Impact and TGM

The Golfing Machine - Saturday, July 21, 2012

Many of you have listened or read about the results derived from the time of Impact. Although, this short time frame between .2 to .4 of a millisecond is quite small the outcome is quite profound. This particular blog is to assist the reader/golfer in making sense of some of this information regarding other variables that effect post impact response.

According to the Rules of Golf the Player must take a backstroke, the reason this becomes important is to remind us that the Clubshaft, Clubhead and Clubface are in motion. Other, variables to remember are: Hand height, Wrist motion, arm motion, right wrist motion, knee motion, hip motion, shoulder elevation, spine column alignment, Clubshaft bend, clubface angle, clubface direction, Clubhead path.

When you have hit your best shot all of these above factors have a certain relationship and when you have hit your worse shot they also have a relationship. However, everyone wants to repeat the best shot relationships. If you were to only concentrate on what was occurring during the .2 to .4 of a millisecond between Impact and Separation improvement would be difficult because a lot of motion took place during the backstroke to setup the motion that would occur during the Downstroke which in fact crated the Impact alignments. Therefore, everything which came before Impact has a bearing on it and should be understood.

Thankfully, Mr. Kelley wrote The Golfing Machine for us to follow; He truly understood in Chapter 8 that the golf stroke included everything from taking a look at your upcoming shot and concluding with Finish. Each of the 12 Sections has equal importance if one Section is overlooked then the whole stroke is affected.

For more information on how to make your motion and to increase your golfing skills contact an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine.

References in TGM

The Golfing Machine - Friday, July 13, 2012

When we learn a something new it must be taught so it makes sense. Not everyone has difficulty with the same concepts. For example some people immediately understand that a circle has 360 degrees, others however have difficulty understanding it. Another example using the circle is that it also has 6.28 radians. Some people grasp this concept immediately while others have great difficulty comprehending it. Our job as Authorized Instructors of The Golfing Machine is to introduce you to concepts, their operation and how to use them effectively.

The Golfing Machine introduces you to concepts which will make you a better golfer. Plane, Flat Left Wrist and Clubhead Lag are just a few. For example understanding why the Plane is important, how to use it and its benefits. The development of the Plane concept is to control the Clubshaft, although you cannot physically take a Plane onto the golf course you can take the image. As you practice being on Plane it is this image that you can take with you whenever you practice or play.

As you begin to understand the importance of being on plane you will see the value of how it controls your Clubshaft. As we all know attached to the Clubshaft is the Clubhead and where every the Clubshaft goes the Clubhead will follow; it has no choice. Therefore, when you begin to apply the concept of being on Plane to your golf motion by default you will also be controlling the direction of the Clubhead. This concept is exactly the same as the understanding how to use a hammer. The handle of the hammer has the head of the hammer attached to it. Therefore, where ever you take the handle the head of the hammer will surely follow. Now the question is how precisely can use the hammer to hit a nail? If you strike the nail off center then the nail bends and it’s no good. Similarly if you bring the shaft of the club toward the ball incorrectly the head will not hit the ball properly. However, with the attention of an Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine you can learn how to control the Clubshaft which in turn will give you better control of the Clubhead.

The Time/Duration of the Impact Interval

The Golfing Machine - Friday, July 06, 2012

I have been asked many times about my opinion of what occurs during the Impact Interval. This Interval begins as the Clubface touches the ball and lasts until the moment the ball leaves the clubface. 

There are many thoughts, pictures, videos which try to explain what is occurring during the .0004 of a second or 4/10 or a millisecond; scientists are even debating the duration of the Impact Interval and are questioning their findings. Therefore, for our discussion we will us the above numbers which are based on a driver being swung at about 100 miles per hour. 

In order for us to understand the Impact Interval we need to be grounded in time. By this I mean we must understand the time duration of the Impact Interval and compare it to something more tangible. You may have heard the metaphor “it happened in a blink of an eye”. Well scientists have timed the eye blink and the average time it takes a human to blink – open to close and back open again is one third of a second (1/3 of a sec) or 333 milliseconds (there are 1000 milliseconds in a second). 

We are looking for the duration of the Impact Interval in “real” time. So how many Impacts at .0004 are there in one eye blink? Therefore, 1/3 of a second is .333 divided by .0004 which represents Impact to Separation there are 832.5 Impacts in every eye blink, or 100 rounds of golf shooting 83 each round!