I think you can become so obsessed about a swing fault to the point that you can actually drive yourself nuts! I never forgot the comment the first PGA professional I ever learned from said. Vince Allen: “the dumber they are the better they play and Lopez you’re gonna be a scratch golfer.”
I think you either have to know it all and understand how to apply it, (maybe Jack Nicklaus) or just use your God given talent and sense of balance and coordination and let it rip. I’ve heard that Freddy Couples is that kind of guy. Just raw natural talent with of course some cleaning up here and there.
Doesn’t Bubba Watson comes to mind? For those of you trying desperately to build the perfect golf swing according to the all the gurus in golf magazines and on TV, watch Bubba for a while and get some beer and popcorn and enjoy the show. I think Bubba doesn’t know, doesn’t want to know and it would probably ruin him if he did. I like the way Bubba plays plus it’s good for golf. We can’t develop an army of robo-golfers out there!
I’ve prepared a video for you comparing one of the best golfers in history with potential swing faults and why you might do better to leave some golf swing faults alone UNLESS the swing fault is prohibiting you from getting the golf club on the proper path and getting the club face at the proper angle at impact. Some swing faults have to be addressed period. The talent comes in knowing which ones to work on and which ones to leave alone.
Didn’t Butch Harmon say he wouldn’t touch Dustin Johnson’s closed position at the top of his back swing because he wouldn’t be able to play if he did? Atta-boy Butch! I agree!
Here’s a new golf game we can play. You find the golf swing flaw! Watch the video of Lydia Ko below and then try and find the golf swing flaw she has. Once you find it, what would you do about it? Is it worth making the change? If so, what would be the benefits? What would be the time period to make the change and how much is that going to cost in lost winnings?
If you decide to live with the golf swing flaw, what would you do as a safe guard to keep the golf swing flaw in check? Especially in situations where there is a very high risk factor?
What you should be looking for here is, how does the golf swing flaw effect impact? That’s all the matters! Of course there is one other thing. Once you bring the golf swing flaw to the attention of the player and they recognize it, there are the psychological effects. The high risk situation presents itself and the player starts thinking about the golf swing flaw in stead of the shot at hand.
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.
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.
I’ve had so many emails about the Hogan video that I thought it best to do an analysis with the V1 software to better describe what I’m talking about. The tilt! You’ll see it on the video. The hips turn while the shoulders tilt. They do NOT work together on the same plane. If you turn your shoulders with your hips, you will swing “over the top” and either pull the ball or slice the ball.
Also please careful about taking too deep a look at this. You should NOT try to copy Ben Hogan’s swing. Apply the same principals NOT necessarily the same positions.
If You Get This You Could Be Breaking 80 Consistently!
You might have seen this on Youtube but I’ve had this video well before it ever went on Youtube. This used to be an obscure video of Ben Hogan visiting some friends where he demonstrated his technique for swinging in very slow motion on the beach. Why practice in slow motion? Well I guess you can feel every movement and send signals to the brain telling it where you want to be at every step.
The BIG key here is this! Notice during the slow motion portion how much shoulder tilt Ben incorporates and how much he over emphasizes it. He literally backs up during the “under” motion of the shoulders. This is the one BIG key that most golfers do NOT get. The shoulders have to turn parallel to the same plane as the golf club path!See my Blog entry for December 8th for a training video on turning your shoulders through the impact area.
Another BIG key! Notice how Ben also performs his waggle in slow motion. The waggle in the old days was a rhythm exercise. It kept you loose and set the pace for your swing tempo. Today the waggle is a rehearsal for the initial path of the golf club on the take-a-way. The players are more mechanical today and build their swings more for power than accuracy or consistency.
Please hang in their until he reaches the portion on the video where he swings in slow motion. It’s worth it. Now hereeeeeeeeee’s Benny!
We had a workshop lesson this past Saturday at Patterson and the topic was the impact position.
We have some serious weaknesses there. This topic is NOT given enough emphasis. Think about it, if you can’t get to the proper impact position what’s the use working on your swing plane and all kinds of other stuff.
This picture to the left is right out of Ben Hogan’s book which is still very relevant today. I put together a short video to help you better see the difference between scooping which ads loft to the golf club, effects your distance, ball contact on the bottom edge of the golf club and the lack of the good feeling at impact and the bulged wrist effect Hogan talks about.
Here’s what Hogan said in his book. He put it in CAPS so I will as well. AT IMPACT THE BACK OF THE LEFT HAND FACES TOWARD YOUR TARGET, THE WRIST BONE IS DEFINITELY RAISED, IT POINTS TO THE TARGET AND AT THE MOMENT THE BALL IS CONTACTED IT IS OUT IN FRONT, NEARER TO THE TARGET THAN ANY PART OF THE HAND.
I put together a video to help you with this. I will be filming a drill at Pendleton on Monday if it’s not raining so visit your Member’s Only Section often for new features. Please take a moment to watch the short video I just made on this subject.
Here’s the “Swing Secret!” I believe the secret to consistency.
The golf swing is a “single axis rotation.” The body rotates on the base of the spine and the arms should follow both the rotation and “tilt” of the shoulders. I’m finding tons of videos lately of golf pros being viewed from the back side. They’re catching on to the fact that you can view the base of your spine movement better from a back side view.
If you can rotate with a minimum of lateral movement you can be more consistent. Far less fat shots, catching it think AND most of all in my estimation…a better extension of the arms through impact which means NO MORE CHICKEN WING!
Take a look at this video. Come see me to have your swing video taped form the back side. I promise….no one will see your video without your permission.
Hey Lopez….Why are you picking on Tiger? I’m NOT picking on Tiger. I wanted to pick on something that might help your golf game. I think Tiger has lost some of his mental capacity but he also over cooked flattening out his back swing with Haney.
You can see a video about how Tiger changed his swing from his early years to Butch Harmon. Figure the golf club moving even flatter with Haney. Much flatter.