Golf Clubs Like Bryson DeChambeau Part IV

Single length golf clubs for the irons only!

We’re getting closer and I know you might be impatient by now but we want to get right, not fast.  I take it very seriously when I recommend something to others.  Unlike golf pros that will endorse anything for a buck, I refuse to promote something I wouldn’t use for my self.

We’re real close on what is the 5 iron through the AW.  We have the five iron flying higher than our earlier version.  I’ve tried so many different address positions, swinging more upright and then back to my old set-up that I’ve lost count.  I can say one thing.  I think the one ball position is a plus and it does make it more likely that one would take the same position more often if there were only one to learn or perform.

The problem with the hybrid so far is I think it has to be longer than the irons.  Bryson makes his 3 iron longer than the rest of his irons so it just makes sense that you need some length to help with the lower lofted golf club.  For instance, his irons are 37.5 inches long, (about seven iron length) but his three iron is 39″ long.

The first hybrid we made, (keep in mind this hybrid weighs like a seven iron 242 grams) with a steel shaft just like the rest of the iron set.  Poo poo terrible!  Muy malo!   So I built a hybrid with the graphite shaft same length.  Nada!  Just as bad.  Then I built the hybrid with a graphite shaft and made it 39.5 inches so I could choke up some and try different lengths.  I also made the shaft a bit softer, more flexible.  Walla!  What a difference!  Ball jumped up in the air and I was pretty satisfied.

Don’t get out the Champagne yet!  One BIG problem.  In order for the hybrid to be a full 272 grams they had to make the head bigger.  More mass.  The typical hybrid four head weight is about 249 grams.  The bigger head needed in order to get 272 grams makes the club head to big to cut through the grass like I would want.  That’s probably why Bryson doesn’t have one?  No reason why we can’t go with a standard hybrid weight and just under standard length.

While Bryson’s three iron is 39 inches long his fairway wood is 44 inches.  So there is somewhat of a contradiction here.  Shorter irons, woods and long irons standard?

Nest step is I have a complete other set of heads coming in with all graphite shafts.  Lets see how the graphite shafts do along with the possibility of steel shafts in the 7,8,9,PW,AW and then graphite in the 5 and 6 irons.  Being I will be at the PGA show this week it might be until the end of the month until I can put them together for testing.

Here’s a new video below:

How the Hips Turn in the Down Swing

You Turn Not Slide in the Golf Swing!

Many a golf swing has been ruined with an over emphasis of the transfer of weight forward on the down swing.  It’s not a slide or thrust to the front foot, it’s a turn or clearing motion of the hips with the sensation being the left cheek of your fanny is heading toward your right heel.  (I explain further in the video below).

I went to see Chi Chi Rodriguez do a golf clinic because Paul Haun Jr., (famous trick shot artist that helped me improve my show) said to go see Chi Chi if you get a chance.  If nothing else you’ll steal some great jokes, and I did!

Not expecting it, I took away something even better than the great joke.  A golfer from the gallery asked, “Well Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the down swing?”  To my surprise Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the down swing.”  The crowd let out one of those OOHHHHH like a missed putt.  That shows how much misinformation is out there that has been ingrained in the minds of so many golfers.  Here’s another one, “keep your head down!”

Chic Chi went on to say that the golf swing is a rotary motion around a single axis which is the base of the spine. Chi Chi was right on target and take it for Gospel. Why?  Because it’s not often a Cuban agrees with a Porto Rican!  Cubans make better Rum too!

Yes there is a transfer of weight or balance by virtue of the upper body tilt, not the lower body shifting.  In fact, with the proper turn on the back swing, you will feel as if you’re loaded on your left heel but a scale will make a liar out of us because your weight will be on your back foot.  Just like a baseball player throwing a ball from center field to home plate, he tilts back not slide back to throw the ball.

Here’s a video that explains this further.  If you’re not sure where your weight is shifting send us a video of your golf swing for a FREE analysis.  For instructions go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/online-golf-lesson-free/

Improve Your Golf Game Over the Winter

Now is the time to make changes in your golf swing

You should have in place an off-season program for making upgrades to your golf swing and/or game in general.  We’re located in Virginia and the winters really aren’t that severe but if you’re further north you better clean out the garage and get a mat and net.

I would also suggest a mirror and if possible download the V1 home version of their software so you can do an analysis based on the one I did for you originally.  The more you learn to help yourself the better.  I always say, the educated golfer is our best member!

You actually only have two months, (January/February) which is why you should have started back in November.  Players from the Champions Tour rent a house next to the golf course of their choice in Florida for the most part to practice the entire month of December, (taking a short break on Christmas to get back with the family) preparing for the first tournament in January usually in Hawaii.

Nicklaus used to go back to his pro Jack Grout every year and say lets start with the grip.  Even a simple fundamental can make all the difference in your play.

Here’s some tips on making your re-build program successful.

  1. Get professional help in pinpointing the exact movement you wish to re-program or train.
  2. Do drills that focus right on the swing fault you’re re-programing.
  3. Do the drills slowly in front of a mirror and make sure your instructor sees you performing the drills to make sure you’re taking the swing medication properly.
  4. Be patient and don’t rush it all out to the golf course expecting stellar results.  You should film yourself hitting balls on the range vs the movement you are performing in our garage.  You may be very surprised at the difference.

Tiger mentioned that it took him 13 months to implement the changes Butch Harmon was recommending for his game.  Tigers also said, you have to dominate the movement in a drill, carry it over to the range, take it to the golf course, then to a tournament and then a major.  He also said it can all break down all along the way.

Golf is NOT an easy game!  BUT that’s part of the beauty of it all.  You must accept significant failure with a few short moments of shear bliss when for some reason we may never know, you play the round of your life.  Look at Jim Furyk.  Looking at all the golf swings on tour, would you have chosen Jim Furyk to shoot the record 58?

Here’s a our webinar held on January 5th 2017 entitled How To Do an Off Season Rebuild of Your Golf Swing.  If you have never seen your swing on video just get out your cell phone and video your swing and email it to ;”>bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com for a FREE analysis.

 

Single Length Golf Clubs Part III

There’s More To This Golf Club Configuration Than What the Golf Club Companies Are Telling You

We would be remiss if we didn’t take a serious look at both Bryson DeChambeau’s golf swing as well as Moe Norman, the supposed mentor of his instructor.  Yes there are similarities but not when it comes to lie angle on the golf club or swing plane angle.  Funny enough, Moe talks about being very vertical in one of his videos but watching him on film he is quite shallow.

This must have created a difficult decision for the golf club companies in that do you service or build around a Moe Norman configuration or Bryson DeChambeau?

To me, (I’m not done with my complete analysis) it looks like both Cobra and the generics have decided to go with a 62.5 lie angle which is common for a standard seven iron.  Well that is certainly not Bryson DeChabeau based by the video below, and maybe too upright for Moe Norman. I’m not sure.

Being that the generics I assuming followed the lead of Cobra, then we have no choice but to move the lie angles as far as we could which was to 64 degrees and stand closer to the ball for a more upright swing plane.  If we’re going to find out if Bryson’s method is a better way to play golf than we have to head in his direction.  A word of caution!  From the video below, I’m not certain that Bryson swings the golf club exactly like Moe?

With that in mind we have to head in one direction or look for two answers.

1: Does swinging the golf club on a vertical plane, (more upright) create a more consistent and tighter ball flight pattern.

2: Does the single length golf club make it easier for the average golfer by only having one set-up throughout the set in ball position, distance from the ball AND more importantly does the single length concept help golfers hit the center of gravity of the golf club more often?

We still have work to do.  I just ordered another shaft configuration that I think will help and its’ on the way.  One seemingly important issue is the six, five and four iron not getting enough height. I might have that resolved with a different shaft configuration and cutting procedures.  We’ll know soon!  Check back for further information as we follow this trail to a possible improvement in everybody’s golf game.

Single Length Golf Clubs Part II

Golf Clubs Like Bryson DeChambeau

As we delve into this mystery golf club configuration we certainly know more than when we started.  I’ve had several conversations with the manufacturers of the golf club heads for this project and also hit the Cobra F7 golf clubs which should be on the market in January.

As I say in the video below, I am very suspicious of the golf clubs manufacturers and their attempt to commercialize this configuration to something it’s not.  That’s why I called this series the “truth about single length golf clubs.”

I’m still interested enough to keep going but not convinced enough to offer you a trial run and recommendation.  We still have a way to go.

In the video below we begin to address the lie angle issue.

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The lie angles on Bryson’s golf clubs are extremely upright!  You’ll understand more when I do the analysis of Bryson’s swing vs Moe Norman the famous Canadian golfers who Bryson is supposedly modeling his swing after.

You can read this article by Kevin Casey in Golf Week which discusses in detail the Bryson DeChambeau configuration.  It doesn’t sound like the configuration the golf club companies are offering you.  Looks like they are expecting you to swing traditional on a 62.5 degree lie angle just with shorter single length golf clubs.  Wait a minute!  Didn’t those same manufacturers tell you longer and lighter was better?

Here’s the video from day 2:

Single Length Golf Clubs

Is Bryson DeChambeau on to something?

The idea of single length golf clubs it not a new thing.  Years ago the Tommy Armour company tried to market a set of equal length golf clubs and failed.  You can get all the history about single length golf clubs by combing the internet.

I’m not concerned with the history here or the ability for a golf club company to sell higher profits.  My question is, does this golf club configuration actually make it easier for golfers to play?  With all the talk about making the game easier, shorter, golf courses that are only 6 holes long and even making the hole bigger, is single length golf clubs a possible positive contributor to making golf more accessible and enjoyable for the average golfer.

When I mentioned these golf clubs to my good friend Larry Wilson he said that he already had a set of single length golf clubs.  Doesn’t matter which one he hits, they all 100 yards!

I am going to make a best effort to find out if this idea has merit above and beyond a tour player like Bryson DeChambeau.  I will study this topic from a practical point of view.  I will not consider this a search for extra power or pinpoint accuracy, although those could be the results we find.  My concern is with ease of play and consistency.

Keep in touch with this Blog for the latest as I post videos of the progress so far.  You will see day one of the study below and I will post day two as quickly as possible.

Oh one thing before we start the video.  I guess you are asking what is the difference between the single length golf clubs and a standard configuration?  Well, in a standard set of irons the weight of the club heads are staggered by seven grams.  For instance, a six iron club head weighs about 257 grams and might be a golf club once assembled at 38 inches long.  A five iron would have a golf club head weight of 250 grams (seven grams lighter) and have a total length after assembled of 38 1/2 inches.  As the golf club shaft lengthens the club head weight is diminished by seven grams per golf club.

In a single length set of golf clubs all the golf clubs are the same length, (approximately 37 to 37 1/2 inches) and all the golf club head weights are identical. About the same head weight of a seven iron.  The difference per golf club head is the loft.

That means that with every golf club the same length, no more moving the golf ball around in your stance.  You stand at the same distance form the ball on every club.  You only need to learn one stance and set up that works for every club.

Now please watch the video for more details….

Performing A Golf Drill Properly For Maximum Results

Golf Drills Are Similar to Weight Lifting

I like to describe a golf drill as medication.  You need to take your medication as prescribed for maximum results.  You have a rash and the Doctor gives you some ointment, you take about half of it and the rash is so improved you stop.  What happens?  You got it, the rash comes back even stronger with resistance to the medication built up.

The Doctor says one pill every four hours.  I say, “do the drill every time nobody’s looking.”  It is the number of PROPER repetitions that bring results with a golf drill.

I dedicated an entire section of our lesson action manual, (only available to yearly members) on doing a drill properly because I consider it vital to your golf improvement or reprogramming.  Yes you have to brain wash yourself, your mind, your physical movement to perform what is probably an uncomfortable movement or lets say unnatural to you. 

Take heart because the new movement will eventually take hold, (if you perform the drill properly), and become second nature with time.  However, remember that you are never cured, only in remission!  The past swing fault will always rear it’s ugly head now and again so refer back to your drill work to put the swing fault back in its proper place.

One very important point about golf drills.  One must fully understand the purpose of the drill.  The example below is of the two o’clock drill.  The purpose of this drill is to give your arms a head start on the down swing path to the golf ball so that the front shoulder, the leading arm and golf club shaft all line up perfectly at impact.

Sergio Garcia says his Dad would tell him to feel as though he were pulling down on a chain to start the downswing.  He said a chain, not a piece of string.  The chain gives the impression that it is something heavy and you need to pull hard!  Also, as you pull down on the chain your front shoulder should go upward not towards the target!

David Love III said his Dad told him to pound a stake in the ground.  He didn’t say tap into the ground.  He said pound it!  The moral to the story is pull hard and straight down not towards the golf ball!!!!!!

In summary, your front shoulder must either weight for the arms to start the down swing or move in an upward direction not towards the ball or target line.  The transfer of weight to the front foot on the downswing has been over emphasized to such a point that so many golfers have their front shoulder well past the ball on the down swing prohibited the golf club face my squaring up at impact.

Below is a video that explains it all.  If you’re not sure whether your shoulder is “off sides” or in front of the golf ball at impact, send a short video of your swing to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com for a FREE initial analysis.  No obligation.

The New Kirkland Golf Ball

Costco is going to hurt the golf store business big time with this one!

Post image for The Case Against The Costco Kirkland Signature BallYou may have already heard and if you haven’t you’re going to now!  Costco is coming out with it’s own golf ball that will rival the TitleistV1 which sells for about $48 a dozen, for only $15.00 a dozen!

OK so if Costco sells a cheap hard cover ball that only a hacker might consider that’s OK and has been very acceptable in the market place for quite some time now.  In fact, now even Walmart sells Titlelist golf balls.  However I think most of their sales are probably the lower cost balls for their clientele of golfers.

But now, if Costco can in fact produce a top level golf ball equal to or as they now claim better than the Titleist V1 at less than half the cost, maron!  It’s going to make the quality golf ball experience and advantage available to all the average golfers out there.  I’m all for it!

You have to ask yourself one question? Why so cheap?  Or maybe has Titleist been ripping us all along?  My Golf Spy did an in depth test on the new Kirkland golf ball with launch monitors the works.  Performs in every way as well as the Titleist in spin ratios etc. accept for one thing.  IT GOES FURTHER!!!!!!!!

Here’s the link to the entire article.  http://www.mygolfspy.com/kirkland-vs-titleist-pro-v1/

They claim to be back in stock on December 20th so you better get to the Costco website and order quick because they will surely run out again.  Go to http://www.costco.com/Kirkland-Signature-Four-Piece-Urethane-Cover-Golf-Ball%2c-2-dozen.product.100310467.html

Good luck getting some! 

 

Tour Caddies Preparing For a Golf Tournament

Today Tour Caddies Do A Lot More Than You Might Think

I was very fortunate that Derek Sanders, Gene Sauer’s caddie and a golf professional in his own right, allowed me to tag along while he and other fellow caddies were scoping out the greens early in the morning before others get on the golf course.  I BIG thank you to Derek for giving us this insider look!

Derek uses the Aim Point system as many other caddies are using to calculate breaks in the greens according to the slop measured by a level in percentages.  Very interesting.

Some caddies get so good at calculating the slope that they can literally straddle the line and tell you if it’s a 1.5 degrees or 2.5 for instance.

Now before you run out to sign up for Aim Point system keep in mind one thing.  This is only one method for calculating the break and many tour players do not pay as much attention to these calculations as the caddies do.  Ball speed is the key and depending how fast you roll the ball the break off the slope will adjust accordingly.  So many successful tour players are “feel” players so they shy away from raw digital readings and go with their gut.

I have to admit I am that way as well.  I use the I’ve been here before” method.  I figure I’ve seen almost every putt there is and I’ve putted it before and remember where it went last time.  First thing I determine is the speed. Speed is everything in my mind. Then I consider how much slope and how much the ball will bend at the speed I’m going to roll it.

I’m mostly concerned with putts 6 feet and in.  Long putts are not on my radar.  Just want to get them close.  If it goes in I laugh!

Here’s the video and I hope you find this interesting.

Golf Swing Faults To A Fault

Don’t Be So Picky About Your Golf Swing

I think you can become so obsessed about a swing fault to the point that you can actually drive yourself nuts!  I never forgot the comment the first PGA professional I ever learned from said.  Vince Allen: “the dumber they are the better they play and Lopez you’re gonna be a scratch golfer.”

I think you either have to know it all and understand how to apply it, (maybe Jack Nicklaus) or just use your God given talent and sense of balance and coordination and let it rip.  I’ve heard that Freddy Couples is that kind of guy.  Just raw natural talent with of course some cleaning up here and there. 

Doesn’t Bubba Watson comes to mind?  For those of you trying desperately to build the perfect golf swing according to the all the gurus in golf magazines and on TV, watch Bubba for a while and get some beer and popcorn and enjoy the show.  I think Bubba doesn’t know, doesn’t want  to know and it would probably ruin him if he did.  I like the way Bubba plays plus it’s good for golf.  We can’t develop an army of robo-golfers out there!

I’ve prepared a video for you comparing one of the best golfers in history with potential swing faults and why you might do better to leave some golf swing faults alone UNLESS the swing fault is prohibiting you from getting the golf club on the proper path and getting the club face at the proper angle at impact.  Some swing faults have to be addressed period.  The talent comes in knowing which ones to work on and which ones to leave alone.

Didn’t Butch Harmon say he wouldn’t touch Dustin Johnson’s closed position at the top of his back swing because he wouldn’t be able to play if he did?  Atta-boy Butch!  I agree!