Are you a frustrated new golfer – part two?

Hilarious and so true. Epilogue. Then you go home and wonder what the heck you were thinking then you watch some golf and before you know it you r back at the blimmey frustrating but tempting tee again. Sounds like high school dating to me only you get as many second chances as your stamina can muster! Onwards!

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“Nothing goes down slower than a golf handicap.”Bobby Nichols

By Ian Hardie

In the post Are you a frustrated new golfer? I talked a bit about a golfer who had started the game at a slightly older age than most of us generally do

At the time her frustration at her progress (or lack of to be more correct) was starting to make her consider giving up the game

Turns out – she’s not alone out there!

As an extremely large number of golfers around the world find golf a frustrating game to both start and learn – something that those of us that have already long since passed the learning stage of the game – have probably forgotten all about!

The reality is that golf is one of the hardest sports in the world to pick up and learn quickly, irrespective of the age you start playing…

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Tour Tempo – Book Review and Road Test

Awesome makes sense. Three to 1 also makes sense since the backswing starts going up which is the slowest part of a pendulum swing if you’re starting from standstill. Awesome stuff thx

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Tour TempoI checked out Tour Tempo by John Novosel from the community library a couple weeks ago and have been on a recent test drive.  Authored in 2004, I was completely unaware of the Tour Tempo series but after reading, am adding this to my golf library.

Many instruction books and tips espouse a secret or magic move to better ball striking which can be attributed to one tour pro or another.  Novosel’s “Last Secret Finally Revealed” is completely non-mechanical and is backed up by a solid investigative approach and detailed film analysis.  His premise is that tour players are in “The Zone” much more often than amateur golfers and what’s consistent about Zone ball striking is rhythm.  If you can duplicate a tour player’s rhythm, not his swing speed, you can dramatically improve your ball striking.  Think about which tour player has the smoothest, slowest, and most effortless…

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Laguna Oaks Golf Course

Laguna Oaks Golf Course.

Recommendation from blogger Twilight Tee Time – agree or disagree, 9-holes is always just enough especially if you’re just passing thru and I’m always looking for a good practice place – and the east and i go way back anyway, i can make it a “wazzup” road trip.

Worth a gander.

 

Better Swinging in a Pinch – Ben Hogan’s Priceless Piece of Advice

Here’s an obscure little known fact about the role the forefinger and thumb play in helping or hindering your golf swing.  Aparently – the adage “You grip the club with your fingers” means you really only use your middle, third and pinky fingers and leave that forefinger alone – it activates the wrong muscles in your forearms and most likely contributes to swing outside-in.

Go ahead try it at home – swing while leaving your forefingers and thumb loose (but actually pressed where they meet at the base of the hand so they still form the upside down V – so your thumb sticks away from your hand and your fore-finger is kind crooked – it’s hard to explain – so i suggest binging or googling “ben hogan tips about thumb and forefinger.”)

there’s something to this.  excerpts from one online search entry below

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Say – and BTW – who knew that he was such a short guy.  Only 5’7″ but he had really long arms (like 37″ instead of regular 34/35″) – so his swing plane was very unique because swing plane is correlated to the golfer’s height and arm length (and center of gravity).  typically the taller you are or shorter your arms the more vertical your plane (aah – can you say Bubba!).  the short you are or the longer your arms – the more the ball needs to be away from you – the flatter your swing plane – think Oosthuizen.  Kinda makes sense.  But like all rules – I’m sure “salt and pepper to taste” OR “your-mileage may vary” applies.

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Ben Hogan Common Lean Into It – No Pinching

As instruction manuals go, Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf is a classic. It’s also somewhat complicated. Between discussions of swing plane, supination, and pronation, there’s plenty to challenge even the most serious student of the game. But one of the best tips in the book-an anti-slice measure-is also one of the simplest, and oddly enough, one of the most obscure. It concerns the actions of the right thumb.

On page 24, Hogan writes: “If you work [pinch] the tips of the thumb and forefinger together and apply any considerable amount of pressure, you automatically activate those muscles that run along the outside of the right arm and elbow to the right shoulder. These are not the muscles you want to use in the golf swing.”

Grab a club and see what a difference this added tension makes. First, grip the club with your right thumb and forefinger pinching the shaft. Feel how it engages the right shoulder? Make a swing, and with the right shoulder activated you’ll tend to swing from out to in. Now, relax the right thumb and forefinger. Notice how the entire right arm relaxes, making it much easier to swing straight through along the target line.

 

Ben Hogan Has Grace

Ben was a dancer before he golfed which is where he learned his balance and rythme so well so he says

Stardate Tues 08202014 194040pm: Golf Practice This Week – Diary

Quick Practice Notes for the week

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A local San Jose Golf Course – Great 9 holer

it’s hard to practice routinely without a routine.  Thank goodness school has started up again.  Looks like Mondays and Wednesdays will be my putt practice days at Pruneridge golf after drop off and before pick-up (if i can bust a hump at work and get out on time).  Now I need to schedule a day for pitching and iron work.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to volunteer this year at the Frye’s Open in Napa this year.  Rory has already agreed to show up.  Last year was lackluster but many pros are overdue to appear so we’ll see.

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Frye’s Open Return to NAPA – Rory to Play

  • Focus for Aug/Sept:  i’m back to focusing on putting so i can get real good from 2 club lengths and in.  so back to doing the circle (right-to-left, left-to-right etc… putts).
  • I’m still working on my new stance that has me leaning over a wee bit more (see a few posts ago)
  • I’m also trying to really feel the earth (how is grading where is it leaning) with my feet as i walk up and down the putt line when i first approach the hole
  • Plus – after reading a fellow blogger on the importance of process and routine in Rory’s return I’m doing a set of drills where i hit 10 balls from different spots by just spot checking and then going thru my routine quickly but steadily.
  • breathing.  i find that timing my putting stroke with my breathe helps to make me stroke thru the ball evenly and completely.  I take a couple slow breathes before pausing before my stroke and then i inhale (hah!) on the back stroke and exhale coming back.  it keeps me relaxed and my clubhead square
  • Practice balance on Public Transportation.  Also, i took the light rail a couple times this week and i’m using it to practice my balance again by standing parallel to the direction of motion and then taking my stance and trying not to let the train topple me.  I don’t hold onto anything.  the rail doesn’t travel that fast and on the straight shots from station to station. so it’s all about your thighs, hips, feet and rocking or swaying laterally to stay balanced.  it’s an invisible fun exercise.  I’ve been doing it off and on for 6 months now and i must admit i rarely grab for any support – even when the train is full.  Now that’s developing some core i think – and it makes travelling to work more constructive and rewarding.
  • Lastly – who knew pursuing golf required such an upgrade to my physique.  It really requires physical stamina to do this sport right – day after day, week after week.
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onward and upward

That’s all I got.  

SVGolfer over and out