The Paradox of Efficiency

Golfing folklore holds that the lesser the bodyparts move in a golf swing, the more efficient and simpler the swing becomes leading to more repeatability.

One of the corollaries of this mindset then is to:

-       Keep the head still,

-       Keep the right knee braced,

-       Keep the arm swing “compact”

-       Turn the hips less than the shoulders.

-       Keep the feet planted.

among myriad other clichés.

Take a look at the following pictures of Bubba Watson versus some unknown amateurs.

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Golf Swing Thought Experiment: The Arm Swing Illusion

Einstein popularized the term “Thought Experiment” to describe a creative way to solve problems in Physics. Golfers can also benefit from engaging in their own Thought Experiments to better their understanding of the golf swing. Here is some food for your very own Thought Experiment, which is derived from my breakthrough discovery called the Arm Swing Illusion.
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Mastering the Craft of Ballstriking

Learning how to develop the skill or craft of great ballstriking is by far the toughest challenge that every serious golfer will struggle with at some point in their playing career. It is the one skill area that I spend the most of my time helping my students with in their quest for better golf. So I thought I would devote this entire issue of our e-newsletter to that topic.

One of the most difficult things about the Long Game or “ballstriking” is that so many factors come into play that can have a profound influence on your shot outcome. Balance, Tempo, Jim with studentMechanics, Setup, Grip and Aim are the main influences, and Fitness and Equipment also play an important role. How does the average golfer prioritize all of these many influences when attempting to improve his or her own golf swing? Here are a few of my own general guidelines that I use when working with my students on their ballstriking.

 

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A Look at our No.1

I first met Mardan in 1997 just as he was starting to breakout. Always friendly, Mardan was never too busy to smile and acknowledge members at the Jurong Country Club.

In this article we juxtapose our No. 1’s swing with that of the PGA Tour’s Mr Consistent – Jim Furyk.

The object of this article is not to criticize, but to glean the micro moves from the very best in their respective fields and apply it to our own golf swings. A caveat though, these were the latest clips of Mardan that I could source online – he may not be making this action any more.

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Roll or Hold?

This week, we center our discussion on the topic of accuracy. Most of us have been indoctrinated into thinking that there is a tradeoff between distance and accuracy. In the past article, we attempted to shed light into the factors that resulted in distance.

Today, we delve into one of the factors that determines accuracy – namely the release.

We have been taught in times past to “roll the forearms”, “close the face” etc.

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The Well Heeled

In this instalment, we examine the role of the action of the right knee as expressed in the lifting of the right heel. We examine this action in the longest golfers currently in the game.

When the right knee bends, the right leg then helps push the right hip toward the target; as a result the left hip gets pulled back and around.

This allows the hips to move in a circular fashion at a constant speed. When the rotation of the hips is impeded, then a stall of the hips results which would cause a flip of the clubhead or a standing up action at impact.

Tiger Woods

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Stand and Slap or Squat and Rotate

The two most prominent stand and slap golfers on the PGA Tour.

Contrast this with the following bombers who squat and rotate.

A proper rotation of the pivot around an inclined plane will be expressed through a squat look in the legs from transition through to impact.

An improper rotation of the pivot or hip slide promotes a standing up action and a resultant weak impact.

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Where is your T?

This week we are going to examine the relationship between the two shoulder sockets and the center of the chest at impact.

The general observations I would like to make are the higher the T points away from the ground

-       the longer the hitter (like Bubba Watson, Jamie Sadlowski, Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland),

-       the less likelihood of flipping the club at impact,

-       the better the rotation of the torso and hips and less chance of a stall.

Following the pros, you can

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