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.



Improve My Short Putts

Improve My Short Putts

This game of golf is played from 4 to 5 feet and in, short putts.  Maybe even 6 feet and in.  If you perform poorly on short putts you will find it difficult to be competitive.  Maybe I should say it would be difficult to be so skilled at the rest of your golf game that could afford to loose strokes from up close on short putts.

What do you have to do to be successful at short putts?  Control your putter face.  The ball will go where the putter face is pointed.

My Golf Swing in 1972

My Golf Swing in 1972

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. 

bobby-lopez-golf-swing-1972Get 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?).

bobby-lopez-golf-swing-1972-DLIf you’re interested in the one day school for seniors please email me quick at bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com.  It’s only $79 and includes all the instruction, lunch, a bottle of Geritol, (only kidding) cart & green fees at Pendleton and range balls.

PGA Conference – Stay ahead of the game!

PGA Conference – Stay ahead of the game!

In my constant effort to keep our members/students informed with all the latest and greatest improvements in golf, here is the first in a series of posts that will reveal the insider secrets covered in the latest PGA conference dedicated to golf club fitting and more.


PGA Conference

Although the emphasis was intended for golf club fitting it never fails that teaching techniques and results become a big part of the conversation at the PGA conference.  The picture above shows a clinic on putter fitting and determining the current putting stroke of a given golfer and how the ball is performing after impact.

For example, the presenter used a lie board, (a plastic hitting board used for checking lie angle) spraying it with powdered chalk.  Once you hit the golf ball with your putter the chalked board would demonstrate where your ball first hit the ground.  The ball was also marked with lines to reveal any side spin on the putt as well.  I will incorporate this technique into our one day school and also on any workshops on putting. 

Of course this method does not fix anything as far as your stroke is concerned but it reveals what we should both concentrate on in order to improve your putting.

We discussed whether you should consider a face balanced putter, 45 degree angle head drop or a 90 degree head drop.  If you’re more of a straight back and forth stroke player you should consider the face balanced putter.  If you have somewhat of a arc path putter try the 45 degree.  Most of the pros discourage the toe down 90 degree drop putter but guess what….that’s what I use! 

I will make a video of the entire process and post it tomorrow night 9-19-2014 so please return then. 

Any comments?  You can always reach me at bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com



Golf Poem

A Golf Poem

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, And Rather Small.
Oh How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.

By Its Size I Could Not Guess
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I’ve Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.

It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises Me A Thing Called Par,
If I Hit It Straight And Far.

To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.

It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.

With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.

It’s Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows…. I’ll Be Back Tomorrow.

Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs
And losers of balls!

A recent study found that the average golfer
Walks about 900 miles a year.

Another study found that golfers drink, on
Average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.

This means that, on average, golfers get about
41 miles to the gallon!

Kind of makes you proud – a Golf Poem.

Almost makes you Feel like a hybrid……

Golf Impact Position

Golf Impact Position

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….

Ben Crane Golf Swing Analysis & Testimony

Ben Crane Golf Swing Analysis & Testimony

I did a short analysis of Ben Crane’s golf swing with a before and after video of improvements he made over time.  Improvements take time and you have to be patient.  Once you’ve identified what you should improve on, I believe you’re more than half the way there.  The breakdown comes with our being impatient.

Ben Crane’s Golf Swing Analysis shows that he reduced the lateral motion in his golf swing which makes him more consistent.  Take a look……

We also have a video below of Ben giving his testimony on how his faith had a considerable influence, in helping him through the difficult times that threatened his future in golf.

Your best golf lesson is on the Golf Course

Your Best Golf Lesson is on the Golf Course

I am even more convinced than ever that you MUST make an attempt to play golf with your instructor.  If the instructor is NOT making that affordable to you then he/she is making a big mistake.  That’s why I make the one day golf school with on course instruction available for only $99, which includes all costs like green fees, lunch etc.  Your best lesson is on the golf course.

The golf instructor AND the student get a false impression as to their development by swinging the same golf club over and over again on the range.  I believe that what we are discussing here is a huge contributor to why the average golf score has not changed over time.  There is more technology than ever, tons of folks offering themselves as swing gurus but still the average golf score is over a 100.  (Of course it is also the fact that golfers are constantly entering and leaving the game.)

I played golf yesterday with one of our best members.  I’m not saying who so forget it!  What I learned was that I had to do a better job of communicating how important the following systems are:

1) Pre-shot routine
2) Alignment, Your alignment would be better if the pre-shot routine was effective.
3) A solid swing key to assure yourself that you get the golf club started on the right path on the back swing.  Or, a solid key to make sure you do NOT revert back to your core swing fault.
4) Short game around the greens.  You can hit balls until your hands bleed but if you cant get it up and down who cares.
5) Scoring shots from 80 yards and in.  It’s a different swing than your full swing.

Now this will sound like a sales job but I should be having to open more and more one day school dates because every student should attempt to do the one day school at least once a month during the season, if they want to reach their full potential.  More short game only schools should be available and I am going to work on that immediately.  Maybe some workshops on course management and player management.

Here’s a video that explains it all.

One Day School 99 from Bobby Lopez on Vimeo.

I hope we get such a response that I have to create more to meet the demand.  It’s not for the money when we’re only charging $99 bucks.  It’s for the results!  The personal satisfaction of you playing a golf game you’re proud of and I had the opportunity of helping you do it.

To get the 50% off price go to http://bobbylopezgolf.com/one-day-school-99.htm

Didn’t Jack Nicklaus say, “Keep Your Head Still?” – Yea right!

Keep Your Head Still

How many times have you heard, “keep your head still!”  In fact, Nicklaus might have been the one to tell you that.  Isn’t Jack Nicklaus the best golfer ever? Shouldn’t we do without question anything he says? Well?

Take a look at this video analysis below which demonstrates that Nicklaus moves his head, like it or not, and so do a lot of other PGA touring pros.  The key element to control is your front shoulder and arm.  Oh yea and your back hand too!  Those are the three elements that need to line up perfectly at impact, not your head.

Golf is a back handed game which is why your golf glove is wore on your left hand, (right hand for lefties).  If you can create a wide enough coil in your back swing to produce power without moving your head, more power to you.  You must be the rubber band man!


Golf Swing Analysis Martin Kaymer

Golf Swing Analysis Martin Kaymer

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.