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I ran across an informative golf blog called Great Golf, created by Peter Nomm, the head golf professional at the Minocqua Country Club, a great facility located in the northwoods of Wisconsin. (I bet he has a lot of time to blog in the winter!)  Part of the reason I like his blog is that he talks a lot about fitness, which you don't really see with many teaching pros.  I wanted to find out more about his blog and how he is integrating golf skills with golf fitness, so I gave him a call. (Alright so I'm lying. I sent him some questions and he sent the answers back.  Sue me.)



Better Golf with Fitness: How long have you been teaching golf?



Peter Nomm: Formally for about 10 years now.  I find the more one teaches the more fun it gets, because a good golf teacher is always learning during EVERY lesson.  No two students are the same, so each one presents a new and unique opportunity to learn something.



BGwF: I love your blog, what made you decide to start doing one?



PN: Two winters ago a friend of mine created his own blog (not related to golf) and I thought this would be a good way for me to keep sharp as a teacher (Wisconsin winters are quite long!).  Golf is meant to be a game - an enjoyable experience.  I hope to bring that out with the blog and encourage everyone to learn the game and play the game with this perspective.



BGwF:  It's great that you advocate fitness. Believe it or not, lots of pros are not on board with it.  I have a client from a well known club who has taken lessons for 10 years.  He said that never once did a pro tell him he should work to improve his fitness level, and one of the pros is a Golf Digest Top 100!  How much are you involved with your clients fitness routines?



PN:  I encourage all of my golfers to work on their fitness in an effort to improve both their games AND their every day lives.  Tension is by far the biggest inhibiting factor in the average player's game.  The golf club is designed to work efficiently and tension counteracts this motion.  Strength IS important in overall coordination, but tension is the key I focus on.



BGwF:  What was your introduction to golf fitness?



PN:  Golf fitness has certainly become in vogue over the last ten years.  I first started learning about it from Jim Flick and Mike Malaska when I was in Arizona.  They had been working with Tom Lehman and had him drinking lots of water as part of his fitness and flexibility regimen.  Of course later that summer he won the British Open, and ever since then we have seen the guys and girls on the tours getting fitter and fitter.  Tiger Woods gets a lot of credit for the "craze," but improvements in fitness were already on the upswing when he came on the scene.



BGwF:  How much do you work out and what is your focus right now with your workouts?



PN:  Each morning I do a series of stretches which are based upon yoga poses as well as some "balancing" exercises promoted by Dr. Pete Egoscue in his book Pain Free.  Most days I spend about 20 minutes in the morning, but if I am in a rush I at least get in some stretches for my hamstrings and back.  Loosening up for golf is also very important - I know if I do not get , I will generally pull the ball until I do.  In golf, we all need to know our tendencies and understand how to deal with them effectively.  Proper fitness and flexibility have a major impact on these tendencies, so the more we learn about it the better off we are.



BGwF:  Thanks Peter, it's great to see a teaching pro that is integrating fitness into their teaching.  Keep up the good work at Great Golf.



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