November 11, 2006

Alignment Golf

In previous articles I have discussed the importance of “Alignments.”

Let me clarify this a little further by saying that body aligments to the target are only a very small piece of the equasion. Before every shot is played we must check and verify Impact Alignments which are,

1. Clubface to target line

2. Grip to Clubface

3. Hands to the ball

4. Plane Angle

5. Pressure Points

6. Right Forearm Position

The clubface to the target line is absolutely critical and changes depending on what motion you are making with the clubface. For instance, if you are moving the clubface like a door opening and closing then the clubface alignment at mpact would be slightly open to allow for the natural closing. If the clubface was square at Impact using this procedure then the ball will ALWAYS start left - a clubface pull.

Your grip in relation to the clubface dictates how the clubface will operate - wherever your target side hand goes the clubface follows.

At Impact the hands should always be - for a normal shot - in FRONT of the clubface and NEVER behind it.

The Plane Angle is the angle you have chosen to come into the ball at.  This could vary depending upon your choice. It could be like Ben Hogan or Colin Montgomery - your choice.

Pressure points are simply what part(s) of your hands and arms are creating the pressure on the club. You always want these BEHIND the shaft so that Impact has support.

The Right Forearm in all great golf strokes ALWAYS points at the base of the plane - target line - AND is inline with the clubshaft, again, giving support through Impact.

Balance, grip and Plane Line must be verified before every shot!

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November 3, 2006

Hole More Chip Shots

In our schools we train players to hole more chip shots by using very simple techniques and tools.

For chipping you’ll need (two) 2 foot length 2×4’s. You place one in front of the ball about the length of a grip and the other behind the ball half that distance.

The one behind the ball helps to ensure that you pick the club UP and NOT keep it low in the backstroke AND if you have throwaway in the downstroke you’ll hit the rear 2×4.

The one in front of the ball acts as a target line and a visual verification of what the clubface is doing.  As you set up to the chip you want about 80% of your weight on the target side, head in the middle of the feet and the clubshaft leaning forward. This set up helps to steepen the angle of attack makes hitting it fat virtually impossible.

From this set up you use a right forearm takeaway and a motionless body in the backstroke. In the downstroke you have two options, Hitting - drive the right arm and Swinging - use the pivot. In both cases you simply go to both arms straight after impact.

If done correctly the ball will take off over the center 2×4. If you see the ball taking off over the right or left edge then you have manipulated the clubface.  At follow through the clubface should be looking straight down the 2×4 and at a right angle to it.

One of the keys to chipping is to always make the same length and same power stroke regardless of the length of the chip shot. To play a longer shot simply change clubs - we use a mathematical formula to determine what club the player should use.

Not only can the player now play this shot with confidence but IF they don’t hole it they have a “kick-in” left!

 

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In this article I’ll discuss some mis-understandings of how the putter face moves on an Inclined Plane.

There are a couple of training aids Training Aids on the market that advocate using an arc when putting and while the putter does indeed work on an arc the player needs to understand WHICH arc this is.

There are two ways to view this “arc”,

(1) on a horizontal plane or

(2) on a vertical plane.

Let me explain, if you were to lay your putter on the ground, clubshaft and all, and move it back and forth you would see that it moves on an arc, a semi-circle.  Now looking at this arc how important would ball position be? It would be absolutly critical!  Too far back and you would push the putt and too far forward and you would pull the putt.

Now the dynamics of the stroke, with any club, dictates that the club move in a 3 dimensional motion - backward, upward and inward simultaneously.

Now find a 2×4 and set it up so that the 2 inch side is laying on the ground and the 4 inch side is standing up.  Set up to the 2×4 with the heel of your putter flat against the 2×4.  As you make your putting stroke keep the heel of the putter on the face of the 2×4 and make sure that it stays flat against it, not opening or closing.  DO NOT try and keep the putter low to the ground - this creates a flat spot and there are NO flat spots in a circle! 

Allow the putter to follow these three dimensions.  If you do this you will notice that the putter is working on an arc - but a vertical one!  It is going backward, upward and inward all at the same time.  So while it APPEARS to be straight back straight through in reality it is opening to the base of the plane - target line - but is at right angles to the arc.

NOW ball position is NOT critical!

If you rotate the putter face closed the ball will hit the front part of the 2×4 and if you open the putter face you will push the ball.  In either of these two cases the heel of the putter would would come off the 2×4.

We have students doing this at our Medicus Golf Institute Schools and they make 90% of their putts from 10 feet and 75% from 15 feet!

Try this drill and you’ll quickly see how your putting will improve.

 

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Just about the time we start playing decent it’s time
to put the clubs away for the season! It’s always the same
year after year. Then when spring arrives we pull out the
old sticks, blow the dust off and head to the range to try
and re-capture that “magic” we had last fall. It takes ALL
summer to get back in the groove and just when we think we
have “it”, whammo it’s time to stop again!

Now if you live in a warm climate year around then this
doesn’t affect you nearly as much. I remember when I worked
in Denver, and Denver is a sports nut town, players would
stay out until midnight hitting balls. A few years back
when Colorado had one of the worst economies in the country,
the golf courses and practice facilities were filled! But
as soon as the Broncos started playing poof, the old
clubs went back in the garage.

Well here’s the good news, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!

Except for the putter you won’t even need a club to stay in
“playing shape” during the “off-season”. Here’s what
you’ll need to stay sharp, learn clubface, clubhead, and
clubshaft control.

1. (2) 48″ 3/8 around dowels
2. (2) Rackets - tennis or badminton
3. (1) Flashlight or pocket laser

Use the dowels to establish your right and left “Flying
Wedge” alignments.
The rackets are for learning left wrist and clubface
control.
And the lights are for learning how to trace a straight
plane line.

If all of this sounds like “greek” to you then visit ourforum for more
details on how these work.

Remember, it’s your choice. Practice these drills and stay
in playing shape or continue doing the same thing. Albert
Einstein once said,

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting a different result.”

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October 19, 2006

More Power Golf

Here is a excerpt from a Power Golf seminar we did in Las Vegas. The video Video is a little dark…(ok a lot dark) we were under a cover, but you’ll get the message!



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