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This is my response to a student’s comment about identifying the center of gravity in the swing…

That is great and a case of the swing teaching you. In the swing, we could identify a myriad of different sensations but the key is to identify and focus on the sensation that creates all other sensations…the common denominator. I believe, during the swing, this common denominator is your weight or as you say, your center of gravity. When you can shed all the other sensations in the swing to just communicate with the common denominator, you find the swing becomes easy, logical and high quality. This is really the core of the stillness swing thought…obviously there are movements in the swing but if we can control the movements through our weight then we avoid all the confusion that can occur from all the movements and sensations in the swing.

I liken it to a car…if the car breaks down(let’s say a blown engine), the traditional swing will check every part of the car looking for the resolution. If the traditional swing finds that the windows are rolled down or the turn signal is on, they try to fix the blown engine by rolling up the windows…and when the closed windows warm up the interior of the car, they think aha, I’ve figured it out! (I hope that made you laugh because I did). Imagine the confusion and frustration the golfer would have searching in the wrong place for a solution.

This is why I really like that you are identifying the center of gravity in the swing and I want to challenge you to stay focussed on your center of gravity. I think if you can focus on your weight, your hands and arms will relax and perform better. The body works very specifically and quite beautifully on it’s own, but we can override the anatomy and mis-use the anatomy to produce poor swings or injury. When you can focus on the common denominator in any activity(skiing, skating, running, swimming, etc) you can create a fluidity and grace that is identified as coordinated.

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Learning any skill is a process. First you learn the fundamentals of the technique, then you train the technique and finally you master the technique. I’m pleased to announce that we are adding a training feature for all members on the site that will improve your ability to learn, train and master the skills of golf.┬áThere are 5 levels to the JVGA training program, starting with Level 1 which focusses on the basic fundamentals of the game and progressing up to Level 5 where you will train the advanced skills of the game.

While the technology is being added to the website, I want to share with you an outline of the Level 1 training program and I encourage you all to begin training the basic fundamentals of the game. There are 4 skills to be trained in Level 1 which are the Bump & Run, the 50/50 Pitch, the 3 foot Putt and your Long Game Yardage Card. The goal is to lock down these skills so that you can rely upon these shots on the golf course.


Each of these tasks should be done at least once a week

Level 1 Bump & Run Training – Using Pitching Wedge from the center of your stance, play 30 Bump & Runs from 2 yards off the green to a pin that is 30 – 45 feet on the green. Your goal is to get as many balls as you can inside of a 3 foot circle from the hole.


Level 1 50/50 Pitch Training – Using Sand Wedge from the front of your stance, play 30 Pitches from 5 yards off the green to a pin that is 5 yards on the green. Your goal is to get as many balls as you can inside of a 3 foot circle from the hole.


Level 1 Putter Training – Putt 30 3 foot putts. Your goal is to make all 30 putts.


Level 1 Long Game Training – After you establish your yardage card, you’ll need to train your sense for the different size swings on your card. Every time you practice, you should select 2 irons and train your yardages by playing 3 shots for each size swing you have on your yardage card. Your goal is to comfortably produce consistent distances with each club and each size swing.


Stay Still My Friends

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