The walls of Joey D Golf Sports Training Center on Jupiter Park Drive are emblazoned with banners showcasing the accomplishments of some of the world’s top golfers. But for the founder of the center, Joey Diovisalvi, one banner stands out. “Seeing Dustin Johnson win the  Masters and watching him hug his two boys with that green jacket on was incredibly rewarding,” says Diovisalvi, who has been working with Johnson from the start of the golfer’s career.
Using a revolutionary training program that combines general fitness with golf training, Diovisalvi—known as “Joey D”— helps golfers of all skill levels make monumental improvements in their game. His training programs focus on balance, stability, power, and velocity. Each program is customized to the individual based on an initial assessment that measures the golfer’s range of motion and limitations as well as an in-depth analysis of his or her swing. “The golf swing has more moving parts than any other sport,” says Diovisalvi.
The center’s highly advanced training technology includes an avatar system that emulates body movements and a virtual putting green that maps the complexities of the green.
In October, Diovisalvi launched a new entertainment center next door to the training center. The Hit It Great game improvement center is equipped with an articulating putting green and simulator from Full Swing, which allows golfers to play the world’s most famous courses on a virtual platform.
In his newest book, Hang the Banner, Joey D outlines the fitness program he uses
to train top golfers. Here, he shares a few excerpts.
On getting started: You need to be able to move your body the way human beings were intended to move. Undoing years of incorrect movement patterns doesn’t happen overnight. If you’ve been playing reasonably well and haven’t been doing the things necessary to change your body, you’ve been having success with about half of your total potential.
On strength training: One of the hardest things to do in the fitness world is to build muscle in a balanced and functional way to optimize the body for a specific sport or action. Everything has to have a purpose in the gym.
On neuromuscular training: You see it all the time: Guys at the course get ready to hit a golf ball by going out and hitting golf balls. You don’t get ready to hit a golf ball by hitting golf balls; you first need to get your body ready to swing a golf club. Download Diovisalvi’s books for free here.