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.