TIP OF THE WEEK

OTTER CREEK GC

Otter Creek Golf Course
Columbus, Indiana

A 27-hole Robert Trent Jones
and Rees Jones Masterpiece

Consistently ranked in the Golf Digest
Top 100 Public Places You Can Play

FOLLOW PLANE AND SIMPLE
Thursday
Nov062014

Match Your Swing to Your Body

There is no perfect swing – only perfect impact conditions. How you get there can be made easier by understanding your own abilities and limitations are and working from there.

If there was a perfect swing, the ideas that constitute it wouldn’t have changed so many times over the years. Not everyone is built the same so there cannot be 1 swing concept. You must find out what your body can perform. 

I test students very early in their process of buildinng what is best for them. I use 8 different physical tests that show me what each person will be able to do based on their body type, flexibility, balance, speed and strength in certain ares. 

These tests will clearly show that person what they will do the best and know that they can perofrm well in certain motions and that they would not perform well in other types of motion. 

Understand your stregths and limitations and you will progress much faster.

Monday
Apr282014

Is Your Swing Efficient And Powerful?

See Jeff Smith today about getting the most Effective & Efficient Golf Swing that you can have! Jeff Smith is a Level 2 Certified K-Vest Teaching Professional.

Thursday
Apr172014

Golf Instruction from Jeff Smith

Thursday
Apr172014

Your Best Golf Isn't Always About The Swing 

There are many students who come to me for help with their golf swing, and I am honored that they do. But there are many golfers who come to me with problems in their game and insist that their swing is the trouble, and for many - the way they are hitting the ball is a fundamental problem in their game, and we get to work on that when it's necessary. Many times - it is in how they set up and hold the club - not the swing motion itself. Many players are not setting up to swing in the way their body will naturally move based upon theri bodies. As players describe their games to me, and it quickly becomes obvious to me that there are many parts of their game that we need to address not just their swing.

There are many of the golfers that I work with that we spend a large amount of time with their short game shots, their decision making on the course, especially the decisions they make around the greens and how that affects their score. We also spend a good bit of time with their putting to make sure that they get rid of the dreaded three-putt.

No matter who I get to work with, we spend time saving strokes in every way, especially keeping their emotions under control so they can play at their emotional and mental peak, and their decision - making processes so they match what they truly can do under pressure.

This means to many of the golfers that I work with that we are evaluating what their skiils are, play within themselves and then get to work on the skills and shots that they dont own yet.

Do yourself a favor - take some time to look at yourself in all aspects of your game, be brutally honest with yourself, and learn exactly where you can improve - I'll bet you that it's not always your swing.

Wednesday
Apr162014

It Depends......

Why do some teachers compare their students to a PGA tour player?  Because they are the best at striking a ball and getting it to go to the target. Many teachers (myself included) are students of the golf swing and have understood its many complexities and understand the sequence of events as they unfold. I have tried to get some of my students to compare themselves to and sometimes try to emulate some PGA tour players IF THEY ARE PHYSICALLY SIMILAR or if I am trying to point out something that would truly be in the best interest of my student.

Why do so many teachers try to get their students into the same positions and look the same at every point in the swing? I do not try to do this.  If you look at many players over the course of history of this great game, you will find there are many different body types, and many different styles of golf swings that have been powerful and repeatable for many different of the game’s great players. I believe that it is a great mistake to try to teach the same thing to all of the golfers that I work with – they are simply too many differences in their bodies, levels of athletic talent, goals as players, and ability to practice enough to meet their goals. I must adapt to the student to maximize their experience and to allow each one of them to become better at what they do.

Here are good examples of different players and their different physiques that dictated how they stood over the shot and made their swings at the ball.

Ben Hogan stood about 5’ 8” and weighed about 145 lbs where George Archer stood about 6’6” and weighed about 200 lbs. Graig Stadler was about 5’ 9” and weighed about 245 compared to Tiger Woods’ 6’2” and 210 lbs. Michelle Wie is over 6' tall and compare to Jeong Jang (past Women's British Open winner) who is barely 5' tall. As we know, all of these players are outstanding in their own right, but none sets up to the shot the same way. Byron Nelson set up quite hunched over, while Adam Scott stands erect with his shoulders back. They all set up to match their bodies and their swings are a reflection of that set up.

My point here is that each player must adopt what works well for them and make their best swing from that place to get the result they want, keeping in mind that there are some simple truths about initial set up that influence how they can swing. They are keeping your body pointed where you want the swing to go, stand in a posture that your body can hold together during the swing and hold your hands on the club that matches your natural arm hang (or your your whole swinging motion will be contrived and will constantly give you inconsistent ball flight)

The best players of all recent eras are all different in look and performance, but the result is the same - excellent golf. Be a student of history and dont try to force yourself into someone's mold that doesn't match who you are or can be.