The powers that be at Augusta have done a great job at bringing the fun back into the Master’s. The back nine is the most exciting 9 holes in golf, no question. It’s just fantastic to watch eagles and birdies fly when good to great shots are executed by the best golfers in the world.
The most exciting tournaments are rarely the ones where pros look like amateurs making bogie after bogie as they limp into the clubhouse… The Master’s is set up for fireworks! Let’s hope we see some fantastic golf over the weekend.
…Goosebumps just thinking about it!
Whether you are learning something new, or trying to regain or strengthen a skill, it takes time. The key, as many of you had heard me say hundreds of times…. is CONSISTENT AND SYSTEMATIC training.
Golfers learning something new, usually quit before the benefits kick in. What a shame. If they only knew what was waiting for them with consistent and systematic training over time…. Golfers try, and then continue the search. My suggestion is to find a method that you believe in and DO. Train in that manner for a lifetime.
For golfers who KNOW the method, but take time off from training, there is also often a little ‘lag time’ between training and results. I find that very often after a prolonged lay off, my first few practice sessions aren’t optimal… More bluntly: I’m awful.
I’m not all ‘YIPPY SKIPPY’ about it, but I absolutely know that I just need to train again with the same system tomorrow. In another few days, BAM! I’ll have regained my touch, or my consistency, or my balance, and then I can maintain or grow that skill.
The key for all golfers is to understand that even with decent technique, controlling a golf ball is an extremely precise endeavor. To expect great results immediately is a bit foolhardy. To change, fix, and keep looking for new mechanics is an exercise in futility (unless you have no clue to begin with, and are addicted to Golf Digest, or the like…. In those cases, there is a tiny tiny tiny chance you stumble into something helpful… But will you stick with it?)
The breakthru will happen. Will you have the persistence to allow it?
Jim Rohn, one of my favorite motivational speakers, often told his students that when you can’t say it any better than someone else; BORROW IT.
And that’s what I’m going to do today. Click here to read a great article about slowing down your golf swing
I highly encourage you to click on the link above to read more about what George has to say on the golf swing.
…But, for those seriously ‘click challenges’ golfers, here is George’s article pasted below for your convenience.
Damn, I’m an enabler!!!
Why “Slow Down” Is Bad Advice
Your Club Is Going Slow Enough Already
“Swing Slow” is a phrase I will sometimes hear passed around as golf advice. To tell someone to swing slow could possibly be the most ridiculous piece of golf advice you could give anyone! The ball responds to clubhead speed. The slower the speed, the shorter the ball will travel. This “gem” is usually given to someone who is making a violent lash at the ball. A golfer who is making this move is doing a great job of slowing the club on their own.
When a golfer makes this violent move from the top of the swing they will engage muscles in their arms and hands as they squeeze the golf club and attempt to slam it at the ball. As the muscles of the hands and arms become engaged, the speed that the club is moving will decrease. As example of this would be to squeeze a baseball in order to throw it faster. Try it. It doesn’t work. So a golfer that is not using the body will engage the hands. Tell them to slow down and what happens? The ball goes shorter! What will their response be; to get more violent!
When someone says to “slow down” they see the violence of the golf swing. What they should be saying is to reduce the violence in order to increase the clubhead speed. A golfer can reduce the violence when they start using the rotation of the body and gravity. Please understand that you cannot just decide to stop making a violent move, rather, you need an alternate power source. When I see a student using their arms in this violent fashion, I also see that the student is not using the body to create any of the motion or power. If a golfer is not using the body to create power, the arms become the only available source of power.
Once a golfer is able to create power with rotations of the body, the need for a violent move from the top of the swing goes away. The clubhead speed increases yet they feel like they are doing a lot less work. This is the swing that you make when you hit that great shot and feel like you didn’t do anything. When you hit that great shot and remark, “that felt easy” you are using the body to make an efficient and powerful swing. Why don’t we ever hear someone comment that the swing felt easy after a bad shot? Simply because it wasn’t. When the arms and hands are engaged in guiding and forcing the club to the ball the exertion level is higher and it doesn’t feel easy. The arms and hands steering the club is also the reason the shot was unsuccessful.
The next time someone tells you to slow down I want you to speed up. Just understand that in order to increase speed you will be doing it by turning the body a little faster and removing tension from the hands and arms. This will feel like less exertion but the ball will tell you that the clubhead speed has gone up, not down.
Just came back from a golf school. One thing was very evident. There were two fast/powerful backswings in the group: They were from the two pros!
The group of students were doomed from the beginning because they continued to use their arms to move their arms into the backswing. 5 backswings were clearly too slow, and one was simply a lift of the arms…
It’s disturbing that golfers have been sold a bad method and buy into it so fully! It make sense to swing slow into the backswing, and trying to get the arms into a SWING very often feels out of control at first. Unfortunately, what seems correct (a slow backswing) and the sense that you’ve lost control will most likely keep a golfer from ever reaching their potential.
Really watch professionals and you’ll see that they THROW the arms into the backswing, they do not move their arms with their arms. They CREATE a SWING, getting the tension out of the arms and shoulders.
*I did see some progress throughout the school. My hope is that they continue to work on a proper HEAVE!
Thanks to my good buddy George Connor, I got a glimpse into a new and powerful technique used for reading greens! It a concept developed by a group called ‘Aimpoint Technologies’ and it’s quite fascinating.
George was only able to share a small dose with us, but it has already had a positive affect on my confidence over putts. It takes the intuitive skills of green reading and makes it more scientific/mathematical (but not in a confusing way).