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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

black@pin­na­cleper­for­mance.hk 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

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