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Positive Impact Golf – The Easiest Golf Swing for Seniors?

Have you tried Positive Impact Golf? What have been your experiences? What tips do you have for others trying it? Respond in the comments below the article. . . . Ross Reinhold, guest author.

Brian Spark’s videos and methods (that he calls Positive Impact Golf and maintains it is the Easiest Swing in Golf for Seniors) were first recommended to me by Scott Starks in 2016. I watched a few but put it aside as I was concentrating on other methods. But in the spring of 2017 I found that over the winter something had changed to affect my iron play. I couldn’t hit my mid-length irons much further than my nine iron. I was also spraying my iron shots left and right.

So I took another look at Brian’s videos. Studied a few of them, did some of his recommended practice exercise sessions – what he calls La Danse du Golf – in my living room. Then I went out to my home golf range with my 5 iron. I took a very relaxed swing and the ball traveled 150 yards straight out, at least 30 yards longer than I had been able to accomplish earlier when my effort to swing the club was much greater. Wow, I think I may have found the Holy Grail!! (article continues after the video)

So I bought Brian’s book, Positive Impact Golf, and studied a few more of his online videos and that of one of his associates, Julian Mellor (some are cited at the end of this article). Brian and Julien’s methods are definitely body-friendly; their golf swing is effortless and uncomplicated. The PIG method is based on a set of 6 principles that are as much mental as physical: turning, weight shifting, rhythm, balance, coordination, and souplesse (supple and relaxed).

Brian also identifies 3 “deadly don’ts”- commonly held golfing ideas which complicate the golf swing: keeping your head still and eye on the ball; keeping your left arm straight; and keeping your left foot firmly planted in the backswing.

Brian’s book probably ought to be sub-titled the Psychology of the Golf Swing. While I found Brian’s book interesting and somewhat helpful on the mental side of my game, I found it too short on details of how to engage his 6 principles in my game. Part of this fits Brian’s Easiest Swing in Golf method in that he feels people over-think their swing. His top ten swing thoughts are no swing thoughts! The book and his videos are also light on swing mechanics details. Brian explains his lack of “how to” details because he believes in customizing his teaching to the student. For example, the particulars of the best grip that Brian or Julien might advocate to one golfer may be different to another.

I also think Brian wants the emphasis on your body, not your mind. He wants your body to learn the 6 principles and naturally avoid the 3 deadly don’ts. Doing daily exercises such as La Danse du Golf and a few others he illustrates in his videos go in that direction. Ironically his book, though, focuses on the mind. Because he believes our minds most often interfere with a balanced, natural, rhythmic, and easy golf swing – basically the mind most often prevents application of his 6 principles. Tension and negative thoughts are the enemy.

Brian’s videos and his book hit home with me. I get what he is trying to do. I also recognize I am a particularly hard case to correct. As a senior golfer, it is difficult to break lifetime habits that in other spheres have been part of my success: analyzing and thinking; attending to details; learning through reading, watching, and listening; expending maximum physical and mental effort, never giving up; concentration and focus; and the list goes on. I am guilty of all the sins he lists as blocking a natural golf swing.

I am finding these lifetime habits very difficult to change. Sometimes I’ll make a relaxed, balanced golf swing that sends the golf ball far and straight and I think “I’ve got it” but then later I lose it. And then I start thinking “what happened” and begin making adjustments and I’m down the primrose path to a bad round. Maybe I am not doing the La Danse du Golf often enough or doing it correctly. Maybe there are habits in my swing I don’t realize. I need coaching but to date no one in the USA is teaching using Brian’s golf coaching methods.

Have you tried Positive Impact Golf? What have been your experiences? What tips do you have for others trying it? Respond in the comments below.

Some links to more videos:

Brian Explains Rationale for La Danse du Golf
6 principles of Positive Impact Golfing – Julien Mellor

Transferring weight in the Golf Swing – Julien Mellor
Slow-Motion Analysis of Brian Sparks Positive Impact Golf Swing

BTW One helpful thing you can do to more easily implement Brian’s methods is to have your golf clubs custom-fitted to you and your natural swing.

Ross Reinhold, guest author

Custom Fit/Built Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged Irons

A local client Albert H. from Madison, WI took delivery 7/13/17 on his custom fit and custom built Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish irons 4 – PW shafted with True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 .355 taper and PURE Pro Birdie Blue grips.  The Pro Forged irons were custom fit to Series #5 True Length Technology and swing weight heft matched for Albert.

Albert had played Mizuno MP-32 blades in standard length and lie and commented that the new Pro Forged irons were…..“more forgiving on slight miss hits and more solid.”  Albert’s general miss was a heavy draw and the new shafts with corrected lie and heft match cut down on his draw and made them more playable.

Here are a few pics.  Enjoy Albert!!!

Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish 4-PW sole view
Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged satin finish 4-PW cavity view

Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid Going Into Production!

Swing Science FC-One Plus Fairway and Hybrid heads going into production.  These should be available end of August.  Designed for the mid to high handicap player.  These heads will mate well with the many Swing Science models of shafts especially the Series 200 and 400 graphite shafts.  The Plus series follows the FC-One Plus irons and offers a full set up for various player skill levels.

FC-ONE PLUS model going into production!

Posted by Swing Science on Friday, July 7, 2017

Swing Science FC-One A Fairway Wood

Swing Science has a new adjustable hosel fairway wood that can be fitted and perform well from 13* to 17* lofts with open +3.5* to  closed-3.5* face angles and in between.  The adjust ability allows various shafts of various shaft profiles and shaft weights to be tested and fit to perform great for the individual golfer.

The black matte finish on the honeycomb crown with a black polished sole are beautiful to use and look at.   Swing Science designed this head with a lower CG to get the ball airborne easily and it’s 170cc volume size is easy to hit off tight lies in the fairway or for those players that like a smaller shorter playing length club off the tee.

There is also a matching adjustable hosel Swing Science FC-One A driver.

Call or e-mail for your fitting today!

Swing Science FC-One A Frwy

Swing Science FC-One A Frwy

Golf Club Iron Fitting – Lie Angle

The top video explains what the correct way to dynamically test your lie angle on your irons and wedges.  The bottom video explains why lie boards – LIE.  Are your clubs fit this way?  If not this is one of the factors you may have in ill fit golf clubs.

One of the reasons, I use True Length Technology or TLT is for the best performing playing length/lie angle correlation.  Based on a math model there are 16 Series for adults and 10 Series for juniors.  Every golfer fits in one of these TLT Series correctly.

Lie boards – LIE.

Swing Science FC-One Plus Irons

The Swing Science Plus iron is a great alternative for the recreational golfer that needs a bit of help on off center impacts along with sole forgiveness help on “fat” shots.  These irons are a great ultra game improvement iron.  It comes 5i to PW and the regular FC-One iron can be used from the PW, GW and SW or you can go with the FC-One wedges.  Above the 5i one can go with hybrids or for those that are fit best with a matching same iron shaft as in their irons one can choose the FC-One Utility Iron in 3UI, 4UI and 5UI.  A number of possibilities exist for the best performance for the individual golfer along with various weight steel and graphite FC-One shafts.  These come in 2 colors of blue.

Fitting is done with the same head and various shafts of correct playing length and lie adjustments.  Don’t be put off by enormous costs of off the rack irons when you can start with a well fit set of irons for the recreational golfer.  (Example a FC-One Plus iron with FC-One 1150i steel and a Swing Science matching Dual Density grip is $45/iron.)  Other shafts and grip combinations come at various pricing.  Fitting cost extra.

See Jeff Sheets Swing Science technical director video below for a good description.

Swing Science FC-One Plus 5 iron sole
Swing Science FC-One Plus 5 iron back

 

Pics of NEW Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged Iron

The Swing Science Pro Forged iron have arrived!  The Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged iron is available in RH 4-PW in either a satin chrome or black matte finish.  Both have USGA approved grooves.

I have two 7 irons for custom fitting.  If you have any interest in this head with shaft/grip custom fit and built do send me an e-mail.

FC-One Pro Forged Iron Satin Finish
FC-One Pro Forged Iron Black Finish

Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged Iron Coming May 2017!

Swing Science FC-One Pro Forged Satin Finish

Swing Science has announced the FC-One Pro forged iron will be added to the Swing Science line up in May 2017.  This is good news as the S800 forged iron had been out of the line up for some time.

The FC-One Pro forged head is made using 1025, or SC-25, carbon steel, even softer feeling, and more malleable, than the original S800 series forged released in 2008, which was made using 1035.  They will come with a .355 tapered hosel rather than .370 parallel hosel.  This allows use of the FC-One Pro iron shaft for players that have a a bit higher mid-iron swing speed with later release for a lower piercing ball flight or the use of Nippon .355 tapered iron shafts for various player swing types.  The FC-One Pro forged head will come in a satin finish pictured above or black.  I have yet to see the black or know how the finish will wear over time.

The will be a great forged head interesting to mid to low hdcp level players.

Jimmy Walker Decides to Play Shorter Driver at 42.50″

Jimmy Walker decided to put in play at the Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour a shorter playing length driver of 42.50″s as he was 183rd in driving accuracy in 2016 on the PGA Tour.

The majority of golfers that are playing major brand drivers are playing 45″+ playing length.  Are you in the fairway 75% of the time or better?

Walker Playing Shorter Driver

Tee It Forward

Golfers see this often in every foursome at least one or more members of the group are playing the incorrect tee box for their driver distance.  The USGA and PGA came out with the “Tee It Forward” program in 2011.

There is a good chart on the link from USGA/PGA on what tee and distance of course you should use for your driver distance.  Tee It Forward Guidelines

I am 85 mph driver club head speed and average 200 yards max.  I should play 5400 yards not 6000.  Not all courses have correct tee boxes for your driver distance.  But these are proven good guidelines.  They make the game faster and more enjoyable.  To be able to drive the ball relatively accurately you need minimum 90 mph driver club head speed to play 3000 yard 9 hole 6000 yards 18 hole.  Also one would need more center face impact to have good 1.3 – 1.4 smash factor which also means the majority of recreational players are playing to long of a driver playing length to make good center face impact.  This all goes back to correct fitting of a driver.  Golf is first a game of accuracy and then distance.

Jack Nicklaus is now 76.

Local Madison Golfer Fit with Wishon 335HL Hybrids and 979SS Irons!

Ray from Madison got his new fitted and custom built Wishon 335HL hybrids both the 3hy and 4hy and also 5i thru SW of new Wishon 979SS Irons.  Ray and I go back to our fast pitch softball days and worked together years back at SubZero.  In 2006, I had fit/built an Integra 450 driver with a 47″ SK Fiber Pure Energy “A” flex shaft tipped an 1″.  Ray is a decent player with good hand-eye coordination so he can play a longer 47″ playing length driver and is longer than most of his playing partners.

The Wishon set is fitted and built 1/2″ length graduation and D2 swing weight matched in the hybrids and irons with the AW at D3 and the SW at D4 with TWGT S2S White Hybrid shafts in the 335HL’s and TWGT S2S SuperLite steel.  All shafts are flex matched for Ray’s swing stats.  They are built 1/4″ over standard and lie angle adjusted accordingly.  PURE Pro grips were used.  Good golfing with them Ray!

 

FGCC Tests the Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron

I fit and built this Swing Science test utility iron to see how the design worked and also to check the viability of the new Aerotech hls Steelfiber/graphite shafts that recently came into the market.  I used a new Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron #4 head of 247.7 grams at 24* loft and adjusted the head easily to 58* lie angle which matches a True Length Technology Series #6 specifications.  I used an Aerotech hls 780 F2 flex or considered an A flex for my senior swing.  I tipped normally 1″ but could have soft stepped it and gotten possibly better results but happy with how the shaft plays.  I used a Swing Science Tour Velvet grip of 51.2 grams..  Heft match was 2689 kg-cm^2 (toe down) or D3.5 on swing weight.

The results were a more iron like appearance at address with the forgiveness of most hybrids.  The Aerotech hls hybrid shaft with a .370 parallel tip diameter and  at 3.1* of torque kept the ball from ballooning and noticeably lower than a typical Wishon Golf S2S Hybrid shafts .335 parallel tip diameter that Tom Wishon designs for higher flight.   This will appeal to some players that are looking to lower their ball flight.  The “feel” or sound of the ball making impact on the maraging face was muted and not harsh but not the hot feeling you get from some utility iron or hybrid heads.  Some of this maybe the shaft.  On a par 5 with a well struck shot going into the breeze, the ball started on line and drew about 5 feet towards the pin and fell hole high.  The Aerotech hls hybrid shaft definitely has a more tour like piercing trajectory.  This Swing Science design by Jeff Sheets is a good one and could be added to any client of FGCC who prefers a utility iron and would choose Swing Science.  Cost is in line with other brands with the Aerotech shafts a bit higher cost because of quality.

Swing Science has these FC-One Utility Irons available in #3 in 21*, #4 in 24* and #5 in 27*.  The FC-One Utility Iron can be fitted and built with both steel and graphite shafts with a  .370 parallel shaft.    Swing Science FC-One Utility Iron

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