22 thoughts on “Moe Norman Mechanics no 2

  1. rrasmussen32 says:

    I just wanted to thank you. I have been knocking around Moe’s swing for
    years. 3 Natural Golf schools etc. Nobody really knew how he did it. You
    do and if one watches your videos they will be able to replicate that
    wonderful short swing and hit the ball straight. Amazing. You are
    appreciated by this golfer.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +rrasmussen32 I teach a lot of guys around the World who are in my private
      category , these videos are sent to them but only as side issue stuff for
      general enjoyment, I do not promote these videos at all and only use
      Youtube as a storage area for the vids, anyone who finds them like you are
      more than welcome to them.
      My own personal swing goals have been to hit the ball to my ‘target’ as
      best I can, hence I have never focused on distance as such, ‘short’ in the
      fairway is way better than ‘Long’ in the weeds.
      As well I try to get the swing going as soon as I can like Moe did because
      it stops the brain from second guessing my intention, I can hit the ball
      all over the face of the club and because the swing is short and on plane
      it still goes pretty straight most of the time, Moe Told me he tried to hit
      the ball on the 3rd groove of the face as optimum but first/second or
      fourth groove still got the ball going ‘where’ he wanted it to go.
      Glad you like the vids. JH.

  2. robert finney says:

    Hi JH Excellent description of Moe’s swing, I have been learning this
    method a year now and my handicap has dropped dramatically, do get some
    strange looks at my club when playing

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      Hi Robert,
      It doesnt matter how people look at you when you swing as long as they
      ‘look sad’ when they have to ‘pay’ you their losing bet at the end of the
      game…..Jim Furyk gets a lot of ‘funny’ looks with his swing…but plenty
      of smiles from his bank manager.

  3. hey0mcfly says:

    Just a quick question. I noticed you set up with a high tee for your
    drives. Is this needed for the mo swing on driver? Many thanks

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +hey0mcfly I personally like to ‘hit up’ on my driver …I believe its why
      I have always been a pretty straight driver of the golf ball, if you make
      yourself ‘hit up’ as a swing direction its amazing how straight line the
      club head has to go at the ball to achieve the ‘up’ action, so in order to
      ‘hit up’ with my driver I just find it way easier with the ball teed up
      higher, as well the higher teeing of the ball makes me stay back and behind
      the hit at impact.
      cheers Jh

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +1atomicgolf Sorry, I didn’t address the core question, I think if you are
      doing the Moe type swing it will promote a ‘hit up ‘ club head travel path
      so its advantageous to have the ball teed higher than normal, and I have
      just found that if the ball is teed up higher it tends to keep your head
      back and behind the ball at impact just as a result of the hitting up
      process.
      JH

  4. Allen Davis says:

    1atomicgolf just a quick question about the grip I’ve been using Moe’s
    swing for about 10 yrs off and on and started out with the 10 finger grip
    now I use overlapping grip what graves golf teaches. what’s your opinion on
    the best grip to use out of the two ? I like the 10 finger but struggle
    with hooking fairway woods . I’m currently a 4 handicap trying to get to
    scratch.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Allen Davis Hi Allen,
      I have taught a big number of people over the years the Moe Norman
      mechanics but I have never pitched the split grip to any of them, if they
      wanted to use that grip I went along with them but my recommendation was
      always for the normal Vardon type grip because that’s what Moe used when he
      played at his peak.
      Moe got away with the change when he signed on with Natural Golf because he
      was left handed and he pulled so hard with his left hand (lead hand) which
      was his ‘dominant hand that he negated the normal dominance of the trail
      hand to take over the delivery of the club head to the ball.
      I just found that with the split grip there was to ‘much’ dominance of the
      trail hand which caused on most occasions flipping or excessive trail
      forearm rotation before impact, and I felt the normal set of the shoulders
      was compromised because the trail hand/arm was pushed further down the grip
      at address.
      Moe told me he changed his grip so the Natural Golf process would have
      something really different to promote and the fact that he didn’t play
      anymore it didn’t worry him as such , anytime you have the dominant hand
      structured to be more independent as it is with the split grip there is a
      propensity for it to ‘lead’ the downswing attack rather than be the
      ‘follower it needs to be.
      Its a bit strange you only hook your 3 wood with the split grip, , but if
      you like the split grip and its only the 3 wood hooking that bothers you
      you could always get rid of those hooks with a bit of structural changing
      of ball position or pressure reduction in the trail hand etc.
      cheers JH PS. the only players I taught that were reasonably successful
      with playing the split grip were in fact left handed people playing right
      handed, same as Moe.

    • Allen Davis says:

      I’ve been successful with both grips . I have a problem with my trail hand
      taking over just watched your video today going to try letting my right
      hand ride and pulling with my left tomorrow

    • Allen Davis says:

      +1atomicgolf well tried it out and wow is all I can say 1st time in a long
      time I could flush my 2 hybrid 230 yards consistently. I played all my
      shots like you showed in video with javelin down the line just a short
      backswing throwing the club back and pulling the butt of the club to the
      ball I was shocked of the outcome. my score wasn’t the greatest 77 but for
      once I had confidence in what I was doing. I’ve tried pulling with left
      before but I seen what I was doing wrong in the past taking club straight
      back and coming down too steep on downswing. yesterday I came more inside
      and up and coming back more on a shallower line . I also noticed if I grip
      with my right hand too tight I’d hit a draw so id lighten it up and get
      back to hitting it straight. just want to say thanks for the advice and the
      videos you put on YouTube!

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Allen Davis Happy to help, glad some of the stuff is getting a result.
      cheers JH

  5. Thomas Thomast says:

    Also, I’ve read that the sweet spot is actually a little “above” he center
    of face. So teeing higher would seem to help do that.

  6. Allen Davis says:

    I’ve been messing with my grip a little come to find out I’ve had more
    success with a conventional grip with Moe’s swing instead of using a strong
    right hand grip and neutral grip with my right what’s your opinion
    1atomicgolf on this

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      Hi Allen,
      I have always used a conventional type grip with Moe Norman’s swing, which
      he did all his actual playing days as well, he only changed to the split
      grip when he hooked up with Natural Golf, and when Moe had his normal type
      Vardon grip it was quite normal in the amount of ‘strong’ as apposed to
      ‘neutral’ orientation of the hands on the grip, to put a description on his
      grip it was fairly neutral in orientation , certainly not ‘strong’ in any
      way.
      cheers JH.

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