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Educated Hands

The role of the hands in the golf swing motion are often misunderstood. A proper grip is the first issue that most instructors understand. There are certain variations that work but unless a student has adopted a working variation it is always best to set the hands in a neutral opposing relationship that allows for the proper action of the left wrist at impact.  In simple terms, the left hand controls clubface and the right hand and forearm control path. That being said, educating your hands as to their role in your swing motion would be an area that all aspiring golfers would be wise to develop.

Thoughts on ball flight

name logoIt has always amazed me how most of my students continually try to hit the ball straight at their target. A proper swing occurs on an inclined circular plane so hitting the ball straight is the most difficult shot to repeat. Compound that with the fact that your misses will always be heading away from the target and you see why that concept is flawed. I always teach my students to seek out their natural swing motion and to work the ball into their targets with that motion whether they draw it or fade it.

“If you ever see me hit a ball straight at my target I missed that shot”    -Ben Hogan


Thoughts on Swing Plane

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If you have played golf for a while you have probably heard something about swing plane.  There is a lot more to this concept than just having the club on plane.

The fact is you can have your hands and arms in a variety of places and still have the shaft on plane or the target li. To really understand swing plane you need to understand that there are four different planes to consider. The shaft plane in relation to the target line or straight line plane is the one most frequently referred to.   To fully grasp on plane however, you must consider the shoulder plane, the hands plane and the clubface plane. Over my years of coaching I have determined  that focusing on the hand plane in relation to the target plane and the impact zone produces the best results with my students.  Having the hands on plane reduces timing compensations. The best way to approach the ball is in a straight line thru impact.

Golf Swing Compensations

“A bad swing gives you minimum time to make maximum compensations, and a good swing gives you maximum time to make minimum compensations.”   Mac O’Grady

Since we are all humans and not machines we can only strive to develop a swing that is easy for us to repeat and requires less timing.  Reducing the compensations in our swing is critical to improvement. The swing motion lasts just a few moments and the more compensations we have require us to rely more on timing or put another way;  the more moving parts you have in your swing, the less time you have to correct them. To become more consistent, you have to reduce your compensations to reduce your need for timing.  The key is to find a coach or instructor that can help you understand your compensations and develop a clear understanding and plan to help you accomplish this. One area that is most often over looked is how important your equipment is to your learning process.   Quite simply  “Equipment Affects Motion”  for more on this subject visit the link.


  Tommy Armour from his book  “How to play Your Best Golf All The Time”      1953


“Why has this service been reserved only for the elite players?

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Henry-Griffitts Stands Alone-The Best Fitting System, The Best Fitters, The Best Clubs


  Tommy Armour from his book  “How to play Your Best Golf All The Time”      1953

In 1983 Henry-Griffitts was founded by Randy Henry and another golf professional, Jim Griffitts, on the premise that players of all abilities tangibly benefit from custom-fitted golf equipment. They recognized that custom-fit golf clubs consistently enhance golfer performance – in ways that mass-produced, off-the-rack golf clubs cannot. For decades, Tour Professionals have insisted that manufacturers custom-fit their clubs – the tools of their demanding trade – to their specific body types and swing motions. Henry-Griffitts discovered what Tour Professionals have always known: On-course performance is maximized when clubs are custom fit.

Then Henry-Griffitts started asking:

“Why has this service been reserved only for the elite players?

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The Grip holds your swing together


I have always emphasized that setup is fundamental.  That being said the basic factor in all g0od golf starts with the grip.  When you haven’t created the proper connection to the club it will affect the proper functioning of your arms, elbows, shoulders, body, legs and feet.  Incorrect grips create an imbalance that affects the proper setup fundamentals, which lead to compensations in your swing motion. Getting the grip fixed is fundamental to your ability to improve your swing and your game.

Equipment Affects Motion

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I get asked all the time why getting fit equipment is so important.  Many of my beginners and first time students wonder why they need to have fit equipment since they are just beginning.  I respond by replying that “Feedback is Fundamental to Learning.”

Quite simply “Equipment Affects Motion.” If you are going to take the time and effort to learn this game, work on improving your swing motion and ball striking and your equipment has not been fit to YOU…..you are going to hold back your progress.

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Think about your last round of golf for a moment. Were you standing over the majority of your shots focusing on a checklist of positions and swing thoughts or were you relaxed and focusing on the target and the conditions at hand? If you are guilty of the first situation, you are trapped in a frustrating game of hit the ball and are missing out on many of the enjoyable aspects of the game of golf.

In it’s true essence, golf is a target game and should be a fun and enjoyable experience. The “game” of golf should be played at a creative level and not a mechanical level. The perfect golf swing is the one that fits the situation at hand, not the one you spend hours on the range trying to perfect under constant unchanging conditions. When you are focusing on swing mechanics you are not able to focus on target awareness and end up taking action on the ball instead of reacting to the target and the shot at hand. As a result you are playing golf swing and not golf.

The physical mechanics and positions of the golf swing are widely taught today thanks in particular to all the wonderful new technology and swing analysis software that is available today. It seems that every month there is a new theory or secret on how to create the perfect swing.  Dissecting the whole into parts to see how each one functions can be beneficial for analyzing where your swing might be breaking down but can be very detrimental if you are trying to actually create these positions in your swing. Simply put, you can’t have a swing unless you have the motion of a swing present in the club head, you can’t dissect a motion into its parts and still have a motion, so you can’t take a swing apart and still have a swing! Consequently if your concept of the swing motion is muddled up with mechanical thoughts and positions and you take that to the golf course you will probably be focused on some form of conscious swing effort instead of reacting to the shot at hand. You are now playing golf swing not golf and your ability to improve your scores, play better golf and enjoy the game becomes frustrating.

The solutions for overcoming this “problem” are based on simplifying your understanding of the full swing into concepts based on a complete balanced motion. Leave the mechanics on the lesson tee and create an evaluation system of your “swing motion” with your instructor that allows you to understand why your ball goes straight, left and right. This allows you to make quick adjustments based on what the ball is doing and frees you up to begin to become more target aware and less mechanical. When you begin to actually play golf and not golf swing you will finally be free to play better golf, improve your scores and most importantly have more fun.