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In this video, I give you the appropriate foundation for transitioning from the backswing to the downswing correctly. Hope this helps!

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Find him on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/adaviesgolf Advanced Fellow of the PGA Head Golf Professional The Marriott Forest of Arden The Golfing Machine Authorised Instructor TPI Certified Fitness Golf Instructor PGA Swing Lecturer PGA Swing Examiner PGA Qualified in 1999, Achieving 3rd position Trainee of the Year Roles Former Academy Coach Wales South West Squad Performance Director Midland Performance Golf Academy Coach to GB & I Squad Member Head Coach to Birmingham University Teams Coach to Solihull College AASE England programme Coached Numerous County Squads including Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Derby. Philosophy I am a highly self-motivated full time coach committed to improve players of all standards. Through continually developing my skills and knowledge I am considered one of the leading coaches and have been recently voted in Golf Worlds top 100 coaches. Having excellent communication skills enables me to be able to deliver first class tuition to all levels of golfers and this is reflected in my achievements from my players and personal accolades.

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  1. geohogan

    Nov 5, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    If we understand the kinematic sequence, then we will know that it is the deceleration of the arms
    that is the CAUSE of the acceleration of the golf club. It is not a conscious throwing of the trail arm or straightening of the right arm or a flick of the trail hand.

    The power from body rotation is transferred from proximal to distal(deceleration of proximal causing acceleration of distal) until the clubhead is whipped by radial acceleration, through the wrists acting as free hinges. What is commonly called release is actually the acceleration of club lever as a reaction to, a result of, deceleration of the arms.

  2. geohogan

    Nov 4, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Begin the DS with a throw and the club will be buried in the ground behind the ball. That has been a fact since time immemorial. Its basis is in our genes. Scoff at genetics at your peril.

    Genetics control the hands, unless we make the conscious effort to interfere with that genetic
    predisposition to OTT. Palm facing the sky at start of DS, worked for Ben Hogan and it will work for everyone in the same way, for the same reasons.

  3. geohogan

    Nov 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    The Throw starts at P6(club parallel to the ground), not from the start of the DS.

    From top of DS (aka transition), intent has to be to keep the palm of dominant, trail hand facing the sky.

    The balance of the DS happens too quickly(less than 1/4 second)for conscious control.

    With dominant, trail hand palm facing the sky as intent at top of DS, the arms will fall(gravity move) positining club, arms and hands for the throwing position at P6. The throw, like skipping a stone and the side arm throw from short to second base happens whenever the dominant palm is facing the sky.

    Ref. The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992

    • Tiger Noods

      Nov 4, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Ben Hogan was a good golfer, and the first person really able to describe things in a publishable manner. That doesn’t mean things don’t get honed and improved. There were people good at golf that would have scoffed at that newcomer Hogan, too.

      • geohogan

        Nov 5, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        Arguably Ben Hogan was the best ball striker we have seen. This is not my opinion, but judgement of many of the best golfers in history.

        “People good at golf” are a dime a dozen and their opinions mean nothing, unless backed by facts. False equivalency is a weapon of the articulate these days.

      • Tartan Golf Travel

        Nov 5, 2018 at 6:16 pm

        I will have to save you lost all credibility when you said “Ben Hogan was good at golf”. I guess that’s a step up from so so but that has to be the biggest understatement in history.

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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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