Thursday, August 22, 2013



FORT PIERCE, Florida - Prompted by a number of videos sent in by those of you who are having trouble learning how to do the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing, I notice a common denominator in all of them. I'm hoping that a simple clue will help not only those who have already sent in examples of their golf swings but also golfers who have yet to try my innovative golf swing method. Unlike every other golf swing taught by PGA pros as well as other golf instructors, OVER THE TOP GOLF® makes use of the innate, natural movements of your body, specifically, torso rotation and forward movement. There's no need for a straight back takeaway, parallel shaft at the top or an inside-out swing path. Feet, hip and shoulder alignments, uncomfortable grips, tempos that don't suit you and other mechanics that usually serve to clutter up the mind with excessive swing thoughts need not be considered. Especially in the middle of a two-second golf swing. The OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing method teaches one fluid motion and it is that dynamic that is what's missing from all of the videos I've been sent. When you become tentative in your golf swing , a by-product of your former lessons I'm sure, the chances of success diminish greatly. Power is most definitely lost and the likelihood of the golf ball going straight is less.
The OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing method, if you've purchased my instructional eBook you know what I'm talking about, involves five simple set-up changes. These serve to create a great deal of torque which, in turn, produce accurate golf shots. Your ball flight will be tend to be lower with the woods and long irons producing more roll after the ball lands. With short irons and wedges, that same torque guides the ball straight toward the target. He (or she) who hesitates is lost!
So when using the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing, trust yourself to go at the ball with the confidence that it will go where you want it to go, except probably farther.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013



FORT PIERCE, Florida - Where have all the golfers gone? Sounds a little like a 60s folk song. As it turns out, the themes and conclusions are the same. The chorus, and the message of Where Have All The Flowers Gone, is "when will they ever learn?" How does this apply to golf instruction? Specifically, both boys and girls #junior golf instruction?
Despite glaring evidence presented to golf pros that frustrated students are walking away from the game, they are strict about teaching students how to execute what they consider a "proper" golf swing. No matter that the definition of "proper" differs from pro to pro, they proceed to keep trying to teach both adults and kids to swing the club like they do. Even though they know that most of them won't because they can't. Not without constant lessons and a fairly rigid practice regimen.
What is the glaring evidence I referred to? First is that not all junior golf students have the same ability to adapt to that one method the pro teaches. Second, with all the demands of family, school and extracurricular activities, a lack of lesson and practice time results in a different learning curve from kid to kid. Economic conditions can also prevent some youngsters from deriving as much benefit as others.
Why don't golf pros and high school golf teachers come up with instructional methods that will at least give their students the ability to play decently and have fun? They just need to learn golf, not be the next Tiger Woods. Not every child is going to be a PGA player so when you recognize that, shift gears and start little Johnny or Janie down a path toward respectability instead of greatness.
So for every successful student, a golf pro can tell you there are hundreds of kids who didn't make the cut. Unable to perform what their pro tried to push on them, many kids depart and rarely, if ever, play golf because they're no good at it. Had their teachers tailored their methods to accomodate the underachievers we might be seeing more of them still out here knocking the ball around.
Girls are even more prone to staying away from the golf course when their skills are lacking. Percentage-wise, fewer girls take lessons than boys. If there are special accomodations golf pros can make for junior golfers in general, it should go double for the fairer sex. Are girls less athletic than boys? I don't know if that's true but if it is, why not instruct with that in mind? Every woman won't be able to drive it 250 yards so why not show the ones who can't how to get it out there 150 yards consistently. Nobody's going to keep coming back to something they know they can't do.
So is junior golf the road to nowhere? Ask the kids out on the course. I would but I can never seem to find one.
for juniors, seniors and everyone in between

Keywords for this article: boys golf, girls golf, golf for kids, golf instruction, golf video, high school golf, junior golf, learn golf, over the top, golf, swing
Revised 09-03-2012

Reprinted from an earlier article in The OVER THE TOP GOLF blog.


Friday, August 16, 2013



FORT PIERCE, Florida - Before you waste your time reading the whole article on #golf swing instruction, I should tell you that most of it is gibberish. In italics, read some of the mind-boggling things that golf pros actually say to students - and expect them to understand.
Is there a point? Oh, yes. I'm hoping that an illustration of how insanely technical golf instruction has become will shepherd us safely back to a simpler time. And, of course, a simpler golf swing-the one you can learn from my OVER THE TOP GOLF eBook. As you may know, OVER THE TOP GOLF is the only golf swing that everybody can do.
Understanding C7 as the swing center is very significant. This description seems far more accurate and usable than saying that one's head should not move during the swing or even that one's head is the pivot point. It even seems to me that the head could be used as a counterweight to the pelvis.
C7 is part of your spinal cord. First you'll have to find it then figure out how to counterweight it with your head. Is that what this golf instructor is trying to tell us? That we should consider various swing components as interrelated bio-mechanical devices? Good luck with that as you stand on the first tee at your member-member..
A complex bio-mechanical apparatus. Understanding that the scapula slides around the ribcage like a bar of soap. The scapula is not fastened down like the other bones in the body.
"Hey Harry, you're not sliding your scapula, that's why you keep slicing the ball." Let's face it, Harry is always going to resist "sliding his scapula" because that's what's most comfortable for him. With OVER THE TOP GOLF  it doesn't matter whether you do it or not because my golf swing method accommodates every swing.
The right scapula should adduct in the backswing. This is very different than twisting the ribcage against the pelvis.
So far, you should be as thoroughly confused as I am. And we've only just begun. To adduct or not to adduct, that is the question....
We need to explore these spirals and helixes. Centripetal force is an extremely interesting topic.
You completely emptied your brain of years of golf knowledge in order to accommodate these new swing thoughts. Why is it suddenly full again?
Fire the spine engine for rotational hip power. That is injurious to the spine. But it is close enough to the Quadritus Lumborum that my theory of helical torque propulsion using the tibia, fibula, radius and ulnar, could fit in. Because they are double bone sets they can position the body via torquing and propel the club in a helical manner, while maintaining their position in space, leaving you to trust in your proprioceptor system (A sensory receptor, found chiefly in muscles, tendons, joints, and the inner ear, that detects the motion or position of the body or a limb by responding to stimuli arising within the organism.)
Are you thinking at this point that I made all this up, that there couldn't actually be golf instructors trying to teach this stuff? Truth is stranger than fiction, as they say.
The spine doesn't torque, it swings the sacrum 6 inches going back and 12 inches swinging back to the front line boundary.
Well of course it does. We all knew that. Today's golf lessons are a different animal than the ones we grew up with. Many are seemingly written by cryptographers. The more technical they make it, the more you need golf instructors to decode it.
What lets this spine swing, is a release, a detachment of the heel. The heel is raised by the contraction of the quadritus lumborum, nothing more.
Darn! All this time I've been using my iliolumbar ligament to lift my heel. I think the instructor meant to say quadratus lumborum.
No powering, pushing off, turning, pulling, catapulting, packing the right arm, dragging it through with the lower extremities, ankles, knees or hips. Those actions only serve to dislocate the swing circle center and decelerate the clubhead. In nature anything that wants to propel itself is using helical action.
It's so refreshing to step up to the first tee knowing you are going to hit a nice little draw out there. In fact, that's really all you have to know - that your OVER THE TOP GOLF swing has eliminated all unnecessary swing thoughts for you. It just happens automatically.
This theory fits directly on top of Frankenberg's theory. It is as if they are spawned from the same father in heaven. The supination of the right hand from the top of the down swing balanced with the counter-clockwise rotation of the left humerus.
Supination is something that takes place organically in your swing so you don't need to specifically focus on it. It's the natural tendency of some folks to overcomplicate things. Makes them feel smarter. More importantly to golf pros, it makes you feel dumber.
Turn your right wrist back; for a moment it is under high tension, and then let it loose with a short, sudden snap. Unless the wrists are in their proper place at the top of the swing it is impossible to get them to do this work when the time comes.
Although you understand the logic here, if you have to think of a hundred and fifty things within the half-second it takes to make a golf swing you'll likely miss the ball altogether.
Corkscrews are perfect helixes. So are the double helix structures of Deoxyribonucleic acid... Somehow this must be related to parametric acceleration.
I have heard of golf pros employing tools such as a broom and a sand trap rake to illustrate their points but, up until now, never a corkscrew. I'm thinking that there should be some sort of orthopedic and chiropractic medical plan for golfers who take lessons from instructors like these.
The only theoretical standard I adhere to is the renowned KISS theory - keep it simple, stupid. 

OVER THE TOP GOLF - as easy as walking.
the only golf swing that everybody can do

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Revised 10-22-2012, Revised 05-08-2013
Reprinted from The OVER THE TOP GOLF BLOG 12/08-2009

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Gentleman’s Guide to Golf Etiquette by David Bryce


A Gentleman’s Guide to Golf Etiquette Golf etiquette is a practice that has been a staple of the sport for many, many years. Since golf is a rare sport in which there are no referees or officials required to play, it is up entirely to the players to adhere to the unwritten rules of golf.


Although golf injuries have been found to be rare, it does not mean that they do not happen. To prevent injury, there are simple rules to follow.

-Always make sure that there are no other golfers in your direct area when swinging a club. It can sound obvious, but if there is a golfer that is not paying attention, a serious injury could occur.

-Make sure that the group ahead of you on the course is well out of your stroke range before swinging. If a ball is hit farther than what the golfer is typically used to, it is important to alert the group ahead. This is also true for a ball that was hit onto another hole.

Etiquette towards others


Golf etiquette dictates that staying quiet enough to not distract others is very important.

-Stay behind the golfer that is about to take a shot and remain quiet without moving. The simplest of movements can distract any golfer of any level, and can be very upsetting.

-Make sure that all electronic devices (such as cell phones) are kept silent, instead of on vibrate.


Putting is a very particular science, so any small hindrance can cause a big miscalculation. This means that walking in the line between a ball and the hole is typically frowned upon. You also need to make sure to stay close to the putting green until all players have holed out.

Pace of play

-Keep up a pace that is laid out by the course in their guidelines. Each course is different, but there is usually a two hour per nine hole limit.

-If there is a group that is behind you that is playing at a much faster pace, then let them play through to the next hole. If you notice that more groups are catching up to you after letting one go through, then your group will need to pick up the pace immediately.

-Go to your ball immediately after shooting so that you are ready for your next shot. You will want to stay out of the way of other golfers, so you can hang behind the shooter going next unless your ball would be out of the shooter's path.

-If you lose a ball, then you should have a backup ready to go. Put it in the general area of where you think your ball was lost. Keeping a search for a lost ball under two minutes is ideal.

The Course

Divots and Marks

-Any impact marks left by the ball on the putting green should be repaired when you get the chance. If you don't, then the next group may determine it to be unimportant and greens can eventually become difficult to play.

-For any divot that is left by a swing of the club, make sure to replace the divot with the grass and dirt that had been displaced. Since players are not allowed to move their ball out of a divot, it is just common courtesy.


-When shooting out of a bunker, always use the rake provided by the course to smooth out the area that had been affected.


Behavior on the golf course is very particular. Actions such as swearing, throwing clubs or driving recklessly is a violation of golf etiquette. In many cases, these actions are likely to lead to ejection from the course.

Now that you know what to look for, go ahead and practice your golf etiquette on the course for a weekend round with friends or colleagues. You will find that golf is a great game and can be a lot of fun to play when everyone is practicing proper etiquette together.

David Bryce is an online publisher for Thousand Hill's Cabins in Branson, MO. He blogs on the topics of golf, travel, and vacations.

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