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!

A Consistent Golf Swing Demands Consistent Footwork

A Consistent Golf Swing Demands Consistent Footwork

Well nobody guessed the first “Name That Pro.”  This one might be easier.

Your feet can be a great indicator as to how consistent your golf swing can be. It also shows whether your swing path is so out of line, that it is almost impossible for you to have good balance or quiet feet.  If you practice at a driving range on a mat, listen for the noise produced by your feet on the mat. On grass see how torn up the grass is where your feet were.  Always check out your divot to see if it is aligned with where you were aiming.  Of course the best way to know how your swing is performing is to video your swing and send it me for a free analysis. Send it to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

If you hear your feet scraping across the mat, then you know that something is wrong like possibly over swinging, turning your chest violently, maybe sliding your hips or over excessive turn of the hips.  As in this video below, over active feet can be related to a re-routing of the golf club on it’s path to the ball.

For consistency, quite down the swing. Less is more!  Guess who this pro is first and you get two dozen golf balls!

How About A Lesson Over The Internet FREE!

How About A Lesson Over The Internet FREE!

With all the technology going on today, is it possible to do a lesson over the internet? Yes! Up until now, the best you could do is email your swing to a pro for an analysis. Problem is, the lesson is NOT in real time. How do you ask questions? How does the pro know you understand his/her analysis?

Golf Coach Direct is the first site I’ve found that actually has on line analysis in real time. Very similar but better than GoToMeeting.com where you are at home or office watching the analysis on your computer screen while the pro is performing the analysis simultaneously. One added feature is IF you have a camera, both you and the pro can talk to each other and demonstrate drills for improvement. If not, you can communicate over the phone while performing the lesson in real time.

I invite you to try a lesson FREE and give me your opinion. I want to know if you enjoyed the experience? Was the system easy to use and understand? Is this something you would do again? How much would you be willing to pay for a lesson?

If you’re interested please call 804-378-7456 or go to http://www.quickfixgolf.com/golf-lessons/free-golf-lesson-online/

Drill, Drill, Drill and Forget It!

Drill, Drill, Drill and Forget It!

Golfers sometimes make the mistake of carrying over their practice session to the golf course. NOT a good idea.

Thinking about your practice assignment on the golf course could frustrate you to such a point that you give up on the good work you’re doing on the range.

You may be improving in “reprogramming” your swing fault on the driving range and NOT be ready to carry it out to the golf course.

Work on your drills at the driving range and let that work “meld” into your swing on the golf course. On the golf course your mind should be on club selection, shot selection, swing tempo and balance. You actually have a better chance of having the hard work to invested on the driving range produce results if you relax and let the new movements jump in on their own.

If you’re still having trouble with the transition from the range to the golf course then you need to stay off the golf course and get back on the driving range. Do your drills as often as you can whether it be at home, in the back yard with whiffle balls or in front of a mirror.

That’s why I think the off season is the BEST time to work on your golf swing.

You Have To Be Willing To Make A Jackass Out Of Yourself!

You Have To Be Willing To Make A Jackass Out Of Yourself!

There is one thing about learning a new language…you have to be wiling to make a jackass out of yourself and attempt to speak the language even if you’re making mistakes. I’ve met folks that claimed to have taken four years of Spanish in high school and then four more years in college and they still can’t speak a lick of Spanish!

It’s all in the application. If you were to move to a foreign country a be forced to speak their language you would learn it in no time or be very lonely.

Good golfers are wiling to go to the far end of the range and do their drills, hit short easy shots and look like a hacker but stay on target on what they are attempting to accomplish. They don’t care about knocking it out of the park or impressing the other golfers around them.

When doing drills. Do the drill dry three times first, (that means without a golf ball). If you’re convinced that you can perform the drill properly then hit a short shot with the drill. You need to have a way to monitor your finish and know that you did it properly. I like to call it taking inventory. Then and only then do you attempt to perform the drill with a full shot and again monitor or inventory your results! Hold your finish at least until the ball hits the ground and then look at the position of your hands, arms, your balance point etc.

You might look like a jackass compared to someone else knocking the snot out of the golf ball hitting one after the other as fast as they can…BUT…in my estimation the golfer hitting their balls in the way I just mentioned looks like the jackass!

Keep Your Knees Flexed To Swing Down and Out.

Keep Your Knees Flexed To Swing Down and Out.

There’s a golf web site out there called Hit Down Damn it! Funny title but they don’t give you the whole story. Bottom line is you need to compress the golf ball against the ground.

To compress the golf ball better you need to have what tour players call today “shaft lean” which is produced when the hands are in front of the club head at or just before impact. Not only does this position compress the golf ball but it also reduces loft on the golf club so you increase distance. Now, one much overlooked factor is the knees. I see a lot o golfers that “jump”at impact. They lift up thinking they will lift the golf ball up. Jumping sometimes comes from the knees straightening up at impact. The result of jumping is you catch the ball on the up swing and on the bottom part of the club face, (catch it thin).

Try and keep your knees flexed well through impact and swing out between first and second base, (for right handers). Don’t forget to start rotating your forearms well BEFORE you reach impact!

You can try some face impact tape on the front of your club face and if it shows that your impact is on the bottom edge of the golf club you’re probably jumping or flipping your hands at impact. If you don’t have any impact tape just come on out to Patterson and I’ll give you some to test your swing free.

You can find me at www.bobbylopezgolf.com

Here’s a video with a drill on developing shaft lean. By the way…I’ve lost 27 pounds since this video was taken. I’ll tell you how I did it. My wife yelled at me, “STOP EATING YOU FAT BAS____! It worked!

I’m Confused…Do The Arms Go First or The Body?

I’m Confused…Do The Arms Go First or The Body?

Well I had a lesson yesterday that also taught me a lesson. It is real easy for the student to interpret what you asked them to do and multiply it by four and get themselves in more trouble then what they are in in the first place. Don’t over cook it.

The student said, wait a minute….you told me to turn my body and now you’re telling me to lead with the arms and shut the body down? Yes. Well earlier this student had very little movement in the body and now exaggerated the first assignment to such an extent that he was moving all over the place. What some refer to as “swimming” in the golf swing.

What we’re trying to achieve is a balance and coordinated effort between the body and the arms. Under normal circumstance MOST people will feel as though their arms are moving faster than the body but in actuality the motion is coordinated. The arms do move faster on the downswing because of “angular acceleration” just like a line of soldiers marching a column left.

Moral of the story is don’t over cook it, and if you do don’t fret. Touring pros do it all the time. How do think pros can go from winning a tournament one week and then missing the cut the next! They had a good thing going and then they started to over emphasize it and it bit’em.

Now the pro has to start all over again. I don’t feel sorry for him…he probably has a jet plane!

Why Is It More Difficult To Hit Your Driver Than Any Other Club?

Why Is It More Difficult To Hit Your Driver
Than Any Other Club?

You can get a FREE Special Report on hitting your driver by going to my website at FREE Special Reports

Your initial golf shot or “tee shot” is YOUR MOST IMPORTANT golf shot in my estimation. It’s sort of like first down in football. If you’re second down and twenty every time you get the ball you’re going to have a long afternoon. I’m used to it, being a Dolphin fan.

If you’re having trouble during a round of golf with hitting your golf driver in the fairway then drop down to your three wood immediately. Maybe after some success with your three wood you will gain your confidence back to try your driver again. The little bit of distance you’ll loose by hitting your three wood will be more than compensated by being on the short grass in the fairway. Work out any problems with your driver in practice not on the golf course.

The first thing you need to understand about a Driver is that the length is probably doing you the most harm. A golf swing is very similar to a group of skaters turning in a circle or a group of soldiers marching in a circle. The outside skater or individuals will have to move that much faster than the rest of the line to keep up. Sure the longer the driver the faster the club head will travel in theory, but equally the harder it will be to square the club face at impact thus causing that dreaded slice off the fairway.

To square the golf club up at impact, (impact is actually about three degrees closed with a driver) you need to start rolling your forearms over earlier. Why, because the golf club head is further away from you. If you’re having trouble squaring up the club face first try choking up a little on the golf club. My opinion is golf club manufacturers make the modern drivers too long anyway. Most are about 45 to 46 inches. I prefer 44 inches. Tiger Woods only hits a 43 ½ inch driver.

I also prefer the smaller club heads. Everyone is raving about the hybrid woods that are replacing three irons. Golfers rave about how easy the hybrids are to hit. The heads are SMALL and have a low center of gravity. In contrast the new Drivers have a head the size of a basketball and golfers wonder why they can’t square it up. I recommend the 395cc head as the largest acceptable size, not the 460cc style which is actually more difficult to square up at impact.

Some golfers try to keep their head still or over the top of the golf ball. To make a full turn on a swing with your driver your head might move a little towards your back foot. That’s fine if not desired. You need to be well behind the golf ball at impact. One should have a straight line from the front shoulder to the ball at impact.

Another thing I noticed is that most golfers tend to hit their driver out on the toe. Use some face tape or sometimes referred to as impact tape on your driver and witness for yourself where you are making contact with the face of your driver. Usually the best place to make contact is high on the face and just a little inside of center. Different drivers have difference centers of gravity. See my Blog report on finding the center of gravity on your golf club for help.

Also, the driver has to be swung on a shallow plane. All golf clubs are swung the same…on plane, (the plane being the angle of the shaft at address). The plane angle on a driver might be 55 degrees where on a pitching wedge the shaft angle might be 64 degrees. To maintain a shallow path to the ball it is necessary to turn your shoulders on a more horizontal plane on the back swing. Golfers that swing steep usually are trying to keep their head on the golf ball at the top of their back swing. If you’re right handed, make sure you get the tip of your left shoulder over your right toe at the top of the back swing. You’ll still see the ball out of the corner of your left eye and you’ll gain a tremendous amount of distance on your tee shots.

You might feel like you’re swinging flatter or more rounded with a driver. If so that’s a good thing. Practice starting your downswing with your arms. Get to the top of your back swing and hold your chest still and start pulling your arms down like you were ringing a bell.

Remember Tiger’s comment; “the arms win the race”. He is referring to the arms winning the race to the golf ball. Get your arms started way early on the downswing and make sure you roll your forearms over early. If you start to hook the ball violently just back off a little on the roll over. If you pull hook the ball then you’re still rotating your shoulders too early.

Be Careful Taking Golf Swing Advice From Golf Magazines!

Be Careful Taking Golf Swing Advice From Golf Magazines!

Many a good golf swing has been ruined by over emphasizing a golf tip from a golf magazine or a golf book. I’m not necessarily blaming the magazine mind you. The golf magazine is in the business of providing golf information for their clients and I’m sure they try to do their best. Problem is, as much as any golf guru would like to say they are trying to help the golfing public with their article, in private most will tell you that to offer the proper and effective advice for YOUR golf game they need to see you swing a golf club.

Golfers read what seems like a great tip, and it might be, but for another golf swing rather than yours. They attempt to apply what the expert suggests only to find themselves in worse trouble then when they started, more frustrated and confused and in some cases giving up the game altogether.

My suggestion is to take golf advise just like to should take news reports. They might be true but there is probably more to the issue. Take what you think might be a good idea to your teaching pro first. Ask him/her about the article, it’s application and whether it would be a good idea for your swing style.

Also you should make sure your teaching pro, (if you’re taking lessons) knows that you are attempting to try a tip you’ve read or seen on TV. The worst thing you can do is incorporate another swing theory with the one your pro is working with you on. That spells disaster!

Bottom line, read the magazine to keep up with golf, outstanding offers for golfing vacations and the latest golf clubs. Listen to your Mom when it comes to golf instruction, “don’t talk to strangers”!

Bobby Lopez, PGA