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.
OK, so it’s a little chilly out there but the course is open and you really want to play golf.
Let’s look at a couple of things that may help you enjoy it more.
1. If you’re going to take a cart, put a cover over it to keep the chill, and wind off of you.
2. Bring a propane heater, and CRANK it up!
3. Dress in layers keeping your hands, head, neck, ears and feet warm.
4. If you are going to walk, do all of #3 and wear shoes that will keep your feet warm.
But what if the course is closed and you want to work on your swing?
Here are the top questions we’re asked every year.
Brenndan Cooper and I answer those questions in this video. (click on the image to view the video)
By the way, there is NO SNOW forecast here for the desert this winter!
Golf instruction here in our little paradise is exploding! So if you are planning on visiting us this winter I would suggest you make your plans NOW!
There’s a lot of talk about restricting the lower body during the backswing. The theory is the more you resist, the more torque you build up and therefore the farther you’ll hit it.
While that may work for someone that is flexible, not so much for those of us that are NOT Gumby!
Back in the old days, players generally did NOT restrict the hips and shoulders. They turned as fully as they could to get as wide a clubhead arc as possible.
Older, less flexible, players especially should allow as much hip turn as possible. A bigger hip turn allows the chest to also turn farther.
A word of caution, though.
Because you will be turning more your timing will be off. Don’t get discouraged with this, just re-learn how to find the golf ball.
Watch this video for an example.
(Disclaimer – Should be Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher)
I have players asking me everyday, “What exactly is the downswing sequence and how does it work?”
Typically this crucial part of the golf swing is started from the ground up. Think of baseball and the player taking their at bat.
As the pitcher strides into their delivery, the batter moves pressure onto the lead foot, opens the hips, then their shoulders. Next comes the arms, hands finally the bat.
If their sequence is a little “late” they hit the ball on the backside of the plate and usually hit it out to the right side of the field.
If the sequence is a little “early” then they catch the ball toward the front of the plate and can drive it down the left side.
In the golf swing, a good sequence doesn’t guarantee you’ll hit the ball solidly, or far. Heck, they are some of the world’s best players that don’t have a great sequence!
If you are one of those players that struggle with balance, or an outward to inward swing path then you might want to take a look at this.
Until next time, keep it in play, hit it on or around the green…make a few putts
Here is one of my favorite drills, I call it the “Double Proposal” drill!
Without a doubt, the majority of players ask the same question, how can I hit it farther. Well, there are several pieces that need to come together, but even when they do, if you leave out swinging the club FASTER, you’ll STILL hit it short!
Speed comes from a variety of sources in the golf swing, but the critical one is how fast the club is swinging. To swing the club fast you need to swing your arms and hands fast since they are the ONLY thing holding on to the club.
ALL of the greatest players have had the same sequence.
- Keep the body in front ot the hands
- Keep the hands in front of the club
- Keep the club in front of the ball
In this quick video I show you the difference between trying to drive the club into Impact versus adding rotation AND arm swing. When I say, “throwaway” I mean the clubhead reaching the ball before the hands.
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I just finished watching a video, that I have seen many times before, and wanted to share it with you.
This video is about reaching goals that you never thought you could reach…kinda like reaching down deep when you need that par to win ALL of the money!
One of my favorite quotes ever is,
“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochus
If you have not trained properly expecting different results probably won’t happen!
Here is the video I was telling you about, just click on the image to view it.
Contact me to schedule your time…if you are serious about improving your game.
Almost every player we work with say they want to hit a draw.
When we ask them, “Why?”
Their response is ALWAYS…it goes farther…WRONG!
If ALL of the “numbers” are EXACTLY the same, a fade and a draw go the SAME distance!
But, if you are insistent about hitting a draw, here is a diagram for you to work with.
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Here is another image as well.
The only thing holding the club is your hands, so it makes a lot of sense to train them to do what YOU want them to do!
In this video, I show you an easy way to train your hands using a racquet of any type. I’m using a badminton racquet here, but you can use a tennis racquet as well or even a book!
Watch and learn! (my apologies for the commercial at the front of the video…can’t take it out!)
If you have questions just let me know and I will be happy to get back to you.
Here is one of 14 videos that were shot during my appearance on the Golf Channel’s Morning Drive. (These videos contain advertisements on the front end so please be patient!)
Many thanks to the Golf Channel and Golf Channel Academy for making this happen! And as always, thanks To Medicus Golf, Tiffany Greens Golf Club and Staley Farms Golf Club.
Golfers of all levels have the same problem…lack of clubface control!
Even the best players in the world sometimes lose control of the club face and hit shots that over curve, or don’t curve enough! If you watch tournament golf you will see many times that the players in the last group will lose a tournament simply because of over curving their ball.
They hit a shot that typically, for them, curves a few yards, but then they hit one that curves way too much! This is a shock to the player, they weren’t expecting to see that much curve and it usually places them in a tough position.
Watch this video to learn how to better control your clubface. We use the Vision Track Pro everyday on our lesson tees.
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A lot of players get the club too much inside during the takeaway. This has several causes, but the most prevalent one is a rolling of the forearms which causes the club face to open and the club gets behind the player.
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Yes, a LOT of players have this move and there are a number of things that cause it.
- Hips spinning too quickly in the initial start of the downswing
- Upper body rotating too soon, and quickly, early in the downswing
- The trail shoulder working too much out and not enough down and the list goes on and on!
Here is a drill to help stop that move, really simple to do and after a few repetitions you’ll be coming more from the inside!
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As we work with players everyday we notice a lot of the same issues. One of those issues are players trying to make too big of a back swing. This leads to over swinging, severely bent lead arm, leaning the upper body too far toward target and a host of other issues.
Check out this video to see a very simple drill to help correct this and make your back swing much more stable.
You can also check out the August, 2015 issue of Golf Magazine for a little more detail.
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We recently did an interview with Cordie Walker, founder of – Golf In The Life Of.
We share some insights on instruction, building a business, mentoring and a whole lot more.
Chuck shares the best golf coaching program at his academy and exactly how that looks (hopefully so you can learn what you need to implement into your golf instruction business)
We not only dive into HOW Chuck runs his business but also some of the methods behind what they’re doing. Two tools that Chuck is using in his academy for tracking and communication are GAME GOLF and Edufii.
Chuck also recently built his own indoor facility. We talk about what he did, how much it cost, and the results he’s seen from it.
About Chuck Evans
Chuck runs the highly successful Chuck Evans Golf academies, operating several locations in the Kansas City metro area where he played his high school football —Tiffany Greens Golf Club and Staley Farms Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo., Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence, Mo., and Canyon Farms Golf Club in Lenexa, Kan.
Chuck also serves as executive director of instruction for Medicus Golf. With nearly 45 years of experience, Evans is an instruction grandmaster who ranks among Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America and Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your State, and is also a Golf Range Association of America (GRAA) Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. In addition, he holds a GSED (Doctorate Degree in Golf Stroke Engineering) with The Golfing Machine.
If you are like most people you arrive at the course 10 minutes before your tee time. Then you check in at the pro shop, load the clubs onto a cart, race down to the driving range, scrounge 2-3 left over range balls, do a couple of “sumo” squats to loosen up, grab the driver, blast that warm up “sleeve” and now you’re off to the first tee!
6 holes later you feel warmed up and start playing better. But…you’ve wasted 6 holes and can’t get those bogeys, or worse, back!
The BEST players in the world, and serious single digit handicappers, follow a different plan.
They get to the course and go through their stretching routines. That is followed by a very deliberate plan/routine to get ready to play that day.
While you may not have time to get to the course this early, you can certainly modify this approach to fit your time schedule.
Video courtesy of PGA Tour