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Book Review – Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf by Butch Harmon

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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One of the best books I have ever read about golf is this Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf by Butch Harmon.  I have an autographed copy and that’s not why I read from front to back but the the priceless advices that Butch gives in the book.

This was the book Butch Harmon wrote while Tiger Woods was developing and honing his skills before/after winning his first Masters.

You can expect to learn a lot about the “secrets” behind advanced golf with this book.  There’s also a lot of good advice for beginners too so don’t be shy. :)

Price: $12 on Amazon

Win Lessons from Butch Harmon and Enjoy Exciting Las Vegas!

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Win Lessons from Butch Harmon and Enjoy Exciting Las Vegas!

Here’s a cool little contest you can win.  You get 2 days of golf school with Butch Harmon, former teacher of Tiger Woods.  All you gotta do is sign up!

Grand Prize Winner will Receive:

  • 4 nights accommodations at Caesars Palace Hotel Resort & Casino
  • Three days of personal instruction with Butch Harmon and his Staff Professionals for one individual
  • Computerized video analysis
  • One nine-hole playing lesson at Rio Secco with Staff Professionals
  • One eighteen-hole playing lesson at Cascata with Staff Professionals
  • Lunch each day of the school
  • Transportation provided between Caesars Hotel & Casino/Golf School/Cascata
  • Value $5,900

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Luke Donald Swing Analysis – Driver

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Luke Donald has a great swing, like everyone else on tour.

Let’s look at how he does it:

At takeaway, Luke is actually on-plane. The red plane line is “Butch Harmon’s” teachings and the yellow line is “David Leadbetter’s” teachings.

Most pro tour follow the red or the yellow plane at takeaway.

At the top of the swing though, most players’ hands will match with the red plane as Luke is showing you here.

Right before impact, Luke’s body is nice and tall, ready to hit the ball from inside-out.

Take a look at how straight Luke’s arms, hands, and club form. This matches perfectly with the swing plane, Luke probably hit this 300 yards.

Luke does come up slightly early than most players but this is a good thing as he is standing “tall”.

Here’s Luke’s swing in action:

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Adam Scott’s swing is a replica of Tiger Woods

Friday, May 30th, 2008

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Here’s a nice video showing why Adam Scott’s swing is a replica of Tiger Woods swing.

When I first saw Adam Scott, I was amazed by how closely his swing looked like Tiger Woods’.

Well, it’s probably a fact that Adam Scott did try to copy Tiger’s swing, he even had the same coach Butch Harmon.

Retief Goosen Swing Analysis

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Retieft Goosen has one of the best rhythms in golf.  Here’s Retief at setup.

At backswing, Retief is right on-plane.  Now, there’s 2 types of planes that 99% of tour pros use.

One plane is the plane formed by the ball to the middle of the shoulder sockets (the top red line) and the other one is the plane formed by the ball to the belly. (the bottom red line)

Retief here uses the 2nd type of plane, which is what David Leadbetter promotes whereas Butch Harmon does the other.

The impotant thing is to keep your plane within the two different types of plane.  Anything higher or lower will make your swing a lot harder to keep up and cause back problems.

Jack Nicklaus probably breaks this swing plane rule but that explains why he needed a ceramic hip replacement.

At the top of the backswing, Retief has a beautiful triangle.  His club is pointing slight to the right of parallel meaning he will probably hit from inside-out and a slight draw.   This can become a problem for Retief if his club starts pointing more right and cause blocks to the right under pressure.

At downswing, Retief is actually a little too “steep”.  This can again cause blocks to the right.  But Retief manages to get back on plane right before impact:

As you can see, Retief is coming in a little too much inside-out.  His shoulders are still inside-out.  He might hit a good 15 yard draw on this drive but again, this type of too much inside-out action will cause blocks to the right.

However, it’s always better to error on the inside-out plane than outside-in plane since you do hit the ball more accurately this way.

After impact, Retieft shows he hit the ball perfectly as his club and right arm are in plane with the ball.

This is the secret.  No matter how bad your backswing is, if you can end up in this position, you will hit the ball very very good like Retief Goosen.

Here’s the video:

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Adam Scott’s Knockdown Shot!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

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Well, I was just browsing through Youtube today and found this great video of Adam Scott’s knockdown shot.

If you fast foward to the last part where Butch Harmon is standing, that’s how you should hit a knockdown shot.

Really try to play over and over to hear the crisp sound of the ball being hit.  If you listen very carefully, he made almost no divot on the knockdown shot and only the ball.  When you hit the knockdown shot correctly, you should be able to hear the “knock” sound.  It’s the sound that’s made when you “almost” hit it a little thin.

Next time you go on the range, try to see if you can make that “thud” or “knock” sound, that is the secret to great knockdown shots with minimal backspin and drop and hop action.

How to Play the Knockdown Shot! – Part II

Monday, May 12th, 2008

There has been a lot of discussions on the internet about how to play the knockdown shot. I did go over it in brief detail couple months ago but here it is again.

A knockdown shot is nothing but a mini version of your full swing.

There are variety of knockdown shots too. Depending on what kind of lie you have and what kind of results you are trying to achieve, there’s about a hundred ways to play the shot.

But for 99% of golfers and 99% of situations, you play the knockdown shot for the following reasons:

1. You are between clubs. Let’s say you hit your 5-iron 185 yards and you hit your 6-iron 150 yards. You got a 160 yard shot, you can hit a knockdown shot here.

2. It’s windy. Whether that wind is against/with you or a cross-wind, by hitting a knockdown shot, you can keep the flight of the golf ball 20-40% lower than your normal shots and not get affected by the wind. That means you don’t have to worry about how the wind will affect the shot as much.

3. You need to hit it lower than usual to avoid high hanging trees and also put lots of backspin. If you hit a knockdown shot, usually you will get a lower ball flight and get a nice hop and stop action on the ball.

Again, here’s the simplest and the most effective way to hit the knockdown shot that I personally learned from Butch Harmon:

1. Put the ball near center or slightly forward of center of your stance.

2. Swing easy, anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 swing.

3. On the downswing, feel like you are “trapping” the ball with your body. Now, this “feeling” might take a lot of practice to achieve.

4. Try to contact the ball first, not the turf. Better yet, don’t hit the turf at all. Hitting the turf only makes the ball lose backspin. If you look at Tiger in practice (not in competition), you will see him take zero turf on every one of his ‘good’ knockdowns. If you are awed by tour pros hitting really low sand wedges and they ‘hop and drop’, this is how they do it.

This may be the most important in knockdowns since the less you hit the ground (or take a divot), the more ‘hop and drop’ backspin you will get PLUS your ball will fly a lot lower since you are not hitting down on the ball. The only way to achieve this is to really hit the ball from 0 degree angle, meaning you don’t want to hit down or up on the ball.

Now this method is great since you will be able to use your knockdowns “everywhere” once you get good.

I tend to favor it even if it’s not windy and I don’t need to hit it under a tree since you don’t have to do a full swing and stay in control of your ball flight.

Look at Tiger and he’s doing that.

Next time, I will take a video to show you exactly what I mean. These days, I don’t have much time for golf practice. I hope that changes soon and maybe I will have to try out for PGA again soon.

Golf Book Review – John Daly’s Grip and Rip It

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Golf Book Review - John Daly’s Grip and Rip It

John Daly is probably one of my favorite golfers of all time. His swing is somethin’ If you read his book, “Grip It and Rip It”, you will find that he does a lot of things that you don’t expect him to.

For example, John Daly does have one of the longest swings ever BUT he does has one of the best rhythms in golf. You don’t realize how great his rhythm is because all you are focusing on is his long swing and his distance. But look at his swing carefully and you will see a little Freddy Couples in him.

Even, Tiger’s previous Coach Butch Harmon, quotes John Daly in his book, Four Cornerstones of Winning Golf (By the way, THIS book, is way too cool…).

I used to try to copy his swing during one of my golf years and was pretty successful at it. I remember when I would read his book over and over again until couple pages decided to take lives of its own and take off somewhere in my bedroom…

Anyways, check it out. You should also read his book from couple years ago where he writes about his life but we will get to that so…

Get Grip It and Rip It! here

John Daly’s Swing on Youtube;

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P.S. The weirdest thing is that I live in San Francisco right next to John Daly Blvd., right next to Daly City! It must be a coincidence that he’s among my favorites. I mean, of all the places you can live in, I am living next to John Daly Blvd and Daly City?!? John should really move here.

Get the book here:

Grip It and Rip It: John Daly's Guide to Hitting the Ball Farther Than You Ever Have Before

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by John Daly

Lesson with Butch Harmon

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Lesson with Butch Harmon

Yes, you can get a lesson withat Rio Secco, Henderson, Nevada, which is about 20 minute drive from theairport. Although slighltly costly, you can get a lesson with Butch, former teacher of Tigerand currentforPhilly Mickelson.

check out his school info here.

About

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Hi there, my name is Max.

Welcome to ProGolferDigest.com.

As a former pro golfer playing in various mini-tour tournaments and other stints as a Pro golfer, I’d like to share what I have learned from other Pro golfers and famous teachers such as Tiger’s old coach, Butch Harmon who was my last golf coach.

Why am I not on the PGA Tour yet?

Well, I broke my finger and I ran out of funding and money to keep going as a pro and dove into the corporate world, wasting my youth and energy to make a living. My finger injury lasted almost 2+ years before I could play normal golf again.

Now, I am on my own at least, making money with blogs. My next goal is to make enough money so I can support my pro-tour challenge. I am currently getting ready to play some mini-tour events and Nationwide Tour Monday Qualifyings for 2012. I know it’s going to take me couple years to get to the PGA, but I thought I’d make a blog and tell you about my journeys there.

I will be doing swing analysis of pro golfers and also critiquing my own golf swing. By simply reading my golf analysis, you will learn everything I have learned from various pro golfers and teachers.

Why don’t you become a teaching professional?

Well, I don’t want to end up as a golf teacher. My goal has been always to “play” competitive golf and nothing else. Heck, I do teach golf right here, on my blog. That’s the least I can do to give back the 19 years of golf experience that I have.

My tips are genuine, from an actual mini-tour golfer, and Top 10 ’97 High School Californian golfer (or at least I was 10th in all California in high school), me, Max Lee.  Your golf swing will improve more because my tips are personal and they work!

See my best golf tips.

You can find me at San Bruno driving range off 280 if you are in SF Bay Area, maybe we can hit up a chat.

Can you do any trick shots?

Yes, I actually do hold the world record for most shots hit with 1 golf ball.

Here’s the video on YouTube:

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See this post for HOWTO do this.

Here’s the updated version where I hit the ball again while its in mid-air:

 

What’s your handicap?

Well, I haven’t had that much time to play lately since I have to make a living in front of my PC but I will shoot anywhere near par whenever I go out.  (+1-3 handicap…)  My lowest score is a 64 so far, which isn’t great by pro tour standards but yes, I will take most people’s money when we bet for skins.  My goal is to shoot 4-6 under consistently on any course I play, which is something most pro tours can do.

Do you have any swing tips?

You can check out some of my best swing tips here.

Will reading your blog help my golf game?

Here’s a comment from one of my long-time readers that proves you can get better at golf by reading my golf tips:

“Max, I had been studying Hogan’s swing on my own for the last few years. But not until I came across your website did I put all the pieces together. Thank you so much for giving back. I am hitting the ball straight with plenty of power and enjoying ever minute of golf. J.G.”

Thanks, J.G., that means everything to me, I will keep working harder and try to give you guys the best golf tips in the world.

I have a question?

Do you have a question on how to hit a certain golf shot or perhaps your golf swing?

Shoot me an e-mail at pro [at] progolferdigest.com and I will answer your question on my blog.

Also, if you want free swing analysis, upload your swing on YouTube and send me the link! (I will do a complete analysis on my blog too.)

I also write a tech blog over at Zedomax.com, so check that out too!