YOU MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS YOU ARE TRYING TO DO
To be able to do something right you must first understand what it is you are trying to do. Not only do you have to understand what a golf swing is and what exactly you’re trying to do when you take a golf club in your hands. You must be able to see the right mind’s eye picture of what you are endeavoring to do as you stand looking down at the ball. One can only swing the golf club to the way one perceives the golf swing in their minds eye and if your perception of the swing is wrong, [and I’m taking from decades of personal experience], you can spend the rest of your golfing life trying to put a square peg into a round hole.
But more important than anything I have just said you must understand why you can’t improve no matter what you try and the teachers must understand why they are never able to make any lasting improvement to the handicapper’s golf action no matter what they try. Golf’s Greatest Discovery was discovering the attributes that have held back the handicapper from ever improving and the teacher from ever being able to pass on to the student what they themselves can do. Golf’s Greatest Discovery was discovering a way for you, the handicapper, not only to improve, but a way for you to learn the golf swing, the same golf swing as the better player.
I’M NOT SELLING YOU ANYTHING
Unlike promoters of methods or for that matter instructors and pros, I’m not selling you anything. There will be no embellishing or empty promises. Everything I ask of you will be do-able for the simple reason that I have already done it. Think of this and always remember it, with the right attitude, proper knowledge and an understanding of why you haven’t been able to improve no matter what you may have tried, there’s absolutely nothing to prevent you from acquiring a first class golf swing. Other than financial rewards for my efforts, I have no other motive or agenda for writing this book you are reading, other than sharing my knowledge and having you enjoy this great game we play.
REFERENCES TO CONSIDER
First of all are you James,Jim or Jimmy ?
I found your site when one of your tube vids came up as recommended. The golf action v golf swing in itself is brilliant as it explains (to me at least) the two methods of playing golf. I know what a golf swing looks but you were spot on as I had a golf action.
Although my swing has a lower body movement to start the downswing you are quite correct that this is only to brace for impact . Having watched all your tube vids I went to your site and went through the it several times
So many of the things you said rang a bell. "You cannot teach what you never learned ".
I know exactly what you mean by that. I know the pros are doing something they do not know they are doing. Initially I thought it was they just had better hand action,learned as kid, and we just had not got it. I now know it's not that and is the action of the lower body prior to the upper body reaching the top. This I could see in pros and in good amateurs even some kids.
The other thing you referred to was you only thought of the ball forward to the target .
So in summary I thought we were on a similar journey but that you had not only passed me you had lapped me. So I had to get the book to see all that you had found.
I received delivery of your excellent book yesterday. Thank you very much. I am more than half way through it. Just about two weeks ago I was studying one of Tiger Woods' books "How I play golf" and was looking at his four page foldout showing his swing in ten pictures. I wanted to examine how his hips moved in his swing. I realised he had more hip turn than me and when I tried to copy him I accidentally did what you are advocating, namely letting the legs and hips initiate the swing and let the body or more as you say the unit (hands,arms and shoulders) be driven or pulled by the feet,legs and hips. It has had big effect on my ball striking, twenty yards on my drives and similar on my irons. I am not using a golf action now, I am using a golf swing. I am so very much in agreement with everything I have read so far in your book. It is the best golf instruction book I have ever read and I have read dozens and watched hundreds of golf videos on line
. Your instruction is going to make a tremendous difference to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
You are an excellent writer, and I’m impressed with your thorough analysis of the golf swing (and that there are no photographs in your book).
Funny thing, I remember that swing...(the one where the bottom half of me is going forward, and the top half still going back) from when I was a kid of eleven years old with my first golf club. A long time ago, as I’m 65 today, yet I know it’s still in there somewhere. Like you, I’ve spent countless hours on the range and hit a million balls, eating, sleeping, and breathing guys like Mindy Blake, Moe Norman, Count Yogi (are you familiar with him?). But what you’ve done is unpack the REAL SECRET of any body’s golf swing and “effortless” power. The idea of direct and indirect power is the crux and core of everything. You nailed it!
More later on, and thanks.
Got your book on friday morning and read it through Friday afternoon.
Read it again on Saturday and Sunday, all the while practising the underhand release.
Yesterday managed to get on to the practise ground and hit about a dozen balls( I know, I now!)
But the rain came again and had to stop. But, those 12 shots were tremendous. Not necessarily
hugely long and powerful but the strange feeling I got was a revelation. So today I went over again
and with some concern that yesterday was a fluke. But as you say it comes back quickly because it’s the correct way.
Tomorrow I am playing so will see how it goes but after years of tips and over 70 books on my shelf this is the only
one that I really believe it can make the difference.