Single Length Golf Clubs

Is Bryson DeChambeau on to something?

The idea of single length golf clubs it not a new thing.  Years ago the Tommy Armour company tried to market a set of equal length golf clubs and failed.  You can get all the history about single length golf clubs by combing the internet.

I’m not concerned with the history here or the ability for a golf club company to sell higher profits.  My question is, does this golf club configuration actually make it easier for golfers to play?  With all the talk about making the game easier, shorter, golf courses that are only 6 holes long and even making the hole bigger, is single length golf clubs a possible positive contributor to making golf more accessible and enjoyable for the average golfer.

When I mentioned these golf clubs to my good friend Larry Wilson he said that he already had a set of single length golf clubs.  Doesn’t matter which one he hits, they all 100 yards!

I am going to make a best effort to find out if this idea has merit above and beyond a tour player like Bryson DeChambeau.  I will study this topic from a practical point of view.  I will not consider this a search for extra power or pinpoint accuracy, although those could be the results we find.  My concern is with ease of play and consistency.

Keep in touch with this Blog for the latest as I post videos of the progress so far.  You will see day one of the study below and I will post day two as quickly as possible.

Oh one thing before we start the video.  I guess you are asking what is the difference between the single length golf clubs and a standard configuration?  Well, in a standard set of irons the weight of the club heads are staggered by seven grams.  For instance, a six iron club head weighs about 257 grams and might be a golf club once assembled at 38 inches long.  A five iron would have a golf club head weight of 250 grams (seven grams lighter) and have a total length after assembled of 38 1/2 inches.  As the golf club shaft lengthens the club head weight is diminished by seven grams per golf club.

In a single length set of golf clubs all the golf clubs are the same length, (approximately 37 to 37 1/2 inches) and all the golf club head weights are identical. About the same head weight of a seven iron.  The difference per golf club head is the loft.

That means that with every golf club the same length, no more moving the golf ball around in your stance.  You stand at the same distance form the ball on every club.  You only need to learn one stance and set up that works for every club.

Now please watch the video for more details….

Golf Down Swing Sergio Garcia Style

Golf Down Swing Sergio Garcia Style

Now please pay attention because those of you that have been taking lessons with me in the past have heard me hammer this concept again and again. What have I been saying?

Here’ how some of the BEST players in the world describe their down swing.

  1. Tiger Woods, “I feel like my arms are dropping out of the sky in front of my chest.”
  2. Al Geiberger, “I feel like I’m ringing a bell.”
  3. Davis Love III, “My Dad taught me to pound a stake in the ground.”
  4. Ben Hogan, “I feel like I’m pulling and arrow out of the quiver.”
  5. Jack Nicklaus, “I feel like I have to get the club to the ball before the buttons of my shirt get there.”
  6. Now here’s Sergio Garcia saying, “My Father told me to feel like pulling a chain down with both hands.”

sergio-garcia-golf-down-swing-lagSo many golfers buy in to the drive with the legs, transfer your weight to your front foot etc. etc.  All causing nothing but frustration because of the added motion of the body sending the golf club off path, not to mention killing your lag or as the engineers put it, “angular acceleration”.

Here’s a picture of Sergio from the article in Golf Digest February 2016.  The complete article is on page 16.  He also adds that “it’s important to NOT be in a hurry to get down to the ball.”  Another thing you will notice form the article is that Sergio is actually flat footed at impact.  It reminds of the drill Butch was doing with Tiger years ago back when Tiger was dominating.  Hmmmmmm?

Butch had Tiger hit four iron punch shots while maintaining his right foot on the instep at the finish. Why?  To slow the hips down!  Butch probably knew Tiger’s left knee was not going to stand up to such abuse emanating from the hips.

Alright I get it now, what do I do????

Step 1: You’ve got to get tilted properly at the top of the back swing.  You need these two drills.  The elbow drill    The handle bar drill

If you don’t get to the proper tilt at the top of the back swing you can pull down all you want and it won’t work!  You’ll be screaming obscenities at the Cuban when it ain’t my fault.  You need to practice this in front of a mirror and now that there’s snow outside there’s no better time to drill this move into submission.  Slowly and deliberately in front of a full length mirror.

Step 2: Work on getting the arms started first on the downswing.  I suggest not pulling so hard or in a hurry.  Feel your arms move slowly with your body staying perfectly still.  Sure when you hit a golf ball your body will move but for the purpose of the drill, just move only your arms and get your arms to move independent of your body.  (Oh yea, forget that connected baloney you read about in magazines or seen on TV)

Do the 2 o’clock drill and Swoosh drill

If you’re a Quick Fix Golf member take advantage of your UNLIMITED video analysis feature and video yourself doing the drills and send it in an email to quickservice@quickfixgolf.com

If you’re NOT a member yet, you can still send us a video of your swing FREE so you can try before you join at no risk to you.  For details go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

Below is an old analysis I did of Sergio.  Maybe that will help you too?

Improving Your Golf Game Over the Winter

Improving Your Golf Game Over the Winter

I love the golf off-season!  Maybe because I love to practice golf.  Why?  Because practicing properly makes golf more enjoyable.  Playing golf poorly is NO fun!  If you play golf five or six times a year that’s OK.  It’s a day out for you. Enjoy the day, your friends and don’t get aggravated because you are most likely NOT going to play a decent round of golf. 

For the true golfer, (those that have been bitten seriously by the bug) a crummy day on the golf course is agony and frustrating for the golfer and for those around them.  Golf can be so frustrating!  You must accept that as part of the beauty of the game and keep your frustration to yourself and be determined to make a well planned effort to improve.

That’s why I love the golf off-season.  This opens an opportunity to target specific areas of your golf game for improvement without the pressure of having to perform on the golf course. Only play when you’re ready to put your new skills to the test.  I like to tell students, “you’re putting the car in the garage to do a valve job so you can’t drive it for now, (stay off the golf course).  Maybe I should add that you can still play golf on those nice days that surprise us during the winter that’s OK.  But, do not expect miracles or a finished product from your off-season work.  Expect the car to sputter a little until the value job is done.

What do you need to do and what do you need in tools to improve?

  1. You need a full length mirror – Just like a ballet dancer you need to see yourself doing your dance step, (golf swing drill).  You need to perform the drills slowly with vigilance in the mirror to make sure you are performing the drill properly.  I’d rather do three (3) drills properly than twenty (20) wrong.  Junk in junk out!  In our Lesson Action Manual, (sorry only available to members) there is an entire section dedicated to practicing a drill properly.  Mucho Importante! For members go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com and look for the Members tab upper right.  Login and then go to the Golf Action Manual tab and click on that to get to the manual.  See pages 22 through 25.
  2. This will sound basis but you need someone you can trust to evaluate where you are golf-lesson-on-cell-phonein the process and critique how you’re practicing. With today’s technology you can take a “selfie” of yourself dong the drill, email it out to me for immediate feedback BEFORE you head to far down the wrong road potentially causing more bad habits than the ones you have now.  I use the V1 system which you can download on your computer for FREE at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/golf-lessons-retrieval/ (bottom of the page) or down load for about $2.99 the cell phone version which is quite convenient.
  3. You either need a few decent days to test your drills on the range or a range that is covered and sometimes heated in your area.  Most towns have one.  Video your drill work at the range as well.  You can view the video later at home, compare it to older videos and email it off to your coach if they offer such a service, (we allow unlimited videos analyzed with our yearly membership).
  4. I try to stay away from teaching tools or gimmicks.  They generally end up in the vijay-signh-golf-progarage collecting dust.  Quite frankly touring pros generally don’t use them either.  Too cumbersome to carry around with you from town to town on the road.  I get annoyed at pros that suggest you should purchase a swing plane tool for $299 when they themselves use an old broken shaft and a water bottle! Notice this picture of Vijay Signh doing just that.
  5. Keep a golf club handy by the sofa – You’re watching TV?  No reason why you can’t pick up the golf club and work on your grip during a commercial.  I get up and do a short drill taking care not to pop someone on the head.  Not necessarily a full length or full swing drill.  I take the opportunity to “NAG” the movement I am trying to re-program into submission.  It’s the number of PROPER reps you log that will make the difference.  You most likely will NOT get to the range often enough so you have to take advantage of practice at home.  Setting up a net and mat at home in the garage is great if you can do it.  If you don’t have a net you can get some very soft foam golf balls at Walmart. 

Ready to get going!  The spring will be here before you know it so get going.  Please send me your video if you’re a member and if you’re not your first video analysis is FREE.  Just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

I can be reached at 804-378-7456.

Bubba Watson’s Golf Swing Analysis

Bubba Watson’s Golf Swing Analysis

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 bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com
 
 

Lopez Talks Golf On The National PGA Scene

Lopez Talks Golf On The National PGA Scene

bobby-lopez-jim-mcleanThanks to the confidence the folks at V-1 had in me, I was invited to be a guest speaker for PGA pros at the 2015 PGA show in Orlando along with Jim McClean.  The pressure’s on but we can take it.

I can say that meeting Jim McLean was and honor and pleasure and he could not have been nicer.  I spoke at 11:00 AM and Jim at 4 PM so I returned to hear what he had to say.  You can always learn something from a veteran teacher.  Jim is high on the new Boditrak system that tracks your body motion in the golf swing.  I will be doing a complete Blog entry on nothing but the BodiTrak shortly so stay tuned.  I will also include a video of teaching professional Scott Hamilton who teaches about eight tour players and is equally high on this new Boditrak system.

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Here’s some feedback on my presentation:

Dear Bobby,
Thank you SO very much for your presentation for V1 on how to use your branded academy.  It was awesome.  Please send me the slides you mentioned so I can learn more of what you know. 
Thank you for sharing your experience and methods.
Sincerely,
Cindy

Dear Bobby,

I thought your presentation yesterday was amazing !
Your ideas & implementation are brilliant !  well done !  It’s also amazing that you would be willing to share these ideas with others.
anyway, I would like to take the online course about Google that you suggested & Learn More about your business ideas, which I truly found to be exciting.
sincerely,
Bill Osetek (the guy sitting next to you) & pga
Member from met section

The Army Navy Football Game

What’s the Army Navy Football Game
doing on a golf blog?

I’ve made it a ritual to always watch the Army Navy football game every year on TV.  Well, thanks to one of our great students, (Steve Fortner former Navy Veteran himself), tickets to the game were secured and Steve and I drove up to Baltimore to see the game yesterday.  If you have never attended the Army Navy game and can get tickets, (hard to get) it is worth every minute and every dime that it costs you.

I’ve been to several Super Bowls and the super bowl is not comparable to the Army Navy game, sorry.  With all the commercial hoop-laa at the super bowl the tradition and atmosphere at the Army Navy game is far superior and unbelievable.

The festivities started with the parachute jumps down to the field of play followed by fly overs by helicopters and jets.  I don’t mind admitting that I had to hold back the tears from all the emotion.  My first thought was a thank you to grandfather for making the effort to come to America in 1920.  Without his courage and belief in the American dream none of what I saw yesterday would have been possible.  (By the way, he came to America expecting nothing more than an opportunity)

Most impressive were the cadets on both sides.  Yes we still have fine young people in America that are smart, polite, well groomed and dedicated to their country and defense of our constitution.  They could teach a thing or two to some of our folks in congress.

Here’s a picture of the field of play below with the team coming out of the tunnel.

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There were several videos that were played on the large screen and the video below is the one that I thought was the best.  Watch below.

Oh yea…who was I routing for?  Well I attended an Army Military Academy as a youngster but my son is a former Navy Corpsman so I have to go Navy or else.  But there is one thing you could feel throughout the stadium.  No matter what team would win, no one held animosity or were disappointed.  The game is great but the brotherhood in arms is far more important. May God bless every cadet out there and may God Bless the United States of America.

Wisdom from the PGA Senior Tour

Wisdom from the PGA Senior Tour

I say wisdom from the PGA Senior tour because at this age, you should have some.  I wish all of our student/members could have joined me for what was a perfect day.  The weather was perfect! Being it was Wednesday, you would have had the opportunity to see exactly how these tour players practice.  That’s the key!  How they practice on the PGA Senior Tour.

I’m not talking about the number of hours because workaholics they’re not.  That’s for the young bucks on the regular and web.com tours.

gene-sauers-puttingOne key addition to the group was Gene’s new caddy.  Gene’s caddy Derrick is a former PGA pro himself and used to caddy for Brad Faxon on the Senior Tour.  Well, Gene has had problems with putting so why not take the caddy of who was thought to be the best putter on tour.

Here’s what we worked on yesterday at the Senior Tour.

Ball striking:  About two hours spent hitting balls with most of the work from 100 yards.  We moved Gene’s ball up in his stance.  He was hitting it a little heavy.  Yes, even tour players can make such simple adjustments that one would think so fundamental, that it doesn’t need attention.  Not true!

Bunkers:  Maybe spent about 1/2 hour.  Worked on buried lies and a new method Derrick came up with which I will add to the one day school and bunker workshops.

Putting:  You can see the arc tool we used in the picture above.  We worked a lot on keeping Gene’s chest moving through the stroke.  He has a tendency to lock up a bit at impact and then pull the putt to the left and sometimes close the club face when his chest stops moving, also sending the ball  to the left.

I can’t thank Gene enough for allowing me to spend the day with him and Derrick.  My ability to get “behind the ropes” on the Senior Tour will bring you true practical suggestions to improve your golf game with the same methods players are using on tour.

 

 

Playing Golf at Belleair Country Club in Florida

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Thanks to my pal Phil Auerbach and the head golf professional Jim Slattery, PGA I enjoyed paradise even if it was only for four hours.  Wow what a facility!  Belleaire Country Club, Florida’s First Golf Club. In fact, the Philadelphia Phillies were there playing an outing before starting spring training.

The golf course condition was magnificent, right on the water and the greens rolled fast and pure.  I’m sure you guys in Richmond are really happy to hear about this considering snow is forecast for today!  ha ha ah he he he.

Phil hit the ball right out of the park all day long.  I haven’t seen drives like that in years!

Phil has a great website we’re going to get to work with, Golf Coach Direct.  Phil is on the edge of the envelope with technology.  His system allows us to have you load up your swing video for analysis.  Set up an appointment for us to meet on line.  Then with technology similar to Skype but better, we can converse with each other, see each other swinging the golf club and reviewing the video simultaneous!

I’ll be setting up a few members to try this out very soon.

Gary Player Gets Fitted For A New Set of Callaway Golf Clubs

Gary Player Gets Fitted For A New Set of Callaway Golf Clubs

Attached is an article written by Scot Kramer which covers a Callaway Golf Club fitting with Gary Player.  He’s the part I find important….He’s 77 and still hitting it!  There’s hope for all us senior golfers out there!  All we’ve got to do is eat see weed and run five miles every morning!  Forget it!  Give me a cold one and I’ll make it up with the putting.

I marked with a RED ARROW what I thought to be very important and interesting information that would help you with your game and your club fitting whenever you desire to have one.  One big comment was the distance he hits his wedges.  About the same as mine.  I’ve told many a student that when I played, except for a few golfers that were scary long in our day, I hit it about the same distance.  I’m not a long hitter.  People over emphasize hitting it further as their problem which is not so.  Think accuracy not distance, especially with the irons.

This was a great article combining the fitting process along with some great old tour stories which of course I love.  Those guys were more colorful back in those days.

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How Much Bounce Should You Have On Your Sand Wedge?

I guess we should start with understanding what bounce is in the first place.  It is a roundness of the sole, elevating the leading edge of the golf club. http://blog.hirekogolf.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/radius-bounce-hi-res.jpgThis allows for the golf club sole to make contact with the ground rather than the sharp leading edge.  I can not send you to a better source than my pal Jeff Summitt. He is a walking talking expert on ANY technical mumbo jumbo having to do with anything related to a golf clubs.

If you want ALL the technical facts about bounce go to Jeff’s Blog entry

http://blog.hirekogolf.com/2007/10/understanding-golf-club-bounce-angle/

Now, from a player’s point of view.  Your grandpa’s sand wedge that had a great big bulge on the bottom is no longer what touring pros prefer. Why?  For one, the bunkers have changed.  Just like putters used to have seven (7) degrees of loft back in the 70’s, now they have three (3) degrees.  Our greens today are smoother, faster and firmer, thanks to better grasses developed in laboratories, better mowers, better design etc.

In fact, not only has the putter loft changed but so did the putting stroke.  Players today use their shoulders more and use a long smooth stroke where Palmer, Casper and Hogan would pop the ball with their hands.  They intentionally wanted to get the ball airborne and then roll.

Bunkers today are well manicured.  Sand is soft well below the surface.  Where early bunkers could be hard, inconsistent.  Golfers were happy to “blast” out of the bunker and get it anywhere on the green.  Today golfers are logging “sand saves” and getting it consistently close.  Bunkers throughout the golf course are more consistent in sand type, depth and density.

Rather than blasting, players today glide the golf club just below the ball and take far less sand with the shot.  No  blasting!  More touch and feel which is not possible when blasting.

The sand stroke has evolved to more of a lifting and hinging of the golf club on the back swing and then a turning of the chest on the downswing and follow though, holding the angle set by the hands at the top of the back swing.  No release or turning over of the forearms with this swing.  Quite the opposite.  Keep the club face pointer skyward on the follow through.

This strategy would demand less bounce.  Plus, if your sand wedge has a huge amount of bounce or bulge on the sole, the golf club becomes unusable for flop shots or any tight or firm lies around the green.  The bulge will cause the leading edge to be elevated at impact so you blade the ball across the green.

Here’s a video I did on the bunker shots with some pros on tour.  Hope this helps!