If you backed horses in a race then Allan “Dodgy” Duncan is one golfer you would back in a golf tournament. Here have a look at his golf swing
Not a bad golf swing with a driver…..but checkout his handicap swing and watch him duff it
That’s his secret……Dodgy Duncan makes it look good and he is and expert in holding back to keep a very competitive handicap. That’s why we call him dodgy Duncan. He even lets 70 year old’s beat him in match play events so he can win a tin of back beans at the next Vet tournament.
Not only that, his mathematics skills are some of the best you would ever witness……he can even predict a month in advance of what he will score for each round……just incredible how accurate he is. He even will tell you what he will score on certain holes and 9 times out of ten he is right.
He can swing with right and left hands
But to be fair to our mate he has helped us win a few tournaments…….well not really we end up carrying his sorry arse…….his mathematics and prediction skills seem to leave him……86 becomes 96 and a 4 becomes an 8…..you can tell by his age, that soon he may not even be able to remember stuff at all. That’s my prediction!!!
An overview of the full swing
Our basic set up for your golf swing. Apart from feeling the weight in your feet. make sure to do a slight tilt so that your hips are in the right position, which will also help you stay behind the ball.
Simple video lesson to understand weight shift in the golf swing. It is in my view the easiest thing to do. If you can concentrate on the proper weight shift you will have a very balanced golf swing.
The most important feeling you must have when shifting your weight is that you weight must feel in the bottom archers of your back foot…….right in the middle of your archers.
If you maintain your weight on the arch of that back foot you will have great stability. Now as you move into the forward swing your weight will shift from the arch of you back foot to under the toe of your front foot.
That is as simple as it has to be. But you must learn to feel the transfer of weight back and forward. The best drill I have found for this is to follow Tracy Reeds set up routine
Over the years as I have learnt more about “balance in the golf swing” I have incorporated dynamic balance into my set up routine.
Having the weight on one foot while placing the club forces the upper body to find the correct forward bend.
Once you get the angle of waist bend/forward upper body forward tilt, it is very important to keep it while you place the rest of your body.
The next step is the most important:
Look down range at your target, and keeping the upper body angle intact, place your left foot and then your right so that your weight is distributed behind the balls of your feet with about 65% of the weight on the arch of your right foot.
Move back and forth, foot to foot, in very small steps until the feet feel comfortable with the weight in the arches.
This movement should be made without swinging the hips, but rather keeping the hips centered and rocking foot to foot as you pickup and place you feet.
The feet should raise a few inches off of the ground each time. The key here is to consciously feel the weight distribution under your feet.
DO NOT look back at the ball until your feet are positioned and you feel comfortable!!!
AGAIN, all placement of the feet is performed while you are looking down range at your target. You should be imagining in your mind where the ball is to “see” where to place your feet. This jump starts the visualization process and keeps you relaxed for the swing.
Since your right hand is lower on the grip, your right shoulder should be lower than your left (right handers). This is accomplished by tilting the spine slightly to the right.
The arms should hang straight down directly under the shoulders because this is where gravity will fight to take them during the downswing. If you allow them to follow their natural path, you can direct more energy to the club head.
If you feel like your hands are too close to your body, (It should be about the width of your hand across your fingers away) it means you do not have the proper forward upper body tilt.
When you start the club in the right position, you don’t have to fight the laws of physics during the swing and you then have more energy to direct to the club head.
The reason you look away when you set your feet is so that you automatically get the right amount of knee bend and you automatically balance yourself.
Setting the spine angle to the right sets up the right side pivot point which reduces the tendency to slide the hips as you take away the golf club which allows a coiling on the right side where all of the energy is stored in the backswing.
IMPORTANT: If you center yourself and find that the club is no longer behind the ball, STEP BACK and start over.
The tendency is to just reach a little bit to put the club behind the ball which will create an off-balance condition and defeat the whole purpose of the routine.
This routine should help you to start hitting the ball more consistently, no matter what pattern your shots have. The pattern can be corrected, once you have a consistent shot.
Learn the proper weight shift in the golf swing and you will have the best and most consistent golf swing. You need to master the art of balance in the golf swing to be more consistent.
As guys it is sometimes hard to feel things. But you need to feel the weight transfer as latter on we will teach you how to draw and cut a ball by just using weight transfer.
On the 6th June 2015 I scored my first ever Albatross on the 13th hole at Te Awamutu Golf course. The 13th is a Par 5 with a dog leg. Though only 404 metres it is still a challenge for most golfers to get there in 2.
I used a driver and a 21 degree hybrid for my 2nd shot. It hit the front of the green and ran up into the cup.
I had a great day scoring a 2 over score of 72.
The Meaning Of an Albatross in Golf
Albatross is the term for three under par and is a continuation of the birdie and eagle theme, but is in fact a British term. Ab Smith said his group used the phrase ‘double eagle’ for three under, which is still the term most Americans and the name for their Double Eagle Club.
Three under par is a very rare score and an albatross is a very rare bird. The exact origin is unclear but the first known reference in 1929 indicates that it had been in use for some time before then. John G Ridland, who scored an ‘albatross’ in India in 1934, theorized that it was the introduction of steel shafted clubs in 1920s which made this score achievable enough to necessitate a name for it.
Durban CC Hole 18 LDurban Country Club 18th Hole site of first recorded albatross, a hole-in-one on 271 yard par-4
The first ‘albatross’ score reported as such in the press is from South Africa when E E Wooler scored a hole-in-one in the summer of 1931 on the 18th hole of the Durban Country Club which is a par-4. It cost £40 in drinks but, had he known that he was making history, he would not have minded.
My expertise is showing golfers of all abilities effective, efficient, non-traditional methods to quickly step up to their best golf game without frustration or the agony of long, drawn out technical instruction or countless hours “on the couch” talking about your thoughts on the golf course.
Visit Tracy’s Website Bio Visual Focus
For the last 25 years I have been researching mind/body communication as it applies to golf, looking for the breakthrough I achieved 5 years ago.
I have been using Tracy’s techniques for the past 3 months with only playing 4 rounds of 9 holes here in Helensvale Golf , Gold Coast, Australia.
Before that I was playing every week and averaging around 76 – 78. Now with only playing 4 times in 3 months on a strange course and with new clubs and no practice I have averaged 4 over on each 9 holes. On one of the 9 holes I scored 4 birdies!!!!
If you can stick with what Tracy teachers about balance and visual focus you will be miles ahead without really changing anything in your golf swing
Now my students routinely experience more positive, permanent results in their golf games after one hour of instruction than most of the best gurus can do for them in a week or more.
My golf instruction is simple because on the golf course, you don’t have video equipment to tape your swing and review it. You don’t have an instructor beside you to constantly correct your mistakes and you need a way to know what’s going on to stay on track, especially if you are in competition.
My golf instruction is designed so that you can use it on your own, on the range or on the golf course and get the same results you get with me beside you.
When I teach, I work with the same things you take with you on the golf course when you play. No fancy gadgets, just you, your mind, and your sense of feel, all of which I sharpen so you get the most out of each when you are playing. It might be “old school” but the results beat the pants off of the fancy “big name” instructors.
How to be consistent at Golf
While technique based instruction requires golfers to suffer for 6 to 12 months when making a swing change, the Bio-Visual Focus golfer can now make the same swing change in 1 to 4 hours of practice and use it effectively the next day.
So what’s so radical about this instruction?
The true sources of inconsistency go completely against what we have been taught for years in traditional instruction and let’s face it; no instructor wants to suddenly admit that there is an easier way to create a great golf game.
How to be more consistent in golf – The true source of inconsistency in golf:
There are hidden forces within your mind and body that are currently working against you when playing golf. These forces are functions or processes that work automatically in your mind and body every day. I call them forces because they act whether you like it or not, often forcing you to make mental and physical mistakes on the golf course. Without proper attention to these forces, even the most perfect technical golf swing will miss shots it should routinely hit without problem.
But if you address them properly in the pre-shot routine, your golf swing works virtually on automatic.
Epic final for Foursomes
BY COLIN THORSEN
SWEET swinging 25 handicapper, Karen Campton.WILLIAM WETERE
William Wetere and Karen Campton parred the last five holes to win an epic final to the 54-hole Heathcote Foursomes tournament at Te Awamutu Golf Club.
The winning combo staged an extraordinary comeback to pip the runners-up John Irving and Toni Coleman on the 19th hole
with a par to the opposition’s double bogey.
They were steering down the barrel of defeat when three down on the 14th before stringing together three wins on the trot to be all square going down the 18th.
The drama continued with Campton lipping out with her putt for a birdie, while Irving sunk a magnificent long putt to salvage a half and send the match into overtime.
The pressure took its toll when both drives off the tee on 19 ended up in the trees. Wetere/Campton played two outstanding recovery shots to clinch their victory with a ‘gimmie’ par, with their opposition going for a double-bogey.
It was a maiden, breakthrough win for Campton, better known for her exploits on the hockey field.
“I’ve never experienced anything like it. I’m rapt,”she said.“We had two gruelling matches against Aucklanders on Saturday,both won on the 17th, to qualify for the final.
“Our first-up win over New Zealand Masters representative Mike Leitch and his wife Ricki from Maungakiekie Golf
Club was particularly pleasing.” It was the third time Campton has featured in a golf final.
She lost to Gwenda Meeke (on the 15th) in this year’s Te Awamutu Golf Club bronze 1 championship and recalls being well and truly beaten by Petsy Ralph, also in the bronze 1 final, about five years ago.
The unfavourable weather conditions did not dampen the enthusiastic field who enjoyed the well prepared course and generous array of Heathcote sponsored prizes on display or the better golfers on the day.
Group 2: Robert Wetere, Julie Stevanon; r-up: Dylan and Michelle Russell. Group
3: Peter McGowan, Barbara O’Regan; r-up: Kim and Karen Holder.
Group 4: Richard and Petsy Ralph; r-up: John Mohn and Wendy Ramsey.
The 2015 Mount Michael Central Otago Autumn Golf Classic Mens Winners in Teams was William Wetere, Robert Wetere, Brett Mulholland and Allan Duncan click here to see the results
We played in a Stableford Competition on Cromwell, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Alexandra and Wanaka Golf courses.
TE AWAMUTU GOLF quartet that finished runner-up in the men’s team event at the Mount Michael Autumn Classic in Central Otago, (note the snow on the hills) from left: Robert Wetere, Brett Mulholland, Alan Duncan and William Wetere.
Eight members of Te Awamutu Golf Club competed in the Mount Michael 2015 Autumn Classic in Queenstown last week,coming home with more than their share of the spoils.
One of the two teams of four claimed second prize from 80 teams in the men’s stableford section — with Brett Mulholland, Allan Duncan, William and Robert Wetere collecting a massive 432 points between them. They each won a golf GPS system.
Robert Wetere was in outstanding form throughout the event, winning men’s 14 to 16.4 handicappers’ section with 152 points – collecting a gold nugget.
Another member of the Te Awamutu contingent, John Irving was runner-up in the same section with 148 points, while Allan Duncan was seventh with 142 points.
The event was held on various Central Otago courses and in their first round at Alexandra, the golfers were greeted with sleet, rain and wind as the snow came down.
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.
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.