So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champion Tour

So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champions Tour

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.

You can see the Champions Tour scoreboard here.

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.

 

 

Hit Your Golf Ball Longer Immediately!

Hit Your Golf Ball Longer Immediately!

How many claims have you heard about new golf clubs hitting the ball longer?  Well here’s the facts.  Long and straight don’t go together and here’s why.

Weight, length and dynamic loft have the bulk of influence on how fast you swing the golf club.  The faster the club goes the further the balls goes if your golf club face is square in both cases.

To make the golf club shaft lighter the wall of the shaft has to be thinner which means more flexibility and thus less consistency.  Long hitters don’t mind a heavier shaft because distance is not the issue but rather accuracy.

I put together a driver that is 48 inches long, (the maximum allowed by law) with a light head (188 grams vs. the typical 205 grams) and light shaft of 50 grams and a very light grip of only 11 grams (most grips weigh about 53 grams).  I used a stiff shaft in the original version.

I got fed up with it, (broke it over my knee on the golf course when I bailed a third shot in a row out to the right) and made a new version with the same head, same shaft but this time in regular rather then stiff, and then added the Secret Grip from Boccelli (93 grams).

Now you should say, OK Lopez how about the heavy grip.  Well it made all the difference in my consistency and didn’t seem to hurt the distance.  At least not enough that I actually noticed it.  The heavy grip counter balanced the long length and made the shaft stiffer.  Results, WALLA (as the professor in Back to the Future would say) it works!  It really works!

Below is the silly video we made on the driver and below that is a video explaining what I built.  If you would like one I can get you one fitted to your specs for Christmas for $229.  (Regular price $279)

Young Playing Pros Today

Young Playing Pros Today

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.

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

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.