25 thoughts on “More Count Yogi Info

  1. Chip Satterly says:

    Hi JH,
    Thanks for starting the new series on County Yogi. What a fascinating
    character!
    I found a few youtube videos featuring him, but not too many.
    Do you have any of his books?
    Are they a worthwhile purchase?
    I went to the website.
    Not much offered there except VERY expensive lessons.
    No mention of who the instructors are.

    Chip

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Chip Satterly Hi Chip,
      The main instructor/ head of Yogi Mechanics is Timothy Nicholls…he is the
      Godson of Count Yogi, I dont know who the other instructors are .
      The only book I have read is the little green one , but frankly it doesn’t
      give you any real ‘intrinsic’ stuff about the swing, it has some still
      pictures but really nothing of an in depth nature about the swing, and here
      lies the true mystery of the Counts swing mechanics.
      The count ‘knew’ what he ‘felt’ in the swing… I really dont think he
      ‘knew’ what caused the feelings.
      I believe I ‘do’ know how his swing worked…. I have a bit of a knack of
      understanding swing processes through observation of motion balance and
      dynamic force assertions asserted in a Golf Swings… I clearly can see the
      stuff that is way different in Yogi’s swing and I will elaborate on those
      observations going forward.
      Really I think Timothy Nicholls would be an amazing guy to spend time with
      because of all the time he spent with the Count, his lessons are expensive
      relative to general golf lessons but what you will get from Timothy will
      certainly be like no other swing information , he teaches not only the
      ‘mechanics’ of the swing but the Counts philosophy of how to live life ,
      which I believe is quite amazing in itself.
      But for the time being just stay tuned to my teachings of Yogi going
      forward over the next few weeks , I am sure we will have a lot of fun
      exploring the great mans swing.
      regards JH

  2. Chip Satterly says:

    Hi JH,

    Just remembered that you recently mentioned some new putter design/testing
    that you are working on.
    Can you elaborate in a general way?
    How about a JH “special” video on putting ??
    Theory, grip, stance, alignment, ball position etc.?
    After all, it’s half our score!!

    Thanks!

    Chip

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Chip Satterly I have done some vids on putting some time back but I have
      more info these days so I will do a putting video soon.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Chip Satterly Chip if you give me your email address I will send you a
      video that I did about 3 years ago regarding a specific way to setup for
      putting..and swinging the golf club as well, my email address is
      jhensby1@gmail.com… just send me an email and I will send you that
      specific video.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Rocky Kinsey Hi Rocky, Unfortunately I live in Australia, unfortunate that
      is in that I cant catch up with you in Florida right now, I get to Orlando
      occasionally, hope to be there this year actually.
      I will email you and touch base.
      regards JH PS. Anyone who is a ‘Yogi’ golfer is a friend of mine.

  3. Rocky Kinsey says:

    Chip I have all 3 of his books. It is unreal what he did. I know someone
    who actually knew The Count. I am a pro in FL and have worked with Wild
    Bill Mehlhorns friend Bobby Shave. Bobby and Bill knew Yogi. Yogi
    references his relationship with Bill and also Mike Austin who I also knew
    and spoke with before his death.

  4. Lee N says:

    With the Moe swing you look like you are lined up straight (watch your
    feet) with the Count swing you look closed. With the 4 iron you look WAY
    closed?

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Lee N The camera angles give a non correct perspective to ball position
      most times, as well I aim at a different target every shot I hit so I am
      hitting to the right sometimes or left sometimes, generally my shoulder
      line is closed at address for most shots, I actually try to be closed up
      with my shoulder line at impact deliberately because that ensures I always
      hit from inside out .
      cheers JH

  5. Lee N says:

    Thanks JH! As just a production critique may I suggest if you are comparing
    swings and clubs that you line up on the same target and show both down the
    line and face-on with alignment sticks or better yet a marker in front off
    the ball. We would all get more of the nuanced parts of the swing without
    any camera angle distortion. Also some slo-mo would be of tremendous value.
    If you don’t have the equipment for that could you explain in slo-mo with
    what the major parts of the body are doing and what you are feeling through
    the swing? Love what you are doing! Keep it up! I had never heard of the
    Count and now I’m fascinated! I am a single plane golfer from way back and
    always find myself tweeting my swing. Your video on throwing the club back
    and using a more rotational swing intrigued me and I have had some success
    with that ( more distance). Could you tell me if that video and this have
    many similarities?

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Lee N Hi Lee,
      I dont use any alignment aids in any of the teaching I do for any of my
      students , and I do not ever advocate a ball position for any swing .
      The reason for not using alignment sticks etc is because you never want to
      teach the brain to rely on any alignment aid or process that you cant use
      playing golf.
      Alignment sticks are ‘crutches’ for the optics, all they will ever do for
      you is show you that you are are aligned to the sticks… and frankly if
      you need the ‘sticks’ to get you lined up in order to get your ball to the
      practice target you will never develop golf course visual acuity.
      You never get the luxury of using ‘sticks’ to get yourself into alignment
      on the golf course so why teach the brain to develop a neural /optic
      dependence on something you cant use when you need it.
      All practice should revolve around golf course ‘orientation’ relative to
      targeting, every shot you hit on the course is a ‘different’ alignment’
      requirement, you should never develop an ‘in one position’ alignment
      ‘feeling’, you need to train the eyes to cope with ‘every’ shot alignment
      requirement, and that has to be done with a commitment to building ‘golf
      course target orientation’ type alignment capabilities.
      With regard to suggesting a ball position for ‘other’ players it is
      pointless because we all have different bottom of the arc positions because
      of individual anatomical makeup, for example a guy like Craig Stadler with
      his wide shoulders would not have the same bottom of the arc position as
      say Ricky Fowler because of the difference in their shoulder widths and and
      their left and right vertical axis positions which are the fulcrum
      positions for their arms to swing from.
      With regard to ball position I have always just simply moved the ball up or
      forward until the student makes good consistent contact, and as well the
      reason I have always done that is because one player may l slide laterally
      a lot in his swing like Moe did for instance and another might be a big
      forward leg poster and be way back when he hits the ball, those two players
      need way different ball positions.
      I agree I should give more intrinsic detail about the mechanics on
      occasions, will try to improve on that, The ‘throwback’ facet of Moe’s
      swing is different to that of Count Yogi , the Count had absolutely no
      ‘deliberate ‘ forces in his swing at all, ..zero….he was the
      quintessential momentum ‘gatherer’ …. he had imo the the ‘only’ true
      momentum balanced swing in history… I will explain what that is in
      another video of the Count’s mechanics soon, glad you like the vids.
      cheers JH

    • Lee N says:

      +1atomicgolf
      JH
      I do keep some sticks in the bag but seldom ever use them. I do line my
      club up with a revenue spot a foot or two in front of the ball down the
      line. I did notice that around 3:13 into the video you put a ball down in
      front as a reference but then batted it away later when you started on the
      Count’s swing. It did help seeing it there just to know what angle the
      camera was at to your line. Looking forward to anymore you have on this
      swing ! PS tried your putting tip with going over my dominate left eye. I
      can see how this works.

  6. P SMITH says:

    Hi JH (apologies but is your full name John Henry?)
    I am really enjoying your videos and some of your advice in the comments
    below are fantastic (especially your response to Lee N). Did the Count
    already have a concave left wrist at address and just swung it into a
    flatter wrist as it approached the top of the backswing? On slow mo videos
    it looks as if he didn’t have any active left wrist hinging as he entered
    the top of the backswing (almost as if it had hinged earlier)? Apparently
    Wild Bill Mehlhorn and Bobby Shave knew him well so just wondering whether
    their swing method is similiar to Count Yogi?

  7. Lea Pustetto says:

    had a look at count yogi . im getting excited. if i can hit it better than
    moe using yogi . ….im ready. the book is a bit expensive. maybe you can
    give us a clue into his method. i thought moe was my guru . but now
    important not sure. the count made it look easy. can’t wait to hit the
    driving range. cheers

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Lea Pustetto Hi Lea, The Count is different to Moe in that I believe
      although his swing is total;y left field in terms of what we normally
      consider we should do in the Golf Swing its actually way more ‘Natural’ in
      its body movement/processes, and is way easier on the body as well… and
      creates a lot more power .
      I will be doing a fair bit of Yogi mechanics over the next month so stay
      tuned, I am myself learning as I go into my exploration of his swing
      mechanics, I have to make calculated assumptions as to what I think he
      ‘actually’ did in his swing but I think I am getting a good handle on the
      process as I do more exploration of his swing.
      cheers JH

  8. Lea Pustetto says:

    i see your on the count yogi web site front page . you must have made a big
    impression on them . ha

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +Lea Pustetto I guess Timothy Nichols who is the Count’s Godson clearly saw
      that I had a very genuine admiration for Yogi as a person and the way he
      developed such an incredible Golf Swing process….as well because there is
      no obvious attempt by me to gain anything from a commercial utilization of
      Yogi’s story or his swing mechanics.
      Both Tim and I share the absolute same admiration of the great man and as
      well want to see his wonderful swing mechanics brought back to today’s
      generation of World golfers, we can never resurrect the great man himself
      but his swing mechanics can be brought back to life.
      cheers JH

  9. Lea Pustetto says:

    absolutely , youve got to admire someone that great . he must of been
    phenominal. wow. some of those records are incredible.i hope someone starts
    a school here.

    • 1atomicgolf says:

      +D Martins The Yogi action generally is a more flip ‘feeling’ than a normal
      Golf swing process for sure because the emphasis is on getting the club
      face moving straight ‘up’ through impact , but generally the impact
      position is still as it should be in all golf swings back of lead hand in
      line with the lead forearm through impact.
      What will make the action ‘feel’ like a ‘flip’ is the emphasis of the
      shoulders becoming more steep thru impact as a natural reaction to wanting
      to hit ‘up’ through impact, and because of the steeper shoulder plane
      through impact the hands/forearms do not roll over anywhere as much as a
      normal Golf swing release through impact.
      cheers JH

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