Lead Arm Must Be Flexible – John Hayes Golf October 2017 Tip Newsletter

JohnHayesGolf.com Newsletter Golf Tip – October 2017

For your golf game: I am offering my 20 GOLF LESSONS IN OCTOBER SPECIAL. You can take one 30-minute lesson every WEEKDAY for 20 days from Monday, Oct. 9th through Friday, Nov. 3rd. Total cost is $299. You save $381 off the regular rate. If you take only 9 lessons then you’ll come out ahead. Lessons can be booked from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is a limit to the first 12 who sign up!
What habit would you like to create or just make more permanent if you were to practice for 20 days in 4 weeks? For me, it is to be sure that my arms stay FLEXIBLE, FREE OF MUSCLE TENSION, before and during the entire golf swing. This muscle tension tends to create problems more in the lead arm (left arm for right-handed golfers) because this arm gets extended by the golf swing in the backswing. If that tension stays in that lead arm during the forward swing then slicing and poor impact will be the result.
One practice drill that can be done to foster the tension-free flexibility in the lead arm is to set the club on the left shoulder at the finish of the forward swing. You cannot maintain your acceleration rate on the forward swing as far past the ball as you would like and still set the shaft of the club on your left shoulder at the finish. So don’t expect to get your full distance with the club while doing this drill. The point of the drill is to be sure that the lead arm stays flexible on the forward swing.
The coil of the backswing cannot be created if the right arm is made straight and inflexible. So too, the forward swing cannot work as well as needed if the left arm is kept straight and inflexible! So – swing the whole club forward and set the shaft on the left shoulder at the finish. Be sure the shaft is on your shoulder, not on your back at the finish. And the shaft should be horizontal when resting on the left shoulder at the finish, not hanging downward behind the back. When you go to the golf course you can let the club go OVER the left shoulder at the finish, but still with no tension in the arms.
I hope you will pick a habit that you want to solidify and practice it for 20 days in October. Start with 40 swings / reps on the first day and increase be 2 swings each day for the 20 days. You will be up to 80 swings / reps on the last day with a good habit in place!
Upcoming clinics and events: OCTOBER SPECIAL (only one time per year!): 20 Golf Lessons in October for only $299 total!!! From Monday, Oct. 9 through Friday, Nov. 3rd – You can take one lesson every WEEKDAY during this time. Take only 9 lessons and you are ahead with this bargain. You can book one 30-minute lesson every day during this 20 day time period before daylight saving time ends! Plus a free Club Analysis by Doug Curls (a $50 value). Limit to the first 12 who sign up.
My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive Weekends – DECEMBER 2, 3, 9 and 10 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on all 4 Weekend days. Cost is only $40 total for all 4 hours! 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, OCTOBER 21st from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 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.
I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP from Thur., NOVEMBER 16th through Sunday, NOVEMBER 19th. 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!
Please call/text (727) 692-4679 or email, jh@johnhayesgolf.com, to sign up as space is limited for all clinics. Go to www.johnhayesgolf.com 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.