Archive for October, 2010

Golf Swing – A Great Analogy by Andy Gordon

October 28th, 2010

Andy Gordon GolfDuring the off season, I spend lots of time communicating with Golf Professionals from all over the world. We share ideas, drills and other information on how to improve ourselves and our students.  One of those Golf Professionals is Andy Gordon. He currently is located in Valencia, Spain and he wrote a short little blog post that I wanted to share with everyone.

I consistently look for nice analogies to compare the golf swing to similar every day events.  His analogy is a new favorite of mine.

I hope you enjoy it.

ENLIGHTENING

Junior Golf – Time For a Change Rochester, NY

October 25th, 2010

Junior GolfI’ve been doing a bunch of thinking about Junior Golf.  I’m not currently happy with the way that I am participating in this very special area.  A bunch of  years ago, I had a student that was one of the best female junior golfers in the country.  At that time, I was just getting started with my teaching business and I had this wonderful young girl to work with.  We would practice together, play together and go out on the course and work on very specific situations.  I had so much time to spend with her because my lesson book wasn’t that full.  Those years were the most fun I’ve had teaching.  I ended up with a bunch of real good juniors and we all would do this golf stuff together.

A few years later, my lesson book was full, my family was growing and I didn’t have the time to spend with my juniors like I used to.  My skills have increased considerably, but my time allotment has decreased.  Over the last year, I have talked about and tried to figure out how to put together a program that would be something I would enjoy and that would be very powerful for my students.  I’ve read some books and seen some clinics and feel comfortable with the idea I have in my head. So here it is.

It is my belief that golf instruction needs to change.  It has become something that fits into a tip instead of a program.  What other sport played at the elite level has the teacher work with their student in 30 minute or 60 minute blocks.  To make it worse, more often than not, it’s not even on the field of play.

I want a program where I get to teach outside of the confines of a clock.  Outside of the confines of a driving range.  In order to do this, I think it’s clear that payment has to be a monthly fee instead of a per lesson charge.  I don’t know what that rate should be, but here’s what I want to provide.

First of all I’m picturing a group of 20 to 28 students.  Could be all juniors golfers or a mix of juniors and adults.

  1. Trackman for swing and ball flight analysis when working on mechanics, ball flight or distance control.
  2. AimPoint Green Reading – A continual teaching of how to read the green, aim and pace control.
  3. Shot by Shot – Statistical analysis to focus in on where true weaknesses are.
  4. TPI – Specific programs for each player during the long, cold off season.
  5. High Speed Video Analysis with Casio EX-FH20
  6. On course strategy, practice and  playing information.
  7. Tournament observation. I want to be able to go watch my players compete again. I miss that.
  8. Mental Game – Work with Andy Morrison to build programs for each player as determined by Andy.
  9. Supervised Practice.
  10. Supervised Practice Play.

This is the list I have off the top of my head.  I will also include college recruitment info and other things related to playing golf in college.  My goal would be to have a schedule that is 10 -5.  Any or all come during that time for supervised practice days.  Specific days and times when lessons are given. Specific days and times when we are going out to play.

Basically, I want to coach these players. I don’t want to just line ‘em up and give them lessons.

What I need from you, the reader, is an idea of what something like this should cost.  What would you expect to pay if you had a son or daughter and you were interested in this program.

Please leave your questions and comments below.

Golf Swing – Simple Drill for More Right Swing Path

October 25th, 2010

Here’s a little drill to help you with your Golf Swing.  I tend to use drills that you can’t do wrong.  In other words, if you are able to do the drill, you are improving in that area.

Here are some pics showing how it looks.

Golf Swing Drill for More Right Swing PathGolf Swing Drill for More Right Swing Path 2

Stick Drill for More Right Path

Who should use this drill?

This drill is for those golfers trying to learn what it feels like to swing more right (for right handers).  Those golfers that are hitting straight pulls and or pull slices. Also for anyone that curves the ball alot in a slicing direction.

Here’s how it works.

The stick should be place in the ground at an angle that allows room for the club to swing underneath it and the ball goes directly under the stick.  It can be used for all clubs and is easy to set up.  Set up to the ball like normal focusing on getting as parallel as you can to the stick in the ground.  Normal ball position for the club being used.  Swing and try to hit the ball solidly without hitting the stick.

Be careful not to aim more right than usual or set up more closed than normal.  This will make the drill too easy and won’t accomplish what you want.

Things to Watch For:

Some of you may have trouble hitting the stick. Keep trying until you can hit the ball solidly.  You don’t need to be taught how. Just do it.

Some of you may hit the ground early in the beginning.  This is because a swing to the right is more shallow than a swing to the left.  It reaches the ground sooner.  You may need to have more weight forward(toward the target) than you are accustomed too.  If you have a problem with flipping, this could also cause you to hit the ground earlier when doing this drill.

D Plane – The Short Version

October 21st, 2010

D Plane - The Short VersionI made this little drawing to help someone get an idea of what is most important about the D Plane.  This picture is basically showing a picture of a swing plane from down the line for a right hander.  As I look down the plane, there is only one place on that line that is more right than any other.

This point would be low point.  If the ball comes off the face any other place on that line, then that means that the club head is moving to the right until it reaches low point.  So, if this swing planes low point is pointing toward the target, any ball hit before that assuming a centered hit and a square to target club face shape can not fly straight.

In other words, if you are looking at your swing on video and your club travels right on this line while it’s pointing directly at the target and your club face is pointing directly at the target but you hit the ball before the low point, you will not hit it straight. Please check out the other D Plane posts on the D Plane page above.

AimPoint Golf App for the I Phone

October 15th, 2010

AimPoint App Logo

It’s finally here.  The long awaited AimPoint Golf I Phone App.  It went live yesterday (10-14-10) and it is really something that impressed me.  I think most people, myself included, thought it would just be the AimPoint Charts in a digital form.  This App is much more than that.  The standard AimPoint Chart provides great information but the detail included in the App is far more extensive.  For most AimPoint users that have taken a Level 1 clinic, the information provided in the App will be new.

The App includes Angular Reads for both level crowns and saddles.  This information is not covered in a level 1 clinic but rather a level 2 clinic.  Other things the App provide are 1 foot increments instead of the standard 5 foot increments you’d find on the AimChart, a menu of review videos, instructor search and a few others.

AimPoint App Screen Shot for Crowns

Screen Shot of Crown App

AimPoint App Videos Screen Shot

Screen Shot of Videos Menu

AimPoint App Instructor Search

Screen Shot of Instructor Search

Players can purchase an AimChart from Mark without attending a clinic from an AimPoint Certified Instructor for $20.  This App sells for a cost of $29.95 and I think for the extra $10, it is more than worth it.  Like anything, the player’s using AimPoint information will get the most out of the App and those that haven’t been fully informed may need to seek out an AimPoint Instructor to help make sense of it all.

Like most Apps, the AimPoint App is a supplement to instruction. It is not intended to replace instruction.  The amount of information that can only be learned from Mark or a Level 2 instructor is still extensive.  It covers more green shapes and combination reads are a couple of examples.

If you are using AimPoint and you’re looking for more detailed reads, I fully recommend purchasing the App.