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Friday, April 12, 2024
John's ViewThe Golf Booklet

“Hitting the Ball is the easiest part of the game - hitting it effectively is the most difficult.”

 

  • THE TEACHING TRAINGLE
  • THE FUNDAMENTALS
  • THE SWING MOTION
  • FIVE PRE-SHOT FUNDIMENTALS
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A GREAT SHORT GAME
  • PITCHING
  • BUNKER
  • CHIPPING
  • PUTTING

The triangle suggests that there needs to be a balance among the three variables which influence one’s success on playing the game of golf. The WHAT side of the triangle represents technique, the mechanical elements; Grip, Stance, Posture, Alignment, Ball Position and the Proper Swing Motion. The HOW side refers to the process or how the teacher communicates to his or her student the content relating to mechanics. The ability to communicate, or the HOW, can be at least as important, if not more important, than the WHAT. The final side of this equilateral triangle is the WHEN which may be referred to as sequence and pacing. It relates to WHEN the teacher introduces certain elements of the game. I feel the communication aspect of the model is the crucial element to effective teaching. Communicating clearly with the pupil is very important. I, as a teacher should think about the whole communication process, acting as a source trying to reach a receiver with a message. The difficulty lies in the receiving of the message. This process can be complicated. The meaning of various words and symbols may differ, depending on the attitudes and experiences of the two people. People need a common frame of reference to communicate effectively. Communicating as with teaching is an art, which bonds the student and instructor.

A fundamental set-up is essential for solid ball striking and ball control. The players set-up dictates the way he or she swings a golf club and the swing can only be consistent with proper set-up. Using the proper swing motion and balance will give the player the best opportunity to hit the ball solidly. Balance is achieved by incorporating five factors; GRIP, STANCE, POSTURE, ALIGNMENT AND BALL POSITION.
The golf swing is a complex series of extremely precise movements and alignments which are ideally triggered through very exact address position alignments along with proper sequencing of the body, arms, and hands. Each area has a very specific assignment which should not only be understood, but rehearsed. The overall motion of the golf swing is swung in a circular motion on a flat inclined plane.
GRIP -
STANCE -
POSTURE -
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BALL POSITION -
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Most instructors agree that amateur players don’t practice enough on their short game. 65% of player’s aggregate swings happen inside of 100 yards. The premise of the golf swing is based around three positions: the golf club reaching parallel to the ground on the backswing motion, moving forward through the impact zone, and the golf club once again reaching parallel to the ground on the forward side of the swing. Regardless of the club selection the swing path must remain consistent throughout the impact zone. When practicing inside 100 yards, the golf club is moving at a slower rate of speed and is easier to control. The game is won or lost inside of 100 yards. If improved scoring is the objective, than the teacher should begin by encouraging his or her students to spend at least 50% of their practice on the short game.

 

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The sandwedge is the normal club used for pitching. It is designed differently from other irons; on the back edge of the club head the sandwedge has a flange. The flange is lower than the front edge of the club, which is referred to as the digging edge. This back edge of the club is called the skidding edge. The club is designed to skid or bounce along the ground and not dig.The sandwedge is the normal club used for pitching. It is designed differently from other irons; on the back edge of the club head the sandwedge has a flange. The flange is lower than the front edge of the club, which is referred to as the digging edge. This back edge of the club is called the skidding edge. The club is designed to skid or bounce along the ground and not dig.

 
  • Grip-
  • Set-Up-
  • The Swing Motion-
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The critical factor to remember about sand play: you want to hit the sand, not the ball. Hitting the sand will slow down your club. You need to swing aggressive enough to move the sand out of the bunker and up onto the green. There are three basic rules for successful bunker play: 1) Your first goal is to get out of the bunker. 2) Your second goal is to get the ball on the green. 3) Your third goal is to get close to the hole.

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  • The Swing Motion-
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There is one simple rule in chipping: the player must hit the ball first, and then hit the ground. Achieving that “ball first” contact requires hitting the ball with a descending blow. In chipping, the player has three goals: 1) Achieve consistent and solid contact with the ball. 2) Create the minimum air time and the maximum ground time (roll) for the ball. 3) Be in control of the distance the ball will travel.

  • Grip-
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  • The Swing Motion-
Notes:
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Putting is the major contributor to saving strokes. Great putting will make-up for many errors of the full swing. Speed is the critical factor with ball control. Your speed will determine your line - not your line will determine your speed. If you have good speed, your ball will always come to rest near the hole.

  • Grip-
  • Set-Up-
  • The Swing Motion-
Notes:
  • Date Of Lesson:
  • What We worked On:
  • Your Thoughts:
  • Questions for next time:
  • Additional notes:
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