JohnHayesGolf.com Newsletter Golf Tip – October 2015
For your golf game: I have a great treat for you and you do not even have to dress up for Halloween! Go to my website, www.johnhayesgolf.com, and click on the tab that says “Manuel de la Torre golf swing – 1990.” It is from a tape that I have of Manuel de la Torre making some swings and warming up before doing a clinic in 1990 when he was 68 years of age. The tab is on the lower right hand side of my homepage under the info on the book, Learning Golf with Manuel.
You can see that the club is swung over the right shoulder in ONE motion and not in a series of positions that require one move and direction followed by a next movement and direction, etc., until you finally reach the end of the backswing. The swinging motion gets the club to the correct place at the end of the backswing. This is not a position that the golfer must find during every backswing.
The forward swing will finish over the left shoulder because that is where it will go if there is no strain or tension and the body is allowed to respond to the motion. We use various tools all of our lives and we never get involved with our bodies response to the activity. Can you imagine working with your body’s response when you are using an ax to chop down a tree? Please do not try this – you may hit yourself and not the tree. You can see why Manuel has said that all you have to do to play a golf shot is to swing the club from one shoulder, forward over the other shoulder, and brush the grass in between! You may say to yourself, as golfers often do, “Man I am thinking too much and making this thing way too complicated.” To paraphrase a famous marketing campaign: Just Swing It.
Upcoming clinics and events: I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., October 22nd through Sunday, October 25th. There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 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 – October 3, 4, 10 and 11 from Noon to 1:00 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, October 31st 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.