Swinging a golf club is a lot like tossing a ball.
Can you toss a ball? Can you throw one underhand? If so, here’s a little drill for you.
The golfer can make 3 different motions in the downswing depending on what they are trying to do with the clubhead.
Your trail arm, hand, and clubhead can go to the right of the target line, at the target line, or left of the target line…for the right-handed player.
In addition to these exits, you will need to match up release types. Those are rolling and non-rolling. The two types of rolling releases are a full role and reverse role…technically there is also a half roll but I can those non-rolling. More on those later.
Now…IF you want to hands, and clubhead to exit to the right then you will need to use a rolling release. If you want it to exit left you again use a rolling release, but a different type of rolling.
And if you exit along the line, you would then use a non-rolling release.
Can you toss a ball?
Watch the video below for more explanation.
What can you learn about your full swing from chipping stage 1?
If you struggle with executing a shot, that is basically 2 feet in both directions, how in the world will you cope with one that is 22 feet long!
When first working with a player that has contact, club, and body issues, I’ll almost always start them with chipping stage 1 to get the feel of Impact alignments.
This “basic motion” chipping stage 1 concept was developed by the late Homer Kelley. But why is this shot so important?
Mainly because it is the foundation for virtually every shot you’ll hit. Ranging from chipping, to pitching, to full swing.
Sure, there will be variations of this basic motion chipping stage 1 depending on what you’re trying to do with the ball. But the Impact Alignments won’t change much.
This basic motion shot, chipping stage 1 because of it’s shortness, is performed by moving the arms, hands, and club with no body rotation required.
Once you have, more or less, “mastered” this basic shot only then will you move forward to the next “stage” pitching.
The images show backstroke, Impact, and follow-through.
Again, as you can see this is a very short stroke so there is no need for body rotation or power.
We define chipping stage 1 as no “cocking or cocking” of the lead wrist. This eliminates a power source that you would use in most other types of stroke.
To learn more about this process, schedule your time with us.
Destin Golf Instruction
As many of you know I have moved back to Destin Florida and will be providing Destin Golf Instruction.
Well…the saga continues. After many years away from Destin, and Emerald Bay Golf Club, the pigeon has come back to the roost!
I’ve only been back a few days but have already started scheduling practice sessions. Some of my old players have contacted me and set up times for us to get together…pretty exciting if you ask me!
The trip across from Arizona to Destin Florida was pretty hard on this old guy back! But a friend told me a little secret about road trips…turn on your seat heater! And boy oh boy did that help!
This little secret, he shared with me, turned a 5-6 day trip into 4!
Kinda like dropping shots!
What if you could save 2,3,4, even 5 shots per round? Wouldn’t that be cool!
What would be even better would be if you could do that without “rebuilding” your swing?
We can do that with Destin Golf Instruction!
My goal is to help you discover HOW to drop those shots in the easiest way possible!
There are certain things that players do that are harmful to them and they don’t even realize it!
They may be trying to reach a “position” that can’t physically do.
Do you have too many swing thoughts!
If this is you, then stop the insanity!
With Destin Golf Instruction, we help you remove all of these thoughts and allow you to focus on only the things that REALLY apply to you!
We can be as technical as you want or as simple as you want.
We have all of the latest high-tech tools including 3D Radar for ball flight using the leader in this technology, Flightscope.
We also have 3D Motion Analysis to measure and see precisely where the “issues” are and their “sequence.”
Additionally, we have tons of training aids to help guide you and get a “feel” for what we’re working on.
We offer several program options for every type of player.
Whether you are a beginner or a “seasoned” player we have programs for you!
To Schedule your time with us just click on the button below. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Where is your focus? I would bet it may not be where research tells us it should be!
I have to admit I’ve been guilty of this, and I would bet you have been too! Our focus may be on the wrong thing.
As golfers, it is our nature to focus on what our body is doing and what our hands and arms are doing and a whole lot more!
There is considerable research showing us that teachers and players tend to focus too much on the internal and not enough on the external. This research also tells us that external focus is hands down the best way to learn a skill.
“And since golf is a motor skill it makes total sense to shift our attention externally.”
This does not mean that we completely dismiss what else is going on before, during, and after the golf ball is struck. But if I asked you to toss me a ball, would you think about the movements necessary to toss it to me?
Maybe if you had never thrown, or tossed a ball you might not get it to me…or even close! But I would wager you still would not think about the movements!
So what exactly is internal and external focus?
Today’s Players and Instructors spend a lot of time on the Internal parts of the swing. And there certainly isn’t anything wrong with that.
What if you were asked to clear your mind of swing thoughts?
Not all of them, keep the ones that strike the ball.
See ball, see club, hit ball with club!
So you hit it decently but maybe not where you wanted to.
Now you add to the “See ball, see club, hit ball with club….at TARGET!
Check out this study that was done at UNLV by Dr. Gabriele Wulf where participants had no prior golf experience.
They were given some basics such as grip, stance, and posture as well as a demonstration.
Subsequently, two groups of participants were given slightly different attentional instructions.
To read the entire study CLICK HERE.
Well, it’s another New Year and you’re probably saying some of the same things you said last year!
For those of us that play golf that usually means, “This New Year I’m REALLY going to work on my game and get better.”
“The big questions are HOW are you going to do that?
Have you set up a realistic goal?
Do you have a plan?
Do you have someone you can work with to help you reach your goal?
How much time are you willing to put in to achieve your goal??
For this New Year, you may want to consider trying to DO LESS in your golf swing! Yep, quit trying to do things you’ll NEVER be able to do and simplify your golf game!
Golf is both hard and easy.
The easy part is hitting a golf ball. The hard part is hitting it effectively!
For elite players golf is easy. They’ve spent years and years honing their skills and getting to the top of their game. For the mere mortals, golf is HARD! Unfortunately, too many players give up because they don’t enjoy the game anymore.
They’ve watched every video they can find, they’ve tried putting themselves into contorted positions and they just don’t get any better!
I’m not saying that ALL mortals don’t get better, a lot DO! But your average high handicapper actually doesn’t even care if they get better, they just want to play golf with their buddies…and that’s OK too!
We’ve all done this one time or another. We’ve looked at videos, tried things that we’ll never be able to do, and then just flat give up!
How about you try something easier…like focusing on the thing that hits the ball…
…THE GOLF CLUB!
IF you swing the club your body will generally follow it, unless your body STOPS it!
I define the golf swing as a hands and arms movement transported by the body. That does NOT mean it’s a body swing!
The hands and arms will move almost perfectly UNLESS the body does something to disrupt what they are doing.
For instance…if I start the backswing by taking the club “straight back” my body has a tendency to sway away from the ball. But if the hands move on an arc – back, up and in…simultaenously…the body will have a tendency to move on an arc too.
If the hands stop moving, generally the body does too.
Look at a player that strikes the ball then stops/quits. What is their body doing? It usually stopping too!
Learn to educate your hands, learn to swing your arms…just like the legends of the game did. It worked pretty well for them!
IF you are young, strong, and flexible, then, by all means, do the “modern” swing…moving the club by primarily using a body motion and with the club following.
One more thing…
…take a look at this image to the left. Does that reflect what you’re doing? There is an old saying in the south…
…”If ya keep on doin whatcha been doin, y’all git whatcha been gittin!”
I hear a lot of people say,”Life On The PGA Tour is Glamorous.”
Maybe, maybe not…Life On the PGA Tour could also be not Glamorous!
Life on the PGA Tour consists of working on your game, practice rounds, tweaking equipment, meeting with sponsors, and more work on your game…glamorous?
A typical day starts around 6 am. After breakfast it’s typically some short game, then range time, play a few holes, lunch, then back to the range and then back out to play more holes.
Then, depending on how the player is feeling, and how they played the practice holes, they may come back to the range for more ball striking.
In practice rounds, the player typically is hitting different shots off the tee and into the green. Chipping and pitching from different angles lies around each green. Charting the green for the breaks, and hitting some bunker shots.
This generally takes the whole day and then its dinner time. After dinner, you finally get to relax for a couple of hours and hopefully have your game plan set for the course.
Everyone wants your time, and everyone wants to give you something. Or maybe you want to try a new club, new training aid, new move in your golf swing. Whatever it is time is a valuable commodity out there.
Time management and goal setting are 2 very important aspects for a touring professional.
Unless your family travels with you, you’ll be missing your kids as they grow up. Missing school plays sporting events, parent/teacher conferences. Sure, some of the players travel with their families, or at least they come out for the weekend but it truly isn’t the same.
PGA Tour players have a boatload of expenses!
Travel, accommodations, caddie fees, coaching fees can all add up substantially every week. If the player plays well they earn a rather decent paycheck. But nothing is guaranteed on the Tour!
Unlike other professional athletes, there are no base salaries. You play well you get a check, you don’t play well you get zip, nada, NOTHING!
So, Life On The PGA Tour isn’t always Glamorous!
But they make so much money you say. Yep, the average Tour player does make more money than the average person. But, nowhere near the income of other professional athletes and…NO GUARANTEES!
But, they are getting paid to play golf.
What golfer wouldn’t want to be able to play golf for a living! That is the dream of golfers around the world and will continue to be. But for most, that’s all it will ever be…a dream!
When they say, “These Guys Are Good,” well…they really are!
They make shots most of us can only dream about. But the one thing that separates golf from other sports is that ANY golfer can hit a shot as good as any Tour Player!
I didn’t they’d hit a LOT of shots, I said they could hit A shot
Think you could beat an NFL defensive back and make the game-winning touchdown?
How about hitting that slap shot to win the Stanley Cup? Or how about hitting a home run off a 100 mph fastball to win the World Series.
Doubtful on all 3!
But, you could have a hole-in-one. Hole out from the fairway, sink a 30 footer to win the 4-way press!
Even the player who finishes at the bottom of the exemption list each year is better than the majority of us. Heck if we were that good, we’d be playing for a living!
Yes, PGA Tour players, for the most part, have a great life. But it isn’t always glamorous!
Chuck Evans is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
His Academy is based in Phoenix Arizona where he conducts
golf instruction, golf schools, and Junior Golf Development.
To find out more about programs and how to have more fun at golf
email us here!
It’s Thanksgiving time here in the US.
It’s Thanksgiving time and that means we all eat too much and will continue on this “feasting” for the next month and a half!
We’ll gain several pounds this Thanksgiving and a lot of people will make a “New Years” resolution to lose those pounds and start working out or work out harder. The health clubs love this time of year! More and more people sign up/join then after a couple of months they quit going…it happens every year!
Guess what else us golfers do?
We also make a resolution…dammit…this year I REALLY am going to dedicate myself to getting better!
Just like the resolve to working out…this too fades away.
Why do we put ourselves through this every year? Why don’t we actually follow through with our plans?
I think they are a couple of reasons…
It actually takes work to become better.
Your local teaching Pro just can’t sprinkle some magic dust on you and poof…you’re better!
Noooo…YOU have to put in the time and effort to accomplish your goal!
The goal is NOT specific enough.
HOW are you going to get better? Is it ball striking, short game, course management, or the mental game?
Need help in deciding your goals?
Soon, its gonna be cold up north, if it’s not already. Are you putting the clubs up and hoping for the best when comes around?
You’ve got a few choices here too.
Wait until spring, dust off the clubs, and about the time you get your groove on…it’s time to put them up again!
So here’s the deal…
…Nothing and I mean nothing, beats a hands-on-session
Our schools are filling up fast!
So if you are really serious about your game, or even kinda serious, or just want to get out of the cold and snow, NOW is the time to schedule your coaching with us here in the desert!
As a special incentive for you, we’re offering this one of a kind tuition if you book your school before December 15th!
All you need to do is book your time before December 15th, 2017.
You have until April 1 – 2018, to attend. (50% deposit required)
Did you know the golf swing is a version of the flail?
A flail was first used by the ancient Egyptians as a means of speeding up the way they threshed crops.
Later, the flail was turned into a weapon.
As a golfer, we use these same principles. The lead arm acts as the “rod”, the wrists as the leather thong, and the golf club as the end that creates the speed. In golf, we start with these 2 pieces and as the lead wrist cocks, ( radial deviation as the medical professionals call it) it creates an out of line condition.
As the lead wrist uncocks (ulnar deviation) this out of line condition rapidly starts getting inline. As the lead arm and club get inline they rapidly start getting out of line again. This is the flailing action we use in golf.
(Submitted photo Golf Tips Todd Elliott)
By NOT allowing this action to happen you are actually slowing the club down!
Here is a clip from Peter Allis with a little more explanation.
When I was a kid I had NO FEAR of putting…NONE!
Every putt I hit, if it didn’t go in the hole went 3-4 feet by and the majority of the time I made these knee-knockers coming back.
I’ll bet when YOU were a kid the same thing happened to you.
As kids we had no fear, missing wasn’t even an option. But then something happened…
…We got older AND started missing those come-backers!
So instead of putting “freely” we started thinking about NOT 3 putting!
Lots of the worlds best players go through this, even the great Tom Watson. In his career, he ran the ball past the hole if he didn’t make it. Then, he started missing those come-backers and he got a little gun shy!
He eventually worked his way out of it back to the Watson we all know.
If you are always trying NOT to 3 putt I can guarantee you one thing…you’ll NEVER make anything!
The moral of the story…go back to being a kid and putt no fear!
How to Improve Your Golf Game!
Blah, Blah, Blah…we hear it ALL of the time!
But are you really improving? Are you putting in the effort to really improve or just giving yourself lip -service?
I know people join golf sites and get all of the FREE information they can…then cancel after they’ve gotten all of the FREE stuff!
Listen, if you’re one of those, you will NEVER stick to anything that requires effort and determination! You are setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even started!
But I found this video that could be life/game changing! It’s done by a member at one of the clubs where I had an Academy.
Just click on the picture and it will take you to it.
A LOT of players are Unknowingly Sabotaging their Golf Game. Sure, they know they need work in some area or another but those areas are not CLEARLY defined!
You can say, “My putting needs work.”
Let’s define it a little clearer. From what DISTANCE are you the weakest? Is it mostly longer putts? If so, long distance putting may NOT be the issue.
It could be proximity to the hole on your approach shots.
Granted, this image only shows from 12 feet and in but as you can see the farther you get from the hole the more the percentage gap is increased!
Now back to approach shots.
The next time you go out and play, I want you to measure the distance of your first putt. Next, what was the yardage you hit into that green and what club did you use?
Did the ball go straight or curve? If it curved, what direction is it curving? Where was the pin located? Front, middle, back, center, left, or right.
This is all data that you need to narrow down your area to work on.
We created an extensive game assessment to help you narrow down your ENTIRE game and I’m giving it to you as a gift!
Once you have taken the assessment, give me 24-48 hours to send you back a training module for what ails you.
Pretty simple huh!
Lots of things happening so I thought I’d give everyone a quick update.
We are in the process of partnering with MySwing in Scottsdale Arizona to create our new Scottsdale Golf Performance Center. The center will have all of the latest and greatest state-of-the-art technology available including MySwing Professional – 3D motion capture, Flightscope – 3D ball radar, Balance, and Pressure mapping, high-speed video, some other really cool stuff that we’ll tell you about later!
We’ve also partnered with Owners Manual for Golf to provide training modules for golfers of every level.
As you can see…we’ve been busy!
Until next time…
Better Golf: YOU want to play better but why don’t you?
Let me tell you a quick story about the time I was so embarrassed with MY game. Many years ago I was struggling from tee to green and had a horrible short game.
It was so bad that the more I practiced the more frustrated I got!
You see, years ago I was trying to pass my Players Ability Test for the PGA. I had always been a decent ball striker but my short game came and went and was NEVER consistent.
Anyway, we play 36 holes in one day and we have what the PGA calls a “target” score. This score is based on the course but is usually a no-brainer at a combined score of 152-156. So, you could be 8-12 over par for the 2 rounds and still pass.
That day my short game was as bad as it had ever been. I had been hanging in there all day long and just needed a bogey on the 36th hole and I would pass.
I hit a good drive and decent approach shot to the green but I left myself around 30 feet for birdie. I said to myself, “If you make this you’ll be two shots clear of the target score”.
Well, I hit that putt and ran it 3 feet by the hole. Now the pressure was REALLY on!
I told myself again, make this and you pass. I was feeling so much pressure I couldn’t swallow! My hands were shaking as I drew the putter back and all I could think about was NOT missing this putt.
As I hit the putt the bottom fell out from under me when I left that putt short…on the lip. Now I was devastated! I went up to casually knock it in and… missed!
I mean completely whiffed it!
That whiffed putt caused me to bogey the final hole and miss the PAT by ONE shot!
As you can imagine I felt terrible, and I was mad as hell at myself! But, I wasn’t ready to give up on my dream of being able to play like I knew I could. The problem I had was I didn’t know how to lower my scores OR have more fun! I certainly wasn’t having any fun that day!
And that’s when I had my big “ah-ha” moment…
I HAD to find a way to get better and the things I was doing weren’t producing the scores I was looking for.
So first I tried a couple of quick tips like all golfers do, and they didn’t work! They didn’t work at all! I even tried asking a few friends and that was a total disaster!
Think about that one…
WHY would your golfing buddies ever give you anything that would make you a better player? A better player that would take their money!
So, then I tried changing putters and that worked a little better. But, it still wasn’t the answer. Sometimes it’s the archer and NOT the arrow!
And that’s when I finally built a way of assessing my game.
As I looked at all the different shots it became apparent that in addition to my putting, I had SEVERAL OTHER weaknesses in my game! And that’s when I realized it wasn’t my game! I was failing because the real enemy here was myself! No wonder I was struggling.
We want to believe we can fix things ourselves, but that’s BS!
When I figured out that it wasn’t true, I was finally able to break out of the chains and get the results I wanted and deserved!
The “enemy” was the one keeping me from living up to my potential!
Once I realized that by taking a real, true assessment of my game I could pinpoint the things I needed to work on and everything changed!
I used what I discovered to be able to:
– To turn my practice time into something that, for the first time, helped lower my scores
– To drop shots the smart way without a lot of effort
– And I even discovered how to make practice fun!
But it didn’t just work for me, I shared the assessment with others…and it worked for them too!
I didn’t realize it when I started that not only does this simplify the process, for lowering your scores, but it also helps you lose strokes, beat your playing partners, and take their money!
And that’s why I created the “Owners Manual for Golf“.
This took years, lots of blood sweat and tears, and focused effort before I figured this out and finely tuned this assessment. This cost me hundreds of dollars, in time and effort, to figure out and create…
But it was totally worth it!
The biggest thing that was holding me back was getting myself into a mindset that what I was doing wasn’t working.
This is so much easier!
What used to take me weeks of struggle to get results the old way, I can now get it done in as little as 15 minutes a day…or LESS!
In fact, here’s just a sample of what you’ll get with my assessment…
* Learn EXACTLY what’s holding your game back. With your “Owners Manual” you can instantly see how to drop shots in a very short time…
* You will learn what your precise strengths and weaknesses are without guessing so you can focus on what matters and avoid those blow-up holes…
* Learn when to attack certain holes and pins, and when to play it safe, so you can drop strokes without using the old eraser trick:)…
* Specific training drills geared for your game so you can stop being embarrassed and start dropping shots…
But don’t just take my word for it…
Take a look at this:
• Why should you believe in this assessment? After 40+ years of teaching, coaching and studying the game I’ve discovered a few things.
• People DO NOT get better with quick tips!
• Their friends are ALWAYS giving them advice, usually not very good!
• People DO NOT pick up their head!
• People DO NOT take their “eye off the ball”! (except for Annika and Duvall or unless you’re a blind golfer)
• People really DO NOT know why their game needs help!
I Scratched My Head When A Player Answered…
Sometimes in golf, we run across those “whaaaat” moments!
Golf has a major problem!
We are ALL trying to solve a puzzle, issues within a golf swing, using the same thinking that, in a lot of cases, caused them!
Take for instance getting answers from a player.
“Me – What do you think about when hitting a shot? Player – Is my grip OK, my set up, do I open the clubface or keep it turned down. Am I going to slice this ball or pull it dead left”?
Or how about the player, when asked if they are trying to help the ball into the air…they say yes!
I told you last week about the player that showed up with a 5-page list of things he was working on!
I get it, I really do. When we are making swing changes we are thinking about
When we are making swing changes we are thinking about EVERYTHING! Hopefully, your instructor has classified what change(s), if any, but more importantly, they have assigned them in priority.
By prioritizing, we look at the whole picture and then make an educated choice on WHAT change will most effect some of the other issues.
By prioritizing, and repairing the ONE issue that will most likely repair several others, the student and the teacher don’t have to have this mental checklist of 50 different items!
Now there are certain things players do that act like a “trigger” to get them going. It’s all part of their “pre-shot”. It could as simple as wiping the grip of the club, making a rehearsal swing, a forward press with the club or body.
Jason Day closes his eyes to visualize the shot. He sees the ball take off in a certain direction with a certain trajectory and come down next to the flag. Jordan Speith makes several small swings to get a certain “feel” for the shape of the shot.
In the majority of cases though, these “rituals” are all part of relaxing the mind and body. Relieving tensions that build up during a round and eliminating more than one or two swing thoughts.
I would suggest that when thinking about the golf swing that you use logic. When used, answers appear and questions are answered!
Until next time,
Chuck Evans is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher based in Phoenix Arizona where he offers private instruction, golf schools, and junior development.
Have You Ever Improved From Game Improvement Tips?
I know a LOT of players that live their life and game by these.
And yep…they are mostly quick tips that don’t apply to me OR you!
I had a player the other day that I had never worked with before.
I asked him what he was working on and he showed me 5 handwritten pages of game improvement tips he had seen from the Golf Channel, magazines, and YouTube videos and of course the all time worst thing you could do…advice from a friend!
I asked him, with all of these tips and notes how many of them have actually helped you. He said, NONE…that’s why I’m here!
Whether you are a beginner or a Touring Professional we will give you the opportunity to take your game to the next level!
This opportunity will be limited so that the quality control will be second to none. I can’t tell you, just yet, what will be included in this opportunity because we cannot let this get out prior to launch.
What I can tell you though is that it will change your golfing life…forever!
Until then, keep it in the short grass!
Years ago I had the pleasure of spending time with Sally Kelley, Homer Kelley’s wife. I was there to help her get the 7th edition ready for publication, along with Cathy Schmidt.
After months of work, we finally completed it. There were over 100 handwritten pages that had to be deciphered, put into the correct chapters and sub-chapters but we got it done! We then shipped it off to Alex Sloan for his verification. He found nothing wrong with our work so off to the presses we went.
There was only one problem…Sally didn’t have the $25K to give to the publisher.
Here are some words from Mr. Kelley about what he called the Hand Controlled Pivot vs. Pivot Controlled Hands.
“The subject for this outing is the difference between “Alignment Golf” ( hand controlled pivot) and “Position Golf” (pivot controlled hands). Position golf advocates teaching the pivot components (especially) to move from an Address Location to a Top Location to an Impact location to a finish location in such a manner as to cause the Arms to whip the Clubhead along a path that passes through the Ball Location. Then to practice adjusting these various locations to vary and control Ball Behavior.
I know, because I spent 15 years trying to reduce that to shift to some sort of pattern. All the time, with a cry “Golf is an art, and not a science.” ringing far and wide. And to this day. “Einstein was a great engineer but a lousy golfer and” – all engineers are doomed to lousy golfing – unless they ignored engineering, which they apparently do.
“Alignment Golf” holds that the relationships of those “Component Locations”, “Positions” AND “Movements”, with each other along the target line are the “Golfing Imperatives.”
Here is the point of apparent confusion for some seekers. The Hands and the Arms do not substitute for the Pivot. The Pivot is the entire substance of Zone #1 of the G.O.L.F. techniques advocates precision relationships and movements of the Pivot. Which must be educated to make any adjustment of these relationships and movements that Hands declare necessary for avoiding interference with its complete freedom in executing the Three Functions of the Club – those of the Clubshaft, the Clubhead and the Clubface. All three of which must be kept completely coordinated but completely independent – the only procedure available for consistently precise impact.
The advantages of this are obvious in Golfing. All these factors can be identified, cataloged and assembled into a completely compatible and repeatable – as well as infinitely and voluntarily adjustable Patterns.
So Hand Controlled Pivots are Pivots at their best. Now – what is recommended, is educating the Pivot Components – per Zone 1 – OUT OF THEIR DICTATORIAL FIXED POSITION SYNDROME forthwith! Third with, if possible. At least, get started!!”
Homer Kelley December 1982
Congratulations to Sergio Garcia, 2017 Master Champion!
This year the Masters started with conditions they have rarely had…wind, cold and rain!
The often a bridesmaid, but never a bride, finally won his first major and on a very special day! Today was Seve’s 60th birthday and what a way to celebrate!
In 1999 Sergio was the low amateur and Jose Maria Olazabal was the winner. Seve always said Sergio would win the Masters but he probably never dreamt it would take this long.
The duel between Justin Rose and Sergio was a classic and turned around at the 13th where Sergio had pulled his drive. His next shot was a punch out, up the fairway, and left him a great angle to the pin.
After his pitch shot, he had about 10 feet for par…and he made it! That may have been the par of the tournament for Sergio.
Both players are “class” people and they’re good friends.
As you watched them all day they rarely talked, they stayed focused on the task at hand! At times they would acknowledge one another’s shot but their focus was on winning the tournament.
Sergio said that a calm came over him today before he teed off. A calm that he had never experienced.
What can we, as golfers learn from today?
Stay focused, be determined, stay calm! Hit the shots you KNOW you can hit and make a few putts.
For the week, Sergio hit over 80% of the fairways…that helps!
For more help on strengthing your game, check out our instructional videos.
Throughout golf’s rich history, there have always been great players.
Some were great ball strikers. Others were great wedge players and some great putters.
Which would you prefer to be?
I’ve personally seen, and competed, against them all and let me tell you…I’d rather play someone with a weak short game anytime!
Great ball strikers have full command of their swing. Hit it a ton, stiff the irons but can’t make a putt to save their life!
Let’s look at 2 examples of great ball strikers.
- Moe Norman – rated by some as the greatest ball striker ever. Aesthetically, a swing you would never want to copy! But there were things IN his swing that made him so pure. He didn’t like putting and thought the short game was a waste of time.
- George Knudson – another rated by his peers as one fo the top 5 ball strikers that ever played the game! He too disdained short game and putting. He liked to say he would just take 2 putts and walk off the green.
Now let’s look at a couple of short game wizards.
- Seve Ballesteros – a true magician with the short game. Because of his erratic ball-striking, he HAD to have a great short game, and boy did he ever!
- Phil Mickelson – another maestro of the short game. Phil is NOT known for his ball-striking but again, he is never out of a hole due to his wedge game. His putting can be sporadic at times, but you don’t win Majors without great putting.
With all of the stats available today, from the PGA Tour, you can see who is leading – and falling behind, in the Shots Gained categories.
The majority of the world’s best players have coaches to use as a second pair of eyes. To point out some seemingly minute “flaw” that can turn them around, or get them back on track.
Look at the differences in today’s top players.
The set-up is different, grips are different, backswing and downswing are different, alignment is different but the key is that for the most part, they ALL hit the ball the same! It’s whoever has the hot short game that wins it!
Dustin Johnson this past week lead all but one category for Strokes Gained – putting. He was 74th in that category. He would have been much higher but for a couple of days of missed putts.
In this case, I can hear you saying to yourself, the best ball striker DID win! And I agree…in THIS case!
Look, it doesn’t matter what your strength is, keep building upon it BUT look at your weaknesses…THERE is where the majority of the work should be put in.
And hey, if you REALLY can’t figure it out come see me. If you can’t get to Arizona, then contact me for a referral to someone in your area.
Hope to see ya soon,
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
Devoted KC Chiefs Fan
What Release Type Are You Using
A few weeks ago I told you we would discuss different release types and ask you what release type are you using.
Well….I’m back baby!
My definition of release types are rolling release and non-rolling release.
The rolling type of release has 3 variations;
- Full Roll
- Half Roll
- Reverse roll
The first 2 types of release create curvature. 1. Over draws and 2. Draws The 3rd one is generally a “push” cut to a “push” slice. This one is very usable for higher – less than full power shots…greenside bunkers and flop shots.
The first 2 are generally used when the player has the club coming from the “inside” on the downswing. IE…inward to outward.
Phil uses this one. Check out the clubface and the amount of “roll” at the early stage of follow-through.
This type of release requires PERFECT timing but is taught to a lot of amateurs as a means to draw the ball.
Henrik Stenson uses a non-rolling release. Look at the differences in these two release types.
The non-rolling release has a much more stable clubface and does NOT require PERFECT timing! Players that use this type of release generally are more of the “swing left” group (for right-handers). The majority of these players keep the clubhead and clubface more “square” to the arc.
So what release type are you using?
Does it match your swing path? Does it match what you are TRYING to do?
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
Chuck Evans Golf offers golf lessons, golf schools and junior golf development in Phoenix Arizona
Want To Hit It Further…Try This Drill
I have never had a player come to me and say, “Can you help me hit it SHORTER!”
A couple of days ago I was a guest speaker at a 3D motion capture workshop presented by MySwing Golf.
As we went along the subject about distance came up. In the group of attendees was a long driver competitor whose latest swing speed was 140 MPH.I asked him, “If you want to hit it farther what do you do?” He replied, “I try and get the biggest turn I can.”
At that point, I asked everyone to stand up, without a golf club, and make their “normal” backswing.
Here is a picture of their “normal” backswings.
Now look at the same 2 guys. HUGE difference!
What did I ask them to do?
I’m glad you asked!
I asked them to turn their belt buckle and chest as far away from the target as they could and allow their front foot to “unweight”…let it come up.
Believe me, this is a very simple motion and one that WILL help you add distance to your shots!
By the way, there is NO SNOW forecast here for the desert this winter!
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Until next time, keep it in play off the tee, get it on/or near the green, make some PUTTS!
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Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers
Chuck Evans selected again as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher
It’s an honor, and a privilege to be recognized once again as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and it never gets old!
Here is how the selection process works.
Since its inception in 1991, GOLF Magazine’s Top Teachers in America ranking has become the industry standard for teaching excellence due to the diligent selection process that GOLF Magazine employs to assemble the list.
“Every two years the Credential and Selection committees dedicate a lot of time and research to recognize the golf industry’s best teachers by naming them to our Top 100 list,” said David DeNunzio, Managing Editor for Instruction for GOLF Magazine. “These individuals have been selected because of their commitment to broaden the appeal of golf by helping their students understand and enjoy the game.”
Candidates for GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America list are selected from nominees submitted by the PGA, LPGA, United States Golf Teachers Federation, top industry executives and GOLF Magazine readers. More than 250 nominations on average are accepted from the country’s 25,000 instruction professionals. Each nominee must complete a thorough questionnaire developed in conjunction with Dr. Robert Christina, professor emeritus of the University of North Carolina—Greensboro School of Health and Human Performance.
The applications are screened against fifteen baseline criteria recommended by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee and are then examined and ranked by a group comprised of 15 active and former Top 100 Teachers. Final recommendations are then made by a separate Selection Committee, comprised of GOLF Magazine’s instruction editors, established Top 100 Teachers and alumni, and invited World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame members. The recommendations of the Selection Committee are submitted to GOLF Magazine for the final decision.
The Top 100 list is the only national golf instructor roster that combines outside academic and PGA Professional peer review. In addition, candidates are judged on their willingness to give back to the game and to the PGA and LPGA through one of the following: apprentice education, member continued education, research or lesson programs.