Category Archives for Golf Mechanics

A funny little shot

The below video shows me attempting a shot from water. The ball was completely submerged and surrounded by mud. To complicate matters my backswing was impeded by the wall and I couldn’t quite get in the right position.

The trick here was not to panic – I went through the automatic process and committed to the shot. I was lucky enough this time to find the green and two-putt for par. The only problem was getting covered in mud – but it was a lot of fun.

Check out the golf video below:

Next time I will know not to hit a driver from the tee – the creek in front of the green was hidden from the tee!

Consistent golf is not what's it's cracked up to be

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t get asked about how to play consistent golf.

At first thought it sounds like a fair request. After all, it makes sense to be able to play consistently since everyone is trying to do the same.

With further reflection I think that trying to play consistently is the wrong thing to do. Playing consistent golf is not allowing you to be the best that you can be. Aiming for consistency is likely to keep you playing safe and not allowing you to explore your true potential. It feels comfortable but it’s not that exciting.

What’s the alternative?

I’d be aiming for your own level of remarkable. Like learning to swing without fear from the 1st tee onwards. Sure, you might hit some awful shots, but you’re likely to hit some home runs too!

Consistent golf is boring golf – it’s careful and calculating. Remarkable golf is exciting and full of possibilities.

It’s the possible that makes golf fun and full of learning experiences.

The paradox of playing remakable golf is that you’re likely to shoot lower scores more of the time. It’s then that you’ll get people asking you what your secret to playing consistently is.

Fear of failure is a waste

Fear of failure is a waste. It’s a waste of energy and a waste of time. Why? Because the absolute worst thing that can happen to you on the golf course is a bad score. Not good but not that bad either.

If you play badly you’re not going to be sacked by your golf club and your dog will still love you. Golfers aren’t afraid of bad scores, they’re more worried about what others will think and possibly getting some negative feedback.

Here’s the kicker. Continue reading

A small change that can make the world of difference!

A few years back I discovered that using slightly larger grips had a positive affect on my game. Not only did these bigger grips feel better but they allowed me to swing more confidently and freely.

Thin grips can be hard to hold – especially if you have big hands or a bit of arthritis. The club will move around when you swing, making it difficult to swing with confidence.

Bigger grips make a world of difference. I’m not talking about super jumbo grips – they go a bit far. I’m talking about what I call “chunky” grips – larger than normal but without being so big that they make the club useless.

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Standard grips, like the one above, don’t fit into the hand that well for many golfers. They just don’t feel right!

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A slightly larger grip makes the difference. Your hand sits in a more natural and comfortable position.

After using a larger grip for over two years I couldn’t (can’t) go back to a thinner grip. Thin grips now feel awful! The club slips around and makes control difficult.

The larger grip feel right – just like a tennis racket, baseball bat or cricket bat.

If you’re serious about your game and want to get an advantage without changing your golf swing then look at increasing the size of your grip.

Make sure the grips are perfectly round and don’t alter the weight or balance of your golf clubs.

But beware – once you use “chunky” grips you will never go back!

Good golfing,

Cameron

P.S. Some further information about larger grips;

  • You can use them on all of your clubs. This includes your drive, wedges and everything in between.
  • Best that you get a pro shop to fit your grips. Fitting grips is not hard, the professional have the right equipment and can do it quickly.
  • Grip size will always come down to personal preference. Test what feels good to you and then match all of your clubs.

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Three Killer Scientific Golf Swing Secrets

Golfers like to work on their swing and search for the ‘secret’ or golf tip that can help them improve. Although I’m not a big fan of quick tips or jumping around looking for a miracle cure, correct golf mechanics are important.

There is so much contradiction available in the golf world that it can be hard to know what is right or wrong. I have found that if golfers get correct information they can swing better and with more confidence. This is always a good thing 🙂

In 2004 I was involved in a scientific study of the golf swing. This was a comprehensive study and involved analysis of motion, ground reaction forces and muscle activity. After nine months of researching the scientists had come up with some interesting results. These results contradicted many traditional concepts. Below are three ideas that can help you improve your golf technique;

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Scientific Secret #1 – Power comes from your hands and arms, not your body

Most of modern instruction places an emphasis on spinning (turning) your body for maximum power. This is not correct. This spinning and turning causes most golfing problems – most notably a weak slice.

The key for maximum power is to swing your hands and arms. The body acts as a support mechanism – moving in response to your hands and arms. Move your arms first and the body will follow. It should never be the other way around.

Have you ever been stuck under a tree with a restricted back swing, then been surprised at how far you’ve hit the ball? This has happened to many golfers and represents the scientific secrets to a better golf swing. With a restricted backswing you are forced to swing your arms, which is exactly what you’re supposed to do.

Scientific Secret #2 – How to have perfect timing

Golfers report that when they are playing well they have more time to hit the ball. During these times their timing is spot on. Scientific analysis has helped identify the secrets to having perfect golf swing timing. Here they are;

  • club head traveling along the target line for a longer period of time
  • club face pointing at the target for longer period of time

We termed this the Flat Spot Principle. Learning to perform the FSP will give you an unfair advantage. You can hit the ball with confidence because you’ll know that the ball will travel longer and straighter more of the time.

Scientific Secret #3 – How to hit the ball further with less effort

Science has shown it is possible to get more power without straining and hurting your body. Here are the key concepts for doing so;

  • Use a shorter back swing. It was found that when golfers relaxed and attempted a shorter back swing they actually INCREASED the length of their swing. This could help explain why golfers can report better results when they swing easier and take a three-quarter length swing.
  • Allow a bending of your left arm (your right arm if you’re left-handed). This not only reduces strain and makes the swing easier to perform, you’ll also give yourself a mechanical advantage. A slight bending of your left arm at the top of the swing reduces the moment of inertia and allows you to start the club down more quickly. This will allow your swing to have more speed at the ball.
  • Don’t wind your body like a spring. Turning your body tight or as far as you can is not the right thing to do. This is sometimes referred to X factoring. You should strive for a relaxed and comfortable swing – not one that causes you pain or is difficult to do

A bonus Scientific Secret – The Grip

Learning how to hold onto the club can be a difficult thing to learn. There are many pieces of advice to choose from and deciding on the right one is not always easy. Our scientific data identified two key areas that are most important. Get these two concepts correct and you can forget about the rest;

  • Choose a grip that allows you to swing the golf club with speed. This should be your greatest priority.
  • Choose a grip that YOU find comfortable – not what your instructor says so

This means that you don’t need to worry about Vardon, interlocking or overlapping grips. Find method of holding the club that satisfies the above principles and you’ll do just fine.

As an extra bonus you may find bulking up your grips to your liking. Get your golf professional to add some extra tape under your grip or experiment with some chunky grips that are now on the market. I should have some of these new grips in stock shortly. If you’d like to learn more please contact me.

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These scientific secrets form the basics of BioSwing. One independent scientist was so impressed with the golf swing model that he described BioSwing as the golf swing of the future. To learn more about BioSwing view my Golf Instruction 2.0 package for full details.

No matter how good you golf swing mechanics are you still need to perform the swing automatically and naturally. I still believe this to be golf’s most important skill – when you have good mechanics and can automate that swing you will become the best golfer you can be.

Good golfing,

Cameron

Why golf posture and stance are not important

I can’t help but think that golfers become unstuck when they try and stand correctly to the ball.

They are determined to get every part of the stance correct. They make sure their posture is right, their stance is square and the ball is located in the perfect postition. For the most part these golfers fail…

They try too hard. They fidget and never get comfortable. They look awkward and become so preoccupied with what they are doing that they forget the main aim – to hit the ball.

I think there is a better way.

Forget everything that you’ve ever read about standing to the ball. This includes alignment and ball position.

I have found that comfort is more important. When you stand comfortably, you give yourself a better chance of making a better swing. This is more valuable than any spine angle tip you’ll read in a golf magazine.

Your subconscious will take care of any minor errors with your aim and ball position. You can keep swinging. Over time you will naturally (without thinking) learn the best positions for you and your swing.

Get comfortable from the start and hit the ball. This is all you have to do. It’s more fun and definitely more interesting than concerning yourself with too much detail.

Good golfing,

Technique or not Technique

Dear golfer,

I played yesterday with an old friend who is a PGA Professional. He has been traditionally trained but has a real passion for the game of golf. He loves it. He mixes with the members of his club on a weekly basis, loves talking golf with anyone who will listen and thoroughly enjoys coaching and sharing his knowledge. Most importantly he is NOT closed off to learning new ideas from outside sources.

After the round he was interested in learning more about my ideas for golf improvement and how I could help him further. The first thing that was noticeable that he was very “careful”. His was deliberate on each shot and seemed to lack any real flair for remarkable play. This is common for those that have spent years learning and applying technique. You can literally see their minds ticking over on each shot as they rehearse the correct procedure. I believe this to be tiring and not 100% necessary and this is exactly what my professional friend was doing.

After 10 holes he was 3 under. A good score on a unfamiliar course. It seemed he got tired and more tense as the round continued. His swing lacked flow and as a result the ball didn’t zip off the club face. He made some poor swings and he got tighter. He did hit an excellent shot on 17 however. Stuck behind a tree, he needed a high slice to bring the ball onto the green. The shot came out perfectly and finished on the green. I asked him later what was going on in his mind. “I wasn’t thinking about my swing”, was his reply. Interesting.

He ended up with a score of 73. Not bad but I do think it should have been better. He agreed that he needed to think less and play more. I believe this one step will help him not only to play good golf but some extraordinary golf. He has worked hard on his technique for many years and now it’s time to let it happen. He will make some real progress now.

Our conversation ended with a discussion on technique. He wanted to know my thoughts on applying technique to a struggling golfer. My rules are as follows;

  • Get the best information you can find. Beg, borrow or steal this information. Avoid quick tips from magazines and anything claiming to offer a miracle cure
  • Practice away from the golf course. Never think technique while you play (at least not when you’re swinging the club).
  • Learn to automate any swing change. This is critical!
  • Play golf when you get to the golf course. This means that you don’t worry or concern yourself with technique for the duration of the round

This approach will ensure the quickest learning time and still allow you to play your best golf while making changes.

I’m not against technical training. It is a necessary evil and one that is unlikely to go away. If you want to experience a real breakthrough with your golf you do need to leave your golf swing alone eventually. Even a dedicated golf pro can’t fight the natural learning machine.

Good golfing,

Cameron Strachan

How to fix your golf swing

I’m not a big fan of spending vast amounts of time fixing my golf swing or working on technique. This does not mean that my golf game is perfect or that it doesn’t need some work…it does! I have faults and maybe I could improve if I worked on them. I choose to ignore them. I have worked hard to automate my golf game and I truly enjoy what I have…a reliable golf swing that has provided me hours of enjoyment and will continue to do so in 2008. It’s a great feeling and something that I don’t want to jeopardise by trying to fix a tiny aspect of my golf swing.

I keep receiving email from those that want to know how to incorporate swing changes into their game. I understand that owning a horrible slice isn’t much fun or hitting the ball on the head, so it dribbles along the ground, is frustrating and a big hit on your ego. So what is the best way to make some changes to your game?

The following ideas should be kept in mind when making any changes;

  1. Always work on one thing at a time. This is not flexible!
  2. Forget about where the ball goes…it’s irrelevant. Hitting balls into a net is the perfect training environment. Do not focus on good or bad shots. You are in training mode not playing mode!
  3. Practice in short sharp sessions. By short I mean 15 minutes maximum. You will get distracted and lose focus if you go any longer.
  4. Always have automation in the back of your mind. Finish of each session with some automatic play. Practice like you play is key.
  5. Be realistic! Aim high…but don’t expect massive change to happen in one short session. Sneak up on a swing change and you’ll OWN the new swing. It not real to go from a slice ball to a long and straight ball over night. Those that understand this and stick with the process make the biggest breakthroughs.

You have a decision to make. Are you prepared to stick to the above process to fix your golf swing? It takes work and can be a little boring. After all, it’s not easy working on your backswing, not worrying about where the ball goes and ignoring every thing else that is going through your mind. But this is what you have to do!

I have found a niche market by helping golfers find their natural swing. In nearly all cases this swing helps them lower their score, hit the ball further and find a level of consistency that makes the game more fun. This is the reason that I focus on this more than making swing changes.

It’s more enjoyable and results can be quicker – a lot quicker. You already own your golf swing, you just need to be shown how to let it out. I also believe that your natural game gives you the ability to improve gradually over time. You aren’t stagnant – you learn to creep up on improvement, sometimes you don’t even notice it. This is real – how did you learn to ride a bike, drive a car, throw and catch a ball?

My honest advice is to discover you inside talent first. Remove the straight jacket and unleash the golfing genius that is already inside you. You’ll find this easier and if it doesn’t work, you can always follow the boring approach second.

Let me know how you get on.

Good golfing,

Cameron Strachan

An introduction to BioSwing, The Golf Swing of the Future

If you’d like to learn more about golf swing mechanics then please view the video below. This is a short movie giving an introduction to BioSwing. BioSwing was formed after a comprehensive and detailed scientific analysis of the golf swing. The testing comprised of a full body, 3 dimensional, 16 muscle group and ground reaction force protocol. All this simultaneously. The subsequent data was translated into a usable golf instruction manual for all golfers. This is BioSwing…enjoy!

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The Flat Spot Principle – an unfair advantage for all golfers

The Flat Spot Principle (FSP) was discovered when scientists observed elite player’s swings with those of club golfers.

It was found that the better the player the longer the club and club face remained on the target line. The FSP really gives the golfer an unfair advantage – making slicing virtually impossible, the golfer who can achieve the FSP will experience a confidence and enthusiasm for the game that is hard to beat.

The complete BioSwing literally forces you to achieve the FSP. The body stabilization and lateral shift ensures the club approaches the ball squarely. The throwing motion of the arms ensure the club face remains square for a longer period of time. The correct grip maximizes the power that can be transmitted into the ball.

The FSP happens as a result of what has gone before it. You don’t need to think about it. You’ll hit the ball further, straighter and with less effort. BioSwing also places less strain and stress on your body than many conventional techniques and swing theories do. It is a win-win golf swing!

To learn more about BioSwing please visit my golf science website