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.

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!

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!

Creating Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

Create More Club Head Speed In Your Golf Swing

I receive tons of comments on creating lag or angular acceleration in the golf swing.  Golfers perceive that they can create additional club head speed in their golf swing and they might be right, but not always.  Either way, I am writing this entry to explain how to create more club head speed in your golf swing and create additional lag in your down swing.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I produced a video below that explains everything as well as provide two drills that will help you create more club head speed in your golf swing.  The secret, if there is one, is the shoulders or shoulder tilt at impact which is created by giving the arms a head start on the down swing.  I like the way Nicklaus describes it. Not an exact quote but close. Nicklaus said, I feel like I need to get the golf club to the ball before the buttons in my shirt get there.

The left shoulder, if you’re right handed, has to lift up and back on the down swing.  The critical error most golfers make is they shift their weight forward.  Some claim they’ve read that you must transfer your weight before impact or you must start your down swing with your hips.  I’m not saying that some golfers might not benefit from those suggestions however the video will prove that in reality the left shoulder is moving upward while the lower should is moving towards the ground and that only after the impact position does the golf club’s centrifugal force pull you to your front foot.

There are exceptions such as trap shots, knock downs etc.

Take a look at the video and then feel free to email me a video of yourself absolutely FREE without obligation or badgering of you doing the drills and/or your golf swing after trying out the drills.  Just go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/ for directions on how to send your video free.  The drills to help you with your swing are below the video.

For the drills just click on the links below.

1) The 2 o’clock drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85726349/db79b882a5
2) The turn and tilt drill https://vimeo.com/user3046193/review/85658164/5b79ed393a3) Turn and tilt with a swing trainer https://youtu.be/DJIKysvM4Qk
4) Another tilt drill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVrfxZBX__U

Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship

Minjee Lee Wins LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship

For the first time in more than twenty years I visited a ladies golf tournament on the LPGA tour and I was NOT disappointed.  The level of play among the lady tour players has really improved and it was obvious the conditioning has added to their longer tee shots.   (Not that I was looking at what good shape they were in. I’m sorry LUCY!)

In fact, the first golf tournament I ever witnessed as an eleven year old was a ladies golf tournament.  Kathy Witworth, Marlene Hagge, Micky Wright and a slew of other pioneers of the ladies golf world.

The one thing I noticed about the lady golfers is that they are more willing to get behind the golf ball at the top of their back swings.  Everyday I deal with golfers attempting to keep their heads locked on top of the golf ball.  If the intention is to get your front arm and golf club shaft in a straight line at impact, how in the heck can you do that unless your head is behind the golf ball?  You either have to have your head behind the golf ball in the first place or back up on the downswing.  Both methods have proven successful on the PGA tour.

Berhard Langer backs up on his down swing while Ben Crenshaw gets way behind the golf ball and lets the momentum of the golf swing PULL him to his front foot.

I’ve done a complete analysis for you below of both Carrie Web and this week’s winner Minjee Lee hoping it will help you make the transition from playing on TOP of the golf ball to BEHIND the golf ball. 

One other comment before we look at the videos.  Shame on you Central Virginia!  There were not nearly enough spectators at the Kings Mill event.  I live in Richmond and can tell you it seems impossible to keep any sports team or activity for lack of support.  Organize a wine festival and the place is packed!  Bring a great minor league baseball team to town or arena football or hockey and they starve trying to make expenses.  We used to have a senior tour stop years ago at Hermitage.  What happened to that?  We hold the State Open golf tournament and no spectators?  I don’t get it.

Enough with the rant here’s the two videos I prepared for you.  First Carrie Web and then this weeks winner Minjee Lee.

You Find the Golf Swing Flaw

You Find the Golf Swing Flaw

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.

Good luck!

Here’s the analysis I did.  Don’t peak until you do your own.  Then you can match up and see if you were close.  You can get an analysis of your swing FREE.  Get all the details at http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/