Golf Instruction

My golf instruction career started back in January 2007. I Traveled to Los Angeles and spent time with Dan Shauger an apprentice to the legendary long driver Mike Austin.

I also become a qualified Putting Zone Coach from Geoff Mangum who in my opinion is the best Putting Coach in the world.

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I must admit that this was a little daunting as I was a 13 Handicap at the time but I had a thirst for knowledge and thought that these long driving guys knew something about the golf swing that no one else knew, or they were doing something different.

But the proof for me was that I got down to a 3 handicap which I never thought would be possible.

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I returned to New Zealand and set up my website and my Golf Instruction Youtube channel and started uploading my video lessons.

The golf instruction business is a tough market to break into, especially as the main body for golf the PGA is such a dominant force based on distribution and also a lack of any other real competition.

However I managed to attract a Japanese Golfer to fly from Tokyo to New Zealand for a weeks worth of golf lessons with me.

 

Yutaka from Japan invited me back to Japan to do some lessons with some of his friends. I was also able to play on the Golf Courses and shot a great round of 71 on a par 70.

However after many lessons and videos one thing still bugged me……and what bugged me was how to get golfers to become more consistent at golf. Golf instruction had become a little too technical and while at times results were great and golfers saw instant improvement it still wasn’t really enough.

So what I started to do was to research other golf swing systems and some mental golf programs

My first change in the golf swing was to try the Count Yogi system……..

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The simplicity of this book for most people would be too simple…….he doesn’t actually write too much on golf instruction. Yes there is the basics of grip and he has images to show you that, stance he demonstrates that as well.

 

At around 2 minutes 16 you will see his golf swing in action. It is actually a beautiful flowing action. He says many times to be muscle less and boneless so you feel light as possible with NO tension what so ever.

I followed this instruction for 12 months and still maintained my handicap…….

But again not totally happy I started looking further a field at other systems…….The Bill Mehlhorn Golf Instruction looked natural and very promising.

Here Robert Shave is showing the cutting the grass technique for your golf swing

 

Again put this golf swing into motion and still shot under 80 consistently…….but again not happy with my control of the golf swing.

By chance I remembered a guy that I had contacted about 15 years ago about his golf swing system called Golf Swing Control…….the guys name was Tracy Reed.

Back then Tracy was teaching his dynamic balance techniques…….I remembered doing it but it felt very different and odd back then. No one else was teaching this so it was a little before it’s time. Even today you would suggest what Tracy talks about is a little outside the box.

But watch this video about how to be more consistent in Golf and listen and see what Tracy has to say about balance in the golf swing.

 

As I said he is a little different in his golf instruction. But since I have adopted his balance system for golf I finally believe I have found the perfect combination. I actually went and did a lesson for a friend using only what Tracy talks about in the video. 80% balance and feel and about 20% technical…….best lesson I have ever done and one of the fastest results from a high handicapper I have seen.

In my own golf swing I have never swung the golf club in such a balanced manner. I am not saying the golf instruction taught to me by Dan Shauger has no place. I am saying any golf instruction can be greatly enhanced by incorporating Tracy Reeds physical and mental ideas into your golf game.

Balance in the golf swing is the most important element to get right. However there are very few golf instructors who would have a clue about teaching proper balance, and this is where things start to go down hill.

Lee Comeaux is also such a golfer who has one of the most efficient golf swings you will ever see………

In my view if you want to get better at golf get rid of the technical golf instruction and go to an instructor that teachers feel and balance.

CMOTION and some golf field instruction talk

Its easy to think when you look at a swing by two different people that they dont do the same swing system, these two does the same but they look different for the eye. and when Lee the Cmotion guy comes and tells me I done things right with the model of CMotion, 

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The golden rule

We won’t break this automatically you gotta train to break this rule and if you do you get worse . If you don’t break it becomes easier then walking .

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JH here’s your Da Vinci answer trail view.

We have stirrups that start in feet and go to top of head . That's all I'll say on this for now. Now knowing the reflexology of the rest is what unlocks your ability to look normal and make a full motion. Biomechanical structural feel and functions will never get you anywhere but lost and contrived . So JH here's a huge hint. There is reflexology and parametric acceleration and I can get my club head speed as high as 155 using reflexology and never get hurt or be hurt. As if parametric acceleration it's total bullshit and tears your spine to shreds and cannot produce 155 as I've done it that way and it's a total joke and irrelevant. Reflexology is running your life from birth to death unlock that and it's over. I've figured all that out. I don't chase Da vinci cause it's easier then even that.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

Leonardo da Vinci
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Lee Comeaux

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The golden rule
We won't break this automatically you gotta train to break this rule and if you do you get worse .[...]
JH here’s your Da Vinci answer trail view.
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Latest Channel lock Swing Info Additional Radius Lock

Update: Just came back from 2 hours of focused practice. The narrower stance and straight legs made all the difference for me. Basically never missed a shot. Manager was watching and I was calling every shot I was going to hit. He was amazed! Never missed my call shots from 60 degree through driver.

He then asked me to explain what I was doing because he said everything I was doing was the opposite of all he reads! I said, yep…and does the flight of the ball lie? I got him started on the channel lock and within about 10 minutes he was hitting shots he had never hit. He just stared at the shots in amazement. He now is going to your golf site to get the finer points. I told him, he needs no other guidance and to throw all other techniques away…this one works. He agreed.

You make so much sense JH. As a disciple of Yogi since 1981, so much of channel lock makes sense to me. Am still having issues of playing ball back far enough, because Yogi played it more forward and hit on upswing. But the radius lock definitely makes sense and I have used that on putting and chipping for years also.

Yogi stiffened his right leg as he went back. People don’t realize that. He rotated around the rear axis. Straightening the right leg turning away is a key I have used for years. He told me “the flight of the ball never lies.” “If you hit the ball and it goes straight and feels terrible, keep doing it until it feels good!.” Pretty good advice! Everyone has always said to me, “How do you hit it so long when you look like you are swinging half speed.”

Yet, my swing speed in prime was over 115. You have really helped me to reconnect with Yogi and add some of channel lock and radius lock. With all the garbage being taught on Golf Channel and other teachers, it is easy to begin to question what made you good in the first place. Will keep you posted on my progress. Thank you for having the balls, like “Yogi” to be different!

One of the truly great regrets I have is not being able to see Yogi swing and actually talk with him about ‘his’ swing thoughts…his swing was IMO all about ‘thoughts/feels’ and not specific mechanics … his swing setup and ignition time phasing was millisecond precise which meant his brain activation circuitry switched on at precisely the same uptake rate every time .

Moe Norman’s phasing was exactly the same as well… I measured hundreds of his swing preparatory pre swing and backswing ignition processes and they just didn’t vary at all…like as Yogi… millisecond precise.

The rear Vertical axis is I believe where the Golf swing emphasis should be applied ..its the dominant/sensory side of the body for 99% of people but invariably never gets utilised to its true potential … the real stabilisation capability of the dominant side of the body to support the speed producers which are the arms/hands is never taken advantage of with a forward positioned golf ball at address.

I have always been an ..’Outside Of The Box’ thinker and will continue to be so .. and if you think about that why would you ever want to confine yourself to thinking only within the confines of ‘the box’ your whole life …

An interesting thing happened only yesterday… I was doing a video and a teaching Pro I hadn’t seen for a while came over and sat down and watched me do the video… when I finished he said ..’what the hell was that all about’…you look crazy in your setup but were stripping the ball .. I went through what I was doing and after he a dozen shots he said…’ you just destroyed my teaching career’… how can I go back to teaching and tell everyone that all teaching to date has been totally wrong .. because it clearly has been.

I told him that I felt exactly the same and was so annoyed that I had wasted my entire golfing life to date trying to apply a totally flawed procedure … however he took no consolation from my own admission….
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Yogi would have made fortune if he had the internet to his disposal as we do. No one teaches “see, feel, trust” by standing tall, locked back leg and then the channel lock setup. This way of hitting has taken the complete stress away from my replaced left hip! AMAZING! Have also picked up a 10 to 20 yards on my irons and at times, 40 to 50 yards on my driver. Can power fade it or power draw it at will. Same with the irons.

My chipping and pitching also has improved dramatically and am now trying to incorporate into my putting. Did much better with that part today. As you know, Yogi preached his way for his entire life, but the PGA hated him.

He would have won out had the internet been his platform. He still has the prettiest swing of all time in my opinion. Moe was great, but not pretty.

Yogi is my favorite all time golf swing… no one had his swing flow or majesty of movement…if ever a swing could be classified as ‘ Artistic’ it had to be his,

The guy I knew that had lessons from Yogi said Yogi didn’t walk ..he ‘floated’ … he really did move differently to anyone else I have ever seen.. you would have seen him just walking around the teaching facility when he wasn’t swinging and I bet you saw the ‘floating’ type movement he displayed when he was just walking normally.

I hit a bunch of shots this afternoon in a howling cross head wind and the ball just bored holes in the wind.. a guy was complaining about a new TaylorMade sand wedge he had just bought and how it was badly balanced .. I was on my way to my car and I just said.. ‘so the wedge is not a good one eh’ … let me have a hit with it.. there was a flag at 40 yards and the first ball stopped 4 ft from the hole and the second ball rolled up and touched the first ball .. I gave the wedge back to the guy and said it did have an unbalanced feel and maybe he should cut his losses and sell it quickly before it becomes used… he was speechless…as

I walked away I just said over my shoulder to come tomorrow and I will show him how to use an ‘unbalanced’ wedge… Channel Lock will do a lot of that type of stuff in the future.
cheers JH

New Bits Of Channel Lock Info

Loved the explanations JH! So you would say the golf swing is more of a left hand pull than a right hand dominant? There’s always a big debate, but you hear people like Moe and Ben Hogan talk about pulling so hard with there left hand and squeezing really hard with the last 3 fingers.

Do you squeeze your left hand really hard like you’re trying to draw blood?

I personally think that the lead hand definitely should ‘start’ the backswing and start the ‘downswing’.in both those cases the ‘starting’ is to establish a correct anatomic hierarchical sequencing… I say that because I think it is the ‘distal ‘ part of the swing body components ( the ‘connector’ parts to the golf club) that should always lead the swing process …I know the lead foot/hip is really the true precursor of body component sequencing on the downswing but unless you the lead hand going first in the downswing you will have a tough time getting the lead shoulder top stay closed long enough in the downswing to impact.

As far as pressure amounts in the lead back fingers and hand pad I guess the maximum amount that you can apply without compromising your range of lead hand wrist cocking on the back swing and down cocking… Moe did hold on super tight with his lead hand but he was left handed remember and had a better than average amount of lead wrist flexibility because of that…as well he could grip really tight with his lead fingers but have his lead forearm super soft which was crazy.

Getting the balance of the lead hand dominance is a tough thing to do.. because you just need an ‘initial’ dominance to get things underway on the down swing and then be able to curtail that dominance at the right time so as to not impeded the application of the dominant hand through impact.. its just a thing you have to work on very diligently but it really is very important in the Channel Lock swing because you need to get the lead hand pulling early in the downswing to ensure as much of a straight line attack to the ball before impact.. I will do more on that aspect going forward.
cheers JH

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I really believe the traditional Golf swing has always had the ball position flaw which could never allow any golfer to trap the attack path of their club to the ball every swing.. and as result path delivery variations could occur at any time… that cannot happen with the Channel Lock geometry protocol… I don’t want to seem big headed but I categorically know why no Professional Golfer has been able to hit the ball consistently in the same starting direction ( Moe Norman/Count Yogi excluded of course) and that is because the traditional forward positioned Golf ball simply doesn’t allow a trapped delivery path of the golf club.

I would love to spend a few days with Tiger… I know I could get him back on track.. the protocol is infallible… apply it correctly and you start the ball in the same direction every shot.
cheers JH

You asked about why amateurs have trouble hitting long irons and generally finding the sweet spot consistently… I think it’s because they do not have a consistent radius lock in their swings which makes it hard to swing on a consistent fixed length arc …much like a a piece of string tied to a nail ..if you keep the string tight what ever is on the end of the string will arrive at the same spot at the bottom of the arc every time .

The other thing is being able to stay in posture shape at impact consistently .. if you move your upper spine forward or backward or up or down during the swing the radius changed dramatically in its distance and the path direction of travel … players that consistently hit towards the toe of the club at impact are usually moving backwards away from the ball at impact..conversly people who hit in the heel of the club are usually falling forward into the ball at impact.

So overall good ball strikers have good radius locks in their swings ..in layman’s terms.. they just stay in their address body ‘shape’ at impact… Tom Watson credits just that for his quality of ball striking.. he says ‘just maintain your address posture through impact as the most important thought application.
cheers JH

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