading (overuse stress) to the body or by eccentric muscle contractions (movements that cause the muscle to forcefully contract while it lengthens i.e. running downhill or lowering a weight) which seems to cause the most muscle soreness or delayed onset muscle soreness. Sometimes overuse or inappropriate stress of the muscle can prevent a specific muscle from firing or contracting again. This may lead to overcompensation and instability of the muscles. When the muscles lose stability, then they lose mobility to help protect the muscles, joint, tendons, or ligaments from going into further damage. Muscle soreness can lead to tightness, lack of flexibility, aches or pains which can hinder your golf swing and performance. To get non-firing muscles to fire again and get mobility and range of motion back, one option would be to see a Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT) specialist.


How can I prevent muscle soreness?

Proper progression or micro progression is a tough sell because everyone wants immediate results. However, too much change or shock to the body can have a severe or damaging effect to your health and body. Probably the best way to remedy muscle soreness and tightness is “listen to your body” or prevent it from happening in the first place. Approach your workouts with gradual progression and conservative increases in intensity, frequency and duration. Preliminary light exercise or isometrics (muscle contraction done in a static position) may prevent the onset of soreness following a heavy eccentric-exercise activity. See golf swing warm up video here for an isometric demonstration. Golf exercises should be implemented in the smallest reasonable progressive steps. “Learn your Limits” by proper progression through control, range of motion, unstable surfaces, effort, intensity, speed, reps, sets, load, “cardio” time, etc. This is key to long-term growth and success, and reducing risks of aches or injuries.

“No matter how fast you want to change, your body can only adapt in microscopic steps at the cellular and chemical level.” The bottom line is that progression is much, much more than simply adding weight or adding “wobble”!
How much is enough? The least amount of unaccustomed activity” – Tom Purvis Resistance Training Specialist (RTS)


How can I treat muscle soreness if it happens?

There are a few remedies and treatments for muscle soreness.

Muscle soreness can be mitigated. Just plan ahead and listen to your body. For more articles like this and other golf fitness information Subscribe to our Golf Fitness Magazine. If you’re in the Oklahoma City area and would like to schedule a private golf fitness session you can contact Ha Bui HERE.