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By David MacKenzie

MHI Golfer Question:

I often find myself trying to fix my swing after hitting a few bad shots during my warm-up. Panic sets in and I quickly start to fear a bad round. By the time I’m on the first tee I’m very anxious and feel like the ball could do anywhere.

How can I avoid this?

David’s Answer:

Great question!

First, a bad warm-up doesn’t mean you are going to play badly. I’ve worked with countless players who have struggled during their warm up and ended up scoring in the mid 60s.

Let’s take a look at the goals for the warm-up.

  1. To warm up your muscles.
  2. To be aware of tempo, tension and balance.
  3. To get your geometry right.

The one thing the range is NOT for before playing is giving yourself a lesson.

One thing that might help you is to limit the balls with to 2 or 3 max with each club. This means that it would …

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Age:                28

Height:           6’1”

Weight:          200 lbs

Driver Specs:

3 degree 3x tipped 1 inch

Sponsors:

  • ESP insurance
  • Travis Mathew
  • Crowe Socks

Special Accomplishments:

  • Top 8 at 2017 Worlds
  • Team USA LD -423

What is your longest drive in competition?

423 yards at 2017 World Championships

What were the conditions of the drive?

No Wind, 80 degrees, night time

What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?

151 mph

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?

I leave all my club work to my Coach/Club Builder Brian Delaney (@delaneybpga). We get the numbers, he goes to work and I trust him! He is unbelievable at his job, one of the best, so whatever he gives me is what we go with!

Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?

I’m a traditional player that has always tried to play a cut. Especially with a long drive, I feel comfortable hitting a cut to fill up the grid!

Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?

@superspeedgolf

Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?

Lower body and core exercises

Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?

Balance, balance, balance!! Your body has to be working together to get everything out of it! Balance is the only way your body can work together going at its fastest speed!

Power comes for the ground up! Strong lower half helps with power and balance!

Don’t be scared to swing as hard…

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By Adam Young

Most people ruin their practice session the moment they hit their first ball. Avoid everyone else’s mistake by reading this, and understand how you can make your practice count.

When you go to the driving range to practice, what is your goal?

If you are like most people, you will fall into the camp of either:

  1. Wanting to perform well (hitting good shots)
  2. Wanting to change your swing (making improvements so you can hit it better in the future)

Most of the time, we want to be in the first camp because it is enjoyable and it’s why we play golf. But, your best shots now may not be as good as you could potentially hit it.

For example, a slicer may be able to…

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Age:                22

Height:           6’3″

Weight:          265

Driver Specs:

3* Callaway with 4x Paderson shaft

Sponsors:

Callaway, Tornado Tee, Paderson Shafts, One Stop Power Shop Special

Accomplishments:

  • 2017 – Three 2nd place finishes on the WLD Tour
  • 2016 – ILDC Canadian National Champion

What is your longest drive in competition?

468 yards

What were the conditions of the drive?

High elevation slightly down wind

What are the fastest swing speeds you’ve recorded on a Swing Speed Radar and/or Trackman?

159mph on Trackman 170 on Swing Speed Radar

What lead you to choose your particular equipment specifications?

It’s the equipment that me and my coach Bobby Peterson found worked best for me and my swing

Do you favor a particular shot shape to hit it long?

High draw

Do you use any training aids to work on your speed and power?

My coach Bobby Peterson developed a system called the EMP6 which is a great tool to help improve in long drive

Do you do any other types of training to drive it further?

Lots of weight lifting and strength training in the gym

Is there any particular bit of advice you would give the regular amateur for him or her to hit the ball longer?

Hit the ball on the upswing and feel as though you’re swinging out to the right to try and hit the high draw…

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By Geoff Mangum

Generally, the “rule of thumb” math that Break (“) = Distance (‘) * Slope% / 2 (“/%-‘) can be used ONLY when the green surface is only one slope from ball to hole, not several — so the slope is FLAT (although slanted or tilted in gravity out of level) and not concave or convex. But pros use caddie books to try to “figure” break over multiple slopes. How does that work, done correctly?

Caddie books have fall line direction and slope percent in grids over the greens (often in 5’x5’ grids), so a 10-foot putt (120”) might pass over two or three different slope “numbers” (the actual surface changes shape and slope smoothly). So, if the “numbers” are 3% for first third of putt, 2% for second third, and 1% for final third into cup, what is the “effective slope” to use to estimate break and start line?

Executive Summary

Crossing two slopes of equal length, weight the first…

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By Adam Young

In 1994, Hall, Domingues and Cavazos conducted a study with baseball players testing the effects of either BLOCK or RANDOM practice schedules on subsequent LEARNING. Thirty players were tested for skill levels, and then were randomly assigned to one of three groups:

  1. Block Practice
  2. Random Practice
  3. Control Group

During the extra practice sessions, Random and Block practice groups received 45 pitches – a mixture of fastballs, curveballs and change-up pitches. Although the groups received the same number of extra pitches, they were either given each type of pitch 15 times in a row before moving on to the next one(Block), or each type of pitch was received in a random fashion (random), E.g. 1 fastball, one curveball, one fastball, one change-up pitch.

What happened?

After 6 weeks of practicing in…

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By Tom Wishon

MHI Golfer Question:

Is it alright to clean my irons with a brush?

I purchased one of those cleaning brushes (haven’t used it yet) that has 2 sides. One side is a nylon type brush, soft and the other head is like a wire brush. It also has a sharp pick on the end for cleaning out the grooves.

Love the Sterling Irons single length irons and just looking for advice on best way to make them last.

Tom’s Answer:

Never ever ever use any type of metal bristle brush on ANY clubhead. Ever.

Only nylon or plastic bristle brushes should be used.

And better yet would be just wash them with water and use a tee to scrape dirt from each groove, one at a time.

This way less friction is put on the glass bead blast surface of the face scoreline area.

And dry the back cavity…

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By Geoff Mangum

Holding your putter as lightly as possible is stupid advice.

The general idea seems to be that “exquisite touch” comes from sensitivity in the fingers, but this is anatomically ignorant of both “touch” and the contribution of sensitive fingers to “touch.” That’s par for golf doofuses purporting to know something they have neither thought about or studied.

Dispelling a Myth

First, to dispel the fog of ignorance:

“Touch” is a vague, undefined term used by many, many golfers and golf “teachers” supposedly having something to do with the pace of a putt so that distance control is “exquisitely” performed. And, naturally, the sense of “touch” lends itself to this “touch=pace / distance control” notion, and so …

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By Swing Man Golf Staff

Did you hear Jaacob Bowden this week on the The 19th Hole on GolfWRX?

Our very own Master Instructor and Long Drive Champion Jacob Bowden shares his insights on the golf swing with Michael Williams on this week’s edition of The 19th Hole. You can check it out here!




By Adam Young

In our quest for the “perfect swing” (if it even exists), we often lose sight of the goal of the game. This article will be incredibly simple, yet, at the same time, make you say “huh, I never thought of it like that”.

The Game

Our aim in this game is simple – hit the target.

We can do that in many ways – shaping the ball high/low, from left-to-right or from right-to-left. We can shape the ball in varying amounts, and can even do it in a different way each time.

But the goal remains the same – hit the target.

Classifying errors

Therefore, when I am analyzing a player, I am simply looking at what their common miss is.

Are they missing short/long…or left/right more often?

From there, we can implement a plan to limit this miss…

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