IMPACT TRACK: A SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE TEACHING DEVICE

As most of you golfers would agree on, learning the golf swing and maintaining the golf swing are difficult and a never ending process. In view of the complex nature of the golf swing, golf instructors, video, launch monitors and teaching other teaching devices are invaluable..

For nearly half  of my teaching career, I have relied on the Impact Track. The original Impact Track was invented by Paul Strande in 2000 and the originals pretty much disappeared in the country by 2005. After my original model wore out, I looked into getting some replicates made to continue teaching with the device. I knew that I wanted to reintroduce the Impact Track but only if the quality met up to my standards.

My vision became reality with  the help of Gary Schlatter and Piedmont Plastics. In early 2018 the new product design was finished and the polyethylene compound is superb, with proven durability.

Impact Track offers an easy approach to learning and retaining a good golf swing. A  better and approach is to provide the golfer with a direct visual indication of a good golf swing during their practice and lesson sessions. The visual aspects of Impact Track (target line, alignment, arm direction, club head path, and body path) simply work!

Impact Track is available through stevebeachgolf.com or stevebeachgolf@icloud.com

Swing Plane

Wouldn’t it be terrific if we could swing on plane all the time? We would definitely have a much better chance of hitting excellent golf shots. Even the best golfers in the world can get a little off with their swing plane; where the golf club is swinging too horizontal or too vertical of the desired swing plane.

It is imperative that the golfer understands that the swing plane affects our ball flight laws: club face, path, speed, face contact, and angle of attack.

Golf instruction should not only incorporate swinging on plane ( the proper shape) , but also get  the student to understand the cause and effect relationship between swing plane and the ball flight laws.

Simpler is Better

I think we would all agree that having a simpler golf is better. I truly believe the one-plane golf swing can be simple. However, the one-plane swing requires a well conditioned player to have the necessary physical attributes: mainly flexibility and strength in the chest, back and shoulders. The one-plane swing is more body driven and involves winding and coiling of the upper body with a stable lower body. This makes a very powerful and efficient swing because the upper body recoils more naturally from the torque of the backswing. Another positive element is the arms are more connected to the body, thus minimizing mistakes with timing. In contrast to the two-plane swing that relies on perfect timing, tempo and rhythm because of the separation of arms and more lateral body movement. Coordinating the correct arm movement with the proper body rotation and getting the golf club on plane is indeed more challenging for the two-planer. Even the smallest mistakes in the execution of the two-plane swing can grossly affect the swing plane and ball flight. Undoubtedly there have been many great players with the one-plane and two-plane swing, but the modern era displays more one-plane swings and hybrid swing models.

Practice Swings

I sure that you have observed many times a golfer making fluid and decent practice swings, only to see the same person over the golf ball make a shaky looking swing. The reason is easy to understand: the golf ball creates tension and certain impulses, such as trying to help the ball up. This obviously affects a person’s ability to swing correctly and make solid contact with the ball. Therefore, it is imperative that a golfer learns methods to alleviate tension and mental interference. Making a meaningful practice swing part of your preshot routine is a big step in performing better on the golf course.

Pitch for Success

No other shot can be as instrumental in saving par or perhaps making birdie on that par 5; than the pitch shot.

Beach-Golf  knows the short game is the most important area of the game  and uses these fundamentals as  the building block to successful ball striking with long shots.

Learning to execute the pitch shot correctly, not only insures lower scores, but enhances full swing fundamentals.

The two most noticeable faults are dropping the back shoulder (leaning back) and flinging the wrists; attempting to get under the ball in a lifting or scooping action. In other words, trying to help the ball up in the air.  To avoid making these mistakes, try focusing on arcing the club as you swing through. This will help the body pivot around the front leg and get the upper body to cover the ball more,  making it easier to hit down and through compressing  the golf ball correctly.

Takeaway II

As most of my students know, I focus on swing plane because having the correct shape to your swing means better ball flight and contact. Besides good posture, having good takeaway makes it easier to swing on plane. The takeaway position is like the first step in an instruction manual when putting something together. It is hard to build something if you skip or do the first step incorrectly. Therefore, I was my students to learn to perfect baseline plane ( when the club is parallel to the ground it is also parallel to the target line and along the toe line).  The student can improve their takeaway with  rehearsals, teaching aids,  and waggles.

New Age

Ever since golf was first played, there have been swing changes in response to advances in equipment and technology.

Take a close look at the golf swings you have seen on television in the last few years. Clearly, most golf swings has become more connected, compact, flatter, and athletic. I know there are a few exceptions with the free and loose swingers who especially swing out of their shoes with the driver (most of us know the two guys who come to mind); taking their chances for an approach shot with a short iron with little regard to turf conditions.

In any event, is it golf equipment? To a certain degree,yes. The new age golf ball spins less and travels straighter and farther. Golf clubs are made with better materials and design characteristics. With that being said, think for a moment about the world we live in presently. It is ever changing world of technological advancements.

From the perspective of a golf instructor, like myself, it seems like we started learning more about the golf swing and our students with computer/video analysis. Nowadays, not only are there better golf instructors, biomechanists, trainers, and coaches available; but think about technology and science. There are so many resources available to make people better golfers and make me a better instructor. I look at things like; swing and ball flight analysis (trackman and flight scope come to mind), electromyographic analysis, 3D devices, ballistic analysis, force/balance platforms, and excellent teaching aids.

No wonder why open-minded instructors, players, and biomechanists have a better understanding of the correct fundamentals and have developed a more efficient swing model.

Even more experienced professionals are evolving, and of course the rising stars are being introduced to “golf swing evolution” at an early age. Look for a moment outside the United States. This thing is global and I especially see it in South Africa, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

Obviously, there is more than one way to hit a golf ball but trust me “golf swing evolution” is the simpler path to better golf.

Thank you Jim and Jeff for opening my eyes.

Ground Control

Like most moves in sports , one of the crital elements in golf is ground connection.

Your better golfers and athletes know how to use the ground for power and speed. Stop and think for a moment how far the smaller guys and ladies on tour hit the golf ball. On the other hand, a weak hitter of the ball seem to lift off the ground.

A golfer needs to understand how to establish connection to the ground by compressing into it with your legs both on the backswing and downswing. This just a matter of basic physics as described by Newton’s third law of motion. By applying force into the ground, the ground exerts an equal and opposite force back within the body; thus creating a more dynamic golf swing.

Available resources include: force platforms and electromyograghy (EMG) devices.

New Age

Ever since golf was first played, there have been swing changes in response to advances in equipment and technology.

Take a close look at the golf swings you have seen on television in the last few years. Clearly, most golf swings has become more connected, compact, flatter, and athletic. I know there are a few exceptions with the free and loose swingers who especially swing out of their shoes with the driver (most of us know the two guys who come to mind); taking their chances for an approach shot with a short iron with little regard to turf conditions.

In any event, is it golf equipment? To a certain degree,yes. The new age golf ball spins less and travels straighter and farther. Golf clubs are made with better materials and design characteristics. With that being said, think for a moment about the world we live in presently. It is ever changing world of technological advancements.

From the perspective of a golf instructor, like myself, it seems like we started learning more about the golf swing and our students with computer/video analysis. Nowadays, not only are there better golf instructors, biomechanists, trainers, and coaches available; but think about technology and science. There are so many resources available to make people better golfers and make me a better instructor. I look at things like; swing and ball flight analysis (trackman and flight scope come to mind), electromyographic analysis, 3D devices, ballistic analysis, force/balance platforms, and excellent teaching aids.

No wonder why open-minded instructors, players, and biomechanists have a better understanding of the correct fundamentals and have developed a more efficient swing model.

Even more experienced professionals are evolving, and of course the rising stars are being introduced to “golf swing evolution” at an early age. Look for a moment outside the United States. This thing is global and I especially see it in South Africa, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand.

Obviously, there is more than one way to hit a golf ball but trust me “golf swing evolution” is the simpler path to better golf.

Thank you Jim and Jeff for opening my eyes.

Get Connected

There is a lot to be said about the K.I.S.S. method both with the golf swing and life.

I know for a fact, that if you make connection a fundamental of your golf swing, it will be simplier.

The new age swing we are now seeing  on television and the one I of course advocate, is  more body driven.  Makes sense because of the increased physicality in high caliber players. 

In any event, creating and maintaining connection in the golf swing allows the player to rely less on timing and produce a more efficient golf swing. The player can eliminate unnecessary independent actions, erratic  moving body parts, and now count on a swing that is more synchronized.

I welcome the opportunity to introduce you to the more defined swing of today and the benefits of staying connected with proven techniques and practice rehearsals.