Alignment Golf vs Position Golf by Homer Kelley
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