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Today’s Swing Keys Video by Junger Woods

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

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Here’s the swing keys for today on video:

1. Really feel the shoulders and large muscles do the work on your backswing. What do I mean? You can only feel this is your grip is very very light. In other words, grip light and try to feel your left shoulder turn on the backswing.

2. On the downswing, really try to feel that your stomach is controlling the arms and the hands.

P.S. I didn’t hit a good shot on the video but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a good swing key. So go ahead and try it next time you are on the range, not on the course.

On the course, you should play to score, never try to fix your swing on the golf course. If you are hitting it left consistently on the course, don’t fix your swing, simply aim more right. This might be the best lesson for today.

Golf Book Review – Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Golf Book Review - Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book

Having spent more than 18 years playing golf, I’ve read a lot of golf books. (Actually, I think I read more than 95% of them, at least what’s on the bookstands..)

Anyways, I figured I could start recommending a few if you want to become a better golfer.

Harvey Penick is the teacher of the two famous golfers, Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw.

In this little book, you will learn a lot about how to “play” the game, not just hit balls.

There’s a lot of analogy between Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw in this book.

For instance, one time Tom Kite was practicing too much so Harvey told him to go play with 3 golf balls on the golf course instead.

There’s a little bit of this here and there that will tremendously help you understand that golf is not just hitting the ball. You can learn a lot of golf psychology from this little book. Although I personally don’t think Harvey’s swing mechanics are upto par, golf isn’t about swing mechanics so this should help.

Get it here.

Harvey Penick’s life in golf began when he started caddying at the Austin, (Texas), Country Club at age eight. Eighty-one years later he is still there, still dispensing wisdom to pros and beginners alike. His stature in the golf world is reflected in the remarkable array of champions he’s worked with, both men and women, including U.S. Open champion and golf’s leading money winner Tom Kite, Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, and LPGA Hall of Famers Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls, and Kathy Whitworth. It is not for nothing that the Teacher of the Year Award given by the Golf Teachers Association is called the Harvey Penick Award.Now, after sixty years of keeping notes on the things he’s seen and learned and on the golfing greats he’s taught, Penick is finally letting his Little Red Book (named for the red notebook he’s always kept) be seen by the golf world. His simple, direct, practical wisdom pares away all the hypertechnical jargon that’s grown up around the golf swing, and lets all golfers, whatever their level, play their best. He avoids negative words; when Tom Kite asked him if he should “choke down” on the club for a particular shot, Harvey told him to “grip down” instead, to keep the word “choke” from entering his mind. He advises golfers to have dinner with people who are good putters; their confidence may rub off, and it’s certainly better than listening to bad putters complain. And he shows why, if you’ve got a bad grip, the last thing you want is a good swing.Throughout, Penick’s love of golf and, more importantly, his love of teaching shine through. He gets as much pleasure from watching a beginner get the ball in the air for the first time as he does when one of his students wins the U.S. Open.Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book is an instant classic, a book to rank with Ben Hogan’s Modern Fundamentals of Golf and Tommy Armour’s How to Play Your Best Golf All the Time.

Wayward emu turns golf gallery, follows play for seven holes

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Wayward emu turns golf gallery, follows play for seven holes

Emu, a big bird, apparently followed golfers during play. Well, I knew birdies like golf, maybe this one enjoyed it too much…lol

“It was strange,” McMeekin said. “She’s awful big and she made me nervous.”

Emus, natives of Australia, can grow to more than 5 feet and 100 pounds and are capable of running as fast as 30 mph.

Jeremy Behm, a golf course employee in this town between Olympia and Aberdeen, said he heard a strange sound as he was working in the pro shop around 6:30 a.m.

“I heard a noise and this crazy bird was standing right there,” Behm said.

After hanging around the pro shop for a time, the emu began following McMeekin and Bell while Behm called the Grays Harbor County sheriff’s office.

A deputy was dispatched but couldn’t immediately determine where the emu belonged. Soon afterward, the owner came from his home across the street and rounded up the bird at about 10:30 a.m., Behm said.

via espn