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The Trigger Golf Grip!

Friday, May 13th, 2011

You know, I’ve had a ton of success with the trigger golf grip in the past and one of my previous swing teacher taught me this.  It’s also the same golf grip shared by Greg Norman and John Daly.

Although Greg Norman doesn’t mention it in his book, you can clearly tell in close-up photos that Greg Norman indeed used a trigger golf grip most of his career.

What’s a trigger golf grip?

Instead of placing your right thumb on the grip, you actually place your right hand a bit left of the grip so it wraps around the grip and touches your index finger.

Below are some photos explaining how to implement the trigger golf grip:

Above is a regular golf grip, where the right thumb is still on the golf grip.

Above shows a “trigger” golf grip where your thumb wraps around the golf club to touch your index finger.

 

From the side, you can see clearly my right thumb is touching my index finger.

Honestly, I’ve been using a conventional golf grip until today but I decided to go back to my old trigger golf grip and guess what happened.  I am hitting the golf ball way better and my right hand no longer is interfering.

Where can you use this golf grip?

You can use it for anything, I use it for even my pitch shots and chip shots because it take my right hand away completely from manipulating near impact.

If you have seen some high-speed photos of Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson, you probably know that their right hand (and Phil’s left hand) comes off the grip completely near impact.  Well, you don’t have to be Fred or Phil to do the same thing, you can just use this trigger golf grip.

If you don’t believe me, go grab a golf club right now and grip it with a conventional grip and see how much you can twist your golf club.

Then use the trigger golf grip and see how much you can twist your golf club, probably like 100 times less, exactly my point.

What this trigger golf grip will do?

The trigger golf grip will pretty much allow you to swing the golf club correctly through the impact with no manipulation with the right hand.

Why does conventional golf teach golfers to put the right thumb on the golf grip?

Even God doesn’t know the answer behind this but for 99% of golfers, using the trigger golf club will help them hit the golf ball better as it teaches them to swing the golf club without the right hand.

I told you about a week ago how to practice with the left arm.  Really, the left arm does your whole golf swing pretty much, the right arm/hands are just there for support and conventional grip is bad for that.

Try it, trigger grip can help fix hooks, slices, and add additional 20 yards to your golf swing.

Hey, if it works for me, Greg Norman, and John Daly, it must work!  And I am surprised not many golf teaching pros are teaching this more.

 

How Hard Should I Hit The Golf Ball on my Driver and Irons?

Friday, May 6th, 2011

A lot of amateur golfers hit the ball with 100% (or more) of their effort and this is main reason they can not hit the golf ball with control.

One of the secrets of scratch and pro golfers is that they never swing out of control.

So, how do you swing in control?

As a rule of thumb, you should never swing more than 75-80% of your maximum effort.

The only time you would swing with 100% effort is when you are hitting driver off a par 5 hole where there’s no trouble on the left or right. But for most shots, you can get better control of your shots simply by throttling down how hard you hit the ball, and 75% is a good number.

Even I forget to do this sometimes as golf makes you want to just hit the ball darn hard but remember, whether you hit the golf ball with 75% effort perfectly square in the sweetspot of the club or you hit it 100% effort but miss the sweetspot, the results are going to be similar except the 75% effort swing will most likely go straighter at your target.

This can surely take several strokes off your strokes next time you play.

So, next time you play, don’t go over 75-80% of your maximum effort on all your driver/iron full shots. I bet your golf scores will go down.

This also helps you control adrenalin because you are not trying so hard at golf. Good golf is supposed to be easy, you shouldn’t try that hard.

Next time you get a chance, watch carefully how effortless a PGA pro swings the golf club.

Here’s Fred Couples hitting the driver:

Even though he probably bombed it, can you see that he’s swinging in full control, not all out 100% but maybe 75%?

How to Hit the Ball 365 Yards!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Today, I was able to max out my drives at the driving range, never before have I hit it longer.

It’s a good thing though, I ain’t like one of those fake golf pros trying to sell you some e-book on how to hit the ball long, it’s all free on my blog because I like to give my secrets out.

But no, when I used to be a full-time pro-golfer, you never share your secrets, it’s a very competitive golf world out there.

So, here’s how I maximized my driving distance additional 40 yards (up from 325 yards):

Today, I was having some trouble on my downswing, I kept hooking my ball because my hands were getting a bit active.

Well, trying to fix it, I tried to really start my downswing early just before finishing my backswing.  What that does is create “torque” while also creating additional “lag” and making your your clubface doesn’t close early.

But I face another problem, whenever I tried to do that, I would not finish my backswing all the way like I should and my hands would go all over the place, resulting in inconsistent shots.

I am more used to a relaxing backswing, then hitting through the ball.

While experimenting, I found that I could do my same old relaxed backswing and hit the golf ball with more lag and more power.

So, that is the secret to my additional 40 or so yards I gained.  That is, to really hold your upper body at the top of your backswing for a split-second.  It “feels” like you are pausing the top of your backswing while your lower body start the downswing.  When you keep practicing this movement, what happens is that your body “naturally” learns to start the downswing with the lower body.  Sorta like what Ben Hogan used to preach all the time but here’s the difference:  Hogan told you that you start the downswing with the lower body and the upper body follows.  THAT, is really hard to do in real life.  It’s the same thing but a better way to think of it is to hold your upper body for a split-second so you give your lower body a chance to lead and start the downswing.  It works, believe me.

Never in my life I though I could do that but I did today.  And you know what, that creates so much torque but under control, I hit the ball damn straight, 365 yards, which is the distance to the fence where I practice and I hit it multiple times.

Besides that, I hit the golf ball perfectly on the sweetspot, meaning straighter, longer shots.

I even tried using this method on my irons and works great.

So, how do “you” practice method?

Next time you are on the range, I want you to feel like you are resisting your upper body from moving for like a split second during the beginning of your downswing. (And also turn your hips to the left.)

When you do this correctly, you will feel incredible amount of torque generated by the resistance of your upper body and your lower body.  Then after that split second, you just let it go and voila!  You’ve got extra 40 yards and straighter drives.

Anyways, this is something I found out today and you won’t even see it in GolfDigest (my favorite golf magazine btw) so don’t tell anyone, just keep it to yourself so you can outdrive your friends all day long and take their money.

How to Get Extra 10-20 Yards on Your Drives!

Monday, April 11th, 2011

So, today I figured out how to get extra 10-20 yards on my drives.  This isn’t for everyone who’s already doing it or I figure most of you aren’t scratch golfers or pro-golfers.

Anyways, it’s very simple, you need to make sure to turn your shoulders all the way during your backswing.

Make sure your left shoulder (for right handed-golfers) is moving at all times during your backswing.   This just means that you are using your whole body to swing and you will get that extra 10-20 yards on your drives because you are using your left shoulder as you really should.

Honestly when I hit the ball really long I used to do this and forgot it lately but today I realized that I wasn’t doing it and found that it does indeed help with your distance AND accuracy.

A simple way to practice is to just “mentally” monitor your left shoulder while you swing back, make sure it’s in control and it’s moving somewhat.  When you do that, you will be swinging more or less correctly and 10-20 extra added to your drives.

And I have seen about 9 of out 10 people who don’t use their left shoulder in their backswing, seriously including myself.

Butch Harmon used to say, “What do you when a doctor gives you a prescription?”  You don’t stand around so you can take another 30 minutes of his time, you just go get your prescription so it fixes your golf swing.

How to “Really Really” Lag Your Golf Club!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

One of the “secrets” behind being able to hit the ball long or just simply accurate lies behind the fact how “really really” well you can lag your golf club right before impact.

Why is this?

Because when you correctly “lag” your clubface right before impact, two things happen.

First, you can only strike the golf ball perfectly square behind the golf ball.

Second, you take advantage of the distance your extra “lag” gives you.

In other words, distance and accuracy go together. When you hit long, you are accurate. When you are accurate, you hit it long.

Sadly in golf, there’s nothing in-between, you can either hit it long and straight or be short and miserable.

So, “how to really really” lag your golf club?

Just take some extra time from the top of your backswing to the point where you are right before hitting the ball. The longer you can make this section of your golf swing, the more accurate and longer your golf balls will go.

Enjoy~

The Perfect Golf Rhythm, What It Sounds Like!

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Do you know what the perfect golf rhythm sounds like?

It sounds like a wave then a short wave, then a medium wave.

Well, it sounds like “ding-dee-ding” or “um-ah-ummmmm”.

The “ding” and “um” is for your backswing, “dee” and “ah” is for your transition where your arms and hands drop while your lower body starts the transition, and “ding” and “ummmmm” is where you really release both of your hands and hit the ball.

I use this sound rhythm technique whenever I have been away from golf and wanted to share with you what it sounds like.

The Two-Handed Golf Drill!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Here’s a two-handed golf drill I have created lately that can help your golf swing and let you practice your golf swing without a golf club.

To do this, get your hands together like doing a prayer, then swing to the top, your hands should be diagonal and the plane formed by your two hands should be pointing directly at the golf ball.

What this does is gets you to correctly rotate your hands and body on the backswing so your downswing become easy and automatic.

Try it, it will help your golf swing!

The Correct Golf Swing Plane!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

For years pros have sought to make “textbook” perfect golf swings and certainly, golf swing plane is one of those most discussed topics.

Of course, every one has their own golf swing plane but here’s something you shouldn’t follow, that there actually exist a golf swing plane you can swing on.

Today I realized this, that if you can follow your golf swing plane perfectly but yet hit it off target to the left of target, none of that golf swing plane b.s. matters. And trust me, I’ve gone through enough golf instruction and golf instructors.

For an average player and those advanced golfers, I believe I know how to show you the correct golf swing plane.

The golf swing plane exists because you have a target to swing at. Without your target, a golf swing plane is nothing but something in your mind.

Hogan has always instilled this concept of swing plane many years ago but I think a lot of people mistaken that the golf plane exists on your golf swing, when it’s actually a plane formed by your target to your golf ball.

The actual angle of the plane at you swing doesn’t matter although many factors including your grip and body type determines the best swing plane for you.

So, although I have stressed there’s a golf swing plane in many of the golf swing analyses in the past, let me correct that and myself that there’s no “textbook” perfect golf swing plane.

How to develop the correct golf swing plane for your golf swing?

Let me show you a drill:

When you address the golf ball and setup to it, take a look at your target (while you waggle if you do), then imagine a plane formed by the point from your golf ball to your shoulders stretching all the way towards your target.

That’s just a “basis” for a swing plane but you can play around a bit. For example, you can try swinging at a slighter vertical or flatter angle. Try to find the one that works best for you and stick with that. But the plane I showed you in the previous paragraph should be a good, “rough” guideline to start with and you can get a bit flatter or vertical from there but not too much.

And as for thinking about the golf swing plane, you only need to think of your backswing plane and swing on there. If you do everything right, you will find it comfortable to swing within your backswing plane.

Secret to Lagging the Golf Club!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Want to “lag” your golf club so you can hit the ball straighter and further?

The secret lies in your ability to “slow down” just before impact and “lagging” your clubhead.

In the above video, Ben Hogan hints at how to “lag” your golf club, that is by slowing down a bit just before impact.

Too many amateurs swing the golf club too fast on the downswing.

If you are one of those (and even pros do this all the time), the next time you are on the practice range, try really “slowing down” right before impact and keeping that 90 degree angle between your hands and the club.

This is the “secret” to lagging the golf club. Of course, don’t forget to speed up right after that, as you can clearly see in Hogan’s video.

Backswing in Golf is Like Two-Handed Hammer Action!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Today, I realized something at the range that worked wonders for me.  The only way I can describe it (after thinking about it a bit) is that it’s like hammering something.

Just imagine holding a hammer and hitting the nail as hard as you can, what would the backswing on that look like?

It probably look like your elbows are bent about 90 degrees and your wrists also 90 degrees.  From there, all you can do is hit the nail as hard as you can.

This is exactly the action I have been using on my golf swing.  Of course, golf is done with two hands not with one.  So just imagine hammering something with two hands.

Now, here’s the secret, you don’t stop hammering, you need to keep swinging through on a golf swing, that requires you to keep swinging with both hands, not just one.  Once you start over-powering one hand with the other is when you will run into trouble.

Try it next time you are on the range, a backswing in golf is merely no more than the same action you use with a hammer but with two hands.

:)