I was over 20 yards longer with my Driver in my first full year on the Champions Tour after working with Kendal.
Throughout my career I’ve worked predominantly with hockey players but when I arrived at (Penn State University) they asked me to take over men’s golf. As i started studying to prepare for training golfers I saw your presentations on Joel Jamieson’s website and it really struck a chord with me. I had seen many other strength coaches using Olympic lifts, back squats and other heavy lifts for their golfers. This never really made sense to me since the requisite strength for swinging a golf club is relatively low. I have long used med ball work with my hockey players during high velocity training late in the summer and throughout the competitive season so started studying your approach to see how you used it for golf. I know there are several great coaches who have success in sports they never actually played but I tend to believe experience competing in a sport provides specific insight that allows greater creativity in program design. Your skill as a golfer obviously benefited you in this case. I tend to think med ball work is an excellent way to coach a golfer and love that you promote athletic movement patterns and have the athletes internalize them thus enhancing the transfer from med ball to golf club. Dynamic movements exaggerate dysfunctional patterns so in the past I would be a little more forgiving and allow some deviation from strict form to focus more on power. After watching some of your videos I saw that I could really dial in the med ball work and actually use it in conjunction with my corrective exercise to cement the movement patterns during explosive efforts. Using some of your drills and holding the athletes accountable to proper movement patterns has really improved my results. In our line of work it’s really about finding little adjustments that can yield big results and i believe your approach has really added to my programming.
Hi Kendal, I just thought I would update you from the last time I saw you in March. Since then I have read through your book a few times and have done a ball throwing program every second day. The exercises I have been doing are med ball big circles, the toss and throw exercise, the throw exercise, the power throw exercise and the toss over the shoulder exercise. In addition, I am doing the flat footed wedges, I use tubing under my knees, and generally trying to get into the posture that gives me the best physical advantage. As well, I have been working on the putting and chipping positions that you showed me in my lessons. I started doing this around Apr 1st.
I must qualify what my results have been to date, just over one month into training regularly using your principles. I am not doing everything perfectly, but the results to date have been significant. My driving has improved immensely, not only in distance, but more importantly in consistency. I am averaging 280 and straight. My irons are getting much better as well. Chipping is not as consistent, but definitely is improving. Putting has been an unbelievable improvement. All this is adding up to par or better rounds. Keep in mind I was having trouble breaking 80 prior to my lesson and reading your book. Needless to say I am a true believer in your methods. My playing partners are starting to wonder what’s up with me, and I tell them what I have done and about you. I would love to see you again, not sure when as I have no set plans on coming to Vancouver. When I know, I will let you know, and hopefully we can hook up. Thank you, Kendal for putting me on the right track, and making golf fun again.
What makes Kendal a terrific golf instructor is not only his knowledge of golf mechanics but his willingness to study the human body from a sports medicine perspective. This is a vantage point that few golf professionals see the student from. He has an uncanny ability to break the golf swing down into its components and apply strengthening procedures to correct physical deficiencies. Kendal also has the knowledge base to modify a golf swing around the patients uncorrectable physical limitations. Whether you are a health professional looking to refer your patients to a quality golf pro, an amateur golfer looking to get to the next level or a PGA level golfer wanting to move up in the ranks Kendal Yonomoto is the resource you have been looking for.
I have now been working with Kendal for over 2 years. What has attracted and kept me working with him, even though we live in different cities and don’t get enough face- to-face time to drive the changes in my swing fast enough, is that his teaching approach is based on a ‘set of principles’ that he has developed over a good number of years. These principles are the cornerstone not just for golf but several other dynamic sports. The focus of his coaching continuously emphasizes these principles throughout the swing ‘dynamically’ as opposed to other coaches I’ve experienced who focus more on various static positions.
In addition his ability to provide a set of ‘conditioning’ drills that he is able to use in delivering the golf technique I believe is unique in the golf instructional world (in my experience). My overall strength,confidence and golf skills have improved significantly over the time we have worked together.
I would recommend him to any person seriously interested in improving not only their golf skills but overall strength, flexibility and confidence.
From my perspective the med ball exercises are a paradigm shift (I know that phrase is overused) in how golf is taught. The student needs to “give up” on the idea that you need a club in your hand to be taught golf. Also, they need to give up on the idea that using a med ball is going to be a fitness conditioning process.
The outcome is that phrases like “I struggle with too steep a path, armsy swing, poor distance for my size (good levers). My sequence sucks. My biggest golf weakness is balance. I have good flexibility and great hand eye coordination.” all become irrelevant. ie the details don’t matter. The med ball exercises fix all those problems by rebuilding the foundation – not by addressing each little swing fault.
If you want to swing effortlessly – without thinking – Kendal’s med ball exercises and his 8 Athletic Movement Principles are the way to go.
If you want to continue with trying to fix every little problem as it arises – keep doing the same thing (ie going to a golf pro for a lesson) and keep getting the same results (ie the same problems keep coming up and your scores don’t go down)