Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Joey D checking in from The Memorial...

Here we are up in Dublin, Ohio getting ready for the Memorial. I rolled into town on Tuesday and the weather was beautiful, as it was supposed to stay for the rest of the week. Not the case. Things took a turn for the worse today. The rain came in and it dropped into the low 60s, which got the guys off the course a little earlier than they hoped.

As most of you know, this event is hosted by Jack Nicklaus and he does a tremendous job with the Memorial. Guys love playing here and everyone is saying the course is in amazing shape this week - arguably the best any course has looked all season. Jack and the staff here are committed to making sure everything is good to go here, in perfect playing condition.

There was a Skins game today, which is a rarity. Kenny Perry, Stewart Cink, Tiger Woods and Jack in one group. Padraig Harrington, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh and Camilo Villegas in the other. Weather-wise, a terrible day to watch golf. But the people of Ohio were out here in full-force, not wanting to miss a shot.

Tiger was vintage Tiger, chipping in on the final hole to win and Jack had his share of 'Jack-like' moments. All winnings were donated to The First Tee charity, a youth development program that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. 

This is another week where we're using the clubhouse instead of the fitness trailers this week, as they don't have the space for us at this tournament. Mr. Nicklaus stopped by to make sure all of us coaches were good to go with the accommodations, which was a gracious gesture. He chatted with us a bit, talking about how he can't get the ball to the green, his struggles on the par fours, just cutting up with the guys.

Pretty amazing to see a living legend interacting with everybody out here and his presence still has an impact on the current generation of players. Zach Johnson was in the room when all this was going on and you could just see the excitement on his face. Here's a guy with a green jacket of his own and you see the excitement and appreciation just to be in the same room with the Golden Bear. It's moments like that which make the Memorial such an epic event.

Another big thing this week is the addition of Michael Brevetz to our coaching staff. Michael and I are old friends from our days working with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. He's spent the past few years out on the road with Coldplay, doing massage and structural body work on those guys. Now he's thinking golf fitness and is working with us PGA Tour biomechanics coaches, which is a huge asset to our team. He's worked with all my guys before and there's definitely a buzz about the extra help we have with Michael on board. He's tremendously talented and we're all excited about getting to that next level with the addition of another key player.

A quick tip for those of you who play a lot of golf - or a sport that uses multiple movement patterns - and get sore, dial into a massage as often as you can. A lot of folks view a massage as a luxury, but I see it as a necessity for the body. Funny how we'll change the oil in our car every few thousand miles, but we can't justify doing the same thing to our bodies with a massage. You only get one body, people. Make sure you're taking care of it as it will take care of you.

Regarding my field this week, we have Ryuji Imada, Tom Pernice Jr. and Jason Dufner back in action. Pat Perez is still injured and we wish him a speedy recovery and both Jason Gore and Charlie Wi are off this week. Tune is later this week to find out how the guys are doing.

Joey D.


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