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.
Yea right! It ain’t so easy to get on the Champions Tour. You can ask all the guys down in Florida right now playing their guts out for only five, yes that’s 5 spots available for exemption on the Champions tour.
Not to mention the sectional qualifying tournament you would have had to endure and finish at the top of the stack in order to be one of the 85 players in the final tournament of 72 holes to qualify for an exemption on the Champions Tour.
The first group of individuals exempt on the Champions Tour, (meaning they get to play) are the players with the most earnings from the PGA tour. So if you’re a new comer get to the back of the line and play in the two qualifiers.
That means that Freddy Couples gets to play no matter how well he is playing if he feels like playing. You might say he earned it by playing well in his youth and you might be right. Fact is , that the PGA probably thinks that you the viewer are not to going to tune in on TV if you don’t recognize the names playing.
Oh yea, it costs $2,500 entry fee for the final qualifier plus all your expenses for a chance to be one of the top five. Not a good bet. I take my hat off to all the guys that tried though. Guys like my friend Joe Daley. Joe didn’t play his best this week but he is a long time veteran of the tour. Like a journeyman quarterback that’s played for a ton of NFL teams but you cant remember his name. By the way, Joe won a major just two years ago. Still he’s back having to qualify. Now that’s tough!
What’s my opinion. Well I can make one because I ain’t playing. I think that more spots available for Monday qualifiers is not only appropriate but would possibly wake up the Champions Tour to new blood. Why recycle the same players we’ve seen in the past. Nothing wrong with it but let’s see some new blood. Some Cinderella stories that might give the local golfers some hope.
“Long time insurance agent beats the pros and wins on the Champions Tour”, etc etc. Yea! Get the crowd pulling for the under dog! Just a thought.
Here’s a video analysis of Frank Esposito’s golf swing. The winner of the qualifying tournament at 11 under par.
Sometimes Little Minor Changes In Your Golf Swing Can Make A HUGE Difference
Of course I’ve hit about a trillion golf balls in my lifetime, (Wow that sound like Congress…..A Trillion!) but it never ceases to amaze me how the very slightest of adjustments can make such an enormous effect on your entire golf swing.
For instance, I went out to a driving range in Tampa yesterday to make sure I get my practice in even though I’m away, (liar….I couldn’t stand a minute longer with the out-laws, I mean In-Laws) and even though I was hitting the ball very respectable and acceptable to me something just didn’t feel quite right. I felt like I could do something better to explode at the ball and pick up additional club head speed.
Well, I took a look at my right hand grip after I hit a shot and noticed it was not in it’s original position. I positioned my right hand just a little more to the center or turned it counter clockwise. I hung on a little tighter with my last three fingers of my right hand. Then at the ball I let the right hand explode and I was knocking the snot out of it!
I also noticed another benefit. The grip adjustment lowered my hands slightly at address and put me on a better plane on the back swing which allowed me to swing as hard as I wanted without fear of the ball hooking left! The golf club and my hands were in a better position at the top of the back swing.
In case you want to try this for yourself, I suggest you first take a look at the grip drill and make sure your grip is proper to begin with. Watch the grip drill here. If your right hand grip is too strong, (the V or crease points towards your right shoulder rather than maybe off your right ear) you might hook the ball when you unload your right hand at impact.
When you get to impact, feel like your right hand rolls over the left as hard as you want. If you hook the ball you need to take a second look at your grip. See what your grip looks like AFTER you hit the shot. Did your hands move? Hogan was famous for hitting some 24 shots in a row without his hands moving at all. He would hit a shot and then hit another without re-gripping!
Good luck and let me know if you have some success with this and also let me know if you don’t.
A great dedicated golf teacher Doc Prose once said; “Any system is better than not having one”. He’s right. If you’re focused on performing a specific movement and if you can repeat it time and again…even if it’s wrong…at least you have some predictability in your ball flight and you can plan accordingly. However some motions can cause you such difficulty that they just can’t be overcome such as a sever “over the top” swing path.
Many of the golf lesson businesses come up with cute descriptions of their method like the X Factor….whooooo…. the one plane or two plane swing…..wow which one am I…somethings it looks like I’m the fourth plane swinger!
I shy away from all these types of so called magic methods and so should you. Why? Because you can NOT force fit yourself to any one’s method. You would have to hit golf balls until your hands bleed to reprogram your body to move contrary to its natural tendencies.
That’s why I look at someones natural tendencies and chip away at the areas where most of the improvement would be recognized and enjoyed. Great players know THEIR swing. They ALL have nagging problems and they know how to keep them under control.
The latest craze is this “Stack and Tilt” thing. Well they got have of it right…the Tilt. The stack part actually makes the tilt more difficult to perform in my estimation and leans toward that dreaded “reverse pivot” that so many golfers worked so hard to alleviate.
Take a look at this video attached that shows what I’m talking about. The BIG move that most golfers miss is the tilt of the shoulders on the downswing. It is the turning of the shoulders that causes the over the top swing path.
I’ve asked many a student to hit me a shot while attempting to hold their body as still as possible. When they view the video playback they are always shocked at how much their body moved during the swing. So many of us try to do too much. Once you get on the golf course and your RPM increases the problem gets even worse. Too much movement with the body can destroy your golf swing and especially your consistency.
Work on swinging while holding your body still….a swing that feels to you like all arms. You’ll be surprised at how far you’ll hit the golf ball and how consistent you will be in ball contact.
The body needs to work as a support mechanism or base to work from. Yea yea yea, I heard all out the leg drive too but it’s a con. Don’t fall for it.
I once saw an article in Golf Digest that was an interview of Jack Nicklaus on his long career. The interviewer asked, “Do you credit some of your success to the strong leg drive you had?”
Nicklaus replied, “I’ve heard a lot about that and read it in many articles. Fact is I never thought about my leg drive. I always felt that having strong legs offered me the opportunity to swing my arms harder.”
You’ve got to Be kidding! How many golfers were totally screwed up because of all the articles about leg drive!
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!