Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hogan Ball Flight

9 to 3 and Swinging "Left"

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Being Trainable

With the internet, this generation of golfers would undoubtedly be more knowledgeable than that of golfer in the past - combined. Yet, it seems that this knowledge has yielded only very little in the way of results as evidenced by the stagnant handicap average.

The advancements in technology has produced vast improvements in equipment which theoretically lower the skill required to produce lower scores; yet this has not happened.

Why is this so?

I believe this can be understood once we grasp the difference between knowledge and application.

Its one thing to know and yet another to do.

Many golfers think that by knowing, they can do - far be it from the truth.
There is a gulf between mental assent and physical execution. What bridges the gap are proper drills that ingrain a feel to the look. Once that feel has been identified through repetitions, then repeating that feel will repeat the mechanics. Then the only thing left to do is to let the mechanics produce the shot.

We can put it in this manner:

- You may know all that an airline pilot needs to do to fly a plane, but that does not mean you can do it.

- You may know be able to describe the laws of physics in operation when a bicycle is being ridden, but that does not guarantee you will be able to balance yourself.

You cannot teach someone who knows everything. People I try to help who think they know everything often have a hard time improving - these are the guys who try to do what they think you are saying before full comprehension.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Golf secrets: what sets the pros apart? Sydney Morning Herald

A study of golf swings has identified the "X-factor" that separates pros and amateurs.

Players who possess the secret can hit the ball harder and longer.

In tests, 10 professional golfers were found to have a highly consistent peak X-factor of around 56 degrees during a hard swing. Each varied from this figure by no more than 7.4 per cent.

Their club speeds when hitting the ball were also consistent, varying by just 5.9 per cent from an average 127km/h.

In contrast three of the least skilled amateurs who took part in the study, a handicap 30 golfer and two novices, had peak X-factors of 48, 46 and 46 degrees respectively.

The smaller X-factor angles correlated with slower club speeds on impact of 109, 106 and 90km/h.

A number of other biomechanical elements were also measured, including the "S-factor" (tilt of the shoulders) "O-factor" (tilt of the hips), and "peak-free moment" (the golfer's turning force, or torque).

Writing in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics, the US scientists concluded that the X and S-factors together with peak-free moment were "essential to golf swing power generation among professional golfers". The X-factor was considered the "key" element.

Conrad Ray, head men's golf coach at Stanford University and one of the study authors, said: "One question that always comes from students is 'what starts the downswing?' People have had different answers. Some would say the hands, or others would say the shoulders or the lower body.

"But the study confirms that rotation of the hips initiates the downswing. So that, to me, is an interesting finding.

"All golfers want to know how to hit the ball longer, and this study supports that speed is really a factor of relative body rotation."

The findings could be used to help improve golfers' ability to hit the ball further without increasing the risk of injury, said the researchers.

Previous studies have shown that improper swing biomechanics is the leading cause of golf-related injuries.

An array of eight special-digital cameras were employed to gather data from the golfers at Stanford's Motion & Gait Analysis Laboratory.

The technology is normally used to analyse gait and upper limb movement disorders.
Three-dimensional motion images of golf swings were recorded from 10 professional and five amateur male players.

Most of the professionals were former members of the Stanford Men's Golf Team. The non-professionals were a college-level amateur with a handicap of four, two amateurs with handicaps of 15 and 30, and two novices.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

6i DTL 12 July

Right forearm takeaway spot on to Turned Shoulder Plane...downstroke to release not quite on elbow plane, but getting there...

Sunday, July 10, 2011