Saturday, December 15, 2012

3 HOURS TO A MORE POWERFUL GOLF SWING

When I first began developing the MONGOOSE SWING I was trying to find a way to apply more power to the ball with less effort. Everyone who plays the game - including the majority of pros - over-swing.The whole history of man - including 3,000 years of philosophy - is all about gaining power. Conquests. Invasions. Inventing gods and goddesses. Canons and guns and dynamite and atom bombs - all about more power. “God is on the side of the army with the most cannons” said Napoleon. In other words - the most power. When Zhukov led the Russian army into Germany - at the Battle of Berlin he commanded 6,000 tanks and 7,500 aircraft and more than 40,000 pieces of artillery. You get the picture.

As I written again and again - I saw the power generated by the Mongoose when it attacks a cobra (or some prey) and takes it to the ground. Always seemingly knowing that when they both hit the ground - its teeth would embed in the prey and the battle was over. The average golfer hasn’t a clue about how to use the ground to facilitate a shot. To put more power into it.


I watched movies of samurai swordsmen - with their hands separated just so - wielding enormous power right at the point of contact with the other combatant. I learned the same thing while working in the woods and watching expert loggers get after a tree (some of them 6 feet across). The top hand slides down as the axe is moving toward the cut area - and right at impact there's a pushing and pulling action that slams the axe head into the tree. But how to get that all into the golf swing remained a mystery for many years. 

The secret is to separate your hands - as you see clearly with the samurai above. The grip is dramatically firmer. Only instead of going straight down (as seen above) - you rotate your hands about 45 degrees to the right (to the left for lefties) and rotate your body down and around. The MONGOOSE SWING is a top down swing - much like the logger’s action when swinging the axe hard - because you want to use your hands and arms and the entire upper right side of your body as a lever to the club into the golf ball. By striking the ball first while still descending downward - you end up using the ground to bite the ball with the club. The amount you separate your hands for each club I discuss my video. 

The result is being able to apply a lot of power to the ball with much less effort. With the MONGOOSE SWING - the legs pretty much go along for the ride - which makes it easier on the back - legs - knees etc. It’s taken a long time to get it right. But here I am 78 and I can still put a lot of force into the ball with my swing. If you’re interested in giving it a try - simply follow the instructions in the right column about how to get your hands on my video. Thanks.

Monday, November 5, 2012

COMMENTERS


The secret of learning the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING is to go slow. I explain in detail in an email PDF to all buyers exactly how to go about it. To try and rush into a full swing while employing some of this technique combined with all the old muscle memory is a recipe for disaster. YOU’LL NEVER LEARN THIS SWING IF YOU HURRY. 

If you’ve played golf with the conventional swing for several years - you have muscle memory of all those years. You can’t simply watch a video a few times and then go break 80. Start with the grip. Sit in a chair with a 7 iron with your hands separated and move the club around slowly. Then after you have the feel of that - learn to “wield” the club. That is be able to move it around and down and side to side at will (try not to break a lamp). You must be able to wield every club in your bag. This is how you learn to have confidence in your swing. You’ve heard it a thousand times - “The guy can’t hit his long irons” or words to that effect. What they should be saying is “he can’t wield the long irons in his bag.” 

I knew a guy - about 53 or so - who decided to buy a motorcycle. A Harley. He was obviously in what they call a “mid-life crisis.” Wanted to test his manhood or whatever. The salesman asked him if he’d rode a motorcycles before. “O yeah.” So taking his word - he let him ride it off the lot. He rode it out into traffic - was clipped by an oncoming car - thrown hard to the ground - multiple head injuries was the result. He needed to get some lessons. He needed to go very slow through the process of learning how to ride a motorcycle. Then he should have taken more lessons in how to ride a motorcycle in traffic. You get the point.

The MONGOOSE GOLF SWING IS NOT HARD TO LEARN - if - if you go slow and feel your way through the various stages of the swing. Begin by working low and slow. Work up to higher and faster.

Friday, September 21, 2012

THROWING A BASEBALL AND STRIKING A GOLF BALL


We throw a baseball with our arm and shoulder and back and legs and feet. We strike a golf ball with our arms and shoulder and back and legs and feet. But there’s a huge difference. The LEVERING ACTION when we throw is toward the target. The levering action when we strike a golf ball is sideways. This is why when we move weight to one side and then have to move back over the golf ball - we see people struggle. It’s not natural. Throwing is pretty natural. With the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING I’ve invented a way to make the levering action more natural. Instead of moving AWAY from the ball - you move slightly forward. Slightly forward means slightly forward. This move is not to be over-exaggerated. But as we move slightly forward (our weight is moved to the inside of our left-leg if right-handed) we can then easily lift the club into position - which sets us up to apply a lot of force to the golf ball by freeing up our right side (mainly the right hip) so we can more easily lever our whole body into the ball. We learn to strike the ball with our whole right side - like a door shutting. If we have moved our body to the right and don’t get back over the ball BEFORE applying power to the ball - it feels like throwing a baseball while sitting in a chair. 

To stop hitting at the ball and instead striking down on the back of it - pick up my 33 Min of ARRRR!! video Tutorial. To purchase - all you need do is click on the BUY NOW button in the right column. PayPal. You don’t need an account. Once you’re on their page - about half way down on the right you’ll see DON’T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT. Click on that. Do the credit card thing. And you get your hands on my DVD Tutorial. You’ll love it. Have a great fall season.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

MAKING THE GOLF SWING SOLID AND DEPENDABLE


We see the pro golf swing break down. Fatigue has something to do with this - especially on hot days or when the pros play in heavy wind. Come Saturday and Sunday - as the players get closer to payday - the swings get looser and we even see the hands come loose of the club grip.

As I’ve said repeatedly on this blog - the conventional golf swing - the one everyone is taught - has too many parts. It has one unique part that is the reason the golf swing breaks down - the takeaway. When you shift your weight to the right (left-handers to the left) - you have to shift it back to the same spot where you addressed the ball before applying power to the ball - and this isn’t easy to do. So it’s hard to develop a dependable rhythm. 

The MONGOOSE GOLF SWING eliminates the takeaway. You simply lift the club into position. So you don’t have to have any rhythm to get back to the spot at which you addressed the ball to apply power to it. Why? You haven’t shifted your weight to the right (or left if left-handed). 

In fact - my swing teaches you to move your weight just slightly forward - which helps you lift the club into position. And this is exactly where you should be if you want to be able to apply all the power you need to execute a given shot. The ‘GOOSE’ is a far more dependable swing. Less parts allows you to apply more power with less effort. My video tutorial slows everything down to make it easier to learn. I don’t care how old you are - or if you’re 6 or 7 - you can learn to wield every club in your bag - even with small or weak hands - and you can build a far more dependable swing.

To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’ tutorial - simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column. Get your own 33 minutes of ARRRR! Lots of slow motion - which makes it easier to grasp the basics. Lots of explanations. I repeat things because that’s how we learn best.  

When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal. If you DON”T have an account with them - NO PROBLEM. You can use their online banking services anyway. On the PayPal page - simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” (about half way down the page on the right) and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out your credit card info - etc. - and you’re done. They send me notification. I ship your DVD. Golf season is far from over. Give it a try and within hours you can stop slicing and mishitting and learn to strike the ball like the best pro. No hype here. You’re going to love it.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MUSCLE POWER & THE MONGOOSE GOLF SWING


I claim you can apply less effort and generate more power with The MONGOOSE GOLF SWING. How? By aggregating muscle power through contracting the muscles in your upper back - arms - and buttocks simultaneously. I claim that you only need a 3/4 swing to apply more power than you can with a full swing. Again this is accomplished by aggregating muscles. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

IMAGERY and STRIKING the GOLF BALL WITH The MONGOOSE GOLF SWING

I’ve tried over the years to find better and better ways to describe how to learn and then execute certain features of the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING. This is my latest incarnation regarding the concept of striking the golf ball vs merely hitting it or hitting at it - which is what 90 percent of all the golfers in the world do. Hitting at it - sweeping it as it were - turns a 6 iron into a 9 iron. Not a good thing.


When you strike down on the back of the golf ball - you should have your hands well in front of the club head (not behind as in the above image). Why? You want to hit the ball first with the HEEL of your club. Not the face to the back of the ball - but the HEEL. Why? The idea is to use the ground to compress the golf ball. Right - the compression is ever so slight - but it makes a significant difference in ball flight and control: or accuracy.

I send a detailed PDF about how to learn this to buyers of my TUTORIAL. But the image is of knocking the ball into the ground - while rotating around with your body. This prevents you from gouging the ground as if you were going straight down at the ball with an axe. You’re not going straight down - but that’s the feeling - or should I say there are TWO FEELINGS - one of going straight down - but at the same time knowing that you’re rotating around and up into your finish. 


I strike at a point on the ball just above the equator. In my INTRO VIDEO I draw a mark around the ball - X marks the spot. As the heel of the club strikes the ball - the ball starts to move up the face because you’ve compressed it (slightly) against the ground. The mongoose does the same thing when it strikes its prey. It uses the ground to sink its teeth into whatever it is it’s just taken down (see mongoose attacking cobra in INTRO VIDEO).

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

THE CONVENTIONAL GOLF SWING PRODUCES MEDIOCRE RESULTS - WHY?


The people known as biophysicists are turning the world of sports inside out and upside down. They took an unremarkable baseball pitcher and changed everything about his delivery and he won 19 games. They took a woman javelin thrower who had all sorts of strength - but bad form - and made her a challenger for the world record. They’ve helped any number of people improve their running style.  But what about the golf swing? Nothing. Why?
I claim that biophysicists won’t even take on the conventional golf swing. I did - and I continue to try and argue for the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING. Why? Because it makes it possible to play well whether your 6 or 106. 
The MONGOOSE GOLF SWING teaches you how to strike the golf ball in such a way that totally new sounds are generated - as well as totally new distances to contemplate. Less effort - more power. Power in the conventional swing is limited to your body and arms. The hands are supposed to be “quiet.”  Can you imagine pitching a baseball hard - with your hands quiet? A baseball pitcher uses his fingers at the last moment before releasing the ball to apply more power to the pitch. Same with the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING. Just before impact - the right hand (for right-handers) deliberately accelerates into the ball on a downward trajectory. THWACK! is the sound. The ball takes off lower because you’ve compressed it into the ground - deliberately. Down and around and up into a finish. Watch the INTRO VIDEO over in the upper right column.
Balance. Power under control.

Meanwhile - think about these biophysical principles.  Balance. Power under control. Acceleration using your hands and simple body rotation technique. Ball control because of more compact swing technique. 
To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’ Tutorial - simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column.  Get your own 33 minutes of ARRRR!  Lots of slow motion - which makes it easier to grasp the basics.  Lots of explanations.  I repeat things because that’s how we learn best.  
When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal.  If you DON”T have an account with them - NO PROBLEM!  You can use their online banking services anyway.  On the PayPal page - simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” (about half way down the page on the right) and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out your credit card info - etc. - and you’re done.  They send me notification.  I ship your DVD.  Golf season has begun.  Give it a try and within a few weeks you’re golfing life will be transformed.  It’s not hard to learn.  You’re going to love it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HOW NBA BASKETBALL VALIDATES MONGOOSE GOLF SWING TECHNIQUE


We just finished the NBA season playoffs.  I watched parts of two games - for a reason.  I wanted to study the arm and hand coordination and cooperation of good shooters and compare that with the arm and hand coordination and cooperation of professional golfers.  Some interesting observations.
Those of you who’ve read this blog for a while know that I preach the necessity of being able to wield every club in your bag - if you want to stand over the ball with a repeatable confidence factor.  Of the three or four golf tournaments I watched - I noticed that the breakdown starts on about hole 12 on the back nine.  The player in the lead begins to think about winning.  He begins counting the money.  And suddenly - he hits a drive so far off line it costs him a double bogey - and the tournament.  Strange.
I claim we need to get our hands more involved in the golf swing the more tired we become.  Why?  Feel.  Feel goes out the window because of the pressure to win or to get a certain score to qualify for some other event.  Feel goes out the window with the conventional grip.  Why?  The hands are too close together.  Which brings me to the purpose of this post.
HOW FAR TO SEPARATE THE HANDS ON EACH CLUB COMES DOWN TO FEEL

Monday, June 18, 2012

SWING BREAKDOWNS AT US OPEN AND WHY

Swing Breakdown

As the US Open closed on Sunday - dozens of players had no swing.  These are professionals!  How is it possible for a professional to lose his or her swing?  Here’s why.  The conventional golf swing has too many components.  Too many stars to keep in alignment - swing after swing - to be consistent.  Webb Simpson - who won - has a very solid swing - and he has a few shots that individuals like Furyk and McDowell don’t have - for hitting the little chop down in heavy grass for example.  But he won the US Open because of his putting - not his swing.
As the pressure increases - the tensions in the muscles increase.  That all leads to strange looking swings of the golf club.  Mickelson recently lost a tournament he would have won because he hit a driver so far to the left he had no shot.  Then - instead of limiting his mistakes - he tried to hit another and failed.  By the time he got on the green and finished the hole - he was out of it.  On Sunday - he was 16 over at the Open.  Tiger - in spite of getting a couple of birdies on the way home - finished at 7 over.
Here’s my point: by getting rid of some of the components of the golf swing - you get more consistency as part of the reward. I created the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING to improve consistency. It's that simple.  Less moving parts.  Less struggle.  The body stays over the ball.  No takeaway.  No rhythm.  Just lift the club and strike down on the golf ball as you rotate around.  I’m an old guy and I can’t imagine why these pros can’t hit fairways.  Miss after miss after miss.  And some of the swings - on their best days - are shake-and-bake.  John Daily’s “grip it and rip it” doesn’t get the job done on a consistent basis.  So the big hitters were almost absent on Sunday at the US Open.  The people who prevailed were those who could putt.  When the putter fails - these guys shot a 75 or 78 or worse.  
A RELIABLE SWING THAT’S NOT HARD TO LEARN

I developed the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING for guys who were struggling because of age.  I got into my early 60s and just couldn’t get the club around fast enough to generate club head speed.  My driving distance went from 290 to 240.  What’s going on here?  Is there another way?  Took me several years before I had the guts to make the video.  But I finally reached a point where people started standing around watching me at the driving range.  “How’d you learn that swing?”  I developed it myself.  “You teach it?”  No.  But I’m thinking of producing a video of it.  “Here’s my phone number.  You get a video together and I’ll buy it.”  The 'GOOSE' is also much easier on the back - hips - and knees.
So now - the video tutorial is available and I’m selling DVDs all over the world.  I can’t believe the places I’ve shipped the tutorial.  China and Indonesia and Russia and dozens into Australia and New Zealand.  Dozens to the Canadians to my north.  And of course now in all the states.  Just sold my first tutorial in Arkansas yesterday.  I’ll never get my money back.  I knew that going in.  But whether it was ego or just wanting others to learn a better way to strike a golf ball - I did it!  And it works.  
To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’ tutorial - simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column.  Get your own 33 minutes of ARRRR!  Lots of slow motion - which makes it easier to grasp the basics of the swing.  Lots of explanations.  I repeat things because that’s the way human beings learn best.  
When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal.  If you DON”T have an account with them - NO problem.  You can use their online banking services anyway.  On the PayPal page - simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” (about half way down the page on the right) and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out your credit card info - etc. - and you’re done.  They send me notification.  I ship your DVD.  Golf season has begun.  Give it a try and within a few weeks you’re golfing life will be transformed.  It’s not hard to learn.  You’re going to love it.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LOWER YOUR SCORES BY LEARNING HOW TO WIELD THE CLUBS IN YOUR BAG

Most golfers - including most pros - really struggle to wield their longer clubs.  Take a look at the Intro video over on the right - you’ll see a swordsman wielding a sword.  You’ll see why he has to separate his hands to wield the sword.  For the golfer - the problem is easily traced to the grip.  The hands are too close together to wield the longer clubs.  For many women and even many older men - they can’t even wield the short sticks.  We’re taught to either intertwine our fingers or overlap them.  The idea is to - in a sense - hold the club with one hand.  To keep a person from getting too “handsy.”  
Separating the hands lets anyone of any age wield the golf club

But in fact - the golf swing itself - regardless of how we grip the club - DEMANDS that we somehow get the club head around enough to make square-faced contact with the ball.  If you’re right-handed - that means you have to use your thumb and the first fingers on your right hand - in cooperation with your arms and body - to get the club head around ON TIME.  In other words - you have to get handsy to control the tempo of the swing.  If you’re a little late - you cut across the ball - which causes a slice.  If you’re a little early - you’ll either push the ball to the left or hook it.  Top players continue to struggle to wield the longer clubs.  However - with the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING - which borrows from the ancient Japanese swordsmen - you’ll learn to separate your hands so as to be able to wield the club head. 
Simple physics explains why it works.  Your right hand is now lower on the shaft and closer to the club head.  By swinging hard with your right hand - getting the sense of pushing the club through the ball and up into a finish - while at the same time pulling back a little with your left hand - at impact - you generate a great deal of club head speed without the big turn and the big contortionist movements of the body demanded by the conventional golf swing.  THWACK! is the new sound you’ll hear.  Watch the Intro video and you can hear it.  People all over the world - especially those who’ve spent their whole lives struggling to play the game of golf - are learning how to wield their golf clubs.  And they’ve got the lower scores to prove how beneficial that skill is.
To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’. - simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column.  Get your own 33 minutes of ARRRR! DVD tutorial.  Lots of slow motion - which makes it easier to grasp the basics of the swing.  Lots of explanations.  I repeat things because that’s the way human beings learn.  
When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal.  If you DON”T have an account with them - NO problem.  You can use their online banking services anyway.  On the PayPal page - simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out your credit card info - etc. - and you’re done.  They send me notification.  I ship your DVD.  Golf season has begun.  But it’s not too late to learn the ‘GOOSE’ for this season. Your DVD is just a click away.  You’re going to love it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

GOLF SWING REALITY #1: THIGH BONE CONNECTS TO HIP BONE - REMEMBER?

THIGH BONE CONNECTS TO HIP BONE

I harp and harp on this: golfers hurt their backs because they don’t understand that the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone.  Don’t worry - I’m not going to do the anatomy thing again.  But if you’ve ever pulled a lower back muscle while swinging a golf club - - - this might prove interesting.
At 60 I believed I had become the Ancient of Days.  I was always a pretty long hitter.  Not 330 yard drives - but I could hit it 290 with some regularity.  At 60 I was down to 240 and shrinking.  Meanwhile they’re making the courses longer.  I was angry about getting old.  I was angry that I could no longer get around fast enough to develop club head speed - which is how you hit long drives.
I began developing what I later called THE MONGOOSE GOLF SWING.  I had figured out a way to get the club to the ball faster.  The shortest distance between two points. . .remember?  I could see the idea working.  But doing it the real world and seeing it in my imagination are two bloody different things.  And I mean bloody in the sense of hurting myself learning how to pull it off.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

TOO MANY PARTS IN THE CONVENTIONAL GOLF SWING = ERRATIC RESULTS


Einstein knew a few things about complexity.  He said that anyone can make something more complex.  The idea was to make it simpler - but not too simple.  There are limits for both how complex and how simple something can and cannot be.  The conventional golf swing - the one we’re all taught - has too many parts and too many places to be at the right time to be consistent.  Consistency = confidence.
When a player turns in a 62 - they announce a “spectacular round.”  What they’re really saying is that “he made a lot of putts.”  It doesn’t matter that he wasn’t that close to the hole all day.  That he missed a lot of fairways.  That he got up and down out of the rough 4 times.  He made a lot of putts.  Result: low number.  Next day - different results.  
Watching the Players Championship today I couldn’t help but see a lot of players with not a lot of confidence in their swing.  Why?  The pressure to win or to make the cut (I know they made the cut yesterday) puts a lot of extra stress on all those moving parts.  Result: balls in the water.  Balls off the fairway. Unplayable lies.

THE FULL SWING DEBACLE
The full swing demands the golfer take the club away from the ball - take it up at the right angle - a full turn of the shoulders - the proper wrist cock - the head remains still - then when to stop the backswing and begin the forward swing - elbow in - right angle to the ball - the hands rushing to get the club head around so as not to cut the ball - but not too far around to hook it - and to arrive at the ball with the body in the perfect spot to apply power to the ball.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

OUR FINGERS AND THE MONGOOSE GOLF SWING


The other day I was thinking what if the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING grip technique were the conventional gripping technique?  What if everyone in the world was gripping their clubs with my separated hands technique?  Would I have the slightest chance of converting them back to the Vardon? Never!  I would be tagged a lunatic.  Well - back to reality.  My gripping technique is not being used by everyone in the world.  

With any grip where the fingers are touching or overlapping - the hands and fingers get weaker.  Right-handers are taught to squeeze tighter with the little finger and ring finger of their left hand - and tighter with the forefinger and thumb of the right hand.  Essentially a 4-finger grip - which explains why the big hitters grip comes unhinged on any given drive or when they’re trying to muscle a shot.  
When you separate your hands - you have a 10-finger grip (if we’re allowed to call the thumb a finger).  And rather than having to squeeze tighter with a couple of fingers - I recommend a very light gripping action.  Like someone learning to fence - you might hear this - “Think of holding a bird.  Hold it tight enough so it won’t fly away.  And not so tight you kill it.”
LOSING FINGERS AND FEEL
My grandfather lost two fingers to industrial accidents.  He was a machinist using primitive take-no-prisoners equipment as early as 1904.  He always said that when he lost his fingers - he could no longer feel himself moving around in the world.  I never got it.  Never knew what he was trying to teach me.  Years later --- I was walking down a winding road in Oregon and it hit me.  He spoke like a blind man who feels his way through the world.  Seems that even though we can see with our literal eyes - we do far more feeling our way through life with our fingers and hands than we realize. And only when we lose a finger or two do we become aware of how important they are to our existence. 

Every artist - makes art with his or her fingers and hands.  Wonderful things that they are.  Hands and fingers built the world.  Years ago I had the opportunity to talk at length with a neurosurgeon about the brain and the nerves - etc.  He said something that just floored me.  “Our whole body - every square inch of it - is our brain.  The 3-pound mass located in our skull is simply the nucleus.  The operating system as it were.  We get a tiny splinter in a tiny toe and it becomes the dominate thing in our life until we fix it” (or words to that effect).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

THE LEVER AND THE MONGOOSE GOLF SWING


Okay - I’m going to try and prove that the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING is not only superior to the conventional golf swing taught by tens of thousands of club professionals around the world - but superior in many different ways.  That using the conventional swing that has evolved over something like 350 years - since first cobbled together by those who played the game in Scotland on sections of pasture - is not the way to go. 
When you keep tinkering with something to get it to work better - you might be honest and say there’s something fundamentally wrong with it in the first place.  In every sport there are those who make it to the pros with a lousy jump shot - who can’t really pass accurately with a football - who can't find the strike zone on any given day - who can’t hit the driver and keep the ball in the fairway.  The pundits step up and either make excuses or become outright critics of the person who brought them to the pros in the first place.
Golf started with the leisure class.  What to do on any given day was a problem for kings and emperors and the lords and barons of the land holders.  I mean someone else was laboring for their bread - so they didn’t have to work.  Leisure.  What to do?  Sports like golf and cricket and bowling and any number of other pastimes were just that: what do we do with all these hours.  All these “sports” were cobbled together and tinkered with over centuries.  People tried to master them.  Many of the so-called “greats” were those who could hit the jump shot - through the football with accuracy - find the strike zone - and get the golf ball on the fairway - and then into the hole - with some sort of regularity.  
I’ve read widely about this.  And in almost every case - the athletes who rose above the rest invented some other means of doing what they did well other than the way they were taught.  
Archimedes once said - “Give me a place to stand and I will move the world.”  He understood the power of the lever.  We may ask - why is it that small forces can move weights by means of a lever?  Aristotle knew that there were 3 elements in the lever: the fulcrum - which acts as the center - and the two weights.  The one which causes the movement - and the one that is moved.  Here’s the technical jargon for those who like to go into the deep end of the pool: the ratio of the weight moved to the weight moving is in the inverse ratio of the distances from the center.  The greater distance from the fulcrum - the easier it will move.  When the force doing the moving is farther from the lever - it will cause a greater movement.  
Most golfers do very little levering.  They swing at the ball as if heaving the club at it.  They fold up everything on the backswing and unfold everything on the downswing.  Rotating around their bodies in both directions.  They take a strong stance.  Legs apart.  Many of the pros are very strong men.  But there is a constant struggle to get all the parts of the golf swing to work shot after shot.  A pro goes out in 32 and comes in in 42.  What happened?  Often - the legs get tired or the swing just kind of drifts away.  Rhythm breaks down a little.  Suddenly they’re off the fairway and scrambling to save a round.

The MONGOOSE GOLF SWING introduces the concept of levering the upper body downward - which is quite natural.  Pick up a club - lift it up over your head like if were an axe - and you’ve got the general idea.  Feels natural and normal to do such a thing.  But all the turning and wrist breaking and arm extensions and full turns and elbow tucks and keeping the hands quiet - is not natural at all.  Which explains why every golfer using the conventional swing struggles on any given hole - any given round.  

Friday, April 6, 2012

SMALL YET POWERFUL ANIMALS CAN TEACH US A BETTER GOLF SWING


We watch animals seemingly effortlessly go up a tree.  Jump over a fence.  Capture their prey.  Years ago I was watching a National Geographic show on television that featured a cobra and mongoose in mortal combat.  The mongoose won easily.  I got my hands on the video (some of it is in my INTRO VIDEO over there in the right column).  I slowed it down.  Studied it for days.  Again and again trying to get what it was that allowed this little creature to apply so much force.  We’ve watched a cat play with its prey.  They slap it around with their paws.  Mongoose didn’t do that.  Didn’t try to slap the cobra to the ground.  
Rather - it used its UPPER BODY to lever forward striking the cobra to the ground and killing it with its teeth.  It even used the ground (which I feature in my MONGOOSE GOLF SWING TUTORIAL VIDEO) as part of the total attack.  So I learned from the animal how to invent a new golf swing.  Top down.  Strike the golf ball don’t just hit at it.  Use the ground.  Over time - I refined the technique.  I learned the need to separate my hands if I wanted to wield the club.  I realized this was the central weakness of almost every golfer.  Even the pros end up losing their grip on the club - especially the driver.  Also - I notice them cutting the ball a great deal because they don’t quit get the face lined up at impact.  Again - for a right-handed player - they just don’t get the club around fast enough.  Why?  
The little finger of their right-hand is hooked around the forefinger of their left-hand (the reverse for lefties).  So part of the strength of their right hand is taken out of the swing.  By separating the hands - the right-hand down a couple of inches - they have the strength of the whole hand - AND - a much better pivot point becomes available to apply force to the golf ball.  All of this is demonstrated slowly and repeatedly in my TUTORIAL.
MORE POWER LESS EFFORT

I claim the makers of golf clubs knew subconsciously that one day - one day - the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING would appear and need the long grip wrapping.  If you watch my INTRO VIDEO - you’ll see a short clip of a swordsman demonstrating how to use a sword in combat with another swordsman.  The sword has a long grip wrapping (note in the picture the extended grip wrapping on the sword.  Okay - you’re right - she’s not there to sell swords).  Why the long grip wrapping?  YOU MUST SEPARATE YOUR HANDS if you want to apply force with a sword.  YOU MUST BE ABLE TO WIELD IT.  Same goes for the golf stick.  YOU MUST BE ABLE TO WIELD IT.  And most people can’t do that because they’ve been taught to meld their hands together by overlapping a finger or overlapping two fingers.  People with small hands or generally weak hands - such as us older folk - add to our own exasperation by employing the conventional grip concepts.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

THE BODY AND THE GOLF SWING: RELENTLESS CONFLICT: BAD RESULTS


Body up.  Hit something.  Baseball.  Okay.  Golf ball.  Hmm.  Unnatural.  Who invented this game anyway.  The Scots.  Figures.  Cold country.  Days are boring.  What to do?  Let’s see. . .we’ve got all this pasture land. . .

It began as a “gentlemen’s” game.  Something to while away the hours.  Probably an expanded version of the lawn game. . .crochet.  Another game invented to take advantage of all that lawn area surrounding those big mansions. . .another thing to do with all that time.  “Things are going well in the colonies.”  Gossip and golf.  Nothing really changes.

Hit the ball.  Walk to the ball.  Hit it again.  Walk to the ball.  Hit it as close to the tiny hole as possible.  Putt it into the hole.  So simple.  Well. . .time adds things.  Like the professional golfer.  This guy took the ancient game and modernize it.  Better clubs.  Better balls.  The golf course designer.  The country club.  A place where the elite meet to eat. . .and O yeah. . .play the game.

The average golf swing is pitiful.  Awkward.  Ugly looking.  Just plain ugly.  We won’t get into the putting stroke of the average player.  Average player meaning something like 95% of all golfers.  Problem: relentless conflict with the body.  The body doesn’t like the old ancient golf swing developed over 300 years ago.  Of course they weren’t trying to see how far they could smash the ball.  These were gentlemen.  And ladies.  Mary. . .Queen of Scots. . .is said to have been the first woman to play the game.  And she was awful.  Took a hundred mulligan a round.  And we’re talking 9 holes.  18 holes came later.  She would have to take a nap after playing golf.  In fact. . .a lot of people have to take naps after playing the game.  Many get a massage.  See the chiropractor.  Pick up the prescription.  Lay low.

THE MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THE GOLF SWING


The major problem. . .note the word “major”. . .is getting the club into position to hit it.  Forget the modern notion of “striking” it.  Few golfers have a clue about how to “strike” the golf ball.  Getting the club into position asks much of the body.  Hands here.  Legs here.  Lean forward.  Not too far.  Stand straighter.  Don’t stand so straight.  Now. . .now. . . now. . .take the club away low and slow.  Slower.  A little faster.  Wrist break.  Not that much wrist break.  A little more wrist break.  Break your wrists sooner.  Not so soon.  Now at the top. . .shift your weight to the left (if you’re right-handed. . .to the right if you’re left-handed). . .as you move down and through the ball.  O. . .and then up into a full follow through.  Right?

A BETTER SWING CONCEPT FOR THE MODERN GAME

I began inventing the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING about 30 years ago.  I began with the nemesis of the golf swing: THE TAKEAWAY.  How in the hell can you rid of that monster?  I tried all kinds of things.  Then it dawned on me. . .just lift the damn club up to the spot from which you’re going to hit the ball.  Lift.  Hit.  Lift.  Hit.  Then I began changing a few other things that my body didn’t like.  The old swing and swat.  The old side-to-side.  Initiated by the takeaway.  I learned how to shift my weight to the exact spot I need to have my body to cream the ball.  And at 77. . .I can still strike the ball with all the authority I need to play the modern golf course.  I learned how to shift my body slightly FORWARD. . .rather than to the side.  The WRONG side.

You should learn the ‘GOOSE’ and fall in love with the game all over again.  The 'GOOSE' loves the body.  Even old one's like mine.  Here’s how to get your hands on my DVD video tutorial.  33 minutes of ARRRR!

To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’. . .simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column.  Get your own 33 minutes of ARRRR! video tutorial DVD.  Lots of slow motion. . .which makes it much easier to grasp the elements of the swing.  Lots of explanations.  When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal.  If you DON”T have an account with them.  NO PROBLEM.  You can use their online banking services anyway.  Simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out the simple form. . .your credit card info. . .etc.  And you’re done.  Again. . .if you’re in the Western hemisphere. . .use the last days of winter to learn a new golf swing.  You’re body's going to love it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

THE MAN WITH THE GOLD PLATED GOLF BALLS


The guy stopped his car on the bridge.  Got out of his car.  Grabbed his bag of golf clubs. . .his duffle bag with 20 skins of brand new golf balls. . .and threw them into the river below.  No arrests were made.  Perhaps the cops felt the same way.  “It’s these clubs you gave me” that cause me to score so high.  WRONG!
A man had a dozen golf balls gold plated.  “They tell me I’ll get another 30 yards on my driver.”  WRONG!  There are no golden golf balls that will save your game.  Only the right swing.  A simpler swing.  A much simpler swing.  How can I say it?  A much. . .much. . . simpler swing is your only hope.  Enter the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING.
Think about this.  With the ‘GOOSE’ you get rid of two horrible parts of the conventional golf swing.  The takeaway and the notion of having to swing with a  rhythmic motion.  But there’s more.  The ‘GOOSE’ introduces a top down swing (vs side-to-side) that produces more power with less effort.  Thus you only need to take the club up to about a 3/4 swing height as a FULL SWING height.  This is much easier on the body.  Much easier on the back. . .hips. . . and knees.
THERE’S MORE. . . .
Few golfers actually “strike” the golf ball.  They hit it. . .or hit at it.  Mostly they scope it.  This turns a 6 iron into an 8 iron.  Hitting down on the ball. . .learning how to use the ground as part of the art of actually “striking” a golf ball. . .is how you add 30 yards to your driver.  
Only by learning how to “strike” the golf ball consistently are you going to know how far you can hit a 5. . .6. . .7 . . .8. . .9 iron. . .etc.  If you can build some confidence shot-to-shot. . .your scores will come down effortlessly.  And I mean it.
Do NOT waste money having your golf balls gold plated.  Just order the MONGOOSE GOLF SWING video tutorial DVD.  33 minutes of ARRR!  You will not be disappointed.  The tutorial also features several other techniques that will help you get much closer to the hole with your short game.  Once you learn to chip with pennies. . .you’ll get so good you’ll want to go on tour.
To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’. . .simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column. Lots of slow motion. . .which makes it easier to grasp the swing.  Lots of explanations.  When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal.  If you DON”T have an account with them. . .NO problem.  You can use their online banking services anyway.  Simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out the simple form. . .your credit card info. . .etc. . .and you’re done.  Again. . .if you’re in the Western hemisphere. . .use the rest of the winter to learn a new golf swing.  You’re going to love it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GOLF SWING OVERHAUL: What Can The Juggler Teach Us About the Golf Swing?


Plenty.  Just as we have a dominant eye. . .we also have a dominant hand.  The other hand is called the subordinate hand.  Holding a ball in each hand. . .throw a ball from your subordinate hand to your dominant hand.  Then just before you catch the ball in with your dominant hand. . .throw the other ball to the subordinate hand.  This isn’t as easy as you might think.  To make it easier. . .make sure you throw the balls around eye level.  You know. . .so you can see them.  

Okay. . .you did that.  Now try it with three balls in two hands.  Which hands? you ask.  Start slow.  Hold ONE ball in your dominant hand. . .and TWO balls in your subordinate hand.  Throw one of the balls in your subordinate hand to your dominant hand.  Just as you’re about to catch the ball with your dominant hand. . . throw the ball in your dominant hand to your subordinate hand.  But this time. . . try and throw the remaining ball in your subordinate hand back to the dominant.
Okay. . .I know you’re not going to try this.  And if you do. . .you’re going to drop the balls a lot of times before you get it right.  The point is. . .we train our brain to do things.  Learning how to walk is a classic example.  We crawl a lot before we walk.  We drop to our butts. . .often.  Such is the case of learning a new golf swing.  But the results are worth it.  I doubt anyone reading this would opt to return to crawling around on the floor.
We have this mass of nerve tissue between the two halves of our brain.  The name isn’t important.  What it helps us do is incredibly important.  It helps us coordinate one side of our body with the other.  Whether juggling or running or any other activity. . .including learning to swing a golf club. . .we have to go through a learning curve.  The modern overlapping grips taught by almost all professionals in the world. . .makes it hard to wield the club.  Even the best golfer ever. . .Mr. Nicklaus. . .used an interlocking finger grip (which is better than the Vardon. . .but more uncomfortable to most players).  
SEPARATE YOUR HANDS. . .WIELD THE GOLF CLUB