Category: Practice

Video – Where Does Power Come From In The Golf Swing?

What if you do have power … however, something’s blocking your power from happening smoothly in your golf swing? Thus, resulting in you often feeling as if you’re swinging too hard, too fast, too quick … and hitting errant shots!

In the world of athletics (golf included), there are multiple factors that contribute to the success of the participant … 3 of these factors are: speed, agility, and quickness.

  • Speed – the ability to move the body in one direction as fast as possible while staying in control (yes, important in the golf swing)
  • Agility – the ability to accelerate, stabilize, and quickly change directions with proper posture (yes, important in the golf swing)
  • Quickness – the ability to react and move the body with a maximum rate of force (yes, important in the golf swing)

Whether it’s football, boxing, trail running, tennis, or golf … the better you’re able to control these 3 factors determines how well you do.

For example – a PGA or LPGA Tour Player spends much time in the off-season working on these 3 parts so that they can naturally improve the mechanics of their swing. Because these Players know that many of the swing techniques they’re trying to implement are dependent on what their body is capable of doing. And if the body isn’t capable of turning through like you want to … your brain will find a compensation to get around that problem.

Yet, these compensations create inconsistency in your golf swing such as lifting up, coming over the top, etc, etc

More power and consistency is possible if you understand what’s blocking your swing. Use this Winter’s Golf Hibernation to find your consistent swing by improving your Speed, Agility & Quickness:

Video – Hit The Golf Ball On The Course As Well As You Do On The Range!

When you analyze your golf swing … do you judge yourself by how well you hit the ball on the Driving Range … or how you play on the golf course?

Your answer interests me because I’ve never met a human that hits the ball equally as well in both places … with Mo Norman being the closest I’ve witnessed.

The amount of Consistency you see in your game relates to the disparity between your ‘range swing’ and ‘your course swing’. Meaning – a Golfer that feels fairly good about their swing on the range, but stinks it up on the course … is most likely ‘A Ball Beater’!

Definition of a ‘Ball Beater” – a frustrated Golfer that hits ball after ball while regularly trying out a new swing tip or scanning their memory banks to remember an old tip that helped in the past.

Perhaps you know someone like that?

If you’re looking to bring your Range Swing to the Golf Course more frequently:
YouTube – https://youtu.be/0lkGhrOrjPc

‘Using Your Body To Get Through The Golf Ball For Power!’

This Week’s Video – Create Natural Power Without Swinging Too Hard!

Does Power come from the Turn? Does it come from your hips? Does it come from whipping your arms & hands? Or is it the perfect combination that creates your very best shots?

Yet, when Golfers want to give a little extra power to a shot … those body parts often have different ideas on what creates power. Thus, we mostly experience bad shots when trying to hit the golf ball a little farther than our skill level allows.

This week’s video focuses on how to get your body more connected to produce better shots more often … by hitting from the knees!

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YouTube – https://youtu.be/38WSyTA42oQ

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‘How Much Do You Need To Open Your Club In the Sand Trap?’

This Week’s Video – Opening Your Clubface Too Much Could Be Trapping You!

If you’re having trouble in the sand bunker … could you be trying to do too many tasks such as opening your club face and your stance, as well as stressing over hitting the absolute proper amount of sand at a precise measurement before the golf ball?

What if I told you that getting out of the sand isn’t as tough as some Golfers make it? And while it’s not always easy to get out in one shot … are you making it tougher than necessary?

This week’s video will give an introduction to show you how the sand bunker isn’t as difficult as many Golfers make it. And that some techniques being taught … are making the sand tougher than necessary!

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‘Getting Through The Golf Ball For More Distance Can Be Improved With One Simple Move!’

Watch This Week’s Video – Flare It Out & Air It Out!

If you’re having trouble getting through the golf ball … does that mean you need to force your hips and shoulders to turn?

What if I told you that something as simple as turning your foot could improve your shoulder and hip turn … resulting in a smoother swing? The PGA Tour Pros do it … do you?

This week’s video will show you how simple it can be to improve your turn, follow-through, and finish!

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‘You Can Practice Distance & Accuracy At The Same Time Using This Drill!’

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Finding the perfect combination of distance and accuracy should be at the top of the list for any Golfer that wants to have fun playing golf. Because when you do find your swing … you hit your best, most satisfying golf shots.

Though, most Golfers we meet are working on their golf swing with the “Either Or” Approach. Meaning they’re either working on distance or accuracy … however, they aren’t doing the things necessary to work on both at the same time.

Many Golfers that work on fixing their slice … end up losing a lot of the distance they used to have. So working on Distance & Accuracy together is ‘muy importante!’ … if you truly want to become more consistent.

This week’s video should help you to better understand how you can practice both without overthinking!

Use Natural Hip & Body Movement To Create Consistency & Power In Your Golf Swing

‘It’s As Simple As A Wood-Chop! Chop Wood For Golf Swing Consistency!’

Consistency is more easily repeated when your body works together to create a powerful golf swing.

Yet, because much of the Golf Instruction that’s readily available focuses on working on individual parts until their perfect: hips, shoulders, arms, wrists, weight shift, head down, left arm straight. Many Golfers become ‘Head Cases’ when they can’t coordinate these movements on a fairly consistent basis!

When you can Feel your body working together … it’s much easier to repeat the good swings, as well as experiencing far less anxiety while trying to find your “Lost Swing!”

This week’s video should help you to better understand how the hip turn, shoulder turn, and weight shift can happen more naturally

What’s Preventing You From Finishing Your Follow-through? Watch This Week’s Video!

‘Improved Distance, Accuracy & Consistency’

Although not being able to Follow-through does not determine how the ball flies … it does show that something in your golf swing maybe out of sync prior to the club meeting the golf ball.

Though, you can’t fix a bad Follow-through by practicing your Follow-through!

Not being able to Follow-through is an Effect of something else malfunctioning … thus, we have to look deeper into your golf swing to uncover what’s impeding your Follow-through … The Cause!

Where most Golf Instruction fails is that the Instructor tries to fix the Effect before finding the Cause … and that’s when the chaos begins.

In this week’s video … Marc will show what might be preventing you from moving through the ball. As well as demonstrating how you can dig further into your swing to find your own “Tour Pro Finish”

Releasing Your Golf Swing To Hit The Golf Ball Farther … Watch This Week’s Video!

Golfers looking for more distance are often battling between swaying too much or protecting against the sway by standing overly stiff. Even the PGA & LPGA Tour Players have to work on balancing too much vs too little while they practice. So you probably should also!

We have found that the more successful the Golfer … the better they’re able to find the balance between power and control. The less skilled the Golfer … the harder it is to find that balance.

So how can you release more power while maintaining accuracy?

With this week’s video/drill, you can start determining how much is too much, how much is too little, and of course … how much is perfect for your golf swing.

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Create Power In Your Golf Swing For More Distance

‘Learn To Balance Accuracy With The Desire For Distance’
When you try to smash the ball as far as you can … you’ll see your accuracy decrease

Which often leads many Golfers to being overly focused on swinging slower than they are capable of … just so you can “Keep The Ball In Play”

Which causes you to hit the ball 20 yards less than you should be … making holes play longer … and rarely allowing yourself to experience the exhilaration of ‘Bombing A Drive Down The Fairway!’

Being able to balance power  … while maintaining enough accuracy to keep the golf ball in play – is what the PGA & LPGA Tour Players also have to be conscious about every time they swing

Yet, the Tour Players didn’t master that balance overnight … it takes years of practice mixed with trial and error … to earn the high level of control they have … both physically and mentally

This week’s video gives you a visual of how you can start syncing your body, arms and legs to hit longer golf shots while “Keeping The Ball In Play”

‘The Solution – What Moves Your Golf Swing?’ (video) Golf Improvement Weekly

This week … we’re going to start speaking about and demonstrating the ‘Cause’ of the issues creating frustration in your golf swing. In prior weeks … we’ve spoken about the ‘Effects’ that most Golfers are struggling to correct in their golf swing.

How much have you focused on your Center of Gravity when practicing and/or playing? Well, if you haven’t … you should! Your Center of Gravity dictates how well your arms, hips and legs move together when swinging your golf club.

What does a happy, successful Golfer think about and try to do in their golf swing?

What does the frustrated Golfer think about and try to do?

What Moves Your Golf Swing – Golf Improvement Weekly from Marc Solomon, PGA Professional on Vimeo.

Are You Coming Over The Top In Your Golf Swing? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘Over The Top, Outside In, Casting … Why Can’t I Stop?’

The over-taught golf swing often creates problems … rather than solving them. One of these swing issues is often mis-diagnosed as a ‘Cause’ … when in fact, it’s an ‘Effect’.
“If I could fix my over the top swing …I could hit the ball better!”
Yet, the more things you try to incorporate into your golf swing … the more bouts of inconsistency you need to battle against.

Is it OK to Bend My Left Arm? (video) – Golf Improvement Weekly

‘My Arm Is Bending … I Need To Keep It Straight!’

You’ve heard it a million times … and you’ve felt it happen more times than you want to admit!
“You need to keep your left arm straight … you need to stop chicken winging it on your follow-through!”
It seems like it should be such an easy thing to do … but, you can’t consistently control it even when you concentrate to make sure you it doesn’t bend.

How You Practice Determines Your Success

How You Practice Determines Your Success

Do you ever think about your practice on the driving range? Or do you just go out and hit ball after ball … hoping that something will eventually click?

If that’s how you practice your golf swing off the course … that’s most likely your strategy while on the golf course. Swinging at the ball thinking that something will click and produce a great shot.

With the hardest part of this process being able to repeat that one good swing with another one, and another, and another for what you hope is 46 consecutive good shots!

That’s like the person that says “I’m not going to work to make money … I’m just going to play the lottery each week until I win.”

Although you’ll most likely hit more good shots in a round of golf than the number of times you win the lottery … it still won’t produce enough satisfactory results to please you.

Hitting good shots isn’t a game of chance … it’s about aquiring skill through smartly designed practice sessions.

How Do The Best Coaches Do It?

If you watch football … you know that Alabama just won another College Football Championship — their 5th time in 9 years. So the question that could be asked that relates to your golf game is — ‘how are the coaches of that program able to have their players playing at such a high level … so consistently?’

The word I’ve heard is ‘competition’. They make each player compete at practice … every practice!

Do you feel like you’re competing for a chance to play when you practice your golf game? Or are you like the majority of Golfers out there hitting balls … hoping you find something?

When I speak about getting into a competitive attitude when practicing … you’re not competing for a spot to play against 4 other talented players at your position. However, adopting a Practice PLAN helps to put a competitive spirit into your practice.

Why?

Because it’s amazing what we can do when we push ourselves to do better. Yet, out of the Golfers going to hit golf balls … a big chunk of these Golfers aren’t improving or are getting worse.

Imagine if the Alabama football team was practicing and the team wasn’t getting better. Would their coach, Nick Saban, continue to practice the same way, practice after practice? “Alright team, we’ve lost a couple games in a row … let’s continue practicing the same way we’ve been practicing!”

How about you? If you’re not happy with how you’re hitting the golf ball … what do you do?

Do you go out without much of a PLAN besides just hitting range balls? Do you continue to work on the same specific thing in your swing? Do you work on something completely different? And most importantly … using these methods … did you see improvement or continued frustration?

With all the information literally at our finger tips … it’s easy for a Golfer to get distracted as far as what to work on in your swing. It’s so easy to watch a video on Youtube and then think – “yes, that’s me. That’s what I’m doing wrong!”

When in fact, it may have nothing to do with what the error in your swing is. And more to do with you being a Golfer that’s desperate for a solution.

Yet, the consistency you have will always come back to whether you have a Practice PLAN … or if you’re just hitting balls hoping something will suddenly click.

The Player understands how to read the flight of their ball and relate it to their Feel … thus, they can create a personalized Practice PLAN

The Monkey hits range balls hoping to one day hit the Golfer Lottery

Go ahead, be a Player!

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Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life

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Can You Take Your Range Swing To The Golf Course

Have you ever taken a golf lesson that helped you hit the golf ball better for a short time? For example: you were told to keep your left arm straight in your swing and then all of a sudden you started to hit the golf ball better.

Then a few days later, you would go to the golf course and lose your swing. Regardless of how much you focused on that same swing tip … you can’t find that effortless swing you had on the driving range.
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How To Make Quick Swing Improvements

A very good question each Golfer should know the answer to is: “are there multiple things you need to work on in your golf swing … or is there just 1?”

This is important to know if you want to improve – because you’ll need to prioritize the issues in your swing so you have a place to start. As over 9 out of 10 Golfers just jump into hitting golf balls without a PLAN … and coincidentally these are the people that usually become the most frustrated with continual inconsistency.
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“Be Aware Of These Golf Quotes … They Will Mess Up Your Golf Swing!”

These quotes make me cringe on the golf course because they might be holding you back from becoming more consistent –

“That was a bad shot because I picked up my head” (Trust me, the reason you hit the bad shot happened well before your head moved. The feeling you have that you picked up your head didn’t have anything to do with your bad shot. Unfortunately the more you rely on keeping your head perfectly still … the more inconsistent you will become. Yes, what I wrote might be a tough pill to swallow … however it’s the truth. The head of a PGA Tour Pro moves 3 to 5 inches on their backswing … how can you realistically expect for your head to stay still?)
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Can You Take Your Golf Swing From The Range To The Golf Course?

Why do so many Golfers have trouble taking their driving range swing onto the golf course? What is happening differently on the golf course where you don’t hit the golf ball nearly as straight as you did on the range?

The most obvious answer could be that on the driving range you have less pressure to hit a good shot because there are many other golf balls to progressively correct yourself after hitting a bad shot. Whereas on the golf course … there is only one golf ball that matters.
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Golf Practice In The Winter

Are you tired of going into each new golf season with high expectations and then ending your season not reaching your goals? This is often followed by you promising yourself that you’re going to work hard during the winter on your grip, your swing plane, keeping your head still, blah, blah, blah. It seems as if every year around this time I get the same emails – “Marc, where I live I can’t play during the Winter, but I want to be ready for the Spring. What can I practice inside my house during the Winter?”
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Is Your Practice Influencing Your Golf Swing?

(Do You Practice In A Way That Negatively Effects Your Swing)

There might not be anything that impresses me more about a Golfer than their ability to practice effectively. To be able to go the driving range and/or practice area with a Practice PLAN to improve shows how serious a Golfer is towards improving. And I’m sorry if this offends you … but a Golfer that goes to just hit golf balls for the sake of trying to improve, is not serious about improving their golf swing!
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Is Your Practice Influencing Your Golf Swing?

(Do You Practice In A Way That Negatively Effects Your Swing)

There might not be anything that impresses me more about a Golfer than their ability to practice effectively. To be able to go the driving range and/or practice area with a Practice PLAN to improve shows how serious a Golfer is towards improving. And I’m sorry if this offends you … but a Golfer that goes to just hit golf balls for the sake of trying to improve, is not serious about improving their golf swing!
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Better Golf Practice, Better Golf Swing!

When you go to practice your golf swing, are you just as happy walking off the range tee as you were when you first stepped on the range? Or are you like most Golfers – just more confused about your golf swing?

We have found that 9 out of 10 Golfers feel less confident about their golf swing after going to the driving range than when they first stepped on. Although the idea of going to the range was to improve your golf swing … Golfers usually walk off the range disappointed.
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Why You Need Drills and Games

How do you practice trying to improve your game? And when you do practice, how do you track if you’re getting better? Do you rely on if you’re feeling like you’re improving? Or do you track your results?

Sure, I know that’s a loaded question because they’re might be 1 out of every 255 Golfers reading this that does track their results when practicing. And that’s a problem!
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How To Practice Over The Winter

Are you sick and tired of going into each new golf season with high expectations and then ending your season not reaching your goals? Then you promise yourself that you’re going to work hard during the winter to work on your grip, your swing plane, keeping your head still. And every year around this time I get the same emails – “Marc, where I live I can’t play during the Winter, but I want to be ready for the spring. What can I practice inside my garage during the Winter?”
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Are You Practicing Your Core?

Can you improve your swing by working on it 100% of the time? Can you improve your swing even more by working on your swing 50% of the time and working on your body 50% of the time? There’s no doubt you’d find a lot more consistency splitting your time between practicing your swing and working on your body – than if you just worked on your swing 100% of the time!
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Video Analysis For Your Golf Swing

So the Golfer said to me – “I want to get my swing on video so I can see what I’m doing wrong. I want to compare my swing side by side to a PGA Tour Player’s swing to see what I need to correct.”

And I said to myself – Here’s another Golfer that’s about to take a drive down the infamously long road of Frustrated Golfer Lane. For some Golfers this road never ends – it just goes on and on and on until they either quit or just accept their fate of not being a good Golfer (or as some frustrated Golfers would call themselves – I’m just a hack).
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