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Integrity in Sport

English PGA pro Brian Davis displayed another example of why golf is so highly respected in the world of sports.

While playing the 18th hole in a sudden death playoff with Jim Furyk he called a penalty on himself of two shots because his club touched a piece of grass on his backswing, which was in fact a loose impediment, had it been growing naturally he would have been ok. No body else saw the incident, not even the rules official that was there.

This was a huge chance for Davis to get his first PGA tour win, he had earlier made a birdie three at the same hole to make the play off.

This is the attitude other players in  sports should display, get back to the integrity of the game, and play all our great sports with  respect, honesty and the right attitude, then we will see who are the true champions.

Test your Golf swing knowledge!

Here are a few questions for you to test your golf swing knowledge.

How many can you get right?

 QUESTIONS

1.If you want to hit the ball straight should you keep the clubface square to your target as long as possible?

2.. Should your impact alignment be the same as your address alignment.

3. Should your golf swing be a pushing or a pulling motion?

4. Should you lift the ball of the grass or hit  the ball on a downward arc when playing an iron shot?

 

Answers

General guideline and playing a standard shot.

1. WRONG. Your golf swing is on an inclined plane, eg think of a sloping roof, you stand to the side of the ball and your club moves on an arc . So after you strike the ball the club will travel on a path to the left of your target line. Here is a great example.

 BEN HOGAN      Showing how he has not tried to keep the clubface going down the target line, the club is staying on plane, MOVING INWARDS AND UPWARDS ON AN ARC AFTER IMPACT.

 Ben Hogan

2. ANSWER  NO

Most golfers try to get their impact alignments the same as their set up alignment.

How it should look 

SET UP                        IMPACT   Lower body has moved to target, hands, arms and clubshaft moved forward, shaft is leaning forwards. 

 set upimpact

3. ANSWER. A pulling motion, not a pushing motion.

Pulling forces transport the angles created during the backswing, the golf club will align itself and follows the direction of a pulling force.

Pushing forces the club to release the angles created prematurely, this is why most amateurs get back to their set up at impact and lose power and accuracy, they throw they club at the ball.

4. I ask all my beginners this question and around nine out of ten say lift the ball. WRONG Strike the ball on a downward arc for your irons.

So they start their golfing life thinking they must lift the ball into the air, they scoop , they throw the club to try and get the club to lift the ball!

Learn that you need to compress the ball, let the loft of the club get the ball in the air, have a forward leaning shaft at impact, the lowest point of your swing is AFTER the ball with your irons, not before.

So how many did you get right? 

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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What you need to be more consistent ?

I want to be more consistent, this is the number one comment I hear from my new students and when they do hit a straight shot it does not not go far enough !

To be more consistent you need to know what you are really doing in your golf swing right now, not what you feel you are doing.

Where is the the ball going and why is it flying there ?

Is it the clubface or path the club travels on, or a combination that is making your ball fly anywhere but at your intended target.

Why is your clubface not correct at impact ?

Could be grip, could be alignment, but I believe more often than not, understandng how the hands and wrists work during the golf swing is the main fault.
Most amateurs do not know how their hands work during the swing, or what they are doing with their hands as they swing.

Your hands need to be educated, to sense and feel where they are in the swing and of course they give you the information and feedback of where that clubface is throughout the swing. A vital component.

The first must have is.

The hands must be educated to have a consistent swing.

 
Why is your path incorrect ?

The path is wrong because the body movements during the swing are wrong , the club is out of a good alignment and the arms and wrists try and recover the shot somehow.

This is what I see the most..

Mainly arms and wrists are not controlled, shoulders are too dominant in the downswing, the hips do not work enough at the start in the downswing, and the sequence the upper and lower halves of the body are used in are incorrect. .

Most handicap golfers do not understand  what the upper body and lower body have to do in the golf swing.

A few key areas  the body needs to achieve to be consistent  are maintenance of posture during the swing, learning to rotate the upper body and lower body in the correct sequence, both back and forwards and maintain balance throughout.

So the second of my must haves is.

You must have a good pivot working in the correct sequence to deliver consistency and that will create more power..

If your body works in the correct sequence and your hands know their job, your club will be on plane, you will have more power, and you will be more accurate and consistent .

Why not become more consistent now ?

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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Last week I met a new student his name is Derek Shao, a young man who has worked in London and now is going back to work in Hong Kong in two weeks time.

He told me he had played for one year, and had a few golf lessons, his average scores are around the one hundred mark.

I asked him what he wanted out of his golf lesson, he told me he wanted to fix his slice and hit the ball further.

Not an unusual request down on the driving range!

He hit a few golf shots and yes, they all sliced a long way, very high, losing a lot of distance.

The Cause

Derek  had put so much effort into moving, to try and get more clubhead speed, he moved his whole upper body way too much, both going back and through.

The reason this was happening was because he thought incorrectly that he had to use the strength from his arms and shoulders, to generate more distance, so he then gripped the club to tightly and made his upper body dominate his downswing, making the club wipe across the ball from out to in.

Derek was so keen to work with me and improve we had six sessions in five days working on full swing, chipping, putting, and bunker shots.

He was very focused and asked many questions. He was a great student to work with, and he got great results.

The Correction

I worked on getting him to hold the club in a more relaxed way, getting the tension out of his shoulders, forearms and wrists, he was so tight!

A key thought for Derek was to feel softer in his wrists, this took some getting used too as before he had no wrist hinge to speak of, because he was so tight, just a massive turn of his upper body on his backswing, and a corresponding twist on his downswing.

Also, having a feeling of letting his arms just fall down at the start of his downswing, this helped him keep the club on the desired  plane into the impact zone, and helped him resist pushing with his upper body, creating that twist.

During our last session Derek was hitting his eight iron, six iron and his 17 deg hybrid either straight or with a slight draw, his ball flight was lower.  He had increased his distance considerably and was not exhausted after hitting sixty balls! 

I was very impressed with his results, his striking of the ball was much crisper, and a good twenty five yards longer, and there was more to come. 

As Derek left I congratulated him on what he had achieved and asked him when he was going to play next & try his new swing?

He replied I am playing tomorrow at St Georges Hill, and playing Walton Heath a few days later!

Great stuff Derek.  Enjoy your golf!   

 

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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What can you learn from the U.S Masters

There was a lesson to be  learnt  from watching the best players at the US Masters last week.

Once again the critical area is the short game , we all know it is important and so it proved again on the last day, if you can get down in two when you miss a green, you can score, saving strokes not wasting them. It is so important, it keeps you confident, because you are still maintaining your score, it will help you  relax more on your second shots as well. 

Tiger Woods ball striking gradually got worse each round, more wayward shots appeared, but his amazing ability to see the shot and shape the ball, and not give up, kept him in touch with the leaders. He shot 69 in the last round and was all over the course, anyone else would have probably scored in the mid seventies.

So if your looking to lower your scores and become a more consistent player, you must work on your bunker shots, your chipping and putting.

We all know this but how many golfers actually practice their short game, they would rather hit the driver!

So spend  at least 60% of your  practice time improving your short game, it really will be worth it and watch your scores come down.

How to Improve-Recognise it-Monitor it-Practice it-Groove it

One huge reason why golfers are not improving is because they are either trying to work out what is wrong for themselves, or asking friends, or golfing buddies, and its like the blind leading the blind. It will never work, it  just leads to more FRUSTRATION. 

When a student of mine hits a thin shot or tops it, at the beginning they say, “I lifted my head” or “I wasn`t watching the ball”

Now I have never seen that happen myself, but that is such a typical reaction of so many, their friends told them “you looked up”  other advice is “keep your head down” etc etc. They soon learn the TRUTH ! 

They commit the cardinal sin of working on wrong information, its well meaning but wrong ! 

So what am I saying here, well its simple YOU MUST GET A DIAGNOSIS FROM A GOLF PROFESSIONAL, someone who has spent years, studying the golf swing, and knows how to impart the neccesary information, I did say neccesary, not just lots of information, because that will cause the “Paralysis by Analysis” syndrome and the student will just freeze.

So how do you change your game, or learn the game? R. M. P. G.

You must RECOGNISE your errors or RECOGNISE what you have to learn.

MONITOR what you are changing thoroughly, don`t just rely on your FEEL, look at precisely what you are REALLY doing.

Do it slowly and get it right, developing  a new swing pattern takes time, it takes CORRECT  PRACTICE.

Do enough CORRECT repetitions and you will GROOVE IT in. 

If you carry out these straightforward steps you will IMPROVE your golf and you will get much more satisfaction out of this great game.

ARE YOU READY TO FINALLY IMPROVE YOUR GAME ?

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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The Masters A Dream Come True!

Finally made it to Augusta National GC in Georgia for the US Masters, got my valuable tickets and can’t wait for April!

Have been watching the event on TV for so many years probably ever since I started playing golf, which is over thirty years ago now! I remember Coody, Aaron, Nicklaus, Miller, Weiskopf, Ballesteros, Watson, Zoeller, Mize, Norman, Player,Faldo, Floyd, Stadler, Crenshaw, Langer, Lyle, Woosnam, Couples, Olazabal, Woods, Omeara, Singh, Weir, Mickleson,  Z. Johnson, Immelman, Cabrera, Schwartzel,  B.Watson, and Scott!  Phew!!

Did I miss anyone out?

I will be there from when the gates open to when they kick me out of the grounds, I will be filming the best players in the world, at the most beautiful golf course in the world, the videos will all be going on my Youtube golf channel of course, for you to see at David Bown PGA.

I will of course be keeping you informed through my website and my blog as to the happenings around The Masters.

I really hope we get a fantastic finish with Rory, Tiger, Adam, Jason, all fighting for the lead on the back nine, Augusta usually has a grandstand finish.

Hope you all see the Masters this year on TV or in person, wherever you are and you manage to see it, it  will be full of tradition, colour, and excitement  amazing golf and tension, and I cannot wait to be part of it!

 

Happy Golfing

David

 

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

Lynn Blake Certified Instructor

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how much of the game of golf is mental?

I know of some guys who say golf is 80% mental and 20% physical when you get to a high level, and others who say the opposite.

If you can, please state how many years you have been playing or your handicap.

Aliens guide to better golf!

 

An AMAZING opportunity arises, a visitor who has never heard of Golf volunteers to  help  me & all the golfers on  planet Earth!

How could I resist, this was our conversation! 

I have explained to the Alien the basic principles of golf, so it understands the rudiments of the game.

Now I can tell the alien what I need, and using its superior understanding of the universe, will be able to help all golfers get better!

Aliens asks .       What is the prime objective in playing, 18 holes of golf?

Me                          To go round the 18 holes in as few shots as possible, to hit the ball as far as possible, be consistent  & hit it as straight as possible.To hole putts, to have a great short game, to control my mind, to be calm under pressure, to stay focused, be in the zone, ignore my opponents!

Alien                      Ok Ok, calm down, I only have a limited time here on Planet Earth!

                                 You are telling me golfers on Earth are still learning this stuff?  

Me                           Well we have only been playing for a few hundred years!

Alien                       Not long then?

                                  So to achieve this you would have to have as much control as possible        over yourself,  the golf ball, its direction, its power and its flight. I understand.

You would need to maximise and harness all your tools, make the machine the best you can.

Me                          What do you mean the machine?

Alien                      You, your mind and body, that is everything.

Me                          Yes, the machine must be as consistent and powerfull as possible.  

Me                          Can anything destroy the machines results?

Alien                       Yes of course, your mind/brain could interfere, get confused, wrong advice!

Me                           Ok so to achieve this outcome what do I need to do ?

Alien                       You on Earth have heard of Back Engineering, so lets start at the end.What do you need to get the results you want. How much power do you require to hit a small ball over 300 hundred yards, work it out. How can a mere human achieve this, what muscles can you use to power this, what are the laws you are using, the physics required, its all simple stuff!   

Alien                       Use the laws of Physics as you know them, and anatomy to build the best machine you can. Make it  as simple, strong and efficient as you humans can, so it can repeat, and be more efficient.

Me                           Golf really is a power game, and I need to hit the ball 300 yards, with as much control as possible.

Alien                       To do this you need to work the machine in the most powerful way you can, which is using what you call rotation, and the old  centrifugal force, making sure you move the machine in the best sequence to generate and retain power. This is done by moving the part of the machine nearest the ground first, using the ground to push against and then the next stage works transferring energy into the next segment, then the club will have more energy to impart into the golf ball as you unwind in sequence.

So you can multiply your power.

Its so obvious really! Its like the old rocket technology, fire the energy into the ground which will push the object away with greater force.

Me                           There are a lot of opinions & myths in my golfing world, thank you for your help. 

                                 How can I contact you again?

Alien                        I will contact you!  Oh & when you have mastered this old stuff I will return and really show you the future!

With the Masters in mind here comes Tiger!

Tiger, Foley & FaldoTiger getting ready to play

Tiger wins his first PGA tour event since 2009, and what a great performance it  was.

 He wins Bayhill by five strokes and it was his seventh win at  the Bayhill tournament and 72nd tour victory, one behind Nicklaus, and is know up to sixth in the world rankings.

He is ten wins behind all time PGA tour winner Sam Snead.

All time PGA tour winners. Snead 82  Nicklaus 73  Woods 72  Hogan 64

 It has been well chronicled all the problems he has  gone through and I am not going to go over these again, but it was very entertaining watching Tiger, McDowell, Els, Poulter, all in with a chance of winning on the sunday at Bayhill.

Tigers performance was very impressive, his driving is so much better, he is now in position more often to attack the pins, and crucially he has so much more confidence in his ability to hit fairways,he is also hitting the ball further than he was a few years ago, mainly due to feeling healthy and able to practice more often and for longer.

I was amazed how many so called golfing  experts were so quick to dismiss Tiger Woods as a winner of tournaments and majors. Only a few weeks ago at Pebble Beach when he played the last round with Phil Mickleson, who played incredibly well and won, experts were saying he has lost his putting, his wedges were poor, he had no control of his distances, mentally he was scarred, he should get his money back from Sean Foley!

WOW!

How well is Phil Mickleson playing over the last few events!

At Pebble Beach Phil played great, Tiger played poorly, end of story, its not a determining factor about their future career is it ?

Sean Foley has had Hunter Mahan win, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods win in the last few weeks, he must be due some credit.

How many people were so quick off the mark to dismiss possibly the greatest golfer ever, yes that is debatable I know, Nicklaus has won 18 majors Tiger 14, but Tiger is way ahead of every other player apart from Jack Nicklaus in the hunt for Majors, ahead of Hogan, Snead, Nelson, Watson, Player, Palmer, etc.

Its like well now we know what Tiger is really like, and when he plays poorly  its slag him off time, which I believe is wrong.

We should respect the golfing achievements of Tiger Woods, which are amazing, 72 tour wins now,14 Major wins, how many more majors who knows, I don’t, and neither does Tiger Woods. 

You do not get to this level of performance by being a regular guy, you have supreme talent of course, you have a burning desire to push yourself, to win, you love the competition, you play better under the pressure, you want to be the best ever, you believe you are, you must believe that, you will do whatever it takes to achieve that level of performance you desire, you push yourself in the gym, of course you do , but you have just spent your whole life pushing yourself, striving to get to that place you hold in your mind, your dream, your goal.

And then everyone wants you to be a regular guy, who is perfect in every situation, in front of the camera, in the press, Mr Perfect in every way.

Dream on!   We did believe didn’t we, that here was a perfect person on and off the golf course, the PR dream, then everything changed.

But when all is said and done, for me golf is a better place with having a legend which isTiger Woods playing great golf, with all the up and coming young lions chasing him hard, and with the US Masters coming soon we should be in for one hell of a tournament.Golf tournaments are always better when the Tiger is playing his best, and you know what, I am sure the players want to test themselves against the very very best .

Enjoy the 2012 US Masters, the first major of the year, it could be very special!

 

David Bown PGA AA Golf Professional

Authorised Golfing Machine Instructor

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