Friday, April 23, 2010


HOLLYWOOD, California - A bunch of guys discussing golf instruction on The Haney Experiment with Ray Romano over at The Golf Channel. It's pretty much unanimous that failure is imminent but many folks have been entertained by the show. Regarding the practical aspect of a golf pro used to working with the Tigers of the world trying to force Barkley and Romano to perform similarly, I find it sad. Not just for Charles and Ray but for the thousands of golfers taking golf lessons who are instructed to do things they can not possibly do. Coming over the top also known as an over the top or outside-in golf swing path is just one example.

Hank's golf lesson seems to be the same for Ray as it was for Charles. Ridiculous in my opinion as these two are as different as, well, Ray Romano and Charles Barkley. Not only that, Hank expects them to learn pro-type things like an inside-out swing path. Sure.

With the exception of me, there's nobody teaching how to optimize your golf swing. All these golf pros want to do is try to fix it and, as everyone knows, without constant practice and periodic lessons, it ain't gonna happen. What we do best and what's most comfortable is that inside takeaway and outside in swing. No getting away from that.

I have never tried to change anyone's swing right down to some pretty funky grips I've seen. What pros don't recognize is that all these "bad" things we do are actually our strengths because we can do them so well. Common sense golf instruction. So after I show them the five set-up changes of the Over The Top Golf swing they soon begin hitting straight balls using the same flawed swing as before. Distance is increased as is their confidence.

Could I teach a golfer what he needs to know to start winning on the PGA tour? Probably not. Could Hank? Definitely!

My point is that, for a really good golfer, pros like Hank can see the small flaws in otherwise perfect swings and fix them. But for an average golfer like Romano or Barkley, using the same methods as he uses for scratch players is overkill.

Can it be that golf pros are so limited in their golf instruction methods that, for all practical purposes, the only ones who benefit are the really good players with rock-solid foundations? Common sense golf instruction means tailoring the golf lesson to the student. If a student simply cannot correct an outside in swing path (more than 80% of all amateurs have an over the top golf swing according to golf pros,) what good does it do to keep insisting on it? Ray Romano's goal was simply to break 80. Instead of working with Romano's strong points, one of which was coming over the top, Hank Haney tried to mold him into the next Tiger Woods. Regarding his debacle with Charles Barkley, well, words just fail me....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010



SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Today's blog goes back to the principal reason I created the Over The Top Golf swing. Along with the vast majority of amateur golfers, I feel more comfortable taking the club away on an inside path and rerouting it on the downswing to an outside-in swing path. Too bad this geometrical configuration produced such nasty slices. A faulty grip never helps either.

How many web sites will you find that advertise they can fix, correct or eliminate your over the top swing?

The answer is eighty-eight (and counting.)

How many web sites will you find that advertise they can show you how to swing over the top correctly?

The answer is one (me.)

Yes, that's right, using just five set-up changes, a lifetime slicer starts hitting the ball dead-straight. And what's more, he'll enjoy added distance from all clubs and a new found confidence in his overall game. This is common sense golf instruction. It must be difficult to fathom how I was able to discover this unique combination. First of all, it was neccessary for me to become terminally frustrated with my inability to learn a "proper" golf swing through golf lessons. You know the one, it features a low, slow takeaway on a straight line back, a wrist-cock, a full shoulder turn, a rerouting of the club until it is parallel to the ground, then after pausing at the top, beginning the downswing with the lower body while the club is again rerouted to an inside-out path, the keeping of the head down during impact, the rolling of the wrists and then the perfectly balanced finish on to the outer edge of the left foot. God bless you if you are one of the approximately 10% of golfers who are able to do this. But the fact that I was not among that lucky 10% turned out to be a blessing too. A blessing in disguise.

I created the Over The Top Golf swing for myself so I could drive the ball straight and as far as my buddies, so I could hit greens in regulation and so I would gain the confidence I needed to win matches. Now you can have it, too.

Take it from me, it's great!


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010


FORT PIERCE, Florida - One nice thing about being a creator, when your work is appreciated it feels extra-great. Realizing that I was able to help someone to a better life (yes, straight golf shots do make your life better-in almost every way) is rewarding. Golf lessons may be trivial within the big picture. Confidence is not.

Hi Frankie--

I received your golf DVD today. It is easily the simplest, easiest to follow golf swing I've seen-and the only one that actually makes sense. I threw my old golf DVDs out-yours is the only one I'll need.

It seems one has no choice but to swing over the top. Because of the setup changes-this should suit me well.

Thank you again for the DVD and real, useful instruction for golf mortals--


Once Steve becomes confident with his swing and starts hitting those low, straight drives almost 100% of the time, it will radiate outward and affect him in many other ways. Chips will be closer and putts will be rolling in with regularity. He'll stand at least an inch taller and probably start working out and eating better. Follow Steve's investments because he will have the Midas touch. Women will be crazy for him. Every one of his burgers from now on will be cooked to perfection.

So another OVER THE TOP GOLF tale begins with the optimism and excitement of spring. Stay tuned for more chapters of Steve's story as it unfolds.

play confidently

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Friday, April 9, 2010


WEST PALM BACH, Florida - Watched a guy getting a golf lesson at the driving range. It was afternoon and he was facing the setting sun. I thought to myself, how can this golf instruction work when neither of them can see the ball after it leaves the club face? Except for the worm-burners and low flares to the right. Those were pretty much all the feedback they had to go on.

The scene reminded me of the Hank Haney and Ray Romano show. The golf pro maintaining his patience while the hapless student tried in vain to reroute the club for an inside-out swing path. Every now and then the pro would say encouraging things to prop up his ego a little but you could see it wasn't happening.

After the lesson I watched the pro hit some balls. What a beautiful swing the guy had-fluid, great tempo and mechanically sound. Of course, my curiosity got the best of me so I asked if he would reveal the percentage of his students that developed golf swings similar to his over the years. He was quick to answer the question. "Not one", he replied.

How could this be? The golf pro went on to say that, while many of his students had developed good swings, he'd never had one that he could describe as "fully learned." So I refined my question and asked what percentage of his students were able to cure their over the top swings. Again, his answer was both surprising and revealing. "Of every hundred students who came in swinging over the top, ninety-nine of them still swing that way."

I would have loved to invite his student back to the teeing area, provided him with a five-minute Over The Top Golf lesson, then sat back with the pro to watch the student hit straight ball after straight ball into the sunset. I would have loved to write about it too. The student, of course, would have loved it most of all but the pro, I'm afraid, would not have been so appreciative.

more than just a lesson

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