Golf Fitness Best Practice: Collaborate in Marrying Golf and Fitness

Chris Finn, (pictured left), a 2021 GFAA Off-Course Award Winner, is the Founder and CEO of Par4Success in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Ryan Webb, (pictured right), a 2021 and 2022 GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional, is the PGA Director of Instruction at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chris Finn and Ryan Webb on the importance of collaboration in marrying golf and fitness:

We met two years ago when Ryan was conducting an elite junior clinic using resistance training in his curriculum. As we talked and realized that we held similar philosophies in the area of training and performance, our relationship manifested into an exciting business arrangement that is destined to help clients from both of our facilities with their fitness, as well as their golf swing. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive approach to game improvement that includes a teaching professional (Ryan), a mental coach and a fitness professional (Chris). We have similar backgrounds in mindset and approach. The average golfer is going to put in maybe 90 minutes to two hours per week. How can we optimize that time – fitness, instruction or both? We held an introductory presentation at North Ridge in May to highlight our initial program. When we met, we understood what the other was doing and realized that this was a collaboration that could work well, as opposed to creating something separate from what we were both doing. The implementation of our shared program coincides with the opening of a new 11,000-sq. ft. Par4Success facility. With multiple golf simulators, treatment rooms, a full gym with equipment and tools to help students in their game-improvement journey and a chipping and putting green in the back of the facility, the new performance center is located a mile and a half from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which creates the opportunity to serve clients who are flying in and out of the area and have little time to deviate from their busy schedules.

Chris Finn and Ryan Webb on the business impact of collaboration in marrying golf and fitness:

We work closely to exchange specific details about mutual clients to determine what needs to be done when we’re not physically working together with that individual. We also have a third professional, Dr. Nick Molinaro, who handles the mental coaching. Par4Success also has physical therapists and trainers who will travel to North Ridge to work with students and present the holistic approach that we’ve always envisioned for ourselves. The shared program kicked off on June 10 with a four-hour clinic that educated 12 North Ridge members in the mental, physical and technical aspects of the golf swing. Now that we’ve established the program in person, we have a vision of working with students virtually as well. After all, not all of our clinic participants will require the same training. Some will need physical work, whereas others will need swing work. And being golfers, they can all probably use the mental game expertise of Dr. Molinaro. Our team is delivering a triple win by breaking down barriers to collaboration – a win for us, a win for the clients and a win for the golf industry at large.

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