google-site-verification: google421da3b3340ddcbe.html

Post from March, 2014

Mental Golf Game Advice by Dr. Adam Naylor

Monday, 31. March 2014 0:00

NaylorPicOutside SmallDr. Adam Naylor returns to the Bay Club for his 3rd season to work with members and teaching professionals on maximizing performance and enjoyment on the course and courts. As the golf season in New England returns, he reminds golfers not to forget to get your mental game back up to par.  Perhaps the best way to do this is to re-lay the foundation of your pre-shot routine.  The pre-shot routine is more than a bunch of entertaining tics and twitches, but rather purposeful actions that allow your mind to focus on the shot in front of you and your body to feel settled enough for a fluid swing.  Too often an intentional routine is left as an afterthought and golfers rarely reap its mental-emotional benefits.

A solid pre-shot routine should have three core elements – planning, settling the body, focusing on the target – and conclude with a trusting swing.  By slowing down on the range and around the practice areas, a player can purposefully get their routine ready for the course.  Here are three simple steps to rebooting your routine:

Plan – Take a moment to talk through the shot you are about to hit.  How far will it fly?  Where will it land?  How much will it roll?  Where do you hope it stops?

Settle – Develop an action to allow you to drop the tension from your body when addressing the ball.  A huge exhale lets go of tension.  Dropping your shoulders allows looseness to join your swing.  Letting your knees drop you into an athletic position gets you ready to unleash a fluid swing.  Pick one and practice it.

Target – Using your imagination to fill your head with your target helps you transition from swing thoughts to swings that throw the ball to your target.  Vividly seeing the target (or line of the putt when on the green) in your mind’s eye allows you to focus on the right thing at the right time.

Just like practicing your swing, practicing your pre-shot routine is important if it is to show up during competitive rounds.  Like an anchor that keeps a boat safe on stormy waters, the pre-shot routine keeps the golfer from drifting off course during the successes and stresses of each round. 

Dr. Adam Naylor leads Telos Sport Psychology Coaching and is a clinical assistant professor at Boston University.   His roots run deep in both golf and tennis.   Adam is currently the mental game consultant for the International Junior Golf Academy, the Lendl Junior Tennis Academy, and the Junior Select golf program.  His clients have traveled the country and globe to compete in club to amateur  to major championships.  Adam is the author of A Quick 9 for the Mind: Reflections from Public Links to the US Open, and a part of the American Junior Golf Association “U” faculty.

Category:Golf | Comment (0) | Author:

Portugalia Marketplace

Wednesday, 26. March 2014 16:50

Portugalia Marketplace, Fall River, MA

Portugalia Marketplace, Fall River, MA

A new market recently opened in Fall River that will undoubtedly take the South Coast by storm.  Portugalia Marketplace is a spin-off of Portugalia Imports, a wholesaler/distributor of ingredients for Portuguese cooking.  It is a friendly, family, neighborhood Portuguese market and so much more.

The folks at Portugalia Marketplace no doubt take their cues from places such as Chelsea Market Place in New York or the best of contemporary Portugal/Azores markets.  Housed in a former factory outlet in Fall River, the fully renovated facility houses a gorgeous open floor plan market with beautiful exposed brickwork, tall ceilings with huge wooden beams and old windows.  The floor to ceiling glass wall that sections off perhaps the largest display of international Bacalao, providing a salt cod room the likes of nothing you have ever seen in America. 

The market offers wonderful prepared dishes of traditional fare such as roast pressed chicken, braised octopus, Bacalao in two to three ways and various soups and sides. The cheese and charcuterie section is quite impressive and inspiring of all things chicken, pork and blood. Olive oil is given the same respect as fine wine as they are both displayed like alter objects; both with ample selection of variety and budget.

The nicest aspect of this market is the Café with true European coffee, pressed sandwiches and pastries. They carry items rarely seen in other markets. You truly feel like you have traveled to an Old World, European marketplace in Portugal and then you realize you are in your own back yard. It is an exciting place.

And I suggest you check out the interesting root vegetables from the Furnas Islands and the dried fava bean nuts section.

Enjoy,

Jim

Category:Cooking Class, Cultural Events, Dining, Life at the Bay Club | Comment (0) | Author:

Bay Club Fitness Director, Dave Maloney CSCS Earns TPI Certification

Thursday, 6. March 2014 15:37

JrFitness3Bay Club Fitness Director, Dave Maloney CSCS recently earned his Level II Junior Coach Certification from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).  The Titleist Performance Institute began in 2003 and is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.

The TPI Junior Golf Development program is focused on teaching professionals the skills needed to run a successful junior golf program.  Based on Long Term Athletic Development principles, it is a step by step approach in helping juniors to become elite athletes and golfers. The program focuses on developing athletic skills before any golf specific skills. Golf skills are more easily learned with developed athletic coordination.

Dave looks forward to implementing this philosophy with junior golfers at the Bay Club this summer.

Category:Children's Activities, Fitness, Golf, Junior Activities | Comment (0) | Author: