Golf Swing Shoulder Turn

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Golf Swing Shoulder Turn

Golf Swing Shoulder Turn

The movement of your shoulders or the upper half of your body is quite important though-out the whole golf swing movement. Over the last number of months, I have been working with golfers that have focused way too much attention on their shoulder-turn during their back-swing. This was, as they described “a safe swing movement to think about” when they felt that they were swinging the club too quickly. Also, or if their ball flight or ball strike was not as good as they would like it to be.

Perhaps, this thought process can be fine in certain cases and some golfers feel that this is a good movement to think about for a better swing rhythm. However, typically, the golfer has moved too much and overextended his/her shoulder movement. Moreover, as I describe this action “too much shoulder-turn or an overturn”. As a result of the over-turn, this has led my golfers to all sorts of miss-hit golf shots and bad swing faults. Such as; over-swinging and starting the down-swing with the upper half of the body were two principle swing faults that I observed.

Now, this is not the case for everyone. Therefore, what I am suggesting to do, is not to try to limit your shoulder-turn and stop researching how to make a proper shoulder-turn from YouTube.

Please Note

I do not believe that there is one golf swing tip to help or fix a golfers shoulder-turn. We can agree that each golfer’s swing is different in so many ways. My experience would suggest that what works well for one golfer may not work well for the next golfer. You need to work with a golf swing expert who understands how the body moves through-out the swing and that he/she can communicate to you what you need to do.

So I am suggesting visiting a golf swing expert for Golf Lessons in Cork and taking a few golf lessons in Cork to work out your golf swing issues. As you read this note and if you believe that you have a shoulder-turn problem during your back-swing? Do feel that you are not turning your shoulders properly? Do you think you miss-hitting the ball a lot as a result of your poor shoulder-turn?

Don’t delay and get working on your solution…

Should you need further assistance please contact the golf swing expert for golf lessons in Cork, John Dooley PGA | Tel: +353879277997

A Golfer’s Golf Lesson Experience

Golfer’s Golf Lesson Experience

The following piece was posted on boards.ie by a golf lesson customer and I am really delighted with his results.

As I have posted before, I have been hooking the ball for the best part of 4 years now. Initially, it wasn’t too bad but it just got worse and worse. I gave up golf last year only playing 3 or 4 times. I went back to it with gusto this year and am playing nearly every week. Same problem though, even worse. I have looked online, read up and went for a lesson with a well-known pro. No joy! I was about to pack it in but went to the range for one last time.

I had a bucket of 60 balls. After hitting 25 hooks in a row I asked the guy next to me would he mind taking a video of me with my phone. We got chatting and he recommended a pro in Glanmire called John Dooley. I thanked him and continued to hit the rest of the balls. In all 2 out of 60 were good, the rest were hooking with the exception of the driver where one in 3 were snap hooks!!

I said, what the heck, I’ll give this guy a go and if he can’t fix it then I’m giving it up. I made my appointment for the Monday evening and turned up as planned. John runs the lessons from Riverstown House in Glanmire, a big, beautiful old house. Out front, he has built a fairway with 3 greens.

So, we meet and he explains the plan. He sets up his camera and asks me to hit a few balls. After the 2nd shot, he had it diagnosed. He brought me around to the camera and we watched my swing. To my untrained eye, I thought it was good enough actually. I do have a nice, smooth swing and it looked OK. John pointed out I was standing to upright and I was taking the club back inside. I kinda knew this but it wasn’t until he had me hitting a few with me squatting (as I thought it was) that I realised.

I felt sorry for John as he tried so many things to try to get me to take it back straight, but every time I took it back on the inside. We did lots of turning exercises and eventually he had me hitting irons with the ball on a high tee and then I started hitting them well. They were really good and not like anything I’ve hit before. I was deflated though as the ball was up on a 2-inch tee.

He gave me great exercises to do and I’ve done them every day. I went to the range 3 nights afterwards not expecting much. I got 60 balls again. 40 of them were better than I have ever hit the ball. 5 were heavy (but ok & straight) and 5 were hooks.

I decided to play yesterday evening ever though I probably should have held off until after at least my next lesson. It was a lovely warm evening and my Dad was going to so I said what the heck. I played 14 holes I’ve never hit it so well! There’s a par 3 where we play that’s usually a decent 7 iron to the front for me. I hit an 8 iron and saw it land on the green. Both myself and my Dad couldn’t find it (I even checked the hole but no joy). I was about to just carry on but took a walk around the back of the green…there she was after rolling off. I had 4 pars in a row at one stage.

To say that I’m ecstatic would be an understatement. I have another 3 lessons booked in as I want to really embed this “new” swing.

John’s details are below and I would be very comfortable recommending him.

Notably, contact US | www.johndooleypga.ie | Tel: +353879277997 | Eamil: John@johndooleypga.ie

All you need is practice golf

All you need is Practice Golf!

Words of wisdom for today’s practising golfers.

Certainly, that is a comment that I hear golfers say from time to time… “all I need is to practice”

Well, if that is the case, get going and get practising.

  • Sure we need to understand the swing and what to work on.
  • Goal setting: You can set targets based on your scores.
  • Track your on course scoring performance and identify where you drop shots. View those stats from week to week to identify the weak parts of your game. Then get out and practice and work on improving those areas.
  • At all costs!!!!! Don’t get lost in your own head thinking about what to do and why you hit good shots and then some bad shots.  May I suggest, never ever use youtube for information to fix your swing! Youtube will not have any answers for you as the tips and swing fixes may be similar to your swing faults. However, I am 10000% that those swing fixes will not translate from the video to your swing without knowing if you can achieve the same swing adjustments.
  • Be patient and keep going.

All golf swings will get better by making frequent swings and repeating those swing. Keep your swing simple, stay away from too many technical points. Notably, you will make bad swings and equally, you will make good swings.

What will make a difference to your game?

Keep learning about how you play the game. Keep notes about what influences your metal and work on chipping and putting. The best putter does not lose that often. Always look for support to improve each segment of how you play the game.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions and comments.

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When is the Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs?

Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs

Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs

When is the Right Time to Buying a set of Golf Clubs?

Birthday and Christmas presents along with special treats are a good time to pick up a new set of clubs. However, that timing might not fit into your golfing schedule. Consequently, it is difficult to know when the best time to buy new clubs actually is. There are financial implications, but, just as important is the time taken getting used to playing with your new bats. 

Starting out playing Golf

If you are beginning at the game of golf and the major questions are what should you do about clubs and how much will I spend in case I won’t like the game in 6 months? Buying the cheapest set of clubs is fine if the clubs suit your body build. To get the right advice, visit your local pro and not the biggest discount golf shop, as it’s likely the clubs you buy may not be the right fit for you.
You still don’t have to buy a new set of clubs; however, you should get golf lessons along with getting fitted for the right shaft length and the right golf club lie angle. Taking a series of golf lessons will develop a better golf posture and hitting action.

Taking Golf Lessons

During or before a series of full swing lessons is probably the worst time to buy new clubs. Also, depending on how much you practice and the positions within setup or swing that are being adjusted. Such as posture and hand position at impact will affect club lie angle. Other notables such as swing plane & angle of attack & spin rates are some of the factors for shaft selection. Just simply getting used to a new feel or a new golf swing move takes time to get used to.Subsequently, during a series of golf lessons, your golf swing to golf club specifications will change. Moreover, ideally, you would like to be at your best when spending time at a club fitting session. If you aren’t taking lessons and go for a club fitting. The golf Pro may offer some swing advice helping you to hit better shots.
However, changing your clubs before or after a series golf lessons may push you into your new swing method quicker. If you fall back into your old swing habits, your shots may get worse because your clubs may suit you as well as they could. This maybe more to do with the lie angle of the club rather than the shaft. I find that the shaft fitting process nowadays is accurate.

Ranting about playing bad golf and hitting crap shots!

As you know this can happen at some stage every week! When the game is so bad, “it must be the clubs”, missing puts “can’t line up the bloody putter” “ENOUGH!!” of this says you!!! The memories of all the great shots played are long since forgotten… Remember, it’s likely that you have played great golf with those clubs at some stage. However! A new club can get the golf blood flowing positively, given that you are custom fitted, the latest and greatest technology should offer you something your old driver didn’t.

How long to get used to a new set of clubs?

I would say to every person that I meet for golf club fitting or golf lessons, is to enjoy playing golf. Changing clubs during the season can affect your chances whilst competing for the major titles within your golf club. Changing a set of clubs will more than likely change how far you will hit each club. Consider the months that you will be playing lots of golf and if you do change clubs mid-season, are there 4 – 6 weeks where you can work on feeling the best shots you can hit and measure the average distances of each of the clubs?

Golf Club Performance

In the last 10 years, golf club technology means that the life and performance of golf clubs can be a decade rather than years. However, wedges are more frequently used than other clubs and the grooves on your wedges will wear out more quickly than on your irons. This means the spin shorts in will not grip as much as the ball used too. But you might find if you bought your clubs off the rack 10 years ago that the clubs available now will perform better for you!
Without question, Golf grips should also be replaced at least every 8 to 14 months.  Conversely, maintaining feel, grip, and control of the club. Furthermore, aging grooves on your irons can cause flyer lies more often and, so if your clubs are looking a little tired, it could be time to investigate an upgrade.

Final Suggested Advise!

While it’s hard to offer the perfect answer, I would suggest there is a seven-month period best suited to buying new clubs –  from September to March. Notably, the winter months will give you time to get used to them. Also, a winter purchase will accommodate any winter coaching while still offering enough time to be ready for the season’s opener.

Contact information

John Dooley PGA email john@johndooleypga.ie | www.johndooleypga.ie | Tel: +353879277997

Blog post Information Source “Golf Monthly’s Joel Tadman”

Read the fine print!

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Read the fine print

Read the Fine Print

Recently I read about an offer for a golf fitness program. Particularly, The offer was €200 and now €99 for a six-week training program. Indeed, this offer was fine, however, from the above picture what stands out clearly is the fine print statement. The initial line states “results not guaranteed!” My opinion from reading between the lines is that this service lacks confidence and a number of questions spring to mind. Consequently, is the company delivering the service is panicking for business? Surprisingly, there may not be a market for his or hers service? Maybe the service is not wide-ranging to deal with all sorts of golfer’s training issues? Why are results not guaranteed? What results should you expect? Can the service meet and exceed my expectations? Why would I or anyone else buy a service where results of some description are not guaranteed?

Questions:

Ultimately, perhaps the company delivering this service is desperate for business? Maybe there is not a market for the company’s service? Maybe the service is not wide-ranging to deal with golfer’s training issues? Notably, the main question is, why are results not guaranteed? What results should be expected? Moreover, can this service meet and exceed golfer’s expectations? Why, why and why buy a service where results are not guaranteed?

Nonetheless, a coaching service that is confident about the service that is offered, the first line should read in bold “results are guaranteed or your money back”.

Conversely, this statement in bold is the very same for golfers golf coaching needs. Regardless, avoid buying into golf coaching services unless the service is backed expert golf coaches and good communicators.  My promise to golfers that I coach is that you will become a better golfer during and after working with me. Understandably, there are obstacles and challenges that may limit the time golfers can spend practicing and playing golf. Clearly, golfers should set realistic goals that can be measured by recording activities such as scores & etc. Finally, play as much golf as possible!

My promise to each golfer that I coach is that I will make you a better golfer or your money back…

Contact:

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Testing Ping Drivers

Testing Ping Drivers

A recent ping driver performance test performance by two expert golfers has produced the following data recorded by Trackman.

 

 

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Testing Ping G9 v Ping G400

CLUB SPEED BALL SPEED CARRY TOTAL SIDE LAUNCH ANG. SPIN RATE HEIGHT
All club lofs fixed at 9.0 degrees mph mph yds yds deg rpm ft
Player A, Ping G9 103.2 152.6 240.9 265 11.9 21′ 6″R 2526 87
Play A, Ping G400 103.6 154.6 243 264.8 11.7 3′ 5″R 2627 92
Player B, Ping G400 102.8 152.4 239 260.1 11.6 19′ 3″L 2843 92
Player B, Ping G9 102.8 151.8 237 260.4 11.6 10′ 9″L 2559 87

 

Tools:

Notably, two golfers used a ping G9 9-degree and a ping G400 9-degree driver heads with an ACCRA premium shaft. The 3D radar Trackman was used to record the club head and golf ball data. The two testing golfers can be considered expert golfers.

Goal:

Furthermore, we are testing the difference between the performance of the Ping G9 versus the Ping G400.

Results:

Finally, from our information gathered. Comparatively, we found that the G9 does not carry as far as the G400. However, the data points out that the G9 runs out more than the G400. Conversely, Player A liked the ball flight from the G400 than the G9. Also, the Ping G400 is a smaller driver head.

Contact:

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Golf Course Management Lowering Scores

Golf Course Management Lowering Scores

Golf Course Management Lowering Scores

Playing Golf on an Irish Sunny Morning | Golf Course Management Lowering Scores

What you need to do!

Start by committing to lowering golf scores. This is not by stopping practising or starting a major overhaul of a golf swing. We can only play with the swing we have and not the swing we would like to play golf with.

Notably, this is not an easy task. As I find that each golfer is always looking for that one magic swing tip or changing swings movements during a round expecting better performances. Well, that plan mentioned is simply rubbish and won’t work. Your question to you is, how course management will work for my game?

What do you do well?

We all have heard all this stuff before, “play to your strengths and identify your weaknesses”. But we do need to do this! Take time out, sit down and create a template that will collect the information about how you score from your next four competitive rounds. The trending information from that data will help you clearly identify your strengths.

This is a sample template that I use with golfers that I coach to collect and analyse scoring information. You can use Excel or similar to create a similar file for collecting data.

Golf Course: Cork Golf Club
Tee Box  White
Handicap  4
Total Fairways 15
Hole  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Gross scores Nett of total % Difference
Par 4 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 36 72
Score 4 5 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 36 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 36 72 4 100% % Handicap strokes to par
Fairways 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 100.00% % Fairways missed in regulation play
Greens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 100.00% % Green missed in regulation play
Putts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 100.00% % Putts per round – we shall use 33 as the par number of putt per 18 holes
Up & Down 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mark 1 for less than 2 shots taken from off the green with 10 yards of the green, including putts taken

Ranking Template

Additionally, identify your strengths ranking from 1 to 5 based on that information.

Ranking  Terrible    50% good   Excellent 
Driving 1 2 3 4 5
Irons 1 2 3 4 5
100-yard shots 1 2 3 4 5
50-yard shots 1 2 3 4 5
Pitching 1 2 3 4 5
Chipping 1 2 3 4 5
Putting 1 2 3 4 5

(you can add more categories depending on specific your analysis is)

Keep a Log Book

Also, it’s recommended keeping a golfing logbook. The log book is simply detailing the golf shots played during a competition round. However, do take the time noting the reasons for the shots played. This information is crucial for developing an on course management plan.

Imagine this scenario; the only way to hit a green in regulation is to play a high draw over and around the trees, then over a water hazard. Also, let’s say there is a lay up area about 100 yards from the green that is an easier shot to play. A golfer should know his/her game well enough to understand that the regulation shot is not likely to come off, but the golfer tries the shot and disaster. Each week the golfer plays the same hole, in the same way, and expects a better result. However, for all the wrong decisions made he/she still ends up with a blank or a double bogey.

Golf is fun and try hitting the hard shots whilst out playing a casual round. But, do avoid playing high-risk shots during a competitive round as this affects scoring. Remember, there is always time to work on the range improving your golf skills. The time to push the limits of your skills is not when you’re on the course and trying to post a score.

What to do with the information collected?

From the data collected, you can identify what you do well and what you don’t. Such as fairways hit, greens in regulation, the number of putts and etc. If you miss a green how often do you get up and down? How many shots are lots from 3 putting and missing short putts? From the log book entries; we are identifying the reasons behind the golf shots that were played well and not so well. Additionally, with your informaiotn at hand, arrange a meeting with the local PGA Pro to discuss how to play the problem shots and problem holes better.

B.Y.O.GC.P (Build your own golf course plan)

From the tee box; if you are comfortable hitting the ball with a cut or a draw then paly that type of shot. Conversely, if your long iron shots are not in any hit with any consistency, then perhaps investigate at getting hybrid clubs to do the task. If your bunker play is terrible, then get help!

From your strengths play the shots that reflect how you well you can play and avoid the shots you can’t play well. Therefore if you really like playing a 100-yard shot and you don’t like hitting 45 or 50 yards shots to the target. Where possible, hit the ball to the 100-yard marker.

Finally, using your golfing strengths and start mapping out how you can play the golf hole starting at the green and plotting back to the tee. There is a lot of work in creating your own Golf Course Management plan to post lower scores. But this is worth it and certainly, why not start the process.

If you would like to start building your own on course golf plan, I would suggest Contact me today CLICK HERE

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Accurate Golf Practice

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Accurate Golf Practice

Accurate Golf Practice

Firstly, ask yourself how accurate do you practise? Also, do you plan how and what you’re going to practice? Also, do you fit into any one of the following categories?

Are you a “Boom the driver”:

This is the type of practice where the golfer hits the range. Notably, after the golfer has hit a few wedge shots and perhaps hitting a few 6 iron shots. The golfer notices the sound of other golfers whacking the ball down the range! That sound sends the golfer straight for the driver and starts booming the ball down the range! The golfer is now hitting ball after ball without any practice swing or plan, except hitting the ball as hard as they can.

Do you have “a good idea of what to do”:

This golfer has taken a few golf lessons and he/she is practising their new swing movements.  Also, this golfer is almost following the practice plan agreed with the golf coach. However, they are just practising lightly and their concentration is broken by looking around at everyone else at the range and wondering how they are hitting the ball.

You have your very own “Specific Practice Plan & Log Book”:

Post each competitive golf round. This golfer is taking detailed notes from their on-course decisions and the variety of shots played. This data is gathered and plotted to track performance and scoring trends. Certainly, this activity can identify where this golfer is not scoring. This golfer is specifically working on the particulars of his or her game whilst noting the contents of their practice session. After their practice session, this information is compared to the overall practice goal and purpose of that practice session. Then noted and logged.

Final Point:

Remember you are in control of what you are doing today. You can control how you practice and only you can make the difference to how you play. I would suggest logging notes of how you do what you do. Ultimately, be specific and be accurate. The following are examples of golfing scenarios.

Such scenarios can be avoided by practising as well as you can for the time that you have.

  1. The on-course golfer may take casual aim at the target and after a well-struck shot; the golfer misses the target by some distance or the ball overshoots the target by some distance. Alternatively, the practised golfer is practising aiming the club as accurately as possible for each practice range shot. The shot distance is noted for the range of shots hit.
  2. The on-course the golfer makes a practice swing for the sake of doing something before hitting a shot. The golfer takes one look at the target and hits the shot. Then complains continually about why his or her shots are not going towards the target. Alternatively, the practised golfer makes the best possible practice, uses their mind to see, feel and picture the shot they are about to play. Furthermore, the practised golfer plays the shot and if the shot was good or bad. Consequently, the golf knows that he/she did the best they could do at that time to play a good shot. The outcome is noted and the golfer plays the next shot without a fuss.

Golf is fun and we can all enjoy how we play and how we choose to play. If you need to work on how you practice golf? Contact me today!

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One Hour Tune Up

One Hour Tune Up

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One Hour Tune Up

Regularly, as a golf coach, I reflect on did I achieve goals and or customer satisfaction after each golf lesson. After, one of my recent golf lesson reviews, I was reflecting on an hour’s golf lesson. The golfer asked me to look and work on four aspects of his game.

His plan was to work on a timing of 15-minute segments and move on to the next. Such as hitting/full swing, pitching, chipping and putting. Notably, his main concerned was how much information that might be too much to take in during that hour. Moreover, the golfer suggested that he will learn a lot more from little bits of information that would complement the amount of golf that he plays.

Notably, I found this approach a really nice way to work on a golfer’s golf game using simple and easy add-ons. We worked on small technical items that were easy for the golfer to apply. Also, please note that there are golf swing elements that “us golfers” need to practice to improve a habit. On occasion, I find it’s critical to point out that changing a golfer’s swing habits may take a golfer more time than anticipated.

In summary, I have identified another type of golf coaching service to offer golfers. The 1hr Tune up. The tune up is spending 15 minutes working on each golf segment previously mentioned (golf swing, pitching, chipping and putting). The goal is to find small golf swing adjustments that are easy to add and that will make a difference to the golfer’s overall game. Then perhaps suggest adding one or two swing’s drills to work on in the future. Fundamentally, after each golf lesson, an audio file that contains a summary of all the skills worked on will be emailed to that golfer. I certainly find that golfers agree that the audio recordings are of significant benefit to them. Certainly, listening to the audio is an easy way to remind of all the skills worked on.

The One Hour Tune Up service will cost €100.00 per golfer per hour.

Please contact to book or for more information: CLICK HERE 

Tel: +353 87 9277997

Email: John@johndooleypga.ie

Curing Shanks!

There is nothing worse that a shank or a hosel rocket! Playing a shank is possibly one of the most destructive shots in golf. Curing shanks is never easy in golf, but what you can do is start working on a new habit. The following two golf swing tips can certainly help golfers cure their shanks.

Chip shot drill:

Place two balls down and set up as normal. Our intention is to hit the outer ball and also hit the inner ball.

This drill will train you to swing the club closer to your body during the downswing. Should the club move too far away from your body that’s likely to become a shank or a hosel rocket! Also, place a pole pointing parallel the target and use that pole as a reference for swing direction. Notably, the pole can help you feel your club swinging along a straighter swing path that is straighter back and straighter through. Play Better Golf with www.johndooleypga.ie

Curing Shanks with John Dooley PGA

Curing Shanks

For full golf shots:

Place a golf driver headcover or similar very close to the toe of the golf club head at address. The method is; simply do not hit the head cover when you’re hitting the golf ball. Also, this is a drill for a more accurate swing path to the ball.

What I recommend to golfers that hit the headcover as they hit the ball is as follows: Setup, where the toe of the clubhead is close to the head cover. Make really good practice swings without hitting the headcover. Then apply the same type of swing just practised to hitting the ball. Keep on repeating this action until you crack that habit.

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Curing Shanks

Should you suffer from this affliction? Please do not delay and contact me today and let’s get working on fixing that problem.

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