October 2016 Golf Tip Newsletter

JohnHayesGolf.com Newsletter Golf Tip – October 2016


For your golf game:   If you put tension in your muscles during the golf swing you will become slow and clumsy!  If you need to throw a ball a long distance do you stiffen your arms?  Of course not, so you should have no tension in your arms when you go to swing the golf club because you want to produce velocity in a very smooth and coordinated way in the golf swing.  Remember tension makes you slow and clumsy.

A good and very simple drill to do in practice is to simply set the club on your left (front) shoulder at the finish of the forward swing.  You cannot have muscular tension in the arms, especially the left arm, and still set the club on the left (lead) shoulder at the finish of the forward swing.

If you are having trouble with tension during the backswing then you can set the shaft on the right (back) shoulder at the end of the backswing before you swing the club forward.  In doing these drills you cannot achieve your maximum speed because the task of setting the club on the shoulder will reduce the radius of the arc.  The point of the drill is to make you aware of producing the swing with no tension in the arms.  This drill may produce a very new feeling for many of you and the direction of your shots may improve quite a bit because of this new found flexibility during the swing.


Upcoming clinics and events:  I will conduct a GET GOLF READY LADIES BOOT CAMP on Thur., October 13th through Sunday, October 16th.  There will be 4 hours of golf clinics (Thur. & Fri. from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 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 specialty clinic will be a SHORT GAME BOOT CAMP for 2 hours held on Saturday, October 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 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.

My next LADIES-ONLY GOLF CLINIC will be held on 2 consecutive Weekends – November 5, 6, 12 & 13 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.

** I will be conducting the Adult Golf Clinics every week on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  There is no sign up just show up and cost is only $20 which includes a large bucket of range balls.

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.

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 in the Tampa, FL area.