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

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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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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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Golf practice routine

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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.
Contact: or 0879277997
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Sequencing A Golf Swing

Sequencing a Golf Swing…

Golf swing

A miss hit can be the result of a quicker than normal golf swing or a golfer’s swing is out of sequence (one part moving too fast or too slow for the other parts to coordinate). This action can also be described by golfers by saying, that “you are swinging too fast”, “your backswing is faster than your downswing” “you need to control your swing speed” “your backswing to downswing is too quick” and etc.

I have from time to time talked about rhythm and golf club timing by simplifying the term or movement by saying “you need to pause at the top of your golf swing”. This comment can come and I note with its own set of problems. My point here is that words and different types of golf swing descriptions affect each golfer’s internal body movements differently.  In other words tomayto – toomato this is same fruit just said and spelt differently.

During the golfer’s backswing, there is a point when the club will stop moving in one direction and start in another direction. That does not mean that the body has stopped moving too. In fact, you may notice with really good players that their body is moving ever so slightly (starting the downswing) before the club reaches that point at the top of the backswing.

There is evidence to support that at the top of the backswing if you stop moving all the parts of the swing altogether. You can be reducing your body speed and the tension that produces distance. However, this type of swing and pause drill may be necessary for some golfers to practise. This type of swing feeling might work for you to feel your type of swing sequence.

The following note is a golf swing drill that can improve a golfer’s golf swing movement from the top of the backswing to starting his/hers downswing.

The Drill

So if you imagine standing on a sheet of ice. Without using a ball, set up as normal with a 6 iron. Now make a slow back swing, and as you become aware that your upper body is getting close to the top of the backswing or at the end of your turn away from the ball. Now feel that your movement is slowing down, and at the same time push with your right (back foot) foot as though you’re trying to spin it away from the target. It’s not likely that your foot will move with spikes on, but, the pressure that you are creating may start your hips to translate and turn in the opposite direction or toward the target. Or another way to say this is, as you reach the top of the backswing, start turning your hips to the target.

This is a bit of a mouth full, but, it’s a pretty good activity whilst watching your swing from a mirror.

What effectively is happening, is that the lower half of the body is now moving before the upper half of the body has reached the top of the backswing. This can encourage the arms, hands, and club to slot into a good striking position. But, this type of drill will take some time to master.

You could start by making this type of movement slowly, then try to quicken up the speed of this drill. I tend to coach this type of drill as an add-on to the practice session that would help improve timing. This type of drill can become over complicated quickly. So please keep the thoughts simple and too the point.

If this works for you great, if this tip is too confusing, please feel free to contact me to discuss. or 0879277997


Golf Clubs and Golf Lesson Deal for Beginners

Golf Clubs Deal with Golf Lessons for Beginners

We have a starter pack deal for clubs and golf lessons for people that would like to take up playing golf. Learning to play golf can be challenging at times and it is important to get off on the right foot. A series of golf lessons with the right set of clubs to suit your new golf swing are a must. The deal we offer is for 9 irons, from 3 iron to Sandwedge, a putter and four woods ( from a seven wood, a five wood, a three wood and a driver). This is an ideal set of golf clubs for guys and or girls starting to play golf. We offer the golf clubs in both left-hand and right-handed sets.  I would suggest that this is a deal worth investigating without paying out a large outlay.
Golf Clubs and golf lesson deal

Golf Clubs & Golf Lesson deal

The price for the clubs and the golf lessons is €360.00

To arrange to buy or to look at the clubs before purchasing, please contact; John Dooley at John Dooley PGA at 0879277997.

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Show me your best golf swing!

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Show me your best golf swing!

Recently I was working with golfer on his golf swing. After stretching his body and hitting a number of golf shots to warm up his golf swing, he hit two shots straight at the target and then one shot dead left and the next shot dead right. He asked me, “Why do I hit those shots way over there and why did I hit the other shots straight?”

I answered his question by explaining what those swing faults were and what we needed to work on to eliminate those swing faults. After a few more golf shots the conversation moved from focusing on what we are working on, to “what did I do wrong with that last swing?”. Generally golfers over analysing their golf swings and this is a very common issue for most golfers. Then after a moment of inspiration we can come up with a quick fix to remedy that bad swing. This type of a swing fixing is effectively the worst kind!!!!!

However, we talked about changing his practice process and avoid over analysing his good and bad golf swing. We hammered out an agreed plan to practice golf by practising what he feels is his very best golf swing that he can make every time. Please note that some swings can feel better or worse that the previous swing, the point is to keep believing and working on making each golf swing better than that previous golf swing.

He hit 20 balls and I ranked the shots either by yes that was a good swing movement or a good strike versus, no, it was not a good swing movement or ball strike. We also took the approach to make the “his very best practice swing” as a core part to his pre shot routine. His focus changed from being reactive and over analysing his bad golf swings to making the best practice swing he could make. Then setting up to hit a ball with that feel good swing in mind and repeat the same feel good swing hitting the ball.

*Please note that generally each golf swing that we make may have a swing fault or swing faults of some description. But, keep working towards a simple golf swing process and with an overall blueprint for your golf swing that feels easy to complete.

1 hr Golf Practice

1. Full body turn exercises x 5 times
2. Hip turn exercises x 5 times
3. Make 5 x sequence drills (make a 3/4 length backswing, then pause for 3 seconds, start your downswing by turning your hips and swinging fully through to a completed follow-through position) 
4. Make 2 of your best practice swings possible you can possibly make
5. Practice your on-course pre shot routine to hit 5 of your best golf
6. Change club and change target, then repeat from step 1.
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Enjoy working on your golf swing…


Golf Study

Golf study

Working on his left handed swing

Every golfer wants to hit the ball further

We are looking for volunteers to take part in a two month study on “hitting the ball further”. This golf study has already started but we would be delighted with a few more golfers to take part. Our final date for volunteers to start is next Saturday the 6th of February between 11am and 12pm.

This study entails training a right handed golfer to start practising swinging and learning to hit golf shots left handed to increase their right handed club head speed. (Or vice versa if you’re a left handed golfer)

This study will involve initially measuring the club head speed of each participant’s normal golf swing. Then each participant will be required to practice their opposite handed golf swing for, a one hour practice session every week for two months.

We have coaching support meetings at our practice ground in Riverstown every Saturday running for 8 weeks from 11am & 12pm and from 3pm to 4pm. We would kindly ask each of our participants to attend a weekly meeting if possible. We would like to talk to our participants about their progression and observe each participant hitting 25 shots.

Any type of golfer is welcome to join and if you’re interested, please email me at . This golf study will not cost volunteers anything to sign up.

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Mizuno Golf Iron Fitting Cart

At John Dooley PGA, we have the full iron golf club fitting cart from Mizuno Golf.

You can book a Mizuno Iron club fitting time by contact us at or call 0879277997 to book a time and date that suits you.

Mizuno Club fitting session are available Monday to Sunday during daylight hours. Each club fitting session should take approximately 30 minutes to fully identify what shaft and which club-head is the right golf club for your golf swing.

Plus you can buy the whole range of Mizuno golf clubs directly from John Dooley PGA.

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Left and right hand chipping drills

Chipping can sometimes be as confusing as playing golf on ice! Recently I have worked with a few people on their chipping technique. In these cases one of the two hands were too dominant during their chipping action. We use the following drills to add balance/feel/touch to their chipping technique.

Main action to develop: Lead with the left arm though the shot and then release the club correctly through the shot.

During the chipping action sometimes the bottom hand on the golf club can cause an early release or we might better describe this action as flicking or too much right hand. This action may also feel that there is a scooping or lifting action at impact.

The set-up in summary:

You can play around with your ball position, front middle and back of you stance. What you will notice is the difference in flight and the first bounce of the ball.

Balance your body weight 50/50 from your toes to your heals and place approximately 55% of your weight on your left side (for right handed golfers). Place the club shaft forward so your left arm (right handed golfers) and shaft make a continuous line. The objective is to swing the club and try to maintain this line through the impact and then release the club…

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The drills: Left and right hand pitching drills or also known as the top and bottom hand drills.

The top and bottom hand drills are a great way to feel how your arms and hands should feel through the impact/follow-through positions during your chipping action. The drills may feel a bit strange at first, but after a number of practice shots you will get used to it. One key is to stay relaxed and keep the swinging tempo nice, easy and gently accelerating though the shot.

Top hand on the club drill (left hand for right handed golfers and visa versa for left handed golfers)

  • The key feelings to notice here are a relaxed arm swing, allowing the weight of the club to continue swinging through the grass.
    • Swinging the club to the ball without an early release or flicking action
    • Allow or help your body/chest/hips to rotate more through the swing.
    • This sounds a lot more complicated that it is.
  • To feel this action, practice the pitching swing in a mirror and watch how your body & club moves through the shot.
  • The best club to practice with is your favourite club you use for chipping.
  • One terrible way to practice is hitting ball after ball in the same place. I strongly recommend changing your intended target after every couple of shots.
  • Place 5 balls in a line starting from 3 yards, 6, 9, 12, up to 15 yards from the chipping green.
  • The goal here is to chip the balls close or hole-out with a solid/centred strike.
  • Hold the club with your left hand and place your right hand behind your back. Make a couple of practice swings letting the club swing though the grass each time. (for right hand golfers)
  • Place and aim the club behind the first ball and again just repeat the same swinging action
  • Feel the club head swinging though the grass and striking the ball in one motion
  • Move to the next ball, change the angle off the club face, you can choose to make the club face move or less lofted and again repeat the process. You may have to make longer swings depending on the distance and loft created on the club face
    • Continue this approach for all 5 shots. Repeat the drill with different the opposite hand with different balls positions as I have mentioned in the set up to improve feel/touch/distance control.
  • Another goal is to feel relaxed and let the club swing through.

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Bottom hand drill (Right hand for right handed golfers and visa versa for left handed golfers)

Just really repeat the above steps and you may need to turn your chest and hips more through the shot to ensure better contact.

If you need a golf lesson in Cork please contact John Dooley at 0879277997 to arrange your next golf chipping lesson. Golf lessons in Cork with John Dooley PGA. Left and right hand chipping drills.