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The C.o.g. Golf Swing
By Roberto Bell
Where do you Start?
Let’s start with equipment. I’m not going to get into your set make up or equipment brand, we can talk about that later, what I’m interested in at the moment, are your grips.
I don’t care how good your equipment is, or how much it cost…if your grips are not in good shape, I, (or any Pro for that matter) cannot properly teach you how to swing a club.
Almost everyone I come in contact with on the range or at the club takes pretty good care of his or her clubs, with the exception of the grips.
The only contact you have with the ball is directly through the grips of your clubs, you have to take care of them.
A Professional golfer has their grips cleaned after practice sessions, before a round, during a round, and has them changed regularly.
Have you cleaned your grips yet? Your grips should feel slightly tacky in your hands so you don’t have to squeeze your club, which robs you of the ability to swing the club with any speed or consistency.
Most grips today are still made out of rubber or a rubber compound that can be kept in “like new” condition simply with hot soapy water.
When you play or practice, the dust, dirt, and oil from your hands gets ground into the pores of the rubber, clogging them up and making your grips slick and hard. Washing your grips will clean out the pores making your grips feel tacky again and ready for your next round.
If your grips have been neglected for a while, try a window cleaner solution on them, this will cut through the oils and dirt and should bring even a neglected grip back to life. If they have been badly neglected and you can’t get them back to a “tacky” state, have them replaced at your local Pro-Shop.
The good news is they’re very inexpensive, starting at around $2.00, and while you’re there you can have them sized to fit your hand perfectly.
This will help immensely when you learn to swing the club using the C.O.G. effortless power method. OK, now that you’ve got your grips cleaned and looked after, keep them that way, like I said earlier, every Professional golfer has new grips or has their grips cleaned before every round.
If you have a high tech grip material and you’re not sure what to clean them with, simply contact the manufacturer and ask, they will last longer and perform much better. Notice at the top and the bottom of your grip. There is a small hash mark that indicates the center mark of your shaft, these are very important marks, take notice of them now, and we’ll talk more about them later. Now that we have that looked after, we can talk about the BOSS of the club.
Your target side hand, (the one with the glove) is the Boss of the club, that’s why we wear the glove on that hand. On the target hand, (the left hand for right handed golfers) the top three fingers assume control of the club. This is the Pinky, the Ring, and the Middle finger, (2) leaving the index finger and thumb to rest lightly on the grip. When these three fingers are in control of the club, you will be able to swing the club at a high speed with very little effort and fire your “Piston” *(release the club head), however, if your trail hand (right hand for right hand golfers) gets involved, it will slow down the swinging process and turn the action into a “hit”. Work on keeping the target hand the BOSS of the club, this will help prevent two other common problems,
1)The hole in the glove…
2)The “fat” shot…
Hole in your glove?
1)If you are the golfer that always has a hole in the heel of your glove, not only am I going to save you $50 to $100 dollars in gloves this year alone, but also should save you a quite a few strokes as well. The hole in your glove comes from the BOSS fingers giving up control of the club. When you take your back swing, if at the top of your swing, the BOSS fingers have let go, creating a gap between your fingers and the heel of your hand; the hole in the glove is soon to follow.
* (Piston) refers to the action of releasing the club head.
Why does this happen?
head of a swinging club weighs about a pound for every mile per hour it moves through centrifugal force. A typical professional moves the club head from the address position to the top of the backswing in approximately 1 second. At the point of transition to the down swing, the
club head weighs about 14 pounds. That’s the equivalent of a 14-pound weight being held by the top 3 fingers of the target (gloved) hand. Most people can hold this weight OK but if the club travels to the top of the swing faster than that, the transition weight of the club head becomes heavier and the separation of the top 3 fingers (or the GAP) occurs. When the (GAP) happens, you transfer control of the club head to the Trail hand (right hand) and the butt end of the grip rubs or tears the leather of the glove on the transition to the downswing. This all happens very quickly and is hard to catch if you don’t know what to look for or what is actually happening. The dreaded hole in the glove is NOT a normal occurrence in golf; it is the product of a change of control of the club from your target hand, to your trail hand during the course of transition from the top of your back swing to the beginning of your down swing. This action can and even MUST be controlled if you are to learn to swing a club like you see your favorite Professional swing it every day. We’ll discuss how to control this little later on in the book when we set up the easy 3-piece swing and discover that 1-move can solve 4 problems we have in the backswing alone and set us up for consistency and power in our swing towards the target.
2.) The other benefit of learning to control your club with the top 3 fingers of the BOSS hand at the transition point to the downswing is controlling the “FAT” shot. The fat shot is the one where you stick the club head into the ground before it touches the ball, sending it trickling mere feet from where you’re standing. The fat shot is a totally wasted stroke as little or no ground is covered and we have to hit the same shot over again. At the transition point of your swing when the club changes direction back to the ball, if your BOSS hand loses control of the club, the weight of the club head rests on the trigger finger (index finger) of your Trail hand (right hand) and that hand becomes the BOSS of the club at that moment. Once the trail hand becomes the BOSS of the club, the down swing motion becomes too steep and your trail hand throws the club head into the ground behind the ball. If this is the case, you may have noticed your ball position creeping back in your stance and your shots traveling too low and too far for the club you’re using at the moment. This is a side effect of a weak BOSS hand; you have to change the geometry of your swing in order to make contact with the ball. When this condition develops, all kinds of mistakes can happen as you try to judge where the bottom of your swing is going to happen. Always remember, when your target side hand (the one with the glove) is the BOSS of the club, the bottom of your swing will always be on your Center of Gravity (shirt-button) so you can predict proper ball position, trajectory, and distance control of each club in your bag, and eliminate the dreaded FAT shot.
Rob Bernard is a Class “A” member of the Canadian Professional Golfers Association. Touted by “Golf Canada Magazine” (June 2005) as one of Canada’s Most Respected Professionals, Rob has more than 12 years experience as a dedicated Teaching Professional.As a member of the Canadian National Coaching Staff, Rob has had the pleasure to work with some of the top Professionals Canada has to offer as well as the best Jr. players in Eastern Canada. Helping literally thousands of golfers experience that eureka moment is why Bernard was nominated to the coveted “Top 50 Pros in Canada” list (National Post Magazine) 2005 and made him a highly sought after Teaching Professional. Since creating the Center of Gravity Golf series of clinics and Videos, Rob has been tremendously busy with an ever-growing client base of Center of Gravity believers. Rob has taught the Center of Gravity method with tremendous success in over 20 Countries World Wide. Rob’s unique and entertaining approach to the swing will leave you saying “why didn’t anyone tell me that before”, and the short game set up and scoring system will shave strokes off your score first time out. For more information go to www.cogolf.ca
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