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This series of videos will be posted every Tuesday (8:30 p.m. UK time). I make them to help golfers learn and improve their golf with fun, educational and fact-based golf coaching. Let’s keep sharing this info so we can all improve together. 

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Mark Crossfield has been coaching golf for more than 20 years, and has enjoyed shaping the digital golf world with fresh, original and educated videos. Basically, I am that guy from YouTube. You can connect with Mark on Periscope (4golfonline) and Snapchat (AskGolfGuru), as well through the social media accounts linked below.

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  1. Ryan

    Apr 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you, Mark. As someone who is not a scratch golf (far from it), your video was very informative. I’ve loved watching them on YouTube for a couple years and hope you continue the instructional videos. It’s nice to learn why certain things are happening and how to fix them. Thanks again!

  2. HG Wells

    Mar 31, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Pretty sure this won’t end well! Mark’s whole thing is stating the obvious “just hit the ball better you stupid twits,” on a site dedicated to people obsessed with gear and swing theory, lol.

  3. Jim H

    Mar 31, 2016 at 12:30 am

    I’ve been following Mark since he started producing videos on his old creeky-floored driving range. I was first attracted to him for his club reviews. But then his instructional side kicked in, followed by on-course videos with local buddies which are incredibly entertaining. He’s done more for my game in the past few years than all the golf magazines, lessons and other web sites I visit combined. What a great addition to WRX.

  4. Barry

    Mar 30, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Great stuff Mark. Forgive the trolls who have nothing better to do than hide behind their keyboards and fire off their negative crap. _That_ is what is boring and quite frankly old.

  5. D'mack

    Mar 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Crossfield and shield for a while. I’m pumped there on WRX.

  6. Jay

    Mar 30, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Love your YouTube stuff. Looking forward to your wrx stuff!

  7. golfraven

    Mar 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Bored of the constant drive for more distance. How about more accuracy, Fairways hit and GIR and less putts per round.

  8. kn

    Mar 30, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Even though I am familiar with how and where you strike the ball affects distance and dispersion, I thought this video was full of excellent information, and could be very revealing to a lot of golfers out there seeking more distance. The numbers tell the story. Now it’s just a simple matter of delivering the club into exactly the right place, every time you swing. Simple. Guess that’s where a coach could come in handy.

  9. Chet

    Mar 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    We’re all missing to the point here. He’s hitting a driver from 2016. I’m headed to my local golf super store. Cheers.

  10. Chet

    Mar 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    We’re all missing to the point here. He’s hitting a driver from 2016. I’m headed to my local golf super store.

  11. Mike Honcho

    Mar 30, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    :17-:18 did he say ‘long dongs’?

  12. SId

    Mar 30, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Bit of an obvious first tip Mark, I hope your next isn’t how to cure a slice!
    Ps i loved your round with Lee Westwood, just a pity you couldn’t get him to join in the bantz a bit more!
    Good luck on Golfwrx

  13. Brandon

    Mar 30, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Excellent vid. I remember reading that Nicklaus, when needing to get in the fairway, would aim left and hit the ball hard off the heel and it would start on the left side of the fairway and come back to center.

    • Martin

      Mar 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      Maybe that was easier to do when they all used persimmon woods?

  14. RG

    Mar 30, 2016 at 2:23 am

    LET’S GET STUCK IN!!!!!

  15. Blewis

    Mar 30, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Mark is refreshing in an industry that tries to obscure the reality; you need to work on your game and quit looking for gear to fix it for you. It impresses me that golfwrx has reached out to Mark and Rick. The site where shaftoids breed asking The Guru to guest lecture is brilliant.

  16. Matto

    Mar 30, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Crossfield!!! Please please PLEASE post something on WRX about your opinion on driver shafts(shafts in general?)!!
    I look forward to the responses!!!!!

    • Tbry

      Mar 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      I second this. It is amazing how the #’s change between relatively similar golf shafts.

  17. Tom

    Mar 29, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    This guy is the British version of Michael Breed

  18. Tom

    Mar 29, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    A game of millimeters.

  19. Other Paul

    Mar 29, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I am not surprised Mark is on here. We just need Kelvin Miyahira and i dont have to go to any other golf sites.

  20. Jeff

    Mar 29, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Mark is the best. Didn’t realize he joined golfwrx. Happy to see him onboard.

  21. kevin

    Mar 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    you’re a legend mark! keeping on keeping on! ignore the KNUCKLEheads

  22. Mat

    Mar 29, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I have to say, this video impressed me. Why? Because it’s actual data. Crossfield is actually showing real differences, and not regurgitating marketing speak in his own unique (cough) way.

    One of the things he didn’t mention, and how could you in a short video, is how that “lean back” alters the swing path. I know several guys who don’t have a “driver” swing because they’re using higher lofted drivers and a neutral AoA. If the loft is good, the dynamic angle is fine. Adding 4º of loft by leaning and moving the ball forward a later contact point. This can often lead to the banana ball.

    I think the most important thing he says out of all of this is that he has “two swings”… his “pat pat” and his “long dong”. He says it… my inner-teen snickers. However, the concept of a fairway finder and full shot being two variances of style and not just tempo are important. You can’t just hit that low AoA harder and expect a lot of results in distance. You can’t hit up on a ball and keep it where you want without adjustment. Impact on the face is more important than it ever gets credit for in the 460cc age.

  23. Andrew Olson

    Mar 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Why is crossfield telling me how to hit the ball further when he can barely get it out there himself?

    • Mark Crossfield

      Mar 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      It’s a dream I have #oneday

      • Forsbrand

        Mar 30, 2016 at 7:39 am

        A very nice easy to understand video Mark, thank you! I enjoy all of your videos, especially your games with Gorilla James 😉 keep up the great work making it easy to understand this great game!

    • john

      Mar 29, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      I think if he was scaled up to say my size (6’3″) and build, he’d probably out drive me, his technique is sound, he’s just a bit wee.

      • KitchenTime

        Mar 30, 2016 at 1:22 am

        I just love that Mark responded! He has been the most fun part of golf for me over the last 3 years.

    • Ezra

      Mar 30, 2016 at 5:08 am

      You’re a funny guy! I think only 5% of the members of my golf club can drive further than 220 yards (carry distance). So for the vaste majority of us, those tips are relevant. If you want to brag about how far you can hit a ball: good for you! (but you may appear like a jerk 🙂 PD: I’m french so sorry for the bad English.

    • TR1PTIK

      Mar 30, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Because I’d be willing to bet you can hit it further if you applied the information in his videos to your swing. Golf instructors don’t have to be tour pros or smash the driver a million miles. Your comment is full of ignorance.

    • Old Pappy

      Apr 3, 2016 at 6:07 am

      OK let me take a guess …. eeeere ……hmmmm, because Mark knows more about the golf swing than you do. Never mind it was just a guess.

  24. 4pillars

    Mar 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I like both Shiels and Crossfield.

    But why do I have to see them here.

    I could go directly to their YouTube.

    • brian h

      Mar 29, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      many have no idea what you are talking about.

      you dont have to see them here. It is here to help the masses that dont know about him to learn he exists.

  25. brian h

    Mar 29, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Great to see you here on golfwrx. The best new stars are here. You are obviously one of them.

  26. es

    Mar 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Golf WRX first Shiels now Crossfield… good stuff.
    Question – why aren’t there any USA based golf instructors / youtube stars. Seems like all the good golf youtube channels are all from peeps the UK…. who are now getting invited to come to the USA more and more often…

    Shiels and Crossfield are hands down the 2 best golf equipment reviewers on youtube.
    I watch Shiels when I want to hear affirmation on a particular club I want to buy.
    I watch Crossfield when I want to buy a new club but trying to convince myself its not worth it.
    🙂

    • Mat

      Mar 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      They’re all behind paywalls.

    • Brad Repplinger

      Mar 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      From content standpoint, are you more keen to product reviews/demos/data or on-course vlogs?

      • es

        Mar 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm

        i tend to watch the product reviews the most – both at the home course and when they are invited to demo days, I can say I bought the nike vrs covert tour because Crossfield like it. But now use a Ping LS Tec cause Shiels like. i like it more than golfdigest equipment review or even golfwrx equipment review. I’ve watch so many of their equipment review I feel as if I have a good understanding of how the equipment will preform for me based on what they say and what the numbers say. I like what they have to say about the looks of a club as well.

        don’t really watch the instructional videos, not for me. my play similar to crossfield

        watch on-course vlogs especially if they playing with tour pro and interviewing a tour pro, or if there is some type of challenge

        • Willy

          Mar 30, 2016 at 7:07 am

          Agree with this 100%. I’m addicted to this game and find myself watching all of Sheils and Crossfield’s vids on YouTube. I’m glad they are on golfWRX too though. Great stuff Mark, as always!

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Faldo’s ‘commercial’ dig at Rickie Fowler was narcissistic, unfair and hypocritical

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This week, Rickie Fowler opened up on his current struggles on the course, describing the enormous frustration he’s going through and the toll it’s even taking on his life at home.

Instead of Fowler being commended for his honesty during the most challenging period of his career to date, he found himself attacked. Not just by some nameless, faceless troll on social media either, but by a six-time major winner turned talking head: Nick Faldo.

Replying to Golf Digest’s article on Fowler, the Englishman decided he’d take a swipe at Fowler’s commercial success, saying:

“Good news is if he misses the Masters he can shoot another six commercials that week!”

He then doubled down on the comment, highlighting his own excellent achievements in the sport while knocking Fowler who is still looking for his maiden major win, posting shortly after: “What would you rather have, a boatload of cash or your name in three green books?”

Had Faldo bothered to read the article in question, then he’d have seen that Fowler is extremely hungry and putting in hours of practice to get back to the heights that saw him once ranked inside the world’s top 5.

If Fowler was content to do commercials instead of grinding away on the course as Faldo suggests, why will this week at Bay Hill mark his 6th appearance in the last seven weeks on the PGA Tour?

That schedule just doesn’t fit Nick’s narrative that Fowler is satisfied with things in his professional life.

Sadly, Faldo’s dig at Rickie had nothing to do with his golf game, nor did it even acknowledge how hard he is trying to turn things around.

It was a petty knock at a universally well-liked player from his peers to fans alike because he happens to do well for himself outside of the course as well as on it.

And let’s not forget how good Fowler has been on it, five PGA Tour wins (including The Players), 2 European Tour wins, and 11 top-ten finishes at majors—and he’s still just 32.

All that the Englishman’s cheap shot at Fowler’s commercial success did was amplify the undercurrent of jealousy within Faldo, who spends the majority of his time on social media plugging and endorsing a golf shoe.

Does anyone really think that Faldo wouldn’t snap up Rickie’s commercial opportunities if they presented themselves to him?

To knock Fowler’s current level of play is fair game, but to suggest he’d be happy to miss the Masters so that he can “shoot another six commercials that week” is out of line and does a disservice to the effort he puts in each day to get better at his craft.

Fowler has demonstrated time and time again that he is a class act, an excellent ambassador for the sport, and he deserves much better than a blindsided attack on Twitter from a prominent figure in golf media.

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Club Junkie: Odyssey Ten putter review and hitting the new Callaway Apex Pro irons

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Reviewing the new Odyssey Ten putters, and I like the overall look compared to last year’s model. The shape is a little more squared off and simple, less distracting. Callaway’s new Apex Pro irons offer a lot of distance and forgiveness in a small package, but do they feel as good as other players irons?

 

 

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The Wedge Guy: Understanding CG

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One of the most misunderstood concepts involved in golf club design is that of “CG,” or “center of gravity,” also “center of mass.” While this particular measurement of any golf club head can certainly offer insight into its probable performance, it is not the “be all, end all” with regard to any club’s specific launch or forgiveness attributes.

What “CG” specifically refers to is the exact center location of a club’s distribution of mass, which will generally coincide with that club’s “sweet spot”—but that’s not always true. There are lots of ways to manipulate or manage any club’s exact CG location, and therein lies a “Pandora’s Box” of misunderstanding.

Let’s start back in the very old days, when irons were single pieces of forged steel and woods were made of persimmon. Since there was no science inside the club, CG was essentially a result of how the clubhead is formed—its essential shape.

A typical persimmon driver head, for example, was sized to deliver its ideal weight without any additional weights added. The solid block of persimmon, with some kind of face insert and an aluminum soleplate was all you had to work with. So, the CG was located pretty close to the center of the clubhead from all three axes – vertical, front-go-back and heel-to-toe. If you remember, persimmon fairway woods were smaller and had a brass sole plate to add mass lower in the head and often a lead weight under the sole plate to move the CG even lower to help produce higher ball flights on shots hit from the turf, rather than off a tee.

Traditional forged irons up to the 1960s-70s typically had a CG very close to the hosel, a result of the mass of the hosel itself and the typical design that put “muscle” behind the impact area, and very little mass out toward the toe. An examination of worn faces on those old irons would reveal the wear very much toward the heel. I distinctly remember fighting the shanks back in those days, and that ugly shot usually felt very close to a perfectly struck one, rather than feeling as awful as it looked.

As metal woods and cavity-back irons became the norm, designers were able to move the CG ever lower in order to produce higher ball flight, and more toward the center of the face to put the CG further from the hosel. As technology has continued to be refined, the use of tungsten inserts has further allowed designers to position the CG exactly where they want it – typically lower in the club and more toward the center or even the toe of the golf club.

And therein lies a problem with pushing this insert technology too far.

There is no question that in addition to making contact somewhere close to the CG of the clubhead, ball performance is also a product of how much mass is directly behind the impact point. Let me offer this example of how important that can be.

Let’s assume two identically shaped cavity-back 7-irons – same size, face thickness, overall weight and a design that places the CG in the exact same spot in the scoring pattern. The only difference between the two is that one is a single piece forged or cast steel head, with the other being cast of aluminum, with heavy tungsten inserts in the hosel and toe areas to achieve the same overall weight and CG location.
Which do you think would deliver the more solid feel of impact and better transfer of energy to the ball?

Now, we could take that even further by cutting out the entire center of both clubheads and increase the mass or the weight of tungsten in the hosel and toe to bring each back up to weight. The CG location would not change, but there would be absolutely no mass at all where the ball impact location would be. That would not work at all, would it?

I’ve learned long ago that it’s not just about the location of the CG that makes a golf club perform, but also the amount of mass that is placed directly behind the spot on the face where impact with the ball is made.

Here’s a fun, “non-golf” way to embrace this concept.

Suppose we had a two-pound sledgehammer and another 2 lb piece of steel hammered into a large circular sheet 1/16” thick. And then suppose someone hit you on the head with the exact CG of each one – which do you think would hurt the most?

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