Archive for April, 2010

The Balance Conditions

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2010 by evershedgolf

The Balance Condition of the Head; the Alignment of the Eye’s; and the Connection to the Brain

Now I bet the farm that nobody has ever written about this before.

Do you remember those times when you stood over a shot or a putt and you knew before you hit it, it was going to be good? Instead of really recognizing what just happened, we believe we just had a positive thought, and then poof, a multi-million dollar industry was born. A hand full of smart entrepreneurs started up positive thinking courses, books, tapes, and personal instruction.

The truth: In the moment of those shots, your balance centers all lined up and your brain got the message that all is right in the world to go ahead and pull the trigger.

Now, I fully expect that this will go unheralded, and probably sloughed off by 99% of you. I think I should sell this info to David or Butch and let them put their names on it. Let them make a bunch of money, maybe I should keep a small percentage.


The Driver. Upswing Or Downswing

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 by evershedgolf

The Driver – Up or Down.

I remember sitting on a board of golf professionals who were attempting to put together a manual for other golf professionals, when the topic was hitting a driver, when I brought up the idea of hitting the driver on the down swing the reaction I got was like I just said the earth was flat. Now, this was several years ago, and I don’t think I was able to convince anyone at that time I was right. It’s kind of funny because that same day we also discussed ball flight laws and nobody argued that for a ball to get airborne and stay airborne for any real length of time it had to be spinning backwards.

Moving forwards, I remember watching the Phoenix Open about 3 or 4 years ago when the telecast first started using the high speed camera to catch the players swing at impact. On the 11th or 12th hole they got Phil Mickelson as he was hitting his driver. I will never forget, as his club got inches away from the ball the announcer said watch how Phil hits the ball on the up, and at that moment the camera showed the club travelling down through the ball. If you were to hit the ball on the upswing, wouldn’t your weight be on your back foot and wouldn’t hitting it up cause the ball to have over spin, making it drop like that of an over spin tennis shot? It continues to amaze me that in the year 2010 that we still haven’t got some of the basic laws correct.

P.S. although I sit by my phone daily, I have not received a single phone call apologizing from that board of golf pro’s.

Training Vs Practice

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 by evershedgolf

Training Vs Practice.

I have come to dislike the term practice, especially when it is used in the context of golf. It is my learned experience that normally it is only those in the first few years of their golf history that show any real signs of improvement and that is because their hand eye coordination is falling into place and that they are gaining some experience. After the first 5 years things slow down, stop, or get worse. It now seems to me to be prehistoric to go to the range to hit balls and expect to get better.

Training: To me this means have a goal in mind and having a plan of how to reach it. Wishing to hit the ball straight is a wish not a goal. Putting the pieces in place to hit the ball straight is a goal.

Lets train to improve, not just hope to improve.

Foot Work

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 by evershedgolf

Footwork: Take V

I don’t know if this is 5, 6, 7 or 8. I love this subject; the more I think about it the more I am convinced we need to study it more. Think about it, how hard can it really be to change the line you swing your shaft on, or to open or close your clubface more or less than you have been doing? (For the record, I hate that last sentence, but you get the point). Sometimes I think having a golf directional problem is similar to having a stutter or having Tourettes Syndrome. I am not trying to be funny. The brain gets into a pattern and has one hell of a time changing it. We start hitting big hooks and go about trying to change our swings. I am suggesting that what we really should be doing is changing our footwork.

I would guarantee you that if they measured through the feet the weight pressure changes of Bruce Lietzke and let’s say Arnold Palmer; they would find two different patterns. Mr. Lietzke hits everything left to right, and Mr. Palmer goes right to left. If they measured Lee Trevino they would find a similar yet different pattern to Mr. Lietzke. The difference being Bruce hits it high, Lee hits it low, but both go left to right.

If we recognized this as the truth we would start fixing swings (club, hands, arms,) through the feet. Before you think this idea to be too strange, think about all other athletes and how they are taught. I am sure you will come up with the commonality of footwork. How many of the great old golf books hint about footwork? They never really follow it up or go into any detail – what a pity. As I look into this subject more, I think I will find some really interesting stuff about how footwork affects all humans and animal life. Have you ever seen an Elephant trainer lay down while the Elephant walks over him? I think we think the Elephant doesn’t squash him because he loves him so much, I don’t think so! Next time you see this, watch how the trainer places himself just behind one of the Elephants front feet, and then how another trainer guides the Elephants other foot just over the laid out trainer. They don’t have to worry about the back feet because they always land exactly where the front feet were.

Moral of the story: I have no idea!!!

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Form Follows Function

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2010 by evershedgolf

“Form Follows Function.”

I first heard this quoted in 1983 while attending a one day golf school taught by Mr. George Knudson. It has stuck to me all these years. Over the past 20+ years it has come and gone from my conscious mind, I can honestly say that it is not till now that I understand its meaning. I would be shocked if Mr. Knudson was the creator of this concept for it applies to many more things than golf, therefore somebody or somebody’s must have recognized this fact years ago.

You know sometimes I get so angry that I and we have had the answers right in front of us and we choose to push them aside and look for answers that are much tougher. I may be one of the guiltiest guys on the planet. I grew up watching Moe Norman, most likely the greatest ball striker of all time. I spent 18 hours on the practice tee with George Knudson and since then have been telling golfers that nobody ever looked better addressing a ball than did Mr. Knudson.

Even as I write this I can see him standing getting ready to wire a shot from the practice tee at the Buttonville driving range. I can see his address position, I know how is going to finish and I can feel his footwork leading into the strike.

Form follows function: the words are not good enough; they need a much broader explanation. I would like to add just for golf purposes although this idea can probably be said for many other things. Golf: learned knowledge interpreted leads to form correctly or incorrectly.

Learn knowledge interpreted: words trigger pictures, pictures trigger actions. As we interpret the words as shell, we react. This would certainly explain why 10 people can go through a golf school and by the conclusion of the school we could have 10 different looking swings. I am not for one moment suggesting that this is a good thing.

Form follows interpreted knowledge: Although Moe Norman may be the greatest ever and was a dear friend of mine and Ben Hogan is the essence of great ball striking, nobody and I repeat nobody looked better over a golf shot that Mr. George Knudson.

Therefore: The combination of the correctly organizes knowledge along with great visual imagery form following function can be brought to a whole new level.

Change Your History

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 by evershedgolf


Changing your history

Let’s say you have a history of hitting high shots poorly, so poorly in fact that you are afraid to try one even though the shot at hand calls for a high shot coming down softly.

What would you do? Try the correct shot or go with that low one that even if it clears the bunker has no chance of stopping any were near the hole.

If your technique is such that it is wrong for hitting high shots well, for example, you lean on your back foot, swing your arms off plane and throw your right wrist at the ball I am sure you have a negative history of hitting high soft shots that end up traveling the correct distance. So what if we get your weight pressure where it should be, teach your arms where the correct plane is and educate your hands on what to do. I guarantee you that you now have the ability to hit high soft shots that travel the correct distance or close to it.  But, I am afraid that your fear is still thinking about your history even to the point that you may not even try to hit it high, thereby never giving yourself a chance to create a positive future, which would become your new history.

I think sometimes it is like having a bad experience with a tiny dog when you were  little, and now even though you’re big enough to squash that little dog your still afraid.

Moral of the story,

In all likelihood your negative memories were caused by poor technique. Fix the technique and what it was you used to be unable to do is now possible, but you have to give it a chance and have your eyes open enough to see the positive result.

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Get To The Source.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 by evershedgolf

Get to the source

You’re never going to cure the problem until you get to the source. Golfers spend too much time trying to out-work this game, hoping that if they work hard enough on it that the problem will go away. This would probably work if it wasn’t for the fact that the brain controls the body, not the other way around.

Let’s go through one scenario. The slice: The slice is caused by the club shaft coming into the ball from outside the target line to inside the target line with a clubface that is by degrees more open than the shaft by degrees is across the shaft line. In English, but vey general, the club shaft is moving across the ball outside in with the clubface open. Okay every golfer knows that. Then why can’t they fix it?

Reason: to fix the slice you need to change the angle of approach of the shaft into the ball. To do that you need to adjust your body line (aim straight) not way left. The slicer is afraid to do this because they believe the ball will go further to the right than before. They’re correct, it will because they have not yet fixed the face.

The reason a slicer aims so far left, doing the exact right thing to hit a slice, is because they have never been told that to fix the slice they have to fix the clubface as well as the swing path. If they were given the total correct information in an organized way, they could go about fixing their problem. Without the piece of info about the clubface, this slicer is left with only the understanding if they fix the path they fix the problem. So they try a few times to fix the path without the knowledge that they also need to fix the face. Knock the ball off the planet right a couple of times and then never try to fix the path again.


They are told to roll their hands to fix the slice, without fixing the path. Can you see what’s going to happen now? The swing comes from your brain (the source). Fix the source (the brain), and you can fix the action (the body).

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