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!”
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.
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
Your Range Swing vs. Your Course Swing
We’ve all been there done that…great on the range but no so great on the course!
Or maybe…You just don’t know WHAT to work on! There is ZERO benefit of just beatin’ balls on the range…ZERO…except for gettin’ frustrated and tired!
If you don’t know the WHAT or the HOW chances are you will NOT get any better! What if we could help you out a little?
Well, we may have a little something for ya. Starting May 1, 2017 we are going to do a weekly show called, “Range Time with Chuck”, (thanks to Mike Martin for the help in calling this thing…something!)
In this program, we’ll show you how to “build/repair” what’s ailin’ ya. We’ll help ya develop the best swing for YOU!
And best of all, it ain’t gonna cost ya anything! Zero, zip, nada, yep, nuthin’!
But we have about 3 weeks before we get started. So…if you’d liked to be notified of the “great unveiling” simply click here and fill out the form.
See ya in 3 weeks!
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,
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