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1. How can I stop hitting fat shots? Tim,
Fat shots are caused by a lot of different things but quite often depend on whether you are a one- or two-plane swinger. Two-plane swingers have a more vertical swing and are usually more prone to hitting fat shots because there is a lot of dropping in their swing. One-plane swingers tend to be more shallow and therefore have less opportunity to dig into the ground.
Either way, the easiest way to eliminate fat shots is to firm up your left wrist. If you maintain the same wrist position that you had at address and don't release your wrists through impact, fat shots will rarely occur.
Releasing your wrists changes the angle between your left arm and your club shaft on the downswing. This motion lengthens your swing radius and moves your club head further away from you which causes it to stab into the ground.
2. What causes the chipping yips? JK, Florida
3. If you aren't swinging your arms, then who is? Johnathan, Texas
4. How can I get rid of my slice? Chris, Belgium
5. What professional sport did you play? Nathan, United Kingdom
6. Almost everything you suggest goes against what has been taught for hundreds of years, why should I believe you? Anonymous, Canada
7. When should I fire my hips? Kevin, CA
Don't worry about all that. If you focus on moving the red ball, everything will happen in the proper sequence. Because the red ball defocuses you from your golf swing, your natural talent will come out.
The goal of the TALY MIND Set is to make the golf swing simpler and I continue to get emails regarding weight shift, release, wrist cocking, club face position, etc.. The MIND Set eliminates the need for all that. The red ball provides a golfer with one point to focus on. Unfortunately it is that simple.
If you swing the red ball back and then either: a) move it vertically down or, b) turn the red ball over the golf ball using your shoulders, then you have a perfect golf swing. Nothing else is required. I just need golfers to trust it.
I recommend that golfers put on The MIND Set and learn about their swing. See what red ball path you take and what ball flight results. There are many ways to hit a golf ball and they all work. The key, besides power generation, is to be able to repeat that swing.
Golfers do not need to do more. They need to do less. It's time to start staying out of our golf swings and begin trusting ourselves more.
8. Do you have a book or somewhere that we can get more information on your system? Allan, NY
9. The red ball confuses me on chipping and I am finding it hard to let go and trust it. Help!!! The TALY MIND Set gives golfers an opportunity to play with talent, but it comes at a cost. You have to be willing to let go. The only reason you are finding it confusing is because you are trying to control both the red ball (i.e. your Talynt point) and your club head. You have to choose one.
You can either focus on swinging your club and be limited to your past abilities, or you can let go and trust the red ball. To score and chip well, you have to have confidence. The MIND Set forces you to make that decision before every swing. It makes a golfer ask themself "Do I trust myself enough that I won't get involved in this swing".
The moment you make the choice to Trust Your Talynt you have eliminated the fears and inhibitions that have caused failure on this shot for all those years. You are now free to score. That's what it takes. It is the same feeling you get when you drop a second ball to retry a shot. This one doesn't count so you swing with confidence.
Here is my recommendation for chipping: Take your wedge (NOT YOUR DRIVER AS THE SWING SPEED IS TOO HIGH), address your golf ball, close your eyes, and do nothing else but move the red ball back and through. Don't add any other movements.
Don't square your clubface. Don't do a "hit" move to try and swing at the golf ball. Don't cock and uncock your wrists. Just move the red ball back and through and watch what happens: Perfect Chips. Prove to yourself that you don't need to be involved.
Golfers out there who believe that you have to hinge/unhinge your wrists for chipping, need to understand that there are different types of shots. I sometimes hinge my wrists for certain shots but very rarely. Golfers need to work on developing a go-to repeatable chip shot.
10. What should I do at impact? Kevin, Simi Valley, CA
11. What's a pendulum stroke? Kim, Arkansas
12. How can I prevent my club shaft from hitting the TALY point? G.V. Sarasota, FL
Thank you for contacting us and as unusual as it sounds, that is a good thing. The MIND Set is going to reveal things about your golf swing that are either causing power loss or preventing you from being consistent. And this will allow you to fix them very quickly while building confidence in your golf swing. The MIND Set reveals the geometry of your individual golf swing when you compare the line of your golf shaft with the line of the red ball. This relationship forms the edges of a triangle, and the goal in your golf swing should be to maintain this angle.
What Causes My Clubshaft to Hit the Red Ball
When your club shaft hits the red ball, you have changed your geometry and decreased the angle between your shaft and the red ball. You are most likely either breaking down your left wrist or stopping your arm and body movement after impact. Everything needs to keep moving. Golfers should not stop their left arm or body movement right after impact but continue their motion into their follow through. This "hitting" motion advances your club shaft into the red ball.
The quickest fix is to Trust Your Talynt ( i.e. swing the red ball instead of your golf club). That way your clubhead will be pulled through impact. Remember: resist the urge to square the clubface, as it is unnecessary and closes down the face. Open is actually square and works a lot better anyway.
Swinging the red ball is like pulling a can on a string; your golf club will follow in behind. And the can will only catch up to the string if you jerk it and stop pulling at the same time.
Practice by Chipping
I recommend that you take out your wedge and examine your chipping motion. The same problem should be occurring and you will immediately see your options for preventing your club from hitting the red ball. You can either: a) keep the red ball moving instead of stopping it and letting your club catch up, or b) stop advancing the shaft by breaking down your left wrist. Once you perfect this move in chipping, it will benefit your full swing.
Another option for chipping is to bump the ball. This maintains the geometry in your golf swing so that the shaft never catches up with the red ball. All you have to do is maintain whatever position you have in your backswing and then advance your club using your body only. In other words, don't change the position of your golf shaft in relation to the red ball throughout your chip.
More Detailed Response
Here is some additional information as to why your club hits the telescoping shaft:
1) You are uncocking your wrists. Unless you are playing more than twice per week, we recommend that you immobilize your left wrist for all your golf shots. It is unnecessary and creates power loss. It also changes the orientation and location of your club head, which makes it very difficult to repeat a golf swing at 100 mph.
2) If you must cock and uncock your wrists (we recommend not doing it because it is not reliable or very repeatable), then you will find that you are most likely cocking or uncocking them in the incorrect direction. The TALY MIND Set provides a reference point for your swing that will show you in which direction this should occur.
In order to determine your wrist cocking direction, let's check it at address. With The MIND Set on, cocking your wrists should have the effect of increasing the angle between your clubshaft and the line of the red ball. Cocking is a vertical motion only which moves your left thumb towards you so that you can see your thumb nail. Are you doing it in the correct direction? Imagine what uncocking in this direction would feel like in your downswing. This is the direction that a wrist cock should occur no matter where your arms are in your golf swing.
I recommend taking a swing and checking to see which direction your wrists are cocking/uncocking in. Most golfers find that they haven't really been cocking their wrist after all. It has been more of a sideways pronation/supination move.
3) You are not keeping your arms and body moving through to the finish. Keep your arms and body moving through to the finish and eliminate that "hit" move through impact.
4) Your swing through impact is too much down the target line or to the left. Swing more out to the right. For one plane body swingers, this occurs automatically when you take the red ball over the golf ball. For two plane arm swingers, this occurs automatically if you continue moving the red ball "vertically down" on your downswing and allow it to follow your toe line.
5) Stop squaring your clubface. At TALY we don't believe that what is called "square" is actually square anyway. "Open" is "square". If golfers weren't trying to release their wrists and square their clubface they would continue to allow their club trail their hands. This is very powerful and also prevents the shaft from hitting or passing the red ball.
Also, please remember that this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about your swing and build confidence in it. There are many ways to swing a golf club and The MIND Set will help you find the best method for you.
13. How can I make my golf ball spin on the green? John, Singapore
14. What club helps you score best? Allan, UK
15. I have ordered The MIND Set and just wanted to know: "Will I really be able to hit it 300 yards? Jess, Belgium