Thursday, January 23, 2014


FORT PIERCE, Florida - Within the broad spectrum of humans who play golf you'll find good and bad golfers, experienced ones and beginners, some for whom golf is a passion and others who rarely ever write their name on a scorecard. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is that they all took at least one golf lesson. I wonder what's the average number of lessons golfers take? This article is about whether or not golf lessons are for you. There has to be the desire to learn and to improve, of course. So many of us wander out to the first tee without benefit of even a few range balls. And as far as practice goes? No, thanks. These aren't necessarily bad golfers, mind you. They have become comfortable with their slices, dubs, moon-shots and worm-burners. I know plenty of guys and gals who can hack their way around a course in the mid-eighties pretty consistently and they're happy with that. Others of us, and I was definitely a member of this club, are always looking for a way to improve; to hit that nice high draw off the tee box and then land a softly faded iron shot close to the hole. My game was about being short off the tee and then hitting seven and nine woods in on the par 4s. In a good many attempts to conquer my over the top golf swing and get my club moving "on a proper plane" I took lessons. And guess what happened? I got a little better. But not for long. I was back to my wicked ways in no time except now I was carrying just a little bit more baggage.

There are so many theories regarding golf swings that it's hard to know which is right for you. That dilemma is compounded by the fact that as you get better, what the teaching pros expect you to do becomes more complicated. Over The Top Golf is different because you get to use your own swing, regardless of how terrible it might be. With just five set-up changes you'll soon be hitting them longer and dead-straight. The reasoning is that what you've become most comfortable doing is what you do best. Even if it's bad, it's still where your strength is. And it's on this foundation you'll build your future swing.

The rule of thumb as far as I'm concerned is if you have the potential to be a really good golfer and have the time and inclination to practice, try a golf pro for lessons. As unsuited as they are to teaching new tricks to old dogs, they might be an absolute necessity if you want to get really, really good. Like shooting rounds in the 60s good. For those of us who can't coax our bodies into doing all of the unnatural things called for in a "proper golf swing", consider learning my OVER THE TOP GOLF swing. It's a great golf instructional eBook and like I said, it's simply your own swing plus five set-up changes.

The golf swing is considered to be one of the most complicated things in life to master. Among those who have been humbled by the game are pro athletes who excelled at different sports, some of them who were champions and future hall of famers. Only a very select few ever get it right, I'd venture to say less than 1%. Nearly all of the retired professional athletes who play golf would love to be playing on the Champions Tour but none of them are, are they?

So are golf lessons for you? Or is something like OVER THE TOP GOLF what you are really looking for and what you really need?

As far as I'm concerned, if I didn't invent this swing I would have given up the game by now. Why? Well, I play for money. Don't you?


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Reprinted from the OVER THE GOLF blog 12-13-2009

Saturday, January 4, 2014


Golf Swing Dynamics - Figure 1
JANUARY 4, 2014 - I would like to take this opportunity, before writing my 200th article for the OVER THE TOP GOLF® blog, to wish everyone a happy new year. And for those who are already students of this golf swing optimization method, continued success on the golf course in 2014. It really doesn't seem like six years have already passed since I created the great OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing but time, just as those of us who swing this way, marches on. I'm, of course, referring to the walk-through finish that is one of the five key components of my golf swing. Today, however, I'm going to touch on a subject that has nothing to do with those five set-up changes - right hand dominant, neutral and left hand dominant golf swing dynamics. There's a lesson here even for those who use a conventional golf swing.
Golf Swing Dynamics - Figure 2

These illustrations show a man tossing a Frisbee but you'll also notice how, instead of standing stock-still as in a conventional golf swing, he is walking through his toss as in the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing. In a left hand dominant dynamic such as this, there is a noticeable pulling motion. A right hand dominant dynamic can be described as more like hitting a nail with a hammer while a neutral dynamic combines the two - more like breaking rocks with a sledge hammer or chopping down a tree with a long-handled axe.
Golf Swing Dynamics - Figure 3

By adding the walk through motion, he has added a tremendous amount of torque to his frisbee toss, creating power which, in turn, allows him to throw it farther than if his feet remained planted. This forward movement and torso rotation is an integral part of the OVER THE TOP GOLF® swing. Combined with the other four set-up changes, golfers can take maximum advantage of the force that your body will provide if you have the correct formula. In the golf swing, just using a walk through finish without proper positioning of the rest of you produces highly erratic results. But go outside later and try throwing a frisbee, or even a ball, both ways - with and without walking through the toss. See which one not only feels more natural but also travels farther. 

Sometime soon I will write  articles that focus on the neutral and right hand dominant golf swing dynamic. In the OVER THE TOP GOLF® eBook all three are covered in detail prior to the actual golf lesson. I, myself, learned the golf swing using a dominant right hand dynamic so I still have a tendency to swing that way. But when something just doesn't feel right it's great knowing that I can switch to one of the others in order to save my round.

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