We have a double whammy of information for you as we are also talking about “Tall Man Golf” clubs used by my 6’5” student in this video. The clubs are five inches longer than standard and would normally weigh a ton, but they are actually as easy, if not easier, to swing than the ones I have!
Longer, lighter and stiffer shafts with lighter club heads make a super combination for guys who are 6-5 to 7-5. As for the posture and distance to ball, you are going to see a little difference here between before and after, and a massive difference mentally between the two — something we see as teachers very frequently, and it continues to confirm how oblivious us humans are to what our body parts are doing. Enjoy!
Tip of the week: How to handle big breaking putts
In this week’s tip, top 100 teacher Tom Stickney shows you how to coordinate line and speed, manage wrist breakdown, and more keys to navigating big breaking putts.
Brooks Koepka’s grip secret
Here is a great video on understanding what allows a great player to get through the ball and deliver hardcore to his targets. Without this part of his grip, he would be hard-pressed to deliver anything with any kind of smash factor and compression. See what you can learn from his grip.
Swing speed vs. quality impact
In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.
I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.
Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.
Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!
The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.
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