So today I had my first proper golf lesson at Suburban Golf Norwich with Brad. My expectations of a golf lesson where you’re stood in a cold and wet field ( it’s England so obviously it’s cold and wet) being taught how to hold a golf club then guessing how far you hit it. Maybe even having tobthen collect the balls after. (That would suck)
Today was not like that.
My lesson started with a video analysis of my swing. Watching it back on screen – knowing in your mind what a golf swing should look like having all seen the professionals do it- was particularly painful to watch.
Then came rebuilding the swing correctly. This was nothing short of actually painful. brad said he’d know when I was in the right position from the grimace on my face (not the actual words used if I’m honest but those are maybe best left in the training session !). I spend most of my days sat at a desk or in a car. I’m 35 years old and I am not flexible. I struggle to touch my knees let alone my feet. This was fully backed up when I had Brad standing on one foot holding my shirt and forcibly moving me in to the correct back swing position. Ouch – but I now have an excellent drill for getting into the right position and most importantly improving my flexibility through that plane of movement. The drill needs to be done daily and correctly of course which will improve the swing. I’ll upload a video of me doing it to Facebook and instagram soon.
I conducted the drill twice before taking a shot. This helped with the “muscle memory” and to help me to do the shots naturally without thinking too much.
The really cool thing about the technology Brad uses is not only could we see the tracer of the shots before the adjustment we could overlap the shots after to see the improvement. The information it provides is beyond what I would expect an amateur to have access to – and to be fair is beyond my skill set in parts currently too.
I was hitting an 8 iron. For some reason I was convinced it was a 7 iron. I started hitting with a swing speed of about 48-56 MPH, and a distance average of approx 115 yards After the training and stretching, improvement in the plane of movement meant that I finished with a swing speed topping out at 66MPH and was hitting the 8 iron in the region of 140-145 yards. If I can replicate this on the golf course I am happy. That’s the key to all of this training I guess- being able to execute it in a real life situation on the golf course, when things take dodgy bounces in to bunkers and you get golf rage!
Another big change was Brad had me grip even further down the club than I was with Hayden previously. This made me feel in a lot more control and allowed me to get my body into the right position throughout the movement. It felt a lot more comfortable.
All in all I spent an hour with Brad with the next lesson in a couple of weeks booked. I am sure it will pay dividends Friday at Barnham broom. I am genuinely surprised just how much progress can be made in an hour. The technology available now is awesome also.
So why 5 feet from glory? Well Brad runs an optional competition for all his students to try for a hole in one on a par 3 on the system. £1 entry – winner takes the kitty: currently standing circa £140. My first shot with a 9 iron I over hit the green. My second I topped – competition pressure was setting in. My third shot however was bang on target, and when it bounced I seriously taught “Golf? Completed it!” But it fell 5 feet short of the hole. So close, but so far. Really pleased with the last shot of the day though.
I’ll be updating Facebook and instagram Friday with some pics from the round. But now I’m just gonna lie here and wait for the DOMS from serious stretching to slowly cripple me for the next couple of days.