Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shifting From Legs to Upper Body Swing Technique Without Noticeable Loss

What’s wrong with that scenario?  Nothing!   Right?

Why isn’t Michael Jordan still playing basketball?  Simple, he lost his legs.  He lost the strength and elasticity in the muscles of his legs.  Aging.  Yeah.  I remember hearing Willie Mays at 45 tell a reporter that he was as strong or stronger in his upper body, “but my wheels are gone man.”  
The PGA Tour is about leg-driving the long ball.  If you can’t hit driver 300 yards “you’re a short hitter.”  How ‘bout you?  
Those of us who love the game of golf - to keep playing as long as possible - tend to keep making “adjustments” with a swing that can’t work for us anymore.  Granted, one of the problems is not playing everyday.  If we play everyday we can have bad technique and still score.  We learn how to score with a lousy swing.

With the Mongoose Golf Swing, your legs sort of go along for the ride.  It’s an upper body swing technique that lets you apply all the force you need to execute a particular shot.  I developed it over about 10 years.  It doesn’t demand much from your legs and its easier on the back, hips, and knees.  

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Stop Hitting UNDER the Golf Ball! Strike DOWN on It!

Let’s see, I’ve been watching people hit under the golf ball for something like 64 years.  Why do people do it?  Because it seems necessary to hit under something to get it into the air.  Take chipping for example. . .
The average golfer - something like 95 percent of all golfers - approach a ball sitting just off the green.  They grab a 7 iron (because they read in some golf magazine that the 7 iron is the perfect club for chipping), address the ball, and hit up under the ball to get it into the air.  The ball ends up 10-20 feet short of the hole, right?  Been there, done that.

Stop hitting under the ball.  Hit down on the back of the ball.  Ideally the heel of the club (I’ll get to what type of club you should use in a moment) strikes down on the ball just above the equator of the ball.  What!  Think ball and ground.  Ball and ground.  Use the ground in almost every shot.  Why?  By hitting down you slightly compress the ball which makes it jump off the ground and head for the hole.

Imagine that the ball is BIGGER than it is.  Look down, imagine a BIGGER ball.  Imagine it the size of a tennis ball.  A tennis ball is easier to strike than a tiny little golf ball, right?  Again, by striking down on the back of the ball - it jumps into the air and wants to roll.  Why?  It will have backspin on it.  Just a little backspin, but that’s all you need.  You do not want the ball jumping into the air and suddenly stop rolling.
There is no perfect club for chipping.  One of the best is a driver or 3 metal.  For most chips, especially those around the green, or where you have clear sailing to the hole, I recommend the 6 iron.  Why?  It’s a middle iron - with less loft - which means it’s less likely you’ll chunk the shot if you miss hit it.  
How to hit crisp chip shots. . .TWICK!
Practice chipping pennies.  That’s right, pennies.  You can do this on your living room carpet or rug.  Rain or shine.  Rig a blanket in such a way that it protects your wall from possible dinks from the pennies hitting it.  Place the penny back in your stance.  Lift the club - with your hands separated as I teach in the Mongoose Golf Swing tutorial - and strike down on the back of the penny with your right hand guiding the club (if you’re right handed, your left hand if your left handed) to the back of the penny.  With your hands separated, you'll feel like you can wield the club, handle it, be more precise.
If you keep practicing this shot - again and again - you’ll begin to hear a crisp sound - something like the sound of the word TWICK! (a made up word).  Once you get this right, you’ll begin getting your chip shots closer and closer to the hole.  You’ll even make a few you don’t deserve.  You’ll also feel about 500 percent more confident that you can actually execute a chip shot that requires more loft, more distance.  Shave strokes by learning to chip pennies.  Strike down on the back of the penny.  TWICK!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Art of Recovery: How to Shave Strokes Off Every Round

Save par.  I recommend that most people abandon the wedge - except for bunker shots.  And even in bunkers, an 8 or 9 iron would serve better.  Why?  If the shot demands you remove a lot of sand, most people aren’t strong enough to execute the shot.  How many times have you tried to get a ball out of a bunker - swung mightily at it - and then watched it roll back in the bunker.  Meanwhile, your wrist feels like you bent it backward upon itself.  
Few of us get to practice much at all.  Few people even go to the practice range and warm up before a round.  So, how do we shave strokes?  First, don’t think wedge when you enter the bunker.  Think 8 or 9 iron.  Second, grip down, way down, open the blade, and when you strike the ball, swing at a diagonal angle under the ball (think 4 o'clock to 11 o'clock, for right-handers; 8 o'clock to 1 o'clock for lefties).  Learn the separating of the hands grip I teach with the "Goose" and it will help you immensely in the bunker.  If it’s a particularly deep bunker - I recommend not trying for the green.  Hit the ball onto the fairway, even if it means going backward and having your next shot be longer.  Save the shot you most likely would have given up trying to hit onto the green - and failed to execute.

The 8 or 9 will help you make better contact with the ball.  Worst case you get the ball back into play - even if you clunk it.  Most amateurs do not know how to put backspin on a ball to control distance - so the result is too often hitting the ball over the green into another bunker or into a situation worse than you’d have if you simply hit the ball back onto the fairway.  Again, you save strokes by playing smart.  Chunking shots in the bunker is the one sure way of taking the air out of a round and seeing your score go ballistic.  If you're not making your living playing golf, you're probably playing to have some fun, right?
I teach a shot I call a “low hanger” that will help you stay out of more bunkers than you can count.  You’ll learn to keep the ball low - so it will roll up onto the green and toward the hole.  People are amazed when I continuously ignore trying to hit the ball on the green and instead opt to hit the ball in front of the green and let it roll up onto it.  I continue to take their money round after round.  They just won’t abandon the bad habits they’ve acquired over a lifetime of trying to be Ben Hogan or Phil Michelson.  Of course, with the “Goose” you can also learn ball placement strategies that will help you shave strokes.  Well, there’s my pitch for today.  To order the “Goose” tutorial, just click on the ‘BUY NOW” button in the far right column.  And remember, you don’t have to open an account with PayPal to use their services.  Simply follow the instructions I provide for ORDERING under the 33 Min of AAAR!! section.  Thanks.