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

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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.

Consider:

  • 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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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

12/2/2015

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

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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.

Hello,

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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Great Day 4 Golf & Business

Tuesday started out great. I’m enjoying meeting business prospects at Riverview and although I only play their putting course, it is a lot of fun when business and putting come together.

My Amigoso Louie whom I putt with weekly brought a friend of his who is looking for start up capital on a small business. This is one of the first small business start ups that have actually peaked my interest and there is a good chance I can put together the funding. He actually handed me the keys to the city (if you will), had me sign a non-circ and then said: ” don’t worry about it, I trust you”. I handed it back to him and said; “don’t trust anyone who have just met”

I took his executive summary and business plan with me and will begin the shopping process next week. We said our goodbye’s and then it was off to the putting course at Riverview and the course was laid out so difficult that on many holes there was no way of stopping the ball, it was like putting on glass, with 8 foot breaks, uphill to a downhill slope and 10 footers to save par. I loved it.

The best way to get better it to play tougher holes.

It was a grand day. I won all four matches over a 4 hour period which is a first for me. I may have only won by a stroke but I pulled it out and for the first time since we’re started playing (over 18 months ago) I came away with all the wins. During the rounds Louie and I go to the clubhouse, have a beer (light) and talk about everything. I learned a new spanish word called Amigoso. He is one good friend. I gave him The Anatomy of Golf DVD because he wants to analyze it. He is a rotator and pronator and we got into a discussion about how my left clavicle turn is similar to pronation. My only response was that when amateurs pronate, many times they pronate before impact and they duck hook the ball.

He was surprised that I knew that because it happens sometimes to him. There are now two people out here I can share the JNGS knowledge with and discuss the swing I teach in relation to the swing they play.

Who knows about next week at the putting green but I’m healthier and today’s weather is 81 in late November and I hope to play another round of golf before years end. I did have a temper tantrum 2 months ago when I played last. I hope to practice a bit and then take patience and discipline to the course.

This golf swing not only helps my muscles work together but I can go out 4 times a year and play in the low 80’s, that’s one golf date per quarter. I no longer want to play Willowick at this time because scoring in the 70’s at that course is no longer as much fun. My goal is to play once a month, 12 times a year and do better than a 75 each round. At 62 1/2 that’s a pretty good goal I haven’t played 12 times a years in almost 20 years so I have my work cut out for me.

I do enjoy putting with Louie and would rather do that than play. it’s harder to score Par at Riverview Putting course when the greens are fast than it is to break 90 on a golf course and I haven’t scored over 90 in decades but then I don’t go play courses I don’t know and no longer play long tough course like the Eisenhower course in Los Angeles. That course is rated 77 so a 3 handicap gets you an 80 on a good day and I never scored over 85 from the black tees when I was younger but it was a good test in humility when you can go to Diamond Bar and score 74 then to the Ike and score 85. Nothing like humiliation to bring your ego back in check.

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Putting at Riverview today with Louie

Louie has what it takes for me to play golf with. He’s competitive in general and a very good putter at Riverview Golf Course where they have had an 18 hole “Master’s” type putting green for as long as I can remember. I used to practice there all the time during the 1980’s when I played the California Mini Tour and it’s a real test.

All of the holes are over 20 feet, some as long as 40 but I would say the average is about 27 feet to 30 feet, most with 6 inches to 6 feet of break, many with two levels and a few where it’s impossible to stop the ball short when the greens are cut well, just impossible. Louie makes almost everything on his 2nd putt.

I give him everything 3 feet and under and he rarely misses a 6 footer. I typically lose by 1-2 strokes per round. We’ve been putting now for almost a year and I’m starting to get used to the grain and the break again but coming close does no good against Louie, one has to take it away from him and he will usually be 3-7 under PAR with two balls and 2-4 under with one ball so he is quite challenging.

Today we played 4 rounds. My best chances for a “win” is the second round so I’ll try and mix it up and play one ball but mostly we play two ball.

Up until today my “win” ratio on the third round is zero or close to it as after a couple of hours I tend to lose my focus but he doesn’t.

Today was different. I took the third round with 2 holes where I nailed both putts into the hole, both holes had over 4 feet of break and I made several aces and still finished just one stroke ahead as he nailed and “ace” on the 18th hole. We don’t keep a score but I must have been 7 or 8 under or more with one bogey and he was right there.

After relaxing in the clubhouse and the day was cooling down so I said let’s go out again and I started off 2 down after the first hole and could have easily been 3, he aced and I had 6 footers for par. I missed the first, made the second.

The next 17 holes the lead changed more times than ever before. I had a lot of holes where I would make back to back “aces” and by this time I was feeling the break, the speed and just playing the stroke.

Just bring the club back 4 inches and hit through and hold 4 inches and just add more speed to the stroke and I was making just about every 3-7 footer today anyway. My best stroke is the 3-7 foot putt, the feel of the square blade to the spot is like putting to a “dime” instead of a 4 inch hole.

I was up by two going into 18 and this time Louie had no “ace” up his sleeve. We split our tournament. The putting course is vacant after 5, not too many players on it anyway, if you can’t putt then 4 and 5 putts per hole are the consequences of a poor putting game. One day we may just play into the evening but it is difficult to keep up such intensity for such a long time. I/We played a total of 162 holes with a total score close to 20 under Par for such a tough putting course.

We’re playing Los Lagos again soon. My arthritis is healing, I am exercising in a heated pool with my wife 3 days a week and I can walk again without pain. My heel is almost healed and I’m wearing inserts in my walking shoes.

Dakota came over this weekend and we spent 3 hours together gardening and trimming the patio plants and she has “kick started” me into resurrecting the patio and putting my practice tee back in place. I am also working on new video for the swing and doing many golf-o-metrics and I can feel my swing getting stronger every day even though I don’t hit a ball.

I’ve learned to swing the club without a club. After years of performing the moves a club is no longer necessary for me to use although I still do because one needs to hit balls to get the feel of timing and motion and impact from the swing to the ball.

I’m in Orange County (Southern California) where it was 90 degrees today. The days are shorter but the air will still be warm for another 2 months and I want to get some play in. One can play all year round in Southern California.

Louie plays better when other golfers are playing better. I’m just too serious, I’ll admit it. I won’t just go out and play a round of golf just to play.

I need competition, yes even at 62 and I won’t give strokes.

Louie is younger than I and brings a decent game with him and can score in the low 80’s or better. I play 4 times a year and can still manage a bit better than that.

I’m wearing too many hats right now and need to devote my time to making this swing available and explainable to everyone along with my other business endeavors and family life. Hopefully I’ll stay healthy, play more but I doubt if I will play more than 15 rounds next year, it just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for me. The extra time I have must be dedicated to promoting the Joe Norwood Golf Swing.

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My little princess and the JNGS

When my first Grandson took hold of my index finger at 1 month old, he literally gripped the JNGS golf grip and I was so happy back in 1994 and for a couple of years (his 4th and 5th) Brennan showed great promise and loved being with me and began hitting a golf ball so well that people would come by and say he was the next Tiger Woods, I said no he would be his own man. My daughter moved north 700 miles and that was that, then there was my next two Grandsons Jack and Matt and they sort of liked being with Grandpa hitting balls but never like Brennan and it’s still something they have very little interest in and that’s OK. I forced the JNGS swing down my sons throat when he was young and although (with no golf) he can still hit a golf ball, the game of golf is something he just doesn’t like and that’s OK because I love my son and his boys.

Then 6 years ago my Princess, little Dakota was born and we have been close since her birth. She first started trying to hit golf balls when she was two and over the years developed some bad habits so I stopped having her hit balls for a while. She naturally rotated and lunged and, afterall, she was only 4 or 5 so there was no need to push her. She loves Grampy, Grampy loves her, we play together at her house virtually all the time I am there so I taught her the phrase Quid Pro Quo.

I play dolls, color, draw, soccer and just about everything she wants so when I say Quid Pro Quo we take a little time, 2-5 minutes and do a little golf lesson in her bedroom with a training club I made her. Two weeks ago she wanted to hit golf balls because she has learned the phrase “Let the big dog eat” and since she lives on and acre and a half of land there is room for her to knock out drives even though they are grounders but Grampy was too tired that day and said no. Yesterday my wife and I went to see her and her family and we got there  late, we live 76 miles one way and had to leave early but I spent  a few hours with her.

While we were playing “broadway production” I asked her to swing just 5 practice swings and she said yes. I told her if she did just one really good practice swing then she was done. I remembered reading in GOM about the stance and how her stance was always changing so I talked a little bit about how she should try to keep her feet aligned and she listened well.

As She gripped the club I noticed she has it down. The strong left, the weak right and I was amazed how this little 6 year old now holds the club like Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan. I didn’t have to correct her grip at all. After she got her stance I had her fold her right elbow so she could swing inside out and she made one very good swing. It was beautiful and I told her she was done and had made that one really good swing. She smiled and we played dolls again until it was time to go.

We also went shopping for an outfit and she  “Pinkie Promised to hit 30 balls for it next week” I drafted a little agreement and we both signed it. We also took a nice walk together in the neighborhood earlier, just her and I and talked about the things going on in her life. She is playing defense in soccer, this is her first year and she loves it.  This time no pressure, I’m trying to do what my Grandfather did for me, give it to her slowly and let her decide if she wants it. She has one very fast right arm on the down swing, fastest I’ve ever seen in a little one.  Love you  DJ

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A Day in the rain with Joe Norwood – 1975

Gramps was 82 when I started going to him for golf lessons. I visited him only once at the driving range prior to me calling him in 1973. It was in the early 1960’s and I don’t remember much about that trip but my Dad never took me to get lessons and when I was able to drive, the thought just never occurred to me. My Dad didn’t discuss his fathers success with me ever, in fact up until 2009 my Dad always felt he knew more about the Joe Norwood Golf Swing than I did. Looking back it’s sad that my Father and Grandfather had a falling out at some point in their lives, this is best evidenced by the one and only Sunday my Father came out to Studio City when I was practicing with Gramp’s. Instead of sitting up close to Gramp’s, Dad sat on the back bench, that view, that moment still is so fresh in my memory.

It was a rainy day in February or thereabouts and I would always call my Grandfather to make sure he was going to the range. Little did I know going to the range was the only thing keeping him alive. It had not rained yet but the clouds were there so when Gramp’s said he would be at Rancho Park in Los Angeles I was surprised because he was not going to the range off of Moraga Drive. I got in my car and made the drive from San Gabriel to Los Angeles and saw him at the range with a small entourage. He always had an entourage with him, from 7 -10 golfers glistening on his knowledge.

It was my time to practice and take a lesson. At that time I was no one really special in the Joe Norwood Golf World as I had just been taking lessons from him for a little  over a year and was struggling with his swing. Learning a golf swing that is opposite of what feels comfortable was tough enough but add to it learning from an 83 year old man who not only taught slowly, one small move forward at a time but also talked in Bostonian english. I was frustrated many times.

Gramp’s was working me over and some guy whom I cannot recall started making comments on Gramp’s teachings to me and most likely it had to do with the seal of the wrists and rotation. I know at that moment I was having difficulty in making contact and hitting the ball correctly and this man spoke up and my Grandfather just went at him. He, point blank, told the guy that he had absolutely no knowledge of the golf swing at all and got up from his chair and started to form my body as if I were clay. I was slightly stunned at the time but went with the flow and as Gramp’s would put me into a position he would tell the man exactly why he was wrong and that the position I was in at the time was exactly perfect.

If I were clay I felt as hard as a rock but somehow Gramps at 83 got me into all the positions of the golf swing and told me to swing and of course the ball started to go perfectly straight. He would keep putting me into position and telling me to swing as if to prove to the fellow that not only was he wrong but that he should have kept his mouth shut in the first place.

That was the only time my Grandfather got angry and firm. How dare someone tell him how to teach and how dare he do it while teaching his Grandson. A day like that never occurred again. My earliest struggles were the seal of the wrists and laterally moving forward before my arms started down. I would move just a quarter to a half-inch forward and I kept hitting the ball somewhat thin. I used to get so angry that I could not hold my legs then one day years later he gave me the left leg into right thigh leg lock. I said: Gramp’s why didn’t you give this to me before? he replied; Danny, I gave it to you many times, this is the first time you listened, this is the first time you are ready for it. I didn’t move laterally ever again until impact.

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