Ramblings today, nothing but the ramblings of a teaching pro not teaching at the moment.
Been watching my fellow professionals teach inside and it’s been an education. J.B. does well with technology and Curt has been hammering out the TPI screenings in an effort to get the golfers bodies better able to do what the brain tells it to. For my part, I keep preaching the message of fundamentals regardless the level of player in front of me, certain that the grip, stance and alignment are most of what goes wrong if something isn’t just right. Between us all, think we’ve about got it covered.
Really enjoying the latest Golf Magazine’s article on Brent Snedecker’s putting method. Previously it would have been heresy to proclaim that taking the putter back with a right wrist action was a good thing. Watch Snedecker roll it and you will come away with a couple of things that can only help you. Number one, he doesn’t take long over the ball. Once he has his line it’s a quick look and bam. Secondly, it’s a very short stroke that has trouble getting off line. If you are someone that has good feel for distance but has difficulty with direction you might try this. It’s a short pop stroke that delivers all energy to the ball, at the ball, then stops abruptly. Snedecker speaks of taking it back with his right wrist but you can do it without the wrist involved if you forward press. Gets the ball rolling so pure.
Can’t remember when I fell in love with a lot of wrist in short game shots but have gone the other way lately. Maybe when I was a younger athlete possessing better hand eye coordination I was able to do anything with the wristy technique and had the nerves to avoid flipping at the bottom. Not so much now. With the variety of loft on today’s wedges it seems much simpler to just remove all wrist and vary only the ball position and voila, all the variation you need is found in ball position and club selection. All but the fanciest flop shots can be played this way. So much easier.
Enough for today, stay tuned.
Consider a yearlong program to give yourself the best chance possible for maximum improvement.
OK, absolutely guilty of using this blog to promote business. But I really mean this, the only way to give yourself a real chance of improving as much as possible is by “working” at that improvement all year long. I’m not talking about 6 day a week, two hour sessions, hands bleeding and feet barking from excessive workouts. What I am talking about is staying in touch with the progress you make during the course of a season and keeping that improvement going instead of quitting for the season and starting all over again next year.
Here’s how we’ll do it. Both JB and I will offer yearlong packages giving you first crack at our schedules and some money-off standard rates.
We will sell a limited number of these, too many and we can’t get it all done.
JB and I will be working out of our indoor range through March so we offer the product now in conjunction with the Holiday Season and will be available to start this program with you or your golfer from January 1 on. That doesn’t mean you have to start then, it just means we will be available to you then. We are different teachers with separate businesses so our products will be slightly different in their structure; just know that the value will be similar. I’ll talk to you about my deal here; JB’s will be a little different and you can email him at email@example.com to find out about his offer.
20 private lessons, 30 minutes long, includes video analysis and two 9 hole playing lessons (part of the 20) along with suggestions for strength and conditioning work based on what we see will give us the best you playing golf you can be. Guaranteed.
With this workload we will able to assess where you are now (and for some of you, where you have been in the past), establish where we think you can get to and set a clear path to how we will get you there. Expect our sessions to be approximately two weeks apart but allow for some flexibility there as we will encounter times when we need to work together more intensely and times when you will need longer to “own” our particular goal at the time.
Retail on this program priced separately would be in excess of $1,500.00.
I offer the program to the first 10 golfers wanting “The Yearlong” as the answer to finding their best golf for ONLY $900.00! Junior pricing for those 17 and under knocks another $100.00 off.
Best Christmas present ever to that special golfer in your life? The Yearlong!
With the opening of the indoor range fellow instructor J.B. Kim and I have had the opportunity to get our swings on the V1 swing analyzer way too many times. Seeing your own swing has benefits for many but, surprisingly, a downside to some.
Those that are naturally visual learners benefit most from the use of video. By seeing what they do, they no longer rely solely on the instructors ability to communicate action and feeling. In the hands of a good instructor and a willing student, video can help.
But beware, the golf swing has always had a Don Quixote like search for perfection affiliated with it. Some people can get so wrapped up in the look and/or feel of a swing that they forget about moving the ball from point A to point B and the all important short game. It’s the difference of playing golf vs. playing golf swing.
When you see yourself swing make sure that you come out of the process with the correct information. Your, or an instructor’s, desire to recreate Ernie Els swing can only end in disappointment. Look for the movements that prohibit you from delivering the club to the ball in a positive fashion. For example, if you come dramatically over the top you’ll not be able to drive the ball towards the target. With this outside/in swing path you can drive the ball straight left (squaring the face with the faulty path) or hit with some degree of a glancing blow (dependent on how open the face is at impact) but you cannot drive the ball to the target. Conversely, you may possess a “loop” in your swing but have it traveling down the path with a square face (a good thing!) Jim Furyk has had a pretty good go of it working with this “fault.” Why mess with it? Learn the positives of your swing and hone them, learn the truly bad things about your swing and work on defeating them. The trick is to find what really is preventing the ball from going to the target with appropriate distance. You might be surprised to find that those things that may look out of whack to your playing partners really aren’t faults at all, just your way of swinging the club.
Above all, before tinkering with the swing after viewing video make certain that the non-negotiables of correctness within the family of fundamentals (grip, stance, alignment, tempo) are right on. The prettiest swing in the world with poor pre swing fundamentals won’t get it done.
I’m not going to use the indoor range because…..because….because…uhmm, eh, ok, I guess I’ll use the indoor range.
Since the dawn of time a segment of Kansas City golfers have been prone to put the clubs away “for the winter.” Clubs hanging on the wall inside the garage guarantees these fair weather warriors one thing: they will be ill prepared for those first few rounds of spring. Essentially starting over every April seems to be a shame on several levels. Did they make progress with their game during the last year? Is the athlete they have become over the summer a little more in tune with his or her body? Has that all important and imminently evasive talent; “feel” been developed to new high?
I got an idea then, why not throw all that away and put the clubs up until the temperature hits 67 degrees?!
OR, HOW ABOUT COMING TO SEE US IN THE INDOOR RANGE THIS WINTER?
Located in our Sykes Lady Golf Course maintenance building/Turf Care Center, the indoor range will open November 1 and operate through March. Hours of operation will be 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:00pm on Sunday.
Clinics will be held, informal discussions on the swing and game will be ongoing and golf professional presence will exist at all times. Video analysis and lessons can be purchased or golfers can feel free to come in and just plain work on their game by themselves for a nominal fee (see website for all available plans). Full swings, short game, putting, all of these areas can be improved by staying in touch with your game throughout the year.
The winter can be the best time to commit to that scary swing change you thought about all year but just couldn’t make yourself do with the weekly $5.00 Nassau at risk. Range of motion can be improved over the winter resulting in more distance, ooops, nevermind, nobody wants that.
The perfect Christmas present? An indoor range unlimited hitting pass for January through March. Really, can you think of a golfer that wouldn’t like that? For that reason, please get yours now, they will be limited.
I could go on but you get the point. No downside, huge upside, it’s a no brainer. See you in the range this winter!
-Tony Roberts, PGA Director of Instruction
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