Articles Tagged with: golf
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

 


How to hit the driver further

How to hit it further off the tee

How to hit the driver further off the tee. Alistair Davies golf shares with you how to increase your distance with the driver off the tee with a great drill that reduces spin loft. Simple drill that maximises the distance with the driver. Alistair drill is so simple everyone can do it. This will instantly improve your driving.

Check out my youtube channel for more videos on driving and other areas in the golf swing.


Aggressive game plan

Golf Tactics

This week saw Rory lift the claret jug in great style. This raised remarks from Tiger that Rory has a very aggressive game plan.

These days you have to be aggressive to win but it has to suit the task in hand. From a course management point of view you need to pick your battles and also know your capabilities. If you believe you have a 70% success rate at pulling the shot off then you should go for it.

Apart from that basic rule, I would always recommend using data collected from practice to help make decisions. For example what is your average footage fro the target you hit the ball from a certain yardage. Then if a flag is tucked away in a small section of the green you can make a accurate decision on weather it is worth going at the flag or playing to the center of the green.

So with that I mind, make your practice more productive and collect data when in performance mode.

For more ideas on this and performance books to use for practice please e-mail me: adaviesgolf@btinternet.com


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


Champagne Trip

My Champagne Trip

This short piece is about my trip to the Champagne region in France.

I was kindly invited to attend a trip to France by Golfy, the European green fee discount card. When I found out it was to the Champagne region it was a definite must go for me.

Day One

Day one we played golf at Golf de l’Ailette. We were greeted at the entrance to the clubhouse with a glass of Champagne so you know it was going to be a good trip but the golf might suffer.

After Lunch we played the course. The course had some beautiful holes which shaped their way around the man made lake of which provided some spectacular views.

After Golf we had dinner at the Hotel Du Golf de l’Ailette and of course more Champagne. It must be said the hospitality was second to none.

Day 2

We traveled to Reims and played golf at Gold De Reims – Champagne. The clubhouse reminded me of something out of the second world war. A historical looking building which i believed hosted the Americans just after the war.

The course again had some beautiful holes cut out of the mature trees.

My golf was a little rusty but definitely improved, and has made me want to get the clubs out more for sure.

On the night we had a private meal at Champagne Jacquart, a wonderful building and superb Champagne. We tasted 5 different versions of their Champagne and all were lovely, but I preferred the standard bottle to the vintage.

Our hosts Golfy supported by Landmark Media were fantastic.
If you every go or are planning a trip to France or the countries that Golfy operate in It will be well worth getting a golf discount card. IT WILL PAY FOR ITSELF.

For more information visit: www.golfy.fr


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?