Connect with us

Instruction

What pictures can quickly tell you

Published

on

As I played a few holes the other night at Promontory with a buddy, we laughed and discussed life and he shot pictures of our round together. I have included several of his photos of my swing to point out things I noticed about the shots I hit that night.

These are the things that an inexpensive digital camera can tell you about the time you spend on the golf course. This simple exercise will provide you with many lasting thoughts in order to improve your golf game for good.

PromontoryTop

  • Alignment on this left-to-right tee shot is not bad for a shot that will begin over the left edge of the bunker and fade with the shape of the hole.
  • Lower-body action is very tight and under control, not usually my strong suit.
  • Arms tight to body and under control, however, the club is slightly across the line and shut — something new I need to pay attention to in the future.
  • The shot result: slightly left of my target — could be a shut club face issue at the top.

PromontoryFW

  • Sidehill Lie with ball above my feet — aiming right to hit a draw into the front right pin position — hopefully winding up in the front right bunker if the shot does not come off as planned.
  • The mental thought above is good, however, my alignment too far right causing me to over-work the ball in order to hit the green.
  • Footwork looks good.
  • Other than the excessive right alignment, this was a pretty good swing.

PromontoryBunkerI

  • Trying to hit a high bunker shot over the steep lip. The stance is slightly narrow and the ball is too far back for this type of shot.
  • Good release for the “super” high bunker shot.
  • Head is down and steady so I didn’t come “out” of the shot too soon.
  • Successful shot and I am pleased with what I see.

If you will have a buddy take a few action photos of you while you play or even a video or two you can easily audit the positives and negatives of your game. It’s things like this I try to do from time to time in order to better understand my “trends” on the golf course.

Your Reaction?
  • 1
  • LEGIT0
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP0
  • OB0
  • SHANK0

Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: tom.stickney@puntamita.com

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Paul Kraus

    Jul 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Picture 1 – Club face looks on line with the back of the flat left hand to me and I would have said it was on plane rather than shut.
    Anyone care to comment why that is shut?

    • steve lee

      Aug 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      its looks slightly closed to me too. the shaft looks a little bit inside target line maybe resulted from a slight weight to the left (im thinking slight reverse pivot) and the face seems little shut to me too. but what do i know its Tom stickney!! he know better than the most. its always good to see new articles from Tom! and its free of charge too!

      • Tom Stickney

        Aug 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Thank you for your kind remarks…slightly shut due to the fact that I didn’t maintain the cup in my left wrist at the top that I established at address.

  2. golfwb

    Jul 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    How did hole #2 go. It’s generally interesting.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Instruction

Stickney: Sit on it (for a better backswing)

Published

on

As we know golf, is a very tough sport and one that involves many moving pieces. Whenever something overreacts or moves too much on the way back, you end up playing catch-up on the way down. One of my favorite things to watch is how the head moves or doesn’t move on the backswing. Sure, you can have some movement, but you can’t have too much or you put yourself behind the eight ball.

I have charted the head position of a tour player at address and we can see that this is a very normal set up position. It is one that looks positioned to do great things.

However, en route to the top, you can see that this player has put himself into a position where his rear knee straightened too rapidly off the start of his backswing. When this occurs the pelvis “runs out from under” the upper body on the backswing the hips will react and begin to slant downward. (You can see a -10 degree tilt versus 3 degrees the opposite way at address for you number people.)

This causes the head to move out in front of where it was at address. This is not a bad position for the irons but for a driver we have a pending issue. If you don’t make a compensation from here then the player will have an angle of attack that is too much downward through impact with their driver.

As the player moves into his transition, the hips have leveled as the rear shoulder lowers the club into delivery but the head and pelvis are still too far out in front of the ball. The only thing you can do from here is fire the lead side upwards and hope that your head falls back into the correct position. If so, you will have the correct angle of attack, if not, you will chop down on the ball causing your launch conditions to be faulty.

And as we see here that this is precisely what this player did at the very last minute…not the easiest way to swing the club but it is functional IF you make the right correction. So, now that you understand how simple things like the action of the lower body can cause your head to move and your angle of attack to become faulty, what is the secret to controlling your lower body?


Just “sit” on the rear knee flex slightly longer during the backswing as you see here. This will slow down the tilting of the pelvis on backswing and thus your head will stay more in position en route to the top.

Personally, I teach both flexion and extension of the rear knee to the top, depending on what the player is wanting to do, so it really does not matter. However, what does matter is the rate at which it begins to straighten for those of you who do allow it to lengthen. I try to make most of my students hold the most of their address flex until the club moves between belt and chest high, any sooner and you risk the faulty pivot we saw above.

Therefore, take it from me and “sit on it” slightly longer for more quiet head motions as well as a more balanced backswing—your angle of attack will thank you!

Your Reaction?
  • 63
  • LEGIT7
  • WOW2
  • LOL4
  • IDHT2
  • FLOP7
  • OB6
  • SHANK15

Continue Reading

Instruction

Davies: Training the trail elbow in the golf swing

Published

on

Alistair Davies shares with you how to get the correct trail arm and elbow action in the downswing. He shares some great drills that can be done at the range or at home to help lower your scores.Get the correct training for the trail arm here today!

Your Reaction?
  • 12
  • LEGIT2
  • WOW0
  • LOL0
  • IDHT0
  • FLOP1
  • OB2
  • SHANK7

Continue Reading

Instruction

The important lessons you can learn from Peter Senior’s golf swing

Published

on

He may not be a household name in the United States, but Australia’s Peter Senior has a swing for the ages. At 60 years old, Senior has 34 worldwide professional wins including the 2015 Australian Masters beating a competitive field with several top-ranked players in the world. Turning professional in 1978, his career has spanned over 40 years.

Senior’s game and swing have stood the test of time, and the longevity of his career should be recognized. Senior formerly worked with Australian instructor Gary Edwin, and the structure to this swing taught to Senior paved the way for a future of consistent, high-quality professional golf.

Having a great golf swing isn’t the only key to becoming a great golfer, one must learn to play the game. However, you can learn a lot from Senior’s swing.

The origin to Senior’s swing lies in his set-up. Senior sets up in what I call his “hitting angles” or a position that mirrors impact.

From this position, Senior is able to simply keep these angles he established at address throughout the swing. This is why the set-up is so critical. The further he deviates from these “hitting angles”, the more he will have to find that impact position with his body in the backswing and downswing. In other words, more movement. The goal of his backswing will be to maintain these original starting angles.

From the picture, Senior has maintained his original body shape that he established at address. From this position, it will be much easier and repeatable to return the club to impact.

Note how his impact position now mirrors his original address position. All his original angles were maintained with a slight bump of the body towards the target. From impact, he can simply fold up his arms as his right side of his body rotates around his left side, keeping the clubface square to the body.

This standing tall finish position with the head following the torso is much easier on the back. His body has come forward and around beautifully, covering the ball for a proper strike.

The beauty of Senior’s swing lies in its simplicity. The changes Senior made to his swing can apply to anyone. Let’s look at two simple drills to make your swing more efficient and powerful.

“To a large extent, my backswing is a product of my set-up position” – Tiger Woods, Golf Digest 2020

To get into these impact angles simply practice pushing into an impact bag with the head and shaft of the club. Make sure your trail arm is tucked, lowering the trail shoulder as you pressure the bag.

To get the feeling of the proper coil from this set-up position, grab an impact bag and hold the bag in front of you.

From here, swing the bag around you with your arms keeping the top of the bag level. You will feel the trail side of your body move back and the lead side move out, coiling around your spine angle.

The trail glute will also move back and around with this drill, a key move the great Ben Hogan used to pivot his body. To develop an efficient swing and a long, injury-free career, take note of Peter Senior’s key moves.

Your Reaction?
  • 183
  • LEGIT14
  • WOW4
  • LOL1
  • IDHT1
  • FLOP10
  • OB6
  • SHANK21

Continue Reading

WITB

Facebook

Trending