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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.

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TrueAim Testing video

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TrackMan Golf for Strategy Building

I’ll have students use TrackMan constantly during practice sessions.  What this does for us in my opinion is indispensable.  Rather then giving the committed player ball control drills to work on their own, I have them do their practice regimen  while TrackMan is collecting data.  This forces them to be discover concepts on their own and become self-reliant since I’m not hovering over their shoulder.  Once they are finished with their practice, we can sit down and look over the data.

Because TrackMan measures and records so many parameters, it allows us to become very precise in grading ball control skills.  By measuring what the ball actually does helps us obtain crucial dispersion patterns.  These patterns help us create course management tactics which will help them shoot lower scores on the course.  If the committed players has precise information on their patterns, this in my opinion, provides them a competitive advantage over a golfer who doesn’t have this information.   Watch the below video as I discuss dispersion patters and how it will help you on the golf course.

TrackMan Golf Approach Practice and Testing

TrackMan is a great way for students to gain a greater understand of their tendencies and strengths.  Being able to constantly use it for practice allows the committed golfer to dial in his accuracy with each club.  What this type of practice does is increase the golfers confidence in his ability to execute shots under some pressure.  Not only that, but it benchmarks the players ability and provides them something specific to improve.

Watch as I go through approach practice and approach test with my game day golf ball.  Learning if your game day golf ball maximizes your accuracy and distance is vital in improving your results on the course.   Maybe changing your current golf ball is all you need?  You won’t know till you test it and compare it to others.

Improve That Wedge Play!

When I ask students how far they carry each wedge, more often than not, they get it wrong.  Not understand how far a full swing wedge shot goes makes hitting it consistently close to a pin difficult.    One thing I’ll do with new golfers who enter my coaching program is go through wedge gapping with TrackMan.  I’ll ask them to tell me their carry yardages and then proceed to have them hit shots with each wedge.   This procedure helps provide the golfer a clearly understanding of their distances and gaps between wedges.  Once the data is collected we will go over the numbers to see a few important keys:

  • Ideally I would like to see consistent gaps with their wedge configurations.
  • What their best and worst distance is.  This improves course management when looking to lay-up.

Once we know their actual carry yardages, we will continuously test and try to improve distance control.  We will work with the approach practice module TrackMan offers.  This helps the student improve their practice session by being more specific when hitting to a target.  Once the student feels they have dialed in the distance, I’ll go ahead and test them with the approach test module.  Here TrackMan then grades each of the ten shots hit.  At the completion of the test, TrackMan provides us with a handicap for that distance, an average distance from the pin and a score.  Now we have a benchmark in place, and that particular student will have a specific task they must improve upon.

Incorporating TrackMan into your practice sessions is a great way to monitor your progression while having fun doing it.  The fun comes from competing with the other golfers who you train with.  That is the environment that helps accelerate the learning curve.  Practicing by yourself can get boring and becomes difficult to really push your limits.  If you improve the way you practice, you will get better results on the course.  A certified golf coach knows that and is dedicated to providing you the tools as well as the training to help you achieve your goals.

Indoor Golf Training

I was having a discussing with a group of other professionals on indoor training.  Here is my take on the importance of training indoors in the offseason.  The offseason usually takes a few months especially if you live in the cold weather climates.  A few months give you and your coach the time necessary to go through the following steps.  This will help you finally have the golf season you have always dreamed about.

I truly believe it is so much easier to ingrain new movement patterns when the student does not get to
see ball flight.  That is only created when hitting into a net.  Having a student hit into a net forces them to become more focused on improving the current motion.  Here is the catch though, I’ve said it more than once that ball flight is king and is required.  The instructor must have an accurate way of measuring the collision between club and ball.  If that information is not available or potentially incorrect, then indoor training in my opinion can cause serious issues once you get outside.  The whole purpose of trying to improve your swing shouldn’t be about making it look better on video.  It should be about improving your impact alignments.  Impact alignments include but are not limited to club path, and face angle.  All impact alignments govern how the ball will fly!

So to gain control over your impact alignments you have to give some of that control up.  You give up searching for where that ball ended up and focus on what your coach wants you to do.  Let the coach keep track of what is happening at impact and how the ball flies.  If he is keeping data then you’ll be able to see the improvements happen without stressing about the finish product.  Also, to achieve that finish product you need a plan and must have set goals!

Now I’m going to have you think a bit.  When was the last time you entered the 19th hole and didn’t get asked “What did you Shoot?”  Did they first ask you what your swing looked like or how far you hit it?  Doesn’t it take ball control to shoot lower scores?  Tour professionals all have unique swings but possess unmatched ball control skills from tee to green?    I’m sure I’ve got you thinking now about your ball control skills.

Let’s continue looking at ball control.  The more control you have over the ball the greater the chances you’ll score better.  You’ll be able to hit more fairways, greens in regulation, and even make more putts.  Maybe you already have good ball control skills from the tee but suffer controlling the ball coming into the green. I really don’t know and you might not either.  Hiring a golf coach will help you find out exactly what skills you need to improve on.  Golf coaches and golf instructors are completely different which I’ll get into another time.

Lastly, I firmly believe that if everyone was to shoot lower scores their enjoyment of the game would go up.  Don’t know many people who consistently do things they are not good at or don’t even enjoy doing.  Golf is fun!

How important is Off-Season Work

I find that the off-season is the absolute best time to work on improving the mechanics of your swing.  Changing the mechanics of the swing also must coincide with what the student’s goals are and how much time they are willing to put into the equation. Trying to change a technical aspect in somebody’s golf swing during the season on a Wednesday for instance and they are playing golf on Saturday isn’t fair.  It’s not fair for the instructor or for the golfer.  This in my opinion is where golf instruction fails and where coaching thrives.  That I’ll explain another time.

What every golfer needs to understand is that you are ultimately being judged on your ability to control the flight of the golf ball from tee to green and not the motion of the swing.  If you keep that in mind you are well on your road in starting to shoot lower scores.  If you plan on making any swing changes those changes better be a result of improving a ball flight and not fitting into the method of your instructor.  We all have seen it week in and week out, all touring professional have their own unique style in swinging the club.  They have learned to develop the skills necessary to control their ball and you are no different.

Improving your motion is also best done without you seeing the flight of the golf ball.  The key word is YOU!  The instructor must have a tool to precisely measure your impact alignments because those impact alignments control the flight of the ball.  If you don’t believe me, research the D-Plane yourself.  The D-Plane is ball flight law on center face hits.  Tools that accurately measure impact alignments make working indoors well worth it.

Lastly, using a stat tracking program such as Shot-by-Shot during the season makes figuring out what YOU need in the off-season easy.  These stats help a coach create your program for improvement.  Without stats it’s almost like shooting in the dark!  If you don’t have stats, start researching Shot-by-Shot and get on it.  It will be well worth your time and I’m pretty certain it could open your eyes to what you truly need.  Why do I say this?  I have student’s using Shot-by-Shot now and it has changed what my students now want from me.  That and most students are not honest with what they really need.  I have learned what golfers’ want isn’t exactly what they need.  Now since we are in the off-season and you probably have no stats, so we really don’t know what you need.  This is where getting some type of ball control skills testing is a must!  That test will help direct you in a direction to start your off-season improvement program.