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.
Yes from one Wild Man to another, I like Bubba’s swing and I can prove it’s better than you think. So many golf instructors try to sell you on their theory or method for hitting a golf ball. They claim that once you learn how to hit the ball “their way” you’ll be a star!
Then a joker like Bubba or Furyk come along and blow that theory out of the water! Hello!
You need to know what you’re looking at and what you’re looking for in a competitive golf swing. I like to call it elements of risk. I look at a golf swing like an insurance underwriter not the salesman. The insurance salesman is probably apt to sell you an insurance policy even if you have a heart monitor on your belt! I’m the underwriter looking for risk. Could this clown hit the ball in somebody’s yard and break their window and I end up paying for it?
Yes Bubba has some risk factors to consider. Very strong grip, raises his front leg excessively, long back swing BUT he swings the golf club perfectly on plane so the ball is not going to complain about the other short comings mentioned IF he can keep them under control.
Yes some of the risk factors mentioned could make him a bit more inconsistent during the year and cause him to miss the cut at times when he probably shouldn’t have but the risk factors he has also contribute to the tremendous distance he gets off the tee. Hitting over 300 yards on average but he’s 150th on tour in driving accuracy. That tells us that some of the short comings we mentioned are hurting him in that regard.
Please take a moment and look at this video analysis of Bubba’s golf swing. Take a selfie of your golf swing and send it to me at email@example.com
Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship
For the first time in more than twenty years I visited a ladies golf tournament on the LPGA tour and I was NOT disappointed. The level of play among the lady tour players has really improved and it was obvious the conditioning has added to their longer tee shots. (Not that I was looking at what good shape they were in. I’m sorry LUCY!)
In fact, the first golf tournament I ever witnessed as an eleven year old was a ladies golf tournament. Kathy Witworth, Marlene Hagge, Micky Wright and a slew of other pioneers of the ladies golf world.
The one thing I noticed about the lady golfers is that they are more willing to get behind the golf ball at the top of their back swings. Everyday I deal with golfers attempting to keep their heads locked on top of the golf ball. If the intention is to get your front arm and golf club shaft in a straight line at impact, how in the heck can you do that unless your head is behind the golf ball? You either have to have your head behind the golf ball in the first place or back up on the downswing. Both methods have proven successful on the PGA tour.
Berhard Langer backs up on his down swing while Ben Crenshaw gets way behind the golf ball and lets the momentum of the golf swing PULL him to his front foot.
I’ve done a complete analysis for you below of both Carrie Web and this week’s winner Minjee Lee hoping it will help you make the transition from playing on TOP of the golf ball to BEHIND the golf ball.
One other comment before we look at the videos. Shame on you Central Virginia! There were not nearly enough spectators at the Kings Mill event. I live in Richmond and can tell you it seems impossible to keep any sports team or activity for lack of support. Organize a wine festival and the place is packed! Bring a great minor league baseball team to town or arena football or hockey and they starve trying to make expenses. We used to have a senior tour stop years ago at Hermitage. What happened to that? We hold the State Open golf tournament and no spectators? I don’t get it.
Enough with the rant here’s the two videos I prepared for you. First Carrie Web and then this weeks winner Minjee Lee.
No I’m not talking about a player on tour. I’m talking about a robot! I compare the robot to Ernie Els and Tiger Woods for similarities and there are many. The video below should give you a better idea of what you need to accomplish in your golf swing.
1) Set up with a 90 degree spine angle and maintenance of same throughout the swing or slightly past impact. 2) Hurl or swing the golf club on an angle 90 degrees to the spine angle or on the same angle as the shaft at address. 3) Keep the golf club face a right angles to the path of the golf club
That’s it! Oh yea, you sort of need to align yourself at the intended target in the first place. Of course there is also rhythm, tempo, balance and oh the heck with this, let’s play tennis! No wait, watch the video first!
A couple of things mentioned in the video that I think are key is the presetting of the angle before making the back swing and the stopping at the top of the back swing before beginning the down swing. That is a drill Tiger used to with Butch many years ago when he was playing his best golf. The Tiger Woods drill is available here. [/sws_text_video]
Yea right! It ain’t so easy to get on the Champions Tour. You can ask all the guys down in Florida right now playing their guts out for only five, yes that’s 5 spots available for exemption on the Champions tour.
Not to mention the sectional qualifying tournament you would have had to endure and finish at the top of the stack in order to be one of the 85 players in the final tournament of 72 holes to qualify for an exemption on the Champions Tour.
The first group of individuals exempt on the Champions Tour, (meaning they get to play) are the players with the most earnings from the PGA tour. So if you’re a new comer get to the back of the line and play in the two qualifiers.
That means that Freddy Couples gets to play no matter how well he is playing if he feels like playing. You might say he earned it by playing well in his youth and you might be right. Fact is , that the PGA probably thinks that you the viewer are not to going to tune in on TV if you don’t recognize the names playing.
Oh yea, it costs $2,500 entry fee for the final qualifier plus all your expenses for a chance to be one of the top five. Not a good bet. I take my hat off to all the guys that tried though. Guys like my friend Joe Daley. Joe didn’t play his best this week but he is a long time veteran of the tour. Like a journeyman quarterback that’s played for a ton of NFL teams but you cant remember his name. By the way, Joe won a major just two years ago. Still he’s back having to qualify. Now that’s tough!
What’s my opinion. Well I can make one because I ain’t playing. I think that more spots available for Monday qualifiers is not only appropriate but would possibly wake up the Champions Tour to new blood. Why recycle the same players we’ve seen in the past. Nothing wrong with it but let’s see some new blood. Some Cinderella stories that might give the local golfers some hope.
“Long time insurance agent beats the pros and wins on the Champions Tour”, etc etc. Yea! Get the crowd pulling for the under dog! Just a thought.
Here’s a video analysis of Frank Esposito’s golf swing. The winner of the qualifying tournament at 11 under par.
It’s amazing to see how so many of the new young pros coming out are all so competitive. There is such a razor sharp difference between the ones that make it and the ones that don’t. One very significant influence on ones success is financial backing and personal management, potent enough to get you in to tournaments on sponsors exemption.
We had one very promising prospect stop for a check up from the UK. Europe went bonkers for golf as witnessed by the Ryder Cup wins they now have under their belt.
We’re holding a Special Workshop this Tuesday October 28th at the Patterson Golf Park driving range at 5:45 until 7 PM. Our visiting professional from London, Sam Wroclawski will hit some balls for us and answer questions. After the clinic we will both roam around the group to take a look at your swing and help you apply any tips you found worthy.
Above is the video of the lesson I did with him during his visit. Hope you can join us. Sam can hit it a mile! Tuesday at 5:45 PM.
OK you can laugh! Go ahead laugh! The picture below was taken around 1972 by Dick Farley of Swing’s the Thing Golf Schools. Dick was the poor soul that hired me to be the Director of Golf at Andalucia C.C. in Marbella Spain. I was home in Miami visiting and taking a break while getting ready to start playing European Tour events and Dick gave me a lesson. Dick took this photo of my golf swing with his shiny new sequence camera that would take eight pictures in sequence. State of the art back in those days.
Get a load of all the hair I had then, AND I was skinny! Not to mention how flexible. How about the size of that back swing! You would have to call an ambulance today if I tried that today.
Here’s the down line view. It’s no wonder I hit the ball so much further back then. I took a BIG rip at it. Let this be a lesson to all my senior golfing friends. We just don’t have the flexibility we used to have. There is still a lot we can do to get back some of that “zippity dooda” in our golf swing and I will revel those insider secrets in our one day golf school for seniors on Wednesday October 1st.
Yes there are some techniques you can use to re-gain some of that lost distance as well as smarter decisions on short game, (we’re suppose to be older and wiser?).
If you’re interested in the one day school for seniors please email me quick at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s only $79 and includes all the instruction, lunch, a bottle of Geritol, (only kidding) cart & green fees at Pendleton and range balls.
I could carry on for days about the golf impact position. Everything you perform in your back swing and down swing should create the proper impact position for your grip and swing. Your ability to repeat YOUR motion is the key to your consistency.
This Blog entry is NOT to discuss all the concerns of impact. It is only to show you how important it is once you find a good impact position to repeat it as much as possible with drills throughout your day. Yes, do a drill every time nobody’s looking!
I went on a short three day break and yes I took my practice stick with me and did drills every time I could. I returned yesterday and hit some balls at the range and witnessed immediate results from the drills. Here’s the video of what I worked on….
Great win for Martin Kaymer and you can chalk one up for the good guys. A nice well mannered young man that is a good athlete. Martin Kaymer’s driving average right now is 293.6, tied for 52nd. He’s 38th in accuracy and funny enough I used David Toms as an example of being more in sync and sure enough David Toms is number one in accuracy. Good guess Lopez!
I’m a putting stat freak and in three putt avoidance Martin Kaymer is 79th. Just a bit above half way up the pack. The stat I really like to look at is six footers. Well Martin Kaymer is tied for 126! Not good but let’s see if we can look at that same stat for this tournament. Oh well, I couldn’t find that stat but I did find all of Martin Kaymer’s stats for the year here http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/players/player.27408.html/statistics
One stat that sticks out with the bank teller is Martin Kaymer’s total earnings to date….over $2,250,000 and he’s 11th on the money list and it’s only May! Ben Hogan just turned over in his grave. Sam Snead started shaking and Lee Trevino has decided to start mowing more lawns.
Don’t know if you’ve noticed but Matt Kuchar has gone through some serious disappointments as of late. Knocking a ball in the water on the last hole to loose a golf tournament he should have won. Having to watch your opponent knock in some unbelievable shots to boot.
Fact is, you MUST be able to accept a lot of disappointment in sports to endure and Matt Kuchar showed it beautifully here. No complaining or whining during the drought period with a boohoo why me. Matt Kuchar just keep battling along knowing that eventually his time would come. That takes true grit!
I’m not keen on his swing changes but I’ve seen crazier things work. As long as Matt Kuchar believes in his swing theory and can perform it, why should we criticize? So Matt Kuchar swings on a flat plane which is unusual for a tall guy but he has bought into it and that’s what it takes to be successful.
This should also be a lesson to those who aspire to play competitive golf for a living. Tour golf is a long term commitment and not just for the tour player. How about the folks investing in their pony hoping for a return on their investment! Matt Kuchar’s career goes back to 1998.
I dare to guess that during 2003 until 2007, Matt Kuchar lost money every year. At least somebody did! A four year drought could cause anyone to question their dedication. Matt Kuchar stuck it out and kept working to the great position he is in today. Somebody got their money back, plus.
Just like any other business it takes times and dedication and it’s over the long haul. Let’s take a look at Matt Kuchar’s new flat golf swing.