Golf Tips Newsletter - Issue 327 - Wed. December 10th, 2014
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In This Issue  

- Tom's Featured Tip: Weight Shift
- Health, Wellness, Fitness: Burpee Workout
- Nutrition: Get Your Daily Essentials
- Tom's Bonus Tip: Chip With a Flat Club
- Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Tom's Featured Tip: Weight Shift

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

Last week I was viewing a segment of instruction on the Golf Channel as I usually do to generate ideas for this newsletter. I usually pick one that I disagree with and make an article out of it.

I saw something from a famous instructor that really floored me in a good way, so I wanted to cover it in this issue.

First of all, I am in my senior years, but I am always studying our game. If I find a better way to do some technique I have no problem working it in to my instruction. Being a good instructor always involves researching new ideas and then feathering aspects of technique to a students strengths..

This particular instructor, who had been a staunch advocate of loading the right side until you reach the top of your backswing, then shifting the weight forward and rotating to transition to the downswing, actually said that he had learned something new recently that contradicted that technique.

He said that current research showed that the lateral weight shift actually starts before the end of the backswing is completed. He said that it starts around where the club reaches parallel to the ground on the takeaway, so that at the top of the backswing, you have a majority of the weight shift already completed, and then all you need is a lateral "bump" of weight to initiate the downswing sequence.

He justified this by explaining that your arms and club have weight which would perhaps go too far away from the target onto the rear leg during the backswing, and that shifting some weight to the target side early has a desirable counterbalancing effect.

Now I like this guy personally, but that research has been around for awhile. All he had to do was recognize it and have an open mind.

I've essentially been teaching that all of my teaching career.

Look at photos of the top players of the past and present and you'll see a back leg that's straightening at the top of their backswing, an indication that weight has already been shifted forward prior to the downswing transition. Google "Ben Hogan swing images" to see what I mean.

I do give this instructor kudos for coming around publicly, I just wonder what took him so long.

Here's a brief synopsis of full swing weight shift in the golf swing (understand that weight shift and weight placement will vary for specialty shots).
  • It may start shifting to the rear or not on the takeaway, depending on your preferred technique
  • It never settles completely over the rear foot
  • It starts shifting (or pressuring) laterally towards the target about halfway into the backswing (counterbalancing)
  • It shifts (or pressures) laterally forward some more in the direction your hips are pointing to initiate the downswing sequence, and you must take care to not spin your hips or shoulders open at the exact same time.
  • Then the full transition to the down, forward, and through swing unfolds.
This is well worth practicing over the winter, either with or without a club in hand. Try it, you'll like it!


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Health, Wellness, Fitness: Burpee Workout


The "Burpee" is a great exercise that I learned to hate early in life.

The older version used to be called the "squat thrust" and it was used as conditioning drill as well as punishment for shall we say "overzealous" recruits at boot camp for the US Navy at Great Lakes, Ill. when I attended in 1964 (wow, I can't believe how long ago that was).

Being on the overzealous side, I did those things until I was blue in the face, but I actually learned to like them (after boot camp) when I saw the results.

For an interesting article on the history of the Burpee, click here.

Fast forward to the present,
and the venerable burpee is a staple in most fitness and conditioning programs, although the modern version has a couple more components to it than a simple squat thrust.

Here's my favorite variation from the basic squat thrust. I do them with rubber coated dumbbells in hand, with a weight that I can handle easily. You can do them without dumbbells too, but I like the extra weight because it adds intensity PLUS my wrists are not as flexible as they used to be.
  • Bend over or squat down and place both hands on the floor in front of you, just outside of your feet.
  • Jump both feet back into plank position.
  • Drop to a push up, with dumbbells in hand your chest should be about an inch from the floor.
  • Push up to return to plank position.
  • Jump feet back in toward hands.
  • Explosively stand up, raise onto your calves and shrug you shoulders towards your head
  • Repeat for the desired number of reps
For a great cardio and conditioning workout, start at 3 sets of 5 repetitions and work your way up gradually to 3 sets of 10 repetitions. If you want more intensity use heavier dumbbells or add more reps. Perform them as rapidly as you can without sacrificing form, resting 60 seconds between each set.

Use it as a stand alone workout, or just do ten reps as a warmup for a weight workout.

You'll learn to love to hate burpees too!

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If you haven't tried them yet, why not?

Note that they are called Daily Essentials,not Daily Optionals!
Simply said - if our body doesn't make it, we need to take it. They have made a profound difference in my health. I used to take high blood pressure and cholesterol medication, and I now have normal blood pressure and normal cholesterol levels. In fact, all of my blood work is perfect.

The only change I made to get off these medications was taking my Daily Essentials, and that's not even why I started taking it, it was a side benefit. I started taking it to increase my energy, and it did.

Why the heck not give it a try?

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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Tom's Bonus Tip: Chip With a Flat Club

For the sake of simplicity, all advice on swings and drills is provided from a right handed perspective; lefties .... well, you know what to do!

I watched the Hero Golf Challenge last weekend, mainly to see how my man Tiger would fare.

His full swing looked good, his chipping and short pitching looked abysmal. He scuffed seven short chips.pitches, most of which were into brutal grain. .

John Cook sat in for Tiger during what would have been Tiger's interview in the booth (Tiger was running a temperature of over 100 degrees).

Cook, who is a member at Isleworth Golf & CC where the event was played, was asked how he would have played the chips that Tiger duffed with his wedge.

Without hesitation, Cook said he would have putted or used a hybrid with those lies in tough grass into the grain.

If that's good enough for a seasoned pro golfer, it should be good enough for you and me. It's not as sexy of a shot as a chip with a wedge, but if it can produce equal or better results swallow your pride and give it a shot.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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