Here is a excerpt from a Power Golf seminar we did in Las Vegas. The video is a little dark…(ok a lot dark) we were under a cover, but you’ll get the message!
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There is so much talk these days about the golfers head moving over to the right foot in the backswing and then staying there. This is one of the worst pieces of advice ANY golfer could receive!
You want the head to stay centered between the feet so that it forms a “Tripod” – a steady center from where the body can rotate under.
One of the greatest players of all times maintained his Tripod perfectly – Bryon Nelson. Take a look at this, learn to do this, and you will be on your way to playing better.
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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.
I am a scratch golfer and a lifelong student of the game. I play a lot of tournament golf (top tens in state am’s & opens, US am qualifier, etc) and was drawn to the site via my research into the role of the right arm.
I have long been an advocate that the control of the swing SHOULD be performed by the right side for right handed people! Why would I ever want to do anything athletic with my left side, I can hardly brush my teeth with my left hand!Anyway, with that said I have really enjoyed reading what TGM has to offer. I do not understand the numbers & some of the terminology, but understand enough to have picked up & also reinforced some of my feels/thoughts.
Some are as follows: (1) the feel of the right hand pulling the left thumb (2) the feel of the takeaway being initiated by the right forearm (3) the thought of “centeredness” of the swing (4) the concept that the motion of the right arm/hand induces the pivot of the body! (5) the overall concept that the club MUST be swung on the proper plane!! There are others, but I am rambling.
I have a few questions: (a) EXACTLY where is PP # 3 & PP # 1? Is PP 3 at the base of the right forefinger, on that knuckle? (b) what are some feels/ideas for the swinging of this right hand PP on plane? (c) I strongly believe that the downswing plane should be flatter than the backswing plane. What is TGM’s thought on this? (d) I am really worried about getting Kelley’s TGM book because of its complexity. Any thoughts on this?
All of these feels you are having are explained in TGM.
1. That’s called extensor action –
2. That’s “The magic of the right forearm“
3. The “Tripod” – steady head, one of three essentials
4. A Hand controlled pivot
5. Plane of Motion – A straight plane line – one of three Imperatives
(a) PP#3 is the first joint of the right index finger, PP#1 is the heel of the right hand were it touches either the left hand thumb or clubshaft.
(b) #3 PP is the feel for the control of the clubs sweetspot. It should be “aft” of the shaft for thrust support. The Feel for keeping the sweetspot and #3 is to rotate both to the top and lay them on the face of the Inclined Plane.
(c) Changing plane angles is of course the players choice. The fewer shifts that are made the better. Zero, or no shift, would be ideal, next would a “single” shift – Adam Scott, Tigers swing of three years ago, Ernie Els, Annika, and a host of others. A “double” shift is the next in line – Nick Price, Faldo, and then of course the old “triple” shift – Jim Furyk.
(d) The book is designed to give us all options. There are 456 quadrillion combinations but you only need to know YOUR pattern!
Rotating both the sweetspot and #3 PP on the face of the plane angle. Shoulder high is preferred because from there the right shoulder and the hands can come down the plane together.
The amount of rotation is based on how much it takes to get the sweetspot on the plane angle. The right palm up could close the clubface relative to the plane angle.
To really simplify this hold both hands straight out with the palms together, the left wrist flat the right wrist bent. Now take them to the top without changing anything. The left wrist is cocked and turned to the plane angle.
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Let’s face it, NO ONE wants to hit it shorter!
In this school we’ll show you exactly how you can add distance to all of your shots and how can become the “bomber” of your group.
Tired of always hearing, “You’re away.”
Now it’s YOUR turn! With a couple of “secrets” you will learn how to unlock the power within. It’s NOT rocket science BUT without these couple of things you will NEVER achieve your true measure of distance.
But what good is distance if you hit it 30 yeards farther right and into the woods! We’ll show you how Power and Accuracy combine to produce laser like shots.
These Power Schools are limited and are only for players that really want to add distance to their golf game.
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After reviewing hundreds of videos of amateur golfers from around the world we have discovered several things they have in common.
- Virtually all are OFF Plane – now this could be because they have no concept of what the swing plane is – and that’s no wonder with all of the mis-information out there.
- The clubhead arrives to the ball BEFORE the hands do – this should be reversed but because golfers THINK they have to help the ball into the air this is the natural thing to do.
- Poor posture – try turning around a BENT rod instead of a straight one.
- Poor set-up – ball out of position, head leaning too far away from target – again mis-information and trying to keep the head behind the ball.
- Poor balance throughout the stroke
- Poor grip and even worse clubface control – leads to erratic shots
There are more but these are the biggest "faults" and ones that ANY golfer can overcome!
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How can I stop slicing the golf ball? We get this question asked virtually everyday!
First, let’s discuss what causes a slice. It is NOT an outside to inside swing as many would have you believe. Curvature of the golf ball is produced by ONE factor – the angle of the clubface relative to the path for the clubhead when the ball LEAVES the clubface!
What this means is you can be perfectly on plane with your golf swing and still hit pushes, fades, slices, pulls, draws, and hooks because of the clubface alignment.
The clubface is controlled by the target side hand – left for right-handed golfers. So the hands control the clubface and the clubface controls the golf ball. Plain and simple – so the breakdown is,
1. Learn to control your hands
2. Control the hands you control the clubface
3. Control the clubface you control the golf ball
4. Control the golf ball and you control the game
One of the “absolutes” in golf – and what is taught – is a straight left arm. First let’s define WHAT a straight left arm is AND isn’t.
For the majority of people a left arm that hangs downward has an elbow joint. This joint has between 3 & 5 degrees of BEND in it. This is WHAT a straight left arm is.
Stretching – hyper extending – and LOCKING the elbow is NOT a straight left arm! All the golfer has done successfully is to INCREASE the radius from the left shoulder to the ground. This is a MAJOR cause of “fat shots!”
Harry Vardon WON the British Open six times playing with a “bent” left arm.
Calvin Peete won the Players Championship AND is the most accurate driver of the golf ball EVER! In 26 plus years of playing professional golf he hit ONE ball out of bounds! Calvin’s left arm was severly bent as a result of an accident as a young child which shattered his left elbow. Surgeons repaired the elbow, but it remained permanently fused so that Calvin could never fully straighten his arm.
Calvin won 11 times on Tour in a five year span – 12 events total -plus his Players Championship victory. He led the Tour in driving accuracy for 10 STRAIGHT years AND led the Tour in “greens in regulation” three times.
Another player that had huge success on the PGA Tour is Curtis Strange. Curtis won 17 times on Tour including winning the US Open back to back in 1988 and 1989.
Swing “Gurus” referred to Curtis’ left arm as “soft.”
Think of it this way, if you were to swing a piece of rope is it “locked” and taunt in the backstroke? Of course not! But what happens when you swing it to the ball…it BECOMES a straight line!
Now I’m not advocating that you intentionally bend your left arm BUT I am saying NOT to lock it thinking that is what straight is. The arms MUST feel like dangling ropes – loose. This will give you MORE power with LESS effort.
Remember, whatever angle your left arm hangs – loosely – just maintain it during the backstroke and let it come out by itself in the downstroke.
Most of us play golf with others and usually with players of the same caliber. But as long as we play golf there will always be players that hit it longer, straighter, hole more putts, better course management then we do.
I see the majority of players get intimidated by their playing partners and then they try to do things they simply are not capable of.
One player “A” hits a comfortable 8 iron 150 yards and player “B” uses a 5 iron for the same distance. It won’t take long for player “B” to start trying to hit their irons farther – and because they are now out of their comfort zone their scores and accuracy suffer.
A prime example of this is former British Open Champion, Ian Baker-Finch. This player was world class and was playing great golf when he won the British Open but soon after, rumor has it, thought he should be hitting it farther. His quest turned into a nightmare, he completely “lost” the game that had won him the Open! His accuracy was completely gone and he no longer had any idea where the ball was going!
After struggling for a few years and NOT finding his way back he simply retired from competitive golf rather then play golf like most of the golf world does. When you have played golf at this high of a level it is extremely difficult to come to terms that you have lost what you’ve had.
Can players hit the ball farther without giving up accuracy? Of course, but there ARE limits to this. Once of those limits is the players physical make-up. If you have the flexibility of Craig Stadler but are trying to swing like Davis Love then that is NOT going to work. You will have to rely on building speed into what you DO have.
Find a fitness trainer and work on your flexibility, see IF you can add more length to your swing BUT always under control. Think of it like this, your body is the foundation for the golf stroke – just like a sturdy home must have a study foundation – if you overload your foundation then structure will collaspe. So don’t try to overload your physical structure build a precision golf stroke based on what you CAN do – NOT what you can’t do!
It has been said that golf is 90% and 10% mechanical. Those numbers are somewhat skewed simply because if you have terrible mechanics it won’t matter how good your mental game is! You simply cannot “wish” the ball where you want it to go.
However, once you have fairly decent mechanics THEN the mental game is critical.
Take a look at Tiger Woods. His mental game is the strongest in golf and he proves it week in and week out. His mental game intimidates the field so much that players THINK that when he is in the field they are playing for second! That’s a weakness in THEIR mental games!
So how do you train yourself mentally? We all know the feeling of getting over a shot and having 10-12 swing thoughts in our mind. Or thoughts about – “Don’t hit it right there’s water over there.”
How can you “pull the trigger” with all of these thoughts? In order to keep swing thoughts out of your mind you must replace these thoughts with something else.
Carey Mumford came up with a process he calls “Clear Key.” A Clear Key is a phrase or a saying that the player repeats in their mind until the ball is gone. By repeating this Clear Key, with no pausing between phrases, the mind CANNOT think about swing thoughts or water on the right!
A Clear Key could be, “Mary had a little lamb I wish I had one too.” or “I wonder whatever happened to Absorbine SENIOR.” It doesn’t really matter what the phrase is as long as it does not contain any action words like, “Hit it hard, swing easy, etc.”
I’ve seen many players who could just flat out play golf but were so “brain dead” that they folded under the slightest pressure!
If you want to explore how the mental game works I would suggest that you visit Carey’s site and take a look for yourself. It certainly can’t hurt and who knows, it just might help!
Playing golf with your Sunday group is a completely different “animal” then playing and preparing for golf tournaments.
First there is no pressure when playing with your group of regulars. You all generally shoot the same scores, have the same handicap and get out to enjoy the surroundings. If you miss a putt it may cost you some “skin” money or a beverage of choice but you will see these guys again next week.
Tournament play on the other hand is unique. Instead of three players trying to beat you, like your regular group, there are 125 players all trying to do the same thing…WIN the tournament!
Winning a golf tournament is a combination of skill and luck. You could hit a great shot, have it hit a sprinkler head and then kick out of bounds! Or you could hit your tee shot into the trees and have it kick back in the fairway!
But preparing for a tournament takes time, if done properly, but gives you an edge when the “bell” rings.
Practice rounds for example are just that – practice. In preparation for your tournament you need to know exact yardages to the front, center and back of the greens. How far is the trouble is off the tee? What club would you hit to leave the ball short of the trouble?
Have you considered charting the greens? Divide the green into 4 quadrants then chart the breaks, grain, and any slopes. The pin will be in one of these quadrants during the tournament so wouldn’t it be great to know before hand where to hit your approach shot and then HOW the putts breaks!
Players need to develop a strategy and then STICK to their game plan! You develop that game plan during your practice rounds. For instance, if you decide to hit an iron off the tee on a par 4 or par 5 then KEEP to that strategy, don’t fall victim to what other players are doing!
In fact, during the practice round hit a couple of different clubs off the tee to see which one gives you the best opportunities and plays to YOUR strengths!
I have seen many Major Championships lost because of the ball OVER curving. Yes, the player hits a draw normally and then under pressure hits duck hook resulting in either a shot that now cannot reach the green or even worse…a penalty shot of some kind!
Take your time and chart the course, find yardages from every possible location – you may NOT hit the fairway on every hole so what it the yardage to the green from these locations AND what shot options are you going to have.
Take these tips and apply them and you will see a difference the next time the “bell” rings!
I am always amazed, and amused, when I hear players talking about their search for the Perfect Swing.
First, what’s perfect? The definition of perfect is stated as, “Lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.”
Let’s examine the first part of the defintion – lacking nothing essential to the whole. In golf their are Essentials and there are Imperatives. Each of these come with three parts/pieces.
Essentials have a stationary head, balance, and rhythm. Can you play golf without these, of course. Lots of players move their head up and down, side to side – that’s called bobbing and swaying.
How about balance? Look at Jack Nicklaus in his prime. After every tee shot he would rock back. And how about rhythm – that IS ONE thing you cannot be without and play tournament caliber golf!
What are Imperatives? These are things that you absolutely MUST have to play effect golf on ANY level.
Imperatives are a Flat Left Wrist, a Straight Plane Line, and a clubhead “lag” Pressure Point.
The Flat Left Wrist controls clubface alignment and without it you cannot control the the golf ball.
Without A Straight Plane Line the club is delivered into the ball in glancing blows thereby losing compression.
And what exactly is a clubhead lag Pressure Point? It is the first joint of the right index and it is used to sense and guide the sweetspot of the clubface into the golf ball.
If a player misses ANY of the Imperatives then they will NEVER be able to control their golf ball.
I know, that’s a funny heading for those of us that teach golf but it can be true!
Golfers do not get better for several reasons,
1. The information they are receiving is based on theory and NOT fact
2. Golf Instructors are teaching a “model” swing instead of what the student CAN DO
3. Students are NOT practicing properly and building precision alignments
Believe it or not – some people take lessons and DO NOT work on what their instructor has asked them to so they are wasting their money AND the Instructors time!
If someone comes to me and tells me that they are NOT willing to practice what we will be working on then I don’t accept them as students. There are plenty of other instructors around that WILL give you a quick-fix (bandaid) if that’s what you want.
Bandaids wash off the first time you take a shower!
But if you want to learn and create Precision Alignments THEN come and see me!
Aiming Point completely replaces the golf ball and it is a spot where you direct your hands. An examaple of an Aiming Point would be in a greenside bunker.
But a general rule of thumb is with a wedge the Aiming Point is in front of the ball, with a 5 iron it’s at the ball and with a Driver it is slightly behind the ball.
Now behind the ball doesn’t mean you “swing up” it simply means from your perspective when you look down. If your hands are over the left foot at Impact with all three of these clubs and the only thing that has changed is the ball position then you’ll see what I mean.
Visually the right forefinger – which is what you monitor both aiming and the sweetspot with – has not changed but will APPEAR to have moved because of the ball location changes.
A chat with Chuck Evans, who holds a Doctorate in The Golfing Machine and is head of the Medicus Golf Institute.
chuck evans: The Plane is “The Boss” and is the heart and soul of the golf stroke. But what is the Plane? It is not Hogan’s plane of glass, that’s only one Plane Angle variation. You can use any plane angle you choose and you can shift from any plane angle to another as long as the base of the plane does not change.
Imagine the slanted roof of a house with a gutter at the base of it. The roof is a plane angle and the gutter is the base of the plane. Whatever plane angle you decide to shift to, if any, the important part is that the clubshaft lays full length on this tilted plane. The Plane is the one thing in a golf stroke that everything else must comply with. The plane does not comply with anything or anybody, it is there and unless you operate according to that plane the heart and soul of the game is gone.
Off Plane motions create shanking, bent left wrist syndrome, loss of power, compression leakage, and a host of undesirable “ungolflike” movements.
Paul: People of different physical attributes can swing on different planes. Is there a way to categorise different planes?
Chuck Evans: Again, it is the player’s choice of which plane angle they want to execute their stroke. Nick Price for example uses what we refer to as a “Double Shift” stroke. He starts the club back on the original angle the clubshaft was at address. At approximately waist high he then shifts to a steeper plane angle and continues on this angle to the top of the stroke. In the start down he re-rotates “a counter clockwise movement of the hands and club” and flattens the plane angle until he gets down to the original start up angle. We call this a “Double Shift”. It is the third hardest to do in terms of simplicity.
Adam Scott on the other hand uses a “Single Shift”. At the start of the backstroke he immediately uses what we call a “start up swivel” which moves the hands and sweet spot off the original plane angle to a much steeper one a “Turned Shoulder Plane” and keeps his hands and sweet spot on this steeper angle all the way to the top of his stroke.
In the start down he then shifts to a much lower plane angle ? “Elbow Plane”. This “Single Shift” is the second easiest to do and when Tiger was really hitting it great used this procedure also. Another player that uses the “Single Shift” is Annika Sorenstam. Interestingly enough, Annika was trained through the Swedish Golf Federation which Pia Neilson headed up.
Pia was the second female instructor to be an Authorized Instructor of the golfing machine.
Paul: Is it possible to start on one plane and end up on another? Jim Furyk comes to mind.
Chuck Evans: As we’ve discussed in the previous questions, it is not only possible but is generally acceptable. Iron Byron even has a plane angle shift! What is not taught is the simplest version, no plane shift. In this, you simply move the club up and back, down and out on the same plane angle.
Any plane angle shift is dangerous, the less the player has the better off they will be.
Paul: If a player is shifting planes, what is their key objective through out the back and down swing?
Chuck Evans: Whatever plane angle you decide to move the club on must obey the geometric laws that govern not only the golf stroke, but everything else we do in normal everyday life.
First, the club must lie full length on this tilted plane angle, not just the clubhead or the hands, but the full clubshaft. Secondly the Right Forearm must be in a supporting role for the clubshaft ? in line with the shaft. Third, no matter what plane angle you shift to whichever end of the club is nearest the ground must also point at the base of the plane. If neither end is closer then the clubshaft must be horizontal to the ground and parallel to the base line.
Paul: The late Moe Norman has a great deal of fans on iseekgolf.com. What in your opinion did he do to make him such an accurate ball striker?
Chuck Evans: I knew Moe for close to 30 years and during that time we had several conversations about his game and his “procedure”. Moe was a pure “Hitter” in his golf stroke, as are and there are several keys to his stroke.
* He moved as few things as possible in the smallest amount of space. * He used what we refer to as an “Angled Hinge” motion of the clubface – a “No Roll” hinge action. In words, the clubface stayed looking at the ball so there was no clubface rotation or timing issues. * He used his right forearm and right shoulder to drive (or push) the club through Impact.
Paul: Is his swing for everyone?
Chuck Evans: Years ago, when we first met, I was in Moe’s group playing in a tournament in the Florida “winter tour series”. After playing together in a couple of these events I said to Moe, “teach me how to swing like you”. He replied, “swing like you, not like Moe”.
It took me a few years to fully comprehend what he meant. I first thought he was politely telling me to take a hike and go figure it out for myself, then I realised that what he actually meant, was no one can completely duplicate the motion of another player. We all have certain restrictions in our strokes and what one player can do physically or mentally another player may not.
This is evident today with teachers attempting to teach Moe’s procedure. There have been no players to date that have had the success of Moe Norman! There are no players that have won any tour events using Moe’s procedure because they cannot duplicate precisely what he did. There are players that say they use Moe’s procedure but none of them actually do. They use variations of what they think Moe did.
People have tried to emulate Hogan, Nicklaus, Tiger, Snead, Nelson, and a host of others but they will all fail. The only way a player can exactly duplicate another player is to have:
* The same physical structure and flexibility * The same mind set * The same personality style
I asked Moe once if he had ever heard of Homer Kelley and he replied, “Yes, the Golfing Machine – he has it figured out”. Moe was as pure an example of Hitting – as defined by Mr Kelley – as any player that has ever played this great game. His procedure is outlined in Mr Kelley’s little book and with the exception of his unique set up can be catalogued through the book.
Mr Kelley may have been the “original” Moe Norman. Disregarding the wide stance and out stretched arms, their two motions was almost identical. Moe got the right forearm and clubshaft in one line by stretching out his arms, Mr Kelley did it simply bending the right elbow.
Paul: Plenty to think about there Chuck and thanks very much for some great grey matter material. With a bit of luck we will have to get you down under for a get together with some iseekers soon.
Chuck Evans: Thanks, I look forward to it.
A few years ago I ran across an old video of Ben Hogan showing some friends how he practiced. The film was taken at Seminole Golf Club – one of Hogans favorites – in the backyard of some friends.
As Hogan was getting set up he kept directing the person shooting the video to move the camera so that it would be in the right place – teaching pros that use video take note!
Once he was satisfied with the camera placement he started waggling the club but in slow motion. Once the waggle was done he started his backstroke – again in slow motion. Once he reached the top of the backstroke he started the downstroke – again in slow motion – all of the way into Impact, follow through, and finish.
One of the ladies present asks, “Benny, why are swinging so slow?” Hogan replied, “At this pace I can control the golf club and everything in my swing. Whenever I’m working on something I always do it in slow motion. That way I can monitor what I’m doing.”
Ben Hogan was way ahead of his time when it came to game improvement and the majority of us would do better if we followed his example.
Here’s one of Hogan’s best quotes;
“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.” Ben Hogan
How to choose
Here’s how to find a ball that’s compatible with your game, your home course, and your budget, based on tests by Consumer Reports and advice from the experts:
Get fitted. Call a local golf club pro shop or golf retailer to find one with a “fitter,” a staff member trained to analyze your swing, ask the right questions about your game, and figure out which ball and clubs match your skill level. If possible, go to a fitter who has a launch monitor, a system that uses a high-speed camera or radar to record your swing and measure nearly everything that happens near the point of impact, including launch angle (the angle at which the ball comes up off the club face), ball speed, ball spin rate, club-head speed, and the angle at which your club hits the ball. The optimum launch angle off a driver (about 13 to 15 degrees) and spin rate (2,200 to 2,800 rpms) are the tour pros’ domain. “Try different balls off the launch monitor to see how different models can fine-tune your game,” says Tom Mase, visiting associate professor at Michigan State University’s School of Engineering and developer of five golf patents. Some shops will do a free fit; others charge $50 to $100.
You see, the clubhead is only on the target line at two points during the golf shot, 1. At Address and 2. At Low Point – other than that the club should be traveling along the Alternate Line. This line comes from inside the base of the plane and goes from in to out until it meets the target line at Low Point where the two combine.
This concept it very difficult to describe in a medium like this but once you’ve seen it in person it becomes crystal clear and you’ll wonder, why weren’t you taught this before.
If players would focus strictly on this ATL golf would be SO much easier!
Interestingly enough we spend HOURS trying to get players to keep their head in the center of the body and to NOT let it drift back over the right leg.
Here’s what Tiger recently told golf Digest he’s working on in his swing.
Less head movement helps me control my tee shots
One of the toughest adjustments I’ve had to make with my new swing is reducing head movement on my backswing, especially with the driver. Before, when turning away from the ball, I would shift my head away from the target, almost over my right knee. That much head movement made it difficult to keep the club on plane throughout the swing, which led to some sloppy driving. By keeping my head in place, I’m now able to control my distance and direction much better off the tee, even when I’m trying to take it deep.
Can you say – TRIPOD!
Recently, Loren Roberts was asked if there was any simple advice you can give to the average golfer to improve his putting?
Loren replied, “Quit worrying about the line and try to roll it up near the hole. Try to work on your speed rather than direction.”
Most players get concerned about the line and lose focus of the speed. Rarely will a player miss a putt 10 feet right or left BUT they WILL leave it 10 feet short of long.
Once you have picked out the line of the putt put all of your energies into getting the right pace and you’ll not only leave yourself shorter second putts but you’ll make a lot more of those first putts.