Posted by William on October 25, 2016 in Count Yogi
Been looking again at Yogi’s putting action in slo-mo and I think I may
understand a little more about the mechanics of his action (unless I’m over
analysing this- which I tend to do). He is basically doing a small vertical
parametric action (via a slight straightening and contraction of his arms
via the elbow joints) which causes his wrists to move down and up while
assisting the wrist flex back and forth like a pendulum without any
musculature manipulation. So what we are seeing is a vertical movement
causing a very straight clubhead arc resultant (ie. one where the arc –
when looking from the top down has a very long radius – almost a straight
line). This action also keeps the club very low to the ground too and
minimises any descending and ascending angles of delivery at impact
limiting unwanted spin. All this takes is a bit of practice to get used to
but could reap rewards in the long run.
PS. Your swing is looking fantastically effortless and with a lot more
freedom than your Moe action.
+P SMITH I guess what the Count does with his putting stroke is is try to
contain his address fulcrum location of his wrists/hands, most everyone
else moves the address set position of the fulcrum when they putt, in that
the hands arms invariably move sideways to some degree backwards and
forwards in the putting stroke’
Whilst he does ‘move’ his wrist set ‘up/down’ he virtually doesn’t move it
sideways… you use the term ‘Parametric’. there is certainly an element of
that, its interesting that you bring up ‘parametric’ as a descriptive
because the Count’s Golf Swing is considered a ‘parametric’
action/application as well.
His putting action essentially eliminates any horizontal arcing in the
putter travel but it does increase dramatically the ‘vertical’ arcing
factor, I have seen some old film of his grip and at the time it was a
‘split’ (hands apart) grip of significance , I have tried that and with a
blade type putter the results were amazing.
I think the Count found out very early that Horizontal Arcing of the Putter
is very hard to control, I believe myself its the single biggest problem
with conventional putting today, Vertical arcing is more controllable if
you employ 90 deg wrist ‘hinging’ which the Count did, any ‘fixed’ center
process will control the integrity of the arc and make it so much more
consistent in its travel direction.
The Count’s action only looks for ‘momentary’ contact with the ball as
apposed to conventional putting mechanics where the intention is to keep
the putter going down the line as long as possible and as low to the ground
as possible after impact.
His ball contact time and directional delivery intent time is very small,
it is only the time it takes to use the absolute specific part of the
‘impact’ only part of the arc, the emphasis being on the ‘impact’ part of
the arc and not the ‘post impact’ part.
Again I believe that the Count found out early that where small critical
gross motor moves are required like that of the putting stroke that the
hands are the components that do that the best, as apposed to the
‘arms/shoulders that we see today in general putting processes.
With regard to my own swing… no question the Yogi method frees me up
dramatically compared to Moe’s method…and I develop so much more power,
when I develop a program for a longer club head travel swing my power will
go through the roof I think, I have had periods of a few shots in the last
couple of days that with even the small amount of travel and freedom I have
been getting where the ball is absolutely rocketing of the club face, cant
wait to increase my swing circle length another ..and my ‘Elegance’ of