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.


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.


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……..


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.

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.

How to Use Your Right Elbow in the Golf Swing

Using your right elbow correctly in the golf swing is a major factor in the success of your golf swing.

This video was taken about 8 years ago a​go. I tied a rope around this golfer so that his elbow would be pinned to his side to encourage a body rotation that would help with co-ordinating the downswing.

What you will notice if you try this drill is that everything has to move together to provide a consistent golf swing.

What I didn't know is that 8 years later that this simple drill would mean even more when it comes to perfecting the best golf swing method that I have seen​. A guy called JH has produced a golf swing method called the Davinci Code Golf swing

Watch the Video below and compare the rope drill above and the idea of keeping the right elbow tucked into the side of your body​

Notice how the right elbow is tucked and kept on the rib cage. This right elbow position is like anchoring similar to the putting technique. JH........ in my belief has found the secret to the golf swing and his Davinci code golf swing will help all golfers become more consistent than in any other golf swing I have seen and tried.

Try the drills for your self that JH describes in his videos above and you will experience how important the right elbow is in the the golf swing

Putting While Looking at the Hole

I have been using this method of looking at the hole for “Putting” for the past 10 years and for me there is no better way!

I first started using this unique putting method after reading a book by Tim Gallwey called the Inner Game of Golf. Still my favourite book on “How to take your golf game to the course”.

There are some significant benefits to this putting method of looking at the hole…..

1.Your head remains’s still as your eyes are looking directly at your target…..there is no need to take a peep!!!

2.You have a clear sense of direction

3.Since you are not looking at the ball there are no mental blocks or fear of making a fluent stroke

Golf is one of the few targeting type sports where you don’t actually look at your target while performing the action to hit the target. Sports such as basketball, darts, baseball, and bowling or rely on you focusing on a target. Whatever you are focusing on your body will do it’s best to perform the necessary action of hitting that particular target.

When I first tried this putting style I concentrated on using my hands and wrist’s to make the stroke. If I were to be totally honest my putting during this transitional stage was as good as any golfer at my club. Most of my playing partners could not believe I could sink putts by looking at the hole. What astounded them was the amount of long distance putts I dropped…..they could understand how this technique would work for the short putts but NOT the long putts.

Some were even moved to say that it was cheating and the technique or method should be banned…..this only happened in “Match Play” when I would sink putt’s to win the hole or the match. When you do something different that works people notice and I have to laugh when they say “I see it but I don’t believe it”.

Since becoming an accredited PuttingZone coach I have incorporated the use of the shoulder’s and NOT the hands into my putting routine of looking at the hole. This one change has allowed me to make more birdies than I ever made before.

I did a bit of research on “putting while looking at the hole” and I was absolutely stunned to find that Golf Magazine had published an article by David Dusek (Deputy Editor, on this very subject. They actually published result’s of a research study carried out by Eric Alpenfels(Golf Magazine top 100 teacher) and Dr Bob Christina. They tested 40 players with handicaps ranging from 8-36.

When asked to putt while looking at the hole to distances of 28-43 feet the average length of the putt’s ended up 28 inches short…….when asked to putt normally the golfers left themselves short by 37 inches. That extra 9 inches can make the difference between 2 putt’s and 3 putt’s.

So what can I say……looking at the hole while putting is a very viable proposition for golfer’s who have an open mind to making positive changes in their putting.


PuttingZone Read 5: Last 3′ to Find Target

Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone – golf's most advanced putting instruction – video putting tips and lessons for brain-based putting combining the best putting lore over 100 years with modern neuroscience for targeting and stroke movement. Use your brain to putt your best.


Geoff Mangum on Reading Putts 4 of 7: Multiple Breaks / Slopes

Geoff Mangum of the describes how the prediction of multiple curving breaks over different areas of slope works backwards from the final 3-4 feet of must-happen break to handle independently each feature of the contour (3 factors for break: slope steepness and direction, green rolling speed, and ball rolling speed).


Geoff Mangum on Reading Putts 7 of 7: Reading Returns Full Circle to Touch

Geoff Mangum of the describes how reading a putt starts and ends with the usual touch or consistent control of the ball's delivery speed to the hole for all putts, and this means execution of any putt is simply and only stroke the ball nicely with the usual tempo and rhythm, as this is ALL that can or should be done (3 factors for break: slope steepness and direction, green rolling speed, and ball rolling speed).


PuttingZone Stroke 3: “Bird whistle” tempo

Geoff Mangum's PuttingZone – golf's most advanced putting instruction – video putting tips and lessons for brain-based putting combining the best putting lore over 100 years with modern neuroscience for targeting and stroke movement. Use your brain to putt your best.


Fall Line

Megan McChrystal and Geoff Mangum teach how to perceive the fall line of the green and the surface slope, with a simple gadget — a piece of string and a tee peg.

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