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The bending action of the right arm in the golf swing is an extremely important element to a good swing. Often times, we can’t do what we want with the club because we’ve positioned the right arm in such a way that doesn’t leave us any choice but to move the club poorly.

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  1. A. Rutkowski

    May 5, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Might be interesting to show a right arm skeleton instead of a left arm if you are going to talk about right arm bend.

    • Daniel

      May 6, 2018 at 8:52 pm

      Umm… it is a right arm.. the figures are facing towards you.. pretty obvious

  2. BT

    May 5, 2018 at 4:46 am

    I liked it. Thanks.
    Might be interesting to see a pro vs am pitching – what are the pros doing from 60 out to fire the ball in low and hard with spin?
    Thanks

  3. xpc

    May 4, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I think this is deceptive in focusing on one aspect. 1 the pro greater bend at address may well be because of greater shoulder slope. 2 With the pro hands high at transition the r elbow can only be less bent as the left arm is straight. With the am a high hand position is only achieved by flexing the left arm i.e. it is artificially high and the right elbow flexes accordingly. 3 the shoulder turn is much less. This it appears to me is the old correlation is not causation without real analysis of process.

  4. Yoker

    May 3, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    nteresting…. and in the BS the Pro is wider while the Am is compact. But in the DS the Pro trail arm is tighter while the Am is disconnected.
    The Ams have it reversed …. lol

  5. ChipNRun

    May 2, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    As a one-time baseball player, I have battled over-the-top forever in my golf swing.

    Also, I am now 67, and have moved to a rather compact swing. Above all, I want a balanced stance with weight on heels for full shots.

    In my takeaway, the right elbow hinges smoothly as I rotate to the top. Then, my downswing starts by dropping the hands slightly, triggering a nice right hip turn and hit a fairly high draw.

    I may be losing our on distance a bit, but I have decent control.

    I also fear that the barely bend right elbow would result in a slide on the takeaway, rather than a rotation.

    Am I missing something?

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Stop Practicing, Start Training. Part 1: The long game

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This article is co-written with Zach Parker. Zach is the former director of golf at the Gary Gilchrist and Bishop’s Gate golf academies. Zach is a golf coach, an expert in skill acquisition, and he has years of experience setting up effective training scenarios for golfers of varying abilities. 

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The act of working on your golf game is often referred to as practice. This is a problem, however, because the word “practice” infers repetition or rehearsal. But golf is a sport that has a constantly changing playing surface, varying conditions and mixed skill requirements. So, if we use the traditional practice model of hitting the same shot over and over again, then we have a complete mismatch between our training and the requirements of the sport. This can lead to the following frustrations

  • Grinding on the range but not improving
  • Being unable to transfer performance on range to course
  • Finding practice boring
  • Plateaus in performance

These annoyances can lead to overall disappointment at underperforming and falling short of expectations developed in practice sessions. The most likely root cause of this issue is having no structure and the wrong context to your training, mistakenly focusing on repeating the same shot over and over again. 

So let’s try shifting our approach and aim to train and not simply practice. By introducing these three key principles to your training, we can not only get better at golf, but do so a way that is more efficient and more fun too! For more detailed insight to this topic, check out the podcast that Zach recently recorded with Game Like Training Golf

Spacing

Dr. Robert Bjorks suggests that the theory of spacing dates back centuries and simply means taking some time between training or learning tasks. By spacing things out the learner is forced to try and recall what was learned in the previous session, which makes that original learning stronger. The act of remembering strengthens the retrieval process, meaning it is more accessible in the future and easier to bring about.

Variability

Performing the same task over and over can allow you to appear to have “learned” the skill however we know that this is simply a false sense of competency (good on the range, but not on the course). Therefore if you’re truly looking to “learn” the new skill or desired movement pattern you need to introduce variability to the learning environment.

Challenge Point

Challenge point theory is a relatively new concept championed by Dr. Mark Guadagnoli and Dr. Tim Lee. The central idea of this theory is to create training sessions that are appropriate for the learner. A large emphasis is placed on matching up the difficulty of the practice task to the skill level of the golfer.

Guadagnoli and Lee present the idea that a beginner golfer with a low level of skill is better off spending time on practice tasks that are easier, and in a blocked style. Whilst golfers with a higher level of skill are better off spending time in practice tasks that are slightly harder, and in an interleaved style.

Challenge point needs to reflect the ability of the individual

Practical Example

In this example we have a college golfer aiming to incorporate a particular technical move into his golf swing. He is using a GravityFit TPro to help with feedback and learning. But instead of simply bashing balls using the TPro, he has been set up with a series of stations. The stations are divided into learning and completion tasks and incorporate the principles of Spacing, Variability and Challenge Point.

The aim is to work through three stations. If at any point the completion task is failed, then the participant must return back to the start at station one.

Station 1

Learning task: Three balls with a specific focus (in this case technical), performing two or three rehearsals to increase understanding of the desired pattern.

Completion task: Must two-putt from 35-45 feet, right-to-left break

Station 2

Learning task: Perform posture drills with the TPro, followed by one learning trial (hitting a shot) where the focus in on re-creating the feelings from the TPro exercise.

Completion task: Must two-putt from 30 feet, uphill

Station 3

Learning task: Transfer previous technical feels to a target focus, aiming for two out of three balls landing inside the proximity target.

Completion task: Must make an 8-10 footer.

You can either have a go at this circuit or create your own. There are no set rules, just make sure to include a mixture of tasks (Variability) that are appropriate to your level of ability (Challenge Point) with plenty of time between repetitions (Spacing).

For more information on the featured GravityFit equipment, check out the website here

 

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The lower body is the engine of the golf swing! In this video I show you a key move for (a lot) more distance.

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Top-100 instructor Tom Stickney explains the adjustments your need to make to consistently send the golf ball toward your target from a downhill lie. Enjoy the video below.

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