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     J. C. Murphy's Law on the Golf Swing!  

I HUMBLY FEEL THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE CONSTANTLY MONITORED TO SWING THE CLUB PROPERLY. WHEN YOU FAIL TO SCORE, IT WILL PROBABLY BE FOR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS.

The following items have been extrapolated from reading various types of golf
literature and pure experimentation.

 

THE ADDRESS

1)... Stand straight with your weight balanced on both feet, and drop your arms, allowing the shaft of the club to form a 170-degree angle with your arms, forearms as well as your wrists. Your hands make the 170-degree angle, concave upward. Your feet should be approximately the width of your shoulders or a little wider. Check the stance as though looking at the zone to strike the ball, with your hands a little ahead of the club head, except for the driver which should be even with the club head. The driver club-head should be lined up adjacent to your left heel. The wedge however should be lined up with the right heel. Consequently, the five iron should be placed in the center of your sternum.

2)... Make sure the Vs of your index finger and thumb on both hands are pointing toward your right shoulder. Concentrate on embracing, not griping, the club gently, while maintaining the last three fingers of your left hand on club as well as the second and third finger of your right hand. Start out with your hands flat as if in prayer. Then caress the club handle.

3)... Move the V of your right hand forward to fade the ball, or back to draw the ball. Also put more weight on your left foot to draw the ball or more weight on your right foot to slice the ball. The right forearm should be slightly below the left forearm. The club face should be pointing toward the target with the sole of the club flat on the ground. Your shoulders should be pointing toward the target. The club head should be as close to your feet as possible, without being uncomfortable.

4)... Bend no more than 10 degrees at the Waist. Do not bend the knees much. Simply flex the knees a little. Keep your weight on the inside balls of your feet, with both feet slightly open. Regarding all striking positions that are not flat; try to make yourself as perpendicular to the earth as possible, i.e. form a reverse T-square, use a longer club, and swing more with your arms, because you will be unable to shift your body weight properly. You will definitely lose power because of the odd angle at which you are standing, but you will at least hit it straight.

THE BACKSWING

5)... Begin the swing by bringing the club back straight behind the ball - almost dragging the club-head behind the ball so that the club-head, ball, and, target are on the same plane. This is known as the outside plane; simulating the outside rail of a railroad track. At approximately waist-level the club head automatically moves to the inside-rail of the railroad track called the inside plane. The length of the club determines when the vertical lift take-away begins. Keep the club-head close to the ground as long as possible. The shoulders, then the arms, followed by the hips, and the cocking of the wrists, should be the sequence of the back swing.

6)... The sequence of the back swing should be executed slowly, and smoothly. The left and right elbows should be held close to the body during the shoulder move of the back swing. Pretend you are holding a towel to your sternum with your elbows. As the club reaches the horizontal position, the left elbow should be completely straight and the right elbow bent. At this moment, the back of your left hand should be directly facing away from you. There should be no wrist movement at this moment.

7)... The shoulder turn should bring your left shoulder toward the ball. Your chin should be directly over your left shoulder. You should never dip the left shoulder toward the ball. The sternum rotates around the spine. Your club head at that moment is in the middle of the railroad tracks or mid plane. You should not have moved your wrist or arms. During this first phase your belly should be kept between your elbows.

8).. As you move into the upper back-swing – above your waist – your elbows move away from your belly slightly and the club head moves automatically to the inside rail-road track known as the inside plane. Your left elbow must be maintained straight and the right elbow moves about 3 inches away from the right side. Your arms should bring the club back and up slightly over your head with no wrist movement.

9).. The legs become very important at this point. Turn the left knee toward the right knee, and keep the right knee firmly set and possibly bent slightly forward. Do not move the right hip away from the hole. Pretend there is a bulldozer holding your right hip. This makes you bow or collapse the left side. All your weight should now be on the inside of your right foot. Keep your left shoulder and head over the ball. The left heel should lift slightly off the ground. Remember you have not moved your wrists yet. At this moment you should turn your hips – turn the sternum. It is all in the hips. Do not dip the left shoulder.

10).. You are now ready to cock your wrists. At the height of the swing, both wrists cock forward toward the hole, making the shaft parallel to the ground. Keep the heel of handle directly away from the hole. Definitely do not fan your wrists to the right or left. The front of the club should now be facing the hole. To draw the ball leave the shaft below the inside plane, which means below your neck. To slice bring shaft above your head. Regardless, the correct swing should have the shaft on the inside plane part of the swing close to right side of the neck. The tip of the club should be facing downward at 90 degrees, at that moment.

11).. Allow only one knuckle of left hand to be seen, when club is back. Weight is now on your right inner foot. You should feel like your belt buckle is pointing directly away from the hole. You are now prepared for the swing itself.

THE SWING ITSELF

12).. Lead into the ball with your hips. Turn your sternum back first with the reverse hip move to open your swing for the club head to come through. After setting your left heel on the ground turn your shoulders forward. No dipping. Sag your right knee now toward your left knee which will give the swing power, and automatically straighten and tighten the left leg.

13).. As mentioned, the hips start the swing and reverse the weight shift as you move through the ball. Your head stays down in the same place. Your shoulders turn and the shaft moves from the inside plane to the outside plane/track. Your right hip and body should be in back of the ball. Pull with your left hand and use an underhand motion with your right hand leaving the right elbow in tight as if holding a towel between your right elbow and your sternum. The heel of the club handle should be pointing toward the ball on the downswing. Your hips and your arm movement may appear to be starting the swing at the same time. This is where the essential timing sequence is vital.

14).. Remember your head should always remain behind the ball. You should be unlocking your wrists toward the target at impact. As your shoulders and arms take over the swing, your body weight should be shifting to the inner left foot. The right heel then lifts off the ground. Do not swing hard. Swing smoothly. You can swing only as fast as your feet can shift your weight. Remember item # 7 of the back swing. Likewise your belly should be between your elbows at impact. Timing is everything. If you have started the swing correctly, without jerking the club at the top of the swing, the momentum of the swing should feel effortless. If your left elbow crosses your belly at impact your timing is off and you will fade. The right elbow crossing at impact causes a hook because of improper timing.

15).. Throw the club head toward the target, i.e. throwing underhand with you right arm, and backhanding as if in tennis with your left hand. Extend the arms at impact. Follow through toward the target with your body weight moving from your right foot to your left foot, almost as if walking toward the target which could be considered second base. Do not extend toward first or third base. The swing should feel like: i.e. 1,2, pause, 3. Your belt buckle should be pointed toward the target when you finish, as if walking toward the target. It is really one motion, but it is in sequence by the numbers.

CHIPPING & PUTTING

16).. Chipping: Your stance should be slightly open! Your hands should be 3 inches ahead of ball, which should be off ;your right heel. Your back swing determines distance. If you remember this, you will have confidence and not decelerate at impact, which causes most of the chipping mistakes.

17).. Putting is with the shoulder move only. Square the shoulders with your feet first. Position your head over the ball. Always putt through the ball toward the target. The club head should be positioned off your left heel. Keep the club head as close to your feet as possible. Embrace your putter with your fingers, not your palms. Your left and right forearms should form a 45 degree angle, and should be parallel with your shoulders. The left elbow should be pointing toward the target. The right elbow should be held lower and pointing away from target. Once again, the distance is determined by the length of the back swing with a smooth deliberate swing through the ball toward the target, with no wrist movement. Preferably, push the club back with your left hand and then pull forward with the same toward the target, simply caressing the putter with your right as a guide.

18).. Chipping & Putting Distances: The distances of your chipping can be determined by the club and position of the back swing. If you execute a consistent smooth deliberate forward swing, your distance will be determined by your back swing. Thus follows a few sample distances.


-S. W. Sand shot - 20 Ft - Waist high, ball off left heel, stance wide open; hit 1” behind ball.
-S  W. Sand shot - 50 Ft – Strait-hor w. c wrist, ball off right heel, stance w. open; hit 1” BB.
-S Wedge         - 20 Ft  ¼  Straight horizontal – below waist high.    -  10 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         - 40 Ft  ½  Straight horizontal - below waist high.    -  20 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         - 60 Ft  ¾  Straight horizontal – below waist high.    -  30 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         - 80 Ft Straight horizontal - waist high.              -  40 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         -110 Ft Straight horizontal with cocked wrist.         -  55 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         -150 Ft/ 50 Yards – ¾ swing.                           -  75 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         -210 Ft/ 70 Yards – Full Smooth swing.                 - 105 Ft Lob Wedge
-S Wedge         -300 Ft/100Yards – Full Extra Extended Swing.          – 150 Ft Lob Wedge
-Pitching Wedge  -240 Ft/80Yards – ¾ Swing
-Pitching Wedge  -300 Ft/100Yards – Full Smooth Swing.
-9 Iron        9 - 70 FT - ¾ of Straight horizontal.
-9 Iron        9 -110 Ft Straight horizontal – waist high.
-9 Iron        9 -130 Ft Straight horizontal w. cocked wrists.
-8 Iron        8 – 90 ft 1/2 of straight horizontal
-8 Iron        8 -120 Ft Straight horizontal – waist high.
-8 Iron        8 -150 Ft Straight horizontal w. cocked wrists.
-7 Iron        7 -130 Ft Straight horizontal – waist high.
-7 Iron        7 -160 Ft Straight horizontal -  w. cocked wrists.
-4 Iron        4 -150 Ft  ½ Straight horizontal –waist high.
-4 Iron        4 -270 Ft      Straight horizontal –waist high.
-4 Iron        4 -330 Ft      Straight horizontal – waist high knock down with cocked wrists.
-2 Iron        2 –330 Ft      Straight horizontal – Waist high knock down. 
-Putting         - 15 Ft - Bring club back to the right foot starting at the left foot.
-Putting         - 45 Ft - BCB 100% beyond right foot.  Maximum Comfortable Stretch - 65 Ft.

Angle Putting  3 finger widths in height to level the geometric surface angle at 15’ away from
                   hole will break 3 putter heads on average. 10 feet 2 putters. 5 feet don’t 
                   give up the hole. 

Check Chipping: Hit down on the ball and turf at exactly the same time – the tangential pt.
Roll  Chipping: Hit the flat of the club 1/64” on the turf before the ball.  


Critical Points Summarized:
                   Softly grip the club with the hands at 170 degrees.
                   Stand as close to the ball as possible. 
                   Keep your hands in front of the ball and your eyes behind the ball. 
                   Straighten out the left hand, and strengthen the right hand.
                   Keep your weight on the insteps and toes.
                   Bend the right knee in slightly at address.
                   Close your left shoulder squaring with you hips, etc.
                   Keep the driver and high irons off the left foot, & hit down on the irons 
                   Do not move below the waist, just the sternum. No dip on left or right.
                   Make sure your head is behind the ball.
                   Make sure the left & right elbows are tight on the inside plane.
                   Bring the club back to the catcher’s mitt, then up slowly.
                   Collapse the left leg back and push off then collapse the right.
                   Keep straight left arm, and extend outward toward target high.                        
                   Slow down the back swing, and no jerking at the top.
                   Start with the down swing Pulling the heel of the club toward the ball.
                   Keep the left shoulder down, Do not pull away.
                   Make the sternum turn or you hook. If you slap with arms you slice.
                   Pull the club knob-end down through the ball with the left arm.
                  
                   PUTT by letting the Putter hang from you left hand with a 170 degree angle
                   at the hands, then gently grasp with your right and push back with the left 
                   hand and then pull forward with the left; allowing the right hand to guide
                   with the left elbow pointed at the target. Line the ball up in the middle of
                   your stance.  Definitely follow through the ball toward the target with your
                   head positioned behind the ball.
                   
                   Summary Wedge Shots:
                   WEDGE                  300 ft/100 yd    waist  110 Ft
                   SAND WEDGE FULL        190 ft/63  yd    waist   80 ft   opened 60 Ft
                   LOB WEDGE FULL         125 ft/43  yd    Waist   53 ft   opened 40 Ft



            

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