golf, Kyiv, Ukraine

Course Review: Kyiv Golf Center

59301230_465393400870017_4033342936576950272_nThe sun is finally waking up, and at last, it’s time to get out of  the gym and onto the driving range. (It’s been a long cold golfing winter). So we hitched a ride across town and spent our Saturday afternoon at the Kyiv Golf Center in Obolon. There is a driving range, a cafe and a bar called Golfist where they serve whiskey.  And what’s the point of Saturday golf if there’s no whiskey after? 

There’s plenty of green green grass, and distance markers up to 200 yards, but anything over that flies off the range and onto a crowded walkway along the river. I hooked a 5 wood that one hopped into the river, and a guy appeared and told me not to hit anything past 200 yards.  So, if you’re long, you’re stuck hitting irons, which isn’t the end of the world. If you’re a newbie or a short hitter, it doesn’t affect you at all.  (If you like to bomb your driver, you’ll need to find another spot) What I really like about the range, is the variety of flags and distance markers, which makes for good target practice. 

59445600_351252215747303_2283777503061344256_nWhen the range isn’t open, you can arrange it so you can play a few short holes, and they’ve also got a chip and putt area that you can rent, cause we all gotta work on our short game.  So, as a practice facility, it’s got most of what you need. Right now, Kyiv Golf Center is only open on the weekends, but they may open up more when the weather comes around.

Igor Oleksyn is the Head Professional out there, and he’s legit.  He was finishing up a lesson when we got there, and a bit later he got his irons out and launched some gorgeous high draws down to the end of the range.  He’s also fun to talk golf with, which is kinda rare in this country. Overall, the staff is friendly and everyone I met out there spoke English, so it is definitely foreigner friendly. 

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whiskey by the river

We got two large buckets of balls for 760 hrn, which is on the high end of what you might pay in the states. Afterward we relaxed a bit in the outdoor cafe, took in the sites around the river, and sipped some whiskey . Overall, a great afternoon of golf inside the city limits. We definitely will be back.

Here’s a little drill for you golfers out there to help you take the club away from the ball and avoid the dreaded flat shoulder planeAnna breaks it down in the second half of the video in Ukrainian language. It’s called the broom drill, and if you practice it often, you’ll take it away like a pro… and as any pro will tell you, that’s half the battle.

 

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How to Generate Power?

This question has dogged me since my youth. My little brother seemed to figure it out, and he was longer than any of us. He couldn’t explain it to me in a way that I understood, though. Nor could any of my other friends who were low handicappers. I couldn’t get much out of the golf magazines I read either.  So I played round after round of golf with the same results: high weak fades that were fairly consistent. My short game became my focus, but I always knew there was something about the game that I was missing.

So now, I finally understand it, I’m hitting it farther than I ever have before, and my clients are getting it too! I will do my best to articulate in the simplest way possible. 

Power in the golf swing is created by sequencing. That is to say, a sequence of movements resulting in a powerful shot. This sequence begins with the lower body, continues into the upper torso and finally moves into the hands and the club face. This act of sequencing is the key component to creating lag. If you can improve your sequencing and create lag, you will improve your power. No matter if you are a junior, senior, mens or ladies golfer. 

The Sequence, beginning from the top of the backswing:

  1. low body/ hips 
  2. Upper torso/ arms
  3. hands / clubface 

 

Sounds easy, right? Get the low body going, then the upper body, and finally the hands and at last the club face.  Now try doing it. It’s not so easy, at least it never has been for me or my clients. Why? Because we tend to move our upper and lower body simultaneously.  So how do we fix it? We must first learn to move our hips and shoulders separately. 

How do we do that?

Practice exercises where the shoulders are stable and the hips are rotating.  Then  practice moves where the hips are stabilized and the shoulders turn. Once you’ve learned to turn your hips and shoulders independently,  it’s time to move on to sequencing drills. 

So, instead of jumping right into sequencing – here’s your first movement on your quest for prodigious power.  This move is called side step up with medicine ball. As Anna demonstrates, the movement mimics a slight lateral weight shift onto the lead leg combined with a pelvic rotation toward the target. At the same time, the shoulders are stabilized and held back by the medicine ball position. Practice this move on both legs and you’re half way there! Combine with last week’s single leg push pull, and you have got hips and shoulders that turn independently. 

Here’s the new video, as well as a repost of last week’s move. Next week: Dynamic Sequencing Drills! 

NEW

Side Step Up w Medicine Ball (internal hip rotation)
Use a step slightly under knee height.

 

LAST WEEK

1 Leg Push / Pull (torso rotation)

use with 2 cables or cable & DB