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Students, Friends & Golfers, (February 11, 2016) Tush Line & The Orientation of the lower body in the Golf Swing: By: James Jordan

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Playing Into The Wind!

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Category: Golf Goals

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Struggling with Great Range Results not converting on the Course? Click Below!

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Students & Golfers, I hope you all enjoyed what was a fairly dominate performance from a young man at Augusta this past week/weekend. After Friday, I made a bold statement that he would not lose this tournament, and only a few could take it from him. Well... He stayed committed to his process and felt the inner glaze of a green jacket sizzle his skin late Sunday. What a great feeling, for a great young man... All that being said, I want to share with you one area of Jordan's game that keeps him around on weekends and allows him to dominate when all areas of his game are in order... AVOIDING THE 3 PUTT: Jordan isn't the longest hitter on tour (I wouldn't say he's short however) and clearly he isn't classified as a veteran (yet) but will be in no time. We all understand he has a sharp mind, well balanced lifestyle and speaks as if he's in his mid 30's qualified to win on any course. He makes a barrage of birdies and currently ranked #1 in scoring average. All that being said, I've done my research on what attribute keeps him around or leading most tournaments... HE AVOIDS THE 3 PUTT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. He's currently ranked 10th in 3 putt average, #1 in putting average, 1 Putt Percentage he is ranked #2, and ranked #1 in putts per round for 2015.

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Short Game Sessions - Body In Motion:

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Into the Wind: "Flight The Ball Right With These Tips" - James Jordan Picture Demonstrations attached for a visual display. 10-24-2014: Fall season is among us and here in Southern California we face the blustering winds of the Santa Ana's. I'm sure at some point (no matter your region) you too have been faced with windy conditions which can challenge your game more than ever. Recently, I've had a handful of students come to me with their challenges in how to keep the ball down and better their distance control from well struck shots (that still come up short into the wind). I hear it all the time... CHALLENGE: "James, I'm hitting it solidly, yet the ball comes up 10/20 yards short" "James, Even when I hit it well, the ball balloons up into the sky a mile high and can't seem to control the ball flight" " James, What I do is... try to put the ball back in the stance, grip it a little firmer and try to hit down or trap the ball for control" Golfers.... Have you witnessed these challenges? Does this all sound too familiar? I know early on playing and learning the game I sure could relate. It's fine if you want to execute the into the wind shot this way. Just make sure you have a "Lightspeed" Greenskeeper who can mow out a green 30 yards short of the one you're aimed at, once you hit the shot. ;) SOLUTION: Now that I've brought a sense of familiarity to what you've witnessed and struggled with, I want to provide the right fundamentals and idea to assist in you performing the "into the wind" shot correctly. 1) Take More Club: More club means less loft. With less loft the ball is able to flight at a lower height not allowing the wind to effect the shot as much. 2) Choke down on the club (preferably an inch for starters) By choking down on the club, you allow for more control overall and generally (in conjunction with more club / less loft) you will have a sense of keeping things more shallow in this particular shot. 3) Ball Positioning: Place the ball a half ball and or ball back from the usual position in your stance. This will allow for a slight decrease in loft and with the right shallow approach you can maintain a lower flight when struck properly. 4) Angle of Clubface at address: Naturally some like the clubface close to square or ever so slightly open at address (stock shot). I've spent some time with good players over the years and found out that many keep the face ever so slightly shut (think the toe of the club pointed ever so slightly down /left ). From testing the numbers and spin from this address position, we've witnessed even less spin on the golf ball. Something about a shut face keeps things working more shallow. NOTE: The Clubface slightly shut many times will start the ball on your target line and have the ball working left (right handed golfer). You must have the path of the club before impact work ever so slightly RIGHT to compensate. Ideally, when done correctly you will hit a low draw or straight shot as the path and face are working correctly pre/at/post impact. If you notice a lower flight (yet the ball is moving too far left or is pulled) be mindful of the path of club working more right. Not Right field (and do your best to not over amplify it), just a little more right pre-impact. 5) Shallow the total swing: The idea of placing the ball in the back of the stance and hitting down (or trapping the ball) makes me quiver. The last thing you want to do is have too vertical a take away and have a club angle into impact that is steep on the downswing. What will suit you best is keeping the take away and total swing shallow. Think about the club staying very low to the ground in the take away and do your best to match that shallowness at / post impact. The club already works down as is, so adding a steeper AOA (angle of attack) is trouble and all bets are off for a lowered flight. In edition to these 5 tips make sure you are relaxed over all when performing a shot into the wind. Keep the grip from the palm region up into the arms soft. Don't feel the need to swing harder as the wind is devilish to your psyche manufacturing some crazy idea to "swing hard.... You want the opposite... With the implementation of less loft, the grip choked down on the club, ball position / clubface adjustments and a shallow approach to the shot... Things really do take care of their self. Get to the range and get to work. In no time, you'll be paired up or playing in your local money game having your playing partners say "why the heck didn't I leave my wallet in the car"!!! That's the moment I care to hear about most...That's pretty much why I teach ;) Good Luck Students, Friends & Golfers! - JJ

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Category: Putting Tips

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Putting Prescription: James Jordan Golfers: I've written a few articles and blogs in regards to reading putts (Apex, Aimpoint, Relating speed line and beyond the hole) and now feel it's time to address the mess before a putt is even rolled. Here's a comfortable and basic blueprint to setup the foundation in your putting stroke. Grip- This is a personal preference. I'd like to see an overlap (right pinkie in between left index and middle finger yet on top of the finger webbing Steve Stricker would be an example) and or reverse overlap ""MORE COMMON" (left index finger on top on left pinkie and middle finger would be an example) however should you feel left hand low, claw, and or another grip set up at address suits your stroke please stay with it. You can work together (be it with me or your local putting specialist) in seeing the good's and bad's of what your current and or new grip produces in the overall stroke. If you feel confident in a grip setup that's different from the norm, we can address it and build form there. There are no absolutes but I want you to absolutely feel comfortable and confident in the grip you choose to use. Harvey Pennick used to tell Ben Crenshaw "you never want to look like anyone else". So don't question the look of your grip if there's comfort and success. Grip pressure: On a scale of 1-10, I want your grip pressure to stay within a 3-4 range. Feeling the weight of the putter head is paramount. This allows you to stroke the putt freely. You can keep a little more tension in the finger tips (no more than 5 based on the 1-10 scale) but keep the area of palm region and wrists / forearms soft throughout the stroke. Of the tour players and good players I've been fortunate to meet and spend time with, they all mention a softness in total grip pressure when it comes to the putting stroke. Stance: Standard space between feet should be around a foot. As the putts become longer, the stance can become wider to match a greater length in overall stroke. The line of feet & shoulders relative to putter head placed behind the ball (address) should match in parallel fashion to your line or hole location you intend to start the putt. At times, we tend to open (causing a pull) or close (causing a push) the stance / shoulders which generally can cause a golfer to manipulate other unnecessary areas within the stroke. There are even times where golfers pull putts with a closed stance and vice versa. It's a finicky game. Stay as evenly lined up (feet, shoulders, square putter face at address) each time before you strike the putt. Eye Line: The eye line (the line in which one looks down at the ball vertically) should be traced down to the inside / middle of ball. This suits most players best in striking their putts directly on the middle of the putter face. Too far inside of the ball (example looking at too much green inside the ball) generally results in putts that push to the right. An eye line too far over the ball looking inward generally causes a player to pull putts. Favoring an eye line directly over to inside middle of the ball is best. Ball Positioning: To allow the putter head to release properly, I find that most player I work with are seeing better success in a ball slightly up in stance. For now, 1 ball up from what would be the middle of your stance. This allows the putter head to release down your intended line more effectively. Be mindful if you do start to see putts pull (go left) and alter the ball positioning back to middle of the stance. Generally, a ball too far forward can cause putts to go left. A ball too far back, results in putts that go right (push). Something to be aware of should all other fundamentals be / feel in order. Obviously ball positioning can vary depending on slope and amount of break but this is the standard for your basic putts. The Stroke: Being that you are using the most common of grips and setup, when you look down at your hands slowly pay attention to the triangle formation you've created. Your grip and arms are tension free and in order on the putter handle. This formation should be constant throughout the entire stroke. From here (stock 3-6-9 foot putts) think 50/50 (take away matching post impact) through the total stroke. The idea is to take the putter head away, and from there continue to keep constant acceleration through the impact position. Obviously this is geared around straight forward flat putts. Concentrate on holding the finish for 2-3 seconds after the ball has been struck to maintain the line you've intended starting you ball on. The putter head should move freely through the impact position and while holding the finish, the butt of the club should be slightly angles at your naval. Additional Areas Of Focus: A few other areas to take a look at (in case you are still troubled with pushes, pulls, speed etc.) are... Shoulder Alignment: Not to be overlooked. Too open, or closed can result in pulled and or pushed putts. Keep them aligned with the foot line as everything should line up in parallel foundation relative to the line or hole location. Stabilization Of Knees: Be mindful of the knees not moving out of place (lateral shift or movement in knees during the stroke can cause pushes and or pulled putts). Head Movement: Keep your head down (Most struggle with a lift of head, but some pros actually eye trace putts effectively so if you are able to see success with a moving head there are no absolutes) well after the putt is struck. Reason being, most who peak too early (lift their head up, look too far forward to soon etc.) create off center contact and usually push putts missing them to the right. Having the putter work with acceleration (through and low, post impact) while keeping the head down for 2-3 seconds, generally starts and keeps the ball much more on it's intended line. Speed and line are much more consistent in the long run. Golfers: Over the last year, I've spent 100's of hours with many students on the putting greens getting an understanding of their tenancies that challenge them or bring magnificent results. The above material I've presented is the easiest way I can prescribe and describe what's working. There are no absolutes, but based on the notes I take (and the feedback from students and players) these founding fundamentals are a fantastic starting grounds to successful putting. I'm always curious to hear about your successes or additional information outside the presented material, that's brought you success as well. For now, get busy with a proper foundation and then the rest will fall into place, or the cup that is.... ;) Always - James Jordan

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