You have to have one of two elements to change a golf swing position in my opinion. The ability to nag a swing fault into submission or have an uncanny talent to focus on the task at hand and ignore the results for now meaning the golf ball flight.
I’ve presented you a very uncommon occurrence of an athlete that can make changes in an instant. I’ve been teaching golf since 1970 and I can attest that finding that special someone that can make a change and put it to use quickly is very rare or I would not present this example on our Blog.
I guess that means that the rest of us belong to the “I’ve got to nag the swing fault to death”group. More importantly, you need to isolate the swing fault and do the drill for that specific swing fault slowly, diligently and with purpose and concentration. Drill drill drill and forget it! Once you get to the golf course forget the drill and let it take over. If your doesn’t perform as you hoped you just haven’t done the drills enough or improperly.
With our lesson membership one can video themselves doing the drill and e-mail it to us for analysis. It is just as important for us to receive a video of a golfer doing the drill as it is their full swing. Golf drills are a form of medication and you must take as prescribed by your golf doctor to be effective. You can see the details of our membership at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/group-golf-lessons-richmond-virginia/
You may remember Caitlin Cooper who is now beginning her golf career at Randolph Macon University. We’re very proud of her! Now we have another junior lady golfer coming up that is showing tremendous promise as well!
My goal is NOT to make them top tour players. It might happen who knows BUT I find it even more important that they get a real education at a good school and lead productive happy lives. Tour golf is a grind and I believe some parents put too much pressure on their kids. Let them enjoy their journey in golf and not get too down on themselves when things just don’t the way you hoped. That’s sports!
In both of these cases we have to give the Dad’s most all the credit because they are present at every lesson and gently support their daughters the right way. You see there is still hope for America!
Our additional star is Jessica Rathbone and her Dad Roger who is a Physical Therapist. Jessica has show a very keen ability to make changes and understand why she’s making them and is a very hard worker.
Just like Caitlin she has that ability to bounce back from a bad hole or bad round. That’s something you can’t coach, they just have it or they don’t.
Jessica just finished third in a tournament on the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour
Greater Richmond Classic held: June 11/12 at Magnolia Green Golf Course, Moseley, VA. This course is rumored to be the third toughest course in Va.
Finish: 3rd. In the Prep (High School) division distance 5800 yds ( 73.1/136) Shot 88 day one but came on strong Sunday to shoot a 79 to secure 3rd place.
Jessica was playing with girls that were older than her for the most part so there is a lot of room for advancement. Most of all….she’s a great girl with good grades and a very polite manner to her. The kind of girl anyone would want for a daughter and that goes for Caitlin too.
I am very fortune to have the opportunity to attempt to bring something positive to their lives. Give them all the credit and don’t forget Dad!
I Met Rocco Mediate and Became a Big Fan Instantly!
Rocco was chipping along side my friend Gene Sauers while at the Champions Tour and I yelled out to him, “what are you smoking?” Rocco said, “are you a cigar guy?” Is there a Cuban that is NOT a cigar guy?
Rocco immediately invited me over for a smoke and handed me two Rocky Patel Decades and they were just my type of cigar. I like what he said. “I’m only going to give you two cigars because I don’t like you.” I love it! I’m so sick of political correctness. I told Rocco one of my best jokes and we laughed while we lit up our cigars.
One thing for our students to get out of this is that Rocco’s golf swing matches his personality. Long and flowing and never rushed. Your golf swing should match your personality or make-up. You can work on golf swing positions all you want but if your tempo, balance and over all balance isn’t what it should be you’re toast.
Great tempo and balance will over come many swing faults. Take a look at the analysis I just did of Rocco’s golf swing. I’ll be sending more from the Champions Tour shortly.
Success in almost all endeavors requires proper preparation. Of course you are probably playing golf for recreation, but if you prepare to play golf properly you might enjoy yourself more and make better decisions on the golf course.
I have a video on Youtube called How To Use A Yardage Book that covers the yardage book at Pendleton Golf Club. Preparation in proper procedures before play will help immensely. However, proper preparation the night before you play with a stick to it strategy based on a yardage book or map of the golf course is going the extra mile which will pay dividends on your score card.
While on the seniors tour this week with Gene Sauers, Gene’s caddy Derrick was nice enough to show me his yardage book for this week. Many of you play mostly the same golf courses at home all year long so it would not be difficult for you to build a yardage and strategy book of your own. Heck with all the technology today you can practically make a picture of each golf hole with Google earth.
Here’s Derrick’s yardage book for this week’s tournament.
Bottom line is your swing can cause you to lose strokes by hitting shots off line however you might be wasting strokes by not preparing properly or having a clear strategy. Nicklaus was well known for his strict strategy building the night before. Once he decided he was going to tee off with a three wood on a given hole he would stick to that strategy no matter what his score was at that point.
Playing golf is like playing billiards outside. Where are you going to leave the cue ball for the best next shot. Play smart golf! Build yourself a yardage and strategy book for all the regular courses you play. Re-evaluate your performance and adjust your strategy accordingly.