Working With Golfers
For those who want to know how I go about working with a player here are a few of the things I do.
1. Get the players background – any other sports, how long they have been playing, how often the play and how often they practice and when they practice what do they practice, what they do for a living – helps to determine their “style”.
2. Any physical limitations that would imped their ability do certain things in the golf stroke. Assess the players flexibility – helps to determine whether the player will be a Hitter or Swinger.
3. Goals – lower their handicap, win their flight at the club championship, whatever.
4. Current ball flight and what they want to their ball flight to do.
5. Favorite/least favorite club
6. Examine their current equipment just to make sure that there are no glaring mis-fits of Driver loft, shaft flex, lie angle, etc. I can usually look at the clubface and see where the grass marks are to indicate the lie angle.
7. Shoot four videos – three from face on and one from down the line. The face on angles allow me to see any faulty set-up, pivot, and Impact Alignments.
8. Down the line view shows me the plane angle(s), how many plane shifts, movement of the right shoulder, alignment of the right forearm and clubshaft, clubface angle and what Hinge Action they are using.
9. Ask the player about THEIR perceptions of what happens in a golf stroke.
10. Review the video with the student and show what works and why as well as what does not work and why. Example – Angled Hinge action in the backstroke and Horizontal Hinge action if the downstroke – a perfect combination for pull and smother hooks! Draw the Geometry of the Circle to start the education and reprogramming process. Define the major concepts of every stroke – Hinge Action of an Angular Motion on an Inclined Plane.
11. Out the lesson tee for racquet and dowel training. Learning how to control the clubface, clubhead and clubshaft from Address to the Top and to the Finish.
12. Start with Stage #1 – Basic Motion and continue until the player can accomplish this WITHOUT a bending left wrist. I personally do not go any farther until this stage is mastered.
13. On to Stage #2 – Acquired Motion – here I have them setup at Fix, stay there with the body and simply use the right forearm to take the club up and down to both arms straight trying to drive the clubhead into the ground AFTER ball contact. Once mastered then on the stage 3.
14. Stage #3 – Total Motion – if the player has mixed components I give the player the option of whether they want to Hit or Swing. I demonstrate both, explain the differences and tell the player which one they are favoring – if either. I then make the components match for both then have them strike shots using Hitting and Swinging and let THEM decide which one is easier for them to replicate – THEIR choice NOT mine!
After each session the player is given drills to work on, how to do these drills, the frequency of the drill training.
Depending on the length of time spent with the player I talk about Clear Keys, explain what they are, how they work and how to incorporate them into their practice and play by using the 32 ball drills.
The first 8 steps take a minimum 15 minutes, steps 9 & 10 another 15 to 30 minutes – there goes the 30 minute lesson…ouch! Steps #11 & 12 – 30 minutes to an hour depending on the player.
After the initial training drills and practical application of Stage #1 the player and I go through a review of what’s happened so far and if they have any questions. I then have them demonstrate the racquet and dowel drills for me to make sure they understand and have the proper application of these drills.
In addition of the racquets and dowels I use broken shafts, Impact bags, the dual track, spray paint, stretch bands, “special clubs” for certain effects and of course the player takes home a video of the session for their review. When they get perfect Impact Alignments – the six swing challenge – that is put on the their tape to use as a comparasion.
This is just a sample of the things I do virtually every time I’m with someone and when they come back we always review the previous session, go through the racquet and dowel drills again, start with Stage #1, go to Stage #2, shoot another video – the before and after – and then pick up where we left off. If there is ANY leakage we go right back to stage #1.