How the Hips Turn in the Down Swing

You Turn Not Slide in the Golf Swing!

Many a golf swing has been ruined with an over emphasis of the transfer of weight forward on the down swing.  It’s not a slide or thrust to the front foot, it’s a turn or clearing motion of the hips with the sensation being the left cheek of your fanny is heading toward your right heel.  (I explain further in the video below).

I went to see Chi Chi Rodriguez do a golf clinic because Paul Haun Jr., (famous trick shot artist that helped me improve my show) said to go see Chi Chi if you get a chance.  If nothing else you’ll steal some great jokes, and I did!

Not expecting it, I took away something even better than the great joke.  A golfer from the gallery asked, “Well Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the down swing?”  To my surprise Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the down swing.”  The crowd let out one of those OOHHHHH like a missed putt.  That shows how much misinformation is out there that has been ingrained in the minds of so many golfers.  Here’s another one, “keep your head down!”

Chic Chi went on to say that the golf swing is a rotary motion around a single axis which is the base of the spine. Chi Chi was right on target and take it for Gospel. Why?  Because it’s not often a Cuban agrees with a Porto Rican!  Cubans make better Rum too!

Yes there is a transfer of weight or balance by virtue of the upper body tilt, not the lower body shifting.  In fact, with the proper turn on the back swing, you will feel as if you’re loaded on your left heel but a scale will make a liar out of us because your weight will be on your back foot.  Just like a baseball player throwing a ball from center field to home plate, he tilts back not slide back to throw the ball.

Here’s a video that explains this further.  If you’re not sure where your weight is shifting send us a video of your golf swing for a FREE analysis.  For instructions go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/online-golf-lesson-free/

Improve Your Golf Game Over the Winter

Now is the time to make changes in your golf swing

You should have in place an off-season program for making upgrades to your golf swing and/or game in general.  We’re located in Virginia and the winters really aren’t that severe but if you’re further north you better clean out the garage and get a mat and net.

I would also suggest a mirror and if possible download the V1 home version of their software so you can do an analysis based on the one I did for you originally.  The more you learn to help yourself the better.  I always say, the educated golfer is our best member!

You actually only have two months, (January/February) which is why you should have started back in November.  Players from the Champions Tour rent a house next to the golf course of their choice in Florida for the most part to practice the entire month of December, (taking a short break on Christmas to get back with the family) preparing for the first tournament in January usually in Hawaii.

Nicklaus used to go back to his pro Jack Grout every year and say lets start with the grip.  Even a simple fundamental can make all the difference in your play.

Here’s some tips on making your re-build program successful.

  1. Get professional help in pinpointing the exact movement you wish to re-program or train.
  2. Do drills that focus right on the swing fault you’re re-programing.
  3. Do the drills slowly in front of a mirror and make sure your instructor sees you performing the drills to make sure you’re taking the swing medication properly.
  4. Be patient and don’t rush it all out to the golf course expecting stellar results.  You should film yourself hitting balls on the range vs the movement you are performing in our garage.  You may be very surprised at the difference.

Tiger mentioned that it took him 13 months to implement the changes Butch Harmon was recommending for his game.  Tigers also said, you have to dominate the movement in a drill, carry it over to the range, take it to the golf course, then to a tournament and then a major.  He also said it can all break down all along the way.

Golf is NOT an easy game!  BUT that’s part of the beauty of it all.  You must accept significant failure with a few short moments of shear bliss when for some reason we may never know, you play the round of your life.  Look at Jim Furyk.  Looking at all the golf swings on tour, would you have chosen Jim Furyk to shoot the record 58?

Here’s a our webinar held on January 5th 2017 entitled How To Do an Off Season Rebuild of Your Golf Swing.  If you have never seen your swing on video just get out your cell phone and video your swing and email it to ;”>bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com for a FREE analysis.

 

Golf Swing Faults To A Fault

Don’t Be So Picky About Your Golf Swing

I think you can become so obsessed about a swing fault to the point that you can actually drive yourself nuts!  I never forgot the comment the first PGA professional I ever learned from said.  Vince Allen: “the dumber they are the better they play and Lopez you’re gonna be a scratch golfer.”

I think you either have to know it all and understand how to apply it, (maybe Jack Nicklaus) or just use your God given talent and sense of balance and coordination and let it rip.  I’ve heard that Freddy Couples is that kind of guy.  Just raw natural talent with of course some cleaning up here and there. 

Doesn’t Bubba Watson comes to mind?  For those of you trying desperately to build the perfect golf swing according to the all the gurus in golf magazines and on TV, watch Bubba for a while and get some beer and popcorn and enjoy the show.  I think Bubba doesn’t know, doesn’t want  to know and it would probably ruin him if he did.  I like the way Bubba plays plus it’s good for golf.  We can’t develop an army of robo-golfers out there!

I’ve prepared a video for you comparing one of the best golfers in history with potential swing faults and why you might do better to leave some golf swing faults alone UNLESS the swing fault is prohibiting you from getting the golf club on the proper path and getting the club face at the proper angle at impact.  Some swing faults have to be addressed period.  The talent comes in knowing which ones to work on and which ones to leave alone.

Didn’t Butch Harmon say he wouldn’t touch Dustin Johnson’s closed position at the top of his back swing because he wouldn’t be able to play if he did?  Atta-boy Butch!  I agree!

Taking Your Golf Swing From the Driving Range to the Golf Course

Don’t be a golf driving range bunny forever!

Yes you need to work on your golf swing.  A great short game won’t do you a lot of good if it takes you nine shots to get to the green!  Agreed, BUT you need to avoid becoming an absolute headcase about every little detail of your golf swing.

There have been and continue to be some great golfers with golf swing faults.  You need to understand your swing faults, how they affect your ball flight and golf swing. You then need to learn to manage them.  Your swing will never be perfect!  The game isn’t perfect!  Bad lies, bad bounces and the ball that bumps off line on a perfect putt.

Sure there probably are some swing faults you have that need immediate and continued attention, (you’re never cured) and maintaining or controlling your swing faults is part of your overall golf game management strategy. BUT, lets get past the golf swing motion and get on the golf course!

I have two things that might help.  One is this Special Report you can download from here entitled, How To Take Your Golf Swing From the Driving Range to the Golf Course.

Also, I have a video taken by Brendan DeVore of Be Better Golf of our playing four holes at Pendleton golf club.  Hope you like it!

Would Like More Lag In Your Golf Down Swing

Many golfers search for lag in the their down swing.

Lag is NOT essential for great golf.  As you will see in the video Rocco Mediate as very little lag in his downswing and yet he plays fantastic golf.  He also smokes really good Cigars.  Rocky Patel Decades.  Don’t say anything but he might be getting some real Cubans from Jimenez but don’t say anything please.

golf-lagLag is actually called “angular acceleration.”  The greater the angle the faster one must move to keep up.  This is found in marching a column left or right.  Maybe you’ve seen ice skaters spinning in a circle and the last skater has to hustle to catch up to the circle of skaters.

How about a race track for runners where you see staggered starting points because the outside runner would be covering a longer circumference unless you move them forward.

In order to produce lag in the golf swing one must have a separation of the arms FROM the body on the down swing.  Because the arms are as if they were on the outside lane of the track above, they must have a head start because they have more real estate to cover.  Yes yes I know about the connected theory.  It works for some folks like Rocco.

Your chest and upper body have such a short distance to reach the finish line which is impact with the ball, that the arms need a considerable head start with the longer golf clubs like the driver and not as much with the short irons.

Watch this video of a very kind student Ed Schneck that allowed me to use his excellent example of lag in his down swing that he was not even trying to produce.

Change Your Golf Swing In Only One Day?

How To Make A Golf Swing Change

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/

Here’s the video!

Rocco Mediate Smokes Cigars and the Golf Ball

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.

Here’s the video analysis of Rocco!

Golf Yardage Book On Tour

Are you prepared to play golf?

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.

golf-yardage-bookBottom 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.

 

 

 

 

This Golf Video Will Give You Hope

That’s what we all need as golfers, Hope!

Hit one good drive on 18 and you’re ready to forget the entire day and look forward to your next round of golf when you will finally have your golf swing all under control.  Good luck!  You will never have your golf swing under control for long.  That is the beauty of the game of golf.

One thing you can do to increase your chances of enjoying more good golf shots than bad, is by incorporating proper practice habits.  Practicing the right things the right way will produce results.  Persistence needs to be in any successful practice recipe.

One of our fine lesson members Kevin Hood showed all the above mentioned traits after years of disappointment with his golf swing.  Kevin was a very good baseball player and a pull hitter which I believe added to his frustration.  Pull hitters in baseball need to clear their chest first on the forward swing which is poison for the golf swing.  I often tell baseball players to feel as if you’re hitting to the opposite field and get the bat out in front of you before you turn your body.  Much easier said than done because many of our past baseball playing students had played baseball for a long time.  Their swing habits are well ingrained from years of baseball.

Take a look at this video of Kevin’s golf swing before and after.  Incredible improvement for someone that was about to hang himself in frustration. This example demonstrates how one must push forward no matter what the difficulty until you get it.  Sometimes it just takes a light to go on when you least expect it.  Winners never quit and quitters never win!  Here’s the video.

The Tennis Swing Vs. The Golf Swing

Is the tennis swing anything like the golf swing?

Well I think the back hand tennis swing is very much like the golf swing.  I’m going to prove it to you with the video below of a tennis pro in New York, Chris Porte.  Chris sent us a video of his back hand questioning whether I thought the two swings had any similarity.  Here’s his email:  (Please see the followup email he sent after the analysis below)

Hi Bobby, we emailed back and forth some time ago; I coach tennis in NY City. I just watched your video on letting the arms swing while keeping the shoulders turned-you used Garcia. It reminded me of the my handed backhand where I let the arm swing freely AWAY from me-the body followed. Is that fair to say? Chris

I’ve been hammering away at all my kind and patient student members about how the arms work independent of the body on the down swing. Also on how you MUST be behind the golf ball not on top of it.  (Golfers build their golf swing on top of the golf ball because some idiot told them to keep their head down and not move it.)

If you are right handed it is your left shoulder you want to line up with the golf ball not your head at address and at the moment of impact.  Yes with the shorter golf clubs the ball moves back in the stance which gives the appearance as if the shoulder is past the ball but it’s not!  The shorter golf clubs, (8,9,pw,gw,etc.)  are built with shaft lean forward to accommodate the steeper angle of attack.  The shorter golf clubs have a steeper lie angle or are more upright.  (pictured below)

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The golf club is swinging from your front shoulder not your head!  Getting your front arm, and club shaft all in straight line at impact, is the challenge.  Take a look at the picture at impact.

 

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In order to accomplish any of these positions above you MUST get comfortable with having your head positioned well behind the golf ball at address or allow it to glide with the swing motion back and forth but NOT up and down!  Take your pick.  Either method will work.

 

Here’s the video I sent to Chris.

Here’s Chris comments after the video.

Hi Bobby, Thanks for doing the analysis! I’ve forwarded it to golf and tennis buddies and everyone enjoyed it with even some “aha, that makes sense” I’ve looked at virtually all the top instructors’ videos and you really are among the very best, if not THE best.
I’m 57 and playing on a torn meniscus (only very part time coaching and volunteer work) but grew up on lawn tennis at the old US Open Club in Forest Hills-I’m still a member; many open championships won over 4 decades, rankings, credentials, but here’s the thing-started with a weak Continental grip when I was five, which encouraged underspin slice but had good coaching a few years later and developed the stroke you see-it can be done!
Anyway, thanks again, of course show it to your students, and if you are in New York please do call on me-would love to have you as my guest at Forest Hills. ps Bob Dylan performing in our antique stadium in July.
Regards,
Chris

 

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