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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally a completed set of
single length golf clubs for you to try!
If you don’t mind me bragging a little here, one of our fine student/members Paul Belmont sent me a video of an interview with the developer of Edel Golf Clubs, David Edel who was the golf club builder that built Bryson DeChambaeau’s first set of truly balanced set of single length irons.
Here’s the bragging part. You will see form his video that he and I both came to same conclusions! I promise you I did not see this video until this morning!!!! This certifies that I was right on target and that the information you have received is accurate and you can trust us again to give you the right scoop without bias.
Here’s another point you might want to consider after watching the video below. Our set of 5 – Gap Wedge will cost $579, ($399 to our student/members) and the Edel irons are $1,750, 5 – PW, GW. The Edel club heads are 1030 carbon steel forged, while our club heads are 431 stainless steel, but I am playing the 431 steel set myself having been a forged golfer forever and I’m not disappointed at all.
I’m going to take some pictures of our single and multiple length golf clubs and post them on the Bog tomorrow so watch for it. Now take a moment to watch the first part of this video about the single length irons. The second half is about putters and also interesting if you have the time.
Gabrielle Cuellar now ads to this list of outstanding young
lady golfers heading for a full scholarship.
Why are we having so much success with young female golfers? Two great reasons. First they all have one common asset, their Dads. Second, they have something you just can’t coach, desire!
I’m not mentioning Gabrielle to brag about our teaching. It’s about her own desire and dedication to her golf game and the fine support from her Dad. Gabrielle’s Dad Phillip attends every lesson and learns enough at the lesson to help his own game, (a really good golfer in his own right) as well as develop and eye for what Gabrielle is working on.
Gabrielle has great grades and a very bright future in whatever shes decides to do in life. Golf is going to be a big bonus for her. Golf IS the game of business!
Young lady golfers have a big advantage over the boys for College scholarship support due to Title IX regulations. Gabrielle is well on her way to a full scholarship! I’m sure Gabrielle will never forget the exciting experience she will have traveling with her college golf team.
Congratulations Gabrielle and Phil and keep going. You’re on your way!
Thanks so much!!! You made her week!!!! She is Gleaming right now!!! Thank you for all your help, because of your help is the only reason she is excelling. I have paid up to $150 a lesson with “top” instructors before we met you and she learned nothing. The best thing about it all, you keep it fun and keep her smiling. So it is very refreshing to have such a great golf coach for my daughter. When the weather breaks we will down to see you. Thanks again.
We’re getting closer and I know you might be impatient by now but we want to get right, not fast. I take it very seriously when I recommend something to others. Unlike golf pros that will endorse anything for a buck, I refuse to promote something I wouldn’t use for my self.
We’re real close on what is the 5 iron through the AW. We have the five iron flying higher than our earlier version. I’ve tried so many different address positions, swinging more upright and then back to my old set-up that I’ve lost count. I can say one thing. I think the one ball position is a plus and it does make it more likely that one would take the same position more often if there were only one to learn or perform.
The problem with the hybrid so far is I think it has to be longer than the irons. Bryson makes his 3 iron longer than the rest of his irons so it just makes sense that you need some length to help with the lower lofted golf club. For instance, his irons are 37.5 inches long, (about seven iron length) but his three iron is 39″ long.
The first hybrid we made, (keep in mind this hybrid weighs like a seven iron 242 grams) with a steel shaft just like the rest of the iron set. Poo poo terrible! Muy malo! So I built a hybrid with the graphite shaft same length. Nada! Just as bad. Then I built the hybrid with a graphite shaft and made it 39.5 inches so I could choke up some and try different lengths. I also made the shaft a bit softer, more flexible. Walla! What a difference! Ball jumped up in the air and I was pretty satisfied.
Don’t get out the Champagne yet! One BIG problem. In order for the hybrid to be a full 272 grams they had to make the head bigger. More mass. The typical hybrid four head weight is about 249 grams. The bigger head needed in order to get 272 grams makes the club head to big to cut through the grass like I would want. That’s probably why Bryson doesn’t have one? No reason why we can’t go with a standard hybrid weight and just under standard length.
While Bryson’s three iron is 39 inches long his fairway wood is 44 inches. So there is somewhat of a contradiction here. Shorter irons, woods and long irons standard?
Nest step is I have a complete other set of heads coming in with all graphite shafts. Lets see how the graphite shafts do along with the possibility of steel shafts in the 7,8,9,PW,AW and then graphite in the 5 and 6 irons. Being I will be at the PGA show this week it might be until the end of the month until I can put them together for testing.
Many a golf swing has been ruined with an over emphasis of the transfer of weight forward on the down swing. It’s not a slide or thrust to the front foot, it’s a turn or clearing motion of the hips with the sensation being the left cheek of your fanny is heading toward your right heel. (I explain further in the video below).
I went to see Chi Chi Rodriguez do a golf clinic because Paul Haun Jr., (famous trick shot artist that helped me improve my show) said to go see Chi Chi if you get a chance. If nothing else you’ll steal some great jokes, and I did!
Not expecting it, I took away something even better than the great joke. A golfer from the gallery asked, “Well Chi Chi, when do you transfer your weight on the down swing?” To my surprise Chi Chi said, “there is no transfer of weight on the down swing.” The crowd let out one of those OOHHHHH like a missed putt. That shows how much misinformation is out there that has been ingrained in the minds of so many golfers. Here’s another one, “keep your head down!”
Chic Chi went on to say that the golf swing is a rotary motion around a single axis which is the base of the spine. Chi Chi was right on target and take it for Gospel. Why? Because it’s not often a Cuban agrees with a Porto Rican! Cubans make better Rum too!
Yes there is a transfer of weight or balance by virtue of the upper body tilt, not the lower body shifting. In fact, with the proper turn on the back swing, you will feel as if you’re loaded on your left heel but a scale will make a liar out of us because your weight will be on your back foot. Just like a baseball player throwing a ball from center field to home plate, he tilts back not slide back to throw the ball.
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.
Get professional help in pinpointing the exact movement you wish to re-program or train.
Do drills that focus right on the swing fault you’re re-programing.
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.
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 ;”>email@example.com for a FREE analysis.
There’s More To This Golf Club Configuration Than What the Golf Club Companies Are Telling You
We would be remiss if we didn’t take a serious look at both Bryson DeChambeau’s golf swing as well as Moe Norman, the supposed mentor of his instructor. Yes there are similarities but not when it comes to lie angle on the golf club or swing plane angle. Funny enough, Moe talks about being very vertical in one of his videos but watching him on film he is quite shallow.
This must have created a difficult decision for the golf club companies in that do you service or build around a Moe Norman configuration or Bryson DeChambeau?
To me, (I’m not done with my complete analysis) it looks like both Cobra and the generics have decided to go with a 62.5 lie angle which is common for a standard seven iron. Well that is certainly not Bryson DeChabeau based by the video below, and maybe too upright for Moe Norman. I’m not sure.
Being that the generics I assuming followed the lead of Cobra, then we have no choice but to move the lie angles as far as we could which was to 64 degrees and stand closer to the ball for a more upright swing plane. If we’re going to find out if Bryson’s method is a better way to play golf than we have to head in his direction. A word of caution! From the video below, I’m not certain that Bryson swings the golf club exactly like Moe?
With that in mind we have to head in one direction or look for two answers.
1: Does swinging the golf club on a vertical plane, (more upright) create a more consistent and tighter ball flight pattern.
2: Does the single length golf club make it easier for the average golfer by only having one set-up throughout the set in ball position, distance from the ball AND more importantly does the single length concept help golfers hit the center of gravity of the golf club more often?
We still have work to do. I just ordered another shaft configuration that I think will help and its’ on the way. One seemingly important issue is the six, five and four iron not getting enough height. I might have that resolved with a different shaft configuration and cutting procedures. We’ll know soon! Check back for further information as we follow this trail to a possible improvement in everybody’s golf game.
As we delve into this mystery golf club configuration we certainly know more than when we started. I’ve had several conversations with the manufacturers of the golf club heads for this project and also hit the Cobra F7 golf clubs which should be on the market in January.
As I say in the video below, I am very suspicious of the golf clubs manufacturers and their attempt to commercialize this configuration to something it’s not. That’s why I called this series the “truth about single length golf clubs.”
I’m still interested enough to keep going but not convinced enough to offer you a trial run and recommendation. We still have a way to go.
In the video below we begin to address the lie angle issue.
The lie angles on Bryson’s golf clubs are extremely upright! You’ll understand more when I do the analysis of Bryson’s swing vs Moe Norman the famous Canadian golfers who Bryson is supposedly modeling his swing after.
The idea of single length golf clubs it not a new thing. Years ago the Tommy Armour company tried to market a set of equal length golf clubs and failed. You can get all the history about single length golf clubs by combing the internet.
I’m not concerned with the history here or the ability for a golf club company to sell higher profits. My question is, does this golf club configuration actually make it easier for golfers to play? With all the talk about making the game easier, shorter, golf courses that are only 6 holes long and even making the hole bigger, is single length golf clubs a possible positive contributor to making golf more accessible and enjoyable for the average golfer.
When I mentioned these golf clubs to my good friend Larry Wilson he said that he already had a set of single length golf clubs. Doesn’t matter which one he hits, they all 100 yards!
I am going to make a best effort to find out if this idea has merit above and beyond a tour player like Bryson DeChambeau. I will study this topic from a practical point of view. I will not consider this a search for extra power or pinpoint accuracy, although those could be the results we find. My concern is with ease of play and consistency.
Keep in touch with this Blog for the latest as I post videos of the progress so far. You will see day one of the study below and I will post day two as quickly as possible.
Oh one thing before we start the video. I guess you are asking what is the difference between the single length golf clubs and a standard configuration? Well, in a standard set of irons the weight of the club heads are staggered by seven grams. For instance, a six iron club head weighs about 257 grams and might be a golf club once assembled at 38 inches long. A five iron would have a golf club head weight of 250 grams (seven grams lighter) and have a total length after assembled of 38 1/2 inches. As the golf club shaft lengthens the club head weight is diminished by seven grams per golf club.
In a single length set of golf clubs all the golf clubs are the same length, (approximately 37 to 37 1/2 inches) and all the golf club head weights are identical. About the same head weight of a seven iron. The difference per golf club head is the loft.
That means that with every golf club the same length, no more moving the golf ball around in your stance. You stand at the same distance form the ball on every club. You only need to learn one stance and set up that works for every club.