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Track your Stats: (I've attached a one sheet you can print for stat tracking) No matter how much time you spend on a specific area in your game (swing, short game, putting, shaping shots, block practice, random practice) it is of paramount importance to track your stats. Sure, certain stats can be misleading and aren't the end all, but understanding which areas are weaker in your current game gives us a clear portrait of what areas need improvement. I can't tell you how many students and players constantly want to bring their swing, short game and putting problems to the lesson tee with no evidence of how it's truly tracked on the course. This doesn't mean, PLAY-PLAY-PLAY... It means track your practice rounds taking finite notes so that you and your instructor can specifically work on the weaker areas identified. Many times what you mention to us instructors isn't always your biggest scoring challenge in your total game. You would be surprised by bringing 2-3 rounds of tracked stats what your real dilemmas are. WE WANT TO MAKE YOU BETTER, so outside the communication part in what needs be better (VERBALLY), providing proof (HARD COPY) gives us a black and white solution to the matter. I've attached a maltby breakdown template you can print for your practice rounds. Many of my juniors and high school students are now using this template to bring the good's and bad's to the lesson tee. A few club players and pros as well. It's assisting us in fully developing the weaker areas of their game. Get to work on this students and friends. There's much more to golf than just hitting it well (however when that's our goal we focus primarily on getting you to a better place swing wise) so understanding how we can clean up the card is a paramount part of "PLAYING THE GAME". Hope to see many of you put this into application and bring them to the lesson tee for our next session. I want you better in every single area possible. That's it. Nothing less. All the best - JJ ;)

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Category: Putting Tips

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Foot Line and its importance in the setup position. Have you ever paid attention to your foot line at address in your stance during your putts? Do you understand what can take place with a stance that's aimed to left, right , closed and or open? Well.... What i'm seeing often during putting lessons, is too many golfers setting up the foot line too far left, or right in what would be parallel or square to the target line. This can cause many issues through impact resulting in pulls and pushed putts. I want to simplify what can happen when the foot line isn't square to the target line. When a foot line becomes too far left, most likely a player will tend to pull the ball on a path parallel with the foot line. When a foot line is aimed too far to the right, a player can push a putt parallel with their foot line. What we want is the foot line to be parallel to the line or hole we intend to hit the putt to. If a player isn't setup square or parallel to the correct line in which they want to start the putt, who knows what could go wrong. Pushes and or pulls can take place along that misaligned path. In edition to problematic path concerns (in the foot line), sometimes a golfer will manipulate their path of stroke to counter act for their foot line. (Overcompensation can take place in where you set right with your foot line and over compensate pulling the putt left of the hole and vice versa). Long term this will drive you nuts. Especially on the shorties. So... Make sure you practice getting the foot line square and parallel to your intended target line or hole location and work at keeping the hands and arms working with the correct aligned body. Proper aligned setup especially with the foot line is paramount. This is the natural geometry and physics in keeping the putter face square to its intended line being that all other areas ( the shoulder line, arms and grip ) are in order. What you can do? Practice this hitting 50/100 putts from a distance of 5 to 10 feet so that you naturally gravitate your body to set up square and or parallel to the intended target line. I promise you, you'll be more successful and start more putts on the correct line, when the foot line is in order from the starting foundation at set up. Keep on strong players! - James Jordan

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Students. Friends & Golfers... Many Golfers give up on practicing (and potentially playing this great game) because of frustration, thinking they lack the talent or ability to get better. I understand some of you may not have the time. But... When you do have the time - MAKE IT COUNT. Here's How... Science may never understand the total complexity within the inner workings of the brain. When it comes to the golf swing, we surely our aware of our brain outperforming our body in what needs to happen. I'll go on record saying that this might be the most challenging and difficult process for a golfer to configure. We see what we need to do. We can feel it. We can demonstrate it (you students have no idea how well your practice demonstration is, copying the movement / position you are trying to achieve) yet when initiation begins the brain is putting in overtime in comparison to what the body must do. I feel your pain... In fact so do 10 million others across the globe on a daily / weekly basis. What happens... Usually... We result back into our old habits and comfort zone, doing things with less thought even though the results aren't quite as good. If that doesn't work, we hang up the sticks.. Right? Don't give up so FAST. Hence the word "FAST" in capital letters... Why the emphasis on FAST? Well 9/10 golfers (this stat changes after a lesson or 2) I work with and what my fellow teachers have shared with me (over the years) is that students try to evolve urgently in need of the perfect result. That's the madness of getting better. TOO FAST, TOO SOON. SLOW IT DOWN... Whatever you are given from your instructor (or tip you may receive), the progression of developing the certain motion or position at HALF SPEED, is the Key to success. Years ago, my mentor Brady Riggs enlightened me (Swell Guy) on the payoff from practicing in such a way. Here's what I can share with you from the lesson tee and my research with students. When learning and adapting change in your golf swing, it is a natural tendency for you to swing full and make the motions at an even faster tempo than your normal total swing speed. This natural tendency is detrimental to the learning process. Until you reach that advanced level of proficiency, just keep it very slow building total speed gradually. The brain needs to concentrate on the specific position or motion slowly, in order to master the goal in motion of swing. If the body flies by at too great a speed, the brain will not be able to fully imprint the mental instructions needed. Let your body and brain slowly feel the motion that is being created and work your way up to full speed over time (I know many of you have heard my preaching's of this on the lesson tee, In less words we hope). You can make this routine in all areas of the game. Short game, Putting, and slowing down your mindset on the course in your pre-shot routine usually produces a better result. Some were given the abilities to have this from birth. Some of us have to work harder to accumulate the goal at hand. You will get better but like most things in life... Training the body and brain to agree takes time. Keep with it and I wish you an abundance of success in our journey out their on the range & course. YOU WILL GET BETTER. Be patient, be focused, and enjoy yourself. - James Jordan

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Putting: Aimpoint Vs. Apex. Apex: The start of the break. (Generally the Low-side Depending on speed) Aimpoint: The point beyond the apex in where the putt starts to fall toward the break line. (Generally the Higher Side Based on Speed) ​Reading greens (determining speed and slope in which where a putt breaks) Can be a challenging process for the average golfer. This past week at Augusta, Bubba Watson (as much as he dominated with the long ball and iron game) made the putts that truly mattered. Rarely did he miss on the low side and many putts die'd into the cup from the high side. Even if Bubba isn't conscious of the Aimpoint, he's looking beyond the apex (the point in where the putt begins to break) and allowing the putts to fall into the cup from the high side. This is paramount for putts that break and fast greens. Even the best putters in their day ​Billy Casper, ​Brad Faxon,​​ Bobby Locke, ​Ben Crenshaw ​ seemed to take the ​ highest line on breaking putts ​&​ tried to roll the ball exactly the right distance ​... Again, they were more aimpoint versed subconsciously ​ allowing the putts to fall on the high side. ​​​ The only way to stroke a putt to the apex and have it roll into the cup is adding speed. This can be more beneficial on VERY slow greens, but even then we want to die our putt into the cup as best we can. ​Without getting too technical, I have provided some pictures to give you a visualization of Apex / Aimpoint. Make some time this week (on the best local greens possible) and learn to think beyond the apex of the putt. Remember gravity is constantly affecting the roll of the ball ​&​ how it breaks.​ The one time a golfer would aim at the apex is for a straight put​t. For all breaking putts, you will always aim in a different place than the apex so as gravity affects the roll of the ball, the tracking line that you visualized will be created.​ ​ This allows the ball to fall on it's correct line. ​ Learn to correlate speed & line and in time you'll see more breaking putts drop into the cup. Get to work ;) - JJ

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Believe To Achieve

Feb 14, 2014

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Believe To Achieve - James Jordan Students, Friends & Golfers, It's been a few months since I've honed in on Golf's "Mental Approach" to the game. The blog, email tips, and reviews, have been more geared around swing, short game, putting and understanding how to play percentages. So many of you are preparing for tournaments, (as it's tournament season now) and continuing to play in your weekly money games, charity event scrambles and friendly club matches. I still understand that most of you are competitive and want to perform your best. Obviously the range work you put in and "Long Term" swing change growth is paramount for success, but don't overlook the wiring of your brain and attitude. Most of the time if that area is not in order (thinking right) it is very hard to showcase the quality shots & development of your overall game you've worked so hard practicing on. Count how many times you've witnessed a winner with a very bad attitude, doubt or negativity during his successful moments or victories. Also let's try not to mistake "frustration vs. self doubt" or negativity. If you showcase frustration, immediately followed up with a mental solution, you are allowing your positive awareness to better the moment. These frustrations should be geared around a positive outlook making one aware of what must be right. That being done in awareness, one shall have a better chance at executing the next shot with success. Let's replace some disturbing terms that are used frequently in our process of bettering our golf game. Words like... 1) Can't 2) But 3) I hate 4) Failure 5) Overwhelmed Let's add in (and phrases may work better). 1) I Can 2) No Problem 3) I Enjoy This 4) Succeed 5) I Got This There are so many ways to word things in your mental state of mind. The idea is to really feel certain, positive and assured you can do it despite the outcome. It's about the certainty in the action you are performing not the doubts. You really have to practice awareness daily in catching yourself with the doubt like beliefs. They are false and tricking you into a challenging place. The only challenge that should take place is the success over success. What that means is "How much more successful can you react to the act at hand". Be aware of your thoughts and words daily. Especially before, during and after each shot performed while you play. Over time, your process of staying in a positive mind frame will rewire and your success visually and emotionally will be revealed. - JJ :)

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Students, Friends & Golfers: First off, congratulations to Patrick Reed in winning his 2nd event of the Season. 63 On a variety of courses 3 days in a row is truly golfing your ball. I spent some time early this morning (Live chat blog from our Teachers Instruction Board,The PGA Show & Global Topic Threads) amongst teachers and instructors voicing our thoughts on his "Footwork" through impact and into the final portion of his swing... GOLFERS: I've had many of you who have voiced a "spinning" sensation of lead foot / leg "at" & "after" the impact position. The funny thing is, many of you voice that you're getting good results in your tee ball with driver when communicating this to me. You're just curious to as if it's okay to have that feeling and a finalized position that's facing your target in full body, able to walk toward the target like the great Gary Player. Answer: YES! By all means if you're seeing a good result in control, distance and ball flight you're using your footwork correctly into the total transition through the impact position. When the downswing begins (Transition), weight should be moving at the target and at impact into the left heel as the left leg is straightening out. You want to feel the left quad or thigh "engaged" late into the downswing as the hands become passive through the impact position. You should be loading into your left side (Quad / Hip) naturally & those who clear (some may have lead hip issues in which we can address) might spin their left foot out. By all means if you're seeing success in ball striking, flight and total control off the tee, no need to worry. As long as it's being done correctly you can be quite an effective driver of the ball and see good results. Arnold Palmer seemed to have this position in his final portion. He seemed to do okay. Mind you... If you've had Lead hip issues, labral tear or some type of surgery that distracts your strength and or mobility in using the left hip correctly, flare out your left toe at address to transition easier at and through the impact position. So... Granted you're transitioning correctly and loading up into the lead leg / quad / thigh there's no reason that seeing the left foot come up off the ground and or spinning more left after impact is an issue. Should there be a control issue (pull's, push, e.t.c) then there are more issue going on from a lead leg or foot rising, or spinning more left of the target. If your results seem to be a tee ball lying in the fairway... Leave it alone. Wishing you all a great week of dedicated practice, fun times on the lesson tee and success in your competitive efforts. See you on the Tee - Best JJ ;)

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How to better your overall golf performance in COLD WEATHER. Golfers: It's December 2013 and all around the globe more are experiencing cold weather conditions, which in turn effect the performance in how you play the game. Let's go over some specifics to assist in bettering the way you play, so that you're not limiting your potential to score better and hit quality shots in this seasonal quarter of cold air. When the air becomes cold, it creates resistance which can hinder the flight of the ball. Like the the wind, many amateurs wrap their mind around the idea of swinging harder to gain more distance and reach their intended yardage. This mind set and approach, will create more errors in overall distance and spin ratio relative to ball striking / club head speed. Professionals and players who understand how to perform and play in Cold / Windy conditions understand that club selection and swinging with tranquil temperament throughout their entire bag is essential. One main ingredient (two part idea) to hitting shots more accurate with less spin is to take more club, and swing with a "COMFORTABLY RHYTHMIC" total swing. This way you're creating less spin and keeping the ball directed on your intended target line with correct flight and distance. Ego free committment with more club and a "COMFORTABLY RHYTHMIC" total swing will keep you steady in your total scoring. NOTE: Mind you when I reference to wind, shots "in the wind" one would want to club up (one more club), swing smoother and make sure their total tempo in swing is under control. "Down wind" feel free to club down (one less club), swinging a tick harder to maximize the distance and control of a shorter iron traveling further. Tom Watson felt that was always the way to play down wind. 5 British Opens seals that analogy up. Getting back on track with Cold Conditions... Let's discuss some other key elements that shall help your overall performance in cold weather conditions. Here's a list of important items to keep handy during cold conditions and actions that should take place before your round. Hand Warmers Thermal Undershirt / Thermal Pants Beanie Hat Cart Gloves Things do to before & During your round. Stretch before (at home and or clubhouse) before you arrive at the first tee. Bring heated tea in a thermos to sip throughout your round to keep warm. Walking instead of riding can keep the overall body a bit warmer throughout the day. If at any point you doubt your club relative to yardage, take one more club. Soft hands, Soft hands, Soft hands... Hopefully these small alterations assist in your performance in play this winter season. I've spent time at Sherwood when the Top players were in town and all of them pursue the tips and formula I've presented. Most of the time the things I share are all relative to what the best our doing out on tour. Not always do things apply depending on the golfer's swing, short game and or fitness level but these winter condition ideas apply to all. Enjoy your holiday golf season and please feel free to contact me for any questions or swing analysis via emailed video. Best to you all - JJ ;)

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Lag: The Mystery, Myth's and "WAIT FOR IT" Approach. Homer Kelley... Moe Norman... Sergio Garcia... All Individual's who studied and presented (present I.E. Sergio) great visuals and written material on lag. Some may say it's the secret to the swing. I'm not sure about "Secret" to the swing, however understanding it's importance and how it works is quintessential in creating power and precision that repeats itself through impact. This week, I want to describe a thought process to create more lag in your transition to impact position. I'm sure many of you suffering from less lag in the golf swing, can see it demonstrated with good ball strikers on tour or at your local club. So you know, having lag is important but what's most important is that it's being implemented by correct body motion and sequencing. There are many occasion's in where one has too much lag with incorrect body motion and their ball striking is all over the map. Typically this takes place when a golfer is trying to learn / create lag too fast and using the hands and arms to feel this process. There should always be speed and power through impact, however It has to be worked on and developed from a Lethargic Like, Lackadaisical Approach! Or in other words "SLOWLY". Lag is something most golfers must earn and aren't born with out the gate. WAIT FOR IT: The initial remedy for someone looking to create more lag is what I like to call "Wait For It". You've warmed up hitting short wedges keeping the body in motion. You've gone on to hit some short and or mid irons to get the body and fluidity prepared for range work. Now... Let's learn to start the lower body working "1st" with the upper body and down / forward part of the swing lagging "2nd" into impact. The idea of you developing lag has to be created when the back potion of the golf swing is finishing, as the weight must be moving in the opposite direction toward the target. Most of the time Amateur's I'm working with (although their take away is slow) still transition too fast from the top using their hands, arms and torso across the ball. If anything the sternum and head must stay back through impact as the hands and arms are passive through the ball. Don't worry, the remainder of the body will come along for the ride. Think "Wait For It" from the top. When I say "Wait For It" that means as your turn to the top is nearing completion, allow the legs to start working toward the target and "WAIT" for the elbows, forearms and hands to arrive at and through impact. THIS IS A MUST, TO BE WORKED ON AT HALF SPEED. Once you get to a point (100 or even 1000 motions made) then work your way up to 60%, 75% then Full. It will take some time and dedication, but one thing I promise is the work you do here will better your angle of attack, create more power and assist in less pain in complete swing over time. DO IT SLOWLY! NOTE: I'm thinking of hiring on a local Piano teacher for you amplified ones out there thinking you will get it in one swing. Half of our one hour lesson, will be working with her on learning finger elements and key signatures. If that doesn't work, Crosby's just sent me in a Jar of Molasses I will wipe on the top of the 50 yard sign. We can then watch it drip down until its hits the floor between each shot.... Or..... You can work at half speed, slowly with purpose of achieving the proper result. ;) Simple... Please feel free to shoot me your questions on this topic and hope to see you all soon on the lesson tee. Think Less, Swing more and Enjoy yourself - JJ ;)

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Get It Right / Get it Tight- James Jordan: This week at the PGA championship, many of the top players in the world were tested with their ball striking. With DVR these days, we are able to recap and spend time watching previous rounds and how players got into the position to win on Sunday. Another great feature is the pause, rewind and slow motion feature you can control with cable controllers these days. I'm bringing this to your awareness so you struggling ball strikers can get a full glimpse and stare at how "Tour Players" address, setup, swing and perform under pressure. This is much more important than watching the robotic, rhythmical form they have on the range. Also this leads up to my purpose in this article.... Get it Right / Get it Tight: There's a reason a golfer like Jason Dufner won the PGA Championship this week. Ball Striking and Ball Striking. Nothing to take away from the putts he made, however when you're tapping in multiple birdie attempts from 3/4/5 feet you are more so showcasing the brilliant ball striking that foreshadowed those stress free birdies. He truly got it done off the tee and from the fairway. You look at Players Like Scott, Day and Simpson who stuck around making lengthy putts all week however their ball striking on the weekend kept them from the Wanamaker Trophy. Let's also take note that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were at no point even close to contention due to poor ball striking each and every day. That being said..... Let's Get it Right and Get it tight... Jason Dufner... Short, Sweet and Very Effective. Until the day comes in where I find a player on my practice tee who is winning multiple events (ajga, city amateur events, scga events, mens club events, professional mini tour events, web.com events) with a Pass Parallel swing, I will always want to experiment with their control, fluidity and shot dispersion from a shorter position at the top. I haven't had the next Phil Mickelson or John Daly (Early Mid 90's John) on my tee, so lengthening a swing from a shorter position has been much more quintessential for today's golfer. I have always been a firm believer that "short to long through impact" is much more successful than "long to short" through the impact position. Even Greats Like Hogan, Snead and Nelson were Masterful at tightening/shortening their swing with mid irons, short clubs and "MUST" get in the fairway tee ball shots. Quite Frankly, I looked at much of Phil Mickelson's older footage (when he first started working with Butch) and he was much more effective in his tee ball and approach play when Butch had him shorter at the top. This week Jason Dufner didn't look at fairways and hole location's like regions as some elite golfers in the Top Ten did. He honed in on minuscule spots with control in his "TIGHT POSITIONED GOLF SWING". We all can be witness to so many golfers performing better from a tighter/controlled position under pressure, from the top portion of the swing. Remember we can always lengthen a short swing, but it is impossible to shorten a long swing already in motion... So.... Let's tighten it up. When I speak on "TIGHT" that means the length and position from take away to the top portion of the swing. I clearly understand how many golfer's minds work and this has nothing to do with tension. By all means feel athletic, yet free in your complete swing. We're speaking on the position at the top. Cause / Effect / Drills: There are many reasons a golfer has difficulties with the length of his backswing (Losing flex in knees, lifting the leg up too high in the take away, minimal shoulder rotation in where the the hands and arms take over, over rotation of the hips e.t.c.) and understanding how to shorten the back portion of the swing is paramount for you to apprehend. Without conscientious recognition in why this is taking place and the right drills or goals in mind to fix this, a golfer will be doomed to self diagnose and most likely create more bad habits than good. Let's retrain the brain with some drills in mind to get you in a better position at the top portion of your golf swing. Not all Golfers are the same (I've never believed one method shall fix each mental and physical personality I encounter) so I want to administer a few drills that may suit the different bodies and minds on the practice tee. Drill 1: Hit shots with your feet together. When warming up use a Pitching Wedge and or Short Iron hitting half shots in where you feel your shoulders rotating (maintain knee flex) and only putting a focus on rotating halfway back. Make sure you focus on your rotation in shoulders (not hands / arms) and continue to create good extension and balance in your finish. Drill 2: Try hitting shots at half speed feeling the legs start before the arms in your pivot reach the top. Don't start off making full swings in this process. Your body and mind aren't trained to position the transition correctly. In your take away, as soon as you get to the nine o'clock position start your legs driving toward your target. WORK ON THIS AT HALF SPEED! Drill 3: Use a bath size towel under both arms. Bring a large towel to your practice session next time on the range for this drill. Wrap the towel under both arms (so it's around your body as if you were standing inside a hovering tire) and hit 3 quarter shots keeping the towel attached to your body the entire time. The idea is to maintain the connection in the turn from waist up the entire time. These are 3 drills that can put you in a shorter / tighter position at the top within your full golf swing. Eventually when you feel more connected and time the pivot to transition from a shorter position at the top, you can then began the transformation of face, path, plane and so on. Many times when a player finds that happy medium from a shorter position at the top, they fix the face and path in the process their self. Should this happen GREAT! If not..... Call, email or text me to set up a time in fixing other elements in the swing . Jason Dufner put on a resilient display of tee ball, short and mid irons all week and from his shorter position at the top it's hard for much to go wrong. I hope to witness and hear about the better positions and movements working in your swing. Keep up the hard work on the practice tee as it will showcase itself on the course in time.... Work Hard, Smile & Play Great - James Jordan.

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