Articles Tagged with: Coaching
Hand Path V Club Path

Understanding the role of both the club path and hand path through the impact zone is key to controlling ball flight.

Most golfer’s fear the concept of swinging the hands left post impact thinking its going to create a slice. If done incorrectly then for sure it can cause that ball flight.

But its key to understand that in order to hit a shot without curvature you will need the hands to work left and the club head work left post impact.

What I would like you to try to do is to create a big gap between the hands and club head post impact. This will reduce the amount of hand flip at contact. Therefore controlling the amount of rotation of the hands and club head.

Above gap between hands and club head

Best way to achieve this is by hitting half shots making the hands work left sharply through impact and holding the left wrist firm and flat.

Click this link to see my video on this topic:https://youtu.be/cDmEHteyv84

 


Always Learning

Always Learning

During September I attended my first Trackman University Seminar. This was presented by Fredrick Tuxen the co founder of Trackman. It was great to listen to him explain and go through Trackman and the direction they are going in. There are some great updates on the way that will make a Trackman lesson even more of a fantastic experience

Dave Alred was also present as a guest speaker and although he is more well know for his work in Rugby he has also worked with lots of Tour Professionals on improving their performance.

Some of the key things that I wanted to share that came out of that day were:

“Am only interested in what you can do not what you can’t do”

“The less you have to think about the easier it is to perform”

My favourite quote was “Emerse yourself in the game within the game”

“You must match the behaviour that u have on the course in your warm up” (I  like these words )

When practicing – “Only do sets of 5 so you have more first shots”. This is great for transferring practice to the course.

This is some of the common feedback that gets shared from peoples experience – “I let what I wanted to avoid get into my head”

“The brain does not work on deletions” – like this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“See what u expect to do and expect to do it”

“Our attitude creates the vibe for learning”

“Award the behaviours you want to repeat and ignore the ones you don’t”

“The more demanding the process the better the focus”

These are some of the quotes I really liked from Dave Alred on the day and wanted to share them as I think they will help us all perform to a higher level.

Good luck with your practice.

For more information on improving your performance E mail: adaviesgolf@btinternet.com


Putting Lesson With Dr Paul Hurrion

Putting lesson with Dr Paul Hurrion 

I recently visited Dr Paul Hurrion at the Quitic Studio in Sutton Coldfield. A must visit for all golfers.

Paul has been a friend on mine for sometime and I have had a few lessons from him over the years.

However this was my first lesson at his new studio. Paul has got a set up there. Its a great studio to work from. It has all the equipment you would want to analyse any players putting stroke.

The main piece of equipment is his ball roll software. This is essentially a launch monitor for putting. Using high speed cameras and markings on the ball the software measures the ball as it leaves the putter.

It measures first point of true roll, side spin and launch to name just a few.

It also measure what the putter does during the stroke so you can look at club face rotation for example.

This is really a great experience if you are looking to improve your putting.

Obviously just having information isn’t going to improve you, you have to know what to do with it. Thats where Paul’s expertise comes in.

Paul has coached over 50 tour professionals including Padraig Harrington , Rory Mcllroy.

Paul is able to quickly look at the data and the motion to come up with simple solutions to improve your putting.

Within this the type of putter is also considered as you will see in my youtube clip of this experience.

His self made grid is a great learning tool. it enables you to see visually the aim and loft of the putter at set up.

If you are looking to take you putting to the next level I would recommend making a trip to Pauls studio.

Click here to watch my putting lesson.


Sheep Or Shepherd

Are You A Sheep or Shepherd?

I have been fortunate to work with a lot of talented young players over the last 20 years, having been involved with 11 county squads, 1 national academy squad, 8 national Champions and 28 county champions.

Reflecting on my time working with these groups and individuals has inspired me write this short piece.

What infuriates me about these young individuals is they all want to follow and act like sheep. They seem to be scared to do something above and beyond what there piers do.

So if their example of good practice is actually poor practice all they do is copy and join that mentality.

I want them to embrace new things and be leaders in their fields and set the standards.

If I think of the great sporting examples, they haven’t been scared to practice in a different way to others, For example Jonny Wilkinson.

I bet when he first started some his training methods many would have observed and laughed at what he was doing. The extra work, the extra intensity and focus. Doing things outside the box.

What I would love to see is young golfers setting the standards in transfer practice and intensity. Along with doing the simple stuff well. Like warm ups that engage their minds and bodies in a way to allow them to perform at a higher level.

I want them to be shepherds not sheep, to set the trends and the standards, to ask good questions like “ what will this do for me”

For them to understand they should never do anything without understanding how will this help me.

Embrace new things with a open inquisitive mind!

Traits of a shepherd
Great Work ethic
smart
Structured
Engaged
Inventive
Reflective
Open
Inquisitive
Brave

So Are you a sheep or a shepherd?