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.

 

So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champion Tour

So You Want To Play On The Seniors Champions Tour

Yea right!  It ain’t so easy to get on the Champions Tour.  You can ask all the guys down in Florida right now playing their guts out for only five, yes that’s 5 spots available for exemption on the Champions tour.

Not to mention the sectional qualifying tournament you would have had to endure and finish at the top of the stack in order to be one of the 85 players in the final tournament of 72 holes to qualify for an exemption on the Champions Tour.

You can see the Champions Tour scoreboard here.

The first group of individuals exempt on the Champions Tour, (meaning they get to play) are the players with the most earnings from the PGA tour.  So if you’re a new comer get to the back of the line and play in the two qualifiers. 

That means that Freddy Couples gets to play no matter how well he is playing if he feels like playing.  You might say he earned it by playing well in his youth and you might be right.  Fact is , that the PGA probably thinks that you the viewer are not to going to tune in on TV if you don’t recognize the names playing.

Oh yea, it costs $2,500 entry fee for the final qualifier plus all your expenses for a chance to be one of the top five.  Not a good bet.  I take my hat off to all the guys that tried though.  Guys like my friend Joe Daley.  Joe didn’t play his best this week but he is a long time veteran of the tour.  Like a journeyman quarterback that’s played for a ton of NFL teams but you cant remember his name.  By the way, Joe won a major just two years ago.  Still he’s back having to qualify.  Now that’s tough!

What’s my opinion.  Well I can make one because I ain’t playing.  I think that more spots available for Monday qualifiers is not only appropriate but would possibly wake up the Champions Tour to new blood.  Why recycle the same players we’ve seen in the past.  Nothing wrong with it but let’s see some new blood.  Some Cinderella stories that might give the local golfers some hope.

“Long time insurance agent beats the pros and wins on the Champions Tour”, etc etc.  Yea!  Get the crowd pulling for the under dog!  Just a thought.

Here’s a video analysis of Frank Esposito’s golf swing.  The winner of the qualifying tournament at 11 under par.

 

 

Eric Thompson Makes Significant Improvements In His Golf Game.

Eric Thompson Makes Significant
Improvements In His Golf Game.

There seems to be one very obvious common element among all our students that improve.  They show up to the semi-private lessons and they work on their drills.  It’s not an accident that they improve.

Eric has taken advantage of his membership and not only applied the lessons learned but also included bringing his son to the lessons as well, building a lasting impression through his positive example that dedication and effort pays off.  Not only did Eric improve his game, but he also wins Father of the year award in my opinion.

Thanks for your very kind testimonial Eric.  The pleasure has been all mine!

How Do Touring Pros Prepare To Play Golf

We finally started our first webinar.  Yea!!!!!!  There will be more to come and quick!  This first webinar featured the topic, “How Do Touring Pros Prepare To Play Golf.”  So much of golf instruction is primarily focused on golf swing faults and fixes.  There is so much more to golf than that.  You can have your swing humming on the driving range, get out to the course and literally fall part!

I’m sure you’ve heard that this game is 90 percent mental.  It is for sure, once you get your golf swing under control.  Swinging in perfect rhythm will come and go but you can maintain control over how you go about your management of yourself, your game and the golf course strategy.

To ask for an invitation to one of our webinars just send me an email to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

Here it is, hope you like it and find it useful for your golf game. By the way, this was our first webinar so there certainly were some glitches. While you’re working on your game, we will be working on our webinar skills and I promise you will see a significant improvement with our second webinar. Next week’s topic will be “What Does The Shaft Actually Do During The Golf Swing and How Do I Determine What Shaft I Should You Have?”

Webinar starts at 7 PM EDT Mondays.

Every Golfer’s Dream…Shoot Your Age!

Every Golfer’s Dream…Shoot Your Age!

Well, Bill Wagner, (student/member of Quick Fix Golf) shot better than his age!  Bill is a very youthful 74 years young and shot a 71 at Providence golf course this past week.  Yes a 71!  Worse, yet he is going to improve even more!  After taking a lesson this week, (he was smart to come in after shooting the 71 to see what he was doing well) we found more room for improvement.

Bill is a pastor of a Baptist Church in Richmond and quite a Gent.  A student of the game and always asking questions, which I like.  When students ask questions it toggles my feeble brain, which makes sure I cover all the information you need and deserve.

All the best Pastor and maybe before the year is out we can boast of a 69 or better. (Oh yea, that no man should boast, sorry)

Hey, Bobby:

I want to give credit where credit is due.  Last night at Patterson you gave me pointers on my grip, backswing, and hip turn.  I tried to put them into practice today at Providence Golf Club and guess what–I shot a 71.  This included one eagle and three birds!  Three shots under my age!  Thanks for your patience with an old cogger. 

Hoorah!  (A little Marine Corps lingo there.)

Bill Wagner

Golf Swing Analysis Jim Furyk vs. Graeme McDowell

Golf Swing Analysis Jim Furyk vs. Graeme McDowell

This video analysis should prove to you that a golf swing does NOT have to be pretty, it needs to be effective.  I’ve done for you a comparison of Jim Furyk vs. Graeme McDowell.  Once we slow the swings down you will find that these swings are not as crazy as you might think at full speed.

You will learn that “spine angle” is a BIG key to consistency and having a bulged left wrist could be very helpful.  To get the bulged left wrist I use my right hand to hinge the golf club back.  You might find another methods better for you.  That’s what Quick Fix Golf is all about.

 

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Dustin Johnson using a 10.5 degree driver?

Alright macho man, Bloomberg television showed a short clip on the making of Dustin Johnson’s driver and it shows that he was building a 10.5 degree lofted driver.  I bet you thought that all these long hitters were using low lofted drivers, like 7.5 or 8.5.  You must take into consideration that Dustin has a very closed position at the top of his back swing.  The closed position actually reduces the loft on the golf club.  So, his 10.5 plays like an 8.5.

To reach what is “effective loft” you must add the loft on the golf club itself, the angle of attack of your swing path and the club face angle at impact.  That is why I insist that it is not necessarily the brand of golf club or the fitting system, it is the ability of the fitter to understand and recognize the idiosyncrasies of the golfer’s swing and how the golf club fits into the golfer’s swing pattern.

Here’s a great interview with Butch Harmon on Dustin Johnson, (his student) that is well worth watching.  Butch also supports a teaching philosophy that is very, very, very close to what we do here at Quick Fix Golf.  Personalized instruction allowing you to use your personal assets and tendencies.
Any questions?  bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com

You Want More Club Head Speed? Watch This!

You Want More Club Head Speed?

When you service as many students as I do, you occasionally get that special standout that comes along.  Without fanfare, Sri Ghanta quietly shows up at the Patterson range almost everyday and displays a work ethic that is lacking throughout our society today, in my estimation. (Of course he gets the large range card so it saves him money)
Besides being a great student of the game, Sri is also quite a gentleman.
From a golf swing standpoint, he has worked on the range for a year and a half, never seeing the golf course itself.  I had the honor of playing with him on his first round, as did a few of our other student/members, and we can all attest to the fact that Sri made a par on his first hole, the par 5 1st at Pendleton!  On his third round he made his first birdie on number 6 with the flag in the back on the upper tier.  Pendleton’s most difficult hole!
On the simulator at last nights workshop at Patterson Golf Park Sri was clocking over 117 miles per hour club head speed.  Below is a video analysis of Sri’s golf swing, demonstrating to you the angular acceleration Sri creates, using Sergio Garcia as a comparison.  I hope you learn something from it. My sincere congratulations to Sri, and keep up the good work.
You want more angular acceleration in your swing?  Stay behind the golf ball and pull straight down with the arms first.  For a video on how to get more angular acceleration in your golf swing just email me and I’ll send the video free. bobbylopez@www.quickfixgolf.com

Flipping Your Hands at Impact in Your Golf Swing?

Flipping Your Hands at Impact in Your Golf Swing?

Here’s a swing fault that many a golfer between the average score of 75 – 90 seeks to improve on, in order to improve to the next level.  You can only get so good with a flipping motion at impact.  Why?  One, you’re increasing loft on the golf club so you turn your seven iron into a nine iron, thus loosing distance.  In addition, your flip is causing the golf club face to be open, causing the ball to fly higher and away from you, (fade).

How do you get rid of such a problem?  Well, first take a look of an analysis I did on a young man that has a slide and flip move, that is holding him back from his full potential.

You can get a video analysis of your swing over the internet FREE!  You need to know if you are flipping at address and what to do about it.

You can always reach me by email at (804) 378-7456

How Far Do The Pros Hit The Ball?

How Far Do The Pros Hit The Ball?

With today’s technology, we can measure exactly how far the ball is traveling and how it’s traveling.  How it travels has a lot to do with how far it travels.   Launch monitors are becoming very popular today because of the ability to measure spin rates and more.  My personal opinion, only opinion mind you, based on years of experience is that the best data on this chart is actually the “Smash Factor.”  The data you can get from something as inexpensive as a piece of face tape on the front of your golf club face, which makes a mark where you’re hitting the golf ball, will do just about the same thing.

If you fit a golf club that you hit more times than not right in the center of the golf club face, more often than any other configuration, that’s YOUR golf cub period!  Get the ball right in the center of the club face and you’ll play your best golf.

I have links to the Tour Average Charts I mentioned earlier below.  I have the Mens Tour and the LPGA Tour.  The data in these chart include:

Club Head Speed – How fast the golf club is traveling
Attack Angle – The angle of approach to the ball.  The longer hitters have an upward angle of about three degrees.  The Tour average is one point three negative.
Ball Speed – How fast the ball comes off the face of the golf club.  1.5 times faster than club head speed is excellent.  Example 100 mph club speed – 150 mph ball speed.
Smash Factor – Overall performance at impact and center hit.
Launch Angle – Angle ball travels after impact
Spin Rate – The number of revolutions in flight
Apex – Overall flight angle
Landing Angle – The angle of approach to the ground
Carry – How far it went in the air.

With all this data, you can see how the modern day touring professional dials in all the advantages available.  Now it’s up to his swing and controlling his/her emotions.

To see the chart on the Men’s PGA Tour Click Here

For the Ladies LPGA Tour click here.

Any questions or comments bobbylopez@bobbylopezgolf.com