Let’s talk about senior golf and why the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is perfect for Seniors




The majority of golfers who pick up the Joe Norwood Golf Swing seem to be over the age of 45. In fact I have two senior golfers who are 90 years old and play this swing.

When you begin to think about it, it’s an obvious move. Consider:

  • A uniform grip
  • An anchored lower body
  • A golf swing that flows around the body
  • A golf swing that is primarily a swing from the arms and shoulders.
  • A cross lateral move as the golf ball is struck that moves the entire body forward into the left foot, not away from the left foot with a twisting action
  • It’s a golf swing that is great for the back because the tendons, ligaments, muscles and vertebrae all work in a “North and South” direction up and down the spinal cord rather than a rotating action that puts enormous pressure on the lower back and legs.
  • With the Joe Norwood Swing the Senior Golfer learns to fix their hooks and slices and learns not to top the ball. The swing is the same from the putt to the drive so the unison of the swing and the method allows the Senior Golf to become a self made senior golf instructor to their friends and relatives.

Today’s senior golfers prefer direction over distance. I have senior golf friends who are in their 60’s and regularly score in the mid 80’s and they enjoy playing golf so much more.

The senior golfer has also played for many years and wants more out of a golf swing. When you consider the parts of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing comprised the best swing parts of some of the greatest golfers of our time, you begin to realize that golf is more than a game, it’s a way of life.

Joe Norwood taught for 80 years, he was introduced to golf when he was 10 or 11 so of his 98 years on earth golf and his love of teaching golf comprised almost 88 years. He did something few people do today or did during his lifetime. He studied the Anatomy of the Human Body to see what made the golf swing work.


  • Alexander Findlay
    • Findlay is not well known today except to those who study the history of golf but imagine having the distinction of being the first man to score a 72. That’s right!  He did it in 1886 at Montrose Scotland. He had just 19 putts. His 72 went on to become what is known as the standard par for the course. His celebrity status is so well known because of his “72” status yet so few know of his. His Grandson has a website devoted to Alexander Findlay at www.alexanderfindlay.com.
    • A Findlay had taken some time off and decided to make golf clubs at Wright & Ditson in Boston. He mentored Joe Norwood and Francis Quimet (who both worked together and played golf regularly on their days off) and taught Joe Norwood the beginning of an inside out golf swing.
    • Findlay would tell Joe; There are only two ways to swing a golf club, inside out or outside in. Findlay wanted Joe to know this because an inside out golf swing is more dependable and so began Joe Norwood’s life in golf.
    • Findlay was also personal friends with Harry Vardon. Vardon enjoyed playing with Findlay more than any other golfer. It was Findlay who convinced Vardon to come to America and play exhibition matches in the United States to enhance American golf.
  • Harry Vardon
    • Although Findlay gave Joe Norwood the inside out method it was Harry Vardon who gave Joe what Joe calls “The Vardon Move”  Curios, the Joe Norwood Swing did not start with the “Vardon Grip” the way Vardon played it. I remember stories of how Joe (in his early days would have heated discussions with Vardon over the placement of Vardon’s hands.
    • The Vardon Move  is a dropping of the right arm to the back of the right heel. Harry Vardon would place a stick behind his left heel and practice dropping his swing to that position.
      • The Vardon Move is the first component Joe learned. Vardon didn’t teach it to him, Joe had to learn how he did it by understanding Anatomy.
  • Walter J. Travis
    • Most of you don’t know this person but he was one of the most famous golfers of the 19th century. His putting methods can be seen (in parts) in players like Ben Crenshaw, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and more. It’s a compact swing.
    • In 1910 Travis played a round of golf with Joe Norwood. Just one round of golf is all it took. At the end of the round he took Joe aside and said to him; You have a great swing but you can’t putt!!.
      • Joe asked Travis to teach him but Travis would not do it because Joe was a professional. Joe told Travis that he was a teaching professional not a playing professional so Travis showed him his method but did not tell him how it was done.
      • The Walter Travis Putting Method holds the hands tight and hinges the right elbow. You putt with the elbow.
      • At some point Joe realized that the entire swing could hinge around the right elbow not just the putt so he started to research and change his swing so the the Travis method of putting included the entire back swing and down swing.
        • Chucking the right elbow is merely the unfolding of the right elbow from position two.
  • Bobby Jones
    • Joe did not personally know Bobby Jones but quoted him a lot and Bobby Jones seems to be the first person of distinction playing a “Hook – Slice” grip.
      • The left hand is so strong that it is set up to hook the ball horribly to the left.
      • The right hand is set up so weak that only a terrible slice would happen
      • Yet when combined the left hand counters the right as the right hand counters the left so that an absolutely perfect balance is achieved.
      • The left hand is strong enough to easily move around the rib cage and the right hand is so strong that (once sealed) it doesn’t flip and a delayed impact happens where the hands come through the impact zone well before the club head does.
      • It is truly an amazing grip.
  • Ben Hogan
    • Joe was the head teaching professional at Los Angeles Country Club when he met Hogan around or before 1940. It’s no strange coincidence that Hogan often started the year by winning the Los Angeles Open. Although Hogan does not mention Joe Norwood, he did write a nice embrace to him when Joe Published The Anatomy of Golf by Joe Norwood.
    • Hogan brings his firm left arm to the Joe Norwood Golf Swing.
      • Ben Hogan could extend his should as much as 6 inches to increase the length of his left arm, add to this the two inch extension from having a similar grip to Bobby Jones and his left arm extended as much as 8 inches.
      • Joe Norwood said Ben Hogan had the greatest left arm in golf.
  • Sam Snead
    • Simply put Joe says Sam Snead was the greatest sitter in golf.
    • Snead kept his lower body low to the ground and even had a bit of the right elbow chuck when he was at his best.
  • Bruce Crampton
    • Joe saw the high follow through of Bruce Crampton in the 1960’s and decided the Crampton finish would be the perfect follow through for his swing. He would always have his golfers reach for the sky on the follow through
  • Moe Norman
    • I give some credit to Moe Norman on his follow through and when one looks at both the Norwood Swing and the Norman swing they appears to be at odds but they have three things in common.
      • High follow through
      • Right elbow tucked in on the back swing
      • No lower body rotation
  • Rory Mcilroy
    • Mcilroy has a nice dip of his left shoulder to the ball as the first move on his downswing. Only the dip is mentioned as the rest of his swing is played by feel and although played brilliantly by him is not something that is teachable to the golfing community and is at odds with the Joe Norwood Method.

Well, if you’ve made it this far then you are certainly a golf enthusiast and as a senior golfer you will find all the tools you need to swing like the professionals mentioned here.

The Joe Norwood Golf Swing does require discipline and a compliance to the methods and Golf-O-Metrics or golf swing exercised found in his Book Golf-O-Metrics by Joe Norwood and his DVD The Anatomy of Golf by Joe Norwood. This blog, excerpts from the second book, You Tube videos and the Joe Norwood Golf Swing Teaching Forum all compliment this swing in a way to teach it to you.

A great golf swing will not lead you to the lowest score or win a tournament but it will do one thing a poor swing cannot do.

  • A great swing will bring consistency to your game so you can focus on scoring and a this great swing will never leave you because you will have been taught the parts and the methods to keep this swing in play.

Good Golf is Acquired  –  Poor Golf is a Gift



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