Do you always aim at right and left edge pins?
Based on current data, if you Do You Always Aim At Right and Left Edge Pins you will miss around 30% of your shots off the green.
But…if you aim for the middle of the green only 10% will be off the green!
Hummm…30% versus 10% which would you prefer?
I’m betting your choice would be the 10%.
So why would a player aim at those edge pins? Probably because they THINK that’s the play.
Sure, the best players in the world go flag hunting all day, but they ARE the best players in the world and they know how to control their golf ball.
But, there are times that they play away from the flag.
Because sometimes the pin is in such a location that it makes for a difficult putt so they will hit their approach shot to a location that gives them the straightest putt, or the zero line.
Now think about that.
Would you rather have a 10 footer that has 2 feet of break or a 15 footer that has NO break?
Again, the odds are in your favor with the straight one.
One of the things I constantly work on with my players is setting up their approach shots to end up at the “zero line”.
The “zero line” is the location that gives you a straight putt.
If you apply this strategy to your game you just might be surprised…and pleasantly at that! I urge you to examine your game and see how you can drop strokes with just a few simple course management adjustments.
As the old NIKE saying goes, “Just Do It!”
It’s your game and your choices…make them wisely!
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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.
What can you learn about your full swing from chipping stage 1?
If you struggle with executing a shot, that is basically 2 feet in both directions, how in the world will you cope with one that is 22 feet long!
When first working with a player that has contact, club, and body issues, I’ll almost always start them with chipping stage 1 to get the feel of Impact alignments.
This “basic motion” chipping stage 1 concept was developed by the late Homer Kelley. But why is this shot so important?
Mainly because it is the foundation for virtually every shot you’ll hit. Ranging from chipping, to pitching, to full swing.
Sure, there will be variations of this basic motion chipping stage 1 depending on what you’re trying to do with the ball. But the Impact Alignments won’t change much.
This basic motion shot, chipping stage 1 because of it’s shortness, is performed by moving the arms, hands, and club with no body rotation required.
Once you have, more or less, “mastered” this basic shot only then will you move forward to the next “stage” pitching.
The images show backstroke, Impact, and follow-through.
Again, as you can see this is a very short stroke so there is no need for body rotation or power.
We define chipping stage 1 as no “cocking or cocking” of the lead wrist. This eliminates a power source that you would use in most other types of stroke.
To learn more about this process, schedule your time with us.
The Spring Junior Golf Development Program at Emerald Bay Golf Club, located in Destin Florida and hosted by Chuck Evans, is designed for younger golfers ages 10 years of age and older who are just getting started or the intermediate player.
This 6-week program meets for an hour each week. Through skill building and game-like training, we will focus on enhancing and improving the players’ swing technique, short game, and golf course management. Young golfers will practice their game under the supervision and instruction of our talented teaching professionals. Players will have the opportunity to work and learn in a fun, supportive and safe environment.
Players and parents will get access to a new online training space that will have skill development practice tasks as well as technique videos showing and explaining the fundamentals that are covered during the program.
Future Stars Group (Ages 10—12): Tuesdays 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st, June 7th
Rising Stars Group (Ages 13 & Older): Tuesdays 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm
April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st, June 7th
Cost for this 6-week development program is $ 199.00 and space is limited.
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Destin Golf Instruction
As many of you know I have moved back to Destin Florida and will be providing Destin Golf Instruction.
Well…the saga continues. After many years away from Destin, and Emerald Bay Golf Club, the pigeon has come back to the roost!
I’ve only been back a few days but have already started scheduling practice sessions. Some of my old players have contacted me and set up times for us to get together…pretty exciting if you ask me!
The trip across from Arizona to Destin Florida was pretty hard on this old guy back! But a friend told me a little secret about road trips…turn on your seat heater! And boy oh boy did that help!
This little secret, he shared with me, turned a 5-6 day trip into 4!
Kinda like dropping shots!
What if you could save 2,3,4, even 5 shots per round? Wouldn’t that be cool!
What would be even better would be if you could do that without “rebuilding” your swing?
We can do that with Destin Golf Instruction!
My goal is to help you discover HOW to drop those shots in the easiest way possible!
There are certain things that players do that are harmful to them and they don’t even realize it!
They may be trying to reach a “position” that can’t physically do.
Do you have too many swing thoughts!
If this is you, then stop the insanity!
With Destin Golf Instruction, we help you remove all of these thoughts and allow you to focus on only the things that REALLY apply to you!
We can be as technical as you want or as simple as you want.
We have all of the latest high-tech tools including 3D Radar for ball flight using the leader in this technology, Flightscope.
We also have 3D Motion Analysis to measure and see precisely where the “issues” are and their “sequence.”
Additionally, we have tons of training aids to help guide you and get a “feel” for what we’re working on.
We offer several program options for every type of player.
Whether you are a beginner or a “seasoned” player we have programs for you!
To Schedule your time with us just click on the button below. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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.
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“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