What’s the Right Down Swing Sequence?

Once You Start Your Downswing Wrong, You’re Toast!

Golfers work on so many different aspects of their golf swing in swing plane, grip, hip turn, while ignoring the fact that if you start your downswing in the wrong “sequence”, all the other work you’ve done is lost.

So many golfers are under the impression that the first move on the down swing is a transfer of weight or shifting to the front foot.  Not true.  I attended a clinic Chi Chi Rodriguez was giving and a person from the audience asked, “Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the downswing?”  Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the downswing,” and the crowd made an ooohhh sound like on a missed putt at a tournament.

I was so relieved to hear it from someone else.  Chi chi said he turns on the downswing, not shift.  You might say that Chi Chi is an old timer like me and things have changed with the new long hitting youngsters of today’s tour.  Well here’s a link to a video on Justin Thomas showing he has 93% of his pressure on his back foot at impact!  Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXMLjljbWMo

The only thing that has changed is the golf clubs, the balls and the younger players of today are much better athletes than in earlier years.  Bigger, stronger and faster club head speeds, period.

If you get the sequence of the downswing in proper order, than you can produce the maximum amount of golf club head speed for your capability.  On tee shots, having a longer and lighter driver will help.  After you max out on equipment fitting, you have to head for the gym for more club head speed.

For most senior golfers I suggest faster forearms.  A lighter grip and a good rotating of the forearms through impact.  A word of caution, starting with a weight shift to the front foot FIRST on the downswing will prohibit the forearms from rotating properly, add loft to the golf and consequentially cost you distance.

The feeling I get on the downswing, (remember as they say on tour “what you feel may bot be real”) is that I am pulling the butt of the golf club straight down to the ground not at the ball and the left cheek of my fanny is headed for my back foot.

Check out this video which explains exactly what I’m talking about….

Is Your Practice Swing Better Than Your Real Swing?

How many times have you heard, “you have a beautiful practice swing.”  We have all known someone that makes a wonderful relaxed practice swing only to look like a wild man when they actually go to hit the golf ball.

The example I have for you is not so drastic an example just mentioned but they’re out there.  I’ve taken a practice swing video and a real shot video and put them on top of each other so you could see if there were differences in the positions.  Yes there were differences and the differences would effect any ones ball flight and consistency.

I think the big difference is that in your practice swing you’re not focused on hitting the ball a specific distance.  You’re not as tempted to surge or pull with your body to accelerate the golf club.  The push, surge or transfer of weight to your front foot will cause your golf club path to get steeper on your down swing.  The push to your front foot will also make it more difficult to square the golf club up at impact because you have less room or time to operate in.

Confused?  I think the video will help.

How to increase distance with your driver without increasing club head speed.

I’ve got an interesting video for you that shows hard numbers to support what I’ve been telling our students for quite some time. Don’t hit down, hit up on the ball? The launch angle needs to be much higher than many club fitting experts claim and again here’s proof below.

Our subject picked up about 50 yards just by changing his tilt and path through the golf ball. He went from a launch angle of about 8 degrees to 20 degrees. He didn’t change drivers either so so much for buying a new driver thinking that you will pick up a ton of distance. An extra 4 or 5 yards maybe?

If you’re not sure if your swing path is what it should be get out your cell phone and video your golf swing from front and down the line and email it to bobbylopez@quickfixgolf.com

Would Like More Lag In Your Golf Down Swing

Many golfers search for lag in the their down swing.

Lag is NOT essential for great golf.  As you will see in the video Rocco Mediate as very little lag in his downswing and yet he plays fantastic golf.  He also smokes really good Cigars.  Rocky Patel Decades.  Don’t say anything but he might be getting some real Cubans from Jimenez but don’t say anything please.

golf-lagLag is actually called “angular acceleration.”  The greater the angle the faster one must move to keep up.  This is found in marching a column left or right.  Maybe you’ve seen ice skaters spinning in a circle and the last skater has to hustle to catch up to the circle of skaters.

How about a race track for runners where you see staggered starting points because the outside runner would be covering a longer circumference unless you move them forward.

In order to produce lag in the golf swing one must have a separation of the arms FROM the body on the down swing.  Because the arms are as if they were on the outside lane of the track above, they must have a head start because they have more real estate to cover.  Yes yes I know about the connected theory.  It works for some folks like Rocco.

Your chest and upper body have such a short distance to reach the finish line which is impact with the ball, that the arms need a considerable head start with the longer golf clubs like the driver and not as much with the short irons.

Watch this video of a very kind student Ed Schneck that allowed me to use his excellent example of lag in his down swing that he was not even trying to produce.

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 https://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

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

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

Is There A Way To Add Distance Over the Winter?

Is There A Way To Add Distance Over the Winter?

Now’s the time! Just about all sports today are no long seasonal. The off season is an opportunity to make adjustments on your swing as well as improvements in your strength and flexibility. Of course you most likely are playing golf for fun. You could be on of those Virginia golfers that competes in a few of the fine amateur tournaments in the area. Either way, now’s the time!

At you new indoor location SCOR, we have Jason Elkin, who s a certified Titleist TPI golf fitness instructor. You can find out more about the TPI program by going here. All the exercises are golf specific. You can choose your level of improvement and go over with Jason exactly what your goals are. I can set you up with a complete evaluation with Jason once I take a look at your swing. I will show Jason the video of your swing so he and I can evaluate your current situation. Then Jason will get together with you and do a complete evaluation and show you exactly what you need to do to improve for 2011.

I am beginning the program myself and will keep you informed as to my improvement. I’m adding the new creation of my friend PGA Pro Jerry Donahue. It’s called the Speed Flex Pro. It is a weighted stick which is fitted to your current specific swing speed and will enhance your club head speed properly in as little as 30 days.

You may have heard of the Speed Stick Veejay Singh used to pump on TV. Well I stayed away from that one because it was to long. The over length caused one to swing flatter than you normally would which I think is detrimental to your swing.

The Speed Flex pro is sized to your common driver length.

Whether you choose a swing aid like the Speed Flex Pro or you join an exercise program that is golf specific now’s the time to get started. You will be very happy you did once you get to March. Just imagine the look on your Buddie’s faces when you drive it past them!

In case you’re interested in the Speed Flex Pro just send me an email and I’ll explain it to you. I sell it for $10 less than the manufacturer, (they are $89, I’m $79) and I’ll help you pick out the one you want with no shipping for Richmond locals.

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!