2009-12-15 I understand that some of you guys are going away for training camps yourselves and wondered how my camps look like. In this camp we have down here we focus on golf technique and strength- and cardio training. I'm going to try to describe the work we have done. Both my stretngth coach Pierre and my swing coach Mike ahve been here and it has been great.
Monday-flying all day
Tuesday- visiting the Alinghi training camp. 1 hour olympic lifting training with stretch/flexibility work. 9 holes Al Hamra Course. 1,5 hour technique training on the range.
Wednesday-1 hour technique training on the range. 18 holes Earth Course. 1 hour stabilization training using heavy weights plus abs workout and stretching/flexibilty work.
Thursday- 30 minutes running plus 15 min abs and stretch/flexibilty work. Watching Alinghi sail all afternoon.
Friday- 30 minutes running plus abs and stretch-flexibilty work. 1,5 hours technique training on the range. 1 hour technique training shortgame. 15 min technique training putting. 1 hour olympic lifting training with abs and stretch/flexibilty work.
Saturday- 2 hours technique training on the range. 1 hour stabilization work using heavy weights plus stretch/flexibility work.
Sunday- 30 minutes running plus stretch/flexibility work. 1,5 hour techique training. 1 hour hard stabilization workout using heavy weights including abs and stretching/flexibility work. 20 minutes indoor technique training.
Monday- 3 hours of technique training including shots, shortgame, and indoor swing work with different tools. 30 minutes bike ride with no resistance to get rid of soreness.
Tuesday- The schedule is- 30 min running plus abs and stretch/flexibility work. 3 hours shortgame/range technique training. 1 hour olympic lifting plus stretch/flexibiltiy work. Flying home.
It may sound like we haven't practiced much golf and that's true. No putting for example except for when playing the two rounds. I have tried to plan this winter break so that I will do a lot of basic training, such as the training described above now early in the break and focus more and more on golf as closer I get to the tournaments.
I will have 2 more weeks of extra hard strength- and technique training. Then, after new years, focus will be more on golf and I will play a lot and do a lot more putting. I will keep going almost as hard in th gym but the camps will more look like tournament weeks so I can get into the right mode. My first tournament is the 21st of January in Abu Dhabi.
Right now I'm trying to get out of bed and I feel very tired after all these workouts. I have two more workouts to go and I'm sure I will sleep well on the flight home:)
2009-12-13 A usual day for us here in Dubai except for the rain...
2009-12-13 Hitting the bed after a long day. Mike Walker, my coach Pete Cowen's assistant, came down here yesterday and we had a nice session today. I train mostly with Pete but also a lot with Mike. I think they both are great coaches!
When me and Mike train we usually brainstorm for an hour trying to understand each others views on what needs to be done in my swing. Today, the brainstorming went on for about 2,5 hours. It will probably continue tomorrow as well, but at least we got some stuff that we both agree on.
I have a clear picture in my head of how I want my swing to look and function. Mike has a similar picture in mind but we have to go through a lot of different feelings and exercises to find the one that will improve my swing the most. When you play every day and you play tough courses like I do, you have to be comfortable with your swing. I know exactly what I want to feel in my swing so it's really important for me and my coach to discuss that and then come up with a way to improve my swing. It's not good if your coach just tells you something you need to change and you don't know how that will affect your shots. The more you are involved in the changes the better it is.
Learn a lot about technique, and learn EVERYTHING about your own technique.
2009-12-11 Watched the Alinghi Team sail yesterday. The coolest thing but the wind wasn't strong enough so they were dissapointed but the boat is amazing. 30 meters long and the mast is 60 meters tall with a sail of 1100 square meters. Crazy!!! The whole operation of training and competing in the America's Cup can only be compared with the huge and complex Formula One curcuit. There are hundred people in the Alinghi crew and they leave nothing to chance. It's the most serious training I have seen. I really hope they win the America's Cup in February.
It was an awesome day and it was great to have the chance to watch these guys close up! I got very motivated to get more serious with my training. Now, I just have to do the work as well!
2009-12-10 Left Ras-Al-Kaimah for the day to play the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Same course as we played the Dubai World Championship a few weeks ago. It felt weird to be there again and the place looked a little different without all the grandstands and people behind the ropes.
The cab driver who took us down there had lived in the United Arab Emirates for 48 years and gave us a real interesting lecture in the Arabic culture and how things have developed along the UAE coastline during the past decades. He said his father used to drive passanger is his jeep from Dubai to Ras-Al-Kaimah and the ride took 11 hours through the ondulated desert. Now, with the huge highways, it takes around 1 hour.
Camel race course.
The sign was still there. The entrance looked the same as a few weeks ago when the tournament was here but the feeling of nervousness wasn't here this time.
The backside of the range. Pierre is improving fast.
The 8th hole looks the same but my clothes were a little different. Feels weird to look down a pair of white legs.
I practice a lot with only the left hand to get the right path of the club and to hold the correct body angles. Also, I want to feel that the left wrist is cupped at the top of the swing and then hold the same angle in the left wrist for as long as possible so I get the correct loft at impact. The true test is to be able to flop the ball straight up in the hand using only your left hand. Then you know that you do everything good.
Pierre and Ernesto had an intense match.
16th hole. The best hole on the course. Ernesto agrees.
Hitting into the 18th felt very different from a few weeks ago...
...A little more things going on behind the green.
Couldn't get out of bed this morning after a tough session in the gym last night but after a bike ride and abdominal work it felt tons better. Watching the guys sail now and then another gym session. Leaving Ras-Al-Kaimah tonight to move into Dubai. The swing coach is coming tomorrow and we need some better range balls than they have here to practice with so Dubai will be good. Lot's of great courses to choose from.