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Following are two driver swings that illustrate the same technique of all the key body parts of the right side being stacked together at impact, then the rest of the swing happens by itself as I have created enough room to extend both arms and golf club fully at the impact position. Follow link or read on.
It is a miserable cold windy rainy day and I went to the golf course with the intention of getting a few driver swings on video for display here at www.golfteacher.com. I just finished taking the dog for a long walk in the rain, and decided even though it was raining I was going to do it anyway. The swings turned out really good. I hit three or four balls to warm up and these two swings I believe are swings 5 and 6.
Both shots had a great trajectory with a slight draw and just about identical direction. I had to quit becasue my camera was getting too wet.
This really does work. Up until I figured out a way to get arms and club fully extended at impact by getting my right side lined up at impact as described on this website, I had a cupping of my left wrist at impact because I broke the wrist in 5 places. As I look at these videos, I see that my left wrist is now fairly straight at impact, which leads to better club head alignment when face of the club strikes the ball. I used to come over the got or try to manipulate the golf club to get it square and ended up with this nasty pull hook. Since I have been practicing this “right knee-right shoulder together” at impact, I am able to get the club coming from square to inside and get my arms extended at and through impact to let the right side release fully through the shot.
It really does work!
When a new or existing student comes to me for lessons, I know I have done something correct in my teaching approach somewhere along the line. Being a golf instructor and teacher, someone skilled in ball striking and teaching, I have a good feeling as to how to approach each lesson. From the initial contact to about 5 minutes into the lesson, I know how to go about relating the important golf information to each student on an individual basis. Feel, intuition, and experience all figure into the equation.
If you are thinking of taking golf lesson, realize first as I am sure you do, that this can be a major investment. Even one lesson at a $60 to $80 price range can cut into your golfing and living budget. In my experience, I realize how hard it is to get by these days on what we have, so if you take a lesson from me, and I can only speak for myself, I can guarantee that you will get the most for your money.
I recently attended a seminar presented by Michael Breed of The Golf Channel. At one point in tthe presentation, Breed asked for 2 key words from the audience. He had a list of words that he had collected from all his previous seminars, and wanted to add 2 words from this audience, made up primarily of PGA professionals. Breed read us his list and got 2 more words from this group. No place on his list were the words I have previously mention, feel and intuition. Most in attendance agreed that it took about one-third to one-quarter of each lesson to figure out how to approach the student. I thought to myself that they are wasting a great deal of time on a part of teaching that they should have figured out in the lesson booking and in the first five minutes of the lesson: how to approach the relaying and relating of information.
My artistic background has given me a great foundation on which to base my teaching method. In the first place, I have learned over the last 40 years how to reduce information to its lowest common denominator, and how to get to the root of most problems quickly. In the second place, I have learned how to relay this information in a timely, simple to understand, common sense, coherent way. I have learned to operate on many levels at once, to get to the heart of the matter and get that information to the student precisely and quickly. No one wants to waste time and money; your golf lesson is no different that anything else.
I could tell you many reasons to take a lesson, from learning fundamentals to the ultimate goal of lowering your scores by hitting consistently better golf shots. This leads to increased satisfaction in your golf game simply from being a better player.
It is my goal as a teacher to first and foremost connect with you as a student, on some level. Then we can go about our business of making you a more consistent and competent golfers.
If you are looking for lessons, find a teacher who will meet your needs. Use email and the telephone to interview your prospective teachers and find someone who first of all cares about what he or she is doing, and second of all who can relate to you honestly as an individual golfer. Stay away from system or method teachers. What works for one golfer may not work for another. It is more important to relate swing fundamentals, both pre-swing and in-swing, to you particular situation, to getting you on the road to being a better player. Remember the words feel and intuition, and use them to your advantage on your search for a golf teacher or instructor.
Remember once you get on the road, it takes a little work on your part to maintain your knowledge, put it into practice, and keep on moving to new horizons.
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As another golf season is in the offing, it is probably time for us all to start thinking about toning up our golf muscles and finding a golf swing key that can get us consistently better golf shots and lower scores on a daily basis. With the average men’s handicap at around 16 and women around 29, there is great room for improvement.
It is about finding a golf swing that repeats on a consistent basis, then repeating this swing without interruption. It is about doing the basics better over and over again.
It is a funny thing how golf works. You think there are many different things you have to do and you tinker and play around with all the information you find in magazines and your swing, as a result, usually changes on a daily basis, or every time you play.
I used to have a dream where I was playing golf with Tour pros, like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros and others, and every time it was my turn to play, I could not find my clubs, tee up the ball, r would end up having to leave the tee for some reason and miss my starting time. Or, When I teed the ball and addressed the shot, the outdoors would turn into an indoor room or hallway, initially with no place to hit a ball, then gradually over the years there would be little openings here and there where I could thread a shot. The openings got bigger, but I was never able to pull the trigger or hit a shot for whatever reason.
It is funny how this all corresponded with my sub-conscious knowledge that I really did not know what I was doing when I was swinging the club. I could shoot good scores on any given day, but struggled with my swing thoughts, tried different things, and was never at peace with my game or myself on the course playing.
One day last summer, probably in July, I went out on the range as a shotgun start wound around the course. I had about 5 fours to kill so I decided to hit some balls. Well I have seen some pretty good players play and have always tried to understand what it was they were doing to hit such good shots. My boss Bill Galloway is a particularly graphic illustration if Tour Proven golf moves because his swing is so deliberate, rhythmic, and easy to follow; and so consistent in nature. Over many years I have watched Bill, and other Tour pros swing and have gradually tried to understand and learn.
So the day I went to hit balls last summer all of sudden, even from the first swing with no warm up, I hit about 20 shots that were all exactly the same. I have always tried to look at the front side, or left side for a right handed golfer, as the key to the swing. Well it suddenly made sense to me that the right side has to line up in order for the left side and the golf club to release and extend at its full extended length. The only way you can get to full extension at and through impact is to keep your head, right shoulder, right hip and right knee in a straight vertical line as the golf club releases through impact. It is simple proposition that is easily put into practice.
I started to relate this knowledge, free of charge to my members, and received great positive feed back as to their improved swings and golf games. What’s more, I was finally able to swing a club and hit a ball, great shots I might add, in my recurring dream.
The easiest way I related this to them was to keep their right knee and right shoulder together as they swung the golf club down and through impact. The rest takes care of itself. It really does work. I have not tinkered with anything and have been repeating this move for the better side of 8 months now. My key personally is to feel most of my weight on the wide part of my RIGHT FOOT at impact, then let the rest of the swing happen naturally. I can draw or fade or hit it high or low and my short game which was always mediocre, has become way above average. Shorter birdie and par putts lead to lower scores.
Right knee and right shoulder stay together. Let the rest happen by itself. Remember, you still need good fundamentals and to keep your spine (the vertical line in you body) still as you rotate. You will be amazed at how your hips start to work naturally, and how much power you will find as your right side fires through the shot!
Did you ever feel your shaft bend, flex, or kick at impact? There you find the feeling of what the clubhead feels like when released. You can actually feel the flex and kick at the bottom as the face of the club makes contact with the golf ball. It is a great feeling. The easiest way to get there is to grip it lightly and learn what it feels like to, well, release the head through impact. The ball just flies off the face.
Notice the white circles as well as the Yankee logo on my hat: all line up in a straight line over the right foot. This is the easiest position you can find at impact to get your arms and clubs shaft in a straight line at impact. It clears all the left side parts and makes room for a great powerful release of the club head down the target line.
Go over to www.golfteacher.com for some simple swing keys that will help you hit better shots and shoot lower scores.