Wednesday, December 2, 2009

3Jack's Translation of TGM: Part 13

Part 13 will finish up the TGM translation. This will be brief as it covers Parts 9-2, 9-3, and 12-3.

I've already gone over 9-2 and 9-3, which can be found HERE.

In my Part 11 Translation Post went over the 24 component checklist for basic drive loading, basic drag loading and hopefully my future swing.

12-3 is a 'mechanical' checklist (vs. component checklist) of your swing.

It breaks down the checklist into 12 sections.

1. Preliminary Address
2. Impact Fix
3. Adjusted Address
4. Backstroke
5. Backstroke (part of 4&5)
6. The Top
7. Start Down
8. Downstroke
9/10/11. Impact
12. Finish

In reality what TGM tends to be all about is getting the golfer to develop their own 'stroke.' The book goes in depth on the geometry and physics of the swing, then gets more specific with the different ways a golfer can achieve the quality alignments, then develops a way a golfer can develop the components of their swing.

In the end, I firmly believe that somebody who understands TGM should know how to really practice, particularly with today's high-end camcorders, 3-D Motion Analysis Technology and the Trackman Launch Monitor. All Homer Kelley had was his eyes and a mirror.

And in the end the golfer who understands TGM should be able to come up with their own component checklist and then go thru the mechanical checklist to make sure their mechanics are in tact.

I find TGM hardly infallible, but the work done by Homer was nonetheless brilliant and without it, my mind would not be educated to some of the fundamental elements of the golf swing and would not be open enough to new scientific and technological theories and philosphies.

'After all, complexity is far more acceptable and workable than mystery is.' - Homer Kelley



Dave @ Mud Ball Golf Blog said...


Any thoughts on sensing the 'top'. I'd like to stop at the top and not 'end' find it real hard to do so.

I've enjoyed these translations - I'm reading the book at the mo' your site is really helping me.

Rich H. said...

According to Dr. Robert Grober, the inventor of Sonic Golf, who has studied the *movement* of the hands throughout the swing, the hands should pause for a split second at the top of the swing while the body starts to transition to the downswing.

I would definitely recommend the Sonic Golf system,, if you can afford it.

If you can't, I'd probably just suggest making some swings where you start at address, go to the top and stop. Then return the club to address, go to the top again, stop.

Start to sense what you're feeling, especially with the hands, the right shoulder, right elbow, etc. Close your eyes and *feel* if you have to.

James Bermingham said...

What an amazing completion of Work in the translation of TGM.
Thanks for all the helpful visual links too.
Top Job.