JohnHayesGolf.com Newsletter Golf Tip – July 2015
For your golf game: I had written down a quote from Jack Nicklaus where he said that one of his primary thoughts when the pressure was on as he was winning his 18 Major Championships was, as he said, also a very simple one – COMPLETE THE BACKSWING. Interestingly Billy Horshel, winner of the 2014 FedEx Cup, mentioned this year in Golf Digest that one thought he always used when the pressure was on was to COMPLETE THE BACKSWING. This gets to a tendency that most of us have which is to rush and strain when we are nervous and excited.
Manuel de la Torre has instructed students to LET THE CLUB GO TO ZERO MILES PER HOUR AT THE END OF THE BACKSWING. This is good advice for a player who stops the backswing in an effort to go forward to get more distance. Unfortunately one needs tension in the muscles to stop the club in the backswing and this also makes the backswing shorter. Both of these things will reduce the distance that the ball is sent! So observe the club head during the backswing and see if you LET the club head finish at zero miles per hour. Don’t YOU stop the club head when it is still going say 15 miles per hour near the end of the backswing. Let the backswing finish on its own and see if your timing and therefore your impact and distance do not improve.
Upcoming clinics and events: I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., July 9 through Sun., July 12. There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sat. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) and then we will finish on the golf course on Sun. from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is perfect for beginners who want to feel comfortable on the golf course in a short time. Total cost is only $99 and includes everything!
My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive Weekends in the evening – July 25, 26, August 1 and 2 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all four days (Sat., Sun., Sat. & Sun.) Cost is only $40 total for all 4 sessions! It is good for beginners or newly dedicated golfers.
My next specialty clinic will be a SHORT GAME BOOT CAMP for 2 hours held on Saturday, August 8th from Noon to 2:00 p.m. I will cover pitching/chipping, bunker play, putting, and fun games to practice effectively! Men or Ladies welcome. This is NOT for new beginners. There is a limit of only 3 students so call or email to sign up. Total cost is only $55.
As always, please contact me with any questions or comments and I hope to see you soon on the lesson tee at the Chi Chi Golf Range & Family Sports Complex in beautiful Clearwater near Tampa, FL.