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23 More Yards Without a Swing Change

Simple Experiment Shows How Many Golfers Are Losing Yardage

Who couldn't use a little extra yardage?

Even though hitting the ball a few extra yards may not lower your scores by as much as you may think and that a little extra yardage probably is not the answer to all of your golfing problems, having the ball fly farther is still up near the top of most golfer's wish lists.

For many golfers finding that extra yardage can be simple and it does not require a major swing change, extra yardage is well within reach for everyone.  One of the major keys to optimizing your distance is to make sure that you are hitting the centre of your clubface or in other words hitting the ball in the "sweet spot".  In this little experiment that I performed I saw a dramatic loss in distance or increase in distance, whichever way you want to look at it (23 yards with a 6 iron) from just the simple change of where I was striking the club face.

The image below shows the club and ball flight data captured with the Foresight GCQuad launch monitor (which is awesome by the way!) for my first shot which was struck pretty much in the centre of the club face (the red circle above). The numbers to focus on here are the Clubhead Speed which was 87 mph, Ball Speed which was 120mph and the Carry Distance which was 169 yards.

Red Circle Strike -

Now on my second shot I intentionally hit the ball more towards the toe of the club (blue circle in the above club image).  The set of images below show you the results.  For this second shot the Clubhead Speed was 84mph, the Ball Speed was 108 mph and the Carry Distance was 146 yards.

Blue Circle Strike -

A Loss Of 23 Yards!

The conclusion that we can draw from this is that the main factor responsible for the loss over 23 yards of carry distance is the off centre hit.  Both of these shots were struck with pretty much the same clubhead speed 87mph vs 84mph, both were struck solid, meaning I did not skull or chunk either of these shots.  Even though there is a drop of 3 mph in the swing that is not enough to produce a loss of 23 yards.  The big differentiating factor here is the location of the strike.

The skill of hitting the centre of the club face is often overlooked and certainly undervalued.

If you are looking to add a few yards to your shots or wondering why you have dramatic changes in distance from shot to shot you need to start paying attention to where on the club face you are striking your shots.   The skill of hitting the centre of the club face has a lot more to do with hand eye coordination and spacial awareness then it does with perfect technique and mechanics.

Hitting more shots in the sweet spot is a skill that can be improved by anyone through focused practice.

Watch The Short Video Of The Centre Hit Test

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GCQuad Now Part Of Canadian Fade Golf Academy

I had been toying with the idea of purchasing a launch monitor for Canadian Fade Golf Academy for a number of years now and then back in late January when I was in Orlando for the PGA Merchandise show I saw the GCQuad from Foresight and was pushed over the edge.

So what is the GCQuad?  Most golfers by now have heard of Trackman, the GCQuad is a similar type of product in that they provide golfers with feedback on impact and ball flight.  While the information that they provide is similar there is one major difference which actually makes them nothing like each other at all.  Trackman uses radar technology to track the flight of the golf ball and provide information on the club head while the GCQuad uses 4 high speed camera to detect what the ball and club are doing at impact.

Introducing the GCQuad™ from Foresight Sports on Vimeo.

Below is a link to a story done by National Club Golfer where they tested the 2 systems against each other.

Foresight GCQuad vs. Trackman 4 

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Golf Tip Intervention

Have you been searching for the perfect swing?

Are you getting tired and frustrated of not seeing much improvement in your game?

Wondering if you are focusing on the wrong thing?  What is the "right" thing anyways?

Which one of the swings below is the "right" thing?

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The above picture is of seven different PGA Tour pros at the top of their backswings so obviously they must all be "right" because each of these swings belongs to a top player in the world.  This is what can make golf so confusing, all too often we get so focused on style and searching for that magic move that we lose sight of what is ultimately more important then having let's say a "parallel club shaft at the top" or a "flat lead wrist" or "keeping your head down".

What the above players all have in common is that they are freakishly good at hitting a golf ball solidly towards their intended target regardless of their chosen style on how to accomplish that task.

Make this the year that you get off the hamster wheel and start to make progress in improving your golf skill and lowering your scores instead of looking to perfect your swing.  Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying that anything goes here, technique still is an important piece in the puzzle.  I just want to get you thinking that it is not the only piece and it should not be your main focus every time you go to the practice range to hit a bucket of balls.Golf Lessons London Ontario

What I find more commonly with golfers who come to see me for help is a misunderstanding of concepts, they are not clear on what they should be trying to do with their golf swing, what makes a ball go where, what is happening when they hit the ball fat or thin.  This is the case more often then someone showing up with a swing that just has no possible way of ever working.  Furthermore if their swing is outside a range of acceptability is has usually gotten that way because of a misconception and the person has actually worked themselves into this position through improper practice and trying to do the wrong thing.

The guy in the picture on the right has 41 professional wins by the way, even though his style may look a whole lot closer to yours then Adam Scott's.

So, what should you do?

First off you need to make sure that you are very clear on what the game of golf is asking you to be good at.  What are the primary skills involved in been a good golfer.  Then once you have this information you need to know how good are you at golf's most important skills and then you need to know how to go about improving your current level.  The best way to start is (here comes the sales pitch) with a Swing Evaluation Session.

If you are not familiar with a skill based approach to your improvement or if you are like most golfers very focused on your technique and style then this shift in thinking is going to be the game changer for you.  Focusing more on skill and less on style is going to free you up incredibly as you strive to reach your potential.  The biggest shift you are going to need to make is in how you approach your practice.  Golfers need to start looking at golf the way we would any other sport, more specifically the way our kids are involved in sports.  I know that when I register my children to play soccer I'm expecting a schedule that will be close to 1 game and 1 practice per week.  When my kids show up to practice the coach will be running drills designed to improve soccer's important skills, dribbling the ball, passing, shooting and there will also be some time spent on strategy, fitness and game simulation.  Does this sound even remotely close to the way you practice golf now?  Probably not.  Does this sound more familiar?  Head to the range, grab a bucket of balls and work on trying to hit it better, whatever that means and bouncing back and forth between tips hoping that something magically clicks.  If that sounds more like it not to worry, don't beat yourself too much you are not alone and it is not your fault.  The practice routine of hitting and hoping is how golfers have been trained to practice, unfortunately.

It doesn't have to be this way! (here comes sales pitch #2)

If you enjoy playing golf and feel as though you would increase your enjoyment if you could improve your current ability level then you owe it too yourself to take a look at joining one of our Peak Performance Programs.  Get involved in an improvement program that is designed more like most other sport's practice sessions and one that will show you how to make the mental shift needed to get on the right track to improving your golf game.  Put an end to the over analysis of every single movement of your swing or the bewilderment associated with not knowing what to do. 

The Peak Performance Programs are built around weekly team training sessions providing students with the right amount of individual attention within a group atmosphere to build, develop and improve skill.  Make this the year you finally take the necessary steps to increase your enjoyment of this great game.  For complete details and to register for upcoming Peak Performance Programs please click on the link below.

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