Have you noticed that the video games are getting a little out of hand these days? Have you noticed how screwed up they are? Some parents are horrified others say their children are simply going through a fad? Are they or is there something much more serious going on here than that? One concerned parent recently stated in an online think tank;”To see the look of glee on a child’s face as they tear a character limb from limb with blood spurting everywhere is one of the scariest things I have ever seen.”Well if the character is evil, then they are “winning” against evil and thus they are winning and releasing human generated chemicals into the brain, which could be extremely good for the immune system and imprinting skills of achievement as a positive thing. I suppose a SimCity gaming child would also get the same thrill upon completion, but the violent, high-stress, kill or be killed action game might fulfill that faster.
Also realize that there is nothing wrong with achievement or winning, despite political correctness belief that kids in junior high should not keep score of the goals in PE soccer games? That is BS.Additionally as a youngster I got the same joy in winning a chess game, as I did winning a race in track and field, as I did acing a test in school. In business, politics or figuring out a solution to the problem same thing now. So, if I was a gamer, but well balanced in the other aspects, would it matter if I had glee or said “ALL RIGHT!” when I killed the bad guy in a video game?Winning is addicting really it sends chemicals to the brain and the brain likes it. Just like there are adrenaline junkies and those who get chemical releases from other things. In your point of the emotional addiction to inflicting pain on another through VR training or gaming and how it could easily de-sensitize little humans into imprinting bad and violent behavior, I hear you. Although, if you are supervising these things to some degree and it is in balance then it may not be so bad.
Maybe we all need to take a closer look at the video games our children are playing and consider the ramifications, both good and bad and what types of games they are using? Maybe we should all be more responsible parents and consider all this in 2006.
Core flexibility training is critical if you want to improve your golf swing power and driving distance. Your core is the engine to your swing. If your core is inflexible you will not be able to make a full backswing with minimal tension.Picture your core being the middle of your body. That’s as simple as you can get it. It is mainly your abdominals, but can also include glutes and lower back. This area of your body is the most susceptible to injury.That’s why the majority of amateur golfers have a low back injury at some point in their golfing career. They have never focused on core flexibility training, as well as core strength training for more power.To produce more power and distance in your swing does not mean swinging harder with your arms. Haven’t you tried that before? If so, did you hit it farther? I’ll bet not.
Just like hitting a baseball, tennis ball are even throwing the discus in track and field, you use your core for most of your power. You rotate with your core to create torque, then you unleash that stored up energy into the hit, whether it be a baseball, tennis ball or golf ball.The more efficient you become with using your core, arms, shoulders and hands in a sequenced motion, the added distance will come quite easy. You’ll be shocked at how quickly your driving distance goes up.Core flexibility training incorporates “rotation”. Golf stretching in this manner warrants the best results in the shortest amount of time!Every core flexibility stretch you do should involve some form of rotating. This is very important since the golf swing is a rotate (turn) back and a rotate (turn) forward. The more range of motion you can achieve in your core area the more power you will produce.Here’s a little test you can do while your sitting there reading this article!Put your arms across your chest, keep your eyes focused straight ahead. Now rotate as far as you can to the right and make a not of how far it is. Did you get to a 90 degree shoulder turn (that’s where you need to be). Then rotate as far as you can to the left. How far did you get.
This will be a “wake-up” call for many of you. If you find you can’t rotate at least 70 degrees of center, you’ll have no chance at maximizing your power and driving distance.We do this simple core flexibility test seated to remove cheating of the lower body. If you were standing, it would be very easy to rotate your hips and get a bigger shoulder rotation.Being seated removes this compensation!A seated rotation is “true” core flexibility and range of motion.I hope I’ve educated you on the importance of core flexibility training for golf to to improve swing power and distance.