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….
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.