Archive for December, 2011

Great responses the last few days.

I have always failed in the marketing department. I did not take clear advantage of being a long drive champion and a successful Nationwide player.

If anyone today finished 2-1-2 at the Remax and contended on a few Sundays on the Nationwide Tour, they’d be making high 6, low 7 figures.

Now I have a blog that is popular among a small group of loyal readers and I have gotten a rep for my simple and easy to digest advice on Golfwrx.

Again, I have done a poor job of expanding my brand.

After reading all the comments this week, I think what I am going to do is this.

Produce a downloadable set of videos. Basically a cleaned up and organized version of my 80 youtube videos. Make that available for $9.95 or so for those that want it…and possibly do the same for a iphone/ipad app.

Make a new website that is free and solicit ad revenue as the readership grows. The website will be what I described. The blog as you see it now. A weekly video on all sorts of subjects. A message board where we can discuss golf, you can post links to your swing on youtube and get advice from myself and other readers…and a weekly or biweekly chat.

That sound good to everyone?

I would appreciate more comments and ideas…or if you know anyone that would like to post an ad banner on such a site.

This is fluid and am looking to hone this idea even more. I have not seen a single poor response so far. Everyone has given great input.

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A new website

A few days ago I put up a post about what you would pay for an instructional DVD set by me. Here is an alternative plan.

The new site would have (among other things) a daily article during the week and a weekly video on subjects ranging from the swing, my views of PGA Tour player’s swings, to course management and how to hit different shots.

It would have a chat room where I will schedule chats at different times to talk golf and a message board for discussion of articles, videos, all of our golf games and golf in general.

The message board where you could post your videos and questions about your game.

I also plan on possibly having some games, like fantasy golf and maybe a video game or two. I want to have something for everyone.

It will eventually be the best golf website on the net. There is going to be a small fee to cover the cost of the site and some for my time and effort. I am thinking between $5 and $10 a month.

Videos would be part of the premium subscription, while other things, such as the message board, would be free to all comers.

What is free and what is part of the subscription is still up in the air.

I would hope you will all vote and give an honest answer.

EDITED-I want to charge a small amount early that I can use to bring traffic, and then eventually make it free when I can get enough ads.

If I did an instructional DVD set

(I am going to leave this up for a few days to get plenty of results and ideas. PS-Everyone please vote and vote honestly. Thank You.)

Would you buy it?

How much would you pay for it?

Please answer the poll and leave any comments in the comments section about what things you would like me to cover if I did it.

FUBAR swing system

Another revisit.

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I am tired of other instructors coming up with unique systems and getting lots of fanfare…and making lots of money. I decided to become a sellout. So I spent all day yesterday coming up with my own unique system that will promise 30-100 yards more off the tee. I am a long drive champion, so it must be true that I have the secret to 300-400 yard drives…and I will be the first to educate the public on the real ways to achieve great distances.

FUBAR is an acronym for the 5 positions/actions you must hit to achieve the greatest distance benefit. The more FUBAR positions/actions you hit, the better. If you attain all 5 positions/actions, you are completely FUBAR.

F-stands for “F”irst position. I figured out that the hips being cleared completely is what opens up room for maximum speed, but they can’t move as fast as the hands and club. You must pre-clear them in the setup, so the hands and club are free to move as fast as possible without the lower body getting in the way. In other words, setup with your zipper pointed at the target.

The next part of first position, is to preset the lag. I have been talking for months that everyone can create different amounts of lag. I was correct, but I have circumvented that.

Address the ball with the club and without moving your hand position, hinge your hands as much as they will hinge. If you can touch your forehead with the shaft without changing the position of your hands, you have achieved maximum lag preset.

U-stands for “U”pper body-As I stated in first position you need maximum hip clearance to allow maximum speed to take place, so nothing below the waist is allowed to move during the backswing. Thus the “U” means only the upper body moves and turns during the backswing. The goal is for the lower body to still be where it was in “F”irst positon.

B-stands for “B”end. My theory on the end of the backswing being the end of the shoulder turn was a bit of a misnomer. John Daly and Bubba Watson have shown that the longer the backswing, the better. FUBAR position #3 is the left elbow (for a right hander) “B”ending to not only allow for the longer backswing, it also allows some to increase the wrist hinge even more that the “F”irst position preset. All of this extra armswing and elbow bend allows for the maximum backswing, while keeping the lower body in “F”irst position…even if you lack the flexibility or strength to do so. Again, I circumvented natural body limitations.

A-stands for “A”ngles of the spine. I learned that decreasing your spine angle from two different directions, loads a tremendous amount of energy that becomes important in FUBAR action #5.

Here is what I mean by decreasing the angle from two different directions. Bending over more at the waist as you make the downswing, which decreases the down the line angle of the spine. You also want your left hip going toward the target, creating a smaller angle in the face on spine angle, where your head gets closer to your right foot. This not only helps you stay behind the ball and creates forces that speeds up your hands…it also sets you up for FUBAR action #5.

R-stands for “R”elease. I always thought release was something that happened in the hands. I was incorrect. Release is where the two decreasing spine angles you created in FUBAR action #4, get released on the ball by straightening both of them right at impact. This will take full advantage of centrifugal force, but since the angles decreased on the way down, you get so close to the ball, you never have to release the wrist hinge angle you created in FUBAR position #1. The release is in the straightening of the spine from two directions, creating even more speed without unhinging the wrist angle.
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All kidding aside, this is no more ostentatious than many of the systems people are promoting out there?

Is there any question that if I made a DVD of how to initiate the FUBAR system…had Jamie Sadlowski demonstrating something that resembled what I described…and he hit a 400 yard drive doing it…that I would sell thousands or even tens of thousands of copies?

FUBAR, for those who don’t know, stands for…

F***ed
Up
Beyond
All
Recognition

For those offended by the article, you are taking your golf game too seriously. For those offended by the acronym, you are taking yourself too seriously in general. Relax and lets enjoy golf and our lives a little more.

The Real secrets to hitting the ball farther.

(I revisit this post every so often, as it has been my most popular and has helped the most people along with the Plane and Release by Feel Video (LINK))

(As you will see, my ideas haven’t changed a lot in the two and a half years since I wrote this. I have just learned more and have tried to learn to communicate my ideas better.)

IMO, the most important thing in this article is the last paragraph.

Is the following the way to win the Remax World Long Drive Championship? Not by a long shot. (Wait, actually I changed my mind. This is how I did it…along with hitting lots of balls.)

Is it the way the most golfers can achieve their maximum average distance of drives while not sacrificing driving accuracy or score? ABSOLUTELY!

I am sorry, but it is this long driver’s opinion that every “swing system” ever devised will not make you hit the ball farther or play better. No system is going to work for more than a very small percentage of people…if it actually works for anyone at all. You know how I know? I tried most of them.

There is also no such thing as adding 30 yards instantly by the change of equipment or change of swing from one day to the next. If you are an experienced golfer and you take advantage of everything you can, you might be able to add 10-15 yards over several months. The very few exceptions not withstanding.

If you are an inexperienced golfer, distance improvement can be much greater, but it still takes time. THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXES IN GOLF. Any one that tries to sell you that, might as well throw in some beach front property in Florida and part of the Brooklyn Bridge. Improvement in golf is small and it takes hundreds or even thousands of repetitions for it to become part of your muscle memory. Anything else is just a band aid that ends up being a bad habit.

Experienced or inexperienced, the object of making changes in your golf game is not about shooting one low round tomorrow or hitting one 300 yard drive. It is about your handicap being lower 6 months from now and all of your drives having the best combo of distance and accuracy.

So here are some things that will make you longer and better 6 months from now. Don’t try to do everything at once. One step at a time. If you don’t understand something or disagree…immediately disregard it.

1. A driver that fits you. To get maximum yardage from a driver, you must have the proper loft and shaft flex.

2. Increase your flexibility. Stretching every morning before you go play for 15-30 minutes (I do), will add more yardage to your game than weight lifting or equipment changes. Lower back, hamstrings and shoulders/rotator cuffs are the ones I concentrate on.

3. Rotational exercises. Any kind of motion that will help you increase how well your torso rotates. I take a small (ladies size) 6 lb. medicine ball and swing it like a golf club while engaging the core muscles in my stomach. The smaller the ball, the better. I don’t like the use of weighted clubs. It ruins your feel and can cause tears in your wrists, elbows and shoulders.

4. Balance. You can swing as hard as you want as long as it is in balance. This “swing easy” nonsense is just a band aid to avoid being in balance and having good rhythm. I wrote about this in a previous post (LINK).

5. Proper rhythm. If you allow the club to set at the top of your swing, you will be able to generate more speed coming into the ball. That does not mean a really slow back swing. There is nothing worse for club head speed than a deathly slow back swing that ends in a quick transition at the top. The speed of your back swing only needs to be slow enough for the club to set. Think of the 1-2 count of a grandfather clock pendulum.

6. Constant, medium grip pressure. You don’t want it too light or you won’t be able to help but increase it during the swing. You definitely don’t want to death grip it.

7. A proper release. Here is where a lot of people have been misinformed. Everyone knows that throwing or casting the club makes you lose power and speed. A large section of the golf public has been brainwashed into believing that adding lag on the way down or delaying the release increases speed and distance. WRONG! I understand what the physics but lagging the club artificially doesn’t work. This method has worked for an extremely small percentage of golfers, but the vast majority have been ruined by this. If you increase lag on the way down (delay the release), you bury it to the inside (get stuck underneath the plane) and the club face is also open. A strong grip is a bandaid for this as you are still stuck under the plane with an open club face. If you combat this with a stronger grip, you are now flipping at it with even more force and going to hit it even farther left when you flip it to avoid the block to the right.

In addition, adding unnatural lag narrows your arc, which reduces club head speed and can increase spin because the angle is steeper. Sorry to get technical, but way too many people have been sold this bill of goods. A proper release is a constant rotation of the club face from the top of the swing all the way to the finish. Some people will be afraid this causes a hook. Actually, starting the release too late is what causes the big hooks, as a flip is necessary at the bottom to avoid a block when the face is open. Proper lower body and shoulder rotation will keep a proper release from going left.

The proper amount of lag will be a result of a good golf swing. Trying to do it on purpose with your hands will isolate your hands and they will take over the swing.

I know…a lot of info and none of it is necessary to know. I just needed to go into technobabble to inform those who have been told to over lag the club.

Jack Nicklaus said you can’t release the club too early. Need I say more?

To sum up the above mess, the release should start as soon as the down swing starts in sync with the turn of the body. These two rotations will counteract and produce a square club, as both actions will happen naturally if you allow them. Watch the video in this LINK

As you can see in this video, a release and a cast are two completely different physical movements and unrelated. Also, new ball flight laws suggest releasing too soon down the line will produce a pull, not the myth that it crates a hook.

8. Use centrifugal force (CF) to your advantage. If it’s good enough for NASA, it should be good enough for you. If you take a bucket of water and spin around, CF is what pushes the water to the bottom of the bucket and keeps it from flying out. CF will speed the club up and get your arms to full extension if you don’t counteract it. Examples of counteracting CF: adding lag, burying the club to the inside, swinging inside/out, throwing/casting the club, diving at it with your head, “swinging easy,” or grabbing it with your hands and pulling it into your body. CF will also help you square the club if you don’t counteract it.

OK, I have changed this to IDIOT force as I was told my 1980’s physics is antiquated. Basically, there is a force that will square the club if you are not an idiot and prevent it from happening.

9. Don’t try to increase your arc on the back swing. You want to keep the width of your arc constant. Another way of saying keeping your hands the same distance from your chest that they are at address. “Low and slow” or trying too hard to get full extension going back will get the club behind you and possibly pull your head down. Numbers 4-8 on this list go out the window when that happens. In addition, widening the arc purposely on the way back almost always leads to narrowing on the way down, which will give you a feeling of being stuck and having no room to hit the ball.

Trust me…you don’t want that.

10. Last, but not least, know what “completing your back swing” means. “Complete your back swing,” “low and slow,” and forced lagging of the club are in a dead heat for things people try to hit it farther and end up ruining their game. Golfers trying to “complete their back swing” or “make a full turn” almost 100% of the time end up making a back swing that is way too long. It ends up being a huge arm swing after their shoulder turn is finished and once your arm swing takes over for your shoulder turn…turn out the lights.

Put a shaft across your chest touching your shoulders and hold it there with both hands. Turn you shoulders as far as they will go. Then without moving, grip the club normally and extend your hands away from your body to where they would be after taking a back swing. That is a full back swing for you individually and anything longer than that is bad. More than 90% of all golfers aren’t flexible enough to take it to parallel. Almost 100% strive for parallel. Exactly 100% of all golfers who are trying to “complete their back swing” go well past their maximum shoulder turn with their arms.

If someone tells you your swing is too long and you respond, “I am trying to complete my back swing.” Guess what?

I have eight letters for you. JB Holmes. One of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, with the shortest back swing…and not to be rude, but none of you are as flexible, hit as many balls or as talented as Fred Couples, Bubba Watson or John Daly, so don’t take the club back that far. Some of you may drink as much as Daly, but that doesn’t count.
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You might think this is semantics, but it isn’t. Golf is not about forcing yourself to do what is right. It is about avoiding things that are wrong and allowing what is right to happen automatically. You have your own personal best swing. Keeping things basic will allow you to find it and actually have fun doing it.

Link to GolfSwingSurgeon.com

Try this

You might be surprised with the results and it is true test of whether your grip is strong, neutral or weak.

Not some arbitrary lines that point to this shoulder and that.

Golf fans love backspin…to a fault of their golf knowledge

During a round in a Nationwide Tour event in Mississippi several years ago, I had crowd reactions on consecutive holes really crack me up.

The first was on a very long and difficult par 5 that few were reaching in two. There were several hundred people behind the green when I was hitting my second shot. There was water near the green and I had about 240-250. I hit one of the best 2-irons of my life right at the pin. I saw the ball land on the green to a very modest smattering of applause. I squinted, looked at my caddy and asked him if it went just over the green.

We got up there and the ball was about 2 or 3 feet from the pin and I was greeted by another modest smattering of applause. I looked at the gallery and said, “Tough crowd. Did I need to hole this to get a cheer?” They laughed, I made the eagle putt and got a huge cheer, as per my previous request.

The next hole was a short par 4 where you lay up with an iron and have 100 or so yards into the green. Again, there was a few hundred people parked behind the green (different group of people). It was a very sloped green that went diagonally from front left to back right and the slope went from back right to front left. The pin was in the back right and the ball in the fairway was above my feet, so I was going to aim behind and right of the flag and let the spin bring it in.

Well, I hit a terrible shot. I pulled it and the ball landed about 10 feet left of the hole, with lots of hook spin and the ball spun back 40-50 feet all the way down to the left front part of the green.

The crowd went wild as if Tiger had just holed a 30 footer on the 72nd green at Bay Hill.

I laughed both before and after I 3-putted for bogey. The gallery from that green followed me to the next tee and I asked someone about what had transpired the previous two holes.’

Here is the answer I got…

“All of us have hit balls two feet from the hole before, none of us have ever spun a ball back 50 feet.”

There you have it…and this is applicable because golfers focus on the wrong thing being impressive.

The majority of golf fans and golf swing aficionados love Segio’s lag, but hate the “powerless” swing of Steve Stricker.

The irony is exactly ZERO fans of golf could copy Sergio’s lag and not shank or chunk the ball, while upwards of 90% would shoot par if they could copy Stricker’s swing.