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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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Get Your Putter Rolling the Rock

Every time I get asked to give a putting lesson to a student who is struggling, I find that either their speed, line or even both are off.  It’s off because they have gotten away from creating a good set-up at address.  Follow these training concepts and create a perfect practice station.  You will soon find yourself rolling the rock like never before.  You’re going to need a few simple tools to accomplish this.  A Swinkey and six tees will work perfectly.

  1. First you are going to create a “gate” for the putter to swing through.  Use the two tees and position them just outside the toe and heel of the putter.  This is going to force you to create center face contact, a must in being able to consistently control distance.
  2. Place the first alignment rod parallel to your target and just outside the tee that you have marked at the toe of the putter.  This rod is going to help you see what type of arc you’re creating.  Ideally I would like to see similarity between the back swing and follow through during the stroke.
  3. Use the main body of the Swinkey parallel to your target line but just in front of your toes.  This will help you stand the same distance away from the ball.  I don’t want you to either get to close or more away from the ball during this skill building sessions.
  4. The second alignment rod will go through the main body of the Swinkey and point directly at the golf ball.  This will help you maintain the relationship the ball towards your lead foot.
  5. Almost done, place two tees a little wider than ball widths 12″ in front and just outside your intended line of flight.  The will force you to learn how to get the ball to roll through them.  If you really struggle with the distance these two tees are set at, then open them up some.  Your goal will be to work on tightening up that distance and it will as your skill improve.
  6. Finally, the last set of tees.  I want you to place it these tees at various distances with a maximum of 12″ apart.  Your final goal will be to roll the golf ball between these tees.  Continuously move these tees to various distances.  Watch what happens to your ball control skills when you’re able to master this drill.