Take a Lesson from Matt Kuchar

Take a Lesson from Matt Kuchar

Watching the PGA Tour today, The Valero Texas Open,  Matt Kuchar made a mistake we can all learn from.  You get greedy dreaming of that perfect shot you’re going to pull off to save the day.  I remember Chick Herbert telling me; “Lopez, never put yourself in a position to have to hit a great shot.”

Matt Kuchar on number 14 a par 5, was not in a position to have to hit a great shot and tried to do one anyway!  It cost him a possible opportunity to win the tournament.  He was two shots back at the time with still five holes to play.  Patients my man, patients!

His tee shot was in the left rough.  You have a par five with a large bunker on the right with the flagstick on the right side of the green.  More importantly it looks like the fairway tilted toward the right causing the ball to bounce toward the bunker and increasing the chances of the ball rolling into it.

If I were his caddy, I would have insisted that he hit an iron for his second shot and leave the ball about 100 yards short of the green.  Matt Kuchar is good at that 70 – 100 yard shot and it would guarantee a par with a possibility of birdie.  Greed got the best of Matt Kuchar and he chose a golf club that he thought he could reach the green with and instead, hit the ball in the bunker.  He caught the bunker shot a little heavy leaving it short and fanned it three times from there for a bogey.

The entire fiasco of events started with the second shot.  None of the rest would have happened, had he left the ball short of the green in the middle of the fairway with an easy wedge shot in his hands.  You might consider that the problem happened when his tee shot was in the rough, but I would still insist that it was the second shot that was miscalculated. 

After making bogey he was done from there.  Now had this been the last hole and he’s one shot behind etc. etc. etc. maybe taking the chance was worth the risk.

Learn from Matt Kuchar’s mistake and consider playing safe, especially early in the round.  Don’t be tempted to gamble it all on one shot that might eventually cost you several more strokes.

Playing Golf Shouldn’t Hurt! – Golf Injury

Playing Golf Shouldn’t Hurt!

Ever wondered why so many golfers today are complaining about back pain?  Golf injury seems to be prevalent these days.  Could it be the over emphasis of using your body to hit the golf ball further the cause of your golf injury?  I would argue that not only does over emphasizing the body movement in a golf swing create a potential disaster for your spine, but it also causes inconsistencies in your golf swing.

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Yes, on tour the emphasis is power golf today.  My friend Max Castro, former All American at the University of Miami commented how, while watching players on tour this week in Tampa, so many of them seemed to just knock the snot out of the golf ball with very little shot making.  As windy as it was, Max said, still the guys were hitting it high and far almost ignoring the wind.  In our day, we would be making every attempt to hit knock down shots to keep the ball out of the wind.  Sort of like Doug Sanders, (popular tour player in the 60’s and 70’s)

Some of this change in strategy is due to the ball itself!  Our golf ball of the 70’s had a much higher spin rate so the wind could reek havoc and magnify any side spin to increase a slight fade to a slice.  Equally, the increased spin rate would make it very difficult to hit into the wind.  Yes the equipment, course condition and most of all the golf ball have changed golf forever.

What I’ve done for you here is prepared a video showing the lack of lower body movement among a group of touring pros to show you that even they do not move their lower body that much in the golf swing.  In fact, is it not the younger players that stress “quiet knees?”  Even with this example, there is still a considerable amount of caution directed at golf injury.  Ask Tiger!

Stop trying to over emphasize the use of your back and your legs in your golf swing.  You’ll feel better for it and I would argue you’ll be more consistent and actually swing the golf clubs faster.  Here’s your video…….

Take Advantage of Today’s Golf Technology

Take Advantage of Today’s Golf Technology

Growing up in golf I had to totally trust my instructor because there was no way I was going to see my swing on video. That was yesterdays golf technology. In fact, the first time I ever saw my swing on video was when Dick Farley was visiting Miami and brought with him was then the state of the art golf technology camera that would take eight still pictures of your swing in sequence.  Boy I had a big back swing then with a 22 year old back!

Tiger in fact considers the video analysis software the one reason so many new young golfers come on the scene so quickly.  Video golf technology.

 

 
There is the exception.  Golfers like Bubba Watson for instance.  It’s better for him not to see his swing.  There’s nothing wrong with that either.  You have to have something to relate to, visual or feel.  He does what feels right to him.  Of course his distance off the tee is a big asset to him as well.

However, especially in the case of a young golfer just getting started, video analysis golf technology and video comparison will help develop the important fundamentals for building a consistent golf swing in the future.

Here’s a very simple way to capture your video all by yourself.  No you don’t have to drag a friend around just to take our video anymore. It’s the I-Phone clip by ProtoSports.  It sells for $9.95 and attaches to your alignment stick or snow pole.  You can get snow poles at Home Depot or Lowes for less than $2.  We have them in stock so if you would like one give me a call.

golf-video-cell-phone-holderYou can also download the V1 video capture app for golf for about $2.99 which will allow you to do a self analysis and draw on your video, display touring pro comparisons and more.

Of course a self analysis is just that and extremely bias.  You can email your video to us at quickservice@quickfixgolf.com and we’ll do an initial analysis of your video for FREE!  This gives you a chance to get a second opinion and sample our services absolutely free with no obligation whatsoever. 

The golf swing hardly ever looks like it feels or feels like it looks.  It’s fun to see the faces of golfers that come out to see us for instruction when they see their swing for the first time.  It’s never what they expected.  Video golf technology now gives them the opportunity to put a visual to the feel.

It’s hard to fix what you can’t see so I still believe that video analysis in an overwhelming majority of golfers is the only way to go.  This is your chance to see your swing and receive a professional analysis absolute free so please take advantage of it.

Here’s some easy to follow instructions for taking your video and sending it to us.  Can’t wait to see it!

Improve Your Putting – Yes Putt Your Way To Success!

Improve Your Putting – Yes Putt Your Way To Success!

It never fails that one finds the driving range packed and the putting green wide open.  Why?  I guess hitting the snot out of a golf ball is fun.  However, the way you score, is putting the ball in the hole!  There is no worse feeling than hitting a great drive and then a decent iron shot to the green.  At this point you probably covered over 400 yards of real estate, only to take three more putts to move the ball 30 feet.  It just doesn’t make sense.

My opinion is that:
1) Most golfers do not appreciate how important putting is
2) Most golfers do NOT know how to practice putting effectively

Checkpoint Golf Systems offers a complete putting practice kit you can carry in a small bag.  The systems includes both the short putt and the long lag putt.  We covered the entire putting system head to toe in our webinar which you can watch a copy of below.

We use this system in our one day golf school so join us. For more about our one day golf school…….

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Here’s the great part.  Practicing on the putting green is FREE!  When you talk about more bang for your buck, you can’t beat free vs $10 or more per basket of range balls.  Of course you need to practice both but in balance.  At the very least, practice the same amount of time on the putting green as you do on the driving range.

Here’s the complete webinar which will help yo on your putting.

It’s 65 Degrees – Open the Golf Course!

It’s 65 Degrees – Open the Golf Course!

Well, it’s just not that easy.  It might be 65 degrees today but it will take today’s weather to melt a lot of the snow that is still out there AND the course is soaked!  The potential damage to the golf course would exceed any potential revenues gained in green fees, lunch etc. so it might not be wise to open the golf course.

Here’s a study from the University of California on how severely damaged a grass area can become from traffic in wet conditions. http://anrcatalog.ucdavis.edu/pdf/8080.pdf

location for golf lessons on golf courseThat same golf course that you were annoyed with for not opening on a Saturday on a 65 degree day would be the same golf course you would be yelling at the next weekend when you see it trashed from all the wet play.  Please be patient!  Go to the driving range and work on your golf game.  The golf courses that are NOT open this Saturday are doing the right thing for the over health of the golf course.

Here’s another good article on winter damage to golf courses http://orchardsgolf.wordpress.com/.  Here’s a good article from the Pro at Lakewood Golf Club about cart rules on wet golf courses. http://lakewacogolf.com/pros-corner.php

Here’s a great comment from Jason Hooper Golf Course Superintendent, “Some members are suggesting that we are being too overprotective when we close the regular greens and move to temps under extremely wet, or saturated, conditions.  The damage caused by traffic on saturated turf is not immediately visible, so I fully understand how some may feel this way.  In fact, the damage is being done below the surface so you won’t immediately see it, but I assure you that the damage being done will lead to many problems down the road.”

Bottom line is, the temperature on a given day is not necessarily the only consideration in determining to open or close your golf course.  Be patient and let the pros (golf course superintendents) make the right decision for the over all long term health of your golf course.

Bobby Lopez, PGA

Another Slap at the Belly Putter

Another Slap at the Belly Putter

You already know from some of my past Blog posting that I am NOT a fan of the belly putter or any kind of golf clubs or putter that one can brace against or anchor to their body for support.  Of course the Belly Putter has helped some golfers.  No kidding!  Part of the challenge of putting is not having the ability to brace the golf club on your chest which tends to alleviate path problems and possibly nervous hands, (the yips).

belly-putterThe USGA ruled that the bracing or anchoring of the belly putter on your body would no longer be legal in 2016.  An appeal was attempted and it’s a no go.  The ruling moves forward.

Below is a communication that all PGA professionals receive and I thought I would share it with you.  It’s from the President of the PGA Ted Bishop.

PGA-Teaching-Pro-LogoI am writing to inform you that the United States Golf Association (USGA) has decided not to extend the implementation date of Rule 14-1b (anchoring) for amateur golfers beyond Jan. 1, 2016. Last month at the USGA Annual Meeting in Pinehurst, N.C., PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and I outlined our proposal for a “grandfather” period to provide amateurs with more time to adapt to playing without an anchored stroke.

Both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have consistently shared strong feelings about this matter with the USGA and we appreciated the opportunity to formally present our views before the USGA’s full Executive Committee.

While we are disappointed with the USGA’s decision not to extend the implementation date beyond Jan. 1, 2016, I know that all PGA Professionals are committed to helping amateur players choose a permissible putting stroke that will help them continue to enjoy the game well into the future.

Indeed, PGA Professionals go to work every day knowing that we are the most respected instructors in the game. This is a new challenge and opportunity that we will embrace, and along with helping PGA TOUR players, we will assist golfers of all abilities in advance of the implementation date of Rule 14-1b.

Finally, we believe that one of the profound outcomes that emerged from the discussion of “anchoring,” is that both the PGA of America and the PGA TOUR have a more meaningful seat at the Rules table for future decisions affecting the game. We strongly believe that such enhanced communication among our respected organizations is essential to the long-term viability of golf.

Ted Bishop, PGA
38th President
The PGA of America