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70 Year Old Gravity Golf Founder Hits 75 3-Irons 185 Days In a Row

Why Is This 3 Iron In My Bag?

by David Lee

Teaching golf has not only been my profession for the better part of fifty years, it is also a vocational passion.  Any time since 1954, if someone had asked me which clubs were the most important in the bag, I would have quickly answered the driver, the putter, the sand wedge, the three wood, then all the rest, in that order.  If someone asked me the same question today – I would without hesitation answer – the #3 iron.  Really????  Yep, even though very few people carry one these days, in my opinion, they should dig it out of the closet, or buy one that matches their irons (I promise that this is leading someplace good where few people have ever been).  Next, go to the practice tee for only twenty minutes a day, and hit 75 balls, as hard as you can swing, from your normal swing mode.

Okay David – you’ve always been out there in left field somewhere, but this is a little far off the page, even for you!

I totally agree – but hear me out.  About seven years ago, I managed to trip over my big red dog one night in the pitch black dark and tear the medial meniscus in my left knee.  It has never been quite the same since.  Then last year, right before moving back to Florida, I managed to tear the medial collateral tendon in my right knee, which stopped me from playing golf for about five months.  Even after I healed, every time I would try to play or even swing the club, there was a significant ache, either in my lower back or one of my knees.  At seventy years of age, my range of motion in my backswing had shrunk to practically nothing, and needless to say, I was not having any fun. It felt like the right time to put my clubs in the closet or on Ebay.  Then a large miracle happened!  One day just over six months ago, totally exasperated with the way my body was feeling, and with a sense of desperation hanging over me, I grabbed my 3 iron from my bag and headed for the practice tee.  In retrospect, I’m not exactly sure what I intended to accomplish, but it was something along the lines of punishing myself for getting old.  I took a basket of 75 balls (75 was a totally arbitrary number, but 50 seemed like too few and 100, too many) and began swinging at them with all the core-speed I could muster.  That first day I hit about five solid shots, and all seventy-five of them hurt, in one part of my body or another!  It was like the scene in the movie Liar Liar where Jim Carrey was in the men’s room at the courthouse “kicking his own ass.”  For some weird reason, the pain of day one notwithstanding, I was obsessed with doing it again and came back the following day to torture myself some more.  The second day I hit a few more good ones, but was encouraged, and each successive day saw the number of good shots grow.  For the first sixty days, the improvement each day was very noticeable.  By that time, I was hitting the ball so well that the progress seemed to slow, yet the shot quality and distance continued to improve.  Today was my 185th session in a row without missing a day, and during each and every week, with no exceptions, I’ve had at least one or more best days ever!  Because of the continued improvement, I’ve delayed in writing about this, because truthfully, I don’t yet know where the “end point” in shot quality development and consistency lie. Here’s the really amazing part and why I am compelled to keep doing this, as well as sharing it with you.  Bear in mind that the only full-swing practice that I’ve done during this period has been the 75 daily balls with the 3 iron, yet when I play golf, every club in my bag has improved significantly, from the driver to the wedges.  Yesterday, I made the second hole-in-one of my life (the last was in 1965) and had two other shots on par threes stop within a foot.
My conclusions thus far are as follows:
    •    Most players go to the practice tee and hit a number of shots with different clubs. Each of the clubs has a different shaft length, a different lie, some variation in vibration frequency, swing weight, and requires a different ball position and spine angle.  Practicing with what is arguably the most difficult club in the bag to hit (since almost no one carries a 1 or 2 iron), allows the brain to avoid the confusion of club variability, and concentrate totally on the sequence of the physiological motor program (which is very demanding if you wish to hit good shots with a 3 iron).  Moving your body parts correctly and consistently is paramount if you wish to know where your ball is going.  A great pianist preparing for a show or recital would not practice on thirteen different pianos, but that is exactly what we do when practicing golf.  If the motor program in your body is good enough to hit consistent shots with a 3 iron, hitting a wedge requires only minute changes and is a snap cinch.  My thinking is leaning very strongly toward the opinion that removing the equipment variable, allows the player to highly improve the quality of his/her mechanics – especially when practicing with the 3 iron (the most difficult club in the bag).
      •    Swinging at maximum core-speed is very important.  There is a right way to hit a golf ball hard, and countless wrong ways.  By practicing at maximum possible swing speed, the brain is forced to deal with countless physiological details that need to be dealt with at a subconscious level, in order to establish perfect equilibrium at impact.  Learning to slow a swing down is far easier than making it go faster (the right way).
      •    If you wish to play at the highest level, it is my belief that doing this every day is very important.  The great Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz, said that if he missed a day of practice, he could hear it.  If he missed two days of practice, his wife could hear it.  And, if he missed three days of practice, the world could hear it.  Ben Hogan said that if he missed a day of practice, his golf swing backed up three days.  I fully realize that not everyone can hit 75 balls a day, but remember that it only takes twenty minutes.
Please keep in mind that this is a “road map,” not an order.  Many people out there are interested in becoming as good as they can be.  This is something I have never seen another golf professional do, nor have I done it in my own personal history (although I wish I had).  Although Tom Watson is said to have warmed up with a 2 iron, I don’t know that he hit it exclusively in his practice sessions, nor do I know how many 2 irons he hit each day.   Most pros that have worn a spot the size of a dime in the middle of their seven-iron, have a three iron that looks like it just came out of the pro shop.  I am telling you that doing this every day is making me feel as if my age is reversing, and my golf game is improving faster than at any point in my life.  If you are inclined to give this a try, I am inviting feedback and the experience of others.    
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Advanced Golf Lesson: The Plugged Bunker Lie

Hitting From a Plugged Bunker Lie
by David Lee

One of the many strange things about the brain is how it perceives things - and “plugged-lie” bunker shots are one of those issues that most people see backwards from the way they should. A ball buried in the sand can be hit from the bunker with no more effort than when the ball is sitting on a clean lie. Normal perception and instinct tells us that we need to “dig” the ball out of a buried lie. In reality, if the player tightens the arms in an effort to “force” the ball from a plugged lie, the tension increase in the arms diminishes the core rotation, reducing the foot-pounds that move through impact, and lessens the likelihood of getting the shot out of the bunker. Just as with a normal sand shot, proper technique requires that the arms start down in a state of pure dead-fall, and the turn of the body “excavates” both the sand and the ball from the bunker. In a typical trap shot, with the ball sitting on top of the sand, the club undercuts the ball to a greater degree, imparting more spin - and it stops quickly upon hitting the green. When the ball is buried, however, the undercutting effect is diminished, and the sand behind the ball pushes it out of the bunker with less spin. Since the carry-to-roll ratio is reduced, hitting from a buried lie actually takes less of a swing to cover an equivalent amount of ground.

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Why You Should Join the Driver Drill Club

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Whether it's going to the gym or heading to the driving range to practice, we all have moments when it is hard to find the motivation to work on something alone. If you have ever worked out in a supervised group setting, you know how much easier it is to stay focused and get the most out of your workout when someone is there to guide you. Not to mention that little extra drive you get out of friendly competition. Here at Gravity Golf we are now offering you that same workout environment on the driving range with the Gravity Golf Driver Drill Club.
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Setting Goals for Improving your Golf Game

The weather is beginning to cool off and a season shift is a good time to set goals for changing your behavior. As the chaos of summer fades away, and the temperatures become more tolerable, we hope you're finding extra time to spend on the driving range or golf course. But how efficiently are you playing and practicing? Today we would like to revisit something written by our friend and fellow golfer, David Geier. Spend a few minutes with David as he explains the importance of setting specific, time sensitive goals for your golf game. Then let us know what specific goal you're setting for your golf development this fall. For additional instructional information visit our website store or YouTube channel. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

By: David Geier, Certified Integral Golf Coach
SMART Goals move us towards a preferred future, usually based on a vision of where we see ourselves going. In the movie Caddy Shack, Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) tells Danny the caddy, “Danny, see your future, be your future, make you future.”
"See your future. Be your future. Make your future."
However, it’s interesting to note that roughly 90% of America’s population set no written goals for their lives or in their improvement in the game of golf.  10% create of the population has written goals, but only 3% set goals with time frames. Which category would you fall into? The 90%, 10% or the 3%? Start being a three-percenter, You’ll achieve more of your goals and they will keep you on course for the short term as well as the long term.

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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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Hit A Draw That Will Give You More Power, Less Spin And Great Feel by Daniel Lee in Orlando Florida

There are few things that feel better than a purely released draw off of the club face. In order to have control over a draw, it is extremely important to have soft hands the are not going "linear". This term is something that happens to every golfer at some point. What it means is that when you are in your down swing that your hands in an effort to try and force the club to stay on line, start pushing up to the target. Some people actually teach that you should attempt to hold the club face open all the way through your shots. Without getting too in depth into the physics, what is simply happening is that it will put tension into your arms and upper body, while making a smooth balanced rotation far more difficult to maintain.

A draw can be a very simple shot, just look at Jack Nicklaus's explanation on ball position to get and idea of how this will effect your shots.

What you can take away from this, is that the farther forwards in your stance you put the ball the more the club is going to have released by the time that it gets to impact having a more closed face and vice versa for a fade.

Simply put if you are looking to hit a draw, you can place the ball slightly forward in your stance and aim to the right to give yourself room to move the ball. Now for a fade you can easily move it back in your stance and aim to the left. This is a very easy way to look at moving the ball. There are a few other nuances that come into play when you are changing the trajectory of your shot, but will save that for another time.

Please leave your questions and comments below as I will respond to as many of you as I can. All the best and remember to take it easy out there. Golf is so much more fun when it is tension free!

Daniel Lee

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Critically Acclaimed Golf Instruction DVD's

There have been countless approaches to the game of golf through DVD golf instruction, golf schools that are being taught with different philosophies around the world and now there are even golf lessons online.

As with everything that is approached from many different angles, there are valuable things that can be learned from almost all of them if you have perspective when you are studying. The more intrigued you are and wish to play golf to your highest ability, the more materials you have probably encountered. Gravity Golf has influenced millions of golfers over the last 40 years and has been studied by not only great players, but neurobiologist, physicist, as well as traveled anthropologist that understand transcending barriers of language and culture.

Weather you come from a different back ground of understanding, have been around the game your entire life or are just being introduced to it for the first time, you will at some point realize that there is an on going learning curve to everything you want to do. The more ways that you can understand and feel how your body can move the more knowledge you have attained. If that clarity comes from golf swing training aids or some school of golf that you have attended, you will have a greater repertoire of information to refer upon for your golfing life.

What we have tried to do and are continually attempting to incorporate into all of our materials, is the insights of all of our students that we have encountered. There are so many nuances to the game of golf, much like the way martial arts is taught in the far east, you must find your way to be at peace with your swing. In order to find effortlessness in your golf swing it takes a tremendous amount of awareness to what your body is telling you. We are continuing to study/invent new drills, that will give you  feed back on if what you are trying to do with your own body is compliant to what should be natural for you or if it is causing harm to your swing.

Give yourself every opportunity to feel the best that you can when you walk onto the golf course about how you have trained your body to move. Enjoy this game for the moment and for the rest of your life.

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"From what I have seen, I believe the teaching method you have developed could be applied with great benefit to all level of golfers, and I am happy to give it my personal endorsement and full support."
...Jack Nicklaus

"David Lee would be the only guy I trust... The only reason I played well (at the PGA) is because of him”
… Lee Trevino

David Lee might be the greatest teacher that ever lived... Chi Chi Rodriguez
"After watching the first two videos, I was able to completely change my tension-filled swing approach on the first swing. I am now making by far the best and most consistent ball contact of my life with a fraction of the physical effort." ...John E. Baker, Ph.D., P.E.

"Your instruction, your knowledge, your turning on the lights in your session... will always be, one of the great milestones of my life."
...George Hibbard

"The only way these drills will not make you a better golfer is if you don't have the courage to do them. No one will swing like Danny but the physics involved in any swing are the same. Swing in concert with the physical laws of nature like these drills encourage you to do. Your swing will improve." - Jim Plunkett - Lecanto, Florida

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