Stop Hitting Fat!!!

I hit fat, you hit fat, she hits fat, we all hit fat. Maddening, isn’t it? Well, here’s a drill that will cure that once and for all. Guaranteed. I promise you.

First, though, you must have mastered the magic move of having the hands lead the clubhead into the ball. If you aren’t on board with that, the rest of this post won’t help you. Guaranteed. I promise you.

So to stop hitting fat, do this drill. Go the the range and get on a mat. You can’t do the drill on grass.

Put a ball down and get into address position, then back away from the ball a few inches so you can swing the club and not hit the ball. You can see this setup in the picture.

Swing a few times with your usual swing and see where your club commonly thumps the mat. If that spot is behind the ball, you have some work to do.

The drill is to swing so the sole of the club thumps the mat on the red line or the X side of it. In order to do this, you are going to have to modify your swing somewhat. I’m not going to tell you how, because (a) there is no once-size-fits-all way to do that, and (b) self-discovery is the best teacher.

Keep swinging and take baby steps to getting the club to thump the mat farther and farther forward. Trying to get in front all at once will throw you off too much.

The adjusted swing shouldn’t be that much different from what had been doing already. There is no need to revamp your entire swing. The best adjustment will have you doing one thing just a little bit differently while the rest of your swing stays essentially the same.

If you ease into this, in less than ten swings, maybe even less than five, you should have figured out how bring the low point of your swing to a spot forward of the ball. Step up to the ball now and hit it with the swing you just developed. I hope you like the result.

All that was the easy part. The hard part is that you’re going to have to do this drill constantly. Never give up on it. Do it every time you go to the range before you start hitting balls. Do it when you warm up before a round.

Bob’s Living Golf Book – April 2020 Edition

The April 2020 edition of Bob’s Living Golf Book is now online.

Significant updates, additions, and new sections:

A1. Rhythm and Tempo
A2. Take the Club Back StraightC17. Arms (new)
A4. The Length of the BackswingI2. What’s In Your Bag? (blades vs. cavity-backs)
C2. The Takeaway
C6. The Shape of the Swing
C19. The Golf Club’s Personality
D8. End-Gaining
G30. How to Shoot a Low Score
H11a. Long Game Practice

…and minor items scattered around the book, all of them in blue type.

I also made a formatting gange. Let me know if this is OK or was it better the old way.

Play well, and have fun.

Nicklaus Vs. Snead at Pebble Beach

In the early 1960s, Shell Oil produced a series called The Wonderful World of Golf. Every week the match was in a different country, featuring an American touring pro playing a pro from the host country.

One of the matches in the year’s lineup would be on an America course. In 1963, the American match was between Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead at Pebble Beach.

Years later, all the WWoG matches were released on DVD–except this one. Because of a contractural barrier, this episode was prevented from being released.

But now you can see it.

Pebble Beach was a different course back them. It was somewhat ragged, especially the edges of the bunkers, not the pristine $500 per round course it is now. You’ll notice that right away when you watch the video.

Notice also that they left the pin in when they putted. The rules allowed that back then.

Notice also the forecaddies marking the way when the players hit their blind second shots on #6. That would not be allowed now.

Notice the dimples on Nicklaus’s ball at 36:55.

And then there’s the dog at 31:11.

Keep your eyes open and you’ll see a lot of other quirky things from the time.

But watch the ball flight when they hit long irons, which they hit a lot of. High, straight, just as easy as pie. I would like to see the pros hit those shots with those clubs today.

Oh, yes, one more thing. Those were the early days of color television. Very few programs were in color and this was one of them. A neighbor who lived down the hill from us let me do odd jobs around his property and in payment I got to come to his house on Sunday afternoon and watch WWoG in color.

The money if he had paid me would have have been so long gone and I would have no idea now what I did with it. But the memories of watching these shows is still with me.

The Number One Approach Putting Drill

Hi, there!

You didn’t really think I was going away for good, did you? Heck, no.

I’m still here, but I will devote my efforts solely to making videos.

In fact, there is a new one on YouTube right now.

It’s called The Number One Approach Putting Drill, and it is. Spend fifteen minutes with this drill a couple of times a week and you will become a deadly approach putter.

The Recreational Golfer Signing Off

I started this blog in 2009 with a post about fixing the FedEx Cup, which I think is still relevant.

At the start I posted twice a week, and though now it’s just once a week, that’s still a LOT of posts.

Actually, that’s enough posts. I realize I’ve run out of things to say.

So [deep breath] I will no longer be adding new material to the blog. This is my final post.

The blog isn’t going away, it will stay as it is. You can come here and read it to your heart’s content. If you haven’t, I would suggest prowling in corners you haven’t explored to see what you might find.

I’ll leave you with one final tip that is the essence of everything I have written about playing better golf: Good golf is not be gained by training your body to do the same thing every time. It is found by training your mind to do the same thing every time.

Thank you all for being readers over the years. It meant so much to me to investigate things and write them up for you.

Play well, and have fun.

How to Get Good at Golf

You spend so much of your precious leisure time playing golf, there’s no reason why you should not become as good as you can.

The way not to do it is every time you go to the range to practice hitting balls for a bit, chipping for a bit, putting for a bit, then going home.

That’s taking on the whole game at once, which easily leads to frustration.

Do this instead. Choose one part of the game and concentrate on it. Take chipping, for instance. That’s the easiest shot to get good at.

Get a lesson on how to chip, practice what you learned, and concentrate on it until you are good at chipping.

Then knock off the rest of golf one part at a time.

The confidence you build up by getting by being good at one thing will carry over to the next thing and eventually to your entire game.

Little Differences That Make a Big Difference in How Well You Play