I started practicing my pitch and chips shots about a week ago… You see I noticed that my short game was costing me a stroke or two per round then deduced that I had been slacking in my short game practice….
There’s a rain delay at the Colonial right now. Bummer. Fun to watch these guys play fantastic golf!!! Give them a great course, with great conditions and it really shows just how good they are! And how incredible they can putt!!!
What I really love to do is help others enjoy the game and play better golf shots. While I completely understand that many golfers don’t like to practice or convince themselves they don’t have time to practice, to expect improvement from a lesson without practice is a bit of a stretch. Let me give you an example: Playing golf can be compared to a pianist playing a concert. No matter how much mechanical information a pianist had, no matter how much they loved playing concerts… it would be silly to think one could play effectively without practice.
Can you imagine a “high handicapped” pianist who doesn’t practice
expecting a tip about his hand position, or posture to make the
difference in his performance?
I’ve spent many years designing training sessions built for EFFICIENCY! By that I mean I want you to get the most out of every moment you train, simply because we are all busy, and the more quality you can get from your training, the better. I absolutely believe in practice, I am convinced that it is clear, systematic and consistent training that has the greatest potential to improve one’s skills. Here are some simple thoughts for simple training:
*Practice improving the short shots that cost you strokes during your last round!!!! Pitches, chips, bunkers, or maybe lag putting… By spending simply 15 minutes on a particular shot, you may develop some confidence for your next round
*Spend 5-10 minutes just 2-3 times per week on 3 foot straight putts! This is the simplest, most efficient way to improve your stroke.
*Hit some 9 irons off a tee with the thought of swinging smoothly and into BALANCE! 20 swings in BALANCE with a 9 iron and a tee will likely do more for your swing than several hours of practice struggling with your long irons and woods!
These simple techniques can help you play more consistently and take very little time. If you’re interested in seeing real improvement, find the time to get in some quality training! If improvement becomes a goal, LET’S TALK! I’ll show you THE BEST TRAINING METHODS FOR GUARANTEED IMPROVEMENT!
Now go PLAY GOLF! Stop THINKING GOLF SWING.
There are 5 basic targets in golf…. 4 of them are ABSOLUTELY wrong. 99.9% of golfers unfortunately choose several of the 4 bad targets for every swing they make!
Take a look at Ozzie Smith swing a golf club. You can see he is not fluid like you would expect a professional athlete to be (especially one as talented as Ozzie Smith!):
There is NO HIT in that swing! Because he has no concept of HIT!
Just finished the first semester of the Ladies Driver Drill Club. I thought it went great! As an observation, I would say that the ladies in general were much more fearful of the drills. Whether consciously or unconsciously, they struggled more than the men (in general) in the crossfooted and transfer drill. It seemed more difficult for them to let themselves experiment and experience regardless of results…
Gravity golf is a defining name, assigned by David Lee, one of golf’s foremost instructors and swing technologists, to the style of golf swing employed by a number of the world’s finest players. According to Lee, there are at least four different ways to execute a golf swing from the standpoint of energy origins within the body. The swing may be powered with a “centrifugal flip” (Bobby Jones), or a pure “shoulder rake” (Arnold Palmer). It may be powered by a “gravity aided rotary “sling,” exemplified by such great modern day players as Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, and Freddie Couples . Or, it may be powered by a “combination” technique, using a rotary sling and a racquetball type forearm “lash” (Ben Hogan).
Although all of the above techniques have produced superb players, the pure “GRAVITY” swing is the only one of the four which doesn’t turn at least some energy back into the body during its execution (which causes swing-path movement and off-line shots), thus making it the most compliant technique with the laws of motion. The Gravity swing allows one to play to the most advanced age without losing distance or control!
I’ve been fortunate over the years to have been exposed to a lot of great teachers. I have tremendous respect for many of the greats, including Harvey Penick, Ernest Jones, Percy Boomer, John Jacobs, Jim Hardy, Jim Mclean, Rick Smith, Fred Shoemaker, Tim Gallwey, Dave Pelz, Butch Harmon and David Ledbetter to name just a few. Some for their content, others for their passion, still others for their ability to communicate. Mike Hebron is a genius in the field of teaching, and his books and seminars are probably most responsible for putting me on the path to meeting the best of them all…
I was told to attempt “short and simple”….. Simple I can handle… Short, well, I’ll do my best!
To shoot 80-85, use this simple strategy…. it’s easier said than done, but if followed, I’ve no doubt you can lower your scores….
First,let me define the followthru. It is a ROTATIONAL move around the FORWARD PIVOTAL AXIS. It should only begin after the heave and when the weight has fully fallen back into the left heel AND the body is well into the COUNTERFALL.
The reason you hear me say it so often is because the INSTINCT TO STRIKE AT THE BALL is so strong, the arms fire at the ball, rather than being slung by the followthru!
Itis EXTREMELY difficult to not use your arms in a golf swing, yet bydefinition, as soon as you use your arms, it is no longer a SWING (it’sa hit and will be thrown off path demanding a compensation).
By saying “HIT IT WITH YOUR FOLLOWTHRU” over and over and over, I’m hoping that you continue to experiment with getting more and more TENSION out of your hands, wrists, arms, shoulders andback. My hope is that you let yourself get completely into the LEFT PIVOTAL AXIS and begin the COUNTERFALL before you begin your thruswing.
I think it is easiest to see in VJ SINGH. You tube him and watch some swings (never in SLOW MOTION!). I think you’ll begin to see how his arms are being slung by his turn.