Golf Ball Flight Instructor & Instinctive Movement Instructor
“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.” – Ben Hogan
For instance, golf is a reflex sport. Yes, the ball is stationary; it is the free momentum of the club head that our hands react to while our body simultaneously reacts to what the hands are doing.
In this way we build a dependable timing-free classic swing where all movements are connected and dynamically coordinated by design.
These inherently coordinated movements cause the classic mechanics every serious golfer covets. That is, we need not try to mimic classic ball strikers by manufacturing what we see them doing, it is about tapping into the same instinctive neuron pathways that we all have in common so that we feel what they are doing.
I am sure Hogan meant to use the word “intuition”, not “instinct” in the physiological sense.
For instance, your intuition tells you that to hit the ball up in the air and straight to the target certainly requires you to point the club face to the sky and keep the club head moving straight to the target for as long as possible in order to guide it there.
When in fact a grounded ball is properly launched into the air with a descending blow and with the top edge of the club face moving faster than the bottom edge into and through impact – which is completely counterintuitive.
Further, the ball seeks its target when the club head properly moves in a circle around the body.
So, to hit the ball up we must hit down and to hit it straight we must swing the club in a circle.
That is, for instance, to succeed we must move our hands and body in ways that facilitate a downward blow when nearly every fiber in our body wants to scoop it up into the air.
The counterintuitive examples above are just the tip of the iceberg. For those who have gotten past the counter intuitiveness of the above examples, allow me to challenge you with some new ideas that will surely strike you as nonsensical:
> The hands move the body.
> The most dependable way to have control of the club head is to let it freely sling back.
> The most dependable way to hit draw shots is to throw the heel of the club head (from the inside) directly at the ball right from the “top” of the back swing.
> Throwing the hosel at the ball right from the “top” is thee best way to maintain “late hit” and lag angles into and through impact.
> The hands don’t release the club head – the club head releases the hands.
> The elbow sockets are thrusted outward into and through impact.
> The left hand pushes back against the right hand into and through impact.
> There is no top of the back swing.
> There is no swing.
Here’s something else you may not believe; each of us is inherently designed to move in ways that will result in a purely struck golf ball seeking its intended target.
Otherwise the tool makers and beta players of the 1500s wouldn’t have invented golf in the first place. Most folks in those times made a living moving their hands and bodies instinctively in order to make their crude tools work precisely and with amazing efficiency. That is, they wouldn’t have invented a game with movements that the human body wasn’t capable of performing well. I’m not sure if our ancestors would laugh or cry at what we have done to their game.
I trust you now see the nature of the counterintuitive battles per Hogan’s quote herein. Most importantly, I trust you can appreciate that to win the proverbial war, one must focus on winning one small such battle at a time. No part of the golf swing exists in a vacuum. Think of the first domino falling that triggers the sequence of each remaining domino falling in a certain dependable pattern. Similarly we must start at the beginning by performing little hits in such a way that we are creating and reacting to free club head momentum.
Peter Croker, PGA-Australia.
> Mr. Croker won 20 PGA-Australia Tour Events and established his teaching academy in the 1990s.
> He enjoyed camaraderie with the likes of Ben Hogan, Peter Thomson (5-time British Open Champion), Arnold Palmer, Ian Baker Finch, Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, et al.
> Mr. Croker landed a Golf Digest cover featuring his “A to B” technique for classic ball striking results.
B.S., Biochemistry, Oakland University
M.B.A., Finance, University of Michigan
All-State Basketball Player
4-Year Tennis Scholarship
“Five Minutes of Fame”
1. Member of high school basketball team that lost to Magic Johnson’s team in the Class A State Finals.
2. Played tennis with the Jensen brothers in an ESPN production after they won the French Open Doubles Championship in 1993.
USPTA Teaching Professional; Instructed tennis, and golf, for about 10 years.
Technical Sales Career
> Started caddying at 10 years old at Knollwood Country Club where caddies were allowed to play golf Mondays and most evenings for free. Golf was probably my first love.
> Four adult children; a son who was a legitimate NFL QB candidate, a daughter in nursing, another son with 3 U.S. Technology patents and another daughter who is an aspiring entrepreneur.
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