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.

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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

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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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Improve Putting Distance Control

 

Distance Control

Distance Control, long, short and in the cup drill

Improve Putting Distance Control

Improve putting distance control and stop three putting. The following drills are for you to work on to improve your putting distance judgment.

A. Place three tees on the green and each tee is approx. 10 foot apart from each other. Ideally, you are also 10 foot away from the 1st tee also. Now take three balls and start by stroking the 1st putt to the 1st tee, 2nd putt to the 2nd tee and the 3rd putt to the 3rd.
Our goal is for the ball to finish approx. a foot past each tee.
B. Take two approx. distances of 20ft & 30ft and use 4 balls for this drill. Go through your setup process (pick the line, aim the ball to the line, make practice strokes to feel the distance to hit the putt), aim the putter behind the ball along the line you are intending to hit.
Then turn/twist your head and fix your eyes at the hole/target.
Notably, Don’t move your eyes or head to look back to the ball. With your eyes fixed on the target, make the stroke and hit the ball to the target. Jordan Spieth performs a similar task for his short putts from time to time. Repeat the same method for the 30-foot putt.
In particular, our goal is for each ball to finished at the intended distance targets.
C. Finally, take a 20-foot putt and use 3 balls for this activity. Go through your normal set up routine.
1. Making a good stroke hit the 1st putt past the hole
2. Making a good stroke again hit the 2nd putt short of the hole
3. Finally, the intention is to hit the last putt into the hole.
Regardless of the outcome of each putt. The goal is to keep with the plan of hitting each putt long, short and at the cup/tee/target.

Also, keep going and keep practising. Contact John Dooley PGA to play better golf CLICK HERE for Contact information. Improve Putting Distance Control.

TrackMan Gapping Session

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Trackman Golf Cork

Trackman Gapping Session

One of the frequent uses of TrackMan is a gapping session. This is a trackman gapping session where golfers hit each golf club in their bag and trackman measures that distance. This is vital information for scoring better. As golfers, we need to know approximately how far we hit each golf club. Whereas, the process is simply hitting four to five shots per club. Albeit, there are all sorts of information gathered by trackman. However, we would be mainly focusing on distance carried per club. Furthermore, that specific information will be collected and a report will be sent later that evening.

Notably, a trackman gapping session will take approximately 1hr to complete. Also, there will be golf swing coaching as we progress through the gapping session. The cost for this service is €110.00.

Also, for golfers that are buying a new set of golf clubs from John Dooley PGA. Additionally, a trackman gaping session is now included with every new set of irons bought. Certainly, if you’d like more information please contact us today.

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Pace of Play “Get going and Move faster!”

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Pace-of-Play

Pace-of-place and playing faster golf is one of the big challenges facing the game of golf today. Imagine, the player-assistant or course ranger shouting at you from his fog horn! “Get going and move faster on the course, you are holding up the whole course!”. This situation would be very embarrassing and should be avoided at all costs. However, golfers can avoid the course ranger situation by ensuring that they play the game quickly. Also, by being aware of what to do before and after each shot played.

Player Behaviour & time wasting

A lot of time is spent by new golfers hitting the ball to the green and putting is a quicker than a lower handicap golf. The lower handicap will possibly play less shots to the green. But he or she takes more time on the green to complete the hole. So the solution is to be aware of the players that you are with and make up time where possible. In other words, all you can do is be responsible for your own pace of play. Also, encourage others to play faster within your group. The following examples are simple things golfers can do to keep play moving.

On Course Situations Solutions 
Golfers moving slowly between shots? walk faster, it’s healthier!
leaving the bag in the wrong position around the green? park your golf bag where you will exit the green and walk to the next tee.
Players not ready to play? walk to the ball first and be ready to play when it’s your turn to play
Golfers walking to the other player’s ball and watching the shot played. Each golfer should walk to their ball and be ready to play when it’s their turn to play.

Simple tips to help pace-of-play is important for every golf to understand and apply. Enjoy playing faster golf!

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Golf Rules Senior Golfers

New updated golf rules for senior golfers! Certainly, I can think of a few golfers that would find these rules adjustments fun for playing golf.

Golf Rules Senior Golfers

Bad lie!

Rule 1.a.5

A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalised for tall grass which ground keepers failed to mow.

Rule 2. d .6 (B)

A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This is simply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The senior player must estimate the distance the ball would have travelled if it had not hit the tree and play the ball from there.

Rule 3.B.3(G)

There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on or near the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the felony by charging himself or herself with a penalty.

Rule 4. c .7( h )

If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to have dropped. The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.

Rule 5.8

Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could be blown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than three inches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game

Rule 6.a.9( k )

There is no penalty for so-called “out of bounds.” If penny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this would not occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.

Rule 7..G.15( z )

There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf balls should float. Senior golfers should not be penalised for manufacturers’ shortcomings.

Rule 8. k .9( S)

Advertisements claiming that golf scores can be improved by purchasing new golf equipment. Since this is financially impractical for many senior golfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment.

 

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John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

John Jacobs 50 Greatest Golfers

Since the passing of the famous English golf coach, Mr John Jacobs. I have reread a couple of his books that I have on my bookshelf. Notably, I started reading “50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century”. In this book, from the dawn of golf to the modern day golfers, Mr Jacobs talks about 50 of the greatest golfers in the world during that period. From such great golfers as; James Braid, Henry Cotton, to Ben Hogan, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Seve! Consequently, with my golf coaches hat on, I have picked three golfers out of the fifty that struck a chord with me.

Seve Ballesteros Imagination

The 1st was about Seve Ballesteros and “Imagination is the Key to creativity.” John makes a comparison between how Seve learnt to play the game with his 3 iron on the beach and how John learnt to play chips shots with a hickory club on their invented par 3 course behind the back of the caddie shed at Lindrick Golf Club. Both played for hours and used their imaginations to play different shots.

Certainly, Mr Jacobs points out that golfers should practice all types of lies, good, bad and indifferent. Similarly, challenge yourself and practice playing crazy and fun shots. Learn to visualise those shots in your mind and in time you will develop the golfer’s “touch and feel”. Or as he says “feel it, see it, play it, then the shot becomes reality”.

Gary Player The Master of Bunker!

Gary Player is known for how much he practised golf, he has won multiple golf events all over the world and his physical fitness. The amount of time he has spent hours practising golf shot out of bunkers is well documented.

Jacobs points out that golfers should practice from good bunker lies to terrible lies. Practice, hitting the ball taking a lot of sand and very little sand. Golfers should learn to adjust setup and swing path. So golfers can deal with plugged sand lies to the ball stuck on a slope with their feet outside the bunker. Golfers should use their mind to dream up all the worst places you can be in a bunker and practice!

Sam Sneed Clearing the hips!

Uniquely, Sam was possibly one of best rhythm golf swingers of all time.

“Sam’s swing is described as a strong turning motion of his upper torso build up enormous centrifugal force in the downswing which transferred out through the arms, hand and ultimately the club head.” (50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century).

Finally, John Jacobs mentions a key movement within Sam’s swing. “You have to learn to clear your left side in the downswing”. Notably, what John is talking about here is the hip movement during the downswing.

By the same token, when golfers have not played golf in a while, the golfer’s body movements can be out of sorts. In summary, the golfer’s swing sequence is a bit muddled up. Therefore, I would certainly recommend working on hip turning exercises and the pause/hold and swing drill.

On a final note, I would recommend reading this book to find which of his golf swing tips takes your fancy. May I add, please only take note of the tips that make sense to you and your golf swing. Please take note, that his ball flight philosophies are out-dated. There has been a lot of scientific evidence since that book was printed that proves other factors are responsible for initial ball direction. However, this book is still a great read and if you have any questions about those tips. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

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American Golf Cork Ireland

American Golf Cork Ireland

Trade in your golf clubs at American Golf Cork

 

Golf clubs trade-in with American Golf Cork

American Golf Cork Ireland has a trade in offer for golfers that is certainly worth investigating. I say!”Out with the old and in with the new!”

Take a number of golf clubs at a trade-in value of a €100. Remarkably, American Golf Cork will offer you double the trade-in value of €200 towards another set of clubs.

This is a bloody good offer! Notably, if you have the time to call into the shop and see if you can do a deal. Apparently, American Golf Cork are using the PGA of America’s golf club valuation book to establish the golf club trade-in value. However, the value book is in US dollars and American golf is using an exchange rate of 1.30 USD to the Euro. Therefore, if your clubs are worth $130.00 that amount will transfer into €100.00. I think this is value system is a bit off as 1 US Dollar is valued circa 0.95 cents, which is around €1.05. But, golf clubs at double the trade-in value, this offer might be a good move for you?

By all means, let’s take this example; you have 2 sets of clubs. 1st set is gathering dust and the 2nd set you have is a few years old. Furthermore, let’s assume that American Golf is offering you values at €150.00 and €350.00, leaving you with €1000.00 to work with. Also, if you have a number of old wedges and putters, I would suggest take what you have in your garage and see what you can get for all that stuff!

What we can do for you!

At John Dooley PGA; we would not be able to match a trade in value offer compared to American Golf Cork. However, contact us if you require a golf club fitting expert to identify what type of shaft suits your golf swing and or golf club lie angle.

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Golf practice routine

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Golf Lessons Cork

Some say the winter time is a good time to work on your golf swing. Or is it? Perhaps it is, but, if you develop and keep a golf swing practice plan simple to the point. Ensuring to avoid over-complicating your golf swing and how to practice that swing. With this in mind, may I suggest the following approach to you:
1. Certainly, identify what your golf swing or practice goals are? 
2. Be sure to keep your practice goals simple and avoid making too many technical changes. However, make changes that will make a difference. If you don’t know what will make a difference, please find and work with a golf coach that can make that difference. 
3. Also, keep your golf practice routine simple, for example. “I am hitting too many golf shots off the heel of the club”. “I have worked with my local PGA golf pro/coach and we have agreed that my heel strikes are coming from a mix of my hands getting too far away from the body as the club hits the ball and sometimes my weight shifts to my towards my toes during my take away”.
4. Finally, (continuing the example from point 3) this plan was to improve his golf swing body movement, golf swing timing and, pre-shot routine and golf club aim. 

A summary of this person’s practice plan

This is what we want to do. 
  • 10 – 20 minutes practising hitting the ball with an opposite hand club (practice hitting the ball left hand for right handed golfers) 
  • 5 x hip and full body rotation exercises after every 5 shots
  • After every 5 shots hit, change club and change target
  • Aim the club and set up correctly at every shot
The practice plan is for approx. 45 minutes to 1 hour, 3 times a week. 
Turning exercises x 5 x 2 sets
Practice swings, feel what you want to do
Hit 5 shots to a target, go through your golf pre-shot routine before each shot
Change club, change target and repeat
In addition, after ever 20 shots hit, swap to hitting to the opposite hand club for 10 shots
Please do not hesitate to contact if you have any questions.
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Simple Practice Golf Method

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Practising Golf

Three 15-minutes practise sessions keeping practising fresh!

Practice session 1: Pre-shot routine 15 minutes

1 Pick the shot to play with the club
2 Use your “minds eye” to see a clear imagine of the flight of the golf shot you’re about to play
3 Internally feel and believe that you are in a very happy place
4 Make that practise swing that includes both the mental feeling and an excellent practice swing
5 Set up and  hit the shot to the target
6 Repart the process

Practice session 2: Aiming the club 15 minutes

1 Identify ball to target line and use poles or golf shafts as guides
2 Identify the leading edge of the club and align the leading edge perpendicular to that ball to target line
3 stand directly behind the ball and find a point/leaf/odd looking grass or etc, a foot or two in front of the ball to target line. Use that mark as you aiming guide
4 make a good practice swing, then set up and aim the club correctly
5 Hit the shot and repeat the process

Practice session 3: Rotation exercises

1 5 x Hip-turn exercises
2 5 x Full body-turn exercises
3 5 x Pause & hold for 3 seconds then turn and swing thought drill
4 5 x Speed stick swings right & left handed with the 3 weighted sticks
5 5 x Opposite handed practice swings
6 5 x Opposite handed golf shots

Practice session 4: Opposite Hand Hitting

Practice hitting the ball with an opposite hand club. So if you are right hand, may I suggest find a left handed 6 or 7 iron. Furthermore, start practising hitting opposite hand for al least one hour a week. To help with the opposite hand swing. Practise the turning exercises in the opposite movement and swing, swing and swing away.

 

Notably, if you have any questions about how to practice golf? Without delay please contact me on 0879277997 or the following email address john@johndooleypga.ie

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