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Getting Better at Golf

The Golfing Machine - Friday, September 11, 2015

Getting Better at Golf

Dear Reader,

We have a problem! It is the same problem Mr. Kelley found when he began taking golf instruction in the late 1930’s that dilemma is instruction, education and teaching golf is still based on the myth that students want their lessons to be kept simple. Well, I apologize but golf is not simple. Although the ball lies still in front of you the complex movements involved in hitting the 1.68 inch sphere are not simple. Someone once said “if it were simple – everyone would do it”, but as you know golf is not simple. Mr. Kelley in The Golfing Machine text said in chapter “1-B. SIMPLICITY Treating a complex subject or action as though it were simple, multiplies its complexity because of the difficulty in systematizing missing and unknown factors or elements. Demanding that golf instruction be kept simple does not make it simple - only incomplete and ineffective. Unless this is recognized, golf remains a vague, frustrating, infuriating form of exertion. "Simplicity" buffs may find Chapter 5-0 or 12.5 sufficient.” Today in 2015 this problem still exists because golf instructors at large believe that you the student want your lesson to be simple.

Similar to Mr. Kelley my observation is that students arrive at the practice range with little or no direction of what to practice or how to practice. Hence this is why they never get better. How many of you set up your practice area with a target line? A stance line?  A specific distance you want the ball to travel? How many of you understand what to look for when the ball does not go the direction, distance or shape you have in mind? If when driving your car it continues to pull to the right do you go out and kick the right front tire? Do you slam the right front tire into a curb hoping to adjust it? Or, do you take to a mechanic?

Golf instructors must be mechanics who understand where to look for the problem that is causing the ball’s unfortunate curve, push or pull. As the student you cannot “see” yourself swing, even if you use video you are too bias to critique your motion. Therefore, the reason The Golfing Machine, LLC trains its Authorized Instructor to make accurate assessments of your golf stroke, they know where to look, maybe your problem is in Zone 1 The Pivot or Zone 2 The Power Package or Zone 3 The Hands and each of these Zones have Components from Chapter 10 which influence their motion. Why do you ask is this important? Well, if your car is pulling to the right as in the above example then you would expect your mechanic to look first look under the car, then at the mechanism that control the steering and then to replace or realign those parts. These are the reasons the Authorized Instructors have taken time and effort to study The Golfing Machine, so they know where to look and you get better and more accurate information from someone who has studied the geometry, physics and biomechanics of the golf stroke than someone who has not.

Next time you go to practice after having a lesson with an Authorized Instructor your practice session will be directed toward the two or three items he uncovered during your lesson and your attention will be on those items. Be patient with your practice and do expect your change to occur over night, according to Psychologists change behaviorally or physically will take about 30 days and this time frame is dependent upon your actively taking a part daily with your practice. You can do some of your practice at home without a golf ball as it is your motion that is changing, when you have to your practice area you will find that your daily effort will pay off. How much time you ask? Just a few minutes per day, put your golf club in your hands and make your motion comparing your old motion to your new motion. This comparison between the two will help solidify the change and replace your former motion with the new updated version.

Compared to your fellow golfer who has little or no attention to detail, you will arrive at your next practice session prepared and attentive upon the changes which you and your Authorized Instructor discussed and you are now implementing. Stay attentive to your changes and your golf motion will improve. Better motions create better strokes and better stokes create ball flight and better ball flight creates greater competence which in turn will result in higher confidence.  

Fraudulent Golf Professionals Masquerading as Authorized Instructors of The Golfing Machine

The Golfing Machine - Wednesday, September 09, 2015

September 9, 2015

Consumer, Customer and Students Beware

Golfing Machine enthusiasts - recently we have been made aware of golf professionals who are masquerading as Golfing Machine instructors which is highly deceitful on their part as they have not been trained by anyone at The Golfing Machine, LLC nor do they have any rights or privileges from our organization to promote themselves as Authorized Instructors or use our logo.  These are rights and privileges which the golf professionals have earned by attending classes and paying their annual dues to The Golfing Machine, LLC.

The Golfing Machine organization takes great pride in educating our instructors who have earned their degrees of Golf Stroke Engineer Bachelor (GSEB), Golf Stroke Engineer Master (GSEM) or Golf Stroke Doctor (GSED). Each of these designations have been earned by attending classes eight (8) days for the GSEB, six (6) days for the GSEM and continuing education of approximately one year for the GSED. Therefore, no consumer should be duped into thinking that anyone is qualified to instruct using Mr. Kelley’s Star System.  Our classes are complete education from the geometry and physics espoused by Mr. Kelley and now with the application of biomechanics created by Dr. Matt Rosman. There are other courses available but none as complete as The Golfing Machine. Therefore, when searching for an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine be aware of those who are truly Authorized. Log into  www.thegolfingmachine.com and using the tab toward the bottom of the front page “Find an Instructor”. There you will find a list of all the current Authorized Instructors who are current with their education and yearly fees.

If you have any questions please email us at questions@thegolfingmachine.com or phone us 503.641.0290 Pacific Standard Time.

Sincerely,

Joe Daniels, PGA, MS, GSED

Bryson DeChambeau - Great Going!

The Golfing Machine - Monday, August 24, 2015

I am always amazed at how journalists, commentators and golfers take shots at Homer Kelley’s book The Golfing Machine, and yet after 46 years, just like the Energizer Bunny, it keeps on ticking even though people try to give it a licking!  Take for example, Ryan Lavner’s article on Bryson DeChambeau after he won the 2015 US Amateur 7 and 6.  Lavner’s choice of words is “how The Machine had malfunctioned.”  “Bryson DeChambeau was thrashing around deep in the trees, dancing around poison ivy leaves, wondering how The Machine had malfunctioned.” Oh, yes, Lavner was trying to give us, the reader, some cute adjectives to describe Bryson’s play toward the end of the first round.  But then Lavner comes back in the article to praise Bryson but does so with a left-handed complement, “part-mad scientist, part-artist.”  “Five days of national television exposure have made clear what the rankings do not:  DeChambeau is the best amateur in the world, a part-mad scientist and a part-artist who can mow down opponents with machine-like efficiency.”  Mr. Kelley states in 1-L, “It is soon apparent that the body can duplicate a machine.  Grasp the parallel and escape limiting old concepts.  Develop the "Machine Feel" to where you can just turn it loose and trust it.”  Bryson showed everyone during the 2015 US Amateur exactly the meaning Mr. Kelley wrote about 46 years ago.

For those nay-sayers out there, and I know there are many, I would like to remind you that many of the famous instructors have studied Mr. Kelley’s work: David Leadbetter – whose work with Nick Faldo and his truly well designed Double Shift created some memorable wins; Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer (Stack and Tilt); Jim McLean (who lived near Mr. Kelley), to name a few.  Golf Instructors, similar to golfers, search and search, until they find a clue, and they believe it is their secret.  They refuse to share their thinking because maybe in sharing it, it will degrade the secret’s veracity. Which is why so many instructors never tell anyone that they studied The Golfing Machine.

Now, in this new generation of golfers, Bryson DeChambeau found Mr. Kelley’s 46 year old work, which is based on geometry and physics, (and over the last 46 years they have not changed). Bryson states “That’s been the goal, after all, ever since the curious 15-year-old began studying Homer Kelly’s “The Golfing Machine, a teaching manual that allows a player to build his own swing with 24 components and 144 variations”.  Bryson like any other player will experience things like over acceleration, or his Hinge Action may not be perfectly timed whereby the ball (the perfect computer) will fly off target, which is no different than any other golfer.  The difference is Bryson knows where to look for the answer to any of the woes that may come up now or in the future.  He knows that there are 24 components, but also the requirements for a properly orchestrated Zone 1 Pivot which transports the Zone 2 Power Package that will assist in aligning the Zone 3 Hands.  He not only knows where to look to find answers, he also knows that his is a human body which from time to time may be faster, slower, steeper or shallower but he also know about ““Bryson Golf” – rhythm, momentum, feel,” and its these on which he can rely.

Yes, Golfing Machiners (a term used to describe Mr. Kelley enthusiasts) are feeling a bit exonerated – again, after years of put downs, snide remarks and verbal bashings by former Instructors, Bryson with his zero #3 accumulator motion showed them.

Joe Daniels,

Hip Bump Myth or Reality

The Golfing Machine - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I received a question regarding "hip bump"

“Does the transition hip bump happen simultaneously with the drop of the rear shoulder, or before the drop? I see instructors suggest practicing that bump as a separate move. Harvey Penick says its one move, not two. I'm confused.”

May I say with all due respect the term "hip bump" is a myth!

The words "Hip Bump" do not explain the complexity involved with "Hip Turn" from Mr. Kelley's The Golfing Machine text 2-H and 7-14. The motion of the Hip Turn begins from the Foot Action 7-17 through Knee Action 7-16 up through Hip Turn and into Hip Action 7-15 which "Tilts the Axis" 7-13. Unfortunately, many teaching professionals want to make golf a simple motion, which is like saying the human body is a simple organism. Mr. Kelley states "Treating a complex subject or action as though it were simple, multiplies its complexity because of the difficulty in systematizing missing and unknown factors or elements". When both (the motion and organism) are working correctly they look and seem simple, however, when one part is not working the simplicity is gone and you are left with a complex motion or organism which only a person with a complete understanding of the motion or organism can analyze, diagnose and then prepare a prescription for correction.

The answer lies in taking your Golfing Machine text read, re-read, study and learn the operation of this complex motion they call "hip bump". Mr. Kelley knew that people like you Al exist and are not content with ordinary "simple" explanations he said "Does it all seem as if it would just "take too long"? What if you had worked out one step each week - or each month - for the last two years? Or the last five years? How about the next two? Or five? At the very worst, it's the guided struggle versus the blind struggle. With this book you can do a lot of learning in your armchair".

I hope this passage leads you in a direction where you can learn and then apply which will eventually become part of your G.O.L.F. procedure.


Joe

Congratulations - Justin Rose!

The Golfing Machine - Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Congratulations Justin Rose!

Sunday June 16th, 2013 – Justin Rose's final round of golf, in the U.S. Open at Merion came to a close. It culminated with a drive on No. 18 landing near the famous Ben Hogan plaque and a beautiful 4-iron shot that skirted just past the hole. From that position just on the fringe he chipped to within an inch and putted for a par 4. As his fellow Briton and playing partner Luke Donald finished his round Mr. Rose was holding back tears of joy. Joy that he later would state was because his deceased Father would be proud.

Pride? A word not often used in Professional golf any longer. Pride - a state which I seldom view our current PGA Tour players as possessing. Pride - an emotion which I shared with Mr. Rose. As he spoke during his interview he was extremely gracious, polite, humble and proud of his accomplishment. Mr. Rose told the people of Philadelphia that, even as a Briton, he was treated well during his week in Philly.  He referenced that although the crowed rooted for their favorite son - Phil Mickelson, they also appreciated his effort throughout the day.

During his interview  Mr. Rose looked skyward he gave thanks to his father on our Father’s Day, the man who introduced him to golf, the one who taught him pride, the one who taught his son that golf was a journey and that he should respect the sport and those around it.

Mr. Rose listened and learned from his Father and, from my vantage being a golfer for 40 years and a Professional for 30 years, Mr. Rose makes me proud to be a golfer!

If The Shoe Fits

The Golfing Machine - Thursday, April 25, 2013

Today’s golf shoe market is flooded with shoes based solely on comfort, the function and stability of the shoe has been forgotten. The golf shoe manufacturer wants you to believe that a golf swing places the same type of force on a shoe as does a basketball player, runner or tennis player, however, they are wrong. A golf shoe unlike any another athletic shoe has a function and that is to maintain the feet in a fixed position on the ground while you make your golf swing, it must be built differently with a golf stroke and its motion in mind, and leave the tennis like shoes for tennis.

Selling golf shoes is a multibillion dollar industry which is built on the basis that you should buy new golf shoes not because the old ones are worn out but because you would not want to be seen wearing last year’s fashion.

My contention here is that the buyer knows little about footwear and has invested in fashion, just what the manufacturers want. The less you know the more you will buy. 

Function over fashion - let’s say that you weigh 200 pounds, simple math equates that number to 100 pounds per foot. However, you weight shifts during the swing and the foot twists inside the shoe as well. This is different motion than say just walking where your shoes bends about your toe in the box of the shoe and you can tell if there is any slippage as you walk. However, a functional golf shoe must not only bend for walking it must support you while swinging, it must be able to withstand the stresses of the twisting foot inside the shoe. The shoe must be fit for length but for width as well. 

Now consider the fact that you are on your feet for about 4.5 hours while golfing. You either walk the course or you walk to and from your cart. No matter you are placing stress on your feet as well as your shoes. 

The twisting of the shoe begins as your weight is being moved by swinging the golf club. The shoe must resist the twist of your motion and not loose contact with the ground, if it does loose contact with the ground you will feel it in your swing. Mostly I hear people say they have lost their balance. But that is not always the case - the shoe may well be the culprit as it could not maintain its association to the ground because it was designed for fashion and not function. 

Next time you purchase golf shoes please remember that the function of the shoe is to maintain your association to the ground. Try on different styles and manufacturers and take practice swings and sense how much your feet are twisting inside the shoe. Try different sizes and widths. Once you have a shoe which you feel will allow you to swing properly and not twist over on the side of the shoe then take a walk around the store. Lastly, look at the style - always remembering that the function of the golf shoe is to keep you on the ground, attached to the ground and not allow you to twist over on the edge of the shoe.

The Struggle for Consistency

The Golfing Machine - Monday, February 25, 2013

The struggle for consistency!

During my 30 years as a Golfing Machine Instructor one glaring problem continues to affect golfers - they seldom align themselves the same way twice in a row and then they complain that they lack consistency.

When a chef constantly changes ingredients he cannot expect his food to have a consistent flavor, if a painter constantly changes his color palette he cannot expect to have the same tones or colors. When a golfer constantly changes his alignments he cannot expect consistent results.

The current fad in golf is to purchase two colored sticks and place them on the ground parallel to each other. This idea in principle is good; but what are the golfers’ alignments to these sticks? How is he aligning his hands to the clubface? Is he aligning the clubface properly to the target line? Is he aligning his grip properly to the clubface? How is he aligning his arms to the club and to each other? These questions are atypical for most golfers or their instructors. Most of them are simply looking at the outcome – ball flight and then reacting to it. However, ball flight is only one factor of the equation and it does not always give you useable feedback. If you only rely on ball flight then you will always be a slave to it if you understand the components which create ball flight then you will master your game

Since most golfers overlook these alignments and their golf professionals do not know how to assist their students with these alignments then the struggle for consistency will continue. Remember if you continue to change the ingredients then the outcome will always be different. If you want to be more a more consistent golfer then go see an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine who can assist you with learning how to align yourself properly so you can begin to get a consistent result.

To Feel or Not to Feel

The Golfing Machine - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

To Feel or Not to Feel, That is the Question

 

Recently Steve Whidden, PGA wrote an article in PGA Magazine where he states that it is necessary to help our students to “play with feel instead of thoughts”. Let us examine his statement. During this examination we will look at the word “feel” and its many connotations.

When you ask someone how do they “feel” are you asking about their state of wellness? Their psychological state or how they sense something? This word has many different connotations and many different ways of internalizing its meaning. Everyone has a different way to explain their “feelings”, therefore, none of us would explain them exactly the same. For example when asked, “How did you feel about the movie?,” some will answer it made them sad, others will attest the scenery made them feel blissful and others still may state the movie created a euphoric sensation. Everyone watched the same movie, and everyone has a different way to explain their “feel” for it.

No two people sense things the same way. Feel cannot be taught and the extraordinary thing about “feel” on the golf course is that today it was warm and your body felt nice and comfortable, tomorrow however, it will be cold and rainy and that will change the way you feel or sense your environment and therefore, change your “feel” on the golf course. Not only do different people feel things differently, but the same person may feel things differently each day.

Some golfers describe themselves as “feel players,” effectively criticizing technical thought. But if greater consistency is the goal of golfers at every level and a golfer’s feel can change daily, then it stands to reason that greater emphasis on the scientific properties of the golf stroke that Mr. Home Kelley espouses in The Golfing Machine will help many any golfer more consistent.

I substantiate that when you are on the golf course you should think about the environment and what you must do to hit your golf shot safely to your target. You must think about the stroke you are about to make; ask yourself was this practice swing strong enough to carry the ball that distance? Only you know the answer.

The total golf motion from address to finish takes less than 1.5 seconds and the downstroke takes about 1/2 of a second. The “feel” that you get after a swing is compilation of that whole motion which included the crashing of the club and ball. This impact between club and ball creates the experience which most golfers term as feel. If the ball went exactly where you want it, then it felt great, but if it were off target then it did not feel as good.

Now, feel is based upon impact which lasts between 2/10 and 4/10 of millisecond. This is the precise reason Mr. Kelley states that “golf is a game for thinkers, and that alignments are more important than positions.”

Understanding and working on your alignments then YOUR game will be less likely to fall apart. Make your motion based on YOUR alignments and you will be happier with your game.

Feel will change based on the situation at hand  but the alignments are forever and they can be adjusted as you see fit.

TGM and the Spanish PGA

The Golfing Machine - Monday, October 29, 2012

October 30, 2012

 

As I was waiting for breakfast this morning I thought I would look up TGM on the internet and behold an article about me! However, the picture is not ME! But the article is nice.

Joe

 

Joe Daniels, President of The Golfing Machine, will be in Madrid from 30 to 31 October to offer the I seminar of "The Golfing Machine" at the National Institute of physical education (INEF) in Madrid. The seminar, which is an authentic revolution in the teaching of golf, is presented by the Association of professionals of Golf of Spain (PGAe) that offers this course in the service of the professionals.

 

"The Golfing Machine" is an organization dedicated to the study of the golf swing from a technical, scientific point of view and biomechanical. The publication of the book "The Golfing Machine" in 1969, written by Homer Kelly, after several decades of deep research, caused a real revolution in the world of golf.

After 40 years of evolution and development, "The Golfing Machine" remains in the technical and scientific forefront of golf and is a reference technique par excellence that has served as inspiration to many schools to develop their own lines of teaching: Leadbetter, Cook, Leithz (Trackman)... the list is endless.

With the improvement in the accuracy of measurement systems companies, thanks to the development of cutting-edge equipment, have become famous for publishing theories and data were described by Kelley in his book. This golf swing teaching technique not advocated a system in particular, but it lists the different alternatives that have the body to perform an effective swing.

"The Golfing Machine supplies the instructor tools you need to be more successful with their students." "The Golfing Machine concepts allow identify problems easily, assess what is happening, and choose from a variety of directions to better help students," explains Joe Daniels, President of "The Golfing Machine" that will present the seminar in INEF.

An example of this method is the Australian professional Steve Elkington, who has spent 12 years working with the book of Homer. "A decade ago I went to see one of the teachers of The Golfing Machine, after winning 'The Players' tournament." Vi paste a ball, and I knew instantly that this swing had a mathematical advantage. "I've been working with the book of Homer Kelley The Golfing Machine for 12 years and I have seen that in the highest level of competition and with the most demanding conditions of pressure was fulfilled each sentence of the book."

The PGAe offers Spanish professionals this first seminar in the facilities of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (INEF) from 30 to 31 October.

Teaching and Learning 101

The Golfing Machine - Friday, September 14, 2012

Develop students who make the swing their own swing!

 

Hello from The Golfing Machine, LLC

Recently, I had the opportunity to assist two gentlemen with their golf motions and to say the least they were confused about what to do with during their golf swings. Although, they came from different backgrounds and had different skill sets each faced the same problem which was “I don’t know what should I be doing with my stroke?”, because “I am lost.”

Let me first set the stage for you. Both of these gentlemen had been to different “nationally known golf instructors” and neither had a clue of what to do with their golf motions or with their golf swings. One of these gentlemen was a golf professional who at one time could easily break par the other found himself at the low end of a 20 handicap after taking his lessons, the problem – he started as 9 handicap. Now that is not progress, it is regression.

My thought process for these gentlemen was to have them consider how they wanted to swing and not how some golf instructor told them to do it. Sometimes we (the golf instructor) must go backward before ever considering going forward. Mr. Homer Kelley wanted us to learn our motion so that we could develop our pattern which would end up as “My Way” not “The Way Theory.”

I know many of you have had a similar experience or heard of someone who has taken golf instruction only to find that it did not work and because the instruction was based upon  some current philosophy or the instructors personal  golf success. With the number of golfers playing on the decline and the PGA of America is desperately seeking to add players, the problem lies with us – the instructors who have not been trained in the geometry, physics, biomechanics or psychology of golf. Golf Instructors trained by The Golfing Machine, LLC are aptly name Authorized Instructors of The Golfing Machine who can be proud that they have studied the golf motion and that The Golfing Machine, LLC develop educational instruction for their students, which when followed precisely leads to a better golf motion and increased success..

Many have said that Mr. Kelley’s book is difficult to read and yet they rely on other more highly-marketed golf swing methodologies such as Stack and Tilt, One Plane Two Plane, Congruent Planes and whatever the fad or flavor of the day may be, which can lead to disaster as the student begins applying positions to their golf swing that conflict with other positions they have already adapted to their swing. Instead a student who learns the three Imperatives from The Golfing Machine and how to apply them throughout their motion creates a better motion which is much easier than overhauling their whole swing.

The take home message for the golf student is: make your motion and find an instructor who will work with your current motion and adapt changes one at a time. Make changes that will allow you to proceed along a line of instruction that will complement and improve your motion over time, this process is how the Authorized Instructors of The Golfing Machine have been trained!