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Showing posts with label Golf Lesson. Show all posts

Golf Lesson: Getting Out of Deep Rough

Bermuda Rough – Nasty Stuff
by David Lee

Anyone who has played much golf in the South, is well aware of the difficulty encountered when playing from the Bermuda rough. It’s a natural instinct to hit down hard and try to dig the ball out of such gnarly turf. Most players fail to realize that tightening the arms in an effort to extricate the ball, will stop the core rotation of the body and make it even harder to get out. A tension increase from the arms in the downswing actually diminishes the number of foot pounds that are actively turning and going against the ball at the point of impact. It’s important to feel that the body turns the ball out of deep rough as opposed to hitting it. Although it is counter intuitive to not dig, doing so has an exact opposite effect from what we were intending to do.

When hitting these types of shots, it’s critical that the arms be in a state of pure deadfall at the start of the downswing so that the rotation of the body is not impeded whatsoever. You can actually hit very delicate shots from deep rough around the greens with very little effort - if your technique is technically correct. Remember, when the ball is sitting deep in the grass, the clubface contacts the grass and not the back of the ball. Because of this fact, ball compression is reduced, just as it is with a greenside bunker shot. Both shots require extra follow through to make up for the fact that the ball is not “helping” due to its lesser amount of spring from the clubface. Turning the connected body mass completely through the impact zone assures that the ball will advance. Don’t forget – the key is to turn the ball out of the deep stuff, not hit it.

Here is a video example of this lesson. 
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Gravity Golf Lesson: How's Your Golf Posture?

How’s Your Posture – Is It Helping or Hurting Your Game?
by David Lee

If you were to ask the question – what is the "ideal" posture for my body in the golf swing – what would you expect for an answer?  Suppose you were looking at a human skeleton in an anatomy lab and trying to imagine all the potential angles for the various bones in a golf swing.  How would you describe to someone the perfect way to position each of those bones?  It wouldn’t be easy, would it?

For a golf swing to function in an ideal manner, mass rotation moving into impact should be over one axis only (left leg in a right handed player).  By so doing, all available body mass below the head goes against the ball - like closing a single hinge door.  If you have weight on both legs as you turn into impact, the body moves like a revolving door, where part of your weight goes against the ball and part of it is moving away from the ball and target.

With a driver, when the posture is correct at address, the feet will be close to shoulder width apart, with a slight bend at the knees.  The weight will be borne on the hips and hamstrings, with the knees being as much over the heels as possible.  Coming into impact, the body’s weight should be pivoting over the left heel only.  If you study the construction of your legs and feet, it is easy to see that the feet are attached in an "L" shape to the legs.  If you pivot over the "ball" of the left foot coming into impact, the left heel will be off the ground and the entire leg (or axis) will be moving away from the target.  This causes movement in the swing-plane and potential loss of power in the shot.

Posture is one of the most critical elements in the recipe for making a technically correct swing.  If you’ll study the Gravity golf "cross-footed drills" and the "heel-to-heel" transfer drills, they will teach you perfect posture for the address position and for the swing itself.  

Cross-Footed Drill
Heel-to-Heel Drill
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How to Release Stress and Anxiety in Your Golf Game

How to Release Stress and Anxiety in Your Golf Game
By Guest Blogger: David Geier, CIGC

You are on the first tee ready to hit your first drive of the day and suddenly you find yourself feeling nervous, anxious, and stressed. In addition, your mind is racing and distracted, and you find yourself pre-judging your first tee shot flying straight to the out-of-bounds marker.
What’s a golfer to do to release tension, stress, and anxiety?
First, we can begin to shift our attention from that part of our mind which is judging, blaming, and expecting the worst to the inner silent witness or silent observer who is simply watching what is happening in the present moment.
It is our fearful ego that is really at the center of our stress, anxiety and tension. So a part of overcoming our stress, anxiety and tension is transcending the ego and shifting our attention to our inner genius or witness.
In Buddhist meditation, our thoughts and our emotions are viewed much like clouds in the sky. One thought arises, then passes, usually followed by a gap of silence, then another cloud. This cloud could be another thought, feeling, perception, desire, fear, judgment, etc. The clouds never truly end, but if we start to pay attention to what is arising, and realizing that “this too shall pass,” the gap of silence can be extended as long as we do not attach ourselves to that which we are witnessing, whether it be a thought, an emotion, a desire, whatever. Ideally, golf shots are best executed in the “gap of silence”.
Stephen Wolinsky, PhD and the author of Quantum Consciousness (1993, Bramble Books) has written a cutting edge book which provides eighty-five practical exercises on how to develop the skill we are calling self-awareness. Wolinsky states, “Before you can do anything about how you feel, you have to be able to observe or witness it. The moment you attempt to see what’s going on inside of you, part of you separates off to make this observation. Self-awareness is also called “self reflection,” “self observation” or mindfulness.”
“Whatever the name, the essence is observation.”
Golf Application:  Prepare yourself at home, before you head out to the practice range or golf course, by shifting your attention to your Inner Joyful Witness. This is the part of who we are that experiences joy and inner peace and ultimately connects us to our core of being.
Second, we must realize that our emotions and mental states are not who we are. We have emotions, and we have thoughts and different mental states, but that is not who we are.
“For many, this is nothing more than being aware of the real you – who you really are inside...and without a doubt, an increased self-awareness is a key aspect to tapping into your witness or inner genius.”
Third, our emotional moods and mental distractions are not permanent, but rather, they are part of the impermanent passing show of life. In The Witness Exercise, as presented in The Ken Wilber Reader, you slowly recite the following to yourself, trying to realize as vividly as possible the import of each statement. The following is an excerpt:
“I have emotions, but I am not my emotions. I can feel and sense my emotions and what can be felt and sensed is not the true "feeler." Emotions pass through me, but they do not affect my inward "I." I have emotions but I am not my emotions.”
Golf Application: Begin breathing slowly and evenly though your nose. You can count one for your first in-breath, and two on your out-breath. Keep repeating this process until you can count to ten. If you lose your focus, then you can start over at the count of one all over again.
Thich Nhat Hahn, a Buddhist monk from Viet Nam, teaches a meditation where you breathe in and smile, followed by an out-breath and maintaining a smile. This is a good starting point for reducing stress and anxiety prior to your training, practicing, or playing experiences.
Golf Application: One of the insights I learned from putting guru Geoff Mangum for quieting the mind is…quiet eyes lead to a quiet mind – busy eyes lead to a busy mind. View life thru quiet eyes as you walk at an even pace to your ball, target your tee shot, eat a ham sandwich, drink a glass of wine, or diaper your baby.
Fourth: Begin quieting your inner dialogue by placing your tongue to the top of the mouth, just behind your upper teeth. Then, place your witnessing attention at the level of your navel as you walk with an even pace to the practice range or first tee.   
Last, during pre-shot, select the club you which to use. Then after holding the club, squeeze the club tightly for about four or five seconds. In addition, breathe in for four or five seconds as you squeeze and then let go of the squeeze as you breathe out. This is called "The Squeeze and Breathe" technique. The Squeeze and Breathe technique will release excess stress and anxiety from previous shots and normalize adrenaline within a few minutes or so. It’s a good idea to follow this technique before every shot.
Summary: Managing one’s stress and anxiety at the practice range or golf course is very important if the golfer is trying to maintain optimal performances in golf. When stress and anxiety are elevated, energy is going to be lost as a result. This is why we can be running on fumes when we experience elevated stress, anxiety, and tension throughout a round of golf. Ever wonder why we sometimes hit the wall at the fourteenth hole?
Lessons Learned: Learning to maximize energy and stay in the zone or flow state is what every golfer and athlete try to sustain who want to consistently play to their potential. Your inner genius or witness is the starting point. You can experience your inner witness by practicing the meditation exercises mentioned above: Breathing with Awareness, Witnessing, and Squeeze and Breathe.  

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Hit Powerful Golf Shots With Finesse by David Lee in Orlando Florida

Many players have been under the impression for years that a fade is a weak shot compared to a hook or draw.  Anyone who has personally seen Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods hit a power fade, knows better.  A true power fade has the power of a pull hook but moves left to right (right-handed player).  It is true that on hard fairways or greens, a draw will run out more than a fade, but because the fade has a higher trajectory, it can carry farther.  When the fade is struck properly, it is very accurate and tends to sit right where it lands.

Technically, there are slight timing differences for a fade versus a draw that need to be understood.  The line between the feet is aimed well left of the target for a fade, which instinctively promotes the body to turn and lead the arms and club coming into the impact zone.  The insurance that the toe of the club will not go past the heel coming into impact, happens at the beginning of the swing or in the "heave" as we call it at Gravity Golf.  The duration of the heave is slightly briefer when hitting a fade as opposed to a draw.  This causes the arms and club to move slower through the change of direction and subsequently the body is slightly ahead of them at the point of impact - which is what keeps the toe of the club from catching the heel and the result is a fade.  All available body mass goes against the ball in the power fade and as your "feel" for the timing develops, the shot becomes very reliable.

Study and practice the "Gravity" Golf "Three Mode Drill" and the "Heel to Heel Transfer Drill."  They will teach you to properly hit the "power fade."

David Lee
President, Gravity Golf, Inc. 

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