Keep the Club In Motion – John Hayes Golf Oct. 2018 Golf Tip Newsletter Golf Tip – October 2018

For your golf game: The golf swing should really be viewed as ONE (1) uninterrupted motion from the instant you begin the backswing until the forward swing is finished. Manuel de la Torre, PGA of America and World Golf Teachers Hall of Famer, would say to students, “Don’t break your swing into 2 pieces.” This meant that the student made the backswing and then stopped before restarting and making a forward swing. This makes the timing of the golf swing more difficult and it can lead to a common problem where the golfer then stops swinging the golf club at the end of the backswing and then carries the club for a while using his shoulders before having to restart the club swinging forward. But, by the time the student has restarted the club swinging forward, they are out of position to swing the club in the direction of the target.
One thing to do to correct this problem is to observe that, once you have started the club swinging in the backswing, YOU KEEP THE CLUB IN MOTION. Put your mind 100% on the golf club and really focus that, even at the end of the backswing, you keep the club in motion. The club is still very quiet as the backswing is allowed to finish but you must keep the club in motion as you move to the forward swing. The swing still has the rhythm and timing of a swinging motion, but you do not stop the motion of the club, which requires effort and tension on your part, in order to begin a new motion going forward.
Practice and observe that your golf swing is ONE, uninterrupted motion. You may want to go to my website,, and click on the “Monthly Golf Tips” tab, which is an archive of these monthly newsletters, and refer to the August 2016 issue which gives further information about the end of the backswing.

Upcoming clinics and events: I will conduct a FOUR WEEK GOLF CLINIC on four consecutive Tuesday evenings – OCTOBER 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Week 1: Set PRIORITY after skill and swing assessment, Week 2: Set PRACTICE ROUTINE, Week 3: Set ON-COURSE ROUTINE and Week 4: PRACTICE and final skill assessment. For Men & Women all levels, 16 or older recommended. Total cost is only $80 and includes everything! Limit of 6 golfers, call/text or email to sign up.
I will be giving HALF HOUR PRIVATE LESSONS WITH TRACKMAN on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 with available time slots from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. You will get your TrackMan numbers and the instruction on technique so you know what you need to do to improve your ball-flight which will translate to improved TrackMan numbers. Learn and practice like the Pros using the feedback of TrackMan to motivate you. Cost is only $90, call Ian Peterson (727) 687-9111 or email: to sign up for this unique opportunity.
My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 3 consecutive Friday evenings – NOVEMBER 9, 16, 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is only $50 total for 4 and a half hours of instruction! It is good for beginners or newly dedicated golfers. Limit of 7 golfers!
My next specialty clinic will be a SHORT GAME BOOT CAMP for 2 hours held on SATURDAY evening, NOVEMBER 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 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 $60.
Please call/text (727) 692-4679 or email,, to sign up as space is limited for all clinics. Go to for more details.
** I will be conducting the Adult Golf Clinics every week on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and on Saturday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. There is no sign up, just show up and cost is only $20 which includes a large bucket of range balls.
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 & Sports Complex in beautiful Clearwater in the Tampa, FL area.