GNGolf Podcast Seminars

To celebrate my 10 years at Deeside Golf Club (Feb 2009) I am releasing my first ‘Podcast Seminar’ series.

This idea came about when one of our members requested that I give a ‘presentation’ on golf coaching in the conference suit at Deeside.  I pondered what time/day to do the presentation as it would not suit you all.  With that in mind I decided to embrace online technology and team up with Skillest an online coaching app.  This will give you all the opportunity to watch and listen to each ‘podcast seminar’ in your own time.  You can pause, watch again and really take in the information that I am trying to convey to you all for better golf.  You will have lifetime access to these seminars through the Skillest app.

These seminars are designed for amateur golfers to learn like the Professionals and improve their knowledge on golf related subjects to improve their game.

The first ‘podcast seminar’ is on ‘Ball Flight & Impact Factors’.  This is the foundation of golf coaching.  It is what golf coaches are analysing before giving any feedback on what aspects of your swing/game to change.  If you the golfer can understand the ball flight and what factors cause these ball flights this will be a game changer in improving your game.

The second ‘podcast seminar’ is on ‘Course Strategy’.  Here we will look at ways of improving your score from a strategy perspective.  I’ll explain ways in which the best in the world are analysing their games.  We will look at ways of approaching your golf taking examples from Deeside Golf Club so that you do not throw away shots every round.  By simply improving your average score on each hole by 0.3 shots (e.g. instead of an average 4.8 on a hole, you average 4.5) can save you 5.4 shots per round.

The last in this ‘Podcast Seminar’ series is ‘Distance… How To Hit It Further’. We’ve all heard the saying drive for show putt for dough. Stats from the PGA Tour are indicating that distance is becoming a key element to better golf. If you can add 10 yards to your drive, you’ll be hitting a 7 iron into the green instead of a 6 iron for example. Statistics prove that you will hit a 7 iron closer to the target than a 6 iron on average thus giving you a shorter putt. The shorter the putt the greater percentage chance of holeing your putt. I will look at 7 different methods to hit the ball further. Combining all 7 methods will drastically improve your distance thus scoring.

The GNGolf Podcast Seminars can be subscribed to and watched on Skillest by clicking HERE. You will need to create a Skillest account and download the app (all very safe). Between 14th February and 1st April there is 20% discount and your chance to win a series of six lessons at Deeside Golf Club.

So what are you waiting for? Invest in improving your game with over one hours worth of golfing gold for the price of a 30 minute lesson.

TO WATCH AND SUBSCRIBE TO THE GNGOLF PODCAST SEMINARS CLICK HERE!

A Golf Ball Has No Eyes

One of my problems when I was a junior golfer was trying to perfect my golf swing. I had a visualisation of what the “perfect swing” should look like and my goal was to achieve this “perfect swing”. I used as much of the latest technology that I could, broke my swing down frame by frame and worked on getting into the correct positions in each frame.

Simple fact of the matter was I did not once give thought to the ball flight. I was under the presumption (believe it or not) that if I worked on perfecting my swing a good ball flight would come from it. Over the last several years, educating myself I learnt that in fact their is no general “perfect swing” and that every golfer is physically different – just watch all the different swings on the PGA Tour & European Tour. With this in mind the “perfect swing” I was looking for simply was not beneficial to me.

I came to the conclusion that despite my obsession with my swing, the golf ball really had no care for it. The ball certainly was not watching my swing thinking that’s a technically good swing, I will now fly straight towards the target. Do not get me wrong, obviously set-up, the swing etc. is very important to obtaining the desired ball flight but to just work on set up and the swing without giving thought to the ball flight is incorrect.

A golf ball has no eyes…it can only react to the physics that you impart on it at impact. Everyone is different and maybe those generalised magazine articles that discuss acheiving certain positions in the golf swing is not beneficial to you. So make sure you visit your local PGA Professional who will work on your swing, with the goal of obtaining your desired ball flight.

The Claw Grip – A Possibility?

Many of you will probably have negative feelings towards the idea of using the claw grip when putting; it isn’t exactly aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  However if you are struggling with your putting it may be something worth trying.  I changed to the claw grip at the start of the 2011 season and reduced my putting by 4 shots on average per round.

It was noticed that I had a small movement in my right hand while putting through the ball.  This yip or twitch was not visible to myself and was only noticeable if someone else looked at my hands throughout the putting stroke.  My distance control and accuracy was mediocre when hitting long putts.  My accuracy with short putts was poor, often struggling to hole anything from 5 to 12 ft and occasionlly missing putts within 5 ft.

To prevent this unwanted movement it was necessary to split my hands and I felt most comfortable with the claw grip method.  My left hand grip remained in the orthodox position.  I would place my right hand with three fingers on top of the grip pointing towards my target; my thumb would sit underneath with my pinky resting on the side of the grip.

Almost immediately I felt a positive difference.  I was comfortably holing putts from 5ft, my distance control and accuracy improved with long putts, often getting the ball very near to and if not in the hole.  Psychologically I approached each putt with more confidence believing that I could hole almost any putt on the green.

If you are struggling with your putting it would be worthwhile getting someone to check your hands throughout the stroke.  If you do have a twitch I would recommend using the claw grip method.  Mark O’Meara demonstrates and explains why he moved to the claw grip method above.