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.
 
 

What Golf Ball Should I Use?

What golf ball should I use?

Pick one golf ball and stick to it!  That’s my advice.  Why?  Because the golf balls today have so many different configurations, you need to find one golf ball you like and stick with it throughout the season.  Get ready to change to another golf ball the following year because the golf ball companies are constantly making changes.

I would stay away from any golf ball that claims to go straight.  Straight is just a code word for shallow dimple or reduced spin.  You might get more roll on a hard surface but you’ll loose considerable distance on a wet one.  Plus, you’ll have a tough time stopping the golf ball on the greens.

Find a golf ball you like the feel of when putting and chipping.  It’s the short game that counts!  Learn how your golf ball comes off the club face on your putter.  You’ll start leaving those long 40 foot putts closer and lower your score.

Below is a report that appeared in the PGA magazine last month about golf balls.  The PGA magazine goes exclusively to PGA pros to inform them on the latest traits in the industry.  This report will give you an insider view of what the industry is thinking you’re thinking.

Page one of the report on golf balls here

Page two of the report on golf balls here.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Hit Your Pitching Wedge to the Letter

How to Hit Your Pitching Wedge to the Letter

Below is a video demonstrating the visual of hitting your pitching wedge while making an “L” at the top of the back swing and a “Y” at impact.  What we’re trying to avoid here is the flipping of the wrists at impact adding loft to the golf club and potentially hitting the ball on the leading edge and sculling it across the green out of bounds.

If you’re not sure if you are creating an “L” and a “Y” why not take a video of your swing and email it to us for a FREE analysis.  For details on how to do just that please go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

Hope this video helps your golf game

How Far Do Pros Hit the Golf Ball?

How Far Do Pros Hit the Golf Ball?

How far do pros hit the golf ball?  Does it really matter?  It does on certain golf courses that are deliberately set up for the long hitters.  I think golf should go in an entirely different direction.  Make the courses shorter and tighter.

Look at some of the golf holes on tour that give the pros the most trouble.  How about number 12 at the Masters.  The hole is only about 155 yards long and most pros are hitting an 8 iron?  I would like to see the stroke average on that hole.  Whoops, got it right here.  Historic average 3.29.  That’s over par folks!

How about the 17th in Jacksonville with only a wedge and you see triple bogeys?  Does it matter on that hole how far the pros hit the golf ball?

Shorter courses would be lower maintenance costs.  Less real estate needed.  Less time needed to play, maybe.  One thing for sure….improved shot making!  Strategic golf is good golf, in my opinion.

Anyway, the important point to all this is not how far you hit the golf ball but how consistent both in direction and distance you hit the golf ball.  Better to hit your seven iron 145 yards and do it every time.  How far do pros hit the golf ball with their seven iron?  About on average 172 yards.  Isn’t that about the same distance you told the boys at the 19th hole you hit a seven last Saturday?

Below is a chart from the Trackman system which is possibly the most accurate measuring system out there and it shows stats like club head speed, launch angle, ball spin and a bunch of other numbers which are probably more than the average golfer can think about.  Good to know the truth though.  You might find that the distances are not quite as far as you might of thought.

Click here for the chart on PGA Tour Averages by the Trackman that show how far do pros hit the golf ball

Matt Kuchar Shows True Grit

Matt Kuchar Shows True Grit

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.
 
 

Golf Swing Analysis Bubba Watson vs. Jordan Spieth

Golf Swing Analysis
Bubba Watson vs. Jordan Spieth

I guess you didn’t see a lot of swing analysis on the Masters coverage with the swing of Bubba Watson?  I just doesn’t fit the narrative.  Bubba Watson does for us though!  Play golf with the swing you got, not with some swing method or theory that might not fit your natural tendencies.

Even as nice a swing as Jordan Spieth has, you can go through a list of swing faults, (according to the gurus) starting with his grip.  One of the most basic fundamentals. 

Sometimes you just can’t teach golf by the book and we certainly don’t.  You have to treat each individual swing with the special care to not upset the apple cart unless it is extremely necessary.  Especially for the twice a month golfer.  The casual golfer will not log the sufficient number of reps to change a habit.  They may think they have, but if I followed them around the golf course with a camera, they would be shocked at how they didn’t actually make a change at all and reverted right back to their natural tendencies.

Can you imagine trying to change the golf swing of Bubba Watson?  How about Jim Furyk?  I can name a lot more back in my day.  How about Miller Barber, Gay Brewer, Lee Trevino and more.

Here’s the steps to developing a golf swing YOU can use. 

1) Determine who your swing is now.  Yes who!  Consider your swing a living organism that has a personality and certain traits you need to deal with. 

How can you get to know your swing?  Take a video of your swing with your cell phone and send it to quickservice@quickfixgolf.com for a FREE analysis.

2) We can make suggestions as to what tendencies are hurting you an why?  Which ones you dare try and change and which tendencies you might have to live with.

Take a look at this short video analysis of Bubba Watson vs. Jordan Spieth and you will see the natural tendencies they have.  They both have swing faults and so should you!  Was it Nicklaus that said, “golf is not a game of perfect.”  You need to know what your tendencies are and how to use them to your advantage.