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3 Priorities for Better Winter Golf, Part I

I feel the urge to send out a reminder on how to play better golf in the cold weather around this time of year…. 

Make these 3 things a PRIORITY in your training throughout the winter months and I know you will take money from your non-gravity golf buddies all throughout the winter!

1.  FINISH WITH A FULLY ROTATED, RELAXED BALANCED FINISH.   I may have mentioned this on before….  It is a pre-requisite for consistent golf all year round, and must be a priority when the cold weather tightens up your golf swing!  ‘Nuf said. 

To be continued……

….Full Disclosure:  I blogged in such a frantic manner for the first few months when I started this site, I’ve written out the bulk of my best stuff already…..  (If you are faily new to my blog, take some time and check out my archives…. There is some great stuff in there!)

That being said, I now rely more and more on your comments and questions!  Since there has been a lull in questions, I’m breaking this blog into 3 parts!  Cheesy, I know

Send me questions, comments, or suggestions!

….And be on the look out for the next 2 priorities! They will have a tremendous impact on your golf game! 

So What’s the Big Gap?

I watched a lot of golf last week.  At one point it this question came up, “What can they do that my students can’t do?” (‘THEY’ being President’s Cup professionals)

I began to look at the golf swings in a slightly different way.  
First, let’s take Bubba Watson and Jason Day out of the equation.  I’m honestly not sure yet what Bubba has going on in his swing and Jason, like Camilo Villegas, uses his arm muscles with greater success than most could ever expect….  
But the rest?  
Well, they are certainly extremely talented.  They have tremendous motor patterns which allow them to repeat at a high level of consistency.  They train several hours a day, almost every day with great technique which also sends them to another level of sensitivity and consistency….  
Putting those things aside, there is no reason golfers can’t play with much greater consistency.  Without their dedication and talent, you may not become a +8 hdcp and shoot mid 60’s on a regular basis, but you can certainly play golf in the 70’s, or low 80’s!!!
They are not doing anything that is not possible for most of us!
     *(like say dunking a basketball, or sacking a quarterback or hitting a 88mph slider…..)
They practice their putting more often and with greater precision.  They build a repeatable stroke. That just takes commitment to putting straight 3 foot putts over time.  That takes swinging the arms rather than steering/striking with the putter…. We can all do this.  
They chip with weight firmly on their forward leg.  They swing their arms and use a small turn from the core to move the club.  WE CAN ALL DO THIS!  You can keep your weight on your forward leg!  All pro’s have weight firmly into the forward leg.  Almost all amateurs let weight fall back to the back leg…..  You can fix this and chip better!
Most of the President’s Cup golfers use HEAVE and BALANCE to swing their arms on a predictable path.  You can all do less with your arms and more with your core.  You can all improve your ability to FINISH IN BALANCE!  
So while you play and practice, pay attention to some simple things: 
1.  Do you practice your putting enough?  Do you putt 3 ft straight putts 3-5 times a week?
2.  Do you chip,pitch and bunker with your weight into your forward leg?  At the end of your swing, is the weight even further into the forward side, or has it moved back?  
3. Are you getting the tension out and leaving the tension out of your arms and shoulders throughout the swing? 
4.  Are you finishing in a FULLY ROTATED, RELAXED BALANCED FINISH with great regularity on your FORWARD PIVOTAL AXIS?
We both know you can.  It’s up to you to make it a priority.  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Nail it!

“A nail is driven out by another nail;  habit is overcome by habit.”
-Latin proverb

The habit of using your hands, arms and shoulders to strike at a ball are strong.  The habit of using GRAVITY and ROTATION can be stronger over time.  The most incredible benefit of staying in the GRAVITY DRILLS is that the body will not only learn to stop doing the bad, it will demand that you learn the most efficient technique of moving a golf ball.  
As you train, remember that you are pushing out old technique and habit.  That’s why it’s so imperative that you train with HIGH QUALITY DRILLS.  Let your guard down, and no doubt you will drift back to your old swing….  
Drive out your old swing with consistent and systematic training with the GRAVITY DRILLS. 

The Journey has Begun

Thanks for all the kind words and support going into my surgery.  I came out of it numbed up, drugged up and ready to heal!  My right knee was in pretty bad shape.  They went in athroscopically (small incision) and were able to stitch up and save my lateral meniscus and at least clean up my the torn edges of my medial meniscus.  Those repairs will make a world of difference once they are healed up in terms of walking, jogging, etc… with no pain!!!

The bigger procedure was replacing my ACL.  They took a bone patellar tendon bone allograph (that’s what they called it!? It’s a graph from a cadaver…Cool.) and inserted it through two drill holes…. First through the tibial tunnel, then through the femoral tunnel (basically, they slipped it through two holes that they drilled in my bones!) and it was attached with some really cool ‘bio bone’ screws….  
In the end, the knee should be better than ever once my rehab is finished up.  When I’m fully recovered from the ACL replacement, I should be able to be fully active in terms of GOLF, TENNIS, HIKING, etc…. I can’t wait! (oh yeah… PATIENCE….I can wait….)

I was blown away by the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Duke hospital.  I was amazed at how well they managed my pain (slightly bummed out that I didn’t need more brain altering drugs- you know, just for kicks…).  It was an experience in EXCELLENCE!

Now, I’m resting and beginning rehab.  It’s a long road ahead, but I’m fired up!  I’m considering it a challenge just like improving my golf game.  Here’s a great quote:  

I’m starting NOW!  I hope you are as well.  Make a goal to improve your putting, or your chipping, or to become fully trained in the GRAVITY GOLF DRILLS.  Next, create a workable plan and get started!  I know this rehab will teach me a ton about patience and persistence… Improving the golf game takes consistent and systematic training OVER TIME!  Let’s both get better. 

Need some guidance?  Send me a comment or email and I’ll be happy to get you on track! 

The Other Arm is for Waving off Potential Victims!

You’ve got to have a sense of humor to do the GRAVITY GOLF DRILLS, no doubt….

Let’s take a look at this question:

“What I wanted to ask is how long does it take to become proficient at the one armed drills. The first time I tried others on the range left for the putting green….”

I chuckle, because I can relate!  I was so bad at first, I made a big effort to practice at times when no one was on the range. 

I think it’s realistic to look at the one arm drills in one of two ways…. 

1.  If you have the time and dedication, hits hundreds and hundreds over the next 6 weeks.  Make that thousands.  Basically, spend 80-100% of your time on the range (3-5 times a week) hitting one arm shots.  That’s the approach I took after spending 3 days with David Lee.  He said to me; “Pete, get good at one arm swings… It will change your life.”  As usual, he was right. 

It was difficult, embarrassing, slightly painful, and UNBELIEVABLY REWARDING!

2.  The second approach is the long term approach.  It’s doing 10-20 swings with each arm every time you train.  Your intention is always solid contact with a FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH….  You understand that it’s the doing that is improving your swing, rather than the results.  With this approach, you’ll see slow progress in the drills over a year, but you’ll get some impressive results in your swing.  This is a consistent and systematic way of training.  It’s incredibly important. 

It’s the approach I now take with my training. 

Bottom line-  It will take several thousand one arm swings to become proficient if you pound them out with intensity over a short amount of time.  If that approach seems out of reach, take the consistent and systematic approach, stay curious  and work on your FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH….. 

No matter which path you take, I highly recommend bringing your sense of humor along with you!  These drills are tough. 

Lending a Helping Arm….

The technique of the ONE ARM drills is important.  More important is the INTENTION of hitting solid shots with a FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH.  The drills are very difficult, so even if you don’t hit the ball very well, you can really be making MASSIVE changes in your swing as long as your INTENTION is consistent.

Don’t over think this(Yes, I’m talking to you.  And you know exactly who ‘you’ is….)!  Set up to SWING into a FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH, and the ball gets in the way of the swing!!!  

You understand that the laws of GRAVITY AND ROTATION set up the potential for PATH INTEGRITY.  The arm falls,  the rotation around the FORWARD PIVOTAL AXIS slings the arm and club with centrifugal force on a predictable path.  

That will happen more and more if you simple continue to have good intention, and more importantly, CONTINUE to hit lots of one arm shots!

OK, enough talk.  Watch these short illustrations to get a very clear picture of how to best do the drills! 


One Arm Drills

Hitting golf balls with one arm is probably the best way to train a body dominant swing.  Right arm only and left arm only golf swings do 2 things extremely well.

1.  They quickly convince a golfer that moving the club with arm muscles is a recipe for disaster!  (try it, you’ll see what I mean!)

2.  With persistence, you will begin to use GRAVITY and ROTATION to move the arm and the club rather than muscle. 

If you’ve ever tried hitting shots with one arm, you know how difficult the first few shots are….  Most people stop right there because it’s too difficult.  That’s unfortunate, because those swings are really telling you the story of your golf game!

For most golfers, the right arm thrusts down, releasing the club too early creating massive and sometimes painfully fat shots (hitting the ground up to a foot behind the ball!).  When most people swing with the left arm, curiously, they tend to whiff, missing above the ball…. 

THAT’S FASCINATING!  Both arms are screwing up!  The muscle in both arms is creating movement in the swing path.  In most cases, that movement tends to be the opposite with each arm.  Once slams the club down too early, the other pulls the club up above the ball…. 

That means when you put both hands on the club, you’ve created a swing that kind of compensates for both poor motions, creating something that resembles a golf swing. 

The brilliance of ONE ARM SWINGS is that over time it will teach both arms to work with GRAVITY and ROTATION!!!!  If the right arm simply falls and picks the ball up with your forward rotation, and your left arm simply falls and picks the ball up with your forward rotation, when you put both hands on the club, guess what??? BOTH arms behave in a manner which creates PATH INTEGRITY!!! 

I’m amazed that some golfers would rather continue compensating with both arms, rather than spend time on the range training both arms to comply with the laws of physics…..

It’s not easy.  THAT’S THE POINT!  It does, however, work magic on your golf swing! 

A lifetime of ONE ARM SWINGS!!!  Get to it!  You’ll love the results.

How to Unlearn, Without Thinking About It….

Generally speaking, the more inconsistent a golfer, the further away from physics compliance he or she is. 

More specifically, golfers that struggle with power, contact and direction (sounds like most golfers?) have more physical manipulations in their swing.  By manipulations, I simply mean moves of the body that keep the arc of the club from SWINGING and ON PATH. 

We all come into this game with a perception, some people come in with far better perceptions than the rest… Most of us come in with the perception to lift, steer, and kill to some degree. 


And happily, there is a sure fire way to unlearn!   It’s DOING WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING WHILE YOU TRAIN.  Training in the GRAVITY DRILLS, training with intent on finishing in a FULLY ROTATED RELAXED BALANCED FINISH, and OVERTRAINING the correct rotation of the forearms (hitting big ole hooks) if necessary will automatically help you UNLEARN the old perceptions. 

I’m not saying its easy.  Just that THERE IS A WAY!  Golfers must stay ON TRACK in their training for years and years.  Golfers must stay consistent and systematic in their training UNTIL!!!!

You will not unlearn by taking normal swings.  The best a golfer can do with regular swings is learn to manage an uncompliant swing.  That management disintegrates as you age…. 

UNLEARN by training systematically and consistently IN THE DRILLS! 

It’s a LIFETIME project!  Enjoy and be fascinated. 

And of course, come see me, ask me questions, take more lessons, comment on my blog… Get answers to your questions!!! 

Commenting on the Comments

George had a couple of one liners over the weekend that are worth responding to.  George, if you don’t know, is a two time Teacher of the Year (including 2011) up in Connecticut, and a long time friend.  I highly recommend going to and keeping up with his writings. 

Anyway, he made me giggle this morning when I checked out his comments from my last two blogs. 

In response to my picture of the empty driving range, he optimistically wrote: “Maybe they are all on the putting green?…”

We both know that chipping and putting practice are far more productive in terms of score for everyone’s game.  Golfers should be spending a significant amount of time on and around the greens…. 

His second one liner was in response to Calvin rolling and eating the golf ball….   “rule 18″.  that’s it.  It took me a second to realize he was referring to Calvin moving a ball at rest.  Calvin would be an ‘outside agency’ that moved a ball at rest.  The rule states that I would replace the ball (once I could get it away from him) to its original position.  No penalty. 

Now, if Calvin had a bib on and was my caddie for the day, I would replace the ball and receive a one shot penalty for having moved the ball!

Morals of the day:   CHIP AND PUTT!  And replace a ball at rest that has moved.