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Make THIS your BEST EVER GOLF YEAR

Make THIS your BEST-EVER Golf Year

In the new video with this title (in this blog, in the section ‘golf videos’) are some ‘helpful hints’ on what you might consider doing to make the New Year an exciting one for you – GOLF-wise.

Have posted several videos over the past few weeks which give a good picture of what you could do better, once you get a clearer idea of what needs doing, by watching all of the videos in the sequence described below (you could simply click on the links below; go to the ‘golf videos’ section of this blog where they pop up one after the other; or see them on youtube):

The BODY’s ROLE in the GOLF SWING                                                                                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM_DbMyHIo8

Over-the-Top GOLF SWING – Best Definition                                                                     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCnDGq_q-7s

Is YOUR golf swing a lot of BS?                                                                                                   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UosXcURDg0Y

How to hit your best shot – ALWAYS                                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5_TF7Mfzk8

Is YOUR GOLF SWING Over-the-Top?                                                                                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO_uFyhuwyo

Putting – A Pendulum-like Motion. Yes or No?                                                                                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMFGCENGQD8

Make THIS your BEST-EVER GOLF YEAR                                                                                           http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCdzp0ntp0

Hit the Ball Further, Straighter, Higher EVERY TIME

Hit the Ball Further, Straighter, Higher EVERY TIME

If a ball in not connected below its equator and on it’s inside/near right quadrant (for a right-handed golfer), where CAN it be connected? Above its equator or on it’s outside right quadrant.

Anyway you look at it, that IS an over-the-top – OF THE BALL – impact, and does not give you the best ball-flight you are capable of – maximum distance, straight direction and ideal trajectory!

Two new videos (in the GOLF VIDEOS section of this blog), titled How to Hit YOUR Best Shot – ALWAYS and IS YOUR GOLF SWING Over-the-Top together show body (joint) -positions at the top of the backswing which are the opposite of what is required for correct impact.

When multiple joints require to be repositioned, in sequential order, during the short duration of the downswing, the brain says, “no time, why bother” and simply follows the path of least resistance and drops the club over the top of the ball. hence a ‘bludgeoned’ or ‘smothered’ impact, where the golfer puts in ‘x’ amount of effort, but only a portion of it (cosine of ‘x’) goes into the ball, the rest is wasted in the dirt or air around the ball.

Once certain joints are mis-placed at the top, the golfer – depending on his/her level of skill and experience – makes individual compensatory movements in order to try to re-position upper-body and trail (right) arm joints properly. The re-positioning gives the body two opportunities to deliver the club over-the-top of the ball. You have to be very skilled and have years of practice to avoid both OTT opportunities and deliver the club from a shallow, inside path!

Ironically, the fitness experts tell you you have physical limitations which need correction in order to make a better swing, when in fact all you need is better joint placement and minimal movement during the swing!

OVER-THE-TOP GOLF SWING – The BEST definition

The Over-the-Top Golf Swing – BEST DEFINITION

Another (after the recently-posted ROLE OF THE BODY IN THE GOLF SWING) youtube video in the ‘golf videos’ section of this blog.

It’s about what exactly over-the-top (OTT) is, and what that movement does to the ball. BASICALLY it is a movement in which the club does not connect the ball precisely (ie. not below it’s equator an on the inside-right qaudrant – for a right handed golfer).

OTT really is something that you always FEEL as soon as you’ve done it, as the feedback from the hands is not a pure, effortless ‘zing’. If you try to co-relate the feedback when you make such a shot, you’re sure to know from experience, exactly what I mean – no need for any knowledge of old or new or what-have-you Ball Flight Laws!

You’ll always have the feeling that either your right upper-body (for a right-handed golfer), or your right thigh came down and forward before impact. You might also feel it as an awkwardly pushed forward (protracted) right shoulder, which then jams the entire right arm into an awkward position. And that is precisely all that OTT really is, in terms of body positions. It has, ofcourse, been made to sound a bit more sophisticated in the video, simply in order to convey it in precise anatomical terms that cannot be argued with!

The point, once again, being that you cannot just put all the major joints of the body into any old position and expect them to re-route themselves in time for perfect impact (even with 10,000 hours of hard-wiring), because sooner or later they will rebel and tell you that they will NOT co-operate every time or will just break-down in protest of too much misuse.

The Body’s Role in the Golf Swing

A new video in the golf videos section (the Body’s Role in the Golf Swing) explains why it is not enough to simply look at club shaft plane or clubface position, not to require a golfer to shift weight or rotate the torso but not the hips.

CAN the body actually place the club in position no matter what?

CAN the body bump and twist and unbump and untwist to order?

See the video to understand the role of the body – not just in golf, but in other sports too.

Coming soon – based on the abovementioned video – Over-the-top the BEST DEFINITION. Why best? Once again because it describes over-the-top in body – not club terms.

To all those who believe in ‘swing the clubhead’ or some version of it, I urge you to beef up on a bit of human anatomy. Anything the club does the body is making it do!

The Body’s Role in the Golf Swing

A new video in the golf videos section (the Body’s Role in the Golf Swing) explains why it is not enough to simply look at club shaft plane or clubface position, not to require a golfer to shift weight or rotate the torso but not the hips.

CAN the body actually place the club in position no matter what?

CAN the body bump and twist and unbump and untwist to order?

See the video to understand the role of the body – not just in golf, but in other sports too.

Coming soon – based on the abovementioned video – Over-the-top the BEST DEFINITION. Why best? Once again because it describes over-the-top in body – not club terms.

To all those who believe in ‘swing the clubhead’ or some version of it, I urge you to beef up on a bit of human anatomy. Anything the club does the body is making it do!

The Minimalist Golf Swing System – have you GOT IT?

MGSS – have you GOT IT?                                                                                                                                          Many people get into a slightly closed set-up and think they’ve GOT IT!

NOT SO. There is much more to MGSS, and the RIGHT-SIDE-DOWN of the backswing is as – important as – or more important than – the SPINAL ROTATION of the set-up.

Sometimes making all the same movements while standing nearer – as one does for the pitch shot – is a good way to make sure you GET all the elements of the MGSS full-swing, without leaving anything out.

See the video ‘It’s NOT MGSS – The Pitch Shot’ in the golf videos section of this blog to understand it a bit better.

If a golfer does not follow the few basic must-haves of the MGSS, she/he easily reverts to old bad habits. In the case of the golfer below, the old habit is to start with a backward bend of the right wrist along with a drop down of the left side of the body.

This drop-down of the left side allows the right side to lift, and allows the right elbow to bend pointing backwards (instead of down). Now the right elbow cannot straighten out – FROM THE INSIDE – in time for the downswing, and the golfer arrives at the ball from the OUTSIDE, and OVER-THE-TOP.

The moral: TWIST enough for the shot to be made, keep the right side DOWN throughout the backswing, and start the backswing from the top of the left arm!

Typical and Atypical situations with respect to the MGSS

Typical and Atypical situations with respect to the MGSS

All ‘typical’ MGSS shots (ie full-swing, pitch/bunker, chip and putt shots) are designed to give a golfer an inside path and wide arc (of both the lead as well as trail arms) during the backswing. Both inside path and width during backswing are concepts based on my years of research which have proved scientifically that these two aspects are important.

So, when a narrower arc is required, in order for the club to arrive steeply at the ball and thus ‘pinch’ the ball, a few minor adjustments must be made.

These are described in the video MGS from Awkward/Unusual Lies in the ‘golf videos’ section of this blog.

The bunker/pitch shot used by the MGSS provides a soft-landing, high shot without significant narrowing of the backswing arc. It may therefore be considered a ‘typical’ MGSS shot. It remains basically the same movement as the full-swing, except that it has reduced distance by cutting out the full-swing downswing body-rotation. It is able to achieve that by having the golfer stand closer to the ball.

With typical MGSS movements and not being required to ‘finish’ (stand-up-and-turn-to-face-target through impact), the chances of hitting a ‘fat’ or ‘skulled’ shot are fairly non-existent.

A video for this has also been posted in the ‘golf videos’ section.

Finally, as of November 2012 you can get an on-line video analysis to see how your MGSS is progressing, PLUS new information, not available in the ebook or website or blog. Email for details/suggestions/questions.

Stack and Tilt – the good and the not-so-good – In Anatomy

Stack and Tilt – the good and the not-so-good – In Anatomy

A fellow- LPGA Pro who knows of my interest and research in anatomy and golf-specific-biomechanics recently said, “You must see the Charlie Rose interview of the Stack and Tilt guys”.

Also, I’d asked for and received some information from S&T because they are now an LPGA-approved certification provider.

The basic backswing moves of S&T are a ‘extension, a left tilt and rotation of the spine’.

In strictly anatomical terms this means:

  1. The spine is ‘extended’ or straightened backwards (away from the ball/straightened up compared to the forward posture of address)
  2. The trunk/spine is in left lateral flexion (bending sideways towards the left)
  3. The spine is rotated – mainly thoracic and lumbar (because S&T requires a steady head)

S&T have many things absolutely correct, and some quotes from the Charlie Rose interview of 2009:

  1. Shifting weight makes the process more chaotic
  2. S&T makes the clubhead hit the same spot repeatedly
  3. No players have injured themselves in the lower back with S&T
  4. The good players do not like to make swing change, practice what they have and simply throw out the bad shots to chance

The best thing about S&T is the lack of side-to-side movement – even if it looks like a reverse weight shift – which always results in much more solid contact. Another point in the method’s favor is that because of the inside backswing path generated, it is difficult to come over-the-top with the upper body, and thus many injuries are, indeed, prevented. As body-weight stays predominantly on the target side, the club rarely connects the ball on the upswing, thus making crisp contact.

The not-good-in-anatomy factors are that the advocated backswing ‘side-bend’ requires a lateral trunk flexion with the back straightening out of posture. Then at half-way down the golfer should be back in the spinal flexion of address, before once more straightening the back past impact, at the risk of hitting the ground if the second straightening out does not happen in time.

Two factors prevent S&T from being a superior movement:

  1. It is very timing-dependent
  2. It requires a lot of re-routing of several joints. Split second re-routing! The most important ‘joint’ being the spine, which must go from a bend of the left side to a bend of the right at impact. EVERY golfer of the world has to hit the ball with the trail (in this case right) side lower, simply because the right hand is lower at address! A lot of other joints must simultaneously re-route along with the spine when going from one side low to the other side low.

See a screen-shot from the Charlie Rose interview of a former S&T user, which shows how he will require to re-route his right wrist, forearm and upper-arm.

The Minimalist Golf Swing on the other hand, places all major joints in positions from which they need no re-routing to drop the club down correctly for ideal impact.

ALMOST MGS but don’t ALWAYS ‘get it’? A common ‘leak’

ALMOST MGS but don’t ALWAYS ‘get it’? A common ‘leak’

MGS golfers sometimes lose a bit of their main (forward) or primary tilt while making the MGS twist. The solution? Make sure you have a good primary tilt or forward bend before you twist.

That way, the golfer does not have an ‘early extension’ of the spine (ie. getting out of posture during the downswing), nor does he/she come over-the-top, with both butt-cheeks showing at impact and a right shoulder forward of the right toe.

Also, the correct pre-twist forward bend allows a lot of room for the MGS backswing to happen.

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