Yes, quite similar to what I teachSeptember 5 2011 at 12:57 PM
|Sally (Login Golfpro2011)|
Response to The release from the top
I noticed this thread on the Manzella forum a few days ago, but frankly just do not have the time to go through all of it, it is huge!
It is beyond cult like in my opinion to believe that lag is something we should consciously strive for. It is a non factor, it happens, we do not make it happen. How many years have the golf mags showed these static pictures showing such great lag and how many countless days, months , or years have we spent on the range trying to achieve this postion. Sheer nonsense, fodder for fools.
There is a great video by Mike Austin buried in that long thread, I think it is called something like "Golf's biggest lie". Mike demonstrates the folly of seeking lag, and teaches a student how to release from the top. If you support this release with a pivot that does not stall, you will have lag, it just happens! The ignorant, no let me say the profoundly ignorant, refute the early release from the top, by saying it is "Casting" or "over the yop" or some other silly characterization. These are just buzz words, the golf instruction establishment uses to scare people and empower themselves.
I am working on an ebook, in the little spare time I have. It will come out next year, it will be low tech. I will promote it on every forum, and seek nothing in return. They will not even know how to reach me, because I have a life, want to be left alone, do not need to pander for students. Just want to give back to a game that has given me more joy and fun times than any other form of recreation. It will be free, I am not looking to rip people off with false promises. Golf instruction is full of ripoffs, so many people out there trying to make a buck, fueling false hopes. Good for them I guess, but I sure don't see golfers getting any better. It will be my way of giving back to the game, rounds are way down, courses are closing, it is very difficult to attract new players. " Hope and change", well we have heard that before, and where are we now? Well, "hope and change" for our game starts when we free ourselves of stupid, outdated concepts, and if some mock us, so be it! Seems every group has their old guard, well the old guard of golf instruction needs some shaking up. My technique, the proof is in the pudding, the smile on the faces of my students. They come back, they give me referrrals, business is good! The blind pursuit of lag has probably destroyed more golfers than anything else I know. And then secondly, this obsession over swing plane, don't get me started on that! Swing plane happens with proper setup and using the right body parts to pivot, that is it. That is all we need to say about plane, it just happens. And all this stupidity about the longest ball, the longest club, please! And these golof gadgets that promise muscle memory and 30 more yards. Can we be that stupid? Or that desperate?
Trying to acheieve pro style technique and contact is a ridiculous goal. It will lead to frustration, the years will go quickly, and you will still be playing "golf swing" instead of having fun "playing golf". Unless your goal is to be a pro, then good luck! Because they are so good, if you have not seen it in person, you need too. It is just unbelievable, the way the ball sounds coming off the club, the trajectory, the control. I work with recreational golfers in a rural area. My students have limited budgets, limited time, and I need to get them playing the game in a way they will have fun and progress quickly. I want to create golfers, not scare them away. It is about them, not me. Fancy words and concepts, and drawing crazy lines on a computer screen is for the fools, and this is why students do not learn. Once I cover the basics, like stance, grip, posture, balance, etc, all it takes is a good pivot to the trail side and then a release at the top and never relinquishing the sense of releasing right till the end of the follow through. And yes my friends, they get lag without even understanding the concept. It is that simple, it works every time, unless physicially or mentally something is very wrong.
I would highly recommend reviewing the Manzella thread mentioned here. He adds some things about "Low point" and the hands through impact that I have to consider more, but it is all thought provoking stuff. When you start seeing outiside the box, your game will advance light years. Hanging on to old, stale beliefs, like lag, well you will most likely always be unfulfilled and empty as golfer, and spend an inordinate amount of your time on all these internet forums arguing and forever seeking some magic tip or maneuver, when you shoud be out playing golf, and having fun! Enjoying the great outdoors and the company of others, that is ultimatley what it is all about!
Greetings to all!