Change Your Golf Swing In Only One Day?

How To Make A Golf Swing Change

You have to have one of two elements to change a golf swing position in my opinion.  The ability to nag a swing fault into submission or have an uncanny talent to focus on the task at hand and ignore the results for now meaning the golf ball flight.

I’ve presented you a very uncommon occurrence of an athlete that can make changes in an instant.  I’ve been teaching golf since 1970 and I can attest that finding that special someone that can make a change and put it to use quickly is very rare or I would not present this example on our Blog.

I guess that means that the rest of us belong to the “I’ve got to nag the swing fault to death” group. More importantly, you need to isolate the swing fault and do the drill for that specific swing fault slowly, diligently and with purpose and concentration.  Drill drill drill and forget it!  Once you get to the golf course forget the drill and let it take over.  If your doesn’t perform as you hoped you just haven’t done the drills enough or improperly.

With our lesson membership one can video themselves doing the drill and e-mail it to us for analysis.  It is just as important for us to receive a video of a golfer doing the drill as it is their full swing.  Golf drills are a form of medication and you must take as prescribed by your golf doctor to be effective.  You can see the details of our membership at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/group-golf-lessons-richmond-virginia/

Here’s the video!

Junior Golfer Success!

First there was one girl now there are two!

golf-lessons-for-kidsYou may remember Caitlin Cooper who is now beginning her golf career at Randolph Macon University.  We’re very proud of her!  Now we have another junior lady golfer coming up that is showing tremendous promise as well!

My goal is NOT to make them top tour players.  It might happen who knows BUT I find it even more important that they get a real education at a good school and lead productive happy lives.  Tour golf is a grind and I believe some parents put too much pressure on their kids.  Let them enjoy their journey in golf and not get too down on themselves when things just don’t the way you hoped.  That’s sports!

In both of these cases we have to give the Dad’s most all the credit because they are present at every lesson and gently support their daughters the right way.  You see there is still hope for America!

junior-golf-lessonsOur additional star is Jessica Rathbone and her Dad Roger who is a Physical Therapist.  Jessica has show a very keen ability to make changes and understand why she’s making them and is a very hard worker.

Just like Caitlin she has that ability to bounce back from a bad hole or bad round.  That’s something you can’t coach, they just have it or they don’t.

Jessica just finished third in a tournament on the Peggy Kirk Bell Golf Tour
Greater Richmond Classic held:   June 11/12  at Magnolia Green Golf Course, Moseley, VA. This course is rumored to be the third toughest course in Va.
Finish:  3rd. In the Prep (High School) division distance 5800 yds ( 73.1/136)  Shot 88 day one but came on strong Sunday to shoot a 79 to secure 3rd place.

Jessica was playing with girls that were older than her for the most part so there is a lot of room for advancement.  Most of all….she’s a great girl with good grades and a very polite manner to her.  The kind of girl anyone would want for a daughter and that goes for Caitlin too.

I am very fortune to have the opportunity to attempt to bring something positive to their lives.  Give them all the credit and don’t forget Dad!

Rocco Mediate Smokes Cigars and the Golf Ball

I Met Rocco Mediate and Became a Big Fan Instantly!

Rocco was chipping along side my friend Gene Sauers while at the Champions Tour and I yelled out to him, “what are you smoking?”  Rocco said, “are you a cigar guy?”  Is there a Cuban that is NOT a cigar guy?

Rocco immediately invited me over for a smoke and handed me two Rocky Patel Decades and they were just my type of cigar.  I like what he said.  “I’m only going to give you two cigars because I don’t like you.”  I love it!  I’m so sick of political correctness.   I told Rocco one of my best jokes and we laughed while we lit up our cigars.

One thing for our students to get out of this is that Rocco’s golf swing matches his personality.  Long and flowing and never rushed.  Your golf swing should match your personality or make-up.  You can work on golf swing positions all you want but if your tempo, balance and over all balance isn’t what it should be you’re toast.

Great tempo and balance will over come many swing faults.  Take a look at the analysis I just did of Rocco’s golf swing.  I’ll be sending more from the Champions Tour shortly.

Also, don’t forget Father’s Day!  I’ve got special pricing for members only and sales on both private lessons and the one day school for others.  For members go here.    For non members go here.

Here’s the video analysis of Rocco!

Golf Yardage Book On Tour

Are you prepared to play golf?

Success in almost all endeavors requires proper preparation.  Of course you are probably playing golf for recreation, but if you prepare to play golf properly you might enjoy yourself more and make better decisions on the golf course.

I have a video on Youtube called How To Use A Yardage Book that covers the yardage book at Pendleton Golf Club.  Preparation in proper procedures before play will help immensely.  However, proper preparation the night before you play with a stick to it strategy based on a yardage book or map of the golf course is going the extra mile which will pay dividends on your score card.

While on the seniors tour this week with Gene Sauers, Gene’s caddy Derrick was nice enough to show me his yardage book for this week.   Many of you play mostly the same golf courses at home all year long so it would not be difficult for you to build a yardage and strategy book of your own.  Heck with all the technology today you can practically make a picture of each golf hole with Google earth.

Here’s Derrick’s yardage book for this week’s tournament.

golf-yardage-bookBottom line is your swing can cause you to lose strokes by hitting shots off line however you might be wasting strokes by not preparing properly or having a clear strategy.  Nicklaus was well known for his strict strategy building the night before.  Once he decided he was going to tee off with a three wood on a given hole he would stick to that strategy no matter what his score was at that point.

Playing golf is like playing billiards outside.  Where are you going to leave the cue ball for the best next shot.  Play smart golf!  Build yourself a yardage and strategy book for all the regular courses you play.  Re-evaluate your performance and adjust your strategy accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Golf Lessons for Kids Richmond Va

Junior Golf Lessons

On June 4th from 9:30 Afather-son-golfM until 11:00 AM at Patterson Golf Park, (12586 Patterson Ave just east of 288) Quick Fix Golf will be holding a golf camp for kids with golf pros Bobby Lopez and Kania Burnette.  The first class will be for youngsters ages 5 to 7 featuring the SNAG golf system. (Starting new at golf)

Watch this video to see what Snag is all about.
Snag Golf Training Video

golf-lessons-with-video-analysisOn the same day in the afternoon from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM junior golfers that are ages 8 to 12 years old will enjoy a golf camp by our same professionals on the driving range with live ball flight and video analysis of their swing.  The student’s video will be emailed to the parent along with suggestions and drills for improvement.  To see a sample lessons with video analysis go here.

 

To book and buy online just go to http://www.bookeo.com/quickfixgolf

 

This Golf Video Will Give You Hope

That’s what we all need as golfers, Hope!

Hit one good drive on 18 and you’re ready to forget the entire day and look forward to your next round of golf when you will finally have your golf swing all under control.  Good luck!  You will never have your golf swing under control for long.  That is the beauty of the game of golf.

One thing you can do to increase your chances of enjoying more good golf shots than bad, is by incorporating proper practice habits.  Practicing the right things the right way will produce results.  Persistence needs to be in any successful practice recipe.

One of our fine lesson members Kevin Hood showed all the above mentioned traits after years of disappointment with his golf swing.  Kevin was a very good baseball player and a pull hitter which I believe added to his frustration.  Pull hitters in baseball need to clear their chest first on the forward swing which is poison for the golf swing.  I often tell baseball players to feel as if you’re hitting to the opposite field and get the bat out in front of you before you turn your body.  Much easier said than done because many of our past baseball playing students had played baseball for a long time.  Their swing habits are well ingrained from years of baseball.

Take a look at this video of Kevin’s golf swing before and after.  Incredible improvement for someone that was about to hang himself in frustration. This example demonstrates how one must push forward no matter what the difficulty until you get it.  Sometimes it just takes a light to go on when you least expect it.  Winners never quit and quitters never win!  Here’s the video.

Same or One Length Single Length Golf Clubs

What’s all the Hype About Same Length Golf Clubs

With the exposure Bryson DeChambeau, (U.S. Amateur Champion) has provided for his same length, one length or single length golf clubs, I felt it necessary to look into the merits of such a golf club configuration to see if it would indeed benefit our students and yes myself as well.

Every golfer wants to improve no matter what type of golf game they play, or they’re not really a golfer in my opinion.  They’re just out for recreation.

I started combing through the internet to see what was out there in hard evidence concerning same length, one length or single length golf clubs.  I found quite a bit more information than I expected.  Of course, all of what I am about to reveal to you is subject to actually trying a set out to experience the proven performance rather than perceived performance.

I new that years ago Tommy Armour tried the concept of single length golf clubs with little success. Here’s a report on the program  By Mike Sorensen, Sports Writer. This report was written in 1989!!!  The report mentions: The Tommy Armour Company first became involved in the one-length design after company president Bob MacNally played a round of golf with PGA Touring pro Bruce Lietzke six years ago. After the round in which MacNally had his problems, Lietzke suggested that he would be all right if could just use a 6-iron all the time. That got MacNally thinking and he asked the company to make him a special set of clubs all the length of a 6-iron.

Makes sense but will you loose distance on your long irons with the shorter length?  Is your wedge going to be longer and too heavy?  More on that in a moment.

single-plane-golf-swingA common argument among all the same length, one length or single length golf clubs suppliers is the ability to learn only one set up position, ball position and swing plane.  Again I’m not sure that argument as merit until I try a set.  One thing I do know for sure and demonstrate to students on occasion, that the loft has a lot more to do with the distance a ball travels than the length of the golf club.  Take out your eight iron and hit it full.  Then get out your four iron and choke up to eight iron length and hit it.  Bet it goes way past your eight iron shot.  Same length different loft.  Of course in this example the head weight of the traditional four iron is much lighter than the eight iron.

To learn the exact difference in distance between same length, one length or single length golf clubs and the traditional configuration you can check out the report written by Dave Tutelman.  Dave did a detailed report with tests on distance, trajectory and more.  If you look at Dave’s report you will see that the distances between the traditional length golf clubs and the single length golf clubs is not that different with the exception of the long irons, like the three and four irons.

OK so you won’t loose much distance if any but will you be more accurate and consistent?  Maybe?  Having taught golf since 1970 it makes sense to me that if golfers could only learn one ball position and set up some variables would be thereby eliminated.

We mentioned loft as the most influential factor in distance.  Well the lofts of the same length, one length or single length golf clubs is practically identical to industry standard if there is one anymore.  Golf club companies are notorious for decreasing loft for added distance to increase sales.  The length is about a six or seven iron length, (depending on which supplier you use) and all the heads weigh about the same as a six or seven.  In a traditional set of golf clubs each golf club is 1/2 inch different in length with a decreasing head weight of seven grams for every 1/2 inch added in length.

Typical Iron Set
Club 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW GW SW
Loft 21° 24° 28° 32° 36° 40° 44° 48° 52° 55°
Lie 59° 60° 61° 61.5° 62° 63° 64° 64° 64° 64°
Weight (grams) 239 246 253 260 267 274 281 285 284 296
Single Length  Iron Set
Club 4 5 6 7 8 9 PW GW SW LW
Loft 20° 25° 30° 35° 39° 43° 47° 51° 55° 59°
Lie 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5° 62.5°
Weight (grams) 272 272 272 272 272 272 272 272 272 272

I found on interesting quote from a golf club executive.

“Same length has been done, personally I’ve been a fan but it’s a tough concept to sell. Reality; In the US golf industry there are 6 major chains that buy product that is sold to what constitutes 85% of the market. All but roughly 2-3 % of the rest is sold in golf pro shops and they are influenced by the retailers. The buyers for these major chains only buy what is played on tour and pretty much in order of market share. Like it or not we dance to that tune. To introduce something like single length after investing in the design we’d have to spend millions on marketing and not so minor get tour credibility because no product is successful at retail without it.”

-Anonymous Former Major Golf Company CEO

You’re probably asking yourself alright Lopez so what?  Well your friendly Cuban golfing buddy will again sacrifice himself as the Ginnie Pig and build a set of single length golf clubs so I and you can try them out.  It’s the only way we’re going to know if this concept will help us both play better golf.  That means stay tuned as I have already sent out feelers to suppliers and will purchase the best quality heads I can get.

Figure maybe April 25th or so I should have a set put together for you to try.  Keep up with our Golf Blog and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/quickfixgolf

Don’t forget our FREE swing analysis online.  Just email us your video for a FREE analysis.  Get all the details and instructions at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/online-golf-lesson-free/

 

The Tennis Swing Vs. The Golf Swing

Is the tennis swing anything like the golf swing?

Well I think the back hand tennis swing is very much like the golf swing.  I’m going to prove it to you with the video below of a tennis pro in New York, Chris Porte.  Chris sent us a video of his back hand questioning whether I thought the two swings had any similarity.  Here’s his email:  (Please see the followup email he sent after the analysis below)

Hi Bobby, we emailed back and forth some time ago; I coach tennis in NY City. I just watched your video on letting the arms swing while keeping the shoulders turned-you used Garcia. It reminded me of the my handed backhand where I let the arm swing freely AWAY from me-the body followed. Is that fair to say? Chris

I’ve been hammering away at all my kind and patient student members about how the arms work independent of the body on the down swing. Also on how you MUST be behind the golf ball not on top of it.  (Golfers build their golf swing on top of the golf ball because some idiot told them to keep their head down and not move it.)

If you are right handed it is your left shoulder you want to line up with the golf ball not your head at address and at the moment of impact.  Yes with the shorter golf clubs the ball moves back in the stance which gives the appearance as if the shoulder is past the ball but it’s not!  The shorter golf clubs, (8,9,pw,gw,etc.)  are built with shaft lean forward to accommodate the steeper angle of attack.  The shorter golf clubs have a steeper lie angle or are more upright.  (pictured below)

golf-ball-placement-in-stance

The golf club is swinging from your front shoulder not your head!  Getting your front arm, and club shaft all in straight line at impact, is the challenge.  Take a look at the picture at impact.

 

golf-impact-position

 

In order to accomplish any of these positions above you MUST get comfortable with having your head positioned well behind the golf ball at address or allow it to glide with the swing motion back and forth but NOT up and down!  Take your pick.  Either method will work.

 

Here’s the video I sent to Chris.

Here’s Chris comments after the video.

Hi Bobby, Thanks for doing the analysis! I’ve forwarded it to golf and tennis buddies and everyone enjoyed it with even some “aha, that makes sense” I’ve looked at virtually all the top instructors’ videos and you really are among the very best, if not THE best.
I’m 57 and playing on a torn meniscus (only very part time coaching and volunteer work) but grew up on lawn tennis at the old US Open Club in Forest Hills-I’m still a member; many open championships won over 4 decades, rankings, credentials, but here’s the thing-started with a weak Continental grip when I was five, which encouraged underspin slice but had good coaching a few years later and developed the stroke you see-it can be done!
Anyway, thanks again, of course show it to your students, and if you are in New York please do call on me-would love to have you as my guest at Forest Hills. ps Bob Dylan performing in our antique stadium in July.
Regards,
Chris

 

To get a FREE analysis of your golf swing just visit our page at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/online-golf-lesson-free/ for simple directions.

 

The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!

The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!

Yes you probably don’t believe it but I am going to prove it to you on the video below of Gene Littler and Byron Nelson playing a match on The Shells Wonderful World of Golf show in 1962.  Heck I was 12 years old then.  I remember the golf balls we had then and the golf clubs.  Sure golf clubs were heavier and shorter.  The golf balls were soft and curved a lot more.

We never heard of blades because the typical blade golf club was all we had!  Every kid I knew started out with a set of Sam Snead Blue Ridge.  I started out with a set of wooden shafted irons and one ladies three wood, Louise Suggs.

Heck when I played in the 70’s we used to carry a ring which hung from our golf bags that you could use to push the golf ball through the ring to make sure it was still round.  We would use a golf ball for only three holes on tour then.  Yup, three holes and into the shag bag it went!  What’s a shag bag?  Well we hand to carry our own practice balls back then and our caddies would stand out on the range and catch the golf balls and put them back in the bag.

I looked all over Google and could not find a picture of a driving range full of caddies.  Maybe you can find one and email it to me.  It was amazing they didn’t get killed out there.

First take a look at the video below, (only 10 minutes long) and notice that the drives from Byron Nelson and Gene Littler were going 230 to 240 yards at the longest.  One par three was 225 yards and they hit their drivers!  They were using 5 irons from 160 yards!  Boy how the game of golf has changed.

Another bonus is you’ll get a peak at Pine Valley Golf Club.

 

The show was held at the very secretive Pine Valley golf club.  You can read a nice article which was forwarded to us by one of our valued lesson members Howard Casway.

See the complete article on Pine Valley and it’s very interesting history at http://articles.philly.com/2016-02-08/sports/70424528_1_pine-valley-crump-cup-clementon

What is the Proper Hip Turn in the Golf Swing?

What is the Proper Hip Turn in the Golf Swing?

I hear from so many students that they heard or read “you need to start your down swing with the hips.”  Well Sergio says he starts his by pulling down on a chain!  Bottom line is it depends on the golfer and what he or she feels.  You need to get the golf club back to square at impact and have to “balance” your motion so that all the parts of your swing, (body-arms-hands) get to the right place at impact at the right time.  Make sense?

Yes there is a slight surge with the lower body at the beginning of the down swing but don’t over emphasize it!!!!  Why?  Because the center of gravity of your golf swing is the base of the spine and your golf swing in the purest sense should rotate around it.

I believe one of the best ways to see if your body is sliding rather than turning the hips is to take a video of the back of your golf swing.  Here’s a perfect example below.  Below that video is a video analysis of a really good golfer sliding their hips which caused inconsistency.  We include in the video what we need to do to fix it – Quick!

For a complete FREE analysis of your swing online just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for instructions.  You’ll get a complete analysis as well as a drill for your specific swing need.