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How To Get The Joe Norwood Grip Without Using A Club

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View the Index Finger Knuckles and how the club is set diagonally his Joe’s hands

The Grip Re-Visited

By Dan Norwood


How to obtain the Joe Norwood Grip without using a club.


  1. Let’s begin with the right hand
    1. Put your right in front of you and just make sure the palm is facing 12:00, the thumb is extended away from the other fingers and the remaining 4 fingers are inline.
      1. Think of it as a straight surface similar to a martial arts “Karate” chop position.
    2. All 4 fingers have 3 joints, the thumb has two. It is imperative that you understand about the 3 joints of the fingers.
    3. Index finger position
      1. The index finger position is very important in obtaining the “Hook” as Joe would put it.
      2. Keeping the tip of the index finger in line with the middle finger move the index finger into the hand.
  • While performing this move you will notice the 2nd joint of the index finger raises above the middle finger. This is called the “Hook”
  1. Make sure there is no straight line with any of the joints. The 3rd joint of the index finger will be pointing to the direction of the nail on the middle finger, the 2nd joint will be elevated above and inside the “Pad” of the middle finger.
  2. Practice this move a few dozen times before this next move.
  3. With the “Hook” now in place and the thumb off to the right just bring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger and you should see a “V”.
    1. Keeping the “Hook” in place begin moving the thumb away from the tip of the forefinger by using the 1st joint of the thumb, it reacts like a hinge. All you need to do now is just keep the forefinger in position and move the thumb back and forth until this action becomes comfortable.
    2. Never let the index finger tip drop below the middle finger just keep the index finger in line and move the thumb to the index finger.
  4. The left hand
    1. The left hand is performed exactly as the right hand and in the same order. It may take a little longer with the left hand for right handed golfers.
  5. Once you become comfortable with both hands you can then take your grip and the Right Pinkie or small finger will latch into the hook of the index finger.
  6. Since the right palm sits on the left V it is imperative that the left thumb not be protruding or extending thus creating an uncomfortable position for the right hand.
    1. Make sure both thumbs and forefingers align evenly, this will take some effort in the beginning but will become second nature as you become better influenced with this grip.
  7. Both hands:
    1. When the grip is proper both primary joint knuckles of the middle finger of each hand will be noticeable. To check this all that is needed is to look down at your grip. If you cannot see the middle finger knuckle all you have to do is turn in each hand and if you can see the third finger knuckle then all that is needed is for you to turn out the appropriate hand.
    2. Once you get the grip you will have completed the first phase of the Sealed Wrists.
    3. The 2nd phase of the sealed wrists begin with cupping or moving each wrist north to its maximum. This is called a concave wrist.
    4. Understand that the wrists only move in four directions. There is no roll with the wrists there is only movements North and South and East and West.
    5. There is roughly 180 degrees in flexibility in the wrists on and East – West Basis and 90 degrees on a North South Basis. The 135 degrees East – West basis is one of the main causes of swing error with the hands.
    6. You can determine this for yourself simply by extending your right wrist back as far as it will go which is about 45 degrees then extend the same wrist from that position forward as far as it will go and you will see this flexibility is roughly half a circle or 180 degrees.
      1. East extends back to a maximum of 45 degrees from square.
      2. West extends forward to a maximum of 135 degrees and a total of 180 degrees from each point of East to West maximum.
    7. You can also check the North – South basis from square simply by moving your wrists North and South. The extensions or flexibility is roughly 45 degrees in each direction.
  8. Sealed Wrist
    1. So assuming you are able to understand the above, the second phase of the seal is the extension of both wrists North to there maximum, this will result in a concave wrist of both hands.
    2. The final phase of the seal is during the first motions of the backswing with the hands as the right hand locks into its maximum Eastern Basis which is 45 degrees thus pulling the left wrist along to extend itself so that the left arm is lengthened by 2-3 inches depending on the size of your hands.
  9. At no time during the swing do the hands release from their seal. Once locked the hands hold the club head back of the hands and the hands move through the impact zone and into the follow through zone well before the club ever gets to that position, although it may seem differently due to the extreme speed of the arms.
  10. Once you become comfortable with the grip then the next step is to learn how to perform this swing without a golf club utilizing the Joe Norwood Grip
    1. This two will take a bit of work and (at first) feel uncomfortable until you begin to get the feel from the mechanics.
    2. Looking at both hands you interweave the last 3 fingers of each hand together leaving enough room to turn in the left wrist into the right palm. Do not clasp the hands just interlock the last 3 fingers lightly.
    3. Then take the left thumb and forefinger V position and turn the left and 45 degrees into the right palm. The left thumb will hug the end of the right palm just like with the regular grip. The difference here is that the hands are more compact due to their interweaving clasp of the last 3 fingers.
    4. Once the left V is in position then roll the right hand over the left V and allow some flexibility with both hands to fit into their positions.
      1. Once completed you will be able to see both middle finger knuckles and both thumbs and forefingers will be in position so that you can then create phase 2 of the seal and phase 3 of the seal simply by moving your hands and locking them.
      2. The arms don’t move.
  • There is no club to be concerned about
  1. Your grip is secure
  2. You can continue to work on your grip until you “Own” it
  3. Once you own the grip then you can begin your swing practice which is something to be discussed later.1988 AOG DN Address
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The only credentials one needs in teaching golf is the smile on the golfers face

I’ve spoken to many teaching professionals, all whom disagree with me, who have accolades from one group or another and one thing stands out. These endorsements are rarely from the common golfer and never from a beginner golfer.

I’ve often invited teaching professionals to come to my forum and debate their knowledge with mine. In 8 years no one has come forth. It could be that they deem me unimportant, it could be they feel my knowledge of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is less than stellar or it could be many things but it is important to note that no teaching professional is willing to enter into a discussion between what they consider a golf swing is or should be and the simple fact that Joe Norwood designed a golf swing that is universal in nature, that mechanics can lead to feel and that there is one method more consistent which allows the golfer to hit a golf ball straight. I do require any debate to be in writing and this could be an issue also. 

I’ve often posed the challenge to any top professional teacher to compete for one hour and teach someone who has never had a golf club in their hands before and after the hour to see who has gained more knowledge, the teachings of a Top 100 teacher (whom I’ve never seen teach a true beginner) or me the teacher of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing method.

I’ve taught many beginners in the past, don’t teach beginners any more unless they show a commitment to the Joe Norwood Golf Swing by investing $80 and purchasing The Anatomy of Golf and Golf-O-Metrics but when I did take on a “Newbie” it didn’t take long to get them to hit the ball in the air and have some understanding as to how they did it.

The issue came down to my invested time which is why I’ll teach online all day long and shoot videos and talk golf but when it comes to teaching my followers now have to be followers.

I remember Andy coming to me one September day, with his bag of clubs he had just purchased at a golf outlet and said teach me how to play. I told him he should never have invested money into golf clubs as a beginner since he would be changing sets at least 3-4 times which he has. He had this 500cc driver and the pro at the store said he could not miss the ball with it.

I said he was right, you won’t miss the ball with it but that doesn’t mean you’ll get the ball in the air with it and he didn’t for several months

It was September and I told Andy I would take him on (since he was also a very dear friend on mine) but that he was prohibited from playing on any golf course until Spring. He agreed and we met 2-3 times a week at the local range and began his journey.

The following April he played 9 holes for the very first time in his life and his score was 55. He still has that score card today. He topped the ball, he sliced the ball, his short game stunk but still he hit enough good shots and learned enough about what to do (of course I was with him through the entire round giving him instructions) that at the end of the day, his score was as good as the average golfer of today who has played at this game for decades.

Andy stayed in the JNGS stable for a couple of years until he started listening to the golf channel and reading. As Gramp’s would say; Don’t get too good too quick.

Andy summed it up in one sentence. The JNGS is not what teachers teach and he can’t have two masters. He did take one lesson seriously which was to practice his short game a lot.

Andy is in his 60’s and enjoys playing on his home course. His score is somewhere in the mid 80’s and he hopes to break 80 some day and I hope he does. He would talk about teaming up with the young “Buck’s” who hit the ball 300 yards and would laugh it off because at the end of the day, his score was 8-10 strokes better.

I guess Andy was my happiest lesson other than the only lesson I ever gave to my best friend of over 45 years Toby. I’ll talk about that story another day but simply this man listened with such admiration and was at the Studio City Range with Gramps when I gave him this lesson and his very first shot was a 7 iron bullet perfectly hit. It’s a lesson that taught me a lot and a lesson I’ll never forget.

If you can’t break 90 then stop playing golf for six months. Begin a regimen of focused practice not on hitting balls but on how to hit a golf ball. Traveling in time and never breaking 90 does not do justice to your endeavor.

Gramp’s taught until he was 98, I’m 63 so I still have 35 more years of teaching. I would rather teach that play. I never saw Gramp’s hit balls like I do. I missed that part of his life. I learned the greatest golf swing ever conceived from a man who never hit a golf ball beyond 30 yards.

Learn that confidence and you’ll learn a lot about life and golf.

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Learning to play golf while you’re learning to swing is just plain foolish!

Have you ever tried to boil an egg and at the same time start the fire to get the water hot? Obviously this makes no sense. We all know that but that’s what golfers generally do.

Although my Grandfather was a legend in his own time, he always considered him a Golf Swing Trainer and not a professional golf teacher.

He would often say; I’ll teach you the swing and leave the scoring up to you. 

  • That’s it 🙂 and that’s all there needs to be. First learn to swing a golf club (which does not require you hitting a golf ball) then learn to hit a golf ball (you learn to hit a golf ball off a rubber mat not turf) then learn the game of golf.

So many of you accept “Poor” golf and like it yet on the course when you’re playing your round and make a poor shot, everyone of you hisses, curses, makes a negative remark, is disappointed and all of you (at that very moment) wishes you could have a “Do Over”.

Even the best golfers make mistakes but we’re talking about you and me, where the mistakes can happen in an instance and our scores can increase with such velocity that disappointment becomes anger and disgust.

The Joe Norwood Golf Swing (JNGS) is not going to free you from error. It will reduce the errors dramatically so you can have a really great time on the course.

I have hundreds of followers and 90% of them are over 50 and one of them (at last count) was 93 and they all make mistakes but they don’t walk around with the lack of knowledge to correct their mistake. The true JNGS follower knows when the ball goes to the right (usually the hips rotate a bit or the shoulders don’t square) and they know how to correct it because the JNGS is built for everyone.

We all swing the same to the best of our ability. This means that the correction in Japan is the same for the correction in France and so on. JNGS golfers do not need to re-invent the wheel and search, all they have to do is go back to basics and be disciplined about their Golf-O-Metrics.

95% of you who read this post can’t score below 90. 15-30 minutes a day with GOM’s and a few hours a week practicing your swing will bring your score down dramatically.

Joe Norwood taught the likes of Howard Hughes and President Gerald Ford. President Ford practiced well but became insecure around crowds, Howard Hughes became good enough that he could have turned professional but why? He was the richest man in the world and playing tournament golf was not in his destiny but he became a great golfer.

Joe Norwood also taught average golfers and duffers, especially after 1947 when he left Los Angeles Country Club. He loved to teach, I love to teach. I only give personal lessons to JNGS followers and when someone joins the JNGS golfing family, they find I’m available buy email, telephone and video.

The reason I only teach JNGS followers goes back to the boiling egg issue. This swing requires you to discipline your lower body, upper body and hands and someone who is swinging rotationally around a barrel and flipping their hands like a fish on a line just won’t get it unless they take the first step themselves.

I recently sold the BOOK-DVD combo to someone of distinction. There’s no need to boast about the sale and say who he is but in his world he mingles with the rich and famous like Howard Hughes and President Ford.

But when I wrote him his confirmation I treated him like anyone who may be searching for a golf swing. So here is a portion on the email I sent him.

It’s important enough for everyone to read because it’s all about the JNGS.


I’ve never happened across someone like yourself in the Joe Norwood Golf Swing world so I hope you have a real interest in learning about my Grandfather’s golf swing because if you’re looking, as many do, to research and dissect his swing components into a rationality relating to golf swings in general then you’ll be met with disappointment and dissention.

  • The JNGS can be used by 90% of the golfing public but it does take Knowledge, Application, Feel, Judgment & Discipline.

Joe Norwood’s Golf Swing has its beginnings with the professional who taught Alexander Findlay in the late 1870’s and has a lineage that may have started with Findlay but Harry Vardon and Walter Travis had a tremendous impact on My Grandfather in his early years. In fact, this swing is really an extension of the putting technique Walter Travis showed Joe Norwood in 1910 (The right elbow).

If you happened upon my website and have not had the opportunity to visit my teaching forum, YouTube Channel and Blog then please stop by. They are there to offer more assistance to those who realize rotation is the “Root of all Errors” in the golf swing and that’s been the way before my Grandfather and since.

A few things about the book and DVD.

  • Golf-O-Metrics
    • The Artists renditions are mostly incorrect
    • You will find some contradictions but please remember “Gramps” was 84 when he published his book
    • Read the last 4 – 5 chapters on the short game first. You’ll get a better feel for what Joe Norwood has to say about the swing without the mechanics.
    • Read the book slowly. It’s not intended as entertainment, it’s an instructional book and JNGS followers typically read the book continuously.
  • The Anatomy of Golf
    • I once watched a video from 1949 of Louis Armstrong playing with his band. The film was grainy, black and white and in poor shape but just watching this great man play overshadowed the video and it was then I learned that great knowledge is great knowledge regardless of how it is presented.
    • My portion has a full shoulder turn and that’s not the way it’s done (See my YouTube Videos)
    • There is no 1st base
      • You’ll hear Gramps telling me to push out but by the time we shot the video I had discovered the left pectoral muscle and how it is used to keep the shoulders square (the ball seemed to push to the right a lot and Gramp’s just said TRUST the swing – something that he only said a couple of times).
    • Components
      • Bobby Jones – Ben Hogan grip (Both thumbs and forefingers touch) Hogan did not do this with both hands
      • Sealed Wrists (3 parts to the seal)
      • Right elbow is the hinge and the forearm moves with the hinge
      • Backswing to right heel and no farther (no full shoulder turn)
      • Closed stance yet shows as square (see flared left foot)
      • Left thigh locks right thigh into place (heels only 10 inches apart)
      • Right hip set 45 degrees back at address (7:30)
      • Shoulders go to 7:30 (align with hips)
        • Forearm drops to heel
      • Piston Action
      • Crosslateral move into left foot
      • Hands/wrists sealed implementing the delayed impact
      • Follow through has the right arm pointing to target (12:00)
      • Good Luck

My followers tend to be Baby Boomers who study or have always wanted to know how the great Scottish golfers taught. Everyone swings the same, something you’ll have to agree to try or you just won’t get the full Joe Norwood Golf Swing experience of how to hit a golf ball straight on purpose.2

Everyone who purchases the Book and DVD are invited to contact me for assistance. I teach this swing over the phone, by email or video lesson. I’ve spent many hours with followers helping them over the phone. It’s very easy because the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is 1swing4all, we all swing the same.



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Moving from Position One to Position Two “Elbow is the hinge of the door Joe talks about”

Below is an email from a JNGS follower. My comments are in bold and italic.

Hi Dan,

I’ve finally been able to put in some practice time on the range and have played a couple of times. My question is going from GOM to full swing speed-

  • The top of the back swing is position two. This is where the forearm folds from position one into the right shoulder. It’s very important that you use only your right elbow to travel around your waistline to the 7:30 position then the elbow reacts as a hinge and the forearm folds right into the bicep, The perfect back swing is when the upper forearm (close to the elbow) touches or squeezes against the bicep.

how do I know I have completed the back swing? Right now going by feel; any tips?

  • This cannot be done with a lift or lower body rotation so keep the back swing flat and don’t move your lower body when doing this.
  • When you can make it to this position and can control it then the next step can be taken.
    • This step is at the top of the fold the right shoulder pushes up forcing the left shoulder down. Trying to do this without getting to position two first will, most likely, result in the elbow lifting away from the waist or rib cage.
    • One way of working on this is to use the “Flat Top Table” GOM Gramps teaches. Before you hit a ball do this with a full club. The hands are cupped, the club head is as high as a table top and the right arm moves to position one and then two. Keep doing this to keep your swing compact and don’t keep your swing to flat, the left shoulder must always be below the right at position two.

Results have been great- I am not hitting or pulling left anymore.

Also- how do we change trajectory when needed?

  • This swing is not a swing that is changed to work the ball, otherwise it cannot be universal. The best I can do is relay to you what my Grandfather had to say about this issue way back in 1982.
    • If you want the ball to go left then hood (turn the blade in) the blade more and if you want the ball to go right then open the clubface (turn open using the shaft) but do not change the swing.
    • As far as trajectory is concerned his response would be to use a longer blade, choke up a bit, and swing at a lower speed. There are 5 swing speeds in the JNGS and I’m assuming you’re talking about a lower trajectory due to wind or terrain so this is the best answer I can give. You can always play a punch shot, as you know, by moving the ball farther to the right foot and working in.
  • This is a good time to bring up the “Worm Burner”
    • When you miss a shot, most of the misses with the Driver should go to the right and sometimes a mistake happens and you end up in the middle of the trees and there is no straight shot to the green and it seems the only play is a chip to the fairway. A long time ago I worked on the 150-175 yard slice using the Driver. The ball sometimes just rolls on the ground for 125-150 yards and sometimes when performed really good the ball will rise a few feet off the ground and bend right.
      • You have to open the club face 20-30 degrees and aim to the opening in the fairway. The more open the face the more the ball will slice or bend around. It will feel awkward and insecure so you’ll need to practice this a lot because it’s a “Get out of Jail Free” card when in trouble This is not a full swing it’s a three quarter swing and don’t hit so far down that you take a divot as the object is to move the ball forward using a controlled slice curve with the Driver off the fairway.
    • Put away one of your clubs and go out and purchase a left handed 7 iron.
      • Start to learn how to swing left handed just for those “get out of jail” shots. We all get into positions where we wish we had a left handed club due to the ball placement. This kind of trouble, if not handled correctly can turn a par into a 7 or 8. I like the 7 because this is an escape shot and the 7 is a great club for this, the blade can be opened or closed for loft.

Lastly- do I need special lie angle if I get new clubs?

  • 2.5 to 3.0 degree flat on the hosel. You’ll notice that the club face has the toe up due to the hands are concave in, so flattening out the hosel will keep the clubface square. When you go to the golf shot have them do this on one club and start at 2.5 degrees then just place the club on the ground with your grip and stance and look at the toe. If the heel is up, then your hands are too high, if the toe is up then make another slight adjustment.
  • My clubs are 2.5 degrees flat and the toe is still slightly in the air but I use 5,7, and 9 woods now and wedges to 7 so it’s not much of an issue.
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Joe Norwood Golf Swing – The Grip – The shoulders and more

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted since July. How time flies. I thought this post to be relevant because it includes lessons to two golfers, one who is trying the swing based on my YouTube video and the other a JNGS follower from long ago. The point is that the teachings of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing are universal whether you live right next door to me in Orange, Ca. or in live in Belgium. We all swing the same. Hope this helps 🙂

Hi Pete,

Your Question:

Checked out your site and several videos on you tube. Tried at driving range tonight and pleasantly surprised how well I hit the ball for first time with it. 2 questions – Is the grip overlap, interlock, or 10 finger. Is the ball played off the front heel for all clubs. Will send update on progress in such a short time.   Pete

  1. The grip
    1. Yes it’s the overlap method.
      1. This is the only method that allows the butt of the right palm to fit on top of the left index finger part of the V created by both hands with the JNGS grip.
    2. Both hands are turned down or as Joe Norwood says Thumbs down at a 45 degree angle from the position as if you were shaking someone’s hand.
    3. The tips of both thumbs and forefingers touch slightly as the pressure is on the forefinger extending away from the hand.
      1. The index finger knuckle will be significantly higher from the other knuckles on the hand. You can see this quite easily by looking at a picture of Hogan’s 5 easy lessons. Bobby Jones played this method long before Joe Norwood and Ben Hogan.
  1. The placement of the ball in the stance:
    1. As you can see in my videos my feet are very close together. The heels are 7-10 inches apart with the left foot flared out 40-45 degrees so the ball is almost always played from just inside or aligned with the left heel.
  1. This is a long email as my standard advertising is attached to all emails just in case you know of a small business who may need assistance or if you do not have all my JNGS links.
  1. I don’t call anyone I teach a student, we are all JNGS followers. I have hundreds around the world because the JNGS is universal and what I say for you is good for anyone who takes up this swing.
  1. I’m really happy you’ve had some success. Hopefully a smile or moment of wonder happened as you began to hit the ball straight.
    1. My forum dates back 6 years and there is a lot of information on it.
  1. If you decide to move forward into this swing then you’ll need to buy the book and DVD and study the book a lot and watch the 16 chapters regularly and then my personal teaching will take on new meaning.

  1. Below is a recent email discussion from a follower in Michigan.
  2. Thanks for giving this swing a try

——– Original message ——–
Date: 09/09/2015 5:35 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Crosslateral Golf <>
Subject: Left shoulder

Hi Dan,

I sent a question on the website Ask The Pro– when going to position one, my left shoulder goes around instead of down- what golf o metric will help?



PS- I have hit some beautiful straight shots-Also will your new version of the book be coming out.? I have the original book and also the Original VHS tape and would like to get the latest information. Your videos and explanations have really cleared up a lot of questions.

Thanks for keeping the Legacy alive!

From: “Dan Norwood Enterprises” <>
Sent: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 11:56:19 AM
Subject: RE: Left shoulder

Hi David.

I’m on vacation until Monday. I saw your post to my site. I’ll go into more detail next week. The left to right shoulder alignment should only be to the 7:30 position at position one and two. If your left shoulder is pushing the  alignment beyond this then focus only on the right shoulder. I’ll email you next week.


From: “Dan Norwood” <>
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 2:13:09 PM
Subject: RE: Left shoulder – Golf-O-Metric which should help – learned it from Aquatics Aerobics stretching

Hi David:

About 4 times a week I exercise in a heated pool doing an hour of aquatic aerobics and stretching and one stretch routine is really amazing because it deals with the left and right shoulder. I’ll try to explain it.

Obviously your lower body must be in position and locked.

  1. You know that the shoulders only turn 45 degrees back to the position of the hip lock which is to the right heel at the 7:30 position.
    1. So before we discuss the stretching move practice locking your lower body and just moving the shoulders to the right so that the right shoulder aligns with the hips. While you’re doing this look down at your waist down and see if the lower body is moving or swaying. If it his then squeeze the parts tighter to hold them.
      1. Just go back with the shoulders and return the shoulders to square and if the hips start to move with the shoulders then you must squeeze the lower thighs tighter to hold them.
      2. Keep doing this until the upper body feels detached from the lower body and only move the shoulders from square back to the right heel and back to square again
  • I actually bring my arms to my chest area and hold onto the opposite shoulder with my opposite hand, hence right hand on left bicep and left hand on right bicep
    1. Once you get used to this the next step is simple.
      1. When the right shoulder is at the 7:30 position just push south with the left shoulder, you’ll feel the tension
      2. When both shoulders are back to square just push south with the right shoulder, you’ll feel the tension.
        1. This is what is known as the piston action
      3. Now to the stretching action: J
        1. Stretch out your left arm to the 4:30 position
        2. Put your right hand and arm under the left arm and hold the left under arm with the right hand. Your right arm will be below the left arm.
        3. Your left arm should be setting on the right forearm with your right hand holding the left under arm from below.
        4. Now rotate the shoulders to the 7:30 position and squeeze the left arm into your chest with your right hand and as you do this (as long as your left arm is straight) you will feel the stretch in your lower back and while doing this slightly push the left shoulder down and at the same time push the right shoulder up. You’ll feel a great sensation of this stretch. Be careful, I do this in 92 degree water up to my chest, as this move and stretch was designed by Aerobic instructors after a workout so take it easy.
        5. Then do the same thing with the other arm, going the opposite way never letting the right arm go beyond the line of the target or 12:00.
          1. Making sure that your hips do not rotate at all .
        6. As you get comfortable with these stretches you’ll soon be able to rock or piston both shoulders north and south at the apex or maximum point of the stretch.
          1. As you piston the shoulders north and south you’ll begin to feel the vertebrae along your spine release, similar to one cracking their knuckles, this is a good thing because it releases the strain on your back and you’ll begin to really feel the depth of the Joe Norwood Method.

Call me if you have some trouble with this. I’ll be glad to help.

The book is delayed. I see now why it takes so long to complete a book. I’m probably 50% done and won’t pick up the process until spring of next year.  Meanwhile, feel free to email me and call me. I take calls all the time from Joe Norwood Swingers. It’s really no trouble at all. Someday very soon I’ll have one of my bedrooms converted into a SKYPE Studio for lessons but for now the best I can offer it by writing and conversation.

I guess I must have over a 100 JNGS followers now, it’s great to hear their smiles. One thing everyone has in common with this swing is direction and control. It’s hard to believe that it’s coming up on 30 years since I made the video with Gramps.

All the best,

Dan Norwood


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Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 6:30 PM
To: Golf, Crosslateral
Subject: Re: Left shoulder – Golf-O-Metric which should help – learned it from Aquatics Aerobics stretching


Thank you for your great detailed explanation!

So if I understand- I start the swing with the right thumb and fore-finger into position one and the push down with the left shoulder will complete the back swing?

You need to go to position two which is the top of the backswing. Check out Rory McIIroy’s Page and watch him hitting in slow motion with his pink shirt. I call it the McIIroy Tilt. Right before he starts his down swing he tilts the left shoulder down to the ball. It’s really quite amazing.

I just shipped to Michigan. I’ll check it out and see if you’re close.  I also just shipped to Belgium and England is asking for the DVD but I stopped International shipping as it’s just a headache. I have a great follower just north of Michigan in Canada if you’re close to the border then that might work also.

the push down begins with the right arm dropping not pushing, the push is the final downward move into the ball and is assisted with the right shoulder rocker arm.

Also, I’m located in Michigan if you know any JNGS folks…

Thanks again; this is great fun !

Hope you had a great vacation!



Thanks Dan- I will check it out and agree I’ve seen that shoulder move by Rory- I wish I was 25 again!!

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The Joe Norwood Golf Swing Training Program Mission:

To build your golf swing so you are in the middle of the fairway, hitting firm approach shots to the green and putting for birdies.

The Joe Norwood Golf Swing Promise

No gimmicks, no fads, just a great swing. In fact you’re going to find so much free help with my other resources that it should impress upon you that I am serious about my mission to build your golf swing. I promise you knowledge about this swing. I promise I will not abandon you to find this swing yourself. I promise in-depth training resources to assist you. I promise one swing, one method & one consistent golf swing.

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Scoring low while chucking with the elbow – Joe Norwood Style & Wellington thanks for the poem

So, I’m sitting back taking a little rest from my work on the computer today and I get a call from Jack. Oh what smiles go through me when things like this happen.

Jack has just recently purchased the DVD (The Anatomy of Golf by Joe Norwood – I’m in it for 40 minutes) and hasn’t got it yet but he bought Golf-O-Metrics some 10-15 years ago and somehow got onto my YouTube channel and started watching it and sent me a message about how is this swing relating to backs. I emailed him back, not knowing he has had the book for 15 years.

So He started reading the book again and just called me. Everyone who buys the DVD or Book has an open invitation to call me on my cell phone as long as it’s in the United States. We start talking and have a great conversation. He’s 77 years young and just completed 18. His front 9 was nothing to speak of but on the back nine he was just 2 over par. He said that his short game had improved so much just by chucking the elbow. His swing is bringing him smiles and his smiles I can feel when he talks. He’s still waiting for the DVD and he will keep me up to date on his progress but “WOW” 2 over par on 9 holes is awesome, let alone a man who is almost 80 years old. As we talked I related that I must have 30 followers, all of whom are over 60 years of age.

And now to Wellington, the first man 8 years ago who contacted me, has come out from Texas to see me, thinks of me when he plays and left a fantastic poem relating to my last post on “Rooster”. Although a bit lengthily it was fund to smile at his humor. He is having a lot of fun these days with his “Three Quarter” Joe Norwood Golf Swing.

I’m having a lot of fun teaching these days and golfers are loving this swing. TWO over PAR for 9 holes, Jack could make some money off these 30 year old 300 yard bombers who can’t break bogie.

I’m getting ready to play on Wednesday, got some new shoes for my Plantar issues and they feel great but as I said to Frank having a great swing doesn’t mean you’ll score great so I’ll stay humble.

Thanks a lot everyone for trying this swing and “ONE” thing is true, this swings for you:)

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“Rooster” on the course with the Joe Norwood Golf Swing

Louie and I played 36 holes on Wednesday.

We teed it up at 1:30 and stopped by 8:00, wore out two electric carts and had the time of our lives. At one point he looked at me and told me I was starting to look like Jeff Bridges in that movie. Thinking he meant “Bill Hickok” I was pretty pleased but Louie said “No!” , the movie about the old sheriff. I said: You mean “Rooster”? He said yes the old sheriff. I said: you mean I look like “Rooster Cogburn”? (Now I’m thinking about the old curmudgeon played by John  Wayne) and I replied, are you telling me I’m an old fat man with one eye and we just started laughing and kept making (had to be there jokes) for a good 7 or 8 holes, laughing so hard it was great.

I don’t shave often so after 3 days I can look a bit gruff but the character played by Bridges was much more to my liking if I’m to be compared to “Rooster”. After I’d hit a good shot, I would say “Just call me Rooster”:).

I need more spunk in my swing, more speed so I reverted back to a lesson my Grandfather (Joe Norwood) gave me and one you’ll find on “The Driver Series” my YouTube channel where I turn the club around and swing the handle not the club. I used this pre-shot routine on every drive and many approach shots and every time I did the ball traveled 10% farther.  It also gives one a good feeling of timing because when you can hit a leaf with the handle you know your timing is really good.

Louie typically drives the ball 250-275 yards. I was close to him on his longest drives ( about 10 yards back ) and out drove him on his short ones. My long ball was traveling 265 yards up from 220 yards for my last rounds. I even hit a par five (pin high) in two. I’ve played this course for 40 years and never hit two shots that far on that hole. I’m not going to discuss the score but it was a disappointment as I should have at least had a birdie.

My irons were traveling 10 yards longer. I was taken off guard with this but once I got used to it I started really hitting the ball well and when I missed the shot it went straight.

I had 3-4 holes of brilliance then stumble for a couple of holes and pick it up again then stumble again. The best I could do was to put strings of pars together then stumble. I missed so many 5-20 birdie putts, yet made the long bogie putts when I needed them although there was one hole where it seemed to take a handful of strokes to get down from 50 yards.

I’d stumble on a 60 yard wedge then hit a bunker shot with in a foot or two for par. I’d miss the 6 foot birdie putt and sometimes miss the 5 foot par putt. I didn’t get frustrated as it wasn’t the stroke it was the read. By the time I got the feel of the read I was getting tired and still missed the birdie putts or would hit short and have to chip up and put for a par.

I’m 63.5 years old folks and Millennials were watching old Rooster smack the ball out 260 yards and hit the ball on the green.

I’m not practicing like I would like. Weekends are for family and it’s hard to make time in the morning to hit balls, I haven’t even putted on my office carpet for a month but I’m getting to play and play a lot, yet only one day a week. As long as I play flat courses my feet and legs can handle 27-36 holes, as long as I’m driving in a cart, yet sometimes Louie would drop me off with my 3 clubs ( 3 wood – 66 degree wedge and putter) and would need and go to the other side of the fairway to look for his ball, I would hit and just start walking towards the green like the old days.

I’m playing 12 holes really well and making mental errors on the other 6 yet I’m hitting some awesome shots which get me close to the pin but the putts are not going in. I hit so many good shots and once the 1st 18 is over I no longer think about the shot, I just pull out the club and focus on the impact. I know that when I swing right the ball will fly right and when I miss the shot I don’t have to look anywhere but down the middle. As Louie says: You know Gramp’s always said: If you must miss the shot then miss it straight. He also likes to mention my statement; “It all started with a putt”. This remark dates back to when Walter Travis gave my Grandfather a putting lesson in 1910.

Travis played 18 holes with Joe Norwood who was then third professional at Brookline Country Club. (His friend Francis Quimet won the U.S. Open there in 1913)

Travis said: “Young man, you play a good game but you don’t know how to putt” Gramp’s said teach me! Travis replied: You’re a professional and I don’t teach professionals.

Gramp’s replied: I’m a teacher not a professional player. So Walter J Travis showed Joe Norwood the moves but he didn’t tell him how they were done.

Joe Norwood set out to find out how and realized the entire swing is just an extension of the putting stroke. Hence: It all started with a putt.

Well it’s getting late and the weekend is here. I’m giving my Granddaughter my Samsung S3 on our “Quid Pro Quo” basis. It turns out they only thing she’ll put in practice for is a smart phone. I have the number on my service and if she doesn’t do as she says then she knows I’ll pull the phone but the practice we are talking about is only 10-15 minutes a day of Golf-O-Metrics. She hit some balls a couple of weeks ago and is hitting straight grounders. The GOM’s are to teach her subconscious the holds and moves and the “Hows” of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing. I’m making several 15 minute DVD videos (one per month or two) for here to watch and follow. She already has the stance down, the 45 degree thumbs down (even though she is using a 10 finger grip) and she’s learning to swing inside out and hold her hips. She’s only 7 so there’s lot’s of time.

It’s not a matter of whether she turns pro or not. I know I can get her good enough to qualify for a golf scholarship and hopefully pass this swing to her for her future. I’m teaching the Joe Norwood Vertical Golf Swing in 7 continents and by the time she reaches 21 this swing will be “Popping”. I’m making her a junior version of the training club I sell online.

For those of you who have purchase Golf-O-Metrics or The Anatomy of Golf, I’m just a phone call away. Please call me. International players, please email me until I get Skype up and running. It will be soon.

I’ll have some new beginner lessons on YouTube soon and I’ll let everyone know when. This will be video for those without golf clubs. All they will need is 3 sticks, a wooden spoon and a cup, yes that’s all one needs to learn how to hit a golf ball. The ball gets in the way of a good swing. learn a good swing and the ball will fly straight.