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We’re Going full Dechambeau

Stronger. Faster. Longer.

But first, a few announcements.

It was an eventful summer: Lessons, School of Golf, Kids camp, four tournaments a week and lots of continuing education. No posts since spring, but it’s starting to get cold and that means great content is on the way. We’ll start with a couple news items for you.

Firstly, Anya and I have joined the PGA of Ukraine. We are honored to join and share the core value of growing the game in Ukraine – especially in the field of junior development.

Secondly, on August 8, I passed my Level 2 Power exam at the Titleist Performance Institute. The course covered the science of increasing distance and included instruction from top Golf Coaches, Doctors of Sports Medicine, Power Lifting Trainers and 5 time World Long Drive Champion Jason Zubeck.

So, we feel that we are more than ready to go Full Dechambeau.

Wait. What does that mean?

Well, if you haven’t been following the PGA Tour, here’s the quick version.

Bryson Dechambeau recently won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot – perhaps the most difficult course in Major Championship history. But even before dominating that course and his competitors, he was the talk of the PGA Tour.

Why?

Because he spent is offseason / quarantine in the gym getting bigger, stronger and faster. The Mad Scientist has a degree in physics and leaves nothing to chance. He knows the key to distance is club head speed. His playing style has recently been dubbed “Bomb and Gouge” because his 350 yard drives turn ordinary golf courses into pitch and putts. Long hitter, Bryson. Long. Works hard in the gym and on the range. Hits bombs.

So that’s what we’re gonna do – and we’re gonna share it with you – every exercise, every drill, and every new club we try.

Our plan is to improve our club head speed and overall distance over the winter using three methods:


1. Swing Technique

2. Power Lifting

3. Club Fitting

So, we invite you to join us in this process. Let’s all hit bombs in the Spring of 2021!

Сильнее. Быстрее. Дальше.

Но сначала несколько анонсов.

Лето было насыщенным: уроки, школа гольфа, детский лагерь, четыре турнира в неделю и много дополнительного образования. К сожилению, с весны не было не одной публикации, но становится холодно, так что впереди много отличного контента. Итак, вот Вам пара новостей.

Во-первых, мы с Аней вступили в PGA of Ukraine. Для нас это большая честь присоединиться и разделить основную ценность развития игры в Украине, особенно в области развития юниоров.

Во-вторых, 8 августа я сдал экзамен Power 2 level в Titleist Performance Institute. Курс охватывал науку о повышении скорости головы клюшки и включал в себя инструкции от лучших тренеров по гольфу, докторов спортивной медицины, тренеров по пауэрлифтингу и 5-кратного World Long Drive Champion Jason Zubeck. Итак, мы чувствуем, что более чем готовы к переходу на Full Dechambeau.

Подождите. Что это значит?

Что ж, если Вы не следили за PGA Tour, вот краткая инфа.

Bryson Dechambeau недавно выиграл US Open, Winged Foot Course – это возможно, одно из самых сложных полей в истории крупных чемпионатов по гольфу. Но даже до того, как он стал доминировать среди своих конкурентов, о нем уже говорили и знали в PGA Tour.

Почему?

Потому что в межсезонье / карантин он провел много времени в спортзале, становясь все больше, сильнее и быстрее. Поэтому, ему и дали прозвище – “Безумный ученый”, он имеет ученую степень по физике. Его стиль игры недавно стали называть «Bomb & Gouge», так как его драйв в больше чем 350 ярдов, превращает сложное гольф поле в последующие короткие питч и патт удары. Long hitter, Bryson. Long.

Вот этим мы и будем заниматься, и мы поделимся этой информацией с Вами – каждым упражнением.

Уже этой зимой, наш план будет состоять в том, чтобы увеличить скорость нашей клюшки, используя три метода:

1. Swing Technique

2. Power Lifting

3. Club Fitting

Итак, мы приглашаем Вас присоединиться к нам в этот спортивный процесс. Let’s all hit bombs in the Spring of 2021!



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Finesse Wedges

It’s important to realize that in golf there are two swings – a power swing for big shots and another swing for performance inside thirty yards.  This swing technique we will call a finesse wedge.  With a finesse wedge we create a high soft shot with more backspin that stops quickly on the green. A finesse wedge is not only different from your full swing, but it is almost exactly opposite when it comes to sequencing. So it’s critical to practice them both.  Let’s get into the fundamentals of the finesse wedge.

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Seve Ballesteros shows off his finesse wedge setup

Start with the setup. The feet should be close together, with the front toe facing slightly out and left of the target. This allows us to stay balanced as we turn toward the target and release the club.  Next we need to establish the low point of the swing in front of the ball. This is done by slightly rotating the chest toward the target in setup.   

Take a very light grip with the trail hand slightly on top of the club and a soft fold in the elbows and the left wrist slightly cupped.  There should be just enough hip hinge for the arms to dangle straight down from the shoulders. Lastly, we want to stack the shoulders and hips so there is no lateral bend  away from the target like there would be in a power swing.

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Phil Mickelson demonstrates the “toe up” backswing

Keep the body rotation minimal, the backswing is done softly and mostly arms and hands. Do not take the club inside the target line, keep it on plane with the toe up In the power swing, the lower body and especially the hips are responsible for generating power. In the finesse wedge shot, their job is to create stability.

The downswing should be tension free as you let gravity pull the club down to impact position.  The shaft of the club should be close to vertical at impact as we do not want the forward shaft lean of the power swing.  The release will happen naturally if you relax and rotate your chest toward the target.  Your finish position will have your elbows slightly bent and the club in front of the chest.  The club face should point straight up to the sky.

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Fred Couples – elbows bent, left wrist cupped, club face pointing to sky

The sequencing of the finesse wedge is the exact opposite of the power swing.  With the power swing, the hips initiate the downswing and the shoulders, arms, hands and club head follow.  This sequence will not help your chipping. During the downswing of the finesse wedge, the  the club head moves first and everything else follows in reverse order, with the hips last to join in.

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Paul Lawrie releases toward the target

As you finish the shot, your momentum will pull your head and body slightly toward the target. Let it happen, and do not try to keep your head still after impact.  Allowing your head to flow toward the target helps to ensure that the low point of your swing is in front of the ball.

Confused? Don’t be. Let’s review our Top 5 Key Points.

 

1. Setup with feet close together and slightly open to the target

2. Backswing on plane with toe up

3. Release the club with soft elbows and club face pointing to the sky

4. Use optimal sequence for finesse

5.  Gently allow your energy to flow to the pin

Or just watch Anna on the video and do what she does!

 

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Early Extension Fix (Swing flaw #2)

Most golfers know that to hit the ball with any power, you’ve got to use your hips. I knew about this for years, and I tried to use my hips in my swing but somehow I never got it right. Even worse, I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. It was at the Titleist Performance Institute, at a seminar on golf biomechanics that I finally saw the light.

I had been trying to rotate my hips toward the target, but in the process I always lost my posture and ended up standing up straight at impact. What I didn’t understand for ages, but could see clearly on video, is that your spine angle at impact should mirror the angle at address. When it doesn’t, and the hips move forward during the downswing, this is called Early Extension.

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Early Extension

Once I understood the necessity of maintaining posture throughout the swing everything changed for me.  Right away I began to get a lot more consistent.  I wish I had understood it years ago, but it just wasn’t really emphasized in the instruction that I was getting.

When you early extend, there’s no room for your hands to move through the hitting area. Your hips are in the way and you’ve got to make crazy adjustments to get the club on the ball. This results in thin, topped or bladed shots and in general, really horrible contact.  It is impossible to hit with any power with early extension.

So how do you fix it? As Anna and I demonstrate in the video above, a great fix is the Butt on the Wall drill.  Focus on maintaining your spine angle at all times, and keeping contact between your butt and the wall. 

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good posture at address

Get in your 5 Iron stance and cross your arms in front of your chest.  Then back up to a wall so your butt barely touches it.  It doesn’t have to be a wall, just something stable that’s at least hip height. It could be your golf cart, a tree, a sign, or as we did in our video in Spain, you can even use a little trash bin.  Keep your spine angle and rotate your shoulders and hips, and maintain contact between your butt and the wall!

Once you get the feel for the wall drill, try hitting some balls on the range with the same feeling.  Have a friend video you from down the line and watch to see if you maintain your address posture throughout the swing. As you get better and better with the movement, you’ll begin to feel yourself sink into your right hip on your backswing, and into your left hip on your follow through. The result is more power and consistency.  Watch the video, and try it yourself!

 

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Chicken Wing (Swing flaw #10) Fix

 

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Chicken Wing

Number ten on our list of Top Ten Swing Flaws , it’s the dreaded Chicken Wing.  The left elbow breaks down at impact, causing inconsistent contact and loss of power. The fix is easy, as Anna and I demonstrate in the video below.

Номер десять в нашому списку Top Ten Swing Flaws це страшне Куряче Крило. Лівий лікоть згибається при ударі, викликаючи невдалий контакт та втрату потужності. Виправити це легко, ми з Анною продемонструємо на відео нижче.

Get in your golf address position, take a towel or a rope and hold it between your arms and your chest.  Take a few half or three quarter swings and don’t let the rope fall out. This keeps your arms connected to your chest, and keeps the left elbow from flying out away from the body.

Стійте в стартовій позиції, візьміть рушник або мотузку і тримайте його між руками і грудьми. Зробіть кілька половин або три чверті замаху та не дозволяйте мотузці випасти. Це тримає ваші руки поруч та тримає лівий лікоть від вилетів далеко від тіла.

Make sure to make a good shoulder turn – and get that left shoulder over your right foot. Take a few swings without hitting a ball, and then go ahead and try to hit some shots. It’s easy to understand if you’re doing the drill wrong, because the rope will fall out.

Переконайтеся в тому, щоб зробити гарний поворот плеча  – щоб ліве плече було над правою ногою. Зробіть декілька замахів без м’яча, а потім  спробуйте вдарити декілька м’ячів. При цьому ви дуже легко зрозумієте, якщо ви робите замах неправильно, тому що мотузка випаде.

Practice this drill with or without hitting the ball, and not only will you make the chicken wing go away, but you’ll also prevent the flying elbow on your takeaway, and in general you will make much better contact with the golf ball.

Практикуйте цю вправу з або без удару по м’ячу, таким чином ви уникнете курячого крила, також ви уникнете літаючого ліктя на замаху, та й в цілому ви будете робити набагато кращий контакт з м’ячем для гольфу.

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Swing Flaw Fix #1 Over the Top

 

Last week we posted a list of the Top Ten Swing Flaws that plague amateur golfers, with lovely pictures of Anna demonstrating the different flaws.  At the top of our list, a move that causes weak slices all over the world…. the number one swing flaw… Over the Top.

Минулого тижня ми опублікували список  Top Ten Swing Flaws , які заважають любителям гольфу, завдяки прекрасним знімкам Анни, ми демонстрували різні недоліки. Першим в нашому списку, є рух, який викликає слабкі slices по всьому світу …. цей дефект номер один … Over the Top.

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Over the Top

Over the top begins at the top of the backswing, where the shoulders rotate toward the target and the hands fly out in front of the body. This causes the player to hit across the ball, result occasionally in pull hooks, but most often with the shot that all golfers hate the most, the slice.

Over the Top Цей рух починається у верхній частині backswing, де плечі обертаються до мішені і руки вилітають перед тілом. Це призводить до того, що гравець вдарить поперек м’яча, іноді призводить до витягування гачків, але найчастіше з ударом, який ненавидять усі гравці в гольфі.

There are many drills that can help a golfer fix an over the top move, but our favorite is the pump drill. Take the club back to the top of your backswing and practice dropping your hands straight down towards the ground. Repeat three times and then complete a full swing.  Once you get it down, try hitting a shot at the end.  Stand over the ball, take the club away, pump straight up and down three times and then hit the ball.

Є багато тренувань, які можуть допомогти гравцеві у гольфі зафіксувати Over the Top, але нашим улюбленим є вправа Pump. Візьміть клюшку зробіть замах backswing і практикуйтесь кидати руки прямо вниз до землі. Повторіть тричі, а потім завершіть повний розмах (Swing). Щойно ви кинети руки до землі, спробуйте зробити повний замах(Swing)на завершення. Встаньте над м’ячем, відкинте клюшку, викидаючи руки три рази вгору-вниз, а потім ударяйте в м’яч.

Anna and I will demonstrate in the video. Practice this drill and get that Over the Top move out of your game.

Анна і я продемонструємо Вам вправу на відео. Працюйте над цією вправою, щоб уникнути Over the Top руху.