Student golfers at Texas High School are now enjoying the opportunity to prepare and train with one of golf’s best, Damon Goddard, who has been a key trainer for Jordan Spieth during the last 11 years. Spieth, as many know, is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour and former world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Goddard, and Andrew Banner, established AMPD Golf in 2013 with one goal in mind – to become the standard-bearer in the golf-fitness industry by constantly innovating the way golfers pursue perfection through amplified movement, advanced performance and accelerated recovery. After four years of producing champions at all levels of the game, AMPD Golf Performance was founded in 2018.
“I look forward to helping shift the performance paradigm with Texas High Schools’ golf program,” said Goddard. “By monitoring and implementing tour-proven programming, we can significantly reduce the risk of injury and increase the performance outputs.”
Goddard will work on campus with golf students four (4) times during the school year, along with individual online consulting for players via the Fusionetics app which will give players personalized instructions for individual workouts the students are to do daily.
“Damon has already visited with our players to do an assessment to see where everyone is physically,” said Ryan Hutze, Head Golf Coach for TISD. “We are now taking our players through developed team workouts twice per week with exercises that are specifically designed for golf and recommended by AMPD Golf Performance.”
Program focuses for Goddard will be:
*Prepare – Movement predicts injury risk. Movement efficiency, range of motion, recovery and readiness will be tested. With this information, a tailored exercise program for the golfer will be developed focusing on movement efficiency
improvement and reducing the risk of injury. Areas of focus will also include increasing mobility and increasing stability. According to Goddard, “Where there is freedom of motion, there is freedom of mind out on the course.”
*Train – Integrated performance training will continue to focus on reducing the risk of injury and maximizing athletic performance. By adopting integrated performance training, the athlete will see immediate translation into on-course performance. With data driven feedback, the athlete will develop a greater understanding of progress and can enhance their performance every day.
*Recover – The golf-athlete understands that improved recovery behaviors will lead to increased fatigue. Fatigue leads to decreased performance and injury risk. By addressing how well they rest, refuel and recover, we will significantly reduce the risk of injuries and maximize on course performance.
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Damon Goddard, PES, CGFI-3, MCHC, is the founder of Goddard Sports Performance & Nutrition based in Dallas, Texas. With over 20 years of sports performance and nutrition coaching for a host of PGA, LPGA, Web.com, Symetra, Collegiate and elite level junior golf athletes, he has helped produce three Major Champions, Web.com POY, PGA, ROY, Tour event champions, collegiate champions and junior level champions. Goddard was named one of Golf Digests’ “Top 50 Golf Fitness Professionals.”
He was an All-American and All-Conference soccer student-athlete at Lee University and as an athlete and educator strives to instill the pursuit of excellence with each one of his athletes and colleagues. He also serves on the advisory board for SMU sports management and exercise science as well as LIFT Sports Foundation.