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To improve your golf game, it’s vital that you take golf lessons. Golf is a sport that is almost impossible to learn without some sort of guidance. Luckily, there are golf experts around the country whose job it is to teach golf. By taking golf lessons, you can drastically improve your game in a relatively short amount of time. Taking golf lessons can be an expensive, time-consuming effort. And like any good or service that will cost money and require time, you should be careful before you buy.  Golf can be a really costly game to play and it is reasonable to assume that you have invested a fair amount of money in your equipment – golf clubs, golf bag, golf balls, golf clothing, golf cart etc; – therefore doesn’t it make common sense for you to learn how to use them to their advantage and improve your skills and capabilities?

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In 1990, when Phil and Steve McKie were running a successful engineering business and happened to own several acres of woodland and quarry (now occupied by the two storey clubhouse that sits proudly overlooking the course), Phil was talking to a neighbour who was considering using his 120 acres of land, adjacent to theirs, to build a golf course. Discussions continued and, despite being non-golfers, they offered to become partners in the project, only to find that development was an arduous process which resulted in Phil’s neighbour withdrawing from the team, leaving Phil and Steve to continue with the plans. “If we knew what we were getting into we may have thought twice” said Steve.

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Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible – golf’s least understood skill.

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In our three-day schools we have the time and equipment necessary to perform all these measurements accurately on facilities specially designed to teach the short game and putting. I point this out not because I’m trying to sell schools but because I want you to know what is available and what is the best way to learn to putt better.

There are some things we can’t measure in schools and clinics statistics only the golfer can keep track of. For example it’s particularly informative to analyze one’s missed-putt pattern to see if there is a favorite way of missing. We invariably find that there is a miss preference although golfers sometimes deny this until someone accumulates the data and shows it to them.

We quantify misses by breaking them into nine categories or zones (Figure 10.2.1) and keeping a record of them over time. Once you know if there is a pattern and if so which one it becomes easier to deal with whatever is causing it. Several of the games described in the next few chapters were developed to retrain golfers’ subconscious habits resulting in the elimination of such patterns.

For example if you learned that you tend to miss short and to the right of the hole (zone 2) the assumption might be that you strike putts on the toe of the putter. After confirming this by measurement (using `Teacher Putting Impact ‘tape) you would practice with Teacher Clips (to improve your impact pattern) and play the game called “Safety Drawback” (to improve your feel and touch). In time your

216 The Improvement Process pattern of misses short and right would disappear and you would start making more putts (more details of this problem are in section 12.3).

10.3 Third is Analysis

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The Long Drive Bible: How You Can Hit the Ball Longer, Straighter, and More Consistently

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All three pendulums are describing pure pendulum motions (the pendulum rhythm will be discussed in section 6.3) which occur in a gravitational field such as that found on Earth. But only pendulum A swings with gravity helping to determine its straight in-line path without any rotation or curvature of the swing path. As you can see both pendulums B and C require outside forces to keep them moving in circular motions.

Now relate these pendulums to putting strokes by attaching putters to the bottom of each pendulum. Pendulum B is what Harvey Penick prescribed: The golfer’s hands hang outside of his shoulder line (the suspension point) at some angle supported by the force B (shown by Justin Leonard in Figure 4.6.7). This puller will describe a curved path around the body like a screen door as long as no hand or arm muscles prevent it from doing so.

In Figure 4.6.8 Fuzzy Zoeller simulates pendulum C by holding his hands inside of his shoulders and at an angle to his suspension point. This putter clearly rotates from outside the Aimline going back to outside the Aimline on the follow-through (the opposite of the screen-door rotation of pendulum B). Again this is a natural pendulum motion but it requires a small force (C) to keep his hands and his I5-degree angle to the vertical below the suspension point.

In these two examples of pendulums B and C it is clear that small side forces are required to make these strokes acceptable for putting and both strokes involve curved paths rotating around the golfer’s body. Now look at pendulum A as a putting stroke which involves no side force or curving path.

The Seven Building Blocks of Stroke Mechanics 77

The Simplest Pendulum

To examine the putting stroke of vertical pendulum A look at Figure 4.6.9 where the golfer’s hands hang vertically below his shoulders. On the left of this photo the attached putter hangs vertically below the hands which looks a bit strange. But stay with me. If the golfer now swings his arms straight hack along the line of this intended putt lets them relax and then swings them through – guided simply by the force of gravity – the putterface would swing perfectly along the line of this putt (Figure 4.6.9A’). This path is purely in-line along the Aimline just like pendulum A with no side forces or path curvature.

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The “Simple Golf” Swing: “Golf for the Rest of Us”

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At this point the right wrist is completely on top of the left wrist. Your hands are “through the ball”. You have continued to rotate around your spine, and you have tried to stop the left elbow on the imaginary line. This is the primary action for amateur golfer to increase power, while reducing slice.

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