Here’s a new golf game we can play. You find the golf swing flaw! Watch the video of Lydia Ko below and then try and find the golf swing flaw she has. Once you find it, what would you do about it? Is it worth making the change? If so, what would be the benefits? What would be the time period to make the change and how much is that going to cost in lost winnings?
If you decide to live with the golf swing flaw, what would you do as a safe guard to keep the golf swing flaw in check? Especially in situations where there is a very high risk factor?
What you should be looking for here is, how does the golf swing flaw effect impact? That’s all the matters! Of course there is one other thing. Once you bring the golf swing flaw to the attention of the player and they recognize it, there are the psychological effects. The high risk situation presents itself and the player starts thinking about the golf swing flaw in stead of the shot at hand.
I’ve posted all the new callaway golf clubs for 2015 on our site http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-clubs/new-callaway-golf-clubs/ I also had the opportunity to attend a special session for Callaway staff pros, (of which I am one) in Alexandria. Some of the top brass from Callaway flew over and it was eye opening to talk directly to the engineers that build the golf clubs and find out exactly what and why they did something different this year and how does that benefit our students.
Lets start with the driver. Everybody wants to hit it further and you can too…..maybe! Considering that the COR rule is in effect, which means you can not have a golf club face that allows the golf ball to recoil off the club face at a faster rate than .83. Simple terms, they shoot a golf ball out of a cannon at 100 mph at the golf club head and the ball can not recoil back faster than 83 miles per hour.
With that being said, the only thing you can do to make the ball go further is:
1) Make the golf club travel faster through weight or design or length. 2) Increase the amount of the golf club face that produces .83 recoil.
The new Callaway V Series driver use less weight to make the golf club head go faster. The gram weight of the head is about 193 grams vs. the typical head weight is about 205 grams. The math is: for every 10 grams you lighten the golf club you pick up 1 mile per hour of clubs head speed which equates to about 3 yards. The V Series is also about 46 inches standard which is about an inch longer then their other drivers.
Sound familiar? Yes our Palo Grande weights even less at 275 grams and is 48 inches long, the legal limit. Now here’s a BIG surprise. After talking with the engineers at Callaway they will make a Palo Grande for us and support the effort. I’ll have more on that on the Blog soon. Just placed an order for demos as well. It’s basically their light model V Series with a few teaks to accommodate the additional weight in making it longer.
Lets take the second scenario. You can’t swing the golf club any faster so you’re stuck with the length you have? No! You can improve on the launch angle, ball spin for additional roll and/or carry AND what Callaway is doing for you is making the recoil area of the golf club face larger so that if you miss the center of gravity the drop off in ball speed is not as severe. Callaway has definitely improved in this department from last year.
If you hit any golf club in the center of gravity you will get the best performance you can get out of that golf club. However some head designs drop off the planet in ball speed if you miss the center of gravity. Do keep in mind that you may still be penalized in accuracy for missing the center of gravity.
Now we have proof! I’ve been saying for years that even baseball players don’t really transfer their weight in the way people think. Yes they lift their front leg but then their body does not actually move forward during the swing.
As was talked about all over the PGA show this year, the weight transfer in your golf swing actually goes backward or toward your back foot at impact! I’ve shown backward motion in the golf swing on video numerous times in lessons and our workshop sessions. The new Bodytrak swing mat proves what I, as well as many other golf instructors, have been saying for years! You can refer to our Blog posting on the Bodytrak system at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/2015/01/24/scott-hamilton-speaks-at-v-1-session/
How many times have you read golf tips that say “transfer your weight to your front foot.” Big mistake! Of course if a given golfer has a serious spin out move, meaning they turn their body excessively, the weight transfer in their golf swing motion could be a big help.
I would like to thank one of our new members Lisa Wright for sending us this video analysis of a classic baseball swing. Please take note of the following:
1) How the body turns on the axis and does not pass the blue line drawn by the coach 2) Notice how even with the lifting of the front leg the hands of the batter do not move forward or toward the pitcher at all.
Hurricanes go around, electric motors go around, tornadoes go around! Any movement side to side only reduces your golf club head speed and adds to the possibility of inconsistencies.
A really good drill to try is hitting balls on only your back foot. Take something like an eight iron and hit balls real easy on only your back leg. I like to place my front toe BARELY touching the ground just for balance, but I put no weight on it at all. You might be surprised at how straight and consistent you hit the ball this way.
I had a very exciting weekend in Ft. Lauderdale and it’s all thanks to you! All the fine students we have that have supported us year after year is what made the weekend with Gene Sauers possible. It’s my turn to reciprocate with passing on the “insider information” of a touring pro golf lesson, to help you better enjoy this wacky game of golf we all know and love.
I can NOT thank Pat Robertson enough for putting Gene and I together. No not the pastor, no relation, but I do consider our Pat a Saint. Life long friend of Gene’s doing everything he can to help Gene win on the Champions Tour.
I will be holding a webinar on Tuesday night at 7 PM. I’ll show pictures, explain what we worked on and why it will help Gene be more consistent, (you too!). I’ll also show you the new video capture software Gene introduced me to that we will put into practice this season.
All you have to do is go to https://join.me/quickfixgolf Please get there around five minutes early so you have time to set up your sound to hear the webinar. You will find a green bar across the top and one of the icons will look like a telephone receiver. Click on that and then choose call by the internet. That will allow you to hear and ask questions during the webinar.
I do NOT want to put this out on the internet. This is only for the benefit of our fine students/members! Tuesday night at 7 PM.
Tiger shoots an 82 and everyone has their opinion. I shoot 82 and nobody cares, same for you. I not only have an opinion but I also have some proof. I have a video analysis I did years ago comparing Tiger’s swing from what he had in his rookie year and college until after Butch made the necessary adjustments. (The video is posted below)
Necessary is the “key” word! When is enough, enough? I would argue that Tiger Woods had better success before he tried for utter perfection in the golf swing. Now, was it his ego that made him think that he could achieve the perfect golf swing and be the best of all time? Well, didn’t Hogan feel that way? No!
Hogan himself said that his swing was NOT as good as some of his competitors yet so many golfers goo goo over Hogan’s swing and try like heck to mimic or copy it only to their golfing demise. You’re NOT Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods is NOT a robot!
Unfortunately success can be an evil thing, especially when you don’t handle it right. Tiger’s problem is NOT his golf swing or his short game, it’s in his mind and soul at this point. Does that mean that it’s time to call a Priest for an exoticism?
If Tiger called for help on his swing I would tell him I’m not interested in joining the parade of past swing gurus trying to find that secret element that will put Tiger back on the map. What I would do for you Tiger, in complete privacy, is to get to work on fixing you, not your golf swing.
I’ll tell you what I would suggest with all honesty and no kidding. I would call my friend Dr. Patrick Porter PhD who is a genius on the human mind. Award winning author of Psycho-Linguistics and an accomplished Hypnotist with success stories from many of his patients. In fact, Dr. Porter started the largest chain of Hypnosis Centers called Positive Changes.
I would set up an appointment at a quiet place or even deserted island as long as it had a golf course. Start with a session with Dr. Porter putting Tiger under hypnosis. Let Dr. Porter find the true issue in his mind that’s holding him back. Take him back to his golfing child hood.
Dr. Porter through his hypnosis techniques can help Tiger regain his hunger to win and his enjoyment of that hunger. Get away from all this techno swing jargon which is a bunch of crap anyway! Take it from me, I’ve been teaching golf since 1970. I’ve see more swing theories then my wife’s cat has flees!
After that, I would have Tiger hit balls on the range, maybe even under hypnosis and video tape the session so he cold see himself afterwards. Let him go back to his natural self. Let him hit balls with no target. No flag sticks on the range period. Might even have him hit balls blind folded and video tape that.
I would consider bringing some kids out to this secluded camp and have him spend a day or two with them playing golf, teaching them\ kids some and just having some fun, like playing ping pong with the kids. Tiger just needs to go back, way back to where Dr, Porter can take Tiger Woods. To his child hood! Of course Tiger Woods has to want to do it. Bob Toski once told me, “No matter how you good you get at golf kid, you’re never bigger than the game itself.” Tiger has to surrender to himself and accept his short comings like all of us. “We all fall short of the glory of God”
Maybe we should blame some of the powers that be that put Tiger on such a pedestal for financial gain. Was he set up for a big fall? Was he carrying the television viewing audience on his shoulders?
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]
Something caught my eye at the PGA show this year, 2015. I saw a sign that said, “the only no torque putter!” Yea right. How you can have a no torque putter when the club shaft is on the inside of the arc. Of course the face balanced putter, (that’s where the face is pointing skyward when you balance the shaft on your finger) alleviates some torque or I should say allows you to swing the putter on a more straight back and forth motion.
Scott is an accomplished teaching pro who teaches about eight players on the PGA tour. Some names you might recognize are Boo Weekly, Brendon Todd, Russell Henly and more. He was nice enough to explain some of his teaching techniques and his study on body motion in the golf swing which is a popular topic among teachers right now. He uses the Boditrak which I promised will be in a Blog shortly with all the data and how it could effect your game.
The volume is not as high as I hoped so you need to turn your volume up all the way but it’s worth the trouble I promise you. Really good stuff.
Thanks 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.
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
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.
Bill Osetek (the guy sitting next to you) & pga
Member from met section
For those of you that have already seen the new Palo Grande driver I made…guess what? Wilson is making the same thing, almost. Their driver is only 10 grams heavier but based on the same concept of lighter overall weight to increase club head speed.
Their D-200 Driver is $299 and 46 inches long at 268 grams overall weight. The Palo Grande is 258 grams at $199. I’m going to hit the new Wilson driver tomorrow and give you my honest feed back. If their club is better I might try to approach them on making a deal. I want my students to have the best driver possible in their hands because the tee shot is so important to lowering your scores.
Check the Blog soon for more info from the 2015 PGA show.