Applecross Golf Academy Book & Video Tip Spotlight
We're excited to announce the addition of more than 1,000 books on instruction, history, strength training, and the mental game. This comprehensive golf library at the Learning Center is sure to offer instructors and students excellent resources to improve your game, not to mention some all around "classic" golf reads.
About January's Recommended Book & Video
One of my personal favorite instructional books for learning how to improve your golf grip is Five Fundamentals by PGA Champion Steve Elkington (1998). Elkington shares the techniques and strategies behind his trademark swing. Elkington writes: "My aim is to provide a benchmark, a basis on which any player can build his own, authentic swing." The book is available to borrow from our library at the Learning Center, or purchase it on Amazon by clicking on the book cover to the left. (Continued in Video Archive Library Below)
About February's Recommended Book & Video
I had the pleasure of meeting PGA instructor and author, Mike Bender while I was down at the PGA show in Orlando just last week. Mike invited me to tour his learning center and we spoke at great length, particularly about his new book, Building the Swing of a Lifetime, which had just been published last year. In this excellent read, Mike shares simple, proven drills that will take your play to a different level. Illustrated by 150 photos, Mike shows how to aim and turn properly, get your hands on the correct downswing plane, and match up your arm swing and body rotation to square the club face more consistently. Borrow this book from the library at the Learning Center, or purchase it on Amazon by clicking on the book cover to the left. (Continued in Video Archive Library Below)
About Eric's 5-Day Swing Transformation Video in March
In the month of March we have switched gears as the 2013 season approaches quickly. This month I had the pleasure of working with a new student, Todd Darlington. Todd was gracious enough to allow me to document his progression over a five day period. This project was for a seminar I was doing for the Philadelphia Section PGA on March 4th. In the video I showed the drills that I had Todd do during each day. As the days progressed, his impact, distance and trajectory changed dramatically. The average distance of a seven iron began at 125 yards and increased to 145-150. If you follow the video all the way thru you will see different activities that worked for Todd and they certainly will work for you too. The Learning Center at Applecross is your opportunity to learn practice drills for home or on the driving range that turn a proper pivot into a habit that you'll bring to the course this spring. (Continued in Video Archive Library Below)
About April's Recommended Book & Three Week Swing Transformation Video
In the month of April, I had the pleasure of working with Stephanie Giampietro. Stephanie was gracious enough to let me document her progress as we make our way through a series of exercises over a three week period. If you follow the video below all the way thru you will see how we changed certain habits to better her contact and club head speed. On page 155 of this months recommended book, Tiger Woods How I Play Golf, there is a great tip about chasing the ball with your right hand after impact. You will notice we worked on this by sliding a small piece of wood along the ground. I hope you enjoy the video! You can borrow the book from our Learning Center golf library or purchase it on Amazon by clicking on the book cover to the left. The Learning Center at Applecross is your opportunity to learn practice drills for home or on the driving range that turn proper mechanics into habits that you'll bring to the course this spring. (Continued in Video Archive Library Below)
About May's Recommended Book & Improve Your Impact Video
Ben Hogan's Power Golf is an oldie but goodie. Our focus will be on pages 130 and 131 which have great drawings and explanations of impact. He says, “At impact my hands are ahead of the clubhead and the ball is being struck a hard descending blow. Hit the ball first and then take the turf.” This is so important to understand because if you can arrive at the ball with a positive lean of the shaft you will compress the ball like you’ve never done in the past. This is why the tour players hit their seven irons as far as a four iron and the high handicapper hits his like an eight iron. The average player hits blooper shots with no ability to penetrate the wind. This inability makes a typical breezy day at Applecross a major challenge. You can borrow this book from our Learning Center golf library or purchase it on Amazon by clicking on the book cover to the left.
In May's video I had the opportunity to spend time with Deanna Suarez, a member at Applecross CC. She was nice enough to let us document her progress as she works through the changes. Deanna has just recently begun playing but you can see the potential is there for really good golf. The focus of the video is on improving her impact positions which are typical deficiencies, especially in a new player. If you watch the video all the way through, you will see the drills that we do and how the exercises change the motion. We use these drills during many lessons so I know they work. Try these yourself and see if it can help your impact and your scores. Good luck and enjoy the video below.
About June's Recommended Book & Proper Arm Extension Video
June’s Recommended Book is a Golf Instructors treasure. In Golf Digest's Book of Drills there are tips inside that would help just about any golfer. The trick is in knowing which ones to use. This month we are focusing on reaching maximum arm extension on the through swing since it is the topic of this month’s video with students Dee Lentz and Eric Hottenstein. On page 140 and 141 there are great images of properly extended arms which I’ve noticed is the downfall of most of our membership. Here’s the drill. While using a mid-iron, tee up the ball about an inch off the ground. Assume your address position. Without moving, have someone step in and move the ball 6 to 12 inches further forward in your stance. Make your normal 3/4 length backswing but when you swing through you’ll find it necessary to straighten both arms in order to reach the ball and strike it solidly. It takes a little practice but it will pay off with a significant increase in distance. You may borrow this book from our library or click on the book cover to the left if you wish to purchase this book from Amazon.
The focus of this June’s video is on proper arm extension through impact and into the finish. I had the opportunity to spend time this month with Dee Lentz and Eric Hottenstein who had allowed me to document their lessons. As you follow along watching the video you’ll see drills and focus points that helped them create proper arm extension and change their swing for the better. Have one of your friends video your swing on the course and see if maybe these drills could help you too! Enjoy the video!
About July's Recommended Book & Power and Consistency Video
The July recommended book is by Nick Price called The Swing. It was printed in 1997 when Nick had reached number 1 in the world. It is filled with great life stories and wonderful images of his swing during his period of change. I have used pages of the book for reference on many occasions. One of my favorite sections in the book is the journal which he kept all of his lessons with his instructor. Too often our students don’t record their thoughts and feelings during a lesson and they are soon forgotten thereby wasting valuable time which you can’t ever get back. This entire book is a guide of Nick’s golf experiences. It contains detail of trials and tribulations, not just the glamour of being number 1. The exercises and tips are awesome and warrant a read. Give it a try. I know you’ll enjoy it. You may borrow this book from our golf library or click on the book cover to the left to purchase it from amazon.
In the July video I am focusing on a few different ways to increase your power and consistency. The student is Elizabeth Bjorkland who, at the time of taping, has literally been playing for just a couple of weeks. She’s a quick learner, already grasping the basics. With a little help I think she could be a fine player. The drills which I use with Elizabeth are drills which can help anyone. The pivot drill can be done with any stick or even a long club. It doesn’t have to be a piece of pvc piping but it certainly can be. The taped ball drill was taught to me by Art Sellinger who is a World Champion Long Driver. It’s an awesome drill for feel of the weight in the club head and proper timing of the wrists. It was obvious that it helped Elizabeth to feel better wrist action and make better contact. Give the video a look and see if the drills can help you too!
About August's Recommended Book
This month’s recommended book is Golf Annika's Way by Annika Sorenstam. There are many great tips and anecdotes in this one to occupy you for a long time. This book covers the gamut from short game to long game and everything in between. We are focusing on pages 60 and 61 which would make many of the old style teachers want to roll over in their graves. On these pages Annika talks about how she developed her signature head release prior to making impact. This move also goes with our monthly video to help you get off of the back leg and get your weight properly shifting to the target. Give our video a look and maybe you’ll see something interesting and helpful with your own swing! You may borrow this book from our golf library or click on the book cover to the left to purchase it from amazon.