• Coached Two US Open Champions
  • Coached PGA Tour Winner/Champions Tour Winner
  • Coached US Amateur Champion
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  • We Are Trusted by over 20,000 golfers from around the world
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"The best lessons I've ever had in my life came from Matt Christian and I've had lessons with some of the worlds best golf instructors."
Wes Short Jr.- PGA Tour Winner 2005 | Champions Tour Winner  2014



 


Elite Golf Strength training gives a serious advantage to ANY golfer that chooses to get sweaty, nasty and pay the price to get their bodies and minds to function like an athlete should. Golfers movements should include bending, twisting, coordinating, stabilizing and torquing. We use a revised blend of Kettlebells, Tai Chi, QiGong, Yoga ect to get players unlock their true athletic golf potential. If it does not improve golf performance or mental performance it will not be in our program...

 


Joint Flexibility Or Chi Blocks

The main causes of morning stiffness are lack of daily physical activity, being overweight, poor diet, not sleeping properly, and a cold or damp environment, according to the Healthy Back Institute. Blood circulation and stretching in the morning helps improve the range of motion in the joints, as well as stiffness that often accompanies being inactive or overweight. Decreased flexibility in the joints may increase your likelihood of developing arthritis or having poor balance, which could result in injury especially with movements that deal with rotation, such as Golf.
Blood in your body should flow smoothly like water in a river or stream, it should not be stale like a pond. The blood in our body is designed to be moved in many ways so that our body and minds become more durable, alive and healthy.

"The Stronger you make yourself physically, mentally and spiritually the harder you make yourself to beat"
Matt Christian


 

"The Elite" Ball Strikers Training Programs

Our Golf Biomechanics/Fitness Program is 100% specific to rotational training. We use old school lifts and movements to build cardio, flexibility, strength, balance, coordination, mental clarity and mental awareness. Elite Golf Performance has professional golfers who choose our services with their bodies and minds with their livelihoods at stake every week. We can teach all our art of golf strength programs at our teaching facility or online through our live training program

Workout Tools you might use in a typical session:

  • Kettlebells
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Resistance Power Body Bands 
  • Golf Swing Bands
  • Body weight/Yoga Mat
  • Core Training
  • Learn Meditation/Breathing Techniques
 You will learn Kettlebells, Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong along with many other tools specifically revised for your physical limitations and golf swing. 



 

Types of Workouts:

"Happy Mood Workout"- We will be using proven movements, lifts and training that will trigger your brain into feeling happy after the workout and a sense of ease as well. This workout is about developing good cardio through light kettlebell swings, neutral spine/core training and focused stretching. We finish the workout with revised golf Tai Chi which allows coverts the physical training into a happy sense of well being and also helps golfers play better golf


"The Stress Buster Workout"- This workout beats the internal stress out of you through light lifting, rotational bending/stretching and neutral posture breathing. Twisting and torqueing of the muscles will help cleanse and detox the internal organs which in turn creates a releasing effect of toxins and stress. This process will recharge body and mind that will allow the person to feel much more relaxed after the session. Most workouts have a positive effect on the nervous system, but this takes that to another level. If your a stressed individual or have anxiety issues you will love this training

Resilience/Durability Workout
The purpose of this training is to sometimes push both the mind and body past their normal functioning duties. Every great athlete has been pushed in some form or fashion that makes them dig deep from within to see if they have what it takes. We don't believe everyday should be this type of training, but once a week pending golf competition and time of year.  Workouts should always be challenging, but sometimes it's really good to push it to the edge to see what we really have inside of us

Private sessions last 30-45 minutes per session and are 100% based on the individual needs and restrictions of the client. We can teach all of these programs at our teaching facility or online through our live training program

You Will Learn/Develop The 5 Essentials Process To Elite Golf Strength Mastery

1. Neutral Posture: Structure And Alignments
2. Breathing- Learn And Develop How To Breathe Into The Whole Body
3. Build And Develop The Whole Body
4. Coordination Of The Whole Body
5. Strengthen And Connection Of The Whole Body

 

Call (512) 508-1504 or elitegolfing@gmail.com to get more details or to get started!

 

  "I have been playing golf for over 30 years, in that time I have had instruction from several highly regarded teaching professionals, Matt fits well among this list. I think what really sets him apart is the full understanding of all the aspects necessary to perform at the peak levels. It is challenging as a player to find expertise in the swing, body and mind as Matt and Elite Golf Performance provides. I first visited Matt after developing sciatica in my leg, after just a few moments Matt was able to help me make some adjustments and I am happy to say I have not had a episode since, and I push it as hard as I can. IMO, you cannot find more value for your teaching dollar"

Aaron Ross
Current plus 3 handicap

 

What is Chi?

Chi is energy. Energy blocks occur through the body that are due to mental tension, poor diet stress, anxiety, injuries, tightness, strength and balance limitations which all affect proper chi flow. Chi is like water which should flow naturally and smooth yet with power if needed. Although your muscles and joints can work like a dam if they are too stiff, weak or imbalanced which would not allow chi to flow through the body parts which would cause the body to move up and down and side to side without coordination. The Chi should flow smoothly with no blocks through the entire body. Chi is no myth, it can be acquired through proper understanding and training. If you don't believe in it then you've never felt or trained for it. Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Yoga are great for identifying and building your Chi. We revise these forms to save time, but also to make it specific for positive golf results.


Training will improve: 

1.Coordination and flexibility
2.Core flexibility, strength and stability
3.Hip flexibility, strength and stability
4.Shoulder and torso mobility and stability
5.Improved balance
6.Decrease risk of injury
7.Increase overall back mobility and strength
8.Improves cardio and overall blood flow
9.Helps maintain good posture while swinging the club
10.Will add more Power with less Effort!!
11.Stress reduction
12. Mental clarity
13. Mental awareness
14. Mentally resilient
15. Mentally and physically durable
 

The EGP Power Generation 

Backswing
The sole purpose of the away swing is to setup a powerful forward swing. The backswing should only have aggressive contractions in the feet, glutes and the lower core muscles, while the arms and wrists are relaxed, yet still firm. The movement through the thoracic spine is extremely important while being able to control the pelvis. Correct movements through the core and into the hips will allow the golfer to store maximum torque in their backswing.

Forward Swing
The sole purpose of the forward swing is to coordinate the hips, shoulders, arms and club at any desired speed  possible while maintaining good core posture and automatic hands. Correct movements through the core on the downswing allow the golfer to release all the energy into and the ball through impact.



"The key to great ball striking is learning how to wait in transition and in a small part of the downswing in order for the POWER to build through impact. Be patient..." 
Elite Golf Performance

 

​Chi Principals Revised For The Golf Swing

Structure And Alignments for Power In The Golf Swing

We’ve already discussed how good alignment is important for powerful movement. Good alignment is also a prerequisite for many other skills that increase your power. So train this constantly. Make good alignment something you do all day, every day automatically without thinking about it. 

What is Good Structure And Alignment?

We’re going to start your alignment training in a Tai Chi posture called “Wu Chi.” This is a very neutral spine posture for structure with the feet just inside shoulder width and so we find it’s an easier one to learn the basic principles with. Joint alignments should be square and balanced

Once you’ve got this down you need to apply this to every posture in your forms and any position you might find your body in. Your body will move as a whole unit connection and not separated. Bending Twisting Ect

 

1. Hang From an Invisible Thread

Imagine that you are hanging from an invisible bungee cord that is lifting your body upwards and straightening your spine. The idea here is to feel buoyant like a ball floating on water and yet gravity is pulling your body weight down.

The cord attaches at the top and back of your head directly above the spine. Every other part of your body is hanging.

At first just stand this way and after you have practiced long enough that you can easily get into the feeling of this posture then see if you can walk around this way. Getting the feeling of the Invisible Thread is very healthy for the body as it aligns your posture and allows the energy to flow unrestricted.

2. Shoulders Hanging & Relaxed

Raise only your shoulders as high as you can so that you can feel the effort of holding them up. Then let the shoulders drop and relax as much as possible while breathing out to help to get the shoulders completely hanging and relaxed without tension.

If you are really standing with the shoulders correctly relaxed and hanging then It should be easy to swing the arms a little just by swaying the body back and forth. Also, the arms may feel a little heavy.

3. All Joints Slightly Bent & Relaxed

A simple way to help get the right position for this is to stand up straight and rigid then let go and relax everywhere just enough so that no more excess tension is being held anywhere in the body. In other words it feels like you just relaxed every part of your body.

Then sink a little and relax again the same way about another quarter to half inch everywhere. This should put you into the correct posture.

4. Eyes Relaxed & Look Slightly Down

The eyes are about half way between open and closed and very relaxed while looking slightly down. This helps to conserve energy and it actually increases the field of vision and helps make it easier to quickly perceive motion.

5. Relax & Drop Down the Lower Back

The ideal situation is to have the lower back drop so that there is no bend between the middle of the back and the bottom of the buttocks. This often takes work on the part of the beginner to get it right and may well require the assistance of another person.

It is possible to help develop this posture by stepping back against the wall so that the back of your heels are against the wall and placing your back flat against the wall and trying to get your entire back from the middle of your shoulders to the bottom of the buttocks on the wall.

After this can be done with comfort then step away from the wall and maintain the flat back position.

6. Spine is Pulled Straight by Gravity

Strive to keep your body weight under you and pulling down by keeping the head pulling up as if it is being pulled up by a bungee cord and the body is relaxed and the weight of the body is relaxed and dropping so that you feel the weight of your body as if hanging from the bungee cord.

7. Point Index Fingers Straight

Point the index finger while staying relaxed and keep the rest of the fingers relaxed and not bent but not particularly straight either.

8. Breathe In & Out From Belly

The beginning way to breathe is to breathe in and out from the belly. This may be a little difficult at first but it will become much easier with practice.

If you have never practiced belly breathing before it may be easier to learn to belly breathe by practicing the following exercise by itself first. Push into your belly with your fingers. When you breathe in use the air to push the belly out and move your fingers out of your belly with the air.

9. Tongue Lightly Touches Roof of The Mouth Behind the Front Teeth

The tongue lightly touches the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth while keeping your mouth closed.

Lightly means let the tongue rest there while keeping the mouth closed and breathe in and out through your nose.

This will connect the energy circuit. One of the first effects you may notice from this is that you will have more stamina.

10.Weight is slightly to the Front of Center over the Feet

You do not have to bend and drop into an uncomfortable position while you practice standing in Wu Chi.

You can actually stand up tall while you are practicing as you only need a few inches of drop. The biggest trick is to unlock your legs and let the rest of the body fully relax to the same extent..

Some Arts will Lean.

Silat, Xing Yi and Wu style Tai Chi among others. If you look at a master practitioner (or any properly trained student) you’ll see that even when they lean they use good alignment and body connection.

How to Build Good Alignment.

Now that you know what to do, it’s time to make sure it’s actually happening.

This video will teach you how to use the push hands method you learned last week to build good alignment and fix your mistakes.

There are a lot of good health & Qigong benefits to this alignment training and that’s the focus of this video. However you will need every bit of this training for combative power as well.

 

In the internal arts you often see folks talk about “Sinking the Qi.”

This is a very effective skill that will add a lot of power to everything you do.

There are a few different things that can be called “Sinking the Qi.” In this chapter we’ll focus on one of those. A skill called Rooting.

What Is Rooting?

Rooting is a skill that adds a lot of power to everything you do.

Your hits become a lot heavier and your body becomes a lot more solid. When someone tries to throw you it feels like you gained a bunch of weight and are immovable and when you get hit the hits just glance off the surface and don’t penetrate.

Training this skill will take a lot of work. Using this skill is effortless once you’ve build it.

1) First, get in a solid, relaxed Wu Chi position.

Make sure that you are standing in neutral spine posture and make sure the alignment you’ve been working on is as correct as possible. Maintain correct alignment through this entire exercise.

2) Now Breathe In..

…fill, expand and tense your arms and upper body as you breath in.

3) Now Relax and Let Go

Relax and melt the upper body as you breath out. Feel the melting sinking feeling in your upper body as you relax and let go. Let that sensation pour down into the legs.

Getting this melting / sinking feeling inside your body is the key to this exercise.

4) Now Breathe in Again

Relax and melt extra as you breath in. DO NOT tense up. Do not bring the emphasis back up into your upper body in any way.

5) Relax and Let Go

Breathe out. Relax. Melt, pour and let the inside of your body sink down through your legs and out the bottoms of your feet.

You will need to let your feet relax. Feel them spread out on the floor from the weight of your body pressing down.

6) Repeat

Continue to sink and relax deeper and deeper and deeper. During this exercise it will feel like you dropped in height by several feet. However you should physically have only dropped a couple of inches or less.

7) Finish

When you’re done spend a couple minutes walking around the room without rooting.

Rooting is this sensation inside your body of sinking down into the ground.

In Tai Chi we would say you are using mind intent to send your energy down into the ground.

How Do I Judge the Depth of My Root?

When we’re talking about root depth you’ll often see us measure it in feet or body lengths. This is, of course, an approximation. Whether something is actually sinking down into the ground is a matter for some debate.

However, we are working on building this skill and learning to use it. And for that we need a way to measure. So, when it feels like you are relaxing and sinking down into the ground pay attention to how deep it feels.

Use your own body height as a reference.

So if it feels like you are as deep as you are tall then if you’re six feet tall you are also six feet deep.

Now at first this will be very fuzzy and difficult to determine with any accuracy.

However as you practice your ability to perceive root will get better.

…and later you’ll learn a very tangible way to test root depth with a partner. (Push Hands)

How Much Root Do I Need?

Imagine a 30 foot pole with 2 feet stuck in the ground. It wouldn’t be that difficult to push over, would it? It might even fall over all on it’s own.

Now image the same 30 foot pole with 25 feet stuck in the ground. This pole would be a lot more of a challenge to knock down.

A person who has solid Tai Chi structure and a strong and deep root will feel this way to someone who tries to push them over. A skilled Tai Chi student can sense how deep and how thick an opponent's root is.

To someone who isn’t trained in Tai Chi sensitivity, pushing over a well-rooted person will just feel like trying to push over a solid wall.

To really begin to see some root applications a person must have a root of at least their own body height. And you should work to get to about 20 feet or 3 times your height as quickly as possible.

To be effective, your root must also be at least as wide as the widest part of your body. If you have a size 40 waist, then this is your first goal.

This is your starting point. You’ll learn more about how to get to this point in the coming weeks.

After that there are three important qualities to work on.

The 3 most important qualities of Tai Chi Root.

1. Depth

In the beginning 20 feet may seem really deep. For many people, dropping a root of 20 feet would be quite a challenge, but in reality, this is only a good starting point.

You can develop a 50, 500, 1,000 feet or deeper and you should continually work on developing a deeper root.

However root depth alone isn’t enough.

2. Thickness

Once you’ve made sure your root is as wide as your body. Then work on expanding your root and building as much width as you can.

A good goal to aim for is the ability to stand in a room full of people and drop your root below them and then expand it to the width of the room. This will make it difficult for anyone in the room to root below you

3. Responsiveness

People who first begin learning to drop root can, with a bit of practice, get to where they can have a solid root when nobody is pushing them. But the moment they are touched by an opponent, their root pops right back up to the surface.

Training your body and mind to keep your root down when an opponent is trying to bring it up is one of the early exercises for learning to manipulate root. Then begin learning to move it anywhere, learn to hide it, to dissolve it and much more.

Learning to manipulate your root is a critical internal skill and if you cannot manipulate your own root you will never be able to manipulate someone else’s root. (Push Hands)

Other Martial Uses for Root

Just having a deep solid root will add a lot of power to everything you do. However that’s only the beginning.

Once you can drop root to at least 20 feet at a thickness as wide as your body, you can learn to bring that energy up into your body. This creates a situation where your body can feel very solid like iron to an opponent.

If someone runs into you or hits you, it feels like hitting a wall. To you, It will feel like other people have no substance at all.

This also works on the offensive side as well. When you strike someone, it can feel to them like you are hitting them with a crowbar. Even if you don’t hit them very hard.

Building and Emitting Energy

Rooting also builds energy for the practitioner. As you learn to root deeper and deeper you are increasing the volume of energy that you have available and can manipulate.

Rooting is also a method of emitting energy. Tai Chi teaches many different ways of emitting and using energy, but root is easiest to learn because it involves sending energy downward. With rooting, gravity is completely on your side.

Because of this, rooting is the easiest form of energy emission to learn. The skills you learn while rooting will be useful for emitting energy in other directions later on.

That’s enough for now.

Next week we’ll work on a method to refine your alignment more.

Tension and misalignment will limit your ability to root. So this will be very important.

Alignment Training Part 2 for even more Power.

One skill Tai Chi excels at is the ability to direct force inside the human body.

At an advanced level this allows you to direct the force of a light shove our strike inside someone’s body to rupture an internal organ or take advantage of their tension or structural errors.

Master Yourself before you can Master others.

But before you can learn to direct force inside someone else you must first be able to manipulate force inside your own body.

So here’s a simple exercise to get you started.

Not only will this exercises teach you about directing lines of force through the body it will also build your root and you can use it with any posture to find and correct any structural errors you may have.

For now, we are going to use this exercise to correct and refine your alignment.

We call this exercise “Feeding the Root” and all you do is take any incoming force and direct it downward into the ground. Eventually you want to be able to send it anywhere. Up, Out, Back into an Opponent, etc.

 

Feeding the Root (beginners version)

1. Begin by standing in Wu Chi.

2. Have your partner put a hand on your shoulder and slowly press downward.

3. As your partner presses downward, adjust your alignment until you feel the pressure from their push on the bottom of your foot going into the ground. Send the force to one leg or the other, whichever feels most natural.

You may have to play with this a bit at first. Have your partner start with a light amount of force and then slowly increase the pressure as you get your alignment right.

If there is an error in your posture, if you tense up, or if you let your structure collapse you will feel it at that spot or you will get pushed.

If your structure is correct then your partner will be able to push as hard as they can while you stand comfortably relaxed.

Partners who are practicing Tai Chi or have some sensitivity will be able to feel you routing the force down into the ground.

4. Now have your partner let up from the place where they were pressing. They should do this slowly as well. You want the energy of the press to flow down into the ground but not come back up. If your partner lets up slowly, it will allow you to do this.

5. Step 4 completes the exercise for one spot on your body. Repeat steps 1 through 4, but this time in many different places on your body. Work from the head to the feet. Press down into the head, the chest, the hips, the arms, the belly, the back and the legs.

Find the areas your partner struggles with and help them make corrections.

If you are routing the force downward correctly, you should feel the force of the push on your feet. When you feel this, relax and melt your feet and let the force go down into the ground.

Feeding the Root (Intermediate versions)

Once you’ve gotten the basic exercise down, you will want to increase the level of difficulty.

1. Do the same exercise, only this time, instead of pressing straight down, have your partner press at a downward angle.

2. Have your partner press at a mostly horizontal angle, but still a little bit down.

3. Have your partner press horizontally.

4. Have your partner press at an upward angle. (You still direct the force down into the ground.)

5. Have your partner increase the speed at which they push you. Eventually you can train this against strikes. (Just make sure the person striking is careful to protect their wrists so they don’t hurt themselves.)

6. As your partner presses, every once in awhile, they should try quickly letting up on the push without warning you. When your partner does this, you should not jolt or be thrown off balance. This shows whether you are leaning against your partner or really routing the force into the ground.

7. Now do all this with each form in the set.

8. Now while moving through the form.

9. And of course practice this in push hands while your partner is trying to do the same thing you are.

For now, focus on the beginning version and, if that’s easy for you, steps 1 – 3 of the Intermediate version.

Get those down well and the alignment you build from this will be important in later lessons.

Building Root with a Partner

In this exercise you will use a training partner to check how deep you root is and help you push deeper and deeper. At the same time you will learn to sense your partner’s root which will be very important in intermediate and advanced rooting skills.

Without Structure, Rooting is a Waste of Time

Make sure you continue to work on your structure. If your structure is off, it will limit how deep you can drop and even if you can get some depth your partner can just attack your structural errors instead of your root. This is true for the martial applications of root as well as for push hands exercises.

Be Strong & Soft

To do this exercise well, you will need a very specific quality of touch when you put your hands on your partner. It should be soft, with little exertion, but with a substantial amount of strength.

Think of the way a very strong 200 pound man would pick up a baby. There’s not a lot of exertion going on. It’s 200 pounds against the baby’s weight. The man is also very gentle with the child as well. It’s a very soft touch.

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Building these skills is hard work

 

“Sinking the Qi” Waterfall Rooting

This next exercise will help if you get stuck and feel like you just can’t get your root any deeper than it already is.

It will increase your root depth and it has a number of other benefits if you work with it regularly over time.

1) Stand in Wu Chi.

2) Let your root drop as you relax and melt from head to toe. This should feel like you are pouring a liquid down through the inside of your body.

 

3) As your root reaches your current maximum depth focus on maintaining the continuous pouring sensation through your entire body from head to toe and down through the bottom of your root.

Imagine the way that a waterfall just drops and drops and drops water downward. This is how you should feel.

It may feel like your weight is pouring out of you into the ground. This is good.

Intermediate Practice

Once you have gotten the basic feeling down in Wu Chi, practice your set with this pouring motion turned on the whole time.

 

A word of warning:

If you are used to light and easy Tai Chi set, this kind of practice will be a real workout and you will probably be sore the next day. However if you experience pain in the knees you should stop this exercise and consult an expert. The most common cause of knee pain in Tai Chi is improper alignment while doing the postures. This misalignment can cause injury if it is not corrected. You should fix your structural alignment before continuing.

 

You should also walk it off while not attempting to root. This will help balance your energy and bring you back to a normal body state.

Root Like A Bear: An Exercise for Deepening Your Root

Have you ever seen a bear stomping its feet getting ready to charge?

Each foot in turn comes crashing down into the ground. This kind of movement can help you to achieve a deeper root.

Before you do this exercise, make sure you have a good structure. You should already have good Wu Chi posture and be able to root before you begin practicing with this kind of exercise. This exercise won’t help you much unless you have the basics in place.

How To Do It

Lift up one leg and then let your body drop as you stomp your foot. Don’t stomp using your muscles so much as let your entire body weight crush down into your foot. The purpose of this motion is to get absolutely all the tension out of your body so that you are completely relaxed.

Make sure your knees stay bent during this entire exercise. DO NOT straighten your leg. If you have pre-existing knee issue then use a gentler exercise.

Go back and forth between your feet. Think of the lumbering, stomping motion of a bear or an elephant and this will help you to understand the kind of movement you should be doing.

As you come down, exhale, and drop your weight into the floor. You should feel a crushing motion down into your feet.   

With each drop let go more and more. So each one is heavier than the last.

 

 
 

Contact (512) 508-1504 or email elitegolfing@gmail.com to get more details or to get started!




 
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