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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Getting More Distance

I guess everybody knows I've been working on a new golf book for a year or so now. And it's been one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had. The book kept getting bigger and bigger... and less useful and less fun. When you get confused with your own writing, it's time to rethink things!

And that's what I did. This blog focuses on making things simple, so that's what I finally did -- I broke the book into different booklets of around 40 to 50 pages, with each one focused on a different problem weekend golfers face. Rather than buying a huge book and hoping you can find the info you want, you can just get the ones you need. And I'm pleased to say the first one is ready.

More Golf Swing Speed ebook coverThe first of the RuthlessGolf.com Quick Guides is called More Golf Swing Speed and it focuses on how to get more distance. I took some past posts from this blog and added a bunch of new material and diagrams -- for both left-handed and right-handed players, since that's what you guys have told me you need -- and tried to answer the questions you asked.

Specifically, this guide looks at the downswing from top to bottom -- the proper way to create wrist cock, keep it until late in the swing, and then let it all go in one big ball-busting blow. It goes into detail about the two big power stealers in the swing -- casting (also known as throwing the club from the top) and flipping the clubhead. It even spends some time discussing Hogan's famous supinated wrist position -- not just how to create it and use it, but how to know if it will work in your swing and what to do if it won't.

Best of all, by making a booklet rather than a huge book, it isn't expensive. More Golf Swing Speed is only $3.99, and I suspect most of the Quick Guides are going to be around the same price.

You can download the PDF now, and Amazon should have the Kindle version active within the next 24 hours or so. (Those have clearly been the two most popular formats of Ruthless Putting.) I hope to have the EPUB version ready in about the same time frame, and a Smashwords version -- I should say versions since they create multiple formats for all the different ereaders -- is in the works.

And if you hit the ball far enough already (yeah, right) and have other, more pressing problems with your swing, just wait. There are more Quick Guides on the way.

4 comments:

  1. I read your new booklet and it is explains exactly what 99% of golfers should be doing. Great read and the drills are terrific!

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  2. Thanks,wj. The questions and comments all my readers left on the blog really helped me when I wrote it. Hopefully the other Quick Guides will be just as helpful!

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  3. I love the new booklet as much as the putting book - both have improved my game.

    But of course, 2 questions:

    1) Dave Tutleman has an article on a right-side powered swing (http://www.tutelman.com/golf/swing/leecommotion1.php). I mixed the grip into your swing and picked up about 25 yards (with a 30deg iron). Is this mix kosher with what you are laying down?

    2) Brian Manzella had a tubelet about adding power to the swing ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J2RDXmBxdA). You both power on at the same point for the driver, but what about the middle and shorter clubs?

    Thanks

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  4. Joel, again let me say thanks for the kind words. It's always nice to hear that my books are being helpful the way I intended.

    Now, about your questions...

    (1) It's perfectly kosher. My intention, both in the books and this blog, is to focus on the fundamentals at work in every good swing. A lot of my posts are simply explanations of how different instructors apply the same fundamentals.

    As an example, one of the reasons for the special section in the book on Hogan's supinated wrist is because that's one area where your technique affects how you apply the fundamental. The fundamental here is simply that your lead wrist must make sure the shaft leans forward at impact. The supinated wrist is the technique for making a neutral grip at address perform the same way as the stronger grip most instructors recommend for weekend players. Make sense?

    In my opinion, as long as something works consistently and predictably and it doesn't hurt, go with it! And while I would never promise it to everybody, it does seem that most people pick up 15-25 yards when they start swinging correctly.

    (2) It doesn't matter which club you're using -- if you want to create clubhead speed, you do it the same way. But with the irons you may be more concerned with distance control rather than maximum distance, depending on the shot. I'm currently working on a second Quick Guide, tentatively titled Accurate Iron Play, to try and explain the difference.

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