Lesson 19 Transition, the ultimate golf swing. ( Plus the new feature by the Long Drive Champion of the world ) Pure Magic – quite simply the BEST, Drive long and straight. 300 yards + on target YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can
Every week we try to convince all our members that the most important thing is to practice your short game and your putting. That is the sure-fire way to lower your handicap. Yet 85% of all the requests we receive ask how we can get more distance off the tee. There are many top players who have changed their swing to try and achieve the consistent 300 yard drive. Far from improving their game they find their ball ends up in the rough or out of bounds.
Further to the surveys we have carried out the over whelming demand was for more distance both from the tee and all long shots from the fairway.
We researched: Where better to start than Eric Jones who is a PGA and world long drive champion.
He sent us the Five Keys to Distance. The complete package:
We have carried out extensive tests, each member of the team were given three weeks try:
All the amazing Video Drills:
The results were dramatic, every member of the team reported that they had increase their yardage.
The non-pro-members had increased their distance off the tee by up to 50 yards, and it had improved every aspect of their long game, saving up to 10 shots every round.
One of our administration staff who was a high handicap player had never before scored below 100 he had a round of 86 he was over the moon. His driving went from an average of 180-200 yards, to a new average of 244 yards. Now he was making the greens in regulation.
BALANCE Tight Ankles, Baseball Rip Swing, Toe Tap, Happy Toes
LEVERAGE Slant Board, Right Knee Set, Toe Press and Tee Drop
WIDE ARC ,Low and Slow, Tee Back ,Parallel Clubs
HIP SPEED Sole Plant, Baseball Stride, Heel Plant
TARGET EXTENSION Tee Forward, High Finish ,Tension Free Swings
Five Keys to Distance 2010 e-Book
Report from Sports Psych –Guru Dr Glen Albaugh
How to Judge the speed on the Greens (Personal Stimp Meter)
Range Discovery Planner pdf
This is the recommendation of ALL the High to Low Coaches.
Benefits: Long Drives (On Target) Second shots that land on the green in regulation, lower scores and improved consistency, learning how improve all aspects of my long game with correct practise drills.
Nothing short of incredible, it has taken years to develop, to motivation for Eric Jones was to win the Long Drive Champion of the World.
This is **** Special.
Free Distance Course by: Eric Jones the World Long Drive Champion
Eric has put together a 5-part training course focused on distance. It’s based on the same key swing concepts found in The 5 Keys to Distance, and uses a few of the same drills.
Try these drills FREE and you will hit the ball longer and more consistently if you are a average golfer with the full video training course you will drive up much longer and on target) When you add 50 yards + to your drives and more distance on all your long shots from the fairway, it will transform you complete game. You lower your handicap and start winning your club competitions and how good will it feel when you win the longest drive. With a world long drive champion prepared to share his secrets with you it will be a distinct possibility not just a dream.
Because we are joint venture with Eric Jones you will need to enter your e-mail and name to create their your membership account and password for the 5 Keys to distance (Videos)
The membership for the course is free and always will be. You will never be charged for the FREE Diver Distance Training Course. The full course is an option
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Golf Lessons: The first two are advanced instruction (They will make for a good discussion in the clubhouse).
Transition: Low handicap players.
The single most difficult move in golf, the transition occurs when your body is moving between back-swing and down-swing.
Transition is a series of movements all happening in the correct sequence.
To achieve this is the ultimate goal.
One needs to train your body and mind – taken in stages, you can train your body and mind, your muscle memory, to work independently yet in the correct sequence.
There are seven elements:
How you move your arms as the swing is initiated.
At set up your arms should form a triangle with your shoulders.
As you start your back-swing the arms work as a single unit. With your arms still forming the triangle, start your take away with hip and shoulder rotation, maintain the one-piece take-away – no movement of elbows or wrists. You keep your club moving back in line with the target.
At the start of the back-swing your body can move away from the target a few inches as you feel the weight shift on to your right side.
Your back-swing must be smooth, but not slow, at this stage a little wrist cock will happen naturally your wrists will set into the cocked position as the club shaft reaches vertical.
It is at this stage when the arms and body start to work independently of each other. Your arms move away from your body, you may feel as if you are reaching out slightly.
When the club shaft is parallel to the ground above your head, your body weight should be predominantly on the right foot (do not lean).
Now this is when it gets very difficult, and it takes a great deal of practice to achieve the perfect transition. Why? Because you need to start your downswing with your lower body while your upper body is still completing the back-swing.
Just as the club reaches the top of your back-swing, start to turn your lower body back towards the target.
The ultimate: Turning your hips and lower body into the down-swing while still completing the back-swing (i.e. the upper body moving in the opposite direction for a split second) creates the COIL. You are now fully spring-loaded, your hips heading the down-swing permits the right side to move with the correct shoulder and club movements. As you uncoil, you are releasing maximum power and club-head speed.
This is for advanced player and still must be combined with all the correct golf mechanics.
Once you reach this level, all the practice should have made the basics routine. Timing, Rhythm, Balance. If you can manage to introduce the magic of transition into your game you will be a great player – combine this with the right mind-set, temperament, course management, total commitment – dedication, and physical fitness of an athlete, then you can truly say you are a top golfer.
Result – 280 to 300 yards, on target. On a par four this leaves you with a short iron to the green, you are on in two – and a birdie is on the cards. On a long par five you will always be on in three. (Two putts guarantees you a par and one putt a birdie.)
This takes you into the realm of pro golfer status. It will be up to you; it will take many hours of practice, plus you need to video your swing to analyse in slow motion each element of your swing.
We play Pro golf but to be honest we have not perfected transition;
Many of the super fit young guns make it seem easy ; you need to be , fit and strong with lots of flexibility to perform it.
We included this advanced swing mainly to demonstrate that to achieve distance can take your game to a new level. However we still teach the average player to stay within their physical capabilities and work on the elements of their game that are costing them the most shots.
The safe way to get your handicap down is to practice your short game and putting. Develop feel and touch. Learn to read the greens and the weight and speed can then be adjusted depending on the direction and length of the grass.
Go back over our lesson review: mind set, and concentrate on your course management.
You may need to consider a possible change of equipment; the new golf equipment is designed to improve your game. Playing with new clubs or good balls always tends to give your confidence a boost.
Pay attention to details like knowing the distance you hit each of your irons, it gives you a real thrill to land the ball next to the flag, once you learn the exact yardage with each club then you can play single handicap golf.
Play with the best golf ball for your game. Test your style of play, go out and on the next round play the first nine attacking on every shot, then play the back nine taking no chances – lay up to your best distance and see which style of play gives you the best score.
We now come to our second advanced tip: Something to try on the range: If it works for you then you will be a big hitter overnight.
We would never presume to tell single handicap players how to play golf, there is a limit to how far teaching with text and photos will take you. That is why we say we will do our best to teach players how to get their scores into the eighties. We have attached some new ideas which have evolved from the new golf equipment, mainly the large drivers.
It is up to you if you want to try and introduce these new elements into your game. We suggest some serious practice on the range before you include it in your game. TEE IT HIGH AND LET IT FLY is the swing for those who want to hit 300 yards plus.
Paramount to everything else: Smooth swing, good balance, rhythm and timing, correct transfer of weight.
Develop timing, tempo and rhythm, which will enable a perfect transfer of weight from right to left, ensuring a smooth powerful hit right through the ball in line with your target. Do not look up until well after impact
This is the dream of every golfer – and it can come true.
One of the ways I recommend to keep you timing and tempo is to keep this saying in mind:
Using my normal tempo for speech, my favourite saying is: TEE IT HIGH AND LET IT FLY. This the time it should take from the start of your back-swing to the point impact on the down-swing.
This WILL teach your mind and body to synchronize – and the key to a good swing is the same timing every time you swing. Once you have a repeatable swing you will consistently play far better golf. You can be the envy of all your colleagues; the only down side is that you will be playing with a low handicap, which is some times hard to play to all the time in competitions.
(One of our top coaches plays this swing and it works for him.)
The saying ” Tee it high and let it fly” is also a true saying. Most golfers now play with the latest drivers and hybrid clubs. The drivers have one thing in common – large club heads, so we have become accustomed to teeing the ball high in line with the sweet spot on our club-face.
The NEW 2010 Philosophy: (Do not introduce this directly into your game this weekend or you maybe be spraying shots everywhere): Lots of practice on the range!!
Is it true that teeing your ball up higher will guarantee more distance?
Use this as a pre-shot routine: Using a 2¾-inch tee: Tee up to 2” high, with the logo pointing at the target. At address align the sweet spot on your driver with the ball, which will mean the club is above the ground. Now relax your wrists, allowing the club-head to fall to the ground. Do not worry that now it will not be in line with your ball, it should be in line with the toe of your club. Take a nice easy swing and, trust me, the club will return on the correct line and impact with the sweet spot on your club. Hit though the ball – with a full extension of your arms this will now feel much easier, you will use the club as an extension of your arms and make a perfect impact with the ball. You will get a stronger ball flight; the ball will fly higher and flatter for more distance.
Caution: there is a tendency to cast: E.G. bring the club down on an out-to-in path, which will impart spin on the ball and that could become a slice. Just stay with the same tempo, a nice easy natural swing.
Please let us know if it works for you.
Low shots: how to play a low punch shot, a useful technique for dealing with a strong headwind or playing out from under trees with low branches.
Start by placing the club head behind the ball, square to the target. Place your feet shoulder width apart, with the ball further to the right in your stance than for a normal shot. This means the club-face hits the ball at a lower angle, or with less loft.
With the ball further back in your stance, the club will swing into it from the inside, slicing it a little to the right. Therefore you have to set up with your body slightly to the left of the target, in what is called an open stance.
The body position
Lean forward from your hips and put most of your weight on to your left foot. In a punch shot, your weight will remain on your left foot throughout the swing.
You can use your normal swing, but it is very much a feel shot.
When you practice this shot, depending on the distance select a club with less loft. The difference is that your weight and the ball position make the club swing into the ball at a steep angle, so the follow-through is very short.
Can you play shots like pro-golfers Yes, you can, or at least you can learn to hit his low, penetrating tee shot, called a “stinger” by the commentators.
With the right technique, just about anybody can hit a low stinger – a great shot to have in your armoury for dealing with windy conditions. In the UK most of the links courses are exposed to the wind and demand a low controlled shot that hits the fairway and runs.
In theory it can be hit with virtually any club off the tee 3-iron, even a fairway wood will achieve similar results. At address, place the ball two inches back in your stance, i.e. with the driver that’s two to three inches from your left heel, which will set your hands being slightly forward. Choke down about an inch on the grip for added control. Make a smooth, full back-swing. The stinger’s low trajectory and extra roll results from the bowed wrist position at impact. This means the left wrist is firm and curved toward the target. At impact, this prevents the wrists from flipping over or “releasing” after impact. Once you achieve the bowed impact, the finish flows naturally, as the trunk and arms rotate the club around to the left. Instead of causing a slice, this allows for a low, running draw. The faster the body unwinds, the more distance you achieve.
Your follow through will feel different from your normal swing. When you play a “stinger,” the wrists stay firm and the left elbow folds down toward the ground.
Objective: MORE DISTANCE
Written for the average club player and all those members who are hell-bent on more distance. Let us recap the essential elements of the drive – your driver is the most difficult club to play. The average player should be using a 10 or 10.5 degree driver which reduces the risk of balls flying off into the trees or water.
Go through your pre-shot routine. Check all the possible hazards, bunkers, water, out of bounds, and the distance to your target.
Select the optimum position within the tee box; tee the ball high so it lines up with the sweet spot on your driver. Line the logo up with the target.
Visualize the shot in your mind, the ball flying high and straight, landing right on target.
Keep that vision clear in your mind. Be 100% confident positive – no negative thoughts
Your practice swing should preempt the swing you intend to make, which as always should be a smooth natural swing with tempo, timing, balance, rhythm.
Widen your stance, with left toe pointed out, 60% of your weight on right foot.
Place the ball in line with your left heel, and 32″ from your toes. Taken stance is slightly left of target, bend from the waist till the club rests behind the ball.
Use a strong grip and light grip pressure. Waggle the club to relax muscles and rehearse hinging of right wrist.
Take a last look at the target, and then fix your eye on the ball. No tension, your arms forming a triangle, push back with your left arm low and in line with the target.
To maximize the coil keep your body relaxed with a light grip. Hinge wrists fully at top of back-swing.
Maximize the coil with your left shoulder and hip behind the ball on your back-swing. Try not to lift your left foot on back-swing.
Keep your left arm bent at the top of the back-swing. Start your downswing by pointing the butt end of the club toward the ball. Pull down with the left arm in control. Relax the arms, make a shallow approach, delay turning of shoulders on downswing, let arms extend and pull shoulders into finish. Accelerate the club slowly on downswing. Rotate shaft through impact.
Try to generate maximum club head speed when the club head passes the ball, not at or before impact. Keep head and upper body behind ball throughout swing. Try to keep your right heel on the ground longer on downswing to help keep your body back. Hit the ball on the upswing. Hit through the ball in line with the target.
Course management (This is one element of your game that YOU do have complete control of):
Know what you want to do before you take the shot. Always go through your pre-shot routine. Take a practice swing, push back low to the ground, take away in line with the target until past the outside of your right foot, allow your wrists to cock, naturally keep your head still, eyes fixed on the back of the ball. Left arm straight, full turn, weight transferring from left to right, DO NOT LEAN your upper body, turn square, start your downswing, upper body turns back, pull down with the left arm, club returning on the same line reaching the point of impact exactly the same as it was at address.
With your practice swing check the divot, it should be 90% on the target side of the ball position; your club should not touch the ground before impact with the ball.
To achieve consistent solid contact with the ball you must ensure the ball is placed in the correct position related to your stance. That applies to all shots.
You need a high level of concentration as you prepare to take your shot. But just for a few seconds.
DO NOT freeze over the ball
When you start your back-swing relax and switch into relaxed happy mode. Try to move with the balance, timing and rhythm of a good dancer. One-piece takeaway, push back with your left hand low and smooth in line with the target, turn fully, coil your upper body against the resistance of the lower body. Keep the right knee flexed, left arm straight, complete the back-swing, make a smooth transition, pull down with the left hand, butt of the club pointing to the ball, open up your hips to the target on the downswing. Keep your head still and behind the ball, hit through the ball, rotate your wrists, extend your arms towards the target, good transfer of weight and balance.
Develop feel; the club needs to feel just like an extension to your arms, Swing with rhythm – it’s all about timing.
It is important throughout the swing that your left hand remains in control. Push back with the left hand; pull down with the left hand.
Do not allow your strong right hand to take control – if you do you will never keep the ball straight. NEVER underestimate the importance of a correct set up and pre-shot routine. Sure we would all like to emulate the pro swing. However, set-up first – swing later.
Commitment: it takes self-discipline, time and determination to get it right.
Check your grip
Do not grip the club too tightly. Pressure should be about the same as squeezing a tube of toothpaste.
Club-face set square to the ball and in line with the target. Club and hands must be taken back smoothly in one piece. Feel the club as if it was an extension of your arms.
Practice your set up in front of a large mirror, or the reflection in the patio glass. In front of a mirror there will no be hazards or wind, but still train your mind to check everything as you prepare for your shot.
Step up to the ball. Arms and club stretched out in front of you, slowly bend forward from the hips until the club touches the ground behind the ball. Make your stance the width of your shoulders. Feet aligned to the target.
Take the club back smoothly, low and in line with the target until it is past your right foot, then allow to arc up and around your body. Make a full turn, left shoulder turning underneath your chin, left arm kept straight.
With a good shoulder turn your wrists will cock naturally. The club must return on the same line, point of impact being exactly the same as it was that address, head still, eyes focused on the ball, hit through the ball in line with the target, your wrists rotating, full follow through.
Your key objective is to maintain perfect balance. A smooth easy swing, the weight transferring on the down-swing from right to left, with the rhythm tempo and timing. IF YOU ARE LOSING YOUR BALANCE then you are swinging too hard and too fast. The objective is to allow your upper body to turn, pushing the club back with the left arm low and in line with the target, weight transferring from left to right. DO NOT LEAN TURN SHOULDERS SQUARE, left arm straight a crossed your chest under your chin, allowing the wrists to cock naturally, at full turn your back should be to the target, the head of your club should be pointing to the target, your right thumb on the under side of your grip.
With one smooth movement start your down-swing, pulling down with the left arm, body turning with timing. Do not allow your arms to get ahead of your body, you must return to point of impact exactly the same as you were at address, keep your head still eyes on the ball. Do not look up until after the ball has gone. Hit right through the ball. Your wrists turn, right arm straight, keep the club going straight in line with the target, upper body turning; your belt buckle should now be pointing at the target, with your weight on the left foot.
It is a macho thing to try and generate as much club-head speed as possible to drive the ball 280 yards. But believe me if that ball is not on the fairway you WILL drop shots, hit out of bounds, lose the ball in the trees, in the water, in the hazard. That is rubbish golf.
In summary there are two courses out there – the one with smooth grass is called the fairway, the other one, the rough, has deep grass, trees, water, sand in the way. Play the one with the smooth grass: Play tee to fairway, then fairway to green.
One of the first objectives we try to teach beginners to play a round without losing a ball.
OK, until the next time enjoy your golf, above all have fun and stay cool,
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