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James Honey, Lead S&C Coach for HKGA, talks about the benefit of Strength and Conditioning Training on the National Team, Elite Junior and even amateur golfers.
Louie Chan: What is Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Training?
James Honey: A Strength and Conditioning Coach is an individual who works with athletes with two goals in mind:
1. Athletic development for sports performance, and
2. Reduction of injury risk during training and competition.
Strength and Conditioning as a profession is a scientific pursuit of optimal human performance, combined with interpersonal coaching skills to elicit the desired result in the athlete or client. By definition, today’s scientific approach to performance will assist every type of athlete and individual looking to improve, by using objective markers of screening and testing to ensure optimal development. Strength and Conditioning is, therefore, an essential component of every athletic development and sports performance programme, and can also apply to any individual with a health and fitness related goal in mind! LC: What is the significant difference of S&C intervention for golf against other sports?
JH: There are a few key components when designing an S&C intervention for golf athletes. The athletic requirements for golf are specific, and can be defined as follows: Mobility - the capacity to reach certain movement standards with control. For instance, touching your toes. Motor Control - the ability to apply the technique to the mobility that is present. For instance, sequencing together a full drive swing. Strength - the foundation of all movements. Power Generation - the ultimate aim is to perform a technically-optimised swing, with maximised movement speed. All athletes are different with different strengths and weaknesses, so whilst the foundations of a program may contain similar elements and end goals, the steps taken may be vastly different between individuals.
LC: How do you apply S&C Training to the HKGA golf development programme?
JH: The Elite Junior and National Team golfers in Hong Kong have benefitted from their S&C interventions across the past two years. Critically, many of the athletes are in the midst of adolescence, and so appropriate guidance and training on movement competency have aided largely in ensuring the athletes secure a strong foundation for movement and strength first and foremost. Working with each on their specific requirements has allowed each to optimise their development, learn and establish good training and recovery habits, and improve their golf game in all aspects through moving more efficiently and with more strength. The programming is largely focused on establishing a strength foundation, whilst enhancing movement capacity and body awarenes.
LC: Can you briefly describe the S&C Training programme you are working with the HKGA squad members?
JH: We currently have the main squad training with us onsite for one coached session per week, and all athletes have their home-based training programming which they can perform using the equipment from their Pinnacle Kit Bags. All of the athletes are screened quarterly via our Pinnacle Golf Screening protocol, and the programming is subsequently individualised for each athlete based on their primary weaknesses and priorities as highlighted by this, and in discussion with the HKGA golf coaching staff. The programming largely focuses on establishing a strength foundation.
LC: Why would HKGA choose Pinnacle Performance to be responsible for their S&C Training programme?
JH: At Pinnacle, we specialise in Strength and Conditioning for sports performance. We are a local company with a dearth of experience. We provide the HKGA with individualised and objectively screened S&C interventions, a productive and energetic training environment, and coaching from our experienced and highly accredited coaches. All of the athletes are currently adding to and improving both their golf game and their overall athletic and healthy lifestyle development at a crucial age.
LC: Does Pinnacle Performance provide S&C Training to amateur golfers as well?
JH: Pinnacle Performance aims to provide all of the benefits of a professional S&C setup to regular gym members. Our mission is to provide S&C for performance, athletic and recreational enthusiasts alike. We currently offer a Golf specific 12-week training package for all levels of golfer, inclusive of all of the service that the HKGA and professional golfers would receive. This package is inclusive of regular Screening, 1-on-1 S&C sessions, coaching consultations and full support.
LC: Is Pinnacle also running other S&C Training programmes with other sports association in Hong Kong?
JH: Alongside our regular gym membership, we also have programmes with other elite and professional sporting teams in Hong Kong. In addition to the HKGA, we are working with the HKFC Women’s and Men’s Rugby Teams, the HK Football Association, the HK Cricket Association, the HK Lawn Bowls Association, the HK Baseball Association, The Harry Wright Institute (Swimming). And we also serve many amateur and elite individual athletes alongside this. James Honey is a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Pinnacle BLACK. For enquiries, please contact
email@example.com or visit the website at www. pinnacleblack.hk
HKGA Junior team golfer Julius Yang training for hip strength
HKGA Junior team golfers (left to right): Back; Alex Zhuo, Maurice Leung, Andrea Au, James Honey (Lead S&C Coach), Zesen Hu; Front; Julius Yang, Ka Jun Yu, Lincoln Lau
HKGA Junior team golfer Zesen Hu training for strength