|THE STRAIGHT GOLF SHOT - MY LOVE, HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH IT|
Thursday, November 28, 2013
FORT PIERCE, Florida - Playing 18 holes of golf usually requires that you tee off with a driver on a majority of them. While ball placement is important, the primary objective of the tee shot is usually distance so hitting a draw shot, with it's the right-to-left spin on the ball, is the preferred ball flight. A fade, with it's left-to right spin usually just sits right where it lands. While for most professional golfers the fade is the way to go because of it's accuracy, amateurs simply do not possess either the proper mechanics or strength to knock a fade out there far enough to be in position for an approach shot with a mid-to-short iron. Then there's the straight golf shot...the one that comes off the club face like it was fired from a rifle.
I often play golf with folks who wish that they could match my ability to hit a straight golf shot. The OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing has enabled me to do just that - and on a consistent basis. But sometimes, when I'm attempting to hit a low running draw shot, the ball goes dead straight and the rest of my foursome will hear me bitching an moaning. " How can you complain about hitting a straight golf shot?" is something I often hear. Well, I admit that straight is good but it's just not satisfactory when my intention is to put a spin on the ball, and that goes for a fade as well! There are times that I'm looking to steer clear of water or OB so I'll try to hit a nice, safe fade off the mat with a fairway wood. Well, my golf swing method lends itself so much toward making the golf ball go straight that I'm sometimes heard lamenting the fact that I "can't even hit an effing fade anymore."
I created the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing in 2007 and over the ensuing years I've become so comfortable with it that I can pretty much make the golf ball go wherever I want it to. But not always. Some days, despite my best efforts to avoid it, the darn golf ball just wants to go straight. I guess that there are worse things that could happen on a golf course.
Keywords for this article: straight, golf, shot, draw, fade, accuracy, OVER THE TOP GOLF®, distance
Monday, November 11, 2013
|THE FATE OF THE GOLF COURSE SAGUARO CACTUS|
TUCSON, Arizona - Golf instruction leaves little time for actually getting the opportunity to play a round of golf - ask any golf pro and he'll tell you a similar story. Then there are those for whom the game of golf has lost its appeal but that's another story (as well as a different article.) Recently, however, my golf clubs and I hopped on a plane to Arizona where we got together with friends to play some of Tucson's finest golf courses. Among the many private and resort courses, my favorite by far was La Paloma Golf Resort - hats off to golf course superintendent David Stout - which was simply amazing in all respects. My golf game, for the first few holes, anyway, was far from that, in fact I sucked. Spraying the ball left and right off the tees, it wasn't until late on the front side that I realized that by back swing was getting in the way. When I'm demonstrating my OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing at a driving range, I usually use a mid-iron and a nice, relaxed tempo. Here, with all of that fairway real estate to cover, my driver came out of the bag and Frankie C was swinging for the fences! My golf swing method relies on rotation and forward movement for power. This dynamic also produces accurate golf shots. Unlike conventional golf swings where a long back swing is just one of the things you need to do in order to manufacture power, with OVER THE TO GOLF® and its five set-up changes, such unproductive movements are completely unnecessary. As soon as the light bulb lit up and I realized the error of my ways, my shortened back swing got me back on track and the golf ball back into the fairway.
The rest of my golf vacation went so well I'm thinking about taking up the game again. It's literally been years since I could call myself an avid golfer but playing so well gave me a real boost. So I hope to see many of you on the course and hope that you are playing as well as I am. If not, all you need to do is click on the "Buy the OVER THE TOP® eBook" button on the right side of the page! Happy golfing.
Keywords for this article: short, shorter, shorten, long, back swing, power, accuracy, Tucson, Arizona, golf, instruction, OVER THE TOP GOLF®, La Paloma