June 2020 All-Star Athlete: Alan Kerscher

What are your main motivations for golfing and/or training for golf? 
  Delaying the age at which I start to see notable declines in golfing ability and preventing injury.

What do you most enjoy about golf and/or training for golf? 
With golf, I enjoy the constant challenge and the learning that comes with facing those challenges (skill, conditions, course management, adapting to unique situations, etc). With Golf Performance Training, I enjoy applying what I’ve learned from the sport to specific training regimens in order to overcome physical constraints.

What have been your major highlights/achievements in golf and/or training?  
Easy answer.  I shot an even par 71 at Glenwild a few years ago.  My “normal game” has me in the mid-80s, and when I am “on,” I can have 9-hole scores in the high 30s. But this particular mid-September day at Glenwild (Park City), I was playing to my ability hole after hole, shot after shot.  It wasn’t that I did anything spectacular, I simply did not play badly anywhere.  Every shot was “top quartile.”

What do you like about training and how do you feel it helps your golf game?  
Training allows me to stay flexible which in turn allows me to freely attempt the swings/shots I want to play.  Training is work and sometimes it is hard to “drag your ass” into the gym. But you never regret it once you finish a session.

What is the best piece of golf and/or training advice you have received?  
I have two.  1.) Re course management. For each shot ask yourself, “What is the worst that can happen?” and then make the shot while taking that eventuality off the table. 2.) Embrace the pressure golf puts on you.
If you had one million dollars to build anything you wanted, what would you build and why?  
I would find an authentic Shelby AC Cobra and fully restore it if it had not been restored already.

Who is your favorite sports hero and why?  
Great question.  It would have to be a gold plated hall-of-famer who was the best there was (at least for a while), who brought style and a bit of humility to their sport, and who was always fun to watch. Arnold Palmer, Jean Claude Killy, Annika Sorenstam, Hale Irwin, and Michael Phelps come to mind. I almost said the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders because year in and year out, they are simply the best at what they do. And I would never change the channel on any of these.

What is your favorite day of the week?  

If they were to make a sports movie about you which actor would play you?  

I wish I could say Johnny Depp, but I will never be that cool.
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