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Why you should love #3? It is a par, a birdie, an eagle, and the hole is 3 golf balls wide!Many golfers miss putts on the lower side of the hole. It could be because they use the APEX point. They have decreased the probability of making the putt. 
Why? Because of what I call: “THE NEWTON EFFECT” meaning GRAVITY. It influences the ball as soon as the ball starts to roll on the green. The ball doesn’t wait until it reaches the apex to move in the direction of the slope. Depending on the severity of the slope, the ball could break 2 to 3 inches after rolling only 3 to 4 feet on 20 footer. 
The apex is defined as the point on the path of the putt, which is the furthest from a straight-line draw from the ball to the hole. On a typical single-breaking putt, the apex is about 65% of the way towards the hole according to Mark Sweeney inventor of AIMPOINT Technologies world #1 green reading system. 
The aimpoint is a spot perpendicular to the hole, which defines your aim line, the optimum starting line for a successful putt. This point  is the direction toward where the ball should start rolling, not the arrival point. 
After you have become proficient at choosing your aimpoint, the first motor skill you need to develop is rolling the ball on a straight line.  Go to a location with a slope on the green and use a string and a target hole placed as your aimpoint. Make your putting stroke starting the ball on this straight line and watch the ball go in the hole. All putts need to be treated, as straight putts to the aimpoint and gravity will do the rest for you.

On a breaking putt, if you make a mistake, you are better off to over estimate the severity of the slope. The ball has a probability of dropping in from the high side of the hole with the help of gravity. You are in fact “increasing the size of the hole”. If you under evaluate the severity of the slope your ball will end up on the low side of the hole. There is NO PROBABILTY to make the putt on the first attempt. #mauischoolofgolf #gcacademy #golf #golftips #fridayfocus
Why you should love #3? It is a par, a birdie, an eagle, and the hole is 3 golf balls wide!Many golfers miss putts on the lower side of the hole. It could be because they use the APEX point. They have decreased the probability of making the putt. Why? Because of what I call: “THE NEWTON EFFECT” meaning GRAVITY. It influences the ball as soon as the ball starts to roll on the green. The ball doesn’t wait until it reaches the apex to move in the direction of the slope. Depending on the severity of the slope, the ball could break 2 to 3 inches after rolling only 3 to 4 feet on 20 footer. The apex is defined as the point on the path of the putt, which is the furthest from a straight-line draw from the ball to the hole. On a typical single-breaking putt, the apex is about 65% of the way towards the hole according to Mark Sweeney inventor of AIMPOINT Technologies world #1 green reading system. The aimpoint is a spot perpendicular to the hole, which defines your aim line, the optimum starting line for a successful putt. This point is the direction toward where the ball should start rolling, not the arrival point. After you have become proficient at choosing your aimpoint, the first motor skill you need to develop is rolling the ball on a straight line. Go to a location with a slope on the green and use a string and a target hole placed as your aimpoint. Make your putting stroke starting the ball on this straight line and watch the ball go in the hole. All putts need to be treated, as straight putts to the aimpoint and gravity will do the rest for you. On a breaking putt, if you make a mistake, you are better off to over estimate the severity of the slope. The ball has a probability of dropping in from the high side of the hole with the help of gravity. You are in fact “increasing the size of the hole”. If you under evaluate the severity of the slope your ball will end up on the low side of the hole. There is NO PROBABILTY to make the putt on the first attempt. #mauischoolofgolf #gcacademy #golf #golftips #fridayfocus
Typically 10 to 12 % of your shots during a round will be specialty shots. We’re talking about uphill, downhill, ball above the feet, ball below the feet, fairway bunker, etc.

Along with those might be the need to hit the ball high or low. All of us have had that tree right between our ball & our target. The question becomes can you hit the ball high enough to get over the tree and still reach your target. In other words, Can I go over it and have the correct distance?

Here is a quick assessment of the situation. Place the club that you have selected on the ground and step on the club face. (See picture). The angle of the shaft created by this action will give you the answer. It is a general prediction of the ball trajectory and how high the ball will fly, assuming you execute the shot. Commit on your normal swing and you will see the ball go over the tree.

If you feel you need more distance to reach the target with the same high trajectory; select a stronger club and adjust your set-up by moving the hands slightly behind the ball. The shaft will tilt slightly away from the target creating the extra loft you want. Another way to create a higher trajectory is moving the ball slightly forward in your stance. In addition to adjusting your set-up it is also important to think and feel you are finishing higher than normal with your hands and arms while executing the swing. 
Use this strategy next time you need to go over a tree and let me know how it worked for you. #MauiSchoolofGolf#GolfTips #GCAcademy #Golf
Typically 10 to 12 % of your shots during a round will be specialty shots. We’re talking about uphill, downhill, ball above the feet, ball below the feet, fairway bunker, etc. Along with those might be the need to hit the ball high or low. All of us have had that tree right between our ball & our target. The question becomes can you hit the ball high enough to get over the tree and still reach your target. In other words, Can I go over it and have the correct distance? Here is a quick assessment of the situation. Place the club that you have selected on the ground and step on the club face. (See picture). The angle of the shaft created by this action will give you the answer. It is a general prediction of the ball trajectory and how high the ball will fly, assuming you execute the shot. Commit on your normal swing and you will see the ball go over the tree. If you feel you need more distance to reach the target with the same high trajectory; select a stronger club and adjust your set-up by moving the hands slightly behind the ball. The shaft will tilt slightly away from the target creating the extra loft you want. Another way to create a higher trajectory is moving the ball slightly forward in your stance. In addition to adjusting your set-up it is also important to think and feel you are finishing higher than normal with your hands and arms while executing the swing. Use this strategy next time you need to go over a tree and let me know how it worked for you. #MauiSchoolofGolf#GolfTips #GCAcademy #Golf
Very often after watching the golfers warming up and getting ready for a lesson, I will ask them this question: “What is the weight of a golf ball?” Here are some of the most commons answers;
- I don’t know.
- I never ask myself this question.
- Should I know that?
- Very few will answer, 1,62 ounces or 45,93 grams.

After this introduction, I share with them my conception of the golf swing. The golf swing is an athletic repeatable swinging motion to move an object of less than 2 ounces from point A to point B with less effort possible. Then, the reaction is; “ I never thought of golf that way”...“It is the first time a teacher said that to me”. If you are like 95% of the golfers I see on the driving range/practice tee trying to hit the ball as if it was a bowling ball (see picture), you are wasting your energy, slowing down your rate of improvement and increasing the chances of ending up with injuries. Don’t worry help is on the way!

I will strongly recommend a change in your focus. You need to move away from trying to hit the ball towards being more aware and have a better sensorial perception of how your body and the club move during the swing. You will say, sure! How do I do that? The answer is Claude’s 18 seconds golf swing. Put your awareness cap on and practice this way. You will take 3 seconds to execute your back swing; will stay at the top of the swing for 3 seconds, take 3 seconds to execute the downswing; stop at the impact and stay there for 3 seconds, take 3 seconds to execute the forward swing; hold the finishing posture for 3 seconds. You have it! This is 10 times slower than the average golf swing.

Now, you are ready. Do a normal practice swing keeping in mind that your are moving an object of less than 2 ounces (see picture). A golf swing last an average of 1, 8 second. Step to the ball, look at your target, look back at the ball and swing! You will enjoy the result! The whole idea is to be more efficient, you need to do less. The tendency is trying to do more. As Bruce Lee said; “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be”. Move that 2 ounces and go and realize your golfing potential! #MauiSchoolofGolf #GolfTips #GCAcademy
Very often after watching the golfers warming up and getting ready for a lesson, I will ask them this question: “What is the weight of a golf ball?” Here are some of the most commons answers; - I don’t know. - I never ask myself this question. - Should I know that? - Very few will answer, 1,62 ounces or 45,93 grams. After this introduction, I share with them my conception of the golf swing. The golf swing is an athletic repeatable swinging motion to move an object of less than 2 ounces from point A to point B with less effort possible. Then, the reaction is; “ I never thought of golf that way”...“It is the first time a teacher said that to me”. If you are like 95% of the golfers I see on the driving range/practice tee trying to hit the ball as if it was a bowling ball (see picture), you are wasting your energy, slowing down your rate of improvement and increasing the chances of ending up with injuries. Don’t worry help is on the way! I will strongly recommend a change in your focus. You need to move away from trying to hit the ball towards being more aware and have a better sensorial perception of how your body and the club move during the swing. You will say, sure! How do I do that? The answer is Claude’s 18 seconds golf swing. Put your awareness cap on and practice this way. You will take 3 seconds to execute your back swing; will stay at the top of the swing for 3 seconds, take 3 seconds to execute the downswing; stop at the impact and stay there for 3 seconds, take 3 seconds to execute the forward swing; hold the finishing posture for 3 seconds. You have it! This is 10 times slower than the average golf swing. Now, you are ready. Do a normal practice swing keeping in mind that your are moving an object of less than 2 ounces (see picture). A golf swing last an average of 1, 8 second. Step to the ball, look at your target, look back at the ball and swing! You will enjoy the result! The whole idea is to be more efficient, you need to do less. The tendency is trying to do more. As Bruce Lee said; “The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be”. Move that 2 ounces and go and realize your golfing potential! #MauiSchoolofGolf #GolfTips #GCAcademy