Pinemeadow Resources Page & Golf Club Fitting

Looks like a useful site with a series of online lessons and this page has an online club fitting calculator:

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A decent instructional site from a golf equipment mfg...Hmmmmm

A decent instructional site from a golf equipment mfg…Hmmmmm

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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.
from the grass driver

onward and upward

That’s all I got.  

SVGolfer over and out

Balance and Footwork and Your Golf Swing

One of the keys to getting the golf clubhead to swing thru to bottom at the same place each time deals with footwork.balancefeet1

This may be common knowledge that’s disseminated to young golfers during their first Golf Ready lessons – I don’t know – but I’ve never heard anyone address this issue when covering the fundamentals like grip, posture, etc. – It’s footwork – and in particular the need for the tempo of your swing to sync with a rhythm that is metered out by a heel-toe-heel-toe sequence.

On the backswing you need to get to a point at the top of your backswing where you are “sitting down”.  This is a hard thing to explain.  It is the beginning of that feeling before you shift your weight to your left and start to clear your legs.  But in order to get the club to come back down with the proper lag you need to have a trigger that tells you when you should begin to let the arms come down.  If you don’t you get no lag and no speed.  This trigger can be typically 1 of 3 things:

  1. turning waist or belt buckle toward the target
  2. returning, twisting or pushing your left knee (for right handers) back to it’s original position after it’s been bent in a little during the backswing
  3. or push or plant your left heel back down firmly planted into the ground.

Only when one of these (or something similar) is done with your club swing in unison with the rocking back-and-forth from your right heel to your left heel, will the club head behave consistently back and forth coming thru the ball.  But when done right, it will bottom out and flow thru the same path – perhaps this is what is referred to as the ‘slot.’

In essence you are perfecting the imagery of being a pendulum or one of those oil-rig thingies that bobs back and forth spinning using the mechaincs and laws of physics.  You are an upside metronome and the more in beat the more precise the club head dances – if you get my tune.tempo clock

In essence, you need to focus on the oval that is created by the two balls on the inside of your left and right feet – the knuckleball joint below your big toe and the soft roundness pulp before you get to your inside heel.  These 4 points (2 left foot, 2 right foot) hold your weight and form the foundation of your rocking if that’s the right word.  When you set up to the golf ball you need to feel your weight firmly planted in the center of this oval – usually this means you have one or both knees slighty bent inwards so you are pushing out a little on the inside of your heel.

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Grasshopper

Think of the batter in the batter’s box who sorta squeezes his knees together in still position before the pitch.  When the ball approaches he lifts his left knee or maybe just his left heel as he swing back.  When he swing thru the opposite happens.

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Swing baddah baddah baddah!

When he lifts his left heel initially, all his weight is planted onto his right heel with just a little steadiness provided by his left toe – if its touching the ground at all.  This is part 1 of heel-toe.  When he swings thru – invariably he’ll have his left heel firmly dug into the ground while his right foot stand with toe to ground and heel to sky.  Heel – toe Part 2. 1 and 2. Back and forth. Doo-cee-doh and promenade!

Practice Suggestion: If you can even just swing in free air – like playing air golf 50 to 100 times in your backyard trying to get this rhythm –  1, 2 ….1 and 2 –  and only let the club come down at the trigger – for me it is after my left heel feels firmly planted – then and only then do I begin the downswing.

It’s kinda hard.  But it is similar to trying to skip a stone and whip it across the pond.  You keep your arm and elbow cocked back (the famous reverse C) to the last minute to build torque and whip it.  But the same heel-toe heel-toe dance applies.  Usually tho’ you lift up your entire left leg – almost like a pitcher who incidentally also has a similar heel-toe rythm that is way more obvious.  That, in effect, drive home the point.

It’s all about the footwork.!!!!

My aha moment from yesterday.  Sometimes they come out of no where. 🙂

But some credit goes to one of the Golf Academy’s shows where I know I’ve heard similar stuff.

 

GPS Aerial Course Strategy App for iPhone – VPAR

This is an interesting free app that helps you strategize your course play like Tiger.  I have not downloaded yet but was impressed by their website.

Could be worth a gander.  Although, is it me or will there come a point where we just have too much technology and it’s removed human intuition from the equation?

Not sure.  Happy checking out.

VPAR iPhone Course Mapping App

 

iPhone Golf App

Knowledge is power, Knowledge is confidence

Some Meandering Thoughts on golf and trains

One of my off course practice techniques.

I work full time. Until I quit and go back to consulting so I can play the amateur tours I have to use my Silicon Valley ingenuity to improve my skills whenever wherever right? Isn’t that what Saas computing is all about heh heh?

So I’m practicing my golf stance and balance by standing hands free … Bumps turns and all. On the light rail VTA home. i love our VTA even if its getting crowded now and the have the new VTA gustapo checking us like we’re in new york or something.

still. Feet shoulder width apart and trying to sway and bend my knees like I’m a pendulum and trying not to fall. I stand perpendicular to the motion of the train. I’ve been doing this for weeks. Don’t know why I’m just mentioning.

With my new wireless Motorola S11s headphones. My legs hurt after the 30 minutes but its a good workout.

It’s like virtual surfing and I definitely get that swing back forward leg and knee stability thing hogan talks about in his book.

It also helps me understand the reference of feeling planted into the ground. Actually I think Adam Scott made that reference in the last Golf Digest.

Listening to XTC Seargent Rock.

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