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Building Blocks

The biggest reason in my eyes golfers really have not improved lies in how and what they practice.  If golfers learn how to practice more effectively, then they will learn how to play better golf.  Continuously practicing ineffectively only creates issues on the golf course.  Not starting out building a golf swing with some solid concepts only leads golfers down the road of frustration and inconsistent scores.  For those who have been playing for  a long time, having a golf coach will help you improve your overall golf skills.  Why?  Because golf coaches are trained to improve and enhance golf skills.

Here is one solution to start building a better golf swing and quality of impact by using a very versatile tool – The Swinkey.  What I have done here is created a situation that will allow a student to obtain ongoing feedback in the swing.  It starts by building consistency in their set-up by ensuring constant ball position, shaft lean, and posture.  Those are some of many parts of building the starting blocks to groove a better golf swing.  It also is a area that most amateurs really struggle with since they rarely practice this correctly.

Another aspect that can be seen in the picture is the alignment rod sticking up from the Swinkey on my left hand side.  This rod positioned here helps me work on my swing plane.  It won’t allow me suck the club to far to the inside on my backswing or drop it way inside on the downswing.  Having a good swing direction plays a important role in control the curvature of the ball.

I’ve made a previous post about how I like to use lie boards but I’ll go through it again for those who maybe have not seen it yet.  These lie boards are great to help golfers gain a better understanding in getting the club to come into the golf ball on a better angle of attack.  Creating a better angle of attack is one of many aspects in creating compression between the club and ball.

Now to compact this problem of golfers continuously practicing ineffectively, I’ve created some unique golf programs that will allow golfers to come and improve their golf swing by having a complete golf training program designed for them.  Be monitored by a trained golf coach dedicated to improving golfers score better.  Also train with some of the industries best golf swing analysis software such as TrackMan golf.  This comprehensive golf coaching program is one of the best programs in the area because of how holistic it is.

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Golf is a Game of Skills

Playing consistent golf is more then just trying to develop a good looking golf swing.  Golf as a whole, requires individual skills sets in the grand scheme of things.  Golf as the game, can easily be broken down into these categories:

In each of these categories golfers have various skill levels.  The key to improving your scores is finding out which skills you need help with.  Retaining the services of a certified golf coach will not only help you figure that out, but will help you improve them.  To often golf lessons focus just on swing mechanics.  They spent to much time trying to build the most picture perfect swing on video.  Clearly if you have been following golf since it’s creation, you would see that no two touring professionals have ever swung the same.  They have developed certain essential skills in their swing to control the moment of impact, which in return, controls the flight of the golf ball.

In the following blogs I’ll be discussing these categories more and sharing some insights that will help you develop skills necessary to become skillful in those categories.  You may not need to read or even follow all of them but I’m very certain that you do need help in a some categories.

Fear the Bermuda Triangle?

I’m starting to see a interesting phenomenon going on.  Golfers are really making me believe that they must think our putting green is like the Bermuda Triangle.  The only reason I can come up with is they have been so baffled by it’s mysteries that they tend to just skip it entirely.  Don’t they realize that improving at golf requires them to improve their shots on and around the putting green?  Since nobody ever seems to want to work on this essential scoring area, I can see why golfers handicaps haven’t actually dropped.

Literally for the last two weeks the weather has been magnificent and golfers are heading to the driving range in droves.  As you can see in the picture I provided, the putting green is right in the middle of the pro shop, access to the driving range and first tee.  Thus forming the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.  We must of had at least 200 people the last few weeks practicing, well so called practicing.  Maybe if the green was lucky, a few dozen golfers were actually on it.  Well, a few less then that, especially if you take out the golfers who walked over it to get to the driving range faster.

My question becomes why are golfers so infatuated with pounding golf balls trying to develop a better golf swing and not spending time improving their short game?  Maybe it’s because they have been so purplexed by the putting green that they just prefer to completely bypassed that part of the game during practice?  Maybe thinking that having 36 putts per round is the norm and having a few extra putts is ok?  Maybe the fear of blading another wedge across the green has them worried about what other’s would think?  Well that is ok if your not expecting to improve your golf scores.

Let me clue you in on a little secret which might make all the difference in the world.  Three of the four most important performance factors involve the actions that go on and around the putting green.  Simply receiving the key factors that go into each swing technique will help you on and around the green.  I would suggest you start learning how to read greens first.  Seriously, if you can’t read a golf putting green, how do you expect to hit a shot close or make any putts?  Being able to read a golf putting green will help you chip and pitch the golf ball closer to the hole.  Knowing what the golf ball will do on the putting green is another essential skill that encompasses golf.  Start taking the mystery out of the putting green by looking into what AimPoint Golf can do for your game.  If you’re serious about your golf improvement, then getting yourself into a golf lesson program or a comprehensive golf coaching program will certainly help you achieve that.  If your just looking to improve a specific skill, then find a performance enhancing golf clinic that focuses specifically on one of them.  You’ll be glad you did, once your scores start dropping.

Willing to lose a few pennies?

I’ve been working real hard in finding ways to help golfers learn how to play golf better.  During this process I’ve used some of the best golf swing analysis software such as TrackMan golf launch monitor to collect data.  What this piece of technology has done me is create some fun golf training exercises that are incorporated into unique golf lesson programs and comprehensive golf coaching programs that will help improve your golf swing as well as golf scores.

We constantly see unique golf swings of touring professionals on TV.  None of them swing the club the same way but do have similarities at impact.   This penny drill will hep you achieve a better impact position and will begin your golf improvement.  Here is how to practice this drill and develop a better golf swing.

  • This is a simple but difficult drill to become effective at but will certainly improve your contact with the golf ball.  Your going to need a bunch of pennies and let’s start off with a sand wedge for now.  Once you get good at smashing pennies with it, you can move into a longer iron.  All you need to do is lay some pennies on a mat.  From there try to crisply hit each penny.

    Make your pennies look like this.

    This will help you learn how to control low point and the leading edge of the club face.  Low point is one of the essential skills necessary to consistently hit solid golf shots.  Learn that and you are on your way to controlling your ball flight.  Now that you have practiced this some, go ahead and place a golf ball about an inch in behind a penny (see picture below) so that the penny is between the ball and target..  The golf ball should look like a beach ball now.  Your goal is to get the penny off the mat while allowing the ball to get in the way of the club working its way toward the penny.  What you’ll feel is a nicely compressed golf shot.

Where Will Your Driver Take You?

Every golfer is infatuated with creating more distance even though it doesn’t directly lead to improving your golf scores.  Hitting more fairways is always a better start to shooting consistent scores.  Every manufacture knows that hitting fairways is more important then overall distance, especially if the longer distance means longer in the woods.  They know that, we know that, then why do they focus their marketing techniques to create a major buzz on distance?  Maybe it has to do with their 2012 product line is now available and hitting projected sales is the big picture?

Honestly, if your driver is properly fitted to your swing and it’s a few years old, gaining a tremendous amount of distance isn’t in the cards.  To gain that additional distance comes from improving energy transfer in the golf swing.  So what you really need is a golf coach to help you with that and not a new driver.  The real and most important question is how consistent can you hit your current driver?  What if their was a way to improve the consistency of your current gamer?  I really think somebody has found a way and it’s slowly taking the professional ranks by storm.

TrueAim will help improve the consistency of your current driver.

The TrueAim concept was developed by two putting teachers who are friends of mine.  They took and used their knowledge in putter fittings and developed a driver fitting system to help a golfer learn how to aim the driver face more consistently.  They have merged the feel of where the club is aiming to being closer to where it actually is.  What that has done has improved the D-Plane of a golfers swing by bringing in the vectors closer together that control the spin axis.  Reduce the amount of spin axis an the golfer will improve accuracy and consistency.  It really is that simple.

When we first talked, I was very skeptical that a alignment decal would help a golfer hit more fairways and not have to purchase a new driver.  Being that they are friends of mine, I decided that it would not hurt to give it a shot.  After doing some extensive testing on myself with TrackMan and visiting my club fitter  to test the product on FlightScope (maybe you have seen my TrueAim videos on my youtube channel), I’m completely convinced that the product works.  So far I’ve tested 3 different players with various skills levels and the results have been nothing short of astonishing.  Each of us improved accuracy and two of us increased driver distance.  Seriously, who would of thought that a decal would make such a huge change?  I for one didn’t, but it is difficult to argue with what the TrackMan golf launch monitor data.  It nor I certainly don’t care what driver model your playing or want to play.  It just tracks the flight of the golf balls hit and displays the results.

For more information on TrueAim or to schedule a fitting visit www.DennisSalesGolf.com

TrueAim Testing video

The Importance of Rolling the Rock

Better players understand the importance of making more putts and how it directly affects your ability to score. The unfortunate things is that a majority of golfers don’t really work on or really try to improve their putting skills.  I call them putting skills because in putting, there are various skills golfers have to learn to dramatically improve their ball control skills.  Putting does involve more then just having good a putting stroke.

The golfers who have the ability to control the their golf ball on the putting green is usually the one who is extremely hard to beat.  That is because more shots are taken on the green with that one club then any other club.  Since there isn’t another club in the bag that gets that used much, golfers main focus should be a ensuring the have the essential skills related to mastering the putting green.

Let’s take a look at Tiger Woods for instance.  Before I get into that everyone should know that he is by far and away my favorite golfer and this is not going to be a bashing session.  For years he has been known for his uncanny ability to make the big putt.  The one who normally destroys competitors hopes on the putting green.  Now for the last two years his ability to make putts has changed.  The routine putts he used to make with his eyes closed, now can’t seem to find the bottom of the hole.  What has changed is that he now hits more fairways (4th), GIR (8th) but the one that really matters has slipped dramatically, putts gained per round. He now is ranked 178th on tour.

If putting means so much to how a golfers will score, then why isn’t it that more golfers spend more time on improving those skills?  Why is it that golfers fall into the manufactures trap of buying the latest and greatest driver promoting distance?  Why don’t golfers seek out professionals that understand the ins and outs of putting?  The only thing that I can figure is that golfers truly don’t care about their score but only about how far they hit the golf ball.  Maybe that is why golfers handicaps haven’t changed over the years?  They have their priorities in the wrong place and most likely because of what they are always seeing during advertisements.

For those of you who are serious about your game and want to shoot lower scores, then you need to take a long hard look into your performance on the putting green.  I know from using stat tracking programs for myself and my students that everyone has some type of deficiency.  Finding out exactly what that is will provide you the key to unlocking the scoring barrier that now faces you.  See the program that will start to transform your game www.dennissalesgolf.com/AimPoint.aspx

Transform Your Game

Master The Putting green

Your ability to improve golf scores starts first with improving the area that matters most in scoring.  That area I’m referring to is on the putting green.  Becoming a great putter doesn’t require plenty of physical strength, just sound putting instruction that encompasses everything.  It requires a golfer to learn how to read golf greens accurately so they where to aim the putter.  Once a golfer knows where to aim, they must make a stroke that sends the ball off on their intended line and at the correct speed, for the ball to take the break.

I’m pretty sure that everyone has received a golf lesson that included putting instruction which dealt with the mechanics of the putting stroke.  I’m also pretty sure that when it came to discussing green-reading it was pretty vague. Probably included the words “it takes experience to learn how to read greens” or “the ball break towards the water” and “the ball breaks away from mountains”.  What you have never been taught, is how to read golf greens so that the guess work of where to aim, is out of the equation.  Well that is until Mark Sweeney; the inventory of Emmy Award winning AimPoint Technologies, created the AimPoint green reading program.  This unique program teaches golfers how to precisely read greens.  AimPoint has helped LPGA Tour professional Stacey Lewis win her first major.  It has also helped many other touring professionals, college players, and many of golfers dramatically improve their putting statistics.  Now this program can help you just like it has helped thousands of other golfers around the world.

Once you learn how to read greens accurately, the next step is building skills that are directly related to  controlling how the ball is being rolled.  That starts with getting your ball control skills tested.  How good are you at those essential skills?  If your really consistent, then the putter you have is pretty well fitted to you.  If you have issues, then it could be directly related to your putter.  That is easily checked by somebody who truly knows how to fit a putter.  Once that issue is taken care of, you can get back to improving those ball control skills that great putters have.

How amazing would that be if you could find a program that would help you transform your game on the putting greens?  Help you with everything necessary to constantly amaze your friends?  Well, the green reading part can be taken care of if you attend a AimPoint Green Reading clinic, and I’ve now incorporated putting instruction into the mix in one great program.

Shot-by-Shot Strategy

Now that I’ve showed you how I use TrackMan Golf to help golfers gain a clearer understand of ball flight patterns.  Now I’m going to take it one step further by discussing how to use those dispersion patterns and Shot-by-Shot statistics to maximize scoring opportunities.

Shot-by-Shot provides not only the golfer but the coach exact details to potential scoring issues that they are encountering on the course.  Not only will it show them, but it will explain in many specific parameters what’s necessary to improve ones scoring.  I know many coaches take their students out to play which is invaluable in my opinion.  But taking it one step further and being able to collect data from round after round is simply the best way to ensure the student is performing to their peak potential.  What I really like about the program is that students can enter the type of round it was.  Was it a tournament or non-tournament round?  Was it stroke play or match play?  This really helps the coach understand the changes if any actually happens between different competitions.  The data illustrates the weaknessess the players has, so player specific programs can be modified.

Between the data collected by TrackMan Golf and Shot-by-Shot, players and coaches will be able to devise course managements plans.  These plans will focus around the strengths of the player.  Being able to create strategies gives the player more confidence going into the round.  Having confidence in ones ability, let’s the golfer remove tension in their swing.  Removing tension creates a flowing swing that will ultimate help you control your ball from tee to green.