Sunday, June 1, 2014

IS THERE A GOLF SWING SO EASY A CAVEMAN CAN DO IT? AN OVER THE TOP GOLF CLASSIC ARTICLE

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Golf instruction, in my humble opinion, is one of the most mysterious professions of all. We approach the golf pro meekly, a little self-conscious because of our horrible golf swings and with a hope that he’ll like us enough to hand over the “good stuff.”

IS THERE A GOLF SWING THAT’S SO EASY A CAVEMAN CAN DO IT?

The first few times taking golf lessons is a lot different than what it’s like going down that road after years of building and maintaining poor mechanics. You've become a bundle of compensations…..a wrinkled mess in search of a hot iron. Let’s look at both scenarios.

Fresh-faced and optimistic, the beginning golfer usually faces his or her first few lessons with a “whatever” attitude. You’re hoping for the best but accept that golf might not be a driving force in your life, besides, you might really stink at it.

To those beginners I have this advice. Subsequent to taking a few lessons, ask your pro for an honest evaluation of whether he feels you have the skills be an above average golfer in the future. Then go beyond that and show your newly-learned golf swing to some golfer friends. Don’t discount the possibility that your pro might paint a rosier picture in order to sell a few more sessions. However, if he defers to the “I can’t really tell from just a few lessons” reply, run for your car. In any event, even though they aren’t pros, you might get more realistic feedback from your fellow golfers.

But don’t give up the game if it’s something you enjoy. Just don’t make work of it. Regarding your swing, go with what feels comfortable and by all means send for my OVER THE TOP GOLF to learn the five set-up changes that will have you hitting straight golf shots for maximum enjoyment-using your own swing!

Experienced golfers come in all categories and descriptions. Male/female, young/old, good/bad, a few years golfing/way too many years golfing and so on. In general, the least proficient are the ones who have taken the most lessons.

Whoa, back up a sec…..did I read that correctly? That more lessons equals a worse golf swing? Well, you read it right and the old adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” was never more apropos than in this example. A further explanation is that golf instruction serves to remove many of the native physical talents we’re endowed with at birth. In the example of my OVER THE TOP GOLF swing it’s the path of least resistance, so to speak, that the body takes when it causes us to come over the top. There are other instinctive things we do like looking up too soon or standing too far away from the ball. Due to its intrinsic awkwardness, the “proper” golf swing makes our bodies uncomfortable. Lessons begin to establish unnatural movements into our swings. And going on the assumption that most of us won’t ever be able to learn and practice every one of these inter-related unnatural movements, we’ll begin to self-medicate when those inevitable problems arise. It’s tough to compensate for a faulty back swing or an incomplete weight transfer once you've basically abandoned all of your natural instincts. You are now forced to rely on other things you've learned, perhaps something you’re forgetting to do. Maybe close the club face just a little…..Face it, you are lost.

Now there’s a method where all of your bad habits become valuable assets. STOP trying to learn anything further and buy my OVER THE TOP GOLF eBook. Using your own swing plus five set-up changes, you’ll notice the added distance and consistently straight ball flight at once.

So is the OVER THE TOP GOLF swing so easy a caveman can do it? Where’s a caveman when you really need one?
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Originally published 12-18-2009.

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Revised 09-03-2012, Revised 06-01-2014





Monday, May 19, 2014

GOLF SWING MECHANICS - JOHNNY CUETO AND THE OVER THE TOP GOLF® SWING

JOHNNY CUETO FULL BODY TURN


FORT PIERCE, Florida - Anyone reading this article has to ask, "What does Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto have to do with golf swing mechanics?" It is amazing how many of our everyday movements bring to mind the inherent human body actions that were incorporated into my OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing method. For those who are just now becoming familiar with my golf swing optimization method, there are five set-up changes that, when added to your naturally occurring golf swing, will result in dramatic increases in distance and improvements in accuracy. Those who have purchased the OVER THE TOP GOLF® instructional eBook already know that I have used drawings and explanations using both claw and sledge hammers, weed whackers and frisbees to illustrate golf swing dynamics - not the swing itself, mind you, but "dynamics." 


JOHNNY CUETO WEIGHT TRANSFER

One of those realizations of how fundamental human movements compare to my OTG golf swing method happened while watching Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto do his thing. Similar to legendary pitcher Luis Tiant, but unlike just about everyone else, Cueto actually makes a full body turn away from the target before throwing. This mimics not only the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing but a conventional golf swing as well.

JOHNNY CUETO WALK THROUGH AND BODY TURN

Next, in order to create a tremendous amount of power, a baseball pitcher essentially spins his torso by walking forward. A golfer using a conventional swing, by contrast, executes the entire swing with his feet remaining planted. Can you imagine a baseball pitched doing that? Where would his power come from? This is weight transfer times ten.

ROGER CLEMENS READY TO FIRE

One of the five set-up changes that makes up the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing method is a walk-through move. Without the other four components, this in itself doesn't work worth a darn but it is, in and of itself, the engine that creates the added distance that all golfers seek. Throwing a baseball and swinging a golf club are obviously two different things but if you'll use a bit of imagination, the correlation between the two becomes evident.

ROGER CLEMENS WALK THROUGH AND BODY TURN

I have also included a few photos of baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. There are few comparisons between Clemens and Cueto but Roger stands more upright upon completion of his pitch and this reminds me more of how I stand upon completion of the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing. One of my comments in the eBook is that I sometimes even find myself walking toward the target after my swing. A golfer using my golf swing method creates so much torque that it's almost impossible not to keep walking after doing a hard swing.


ROGER CLEMENS FINISH POSITION FACING THE TARGET

These illustrations will hopefully convey how much power is lost using a conventional golf swing that fails to employ the rotational and forward movement of the torso that comes with walking through the shot. The last illustration is from the OVER THE TOP GOLF® instructional eBook showing yours truly at the finish position after using every ounce of power my body could manufacture - something that I hope you will consider doing yourself.


THE OVER THE TOP GOLF® FINISH POSITION


Keywords for this article: golf swing mechanics, over the top golf, Johnny Cueto, golf, swing, method, Roger Clemens