Tag Archives: Golf Instruction

Golf Tip: Rotation vs Arm/Hand power

There is much confusion regarding rotating your body versus swinging your arms & hands. Some people think they have more power when they keep their arms and hands moving independently of their body. This is false and physics proves it, just look at the figure skater with her arms stretched out. The skater will always move slower when the arms and feet generate the motion. When the skater pulls her arms inward while rotating her entire body, tremendous speed occurs.

In the golf swing, keep your arms, hands and club going with the rotation of the body. This creates speed and less manipulation with your arms & hands.

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Winter Coaching Program

Welcome to the 2016/2017 winter golf season! Now is the time to start working on your game; do not wait until the spring!

There are 4 months available to understand, manage and improve your game from a full swing, short game, putting, mental approach and course management perspective.

The Coaching Clinic guarantees results!

You commit to practice once a week for 4 months and I will improve your game & lower your scores. Using Calgary’s only indoor putting green /short game area, we will make your putter and wedge your best friends!

How does it work?

Purchase your bucket of practice balls and check in with me during the scheduled times. During your practice time, I will monitor your practice and progression through the use of video & Trackman technology.

The quicker you send in your completed form, the better chance at selecting your preferred time.

Dates & Times:

Starting December 1st to March 23rd (Excluding February 2nd – February 9th)
Sunday’s 12 – 4 pm
Thursday’s 4 – 8 pm

*Bonus week November 10th & 13th.

Cost:

$275.00 plus GST = $288.75
This works out to $20.00 per lesson for once a week at 14 weeks.

Registration Information:

Please choose your preferred time in the week, once the registration fills on these days, we will add more.

A maximum of 15 people per session.

Thursday 4 – 8 pm
Sunday 12 – 4 pm

To Register for the winter clinic email me here

Golf Tip: Ball Striking vs Scoring

Statistics show us that more than 70% of your shots occur inside of 100 yards. This includes putting, chipping, pitching, sand and full swings with shorter clubs. Now some of you are better at scoring compared to your full swings with longer clubs. Most players are worse at scoring than full swings. If you were to play 9 holes at your golf club, but not play from the normal teeing ground and start from 100 yards out, would you score 27 or better? The answer is quite interesting and it is a resounding NO!

Now you have a better idea of where to put your efforts when you practice this winter.

Come and see me over the winter for some private sessions or on a regular schedule with the Winter Coaching Program.

Swing Tip – Low Point

This month’s tip refers to where you make contact with the ground relative to your ball position. If you suffer from chunky shots (hitting the ground prior to the ball) you are most likely not getting your weight to your forward foot. The ball position could also be too far forward in your stance. Remember that your low point is where the club bottoms out after you have struck the ball. This picture shows the correct low point and swing motion.

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Golf Tip: Kinematic Sequence

Sounds and reads like a very technical skill, doesn’t it? It really means energy in motion. Specifically in the golf swing, what moves first to last. If we look at the down swing, the order of movement is your bottom half (feet, legs and pelvis) move 1st, then the torso is 2nd, then your arms 3rd and lastly the club.

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Every tour player and good amateur golfer has this sequence of events, if something changes in the sequence, the shot can be very unpredictable. What causes the change in sequence?

1 – Awareness
2- Competency
3- Capacity

If you are aware of what to do, but your body does not allow you because of a lack of stability or mobility or both, then the answer is capacity.

That’s when you need a physical test screen to assess what the dysfunction is and get you going! I am booking right now for the AMM 3D assessment and physical screening, this provides you with what is happening to the ball flight, how it is happening and why it is happening. There are no assumptions made or opinions, just the factual feedback to help change your game.

If you are interested in using the same instruction technology that the LPGA, PGA & Champions Tour players use, please reserve a session with me. The AMM 3D (Advanced Motion Measurement) shows you exactly how your body moves in the golf swing!

We will cover how your body moves with the AMM 3D System, what the ball flight is doing using the Trackman Radar and give you a practice plan to improve.

The assessment will take 2 hours and change your game forever! Contact me today!

Golf Tips: The Tee Box

Let’s talk about ball flight in this tip today. Many people will set up on the tee box in an area between the markers, which looks the flattest and with the most untouched grass. You should be looking at a target in the fairway and playing for your particular flight pattern. If you tend to slice or fade the ball like the red line below, you will want to set up on the right side of the tee box. Now aim yourself to the left of your intended target. This will make your landing area much larger. If you do not have an established pattern, set up more in the middle of the tee area. The Tour pros use this method as none of them hit perfectly straight shots down the middle with their longer clubs.They get the ball to come back to the middle of the fairway or the green.

Golf Tip: Love Your Game

Your game includes the full swing, short game, putting, trouble shots, course strategy and your mental approach.  These are not in any particular order, but you will be doing all of them in any given game. This season, try to determine what your strengths are and where is the weakness.  If you are a decent ball striker, but you cannot chip the ball within 3 feet of the hole, that is where your focus should be.  If you struggle with 50 yard shots, don’t say “well I will not hit the approach shot to that distance, instead I will give myself a full swing from 100 yards”. Work on your short game and your putting average will improve.

Most golfers practice what they are good at, avoiding the weaker areas, hoping they will not encounter the weak areas on the golf course.  If you don’t know how to improve your weaker areas, come and see me. Let’s have more fun this golf season and love your game!         

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