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.

Creating Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

Create More Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

I receive tons of comments on creating lag or angular acceleration in the golf swing.  Golfers perceive that they can create additional club head speed in their golf swing and they might be right, but not always.  Either way, I am writing this entry to explain how to create more club head speed in your golf swing and create additional lag in your down swing.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I produced a video below that explains everything as well as provide two drills that will help you create more club head speed in your golf swing.  The secret, if there is one, is the shoulders or shoulder tilt at impact which is created by giving the arms a head start on the down swing.  I like the way Nicklaus describes it. Not an exact quote but close. Nicklaus said, I feel like I need to get the golf club to the ball before the buttons in my shirt get there.

The left shoulder, if you’re right handed, has to lift up and back on the down swing.  The critical error most golfers make is they shift their weight forward.  Some claim they’ve read that you must transfer your weight before impact or you must start your down swing with your hips.  I’m not saying that some golfers might not benefit from those suggestions however the video will prove that in reality the left shoulder is moving upward while the lower should is moving towards the ground and that only after the impact position does the golf club’s centrifugal force pull you to your front foot.

There are exceptions such as trap shots, knock downs etc.

Take a look at the video and then feel free to email me a video of yourself absolutely FREE without obligation or badgering of you doing the drills and/or your golf swing after trying out the drills.  Just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for directions on how to send your video free.  The drills to help you with your swing are below the video.

For the drills just click on the links below.

1) The 2 o’clock drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85726349/db79b882a5
2) The turn and tilt drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85658164/5b79ed393a3) Turn and tilt with a swing trainer https://youtu.be/DJIKysvM4Qk
4) Another tilt drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVrfxZBX__U

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Alright macho man, Bloomberg television showed a short clip on the making of Dustin Johnson’s driver and it shows that he was building a 10.5 degree lofted driver.  I bet you thought that all these long hitters were using low lofted drivers, like 7.5 or 8.5.  You must take into consideration that Dustin has a very closed position at the top of his back swing.  The closed position actually reduces the loft on the golf club.  So, his 10.5 plays like an 8.5.

To reach what is “effective loft” you must add the loft on the golf club itself, the angle of attack of your swing path and the club face angle at impact.  That is why I insist that it is not necessarily the brand of golf club or the fitting system, it is the ability of the fitter to understand and recognize the idiosyncrasies of the golfer’s swing and how the golf club fits into the golfer’s swing pattern.

Here’s a great interview with Butch Harmon on Dustin Johnson, (his student) that is well worth watching.  Butch also supports a teaching philosophy that is very, very, very close to what we do here at Quick Fix Golf.  Personalized instruction allowing you to use your personal assets and tendencies.
Any questions?  bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com

You Want More Club Head Speed? Watch This!

You Want More Club Head Speed?

When you service as many students as I do, you occasionally get that special standout that comes along.  Without fanfare, Sri Ghanta quietly shows up at the Patterson range almost everyday and displays a work ethic that is lacking throughout our society today, in my estimation. (Of course he gets the large range card so it saves him money)
Besides being a great student of the game, Sri is also quite a gentleman.
From a golf swing standpoint, he has worked on the range for a year and a half, never seeing the golf course itself.  I had the honor of playing with him on his first round, as did a few of our other student/members, and we can all attest to the fact that Sri made a par on his first hole, the par 5 1st at Pendleton!  On his third round he made his first birdie on number 6 with the flag in the back on the upper tier.  Pendleton’s most difficult hole!
On the simulator at last nights workshop at Patterson Golf Park Sri was clocking over 117 miles per hour club head speed.  Below is a video analysis of Sri’s golf swing, demonstrating to you the angular acceleration Sri creates, using Sergio Garcia as a comparison.  I hope you learn something from it. My sincere congratulations to Sri, and keep up the good work.
You want more angular acceleration in your swing?  Stay behind the golf ball and pull straight down with the arms first.  For a video on how to get more angular acceleration in your golf swing just email me and I’ll send the video free. bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com

How Far Do The Pros Hit The Ball?

How Far Do The Pros Hit The Ball?

With today’s technology, we can measure exactly how far the ball is traveling and how it’s traveling.  How it travels has a lot to do with how far it travels.   Launch monitors are becoming very popular today because of the ability to measure spin rates and more.  My personal opinion, only opinion mind you, based on years of experience is that the best data on this chart is actually the “Smash Factor.”  The data you can get from something as inexpensive as a piece of face tape on the front of your golf club face, which makes a mark where you’re hitting the golf ball, will do just about the same thing.

If you fit a golf club that you hit more times than not right in the center of the golf club face, more often than any other configuration, that’s YOUR golf cub period!  Get the ball right in the center of the club face and you’ll play your best golf.

I have links to the Tour Average Charts I mentioned earlier below.  I have the Mens Tour and the LPGA Tour.  The data in these chart include:

Club Head Speed – How fast the golf club is traveling
Attack Angle – The angle of approach to the ball.  The longer hitters have an upward angle of about three degrees.  The Tour average is one point three negative.
Ball Speed – How fast the ball comes off the face of the golf club.  1.5 times faster than club head speed is excellent.  Example 100 mph club speed – 150 mph ball speed.
Smash Factor – Overall performance at impact and center hit.
Launch Angle – Angle ball travels after impact
Spin Rate – The number of revolutions in flight
Apex – Overall flight angle
Landing Angle – The angle of approach to the ground
Carry – How far it went in the air.

With all this data, you can see how the modern day touring professional dials in all the advantages available.  Now it’s up to his swing and controlling his/her emotions.

To see the chart on the Men’s PGA Tour Click Here

For the Ladies LPGA Tour click here.

Any questions or comments bobbylopez@bobbylopezgolf.com

Is There A Way To Add Distance Over the Winter?

Is There A Way To Add Distance Over the Winter?

Now’s the time! Just about all sports today are no long seasonal. The off season is an opportunity to make adjustments on your swing as well as improvements in your strength and flexibility. Of course you most likely are playing golf for fun. You could be on of those Virginia golfers that competes in a few of the fine amateur tournaments in the area. Either way, now’s the time!

At you new indoor location SCOR, we have Jason Elkin, who s a certified Titleist TPI golf fitness instructor. You can find out more about the TPI program by going here. All the exercises are golf specific. You can choose your level of improvement and go over with Jason exactly what your goals are. I can set you up with a complete evaluation with Jason once I take a look at your swing. I will show Jason the video of your swing so he and I can evaluate your current situation. Then Jason will get together with you and do a complete evaluation and show you exactly what you need to do to improve for 2011.

I am beginning the program myself and will keep you informed as to my improvement. I’m adding the new creation of my friend PGA Pro Jerry Donahue. It’s called the Speed Flex Pro. It is a weighted stick which is fitted to your current specific swing speed and will enhance your club head speed properly in as little as 30 days.

You may have heard of the Speed Stick Veejay Singh used to pump on TV. Well I stayed away from that one because it was to long. The over length caused one to swing flatter than you normally would which I think is detrimental to your swing.

The Speed Flex pro is sized to your common driver length.

Whether you choose a swing aid like the Speed Flex Pro or you join an exercise program that is golf specific now’s the time to get started. You will be very happy you did once you get to March. Just imagine the look on your Buddie’s faces when you drive it past them!

In case you’re interested in the Speed Flex Pro just send me an email and I’ll explain it to you. I sell it for $10 less than the manufacturer, (they are $89, I’m $79) and I’ll help you pick out the one you want with no shipping for Richmond locals.

Keep Your Knees Flexed To Swing Down and Out.

Keep Your Knees Flexed To Swing Down and Out.

There’s a golf web site out there called Hit Down Damn it! Funny title but they don’t give you the whole story. Bottom line is you need to compress the golf ball against the ground.

To compress the golf ball better you need to have what tour players call today “shaft lean” which is produced when the hands are in front of the club head at or just before impact. Not only does this position compress the golf ball but it also reduces loft on the golf club so you increase distance. Now, one much overlooked factor is the knees. I see a lot o golfers that “jump”at impact. They lift up thinking they will lift the golf ball up. Jumping sometimes comes from the knees straightening up at impact. The result of jumping is you catch the ball on the up swing and on the bottom part of the club face, (catch it thin).

Try and keep your knees flexed well through impact and swing out between first and second base, (for right handers). Don’t forget to start rotating your forearms well BEFORE you reach impact!

You can try some face impact tape on the front of your club face and if it shows that your impact is on the bottom edge of the golf club you’re probably jumping or flipping your hands at impact. If you don’t have any impact tape just come on out to Patterson and I’ll give you some to test your swing free.

You can find me at www.bobbylopezgolf.com

Here’s a video with a drill on developing shaft lean. By the way…I’ve lost 27 pounds since this video was taken. I’ll tell you how I did it. My wife yelled at me, “STOP EATING YOU FAT BAS____! It worked!

Why Is It More Difficult To Hit Your Driver Than Any Other Club?

Why Is It More Difficult To Hit Your Driver
Than Any Other Club?

You can get a FREE Special Report on hitting your driver by going to my website at FREE Special Reports

Your initial golf shot or “tee shot” is YOUR MOST IMPORTANT golf shot in my estimation. It’s sort of like first down in football. If you’re second down and twenty every time you get the ball you’re going to have a long afternoon. I’m used to it, being a Dolphin fan.

If you’re having trouble during a round of golf with hitting your golf driver in the fairway then drop down to your three wood immediately. Maybe after some success with your three wood you will gain your confidence back to try your driver again. The little bit of distance you’ll loose by hitting your three wood will be more than compensated by being on the short grass in the fairway. Work out any problems with your driver in practice not on the golf course.

The first thing you need to understand about a Driver is that the length is probably doing you the most harm. A golf swing is very similar to a group of skaters turning in a circle or a group of soldiers marching in a circle. The outside skater or individuals will have to move that much faster than the rest of the line to keep up. Sure the longer the driver the faster the club head will travel in theory, but equally the harder it will be to square the club face at impact thus causing that dreaded slice off the fairway.

To square the golf club up at impact, (impact is actually about three degrees closed with a driver) you need to start rolling your forearms over earlier. Why, because the golf club head is further away from you. If you’re having trouble squaring up the club face first try choking up a little on the golf club. My opinion is golf club manufacturers make the modern drivers too long anyway. Most are about 45 to 46 inches. I prefer 44 inches. Tiger Woods only hits a 43 ½ inch driver.

I also prefer the smaller club heads. Everyone is raving about the hybrid woods that are replacing three irons. Golfers rave about how easy the hybrids are to hit. The heads are SMALL and have a low center of gravity. In contrast the new Drivers have a head the size of a basketball and golfers wonder why they can’t square it up. I recommend the 395cc head as the largest acceptable size, not the 460cc style which is actually more difficult to square up at impact.

Some golfers try to keep their head still or over the top of the golf ball. To make a full turn on a swing with your driver your head might move a little towards your back foot. That’s fine if not desired. You need to be well behind the golf ball at impact. One should have a straight line from the front shoulder to the ball at impact.

Another thing I noticed is that most golfers tend to hit their driver out on the toe. Use some face tape or sometimes referred to as impact tape on your driver and witness for yourself where you are making contact with the face of your driver. Usually the best place to make contact is high on the face and just a little inside of center. Different drivers have difference centers of gravity. See my Blog report on finding the center of gravity on your golf club for help.

Also, the driver has to be swung on a shallow plane. All golf clubs are swung the same…on plane, (the plane being the angle of the shaft at address). The plane angle on a driver might be 55 degrees where on a pitching wedge the shaft angle might be 64 degrees. To maintain a shallow path to the ball it is necessary to turn your shoulders on a more horizontal plane on the back swing. Golfers that swing steep usually are trying to keep their head on the golf ball at the top of their back swing. If you’re right handed, make sure you get the tip of your left shoulder over your right toe at the top of the back swing. You’ll still see the ball out of the corner of your left eye and you’ll gain a tremendous amount of distance on your tee shots.

You might feel like you’re swinging flatter or more rounded with a driver. If so that’s a good thing. Practice starting your downswing with your arms. Get to the top of your back swing and hold your chest still and start pulling your arms down like you were ringing a bell.

Remember Tiger’s comment; “the arms win the race”. He is referring to the arms winning the race to the golf ball. Get your arms started way early on the downswing and make sure you roll your forearms over early. If you start to hook the ball violently just back off a little on the roll over. If you pull hook the ball then you’re still rotating your shoulders too early.