Posts Tagged ‘golf lessons’

Golf Swing – Planes of Motion

November 30th, 2010

Golf Swing - Planes of MotionGolf swings can be broken down many ways. I saw this video on another site and thought it was so good I wanted to share it with each of you.  Basically, it is a video talking about how to use frames of reference and planes of motion to help someone where to have their body and how to move it.  It is so simple and yet so effective.

I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to David Orr for making it and Meindert Jan Boekel for exposing it to me.  Please check out their websites as they have some wonderful information there.

Flipping – Update

September 4th, 2010

Apparently, the topic of flipping is a big one.  I recently offered The Bucket Drill as a good drill to help with the issue.  I also did another post called Golf Lesson – Flipping where I showed some progress from one of my students.

I thought it might be a good idea to show you where he is now. Here’s a video from the previous post I used as a before.

Here’s his current video:

Also here’s a picture of him at impact from before:

Hands Even or Behind ball

Hands Even or Behind ball

Here’s a picture of him at impact now:

Flipping After

Hands More Forward

For most of you that have trouble with this issue, you’ll find that it takes considerable work to learn and create the proper pivot that will deliver the proper hand shape at impact.  Just for information sake, this young man averaged 74.4 in tournaments this summer with a low of 66.

Keep me posted on your progress with the drills and please feel free to leave additional drills for everyone.


How to Make More Birdies

April 27th, 2010

I get this question often. How do I make more birdies? I wrote a blog post a while ago called Make More Birdies!!!! that talked about getting comfortable knowing that you need to make at least 5 birdies a round to be tournament competitive.  However, that post didn’t give any advice on how to do it.  Let’s address a common problem I see for very good golfers.

I see too many golfers trying to make birdie with their irons.  By that, I mean they are trying to stuff it in every chance they get so they skip over the putt part of making the birdie.  I think Jason Sutton wrote a nice post about red, yellow and green light pins.  Here’s a link to his article.  This post talks about how player’s will aim at every flag.  As a player improves, there needs to be a point when they determine for themselves which opportunities to try and take advantage of.   There also needs to be a point where they determine where is the best place on the green to be putting from.

Players need to learn that the best rounds come from making birdies with the putter and not the iron.  Clearly, having an iron game that will allow you to hit specific places on the green is important but more attention needs to be paid to sinking more putts from the easy locations on the green even if they are a little farther away.  Where to putt from is at least as important to birdie making as distance from the hole.  I’ve seen many player’s miss 3 footers from the wrong side of the hole and ended up in a far worse situation than someone 10 feet from the hole but on the right side.  Learn how to read the green from the fairway so you can choose a proper landing position.  This will not only give your putter a chance to shine, it will also help prevent bogies.  Many times, 3 putt bogies are due to poor iron play location and not necessarily poor putting.

Clearly, the par 5′s will provide the best chances for birdies.  Good driving and wedge play become very important for making birdies here.

Just remember that you will more often shoot lower scores by making birdies with the putter vs. the irons.

Golf Lessons in Rochester, NY 2

April 19th, 2010

In my continued effort to build my business and my brand, I have signed up to attend the Level 1 seminar to become a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor.  My goal is to be the person that can provide the most well rounded golf lessons in Rochester, NY.

I’ve talked about my desire to include a Trackman to my technology offerings.  This is still in the works and my very first priority at this point.  I’ve become an AimPoint Certified Instructor to help teach people how to read the green with the best information out there on the topic.  I’ve spent time trying to learn the physics behind the club and ball collision and the resulting ball direction.  I’ve started networking and talking with some of the most brilliant minds in golf instruction throughout the world.

I have learned so much in the last 2 years, it’s hard to believe I was able to help as many people as I did.  Luckily, without knowing the ‘why’, a bunch of what I was teaching was right on with cutting edge thoughts on golf improvement.  I certainly feel as I am able to help player’s get better faster than ever before.

More of my golf lessons are from students looking for a more wholistic approach to their learning.  With the TPI information, I’m hoping to be able to offer another reason why golfer’s from Rochester, NY will choose me for their next golf lesson.

As always, I will let everyone know how it goes.

Golf Lessons – Good Lie / Bad Lie

March 21st, 2010

This Golf Lessons post will talk about good lies and bad lies.  What they are and how they affect shot selection around the green will also be discussed.  To accurately determine what shot to play, the first thing you have to do is determine what options you have available to you.  This begins with an assessment of the lie.  Here is an example of a good lie

Good Lie

Good Lie

and here’s an example of a bad lie

Bad Lie

Bad Lie

For me, I define a good lie as any lie where I know for sure that the club and ball will actually contact each other and a bad lie is when there is a good chance that some grass will get between the clubface and the ball.

A good lie allows for many more options is terms of club and shot selection and a good lie will also tend to be more predictable when it hits the ground. With good lies, you can use various shaft and face positions from a delofted front edge chip to an open faced flop shot.

A bad lie can make all the choices for you.  It can tell you what type of shot you have to do and what club you should use.  Granted, you can choose many options but you’ll learn from experience which ones work and which ones don’t.  Generally speaking, the worse the lie the more loft you should use.  Typically, you will also be restricted to an open clubface and vertical to lay back shaft positions.  Because the ball won’t spin as much(because of grass getting between the face and the ball), we use loft to try and gain control over how much the ball will roll after it lands.

Stay tuned for future posts where I talk about how to create these types of shots.