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Latest News Jan 2011

My exciting news for February is that my continued research into the golf swing will take me to California and two of the best golf instructors on the planet

I will be on my travels in February to California, to do more golf research for BOWNGOLF, I will be spending time with Gregg McHatton a PGA of America professional who has the highest qualification in the GOLFING MACHINE  and is a pioneer in educating golfers how to swing the club more efficiently by using the laws of force and motion. You can use the laws of physics or fight them! 

I also will be visiting Carl Welty a PGA of America golf professional who works at the number one golf school in America, the Jim McLean golf school at La Quinta California.

Carl Welty is a expert in video and  has filmed all the greatest golfers since the 1960s to the present, and has worked with many world class PGA tour players.

I will keep you informed  of my travels and experiences and give you the latest info discovered on the trip !


David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor



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Why Tiger is more consistent than Rory?

Do what Tigers doing -Plan to Get Better in 2011

Tiger is still planning to get  even better than before, better than when he was winning those Majors, that is what drives him onwards, to seek to become the best he can be , and to continue to improve his swing, his fitness, his mind.

He was asked how are his swing changes going, and his reply was  that he needs to be patient, keep doing the correct drills and  enough repetitions so he can master his new movement.

So that information is nothing new to me , but for you that might be a surprise, a surprise that even Tiger needs to work consistently on his swing changes, the need to be patient, or you will become become frustrated if those changes are not on auto after a few buckets of balls, the need to have a PLAN , so you know exactly what you want, and how to get there.

To become better at anything you need to work out what is wrong, why is my ball curving away from the target, why are my divots on the wrong line, why am I topping it, why do I hit some shots really well, then hit it all over the golf course, etc etc.

Get rid of FRUSTRATION  and DOUBT  and plan to make some changes to your game in 2011, follow TIGER,  if its not working CHANGE IT !  Hire yourself a PGA Professional .

So how to make yourself better in 2011. What you need to do for improvement.

1. Go to a Golf Professional.

2. Get your swing filmed on Hi- speed video .

3. Practice what you need to work on Regularly, start slowly, remember my R.M.P.G. Recognise it, Monitor it, Practice it, Groove it.

4. Start  working on your Mobility, develop a stretching routine , get that stiffness out and swing more freely. 

4. Work on your Putting  stroke indoors with a putting plane board.

If you do this and the KEY is Keep doing the Correct practice, you will get better and enjoy your golf even more in 2011 !!

David Bown  PGA AA Professional  Authorized Golfing Machine Instructor


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Practicing what I preach !

Nick Faldo golf legend

I first saw Nick Faldo at the World Matchplay at Wentworth in the mid eighties and if you ever stood next to him he was much bigger than you thought,he was 6ft 3 in & 14 st, a very fit player. 

He was a very focused golfer who was always trying to get everything out of his game that he could,  he set about improving his technique with David Leadbetter, so he could be more consistent & win majors & he did achieve that goal, winning three US Masters, 1996 & two back to back  1989 ,1990 & three Open titles 1987,1990,1992. He came second in the PGA 1992 & US.OPEN 1988. He had 40 professional wins & was in eleven Ryder Cup teams & is the current highest points scorer in Ryder Cup history with 25 pts, & is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Nick Faldo was knighted by the Queen in 2009

He was known for his accurate iron play, particularly his long irons, and he was an excellent putter.

I have a good face on view of Nick playing an iron while preparing for the World Matchplay tournament held at Wenrworth, I hope you enjoy it.


David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor



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Simon Khan Hi -speed video 3 metal What can you learn?


Here is Simon Khan playing a 3 metal at Walton Heath in the U.S. Open qualifier.

His shot went straight onto the green at a short par four of 275 yds, he two putted for a birdie.

Key points for you to see are how he starts the centre of his body moving, his core and chest, his arms go along for the ride , everything has moved in unison, his right side, his hip and chest all turn away very smoothly.

This is a great angle to see his transition from upswing into his start down.

You can clearly see like all top players his lower half starts moving back towards the target first, transferring his weight onto his left leg, this gives him a great platform and stability, so he can swing down in the correct sequence to create his maximum power.

His wrists respond to this move, the club is being pulled or dragged downwards on plane into impact . He has not used his wrists from the top , he has retained their energy and used the correct sequence of motion in his downswing, which is feet pushing into the ground, to give stability for his hips and thighs to do their work, which in turn starts to unwind the core and the chest , which pulls the arms downwards, so the arms and wrists can transfer their energy into the club at the right time.    

His swing is  smooth and unhurried, no wasted motion and very efficient and deceptively powerful, everything is working in the correct sequence, that is why it looks so smooth.

What can you learn.

  1. Start your move of trunk arms and club away from the ball in unison.
  2. Let your right hip and shoulder turn, keeping your right leg in its flex.
  3. Unwind in the correct sequence into the downswing, learn to use your powerhouse , your body, not your arms and wrists. 

Rory and Tiger in Desert storm !

My time at the HSBC tournament in Abu Dhabi was superb, the course was tough, and in great condition, the greens were perfect and very fast, the weather was warm, sunny, and with a light breeze.

The organisation by HSBC was brilliant, there was something for everyone in the village and the staff were very helpful and friendly.

Everything was set for the two main contenders to show their talents, Rory and Tiger, but alas it was not to be .

Rory had the worst kept secret in golf , the Nike deal announced, he had new everything, driver, irons,wedges, putter,ball, shoes and clothing, he missed the cut!

This is why sport is so fascinating, nothing can be taken for granted, no matter who you are, every week its a new challenge, different players coming into form, others losing form.

Rory said the clubs were great, he was just rusty, I believe him, he was a bit rusty and he is a streaky player, when he is on his game he is amazing, when he is slightly off he finds it hard to keep a score going, although last season he really improved in that area of the game.

Rory did not hole anything on the greens, even when he went back to his trusty Scotty the ball would not drop.

He will be back very soon, its a long season, and he needs a bit more time to get his game on song.

This brings me to Tiger, he missed the cut too, had a two stroke penalty to miss the cut by one, he hung in there , but missed a lot of fairways.

It just shows that in the next tournament he plays in, his first on the US PGA tour, he wins by four !!

Ah sport you just never know, and that is what makes it so exciting.

This is why Tigers record over his career is truly amazing, all the variables of sport, yet Tiger just kept on beating everyone every season, we took it for granted, he didnt, he knew how much work it took , the dedication it took, and there are so many players on tour with that desire and dedication, who give it everything each week.

The difference is the special ingredient called, having unbelievable talent !!

2013 should be another great golfing season.

Happy golfing.



David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor



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Wow what a performance! Darren Clarke Open Champion 2011

After all those years of trying to win the Open, Darren Clarke finally achieved his golfing dream!
To become the champion golfer for 2011 and go down in history as the Open champion.

He had control of his swing and his mind during those four rounds of golf played in atrocious and testing weather conditions.
What a deserving champion, we all know the hard times Darren has had to go through, and to come through all of that, come out the other side, and win now, must be even more special to him .

He was asked at the beginning of the week all about Rory, how is he playing etc, all the younger players were in the limelight, it was the new age of the young guns, so we were told, McIlroy, Fowler, Mannessaro, Ishikowa, Donald is world number one, Westwood was there, Poulter, Rose, Casey.
The Americans were out of it we were told. Well they were all over the leaderboard this year!

Good old Darren!

Golf is a funny old game, and just because we witness a sensational performance by Rory Mcilroy to become US Open champion, GMac wins the year before, Donald is world number one, Westwood is always around, Harrington won back to back Opens, the media tell us that the Americans are finished, rubbish!

A class act is a class act whatever their nationality. They have players coming through and they want to turn the momentum around.

European golf is outstanding, we are very strong, Ryder cup success, success breeds success. A fellow European tour player wins a major, the next guy says I can beat him, I play every week against him, and I have beaten him on the regular tour, I can do it again.

I think Rory Mcilroy has learned a lot from Darren Clarke, but Darren has learned a lot from a young gun called Rory, mainly, CONFIDENCE and FOCUS and BELIEF, he always had the skills, the ball striking ability, he won WGC event against Tiger several years ago.

Interestingly the swing I show you was taken last year when Darren had to qualify at Sunningdale to play in the 2010 Open!

What a difference a year makes!

Keep believing, no matter what happens.

Darren did!


David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor



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National Golfer Magazine article from Bowngolf.

My article for the National Golfer magazine about the WGC Matchplay event in Tucson Arizona , in which Hunter Mahan won.£930,000!

Hunter and his coach

Hunter and his coach Sean Foley
  Sean checking things out!
THE World No 1 ranking is up for grabs again this year. After this year’s first WGC event it looks like we are going to have an exciting season.
The Accenture World Matchplay event brought together the top 64 players in the official world rankings and they competed for $8,500,000. The winner, Hunter Mahan, took home a cool $1,400,000! Also, valuable FedEx Cup, Ryder Cup points and of course those extra world ranking points were all on offer.
It’s a massive week for these players and just behind the Majors in importance.
The Dove Mountain course designed by Jack Nicklaus is very testing. It measures a lengthy 7,800 yards off the back tees. The course sits at 2,600ft above sea level so the ball does go about 10 per cent further than normal, a little bit of help towards that massive distance.
All the talk in the build-up of the event was about the defending champion and then World No 1 Luke Donald. Could he win again?
My observations of Luke on the practice ground were that he was working hard on adjustments to his swing and this event had come too early to see him play well this week. He was so consistent last season and I feel he is thinking that to win a Major this year he has to make some changes in his swing. This is a surprise to many people as he had such an incredible year last season, winning both money titles and player of the year and many other awards.
On the range Fernando Gonzalez-Castano was working hard and his coach told me what a big match he had coming with Tiger Woods. What a close match that turned out to be, the European player had several chances to win, but in the end Tiger squeezed through.
Tiger looked good on the range and Sean Foley was there looking on and working his way through his famous stable of players, Woods, Rose, and Mahan.
He chatted to them and filmed a few swings and then showed the players, it was more of a tune-up than anything else.
Tiger is hitting the ball much better, it’s not quite there yet and the putter which has always been so reliable is letting him down, he was on the practice green with Steve Stricker and asked his advice, I watched him putting and he was missing putts right and left, but I am sure he will win once his technique and confidence return. Maybe the Masters in April seems about right!
Lee Westwood was hitting the ball so well, he was looking very confident and he knew he was playing really well. It’s just if the putter works well enough for Lee, but I think he will have a really good year, maybe a Major?
McIlroy and Westwood was the match we wanted to see and Lee was up early on but credit to McIlroy he came storming back from three down, holing putts, it was a great match.
Rory is bringing much more consistency to his game. Although he was not on top form tee to green, his short game looks much sharper and can score better when not quite on his A game. I think it’s a big year for Rory coming up.
A big surprise was the play of Sang Moon Bae. To many he is an unknown, but has had great success on the Asian tour. He has a great swing is very hard working and is climbing the world rankings. Look out for him this year.
Matt Kuchar again was looking very consistent; it was a surprise how he lost to birdie machine Mahan, losing 6&5 in the quarterfinal.
Mark Wilson was a surprise as well, but he is steady and a good putter. He reminds me of a Luke Donald-type player – not the longest but consistent and a fighter.
So we come to Hunter Mahan, everything came together for him this week, he had a new putter which worked amazingly well all week, he does get on putting streaks and can make a lot of birdies.
He was confident with his swing and he has got much more feel into his short game, he did look too mechanical in the past.
He has made swing changes under the guidance of Foley for the last three years and know those changes are becoming much more natural and he can just play and has much more confidence in his whole game.
So we come full circle, who is going to get to number one and more importantly will they be there at the end of the year?
It is obvious that there is no golfer at the moment that will dominate as Tiger has done in the past. Tiger has gone backwards and is building up his game, he is getting more competitive no doubt, but will he reach the highs of the past? I do not think so.
Donald had a career year last year and if he wins a Major this year he has achieved his dream, but I don’t think he will be World No 1 come Christmas.
Martin Kaymer has a good chance, but the hot favourite is McIlroy.
What a talent – the length he hits the ball for his size is incredible, his putting is getting better, if he gets more consistency, which is certainly coming, he has all the qualities to stay at the top of the mountain as World No 1. And he is European!
• David Bown is a PGA AA professional.
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Your golf swing signature

Playing quality golf shots with power and consistency is what you are looking for.

Virtually all my students who have lessons with me say they want  two things more than anything.   1. CONSISTENCY  2. MORE DISTANCE.

How do you achieve this ?

Whether you have a so called flat swing , upright swing, strong grip , weak grip, open face, closed face at the top, that is not the key issue.

Look at the best players in the world, all have differences in their technique, regarding , grip, clubface, swing plane, one plane, two plane etc.

The  one thing that all these top golfers share is their SWING SIGNATURE.

What is your swing signature ?

When I talk to experts in  biomechanics there is a definite pattern of movement  that the better golfers all do.

Whether its Jim Furyk or Ernie Els their pattern of movement is the same, they look very different, but they have a definite swing signature.

They start their downswing in the correct order or sequence, Lower body starts first, this starts the sequence, then the torso / core follows, arms, wrists, and finally the club .

Work on your pivot , how you unwind your body from the top of your backswing into your finish.

Most amateurs try and get the clubface at the top of their swing to the ball as early as possible by using their arms and wrists first, they try to speed up the clubhead too early..

Use your pivot correctly, use it first, so your arms and wrists can transfer their power into the ball in the most efficient way , which is in the correct sequence.

So improve your swing signature, your pattern of movement, and you will become consistent and hit the ball further.


David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor



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Youtube channel Bowngolf


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