Friday, May 27, 2011

Re: TS questions

Notes in red below. Good luck with your game:)


Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy at Sunriver Resort | C 541.948.2480 |

On May 26, 2011, at 5:12 PM, <david> wrote:

Hi Martin,
How are you? Had my 1st TS session at the driving range yesterday. Appreciate some pointers.
1. I hit some skulls, wormburners but also some good shots with the TS7i.
1. I noticed that if I have 'passive arms' and let the body rotation lead the arms, I have a better swing and hence better shot. David, what is nice, is that you are figuring out HOW to make the tool perform. Do what YOU have to do.
2.  I tried keeping eye on ball and mind on my hands but I then become too handsy. Better swing thought for me seems to be  focusing on making a complete body rotation and forget about the arms/hands. At some point, I would like you to be AWARE of the mass in your hands and how the shaft loads itself. You'll know when the time is right.
3. Had some trouble setting up the impact position for my left hand grip. Q - do you set the club perpendicular with the ball feet together at adddress, then lean the club forward and spread leg first right leg and second the left leg accordingly? When I do this and bring my set left grip back to address position, I get a closed clubface and a rather awkward quite severe bent left wrist position. Hence I am not sure if I am leaning my shaft forward correctly in the first place to get into the impact position? Are you a slicer?? The awkward left wrist is actually only awkward until it starts feeling normal. Change is not easy and most grips pare indeed not right. My left wrist is vertical and cupped at address.
4. In your video, you mentioned that at impact position, the butt is hidden under the forearm and the the palm groove (lifeline) is over the butt. No problem. But am not clear where the clubface is facing at this point.I imagine perpendicular to the ball and target line?Yes.

5. I get the best iron  hits with the TS with my eyes on top of the ball. But not for hybrids and woods - where should be? Back of ball? Likewise eyes top of ball didn't work for the TS wedge - eyes on front of the ball? Some low handicapper friends advise me to always look at a spot one or two balls distance from the actual ball? Looking ahead of the ball is a way to trick your sequence so you deliver the club a fraction later, with a little more lag and shaft lean. Eventually, you won't have to do this, but it is a decent drill to gain some command of what happens with a decent strike. Moving your head (eyes) around is fine. You'll find your eyes are more to the right of the ball for longer clubs.
6. Last Q - for the downswing  transition trigger, do you bump left hip laterally (to bring right shoulder down and  right elbow into the slot) then only to rotate left hip through OR you just rotate  left hip through (no initial lateral shift) from the top? My simple thought is to "step" onto my left foot. That bumps and drops things nicely. If you keep your arms organized during your backswing, you won't have to do much to get them to the the ball. If you over swing, then you may have to concern yourself with your right elbow...


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

RE: Tour Striker Pro 7i

Hi Scott, sorry for the delay. The e-mails piled up!


Your experience is pretty common. You made a sequence change with your pivot and the result was better delivery of the club. In your case, your pivot change likely took more angle (lag) into impact.


What I like about the TS; I don't care how you make it work. Find your own way. The reason it helps people is simple; you don't have to worry about laying the sod over the ball while you are sorting out shaft lean and then low point. It frees golfers up to learn, which is what makes me happy.


Thanks for the note and take care,




-----Original Message-----
From: "Scott B
Sent: Monday, May 9, 2011 7:26pm
Subject: Tour Striker Pro 7i

Tour Striker Pro 7i Bought this club after watching several of your videos.  I am a 12 hdcp and tend to pick the ball and go through periods where I hit a lot of fat shots.  I hit balls for about 2 hours today.  I found that the only way I could hit the tour striker solid was to focus completely on pivoting my hips during the downswing.  I could not miss when I did that and hit very solid shots for the rest of the day all the way through the bag.  I did not have to think about hitting down on the ball or leaning the shaft ahead, it just happened.  Is that typical of what you see when you teach students with the club?  I want to make sure I am on the right track.  Great product by the way.

FW: Thank Goodness

Happy Hookers...

Love that league name!

John, sincere thanks for taking the time to write a testimonial. Stuff like this makes my day!

Cheers and keep beating up on those "Johns" in the golf league.

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | |

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From: "G, John"
Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 16:44:42 -0400
To: <>
Subject: Thank Goodness

Hey I had to tell someone might as well be you guys….Since I got the Tourstriker on line from one of the Golf Stores I have broken 80 on numerous occasions and lowered my Handicap from 11.6 to 8.4 in a matter of months… From video lessons, I knew my fatal flaw was cupping my wrists, actually increasing loft and I was always 5 yards short…so I say why not try this thing…right from the start it made my action so much better…Do you know how much more fun it is shooting 77 and 78’s then mid 80’s …tons more fun..( I belong to a traveling club, Happy Hookers Golf Club in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, just go on our site for verification) and you can see 3 out of the last 6 times I have been in the top 2…THANK YOU TOUR STRIKER!!! You product is the bomb!! Johnny G…
John G

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Monday, May 9, 2011

re: Testimonial

Cool. Send me some bagels!

Just kidding. I'm thrilled that it has helped change your intent/feel so you can strike the ball a little more solidly. You are the reason I made the darn thing in the first place. I had a bunch of students who couldn't get it with the traditional teaching methods. Some, still manage to cheat the TS, but I'm proud to say, that it has helped thousands of people hit the ball just a little more solidly.

Take care, Bernie, and thanks for the note!

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | |

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From: "Bernie's Bagel, Deli, Cafe" <>
Sent: Monday, May 09, 2011 6:12 AM
Subject: Testimonial

Hey, Martin
I moved to Flroida in 1990 and have worked on my golf swing at TPC Eagle Trace. I have worked with club professionals, had a series of lessons with Marc Wood, have gone on golf instuctional vacations and have read every golf periodical published for men..(and sometimes women) This obsession had one and only one purpose: to find the "secret" to my ball striking. The "Tour Stiker" is  without a doubt THE anwer. Incredible teaching aid!! Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU.
Bernie R

Saturday, May 7, 2011

re: Pro 7 iron


Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm really glad that it helped you and provided more confidence. It is very satisfying performing well when the "heat" is on. I'm glad you can still play with the "young kids." 

That's awesome.

Take care and continued success with your game.

Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | |

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From: "Michael M
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2011 5:52 AM
Subject: Pro 7 iron

Well I'm not one to write testimonials or reviews....but I've been so impressed with your product....
Originally I struggled with which product to buy....but I'm glad I chose the Pro model.....probably much more difficult to hit initially...however a much more rewarding experience.....needless to say I've encountered a few challenges along the way....
   1) Initially while trying to hit off grass....I was totally frustrated and almost gave up the tool...until I moved to hitting off driving range mats...
   2) When I moved to grass again I had to go back and forth from mat to grass...several experience solid contact again...
   3) Of all the fundamental techniques you teach....the left hand importance took the most time to sink in....
   4) Recently while working on grooving my driver swing, I had not swung an iron for a few days....I temporarily lost my focus and was unable to execute a proper swing with a 5 iron....I went back to your DVD instructions...back to your basic set up and techniques...and BINGO!!! right back on track with the Pro 7 and all my irons....
I guess those are the highlights of my experience so far....oh yes...and the most important benefit of your product in my the confidence it helps instill....
I recently played in a local event...where on the first tee they were announcing the players by name and home they prepared to tee off.....
I have to tell you that normally I would have been paralyzed by fear.....but instead I felt no anxiety...went through my routine and smoked a drive right down the middle...
what a thrill !!!
Thanks again for your product and thanks for enabling a 63 year old to be competive again with the "young kids".....
Best regards,
Mike M
Cape Coral, Fl

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thanks for the testimonial!

Dear Harvey,

Thanks so much for the kind words about the Tour Striker Pro 7 iron. Based on your comments, it has clearly done what I had hoped for you and I appreciate the fact you took the time to work at it and are now seeing the dividends! I'm sorry about the messed up yardages;0) You'll get use to it!


Martin Chuck, PGA | Inventor - Tour Striker Training Products | Instructor - The Tour Striker Golf Academy | C 541.948.2480 | |

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From: "Harvey D
Date: May 6, 2011 12:10 PM
To: <>

I have tried many training aids over the last 30 years and have never been so impressed as I am with your product. I am a 4 handicap and purchased the pro 7 iron this past January. I bought it for two reasons, at the course I play, it is mats only on the driving range during the winter and I didn't want to hit my clubs off the mats. I thought this will encourage me to practice and not risk any damage to my clubs. Secondly, and most importantly, I am a "flipper" I didn't hit down on the ball. I tended to pick the ball off the turf. I have had multiple lessons and tried most everything to learn to hit down on the ball.
I took the Tour Striker to the range a couple of times a week and would hit about 25 balls at a time. The results have been amazing. I am at least 1 or 2 clubs longer and surprisingly to me, much straighter. Your product teaches you the right positions you need to get to, in order to hit the ball correctly. Stick with it and it will teach you many things about the swing.
My only complaint is, I have had to redo my yardages due to the increase in distance I have gained. I enjoy showing the club to other members at my club and everyone wants to try it. I am looking forward to getting a Tour Striker wedge sometime in the future.
           Harvey D