Monday, November 22, 2010

Lynn Blake and the Flying Wedges

Great video for those who are learning Homer Kelley's 'The Golfing Machine', featuring 3Jack Top 50 Instructor Lynn Blake



Michael Crosby said...

Your blog has been a great help. After playing golf for over 30 years, sometimes I still feel like a beginner.

Until a few weeks ago, I was mostly a hands and arms swinger, and broke my wrist upon impact with the ball.

Today I hit balls and for the first time actually trusting my body to lead the swing. Both more powerful and accurate.

Michael Crosby said...

BTW, do the hands return to the same position at address or are they farther forward? And how much? And does the distance change from club to club?

Anonymous said...

This is a great explanation of the flying wedges. I just found it on YouTube a few days ago.
Great blog you have going.
BTW, what happened to the Mac O'Grady entry?
That was a great view of a great swing. Good thing I copied the video onto my hard drive :)

Rich H. said...

Michael, good to hear from you. The hands may or may not return to where they were at address. TGM is basically a way of cataloging all of the different variations of parts of the swing. One of the parts is where the hands are at address. If the hands at address are at 'impact fix' it means that the hands at address are roughly where they will be at impact. So the golfer just returns those hands at impact to where they were at address.

If the hands are pointing more mid-body at address, ala Hogan, then the hands should not return to where they were at address because that's too far back

You'll see the hands at impact be less further forward as the club gets longer. So they'll be far forward with say a PW and not very far forward with a driver.


Rich H. said...

Anonymous - apparently that video was not supposed to filmed or put on YouTube. I did not notice this. So I took down the entry because I did not want to see anybody get in trouble.


Matt D said...

Lynne Blake is the master of using great visuals to demonstrate TGM principles. Always great to see Richie.

For Michael, check out more Lynne Blake videos. There's one I've seen with Brian Gay that will go a long way to answering your question about hands returning to the same position (or not) at impact. Players who set an "impact fix" at address will return to the same point a la Gay (and I think Stricker does this too). Getting the right forearm on plane at address can be a bit weird, but is certainly useful for some golfers.

Generally (not always) good golfers arrive at impact with higher hands than at address, with the right forearm on plane with shaft when viewed down the line. Regardless of all the different looking swings on tour, this is one postion that is common to nearly everyone.

And Richie is spot on to observe that TGM is more about understanding the different ways a swing can be made, and less about prescribing one particular method.