Friday, April 29, 2011

Where does speed and distance come from?

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In this short video, I show where the majority of speed is generated. The pivot is great, but the arms, hands and shoulder bring most of the speed to the table!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lesson Video - Tour Striker

Cliff,

Here's the link to download the lesson. Good fun, buddy. I'm really proud of what you have done. You went from a wicked slicer to a pretty darn good striker with no more slice!

Keep up the great work. 

http://www.box.net/shared/static/ek20emsrxb.mp4

MC

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | martin@tourstriker.com | www.tourstriker.com

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Lesson Video - Tour Striker

Cliff,

Here's the link to download the lesson. Good fun, buddy. I'm really proud of what you have done. You went from a wicked slicer to a pretty darn good striker with no more slice!

Keep up the great work. 

http://www.box.net/shared/static/ek20emsrxb.mp4

MC

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | martin@tourstriker.com | www.tourstriker.com

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

re: Follow Up - Tour Striker Assistance

Hi Rick,

I'm glad you are having some success. Let's keep building on it.

Don't worry about having perfect divots. The turf conditions and club dictate divots in a lot of cases. As Moe Norman said, bacon strips not pork chops. If the shots feel solid, that is what you want.

With your SW; it is likely you used some throwaway. With my short game DVD, I talk about the "Tom Watson mid-sole pitch." That is a different move than the "Lee Trevino leading edge pitch." The Lee Trevino is all Tour Striker and it has its place in the wedge game. The Tom Watson version with a little throw is good as it adds some loft and takes off a bit of "hit" and spin. While spin is sexy, it is unpredictable. So, don't necessarily give up the gentle toss you used with your short wedge shots.

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | martin@tourstriker.com | www.tourstriker.com

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From: "oriley1" 
Sent: Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:10 PM
To: martin@tourstriker.com
Subject: Follow Up - Tour Striker Assistance


Martin,

Thanks again for all of your help. I really feel like my swing is slowly but surely starting to come together, fundamentally, thanks to your product and assistance.

At this point I only have two questions for you:

I know that your product is helping me because every time I attempt to make a slight deviation from that which you recommend in the video I end up coming
back to those basic fundamentals which you subscribe to.

Question #1:

(1) I am now hitting my irons straighter and longer with only a 3/4 back swing. However, I am having a hard time taking a divot with my irons. I have tried
focusing on the area in front of the ball at address and attempting to take a divot there. This works on an infrequent basis.

Question #2:

(2) I am not as consistent as I used to be with my sand wedge from 10 to 15 yards away. I feel as though I am not finishing on my follow through.
I felt like one solution to this would be to concentrate on turning my hands on the follow through.

This does seem to help but I do not want to get back in to the habit of casting my hands on the follow through.

Thank you so much for your help!

Rick

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The 1st Round at Augusta - Bombs Away!

I'd be lying to you all if I told you I watched the entire event today. I did tune in over the internet and I was surprised how good the coverage was at Masters.com. I could bounce around and watch different groups. What an age we live in. I guess all "ages" say the same thing.

I was really impressed with Alvaro Quiros. The guy brings back memories of Seve. I was a Seve fanatic as a young golfer. I love the intensity with which he played and I see some of that in Quiros. Not to mention, that the guy can hit the cover off the ball.

The group feature Jonny Vegas, Gary Woodland and Quiros. Bombers all three of them. Hitting the ball far is sexy; plain and simple. I'm not sure if it is the possibility for disaster that makes it so fun or just the jealously I have for that kind of speed? Let's face it; Cory Pavin is an excellent player, but he doesn't get you all fired up. Bombing it is really fun.

Can't wait for tomorrow to see what Rory, et all can do. Tiger? Lurking...

Have a good tournament,

Martin Chuck

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My first Masters memory...

Okay, if you are reading this, you are just like me; a love of the game and a complete golf nerd.

There is something special about the Masters. Well, there are too many things to mention. If you haven't had the chance to attend the tournament, please put it on your bucket list. It is truly a moving experience. I have had the pleasure of going twice and it was fantastic.

I really don't care who wins, but I do want to see the drama on the last nine holes. I can remember the first time I got really pumped up about a golf tournament. It was when Tom Watson, Ed Snead and one Forrest Urban Zoeller took the tournament to sudden death. I was a young kid at the time and my mother was calling me for dinner, but nothing was going to get me to the dinner table without finding out who won that event.

As we all know, Fuzzy canned a birdie putt in OT to take the title.

That was the day for me. I was hooked.

Enjoy the tournament and here's to us all getting goosebumps on Sunday afternoon.

Martin Chuck

Tour Striker

Hi Jimmie,

Thanks so much for your glowing review of the TS. I love to hear those on-course situations that really get people excited. I'm glad it has helped you and thanks for taking the time to send your thoughts!

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | martin@tourstriker.com | www.tourstriker.com

From: Jimmie L
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:23:58 -0400
To: <testimonials@tourstriker.com>
Subject: Great Product

I have had the tour striker for two weeks. I’ve been working with it every other day to build up muscle memory. Hitting down on the ball is what all or some instructors tell you to do.
The tour striker is the best training tool in the world. Today I bet some guys that had always bet me. My striking was so good I couldn't stand it. The one shot that stays with me was a par three 135 yards, I hit  last after the first three guys hit and missed the green. I hit a 7 iron and got it up right at the flag putting birdie. The other guys bogeyed the hole..
Thank you Tour Striker I am forever grateful. P.S. I am driving the ball great hit every fairway today. 
Jimmie
Freeport, N.Y.
 
 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hooking the Tour Striker

Hi Franco,

I'm glad you like the training club! 

Using the club promotes forward shaft lean. The forward lean promotes an inside out swing path. Too much inside out, if the face is square or only open a little to the target line will produce the hook.

So, you can do a couple of things:

1. If you want to hit a straighter ball, you have to swing more left through the ball. I know this seems counter intuitive, but swinging left for a person who hits hooks will not only adjust the path to a more correct relationship, but it tends to minimize how much the face rotates.

2. You can allow the face to be a little more open at impact and enjoy a big draw back to the target line. My preference is number 1 above.

I hope that helps! If not, I need to fly to Milano and give you a couple of lessons:)

Ciao!

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | martin@tourstriker.com | www.tourstriker.com



From: franco@chiom
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:58 AM
To: martin@tourstriker.com
Subject: query



Hello Martin. I've purchased the 7 iron TS and it is great. One question: sometimes I tend to hook the ball with it. Any advice on how to stop doing this? Many thanks. Franco
 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Low Point Question

Martin -
I'm really excited about the changes in your life - including your upcoming academy. I will continue to check tourstriker.com for updates.
Do you have time for a free question? (I try to limit myself to one a year.)  The super slow motion TV shots really do show the forward leaning club angle that you preach. I was going to post my question on WRX but there are always a million different answers which can be confusing.
Here goes: is the bottom of the swing arc usually in the same spot for all clubs (or at least all irons) or does it move forward as one goes to the longer irons? IF it is the same then I don't understand why traditional instruction suggests moving the ball forward as you go to these longer irons. If the the bottom of the arc does move then I guess it all makes sense to me. (There is still snow on the ground here so it's tough for me to actually go try this.)
My current efforts are concentrated on hitting the little ball first. Finding the bottom of my natural arc seems like a good first step. Concentrating on the the front (toward target) of the ball or even an inch or two in front of it is an approach I'm considering. Any thoughts on this?
Thanks for your help - you are my go-to guy.
Have you ever been featured on Golf Channel - other than infomericals?
Best regards,
Bob  Dover, MA

Bob, thanks for the question. I'm a fan of playing all STANDARD shots from one ball position. I don't like to "move" the ball back for short irons. Here's why: when you do, you hit down too much and the path tends to me too much inside-out.

So, play those irons off the instep of your left foot and drop your right foot back, as needed, to accomodate for the different length clubs and greater need for stability.

The "low point" will take on different looks as the clubs get longer. It's hard to take an on-plane divot with a three wood. While I still try and hit down on all shots played off the turf, my divots gradually shallower as I go from wedges to long irons. The long irons are more of a sweep with a tiny, shallow divot, if any at all. And, this is "trying" to take a divot (on plane).

Keep the "noise" of your swing in the right place and you'll likely keep the low-point in the right place too. What do I mean by that? The club and left arm shoot naturally seek an alignment in front of your forward foot, after the ball is gone. That is where you will here the maximum "whoosh" of the club cutting through the air. Keep the "noise" at and past your left foot and you'll manage your low-point nicely!

Cheers,

Martin Chuck, PGA
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