October 14, 2006

A Steady Head

There is so much talk these days about the golfers head moving over to the right foot in the backswing and then staying there. This is one of the worst pieces of advice ANY golfer Golfer could receive!

You want the head to stay centered between the feet so that it forms a “Tripod” - a steady center from where the body can rotate under.

One of the greatest players of all times maintained his Tripod perfectly - Bryon Nelson. Take a look at this, learn to do this, and you will be on your way to playing better.

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October 13, 2006

Working With Golfers

For those who want to know how I go about working with a player here are a few of the things I do.

1. Get the players background - any other sports, how long they have been playing, how often the play and how often they practice and when they practice what do they practice, what they do for a living - helps to determine their “style”.

2. Any physical limitations that would imped their ability do certain things in the stroke. Assess the players flexibility - helps to determine whether the player will be a Hitter or Swinger.

3. Goals - lower their handicap, win their flight at the club championship, whatever.

4. Current ball flight and what they want to their ball flight to do.

5. Favorite/least favorite club

6. Examine their current equipment just to make sure that there are no glaring mis-fits of Driver loft, shaft flex, lie angle, etc. I can usually look at the clubface and see where the grass marks are to indicate the lie angle.

7. Shoot four - three from face on and one from down the line. The face on angles allow me to see any faulty set-up, pivot, and Impact Alignments.

8. Down the line view shows me the plane angle(s), how many plane shifts, movement of the right shoulder, alignment of the right forearm and clubshaft, clubface angle and what Hinge Action they are using.

9. Ask the player about THEIR perceptions of what happens in a golf stroke.

10. Review the video Video with the student and show what works and why as well as what does not work and why. Example - Angled Hinge action in the backstroke and Horizontal Hinge action if the downstroke - a perfect combination for pull and smother hooks! Draw the Geometry of the Circle to start the education and reprogramming process. Define the major concepts of every stroke - Hinge Action of an Angular Motion on an Inclined Plane.

11. Out the lesson tee for racquet and dowel training. Learning how to control the clubface, clubhead and clubshaft from Address to the Top and to the Finish.

12. Start with Stage #1 - Basic Motion and continue until the player can accomplish this WITHOUT a bending left wrist. I personally do not go any farther until this stage is mastered.

13. On to Stage #2 - Acquired Motion - here I have them setup at Fix, stay there with the body and simply use the right forearm to take the club up and down to both arms straight trying to drive the clubhead into the ground AFTER ball contact. Once mastered then on the stage 3.

14. Stage #3 - Total Motion - if the player has mixed components I give the player the option of whether they want to Hit or Swing. I demonstrate both, explain the differences and tell the player which one they are favoring - if either. I then make the components match for both then have them strike shots using Hitting and Swinging and let THEM decide which one is easier for them to replicate - THEIR choice NOT mine!

After each session the player is given drills to work on, how to do these drills, the frequency of the drill training.

Depending on the length of time spent with the player I talk about Clear Keys, explain what they are, how they work and how to incorporate them into their practice and play by using the 32 ball drills.

The first 8 steps take a minimum 15 minutes, steps 9 & 10 another 15 to 30 minutes - there goes the 30 minute lesson…ouch! Steps #11 & 12 - 30 minutes to an hour depending on the player.

After the initial training drills and practical application of Stage #1 the player and I go through a review of what’s happened so far and if they have any questions. I then have them demonstrate the racquet and dowel drills for me to make sure they understand and have the proper application of these drills.

In addition of the racquets and dowels I use broken shafts, Impact bags, the dual track, spray paint, stretch bands, “special clubs” for certain effects and of course the player takes home a video of the session for their review. When they get perfect Impact Alignments - the six swing challenge - that is put on the their tape to use as a comparasion.

This is just a sample of the things I do virtually every time I’m with someone and when they come back we always review the previous session, go through the racquet and dowel drills again, start with Stage #1, go to Stage #2, shoot another video - the before and after - and then pick up where we left off. If there is ANY leakage we go right back to stage #1.

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Question:

My review of the Pivot has been stimulated by the seventh edition change to the RST for the Swinging pattern. Also, I am interested in the Zone #1 photos in conjunction with a stretch band training device.

What I would be looking for in the 9-1-7 through 9-1-9 series would be support for the following book references.:

*2-H SHOULDER MOTIONS…….”On Plane” Right Shoulder Motion is possible only by tilting its axis-the spine. See 7-14.……
*7-13.. Keep the Right Shoulder not only “back” but also “down” (On Plane)…
*7-15 HIP ACTION……..The work the Hip Action does, is to lead and pull the Shoulders back and down in varying combinations…………….With Swingers using the Arc of Approach Arc Of Approach (2-J-3), this actuation may be executed as a “throwing” of the Right Shoulder by the Hips as in 10-19-C………..
*2-N-1 FORCE VECTORS………..The Downward Force results from the action of Axis Tilt (Hip Slide–7-14.……….

I can‘t find a reference to match with 9-1-8 and it doesn’t match with the Section 8 Down Stroke photo. Also, while acknowledging Chuck’s counsel on how the photos should be used, the Down Stroke photo in the Zones #2 and 3 sequences show the shoulders and hips positioned for the Power Package delivery by the hands and arms.

It would have been better to have worded my introductory post to question what 9-1-8 was teaching instead of its correctness.

Answer:

9-1-8 is showing WHAT the body is doing at this point. In 9-1-7 you can see how the “weight” transfer has started. In 9-1-8 in the weight transfer is complete AND the SMALL amount of hip slide has been completed and the “sit-down” as Mr Kelley liked to refer to.

Hip slide is the part that EVERYONE does the over-kill on. It is VERY small, about 2 inches MAX!

As the sequence continues you’ll notice how the right shoulder now looks lower - going down plane and how THIS effects the spine angle - second axis tilt. Axis tilt is NOT something you consciously try to do - it just happens when the motion is correct.

You will also notice that Diane’s “tripod” is maintained throughout the stroke - NO head over the right foot garbage! Read More…

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October 12, 2006

TGM Observations & Questions

Question:

I am a scratch golfer Golfer and a lifelong student of the game. I play a lot of tournament golf (top tens in state am’s & opens, US am qualifier, etc) and was drawn to the site via my research into the role of the right arm.

I have long been an advocate that the control of the swing SHOULD be performed by the right side for right handed people! Why would I ever want to do anything athletic with my left side, I can hardly brush my teeth with my left hand!Anyway, with that said I have really enjoyed reading what TGM has to offer. I do not understand the numbers & some of the terminology, but understand enough to have picked up & also reinforced some of my feels/thoughts.

Some are as follows: (1) the feel of the right hand pulling the left thumb (2) the feel of the takeaway being initiated by the right forearm (3) the thought of “centeredness” of the swing (4) the concept that the motion of the right arm/hand induces the pivot of the body! (5) the overall concept that the club MUST be swung on the proper plane!! There are others, but I am rambling.

I have a few questions: (a) EXACTLY where is PP # 3 & PP # 1? Is PP 3 at the base of the right forefinger, on that knuckle? (b) what are some feels/ideas for the swinging of this right hand PP on plane? (c) I strongly believe that the downswing plane should be flatter than the backswing plane. What is TGM’s thought on this? (d) I am really worried about getting Kelley’s TGM book because of its complexity. Any thoughts on this?

Answer:

All of these feels you are having are explained in TGM.
1. That’s called extensor action -
2. That’s “The magic of the right forearm
3. The “Tripod” - steady head, one of three essentials
4. A Hand controlled pivot
5. Plane of Motion - A straight plane line - one of three Imperatives Three Imperatives
(a) PP#3 is the first joint of the right index finger, PP#1 is the heel of the right hand were it touches either the left hand thumb or clubshaft.
(b) #3 PP is the feel for the control of the clubs sweetspot. It should be “aft” of the shaft for thrust support. The Feel for keeping the sweetspot and #3 is to rotate both to the top and lay them on the face of the Inclined Plane.
(c) Changing plane angles is of course the players choice. The fewer shifts that are made the better. Zero, or no shift, would be ideal, next would a “single” shift - Adam Scott, Tigers swing of three years ago, Ernie Els, Annika, and a host of others. A “double” shift is the next in line - Nick Price, Faldo, and then of course the old “triple” shift - Jim Furyk.
(d) The book is designed to give us all options. There are 456 quadrillion combinations but you only need to know YOUR pattern!

Rotating both the sweetspot and #3 PP on the face of the plane angle. Shoulder high is preferred because from there the right shoulder and the hands can come down the plane together.

The amount of rotation is based on how much it takes to get the sweetspot on the plane angle. The right palm up could close the clubface relative to the plane angle.

To really simplify this hold both hands straight out with the palms together, the left wrist flat the right wrist bent. Now take them to the top without changing anything. The left wrist is cocked and turned to the plane angle.

 

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October 8, 2006

Distance Limitations

Starting today I will be posting some questions from our FORUM and my responses.

Question:

At what point does a golfer Golfer reach his or her maximum distance? In other words, how will I know I will never hit it any longer?

Since a lesson with Chuck in April, my swing has clearly improved, ball flight is better, scores are 5 to ten strokes better.� The quality of my golf shots have improved since working on Chuck’s concepts and a swinging pattern. Accordingly I will stick with this pattern.

Has anyone steadily improved their distance while working on a swinging pattern gradually? i.e. five to ten yards every six to twelve months?

Answer:

Power comes from clubhead speed and clubhead speed comes from moving the hands and arms faster.

There is approximately 2.3 yards of carry per MPH of Impact speed - if struck in the sweetspot. So a club moving at 100 MPH at Impact gives a carry distance of 230 yards.

I would suggest using a “heavy” club that you can actually hit balls with. We have been testing one and at Firestone VJ Singh and Camillo Villegas used it and loved it!

Now you can’t swing this club as fast as a normal club but what it does is give the player more strength and of course when you pick up a regular club there is an increase in clubhead speed - since it is lighter then the practice tool.

NEVER abandon accuracy for distance - some players - on the PGA Tour PGA Tour - average around 275 while others over 300 yards with their drivers. Jim Furyk is not a long hitter but is fairly successful playing HIS game!
Here’s an example:

Jim Furyk
- RANK

Driving Distance 281.9 156th
Driving Accuracy 73.8% 6th
Money Leaders $6,084,016 2nd
Bubba Watson
Driving Distance 318.7 1st
Driving Acccuracy 51.6% 192nd
Money Leaders $965,701 75th

Without a doubt the moment of truth is impact but what is interesting is the obsession of golfers to achieve the perfect impact they begin to quit. We’ve heard preached over and over that there are three stations in the swing with not one of them being impact. But what does this truly mean and how does it relate to power, distance?

Without going into those identities which create power or are power sources, the failure of the golfer to swing all the way through destroys all chances to accomplish their personal maximum clubhead speed which induces a quitting through impact and a power loss. As� stated though, never sacrifice accuracy for power but both can be accomplished with clear understanding and education.

So What Is� A Golfer To Do?

Get the hands moving back and forth with the intention of going all the way through and not stalling or slowing down at and through impact. Then begin to add those elements which contribute to good impact and in particular a flat left wrist.

Back and forth and back and forth with a flat left wrist and then begin to learn how to roll the hands over and over again all the way through the shot and without a ball. Now add the ball with the same intention and attention given to not quitting and total focus on the making the shot.

The above is the foundation and start point for creating power and without this basic application one will continue to hack at the ball rather than swing through the ball. Once this is accomplished one then can proceed in understanding other identities which contribute to power which includes power sources, being in shape, hand and arm speed with focus on improving all without a sacrifice of alignments or GeoMetric Golf which is a huge contributor of Power.

� Impact conditions - Forward leaning clubhsaft, flat left wrist, bent right wrist, left arm and clubshaft in one line - NOT two lines!

Author:� Chuck Evans Chuck Evans, Executive Director of Instruction - Medicus Golf Institute

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