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.