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Great Golf Shots - Secrets Revealed - These Few Inches are the Key

Jon White - Sunday, July 09, 2017

GREAT GOLF SHOTS - SECRETS REVEALED
THESE FEW INCHES ARE THE KEY  

The difference between a rewarding golf shot and an errant shot comes down to just a few inches.

That’s right, you are that close to consistently making a solid golf shot !

Simply put a solid golf shot from the fairway is when you hit the ball first, then the ground, whereas most golfers hit the ground 1 - 5 inches before the ball which results in a loss of distance - or they swing above the ground and strike the back of the ball sending it along the ground.

However, as I always say, with golf arguably involving the most inconsistent factors of any other game on the planet, there are actually times when you intentionally do not want to hit the ground !

An easy example is when Putting, where the face of your putter simply makes impact with the back of the ball causing it to roll along the ground – hopefully right into the hole!

The other main golf stroke where you don’t want to hit the ground is when your golf ball is teed up and you have a Driver in your hands.  Your intention here is to clip the top of the tee upon which your ball is sitting, thereby striking the ball in the centre of the club face.

Great analogies I like to use here are to refer to your Driver as a ‘sweeper’ (that is, you ‘sweep’ the ball off the tee) and your clubs for fairway shots as ‘grass cutters’ (that is, you cut the grass your ball is sitting in).

Right, now with that in mind, one of the keys to making a solid golf shot with your ‘sweepers’ and ‘grass cutters’ is to get a good position of your body compared to the ball – yes that’s right, this is another one of these inconsistencies I’m always talking  about.

Have a look at the images below to see what I mean.


Image 1 – The Driver (Sweeper) Golf Stroke

Here is an example of the set up for you when you don’t want to hit the ground such as Driving.  With this type of stroke, play the ball closer to being opposite your leading shoulder or eye (my left, here).  Notice how the shaft appears to be fairly well in line with the face of the club.  Also notice that the golf ball is closer towards being in line with the instep of my leading (left foot).

Image 2 – The Fairway (Grass Cutter) Golf Stroke

Here an example of the set up for the majority of your golf strokes, where your golf ball has a good lie on the ground.  With these shots the golf ball is positioned around in line with the middle of your face, maybe slightly to the left side of my face here.  Notice how the shaft of the club is leaning forward and appears to have a head start on the leading edge of the face of your club.  The golf ball is also more in line with the middle of my stance, slightly more towards my rear foot (right foot).

Image 3 – The Rough (Heavy Grass Cutter) Golf Stroke

Here is an example of when you want to dig in to the ground with the leading edge of your club, like when your golf ball is sitting in deep grass or a divot.  Here you want to play the golf ball opposite your right eye.  Notice how the shaft appears to be leaning even further forward than image 2.  This will promote a steeper angle of attack on your forward swing.  In this case the golf ball is positioned on a line that is just inside the instep of my rear foot.

One other thing to note is how the width of the stance narrows with each type of golf stroke – this is all about helping to maintain a stable body which is really important to ensure a consistent swing.

It is imperative that with all three strokes described above that you have a consistent, great impact position [ CLICK HERE TO READ MY ARTICLE ON THE KEYS TO A GREAT IMPACT POSITION ]

When you feel the key sensations of striking a golf ball correctly there is nothing quite like it.

To experience for yourself what really enjoyable golf feels like give me a call or shoot me an email – you will be glad you did!

Stay tuned for future articles as I share more simple secrets to enjoying golf.

 

Stay on the Fairway!

 

Jon White

Easy Swing

M: 0405 354 276

E: info@easyswing.com.au

W: www.easyswing.com.au

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The Harder I Try The Worse I Seem to Get - Bob's Golf Story

Jon White - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Harder I Try the Worse I Seem to Get

 - Bob's Golf Story

Have you ever experienced this feeling with your golf?
 
Well, this was the recent story with one of my new clients, which is what lead him to come and see me for some help - we will call him Bob (name changed for confidentiality).
 
Bob's story is not unique.
 
I often hear it described to me in terms of someone who once played on a much lower handicap, but their scores and handicap have gradually got higher, and no matter how hard they try, they cannot seem to find a way to overcome their golf problems.
 
And even more concerning is that they are just not enjoying playing golf anymore.  So much so, that sometimes they are contemplating giving the game away - a game that they used to love playing!  So very sad !
 
THE GREAT NEWS IS THAT THERE ARE EASY SOLUTIONS TO THESE PROBLEMS!
 
Let's return to Bob's story and I will explain.
 
More specifically, Bob was experiencing frustration in that he was not as consistent with his drives and approach shots as he would like, but his biggest concern was with his putting (he had developed the dreaded yips).
 
So let's see how we helped Bob get his golfing 'mojo' back.
 
My Coaching Approach
 
First it's important to briefly set the scene with my coaching approach - this will probably sound familiar to you if you have had a golf session with me in recent years.
 
I have often said that golf is probably the most over taught game on the planet and that all this expert information floating around just fills your head with endless distractions.
 
It's like you are swimming in the shallows and all of a sudden you get pulled out to sea by a rip tide.
 
The harder you try to swim back to shore the further you get pulled out leaving you exhausted and ready to give up. 
 
My role as a coach is to act as the lifesaver that saves you from drowning and returns you safely to the shore.
 
The really exciting thing is that it's going to feel effortless and you're going to have lots of fun learning easy to understand concepts that make a lot of sense when it comes to enjoying your golf.
 
I will give you the some simple fundamental concepts so that you will have the key skills needed to avoid getting stuck in another riptide and you won't have to search online for instruction that leaves you even more confused and overwhelmed !
 
So what did we do to help Bob?
 
Back to Bob's Story
 
We basically had Bob direct his attention to the target by looking at the hole while putting, as opposed to the ball.
 
This prevented him from being distracted by seeing the putter head moving and allowed him to focus on the force with which to hit the ball.
 
Bob's mind now had a clear image of his intention, rather than being trapped in his 'verbal mind' about what he did not want to do.
 
Pretty simple stuff at the end of the day, but for Bob it was game changing - in a good way!
 
We worked on some other simple things which helped him as well, but this was the main one.
 



What did Bob have to say?
 
About his situation before his Easy Swing session:
 
" I thought I could sort out my golf game myself by practicing more.  This was only compounding the problem more as I was practicing bad habits."
 
After his Easy Swing session:
 
" The learning was simple and positive.  Can't wait for next week's lesson. I will practice the techniques that I have learnt and I'm positive that my next round of golf will show a dramatic improvement. Thanks Jon. "
 
Bob's was absolutely delighted with the progress that he made in the space of just one lesson. 
 
Bob's next lesson is coming up soon - I'm really looking forward to helping in some other areas!

 
How are you feeling about your game?
 
 

Stay on the Fairway!

 

Jon White
Easy Swing

M: 0405 354 276
E: info@easyswing.com.au
W: www.easyswing.com.au

 
Easy Swing Golf is Adelaide based and is owned by local PGA golf pro and AAA accredited golf coach, Jon White.  Jon has over 25 years experience

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Out drive your golf partners - secrets revealed

Jon White - Sunday, January 29, 2017

Get More Distance on Your Golf Shots

" I would love to be able to blast the ball past my mates ! " – you may be surprised how often I hear this from my clients.

 

I must admit, there is nothing quite like the feeling of hitting a dead solid shot with your Driver or maximum distance club, and seeing your ball soar off in to the distance.

 

" So how do I get this extra distance Jon ? ", you ask.

 

Well, I believe it comes down to getting just two simple things right – which I will now reveal.


First you need to have a great body position at point of impact and secondly you need to be generating some good arm speed.


Let’s consider both of these a bit further.


1.  Great Body Position at Point of Impact

You need to hit the ball out of the centre of the club face, which is where the sweet spot is located.  If you miss the sweet spot by as little as 1/4 inch then your ball will travel 10 metres less than a centre hit !

As mentioned in my previous article about achieving a great impact position, the three key ingredients you need here are a flat leading wrist, fully extended arms and a stable body.


[ CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG ARTICLE ON ACHIEVING A GREAT IMPACT POSITION ]

A point I must emphasise here relates to body stability.

There is a common belief that to generate power in your golf shot you need to achieve weight transfer and rotate your body.

Actually, virtually the reverse is true!

One of my favourite activities is hitting golf balls while sitting on a stool – yes, that’s right – sitting on a stool.


Here's some photos of me doing just that!



 

Seriously, I can actually hit the ball about as far sitting on a stool as I can when standing up.  If you don’t believe me, I would be happy to demonstrate for you!

The advantage in sitting down on a stool is that it restricts your body from rotating too much.  Too much body rotation makes it difficult to stabilise your body and maintain your all important balance. 

Give it a go and what you will experience is minimal weight transfer and minimal body rotation, which again helps with stability - and this is exactly what you need to be striving for.


2.  Good Arm Speed

This is the second key you need to get that great distance you are seeking.

Let me demonstrate, with a quick example.

Imagine if you had to knock down a wall with a sledge hammer.  If you wanted to hit the wall with greater force , you would swing your arms with more force / speed – again, making sure you keep your body nice and stable.  It’s exactly the same with your golf swing.

I should stress though, that this does not mean that you need to significantly increase the length of your swing.  You can still generate a lot of force without a massive swing – ever heard of Bruce Lee’s ‘one inch punch’?


So in brief, there you have it – the two key ingredients to getting that much desired extra distance.

But, don’t just take my word for it - if you want to experience the joy of that extra distance to out drive your golf partners, just let me know and I will show you how.


Until, next time, when I share more of the secrets to enjoying golf.


 

Stay on the Fairway!

 

Jon White


Easy Swing

M: 0405 354 276

E: info@easyswing.com.au

W: www.easyswing.com.au

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Your key to consistent golf - great impact position

Jon White - Friday, January 06, 2017

YOUR KEY TO CONSISTENT GOLF
 - GREAT IMPACT POSITION

Previously I shared my views on the vast array of inconsistencies that are inherent in the game of golf.  [ CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG ARTICLE ON GOLF INCONSISTENCIES ]


In particular I highlighted the raft of different factors you must contend with each time you step on to a golf course, ranging from variations in the environment, your equipment and your playing technique and mindset.


So, given all of these inconsistencies, many of which are beyond your control, what can you do that will help to improve the consistency of your golf shots, your scoring and ultimately your playing enjoyment?

 

Well I can tell you that my clients are amazed when I share with them that the answers can be found in just a few simple, key golf concepts that can be quickly and easily learned.


Here I would like to focus on what I rate the most important of them all ….. great body position at impact!


By impact I am referring to that point in your swing when your golf club contacts the golf ball.


Below are photos of yours truly in action showing what I believe a great impact position looks like.



 

You know how they say a picture paints a thousand words?  Well, let’s simplify things and focus on what I consider to be the three most important fundamentals for this great impact position as revealed in these photos.


1.  Leading wrist is flat – your leading wrist is the wrist closest to the target, so for a right hander this is your left wrist and for a left hander it is your right wrist.  When I say the wrist is flat, think about if you were to extend your arm and put it down flat on a table with the palm of your hand open – now your wrist should be flat level with the back of your hand.


2.  Both arms are fully extended – the arms are comfortably extended, without reaching or really stretching.


3.  Balanced or stable body – feet are comfortably shoulder width apart and note in particular that they are flat on the ground – this helps to minimise sideways body movement.


Sure there are some other things that will help with the impact position, but I firmly believe that these are the three most important ones.


Another thing I will highlight is that the golf shots I am playing here are full fairway shots.  Now there are a few additional concepts which apply for different types of golf shots (eg driving, fairway shots, chipping, putting etc), which I intend to cover in future articles.  But, the same three key principles I have outlined above are the foundation for all of your golf shots.


Now it is one thing to observe and understand the keys aspects of this position, but to be able to achieve it generally requires us to experience it.


I say this because of two common challenges that arise when people are learning something:

1.  You have a different concept or understanding of the information you have been presented with.  For example, ask two people to " show me a flat wrist " and each one can show you something quite different.


2.  Your brain thinks your body is doing something it is not.  For example, you might think your wrist is flat, but in reality it is not.


It is for these reasons that I find it important to use as many of the senses as possible within my golf coaching – certainly sight and sound, but also very importantly touch / feel.


When it comes to getting into this great impact position, one of the most effective exercises I employ uses a highly sophisticated piece of technology.


“Jon, please tell me, what is this marvellous golf technology?”, I hear you ask.  Well, wait for it … it’s a simple piece of wood – that’s right, a piece of wood - this has got to be one of the cheapest golf training aids you can get!  You have to experience it to believe it.


Again, my clients are constantly amazed and delighted at how quickly and easily they area able to understand and experience this vital key to a consistent golf swing – a great impact position.


So come on give me a call or shoot me an email and discover for yourself the amazing golf results you will achieve from a great impact position.


Stay tuned for future articles as I share more of the simple secrets to enjoying golf.


Stay on the Fairway!

 

Jon White

Easy Swing

M: 0405 354 276

E: info@easyswing.com.au

W: www.easyswing.com.au

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Do you want more golf consistency

Jon White - Thursday, November 10, 2016

DO YOU WANT MORE GOLF CONSISTENCY  




The most common thing that my clients tell me they want help with is to be more CONSISTENT.

 

But what does that really mean and why do they want that?

 

When you discuss it a bit more, it seems that most golfers get frustrated - and so enjoy their golf less! - because they are not able to produce similar shots or achieve a similar score each time they play.

 

Naturally, there are some important and easy to implement technique and mindset concepts that we can work on to help in this area.  More on this in a minute.

 

But first, what I would really like you to consider is how much INCONSISTENCY is inherent in the game of golf.  Arguably, it involves some of the most INCONSISTENT factors you could find in any game you could play - which is actually what I think helps to give it such appeal - maybe that's just me!


" What do you mean about this inconsistency? ", I hear you ask.

 

Environmental Inconsistencies

 

Well let’s start with the environment factors – things you cannot really control.

 

Every hole on every golf course is different, with different aspects on each – length, width, hazards, bends, undulations, etc.

 

Now even if you regularly play the same course, each time you play it something is likely to be slightly different – tee off marker positions, pin position, length of the grass on the fairway, greens or rough, wet or dry surfaces, playing from someone else’s divot (bad luck!), etc.

 

And what about the weather conditions – wind direction and strength, heat, rain, humidity, fog, …..!

 

Equipment Inconsistencies

 

Here you have some control over the specific equipment you choose to use, but there are still a lot of variables.

 

You are allowed to have fourteen golf clubs in your bag which are likely to all be different lengths so you are sometimes standing closer to the ball and sometimes further away.

 

The longer clubs sit flatter and the shorter clubs sit more upright.  The longer clubs are more designed to ‘sweep’ the ball off the ground surface, whereas the shorter clubs are designed to strike the ground surface or ‘cut the grass’.  Each of the clubs has a different loft.

 

You have woods with lesser lofts for longer shots, irons with gradually greater lofts for other shots, pitching and sand wedges to help with short and bunker shots, then of course you have a putter for use on our around the greens.

 

And what about the grips – compare the grip on your woods and irons to that on the putter?

 

How about the different balls and tees you can use?

 

Player Inconsistencies

 

So finally we come to the player and I like to consider two main aspects here – the technique or physical side and the mental or mindset side.

 

We are all different to each other, but also individually our own situation will vary over time.  Consider if we have aches or pains that may limit our movement on a particular day, or how about if we had a bad night’s sleep so are feeling a little mentally tired?  Surely these conditions will influence our ability to produce a consistent shot?  What about if our playing partner decides to share their wisdom with us about what we did wrong with our last shot – how might this affect our temperament?

 

What to do?

 

I think you get the idea of where I am coming from with all of these inconsistencies in golf.

 

So what to do about all of these inconsistencies?  Well you can do your own research and adopt a trial and error approach to determine what might work best for you to deal with all of these inconsistencies.  Or you can short cut the process and seek the guidance of an expert who deals with all of these issues on a daily basis, like an experienced golf coach.

 

There are a lot of strategies that you can use to build into the way you play the game that will help you to adapt to varying environmental factors.  In relation to equipment, there are some key things that you can focus on to help you to select the right tools to suit you.

 

And finally, with a player’s technique and mindset, despite all of the variables, there are just a few key concepts which can be quickly learned and can make a huge difference to the consistency of your shots, your scoring and ultimately your enjoyment.

 

From a technique perspective, I believe the most significant concept is understanding and executing a proper impact position – being the point where the club strikes the ball.  I will discuss this more in an upcoming blog, so please stay tuned!

 

Stay on the Fairway!

 

Jon White

Easy Swing

M: 0405 354 276

E: info@easyswing.com.au

W: www.easyswing.com.au