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The McIlroy Hip Stall

First off, if any of you get the sense I am saying Rory McIlroy has a bad golf swing during this article, start over and realize it’s an indictment of golf instruction on the micro and macro levels.

In the last month I have seen nearly a dozen people practicing a mid swing hip stall. I knew exactly what they were doing, but to make sure, I asked one of them. I got the answer I expected.

“I read (heard) that Rory McIlroy generates club head speed and power by stalling his hips.”

It’s times like that the public is lucky I find penitentiary a deterrent, or else I would go on an 11 state spree of violence. The intent of which is to incapacitate the purveyors of this stupidity on unsuspecting seekers of distance.

Rory McIlroy stalls his hips for one reason and one reason only. His hips are very fast, out race his arms in transition and the hips stall to allow his arms to catch up. When his backswing hip turn is light, this is exacerbated. See the 10th hole Sunday at the 2011 Masters for an example of the perils of this Pauline.

This is a case where a great player has learned over thousands of hours to overcome something the average golfer cannot.

However, in this era of copying the anomalies of great players, we have people who do not understand the swing very well, promoting these anomalies as the reason for greatness, instead of realizing the greatness is in spite of these “magic moves.”

There is one important thing in the golf swing. Linking the arms with the rotation of the body. All of this hip restriction for X-factor, leading with the lower body and leaving the arms behind, ring the bell, hold the lag…do two things.

They make it nearly impossible to link the arms up…and create the need for a hip stall. That is why McIlroy stalls his hips. He has minimal backswing hip turn and fires them really fast and leaves his arms behind. The big difference is Rory is athletic enough to speed up his arms and stall his hips to somehow link up at impact. This makes him great, not the move…which is why you don’t copy the moves of great players.

Rory has a little of what I call the 68 ballerina move. He makes it work, most can’t.

No one has a perfect swing and the odds of learning to compensate the same way the guy you’re trying to copy did?…..might as well risk your financial future on a lottery ticket.

PS-Next article will be on what a 68 ballerina move is. Hint….you have seen it recently here.

The Rory McIlroy hip stall

First off, if any of you get the sense I am saying Rory McIlroy has a bad golf swing during this article, start over and realize it’s an indictment of golf instruction on the micro and macro levels.

In the last month I have seen nearly a dozen people practicing a mid swing hip stall. I knew exactly what they were doing, but to make sure, I asked one of them. I got the answer I expected.

“I read (heard) that Rory McIlroy generates club head speed and power by stalling his hips.”

It’s times like that the public is lucky I find penitentiary a deterrent, or else I would go on an 11 state spree of violence. The intent of which is to incapacitate the purveyors of this stupidity on unsuspecting seekers of distance.

Rory McIlroy stalls his hips for one reason and one reason only. His hips are very fast, out race his arms in transition and the hips stall to allow his arms to catch up. When his backswing hip turn is light, this is exacerbated. See the 10th hole Sunday at the 2011 Masters for an example of the perils of this Pauline.

This is a case where a great player has learned over thousands of hours to overcome something the average golfer cannot.

However, in this era of copying the anomalies of great players, we have people who do not understand the swing very well, promoting these anomalies as the reason for greatness, instead of realizing the greatness is in spite of these “magic moves.”

There is one important thing in the golf swing. Linking the arms with the rotation of the body. All of this hip restriction for X-factor, leading with the lower body and leaving the arms behind, ring the bell, hold the lag…do two things.

They make it nearly impossible to link the arms up…and create the need for a hip stall. That is why McIlroy stalls his hips. He has minimal backswing hip turn and fires them really fast and leaves his arms behind. The big difference is Rory is athletic enough to speed up his arms and stall his hips to somehow link up at impact. This makes him great, not the move…which is why you don’t copy the moves of great players.

Rory has a little of what I call the 68 ballerina move. He makes it work, most can’t.

No one has a perfect swing and the odds of learning to compensate the same way the guy you’re trying to copy did?…..might as well risk your financial future on a lottery ticket.

PS-Next article will be on what a 68 ballerina move is. Hint….you have seen it recently here.

Frank Lickliter has exempt status for the first time since 2010

I was Monday qualifier for over 10 years and had some success, but I never made it through second stage and had the opportunity to know what it was like to just play.

I always tee’d it up knowing I had to make the cut and finish at least top 25. When I was near that number, it changed the way I played. The couple of times I had a chance to win, I’d don’t just play, I was trying to get status.

Plus, I was a hit and miss player. You give me 5 tournaments in a 15 week stretch, odds were against me having a big week.

You give me 30 weeks, 2-3 of those weeks I was making over 20 birdies for 72 holes.

My tangential sob story aside, Frank has had the displeasure of being a Monday Qualifier with little to no status since 2010. It has changed the way he played.

The good news is he now has status in 2015.

The 108 hole Q-school just finished.

The winner got a full exemption on the web.com tour next year. Finishers 2-10 and ties are exempt thru the 12th event. Finishers 11-45 and ties are exempt thru event 8. There is a reshuffle after each 4 events by money earned.

Frank birdied the 108th hole to finish 43rd. He has 8 weeks to learn to play golf the right way again…and there is no question in my mind when the reshuffle happens after 8 events, he will be in the next 21.

Frank Lickliter has his first exempt status since 2010

I was Monday qualifier for over 10 years and had some success, but I never made it through second stage and had the opportunity to know what it was like to just play.

I always tee’d it up knowing I had to make the cut and finish at least top 25. When I was near that number, it changed the way I played. The couple of times I had a chance to win, I’d don’t just play, I was trying to get status.

Plus, I was a hit and miss player. You give me 5 tournaments in a 15 week stretch, odds were against me having a big week.

You give me 30 weeks, 2-3 of those weeks I was making over 20 birdies for 72 holes.

My tangential sob story aside, Frank has had the displeasure of being a Monday Qualifier with little to no status since 2010. It has changed the way he played.

The good news is he now has status in 2015.

The 108 hole Q-school just finished.

The winner got a full exemption on the web.com tour next year. Finishers 2-10 and ties are exempt thru the 12th event. Finishers 11-45 and ties are exempt thru event 8. There is a reshuffle after each 4 events by money earned.

Frank birdied the 108th hole to finish 43rd. He has 8 weeks to learn to play golf the right way again…and there is no question in my mind when the reshuffle happens after 8 events, he will be in the next 21.

Frank Lickliter has status for the first time since 2010.

I was Monday qualifier for over 10 years and had some success, but I never made it through second stage and had the opportunity to know what it was like to just play.

I always tee’d it up knowing I had to make the cut and finish at least top 25. When I was near that number, it changed the way I played. The couple of times I had a chance to win, I’d don’t just play, I was trying to get status.

Plus, I was a hit and miss player. You give me 5 tournaments in a 15 week stretch, odds were against me having a big week.

You give me 30 weeks, 2-3 of those weeks I was making over 20 birdies for 72 holes.

My tangential sob story aside, Frank has had the displeasure of being a Monday Qualifier with little to no status since 2010. It has changed the way he played.

The good news is he now has status in 2015.

The 108 hole Q-school just finished.

The winner got a full exemption on the web.com tour next year. Finishers 2-10 and ties are exempt thru the 12th event. Finishers 11-45 and ties are exempt thru event 8. There is a reshuffle after each 4 events by money earned.

Frank birdied the 108th hole to finish 43rd. He has 8 weeks to learn to play golf the right way again…and there is no question in my mind when the reshuffle happens after 8 events, he will be in the next 21.

Frank made it through second stage of Q school

After opening with 74, he went 69-68-69 to finish 13th.

His hard work has paid off. On his way back.

This made me really happy. Vicariously through Frank I had a success at the stage that road blocked my career.

Well done.