Monday, February 21, 2011

Learn Piano by Sound; the Same With MONGOOSE GOLF SWING; Ear-to-Hand-to-Brain

Playing piano by ear is the easiest way to learn the sounds the keys make.  Later, you can hire a piano teacher to connect the sound you now know with the note symbols on a piece of paper.

Same goes for the golf swing.  Listen to the sound made when you strike the golf ball versus sweeping it or hitting up into it.  When you hit down on a golf ball and strike it clean, it makes a THWACK! sound.  Pleasant to the ear to say the least.  But also the ball behaves totally differently from when it makes a STWICK sound when sweeping it off the ground.
A recent study shows that the brain links hand-to-ear movements within minutes.  Read that again, “within minutes” you can learn the sound that a particular number of keys make on a piano.  Not months or years, but minutes.
Researchers say the study may also help explain why many pianists tap their fingers when they hear music without even knowing they're doing it.
Playing by ear (and brain)
In the study, researchers examined the effects on the brain of learning how to play piano from scratch.  Ah, the terror of learning something from scratch.
Two groups of beginner piano students took 10, 20-minute training lessons during a five-week span. In each session, the students learned to play back musical phrases they heard on a digital piano without any visual or verbal cues, such as note names, reading music, or even seeing their hands on the keyboard.  This was done to ensure that the students were playing by ear and not using other cues to guide their fingers.  

A piano teacher read the study and implemented it immediately.  She begin to teach hand-to-ear connection, not just coordination.  “Play these three keys together.  Listen to the sound.  That sound is a C-chord.  Keep playing it and listening to it.  Take your time.  Listen carefully.  Because in the next few minutes you’ll learn another sound from another set of three keys” (my emphasis).  The way she had been teaching was to put the names of the notes on the keyboard.  All of her students for years had struggled to identify the sound when played without reference to the note symbol on their keyboard.  The confusion coming from trying to remember which three keys made up which chord - instead of the sound a particular set of three keys made.
Same goes for learning to refine your golf swing
Once you learn the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING, you can refine it by refining the sound you make while striking the ball.  In my video I talk about learning to chip with pennies.  If you can chip with pennies, the golf ball soon begins to look the size of a tennis ball.  Crisp chips mean that you’re putting a predictable action on the ball.  You can't chip pennies unless you strike down on the back of the penny.  Sounds reasonable, right?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Right Handers! Stop Hitting the Ball With Your Left Side! Learn a New Top-Down Swing

Many pros, including the world’s former number one, keep driving (hitting) the golf ball from their left side.  This technique really loads up the torque on the spine and lower back.  All of them sway into each shot, pushing into and down on their spine with extreme force.  No wonder so many have bad backs, even those still in their twenties.
Hit down on the golf ball.  A no-brainer with the "GOOSE"

With the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING, which is a totally new TOP-DOWN swing technique, both the right and left-handed golfer strikes down on the ball.  More power, with less effort is the final result.  You’re not trying to get back over the inside of your left leg if you’re right-handed, or over the inside of your right leg if you’re left-handed.
Benefits galore
The chief benefit of learning the "GOOSE" is consistency and accuracy.  But there’s also the benefit of feeling confident that you can execute almost any shot.  And, of course, you may hit the ball over the green from time to time.
Watch the MONGOOSE video DEMO and notice that by removing the infamous takeaway, the technique that takes your body away from the spot where it has to once again arrive in order to apply power to the shot, you never leave that spot as you prepare to execute a shot.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Everyone Carries Too Many Clubs! Here's What You Need

Ridiculous!  How many ways can I say “ridiculous.”  Ridiculous to carry so many clubs.  Forget what the pros are doing.  They play almost everyday.  They torque their bodies like watch springs and try to tear the cover off the ball.  Forget it!  
Here’s what you need. . .and you can carry these clubs without having to drag a cart or rent a cart.  I’ve talked with a lot of golfers who rent carts because they can’t carry their bag for 18 holes.  Most of them can’t carry their bag for 9 holes.  All men need is a 3 wood, a 5 wood, a 3 iron, a 5 iron, a 6 or 7 iron (whichever feels the best), a 9 iron, a sand wedge, and a putter.  8 clubs max.  Put the other 6 clubs in the closet.
All women need is a 3 or 4 wood (whichever feels best), a 7 wood, a 4 iron, a 6 iron, a 9 iron, a sand wedge, and a putter.  7 clubs max.  Put the other 7 clubs in the closet.  

All children need from the age of 7, 8, 9, is a 7 wood, a 6 iron, a 9 iron (used for getting out of sand, etc.), and a putter.  5 clubs max.  I believe they should carry them in their hands.  Three in one hand, two in the other.  Drop the clubs, select a club, hit the ball, pick up the clubs, and head to the next shot.  Carry 4 balls, max.  When they're gone, the round is over.  I don't need to tell you the sort of training this provides a young beginning player.  Balls are expensive.  
In my video you’ll see me with this big monster bag.  That was for show.  I carry a small canvas bag over my shoulder.  I walk the fairways, slowly at nearly 77.  If someone wants to play through, I wave them on.  “Go for it fellas.” 

If you learn to hit my “low hanger” shot from the tutorial (watch the "GOOSE" DEMO video in far column), you’ll almost always have a shot at hitting in front of the green and rolling it up to the hole.  Every time you can do that, you increase your chance of scoring better on that hole.  If you have to hit a shot over bunkers (sand traps, trees, whatever), use your 9 iron.  Few golfers know much about hitting wedge (the tend to scoop every wedge), including too many pros, many of whom can’t get it consistently close from 50 yards in.
Hitting my “low hanger” is effortless and in a short time, no bull, you’ll be hitting shots that hit in front of the green and roll up.  If you have to hit out of trees onto the fairway, or under trees or some other obstacle, the “low hanger” will save you lots of strokes - I promise you.  Why?  Because once you get comfortable with it, you’ll feel confident in being able to hit it low and let it roll to that spot you’ve preselected for your next shot.  In a short time, you’ll be able to nearly mark the spot the ball will stop rolling.  

The “GOOSE” is not hard to learn.  It’s easy on your back.  It’s much easier to apply force to the golf ball.  More power, less effort is not bull.  It’s true.  You learn this swing and your confidence will improve dramatically.  Confidence is about 60% of golf, maybe more.  You can ORDER the “GOOSE” tutorial in the far right column by simply clicking on the BUY NOW button.  You can pay via PayPal with or without a PayPal account.  As soon as I get word that I have a paid order, I ship.  
Have a great summer.  You’re going to love the “GOOSE.”  And get rid of all those extra clubs!  Walk lighter and carry fewer sticks, that's my motto.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

GUEST BLOG: Dorothy Slinger and the Mongoose Golf Swing

“I absolutely love the Mongoose Swing.  I gave up golf several times because it wasn’t working for me.  I was terrible.  My boyfriend purchased the Mongoose video out of desperation.  And now I can actually hit a golf ball with some confidence.  It’s other worldly.  We did it by the book.  No clubs at first.  Just learning the weight shift thing, then onto lifting my arms into position.  It felt something like holding a bat, a baseball bat, and waiting for the pitch.  Bat in position.  With this swing you can get your body exactly where it’s supposed to be to hit the ball right.  

“One thing.  Take it easy at first hitting down on the top of the ball.  I was so used to trying to hit it from the side that I had to learn how to see the club hit the ball all over again (Mark needs to include this tip in his next introductory video).  And don’t chop at it because you see an ax in the video.  It took a while for me to realize that you don’t think about using your shoulder, arms, and hands to ‘hit’ the ball.  You kind of hold it all together and ‘hit’ it with your body.  By rotating your body around while holding the club in position, you can really whack it good.  Mark will hate this, but I think it’s kind of like a slap shot with a hockey stick.  It’s not, but it feels like it (anyway, he asked me to write a guest blog for him.  So, if he doesn’t like it, he can edit it out).
“I don’t know about back and hip and knee problems.  But now I’ve got my dad, who has bad knees, to adopt the Mongoose.  He too gave up golf several times.  He has gotten down Mark’s idea about putting with his body better than me.  But we’re both new to this swing, this whole concept.  Yet we’re having fun again.  I told Mark I’m not going on the LPGA.  I just want to have fun and yet play as well as I can.  And you know what, I’m getting better every time I play, every time I practice.  I can’t recommend this swing enough.  Thanks Mark.”

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weak Hands, Physical Ailments, the Conventional Swing, and the NEW Mongoose Golf Swing Difference

The conventional golf swing, the one we’ve all been taught, demands hand power.  Yet most of us, especially women and young people (but also most men), don’t have strong enough hands to wield the club during a shot.
By separating your hands, as I teach with the Mongoose Golf Swing technique, even those with relatively weak hands suddenly feel in charge of the club.  By griping the club with all our fingers, and by having one hand farther down on the grip, we produce a lever-effect that is quite astonishing - both in feel and in the ability to really put force to the golf ball.

If we can’t handle the club with ease, well, we can’t possibly feel confident over the ball.  Those two things go hand in glove: being able to wield the club produces confidence that you can indeed put enough force to the ball to execute a given shot.  Of course there’s more. . .the Mongoose Golf Swing is a top down swing, so you automatically have gravity as a friend.  Lift and drop is much easier than sway and swat.
Most male children eventually develop some hand strength, but the reality is that most men do not have the hand power necessary to wield their golf clubs with any of the conventional grips.  This includes the millions of people of all ages who suffer from hand pain.  Perhaps they suffer from a painful finger joint, an old finger injury, or from some muscle of bone disorder.  
Put simply, there are dozens of reasons people’s hands are weaker than they’d like them to be (neck pain caused from over-torguing on the swing; headaches from over-exertion, etc., add to the list of physical problems).  
Here’s my point.  If you place your hands on the club differently, they’re no longer weak.  If you learn to swing differently, you won’t be deliberately aggravating the conditions that cause you all that suffering in the first place.
To ORDER the Mongoose Golf Swing DVD tutorial, simply click on the BUY NOW button in the far right column.  It’s not hard to learn.  It doesn’t take long to get results.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Boobs Don’t Get in the Way of the Mongoose Golf Swing

Many women who love the game of golf - and who just happen to have big breasts - seem to struggle with the conventional golf swing.  This initiates such comments as “How do you swing around them?”  
Teaching pros have developed a sort of mantra to explain how to swing around breasts that want to get in the way.  “Put your left arm over the left one and the right arm up tight against the right one.”  Well, this setup depends completely on how far forward you may be leaning, how long your arms are, etc.  It really isn’t a solution, right?
Recall the British sports caster Ben Wright saying women couldn’t swing the golf club well because they have breasts.  Didn’t specify big, medium, or small.  Just breasts did the damage.  Well, poor old Ben got into some serious trouble.  
No problem with boobs and the Mongoose Golf Swing
For women, the old conventional swing, what I call the “sway and swat” swing, does indeed produce a couple of problems for women with bigger breasts.  If they’re really big, such as the women in the cartoon, then what I notice is that most women don’t have much of a back swing - they just do the best they can to get the club back and hit at the ball.  No distance.  No accuracy.  No confidence.  Soon, no golf.

Women professionals with large breasts have spent hours on the practice tee learning how to swing around their breasts.  But when a women learns to simply lift the club into place - as I teach with the “Goose,” her breasts simply don’t get in the way.  Rather than a side to side torquing swing, the “Goose” is a top down swing, and women who just happen to be endowed by nature do really well with it.
They also learn to separate their hands, which makes each hand stronger and allows them to actually wield the club, which is necessary to control it, to apply force with it; to finish the swing correctly.  All of this is not hard to learn.  Nor does it take that long to learn.  
Getting rid of the takeaway makes it much easier for women, even relatively slight women, to apply force to the golf ball.  Again, it’s a top down swing, versus as side-to-side torquing swing.  No more slicing.  No more miss-hitting.  No more whiffs.  But a whole passel full of new confidence to execute a given shot.  Any women can learn how to shape the blade of a club in order to hit either a deliberate cut (slice) or to draw the ball.  All of this is taught in the Mongoose Golf Swing tutorial.  Learn it and watch your scores come down.
Putting made easy for those with large boobs
As we see in the cartoon, this women is struggling to see the ball.  She also has to simply sway and swat at the ball.  Not so with my putting technique.  Simply learn to separate your hands, actually quite wide for putting (less as the club gets longer), and learn to putt by holding the left hand still and striking the ball with your right hand, which is much lower.  Your two hands produce a lever - with the top hand acting as the fulcrum or pivot point, and the bottom hand applying the force to the ball.
From time to time I’ll have a putting tip, or a means of getting the ball on the green without having to use the wedge, which many people simply can’t do well (even many pros can’t get the ball within 25 feet of the hole on any given shot.  They often take too much of a divot or hit it fat or over hit it or under hit it.  In any case, lots of pros have bad wedge days.  I teach what I call “a low-hanger” that helps you get the ball on the green, which makes it at least possible to have a putt.  
Most golfers are short on almost every shot - including their putts.  I’ve watched hundreds of tournaments where most of the pros are short on too many shots to put up a good score - including the Worlds’ Number One, two, three, four, etc.
To ORDER the Mongoose Golf Swing DVD tutorial, simply click on the BUY NOW button in the far right column.  You’re going to love this new swing.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Mongoose Golf Swing Helps Golfers With Chronic Back Pain - Read This!

Many golfers, including far too many pro tour players, suffer from what is now termed “bulging disk pain.”  Golfers acquire this very serious and painful condition because they over-torque their spine while roaring through their swing at the golf ball.
It seems that the object of modern golf is to see how far you can hit the driver.  They keep modifying the old conventional golf swing they learned as a kid until they can maximize the turning of their shoulders, while at the same time minimizing the turning of their hips.  This produces a tightly coiled torso, which helps accelerate the club head speed, which produces more distance on the shot.  Of course for some it also means hitting their driver into the deep rough or out-of-bounds.  Some pros are hitting their wedge 170 yards.  Far too many flinch while doing it.  Madness.

Intervertebral discs are positioned between each vertebral bone of the spine.  The inner core of the disc is a soft gel-like material.  The relentless attempts to modify the old conventional swing is now producing one herniated disc problem after another.  A golfer known around the world had to quit in the middle of the saturday round at the recent Players Championship (2010).  Had to be carted off the course, and was obviously in serious pain.

When you do not release your right hip on your down swing (right-handers), you add significant additional force both downward and laterally to your spine.  This severe over-torquing while not releasing the hip is the prime culprit for bulging-disc problems for golfers.  
When developing the Mongoose Golf Swing, I kept asking myself what do I have to do with my body to significantly reduce the torquing spine problem, without losing my ability to put the force I need into a particular shot?  Hmm.  Well, that was solved by creating a top-down force to the ball - while at the same time rotating my body around and up into a natural finish.
Simply put, I don’t have back pain after a round of golf (I used to) because I eliminated almost all of the torquing.  You’ll learn how to completely release your right hip (right-handers) as you strike the ball.  Same for lefties (I’m a lefty) - only you’ll learn how to release your left hip.  Your right leg will just go along for the ride (left leg for lefties).  Just a great relief for the spine.  Also my swing makes it much easier on all the lower back muscles in the process.
Again, you won’t have bulging disc problems with the “Goose” because you always release your hip (right or left respectively) on the downswing.  In other words, your hips turn almost as much as your shoulders, thus significantly reducing torque on your spine.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

"I'm Too Old To Learn a New Golf Swing"

I disagree.  So do the most modern scientists now studying the human brain.  A recent study found researchers with smiles on their face.  Seems that learning how to juggle can change the structure in adult brains - even older adults.  Juggling helps people improve their thinking skills and helps with processing or figuring out things.  Hmm.

So, you’re not too old to learn the Mongoose Golf Swing.  These researchers used magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) scans to observe adult brain function on those who had learned to juggle.  After 3-months of learning how to juggle 3 balls for at least a minute, the MRI revealed significant expansion in the area of the brain associated with processing and storage of complex visual motion.  "Most people can learn to juggle 3 balls for at least a minute. . . . . ." said the lead researcher.
Juggling and the "separating of the hands" feature of the Mongoose Golf Swing have much in common.  The juggler uses both hands in a cooperative way.  By keeping your hands separated on the golf club, each hand becomes aware of having to do slightly different, but important things in relation to the “complex motion” of swinging it and hitting a golf ball.  Fortunately, you don’t have to hit 3 balls at the same time.  But hitting one really well is one of life’s more wondrous feelings.  
Will your thinking improve by learning the “Goose?”  I make no such claims.  Will your scores start to come down?  I absolutely guarantee that your scores will start to come down.  O, and my the way, as your scores start to come down, your spirit starts to go through the roof.  "THWACK!"

Friday, February 4, 2011

Origins of the Mongoose Golf Swing; More Power, Less Effort

I’ve been playing golf for more than 60 years.  I’m 76.  From about age 21 or 22 I realized that the conventional golf swing was ridiculous.  Too many moving parts.  Using it we slice, gouge, flail, spray balls all over the course, over-swing, reverse-pivot, occasionally even whiff the ball completely, and always worry every time we go out to play.  Everyone I know who has played the game, including all the tour players, tinker with it, modify it, try this try that, only to see it break down again and again (ask Tiger).
It didn’t help that I’m left handed (no worries, my tutorial teaches the "Goose" from both sides).  The equipment was lousy for lefties for decades (only after the lefty Bob Charles won the British Open in 1963 did golf club manufacturers give a hoot about making better clubs for lefties).  But even with what were then called “rental clubs,” I got down to a 6 handicap.  I was always a good putter, which saved many a round.
In my 50s I kept hitting it shorter and shorter.  Finally, one morning, in my early 60s, I woke up realizing that I had to start from scratch and think the golf swing all-the-way-through, start to finish, or quit.  What would I have to do to get rid of the backswing?  Like every golfer who has played the game knows, the backswing is the black living monster that eats golf swings for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Again, what would I have to do to get rid of it?  I mean how do you take it to ‘here,’ then get back to ‘there’ at the exact perfect time to strike the ball and then get to ‘there’ in the followthrough - consistently and in balance?  You don’t.  But you can once you learn the "Goose."
Next, what must I do to be able to really wield the golf club?  I watched the greats and noticed that they would be firm for several shots, then hit a couple of absolute clinkers.  What was going on with that?  I saw their hands come off the club, especially if they were swinging hard on a particular shot.  What would it take, I mean what would I have to do to not have that happen, regardless of how hard I swung a club?  
Breakthroughs that really work.  No bull, no lies, just results that lower your score and add all sorts of enjoyment to the game

I was quite by chance in a museum and passed a painting of a group of Samurai swordsmen.  Of all people, if you’re a warrior who fights to the death with a sword, you have to learn how to wield the thing in such a way that it doesn’t come loose from your grip.  Low and behold, I noticed that they separated their hands about two or three inches.  Some even more than that (watch the VIDEO and see the swordsmen’s grip).  
I learned that your hands can’t be touching each other.  That sends all sorts of conflicting messages to the brain.  If you overlap a finger or intertwine them in some way, the brain doesn’t really know what you want your hands to do.  But if you separate them from each other they seem to be able to cooperate with each other in a most amazing way.  I watched jugglers and other people who do complex things where their hands have to cooperate, even a person throwing a pot (in pottery making) has to do several things at the same time with both hands.