I was watching a group of my students go through the DRIVER DRILL today and was thinking about how far they’ve come in the last year…. As I thought about 4 or 5 guys specifically, it hit me just how hard those guys have worked on their games, and how diligently they continue to train IN THE DRILLS.
I felt like patting myself on the back, when I realized that they deserved the credit! Training consistently and systematically is the key to improvement. I can show the drills, but I can’t practice for you!
I often get asked which drills should someone do to improve.
The answer: “WHICHEVER GRAVITY DRILLS YOU KNOW!” It’s simple. Master each GRAVITY drill you know. If you know 2 drills, master those two, and hopefully show up and learn more GRAVITY drills… If you know 8, master all 8!
It’s that simple. Each drill is working on a more efficient golf swing. All drills will make your finished product (a regular golf swing) better…..
How long should you train in the drills? At least until they are mastered. I would say a minimum of 5-10 years. As for me, I’ve been doing the drills for 14 years, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! Why? Because I’ve never hit the ball as well as I do now, and I never want to go back to the old ways of playing golf where I was constantly finding and losing my golf swing every few weeks….
The drills are LIFE TIME drills. At least if you want to see serious positive change in your game.
So what do I look for in a swing? I look for GRAVITY! Listen, there are many ways to power a golf club but most employ upper body and arm muscle that will always throw the club off path and demand compensations on every swing. There have been great players that use upper body and arm muscle (Arnold Palmer is the most notable) to play this game. You’ll always be able to find golfers who are a little better than you are that fall all over the place, but somehow manage to get the ball in the hole in fewer strokes than you do….
More power to them!
But if you want my opinion about learning and playing this game…. I want to see GRAVITY! I want the arms being slung by the rotation of the forward pivotal axis (front leg). I want to see soft arms at the end of the golf swing!!! I’m interested in helping others create a swing that is MOST efficient. A swing that has the best chance of repeating itself….
Typically, great athletes have tremendous desire, incredible physical skills, and better than average form. Often, their desire and physical skills allow them to compete even if their technique isn’t the most efficient possible.
Then their are the elites…. Michael Jordan, Roger Federer, Manny Ramirez, Freddy Couples, etc…. These athletes have desire, skill, AND the most efficient technique possible.
They employ THE LAWS OF PHYSICS TO THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE DEGREE.
It’s incredibly subtle to see physics being used in sport, but I think you would all agree that these athletes have an apparent “smoothness” to their motion that surpasses even the other top level athletes.
Physics is available to all of us. My hope is that as a golfer, you train in a manner that helps you use more and more GRAVITY, and less and less upper body force!
Can you see the difference in these two swings? Which one do you think you could control more?
I’ve been teaching golf for almost 20 years…. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of success in the business. Perhaps because I’ve always been able to relate to golfers struggling for consistency, perhaps because my own search to play better golf created a synergy with my students… most likely because I really care about what I do, and how my students perform!
ATHLETIC GOLF was created in frustration. I knew that learning swing positions was a lousy way to teach a motor skills and that mechanical thinking was a ball and chain that kept almost all golfers from ever playing golf with any kind of freedom. During the late 90’s and early 2000’s, I had a fantastic business teaching students to “let the target create the swing”. My game and others who bought into the training programs I developed (more often adopted and adapted from other great teachers!!!) saw consistent improvement in ball striking and scoring…. We were happy, and yet I still had no idea how much better things could get.
In 2004 I did the DRIVER DRILL with David Lee. I had been doing his GRAVITY GOLF DRILLS for years to some degree, and there was no doubt his philosophy had an enormous effect on my teaching and playing. It took me another 5 years to begin the COOLEST THING I’VE EVER BEEN INVOLVED WITH in golf!!!!
I saw massive changes in my consistency when I began doing the DRIVER DRILL. I discussed it in my teaching, showed it occasionally in my golf schools, but only myself and my wife (Jeanne-Marie) were really benefiting from it for many years because we were the only ones actually doing the DRIVER DRILL on a consistent basis….
Well, in 2009 I began the DRIVER DRILL CLUB. It’s a 10 week program where students do THE DRIVER DRILL about 2 times per week…. The first ‘semester’ I charged a very small amount just to get people started…. (it’s quite strange, after all….) and was very fortunate to get 10 golfers to give it a try.
It’s everything I hoped for and more!!!! It’s simply the COOLEST THING I’ve ever been involved in! The success rate for students is beyond belief! I can safely say that almost every golfer that has gone through the program has seen significant improvement in their golf swings…. Distance, accuracy, score, you name it! It’s fantastic!
The athletic golf website is long long overdue so in the meantime how about a blog?
it’s worth giving it a shot.
at least no restrictions on how long the text gets in here!
In this blog I’d like to discuss golf. You can help shape the direction of my ‘conversations’ by sending questions and comments. I also hope that this site becomes a resource for you to use when you need a refresher on THE ESSENTIALS of ATHLETIC GOLF, or some deeper insight into the genius of David Lee’s GRAVITY GOLF! I intend to create a series archive of my writings…. Should be fun, and I hope rewarding for all of us.