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!”
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.
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!
In earlier articles we discussed the role of the body and that it’s “job” is to provide the balance, arms generate the speed, and hands give the shot direction.
Here are a couple of ways to think about this.
First, every house and every structure must have a firm foundation and the foundation for the golf stroke is what the body is doing. Without this foundation and support from a stable body, or Pivot motion, then the structure will not have any rigidity and a structure can only be as good as its foundation.
Another way to think of this is an air plane delivering a bomb to its intended target. The body is of course the airplane and it is delivering the hands arm and club to its location which is to the golf ball, or aiming point, while still driving down to full extension.
Now let’s take a look at what some of the body parts should be doing during the stroke and we’ll start with the feet.
The feet need to be firmly into the ground with no unnecessary lifting or rolling other than what the body makes them do. If the feet are pulled off the ground because of the Pivot motion then fine. Otherwise they need to stay as firmly planted in the ground as possible without any of that unnecessary lifting or rolling.
The knees start out at address in a bent condition the same amount of the bend as if you were in an Impact position. As you make a backstroke the right knee can either stay flexed or it can be allowed to straighten and in the downstroke this is just reversed. The left knee can stay bent coming into Impact or it can be straightening, again the players’ choice.
The hips work in response to upper body rotation, more specifically the right shoulder, so they have choices as well. They can be free to in turn in both directions, or they can be delayed which means the shoulder turn itself pulls them and turns them.
The primary role of the shoulders is to allow the hands to work on plane. So if the right shoulder is off plane, then unless the hands are well educated, the clubhead will also be off plane. The arms want to follow the path of the shoulders.
Now the Hands can makeup for off plane shoulder movement but this takes tremendous amounts of timing to do so. So the easiest thing to do is to keep the right shoulder moving on plane, down and out to Low Point, just like you’re moving the hands and all way to the finish.
Lag: When you hear us speaking of lag we are merely speaking of the relationship between the clubhead and the hands – clubHEAD Lag. In all great strokes, unless the player is intentionally applying a specialty shot, the clubhead is trailing the hands through impact….NEVER in front of the hands! Think of it this way – there is a race between the hands and the clubhead to the ball and to be an effective, and great, ball striker – the HANDS MUST WIN THE RACE!
Plane: To add a little more information about plane, please use the idea of a pitched roof and at the bottom of the roof is a gutter. We will refer the gutter as being the plane line and the amount of pitch of the roof as the plane angle. With this in mind, golfers can then envision that the plane angle can vary many degrees but the gutter of the roof or the plane line remains the same. This is why when you view good players swings they incorporate many different angles but what they abide by is that whichever end of the club is closest to the ground is always pointing at the gutter or plane line. This is the true definition of being on plane.
Poor Golf Is Position Golf…/
“The Golfing Machine” is a book which became published in 1969 following 28 years of scientific research and analysis by an engineering aid named Homer Kelley. Quite simply, this book is like no other. How does it differ?
1. It was the first book to reveal why and how the universal Laws of motion – Physics and Geometry – apply to the golf swing. Thus it is based on scientific facts, not opinions
2. It offers in-depth explanations, not descriptions, of how the golf swing can function.
3. It is an instructional manual, not a “do it my way” book.
4. It offers flexibility, by explaining how the golf club can be swung many different ways by utilizing various body movements. It does not emphasize a one-dimensional theory. Continue reading Good Golf is Alignment Golf
Check out this video discussing how the wrists work during a golf swing.
We would like to take this opportunity to offer our congratulations to Chuck Evans, Executive Director of Instruction for Medicus Golf, for being recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the TOP 100 Teachers in America. Selection of the GOLF Magazine TOP 100 is a 2 year process and includes reviews, questionnaires, thorough research, and input from the teaching community. Asked by Golf Magazine, “You have one final lesson to give – who gets it?” Without hesitation Chuck stated, “Someone who has never broken 100.”
Having taught over 200,000 players through private lessons, golf schools, workshops and seminars since 1970, Chuck has earned the title of a“Teachers Teacher” by his peers. Other notable players who Chuck has worked with and trained include Grant Waite, Bobby Clampett and Buddy Alexander, just to name a few.
Chuck is one of only 31 teachers worldwide designated to hold a “Doctorate in Golf Stroke Engineering”. Chuck has also served as Director of Schools from the PGA Tour Academy, The Director of Instruction for United Stated Golf Institute and The Golfing Machine.
Find out more about Chuck’s background, his best advice to amateurs & aspiring tour players, and learn about his effective golf philosophy in this month’s issue of Golf Magazine, 2/2009.
Chuck currently teaches at the Medicus Golf Institute located at Seascape Resort and Emerald Bay golf Club in Destin, Florida.
To Find out more about Medicus Golf Schools, Medicus Player Development and Golf instruction with Chuck Evans, visit www.medicuscorporate.com or call Tracy Lehnecker, V.P., Medicus Golf Corporation, at 800.732.4995.
For the pitching stroke we advocate a square to the target line alignment with the body. With the club out in front of you, adjust your left and right wrist so the left arm and club form a straight line and that the right forearm and shaft are also in alignment. This should align the left wrist so it is flat and right wrist so that it is bent.
Bend/flex the knees and bend from the waist and drop the club behind the ball assuring that the alignments established at setup are not disturbed.
The knee and waist bend would be the same for what you would apply with any other golf stroke. The weight distribution should be 65% on the target side and the head is centered in the middle of the stance. The ball position is centered, with the head over the top of the ball, or slightly back with the head in front of the ball.
Remember, in any set up the head always remains in the center of the feet. So if the ball is behind Center the head would be in front the ball and if ball is forward of center then the head would be behind the ball.
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Medicus Golf Junior Development Player Matt Hageman has signed to play golf at Illinois State University.
Matt began his 2007 tournament campaign by winning our own Medicus Golf AJGA Preseason tournament outside of Chicago by firing a final round 66. Matt proceeded throughout the year to climb the junior rankings. This earned Matt several looks at and offers by Universities throughout the country but when all was said and done Matt decided to stay closer to home and become a Redbird.
Matt is looking forward to his final year of high school and upcoming tournament golf season before embarking on his college career. With the recruiting class and returning golfers at ISU, they will be in position to compete at a high level in the NCAA. Matt looks forward in helping ISU to move event further up the NCAA Golf Rankings.
Matt began working with Chuck Evans, Executive Director of Instruction of Medicus Golf at the end of 2007. Besides long distance swing analysis and constant contact by phone and email, Matt has made several trips to Destin to get hands on work.
In February Matt will be making his first trip of 2009 back to Destin where he will be apart of the first weekend events of the upcoming Medicus Golf Player Development European “Bash on the Beach” . While in Destin he will be able to continue hands on training from Chuck Evans and mental coach Carey Mumford.
Matt, congratulations and the Medicus Golf team looks forward to your future successes.
To find out more about how to be involved in the Medicus Player Development Program, become a Medicus Golf Instructor, attend a golf school, or how to use Medicus Products, please click HERE or contact Tracy Lehnecker at: email@example.com or call 800.732.4995
Our next Instructor workshop is scheduled for January 23-25, 2009 in beautiful Destin Florida.
This training will be a full 3 days of classroom, absorb and apply, presentations, testing, the Medicus Curriculum, and much more. We are talking a 24/7, 3-day, golf fest and golf ”fix”. You will basically be eating and sleeping golf. There are no hours affixed to this training as it will be continual.
What will it mean for you to attend Medicus Instructor Training?
The benefit to you is for Medicus to drive more business to you via our website and marketing efforts. While you maintain your separate business and identities, our intent is to drive additional business to you and your facility. If you would like to become better acquainted with how to match components in golf strokes, then this is the workshop for you! You will learn what components go with what, when it’s sometimes better to take what the student has and then match Plane Angle and Hinge Action to whatever their Pivot is doing then you absolutely cannot miss this opportunity!
For those who cannot attend at this time, we would like to extend an invite to become a part of the Medicus Instructor Network. We would be honored to speak with you in this regard as well as send you some of the pertinent information.
In addition PGA Members will receive 12 hours of credit for attending the three days.