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Joe Norwood Golf Swing – Hold the Seal into the follow through

Holding the seal of the wrist after impact and how it is done?

1st we need to be on the same page as to what holding the seal means. We’re going to do this without a club because as Joe Norwood says;  “You can learn the golf swing in a closet” and most closets don’t have enough room to swing a club. So that being said let’s get into position so you can feel what I’m talking about then begin GOM’s to keep your right hand sealed not only at impact but into the follow through also. Once a break in the wrist occurs after impact it will viral into the downswing and occur before impact.

1.     Let’s first agree (for the JNGS) about breaking the wrists on the downswing.

a.      To feel this just put your right hand pointing down to the imaginary ball and flip the right hand (without moving the right arm) back to 6:00 as much as it will go.

i.      This is the seal at impact.

b.     Now flip the right wrist back to the starting point. Excellent, you have just flipped your right wrist which is an error with this swing.  Also the momentum of the arms and hands moving down will cause the wrist to flip/break at a faster pace.

2.     Pronation, although caused by the forearm is another factor that must be eliminated.

3.     So here’s what to do to insure your right hand is sealed (thus keeping the hands ahead of the blade of the club).

a.      Place some sort of straight edge (a ruler is fine) in line with the square of the right edge of the wrist which is created when you flip/break back your hand to the 6:00 position.

b.     Now flip the fingers back to the 6:00 position to their maximum and you will see that the edge of the wrist/palm joint is aligned with the straight edge of the yardstick. The yardstick is placed from the 9:00 position to the 3:00 position and you can use another yard stick beginning on the side of the 1st and extend it to the 12:00 position.  For this discussion you are not going to move your arms back so the 6:00 position is only relevant for the finger of the hand.

c.      With your right hand sealed push straight down with the right arm and initialize the right shoulder to follow it. Push straight down to the imaginary ball at least 2 inches. Don’t go much farther because there are tendons in your right hand that will be stretching and you don’t want to stretch them too far otherwise they will pull and an injury may occur.

d.     Now just slowly accelerate the right arm to the target or 12:00 about 6-8 inches and you will see that the palm of your right hand is actually facing and moving to the target or 12:00. Let’s not discuss what happens after 8-10 inches at this time, let’s get you to feel the delayed hit of the right hand after impact which will keep your shot on target. Stop after 4-5 inches and notice that your right palm is facing the target. If it’s not then you have rotated offline with your hips or flipped your wrists or pronated and in the worst case scenario have committed all three errors.

i.      This is something you can work on at any time of the day, anywhere, anytime and this golf-o-metric will keep you online to the target.

ii.      After you get some comfort with it then start making a right arm backswing to the knees, then to position One and then to position Two and remember the legs are locked, the right arm travels around the ribcage with the right elbow tucked in tight then the right forearm folds into the right bicep then drops straight down to the 7:30 position, then once the right arm is straight, the shoulders square to the target and then you are ready to perform the golf-o-metric I just discussed.

There are a lot of swings discussed out there. I don’t believe any swing is as dissected and perfected as the Joe Norwood Golf Swing. You can choose to attempt to play a rotational golf swing and get good or you can choose to swing like Joe and play like a pro. All golf scoring comes down to a mental factor during the round but a swing based solely on feel with feel as the primary factor is not as good as a swing based on feel with mechanics as the primary factor. This only means you’ll play better when you play good and play better when the going gets tough.

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Invigoration – Frustration & Adoration of this great game & missing it “Straight”

Well, it’s been a while since I last posted. I’m settling in with the reality that I just cannot give to this game what I gave decades ago. I love golf, mostly just hitting balls at the range but I am getting out once a week and playing more than on my home course WillowWick Municipal. Recently I started playing Los Lagos in Costa Mesa and even though I ride in a cart, the terrain of the course is just playing havoc on my body. I’m the old man on the course these days. Louie and I teed it up this last Wednesday and some youngsters (I say youngsters – they were in their late 20’s) let us play through on the 1st tee. They had a five some and said they were going to shoot some video. I said, bring it out, I love to be video’d but they were just kidding. I must admit it is difficult seeing young golfers pick up their bags and walk like I used too but that just doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Once again we played 27 holes and by the time I got home my wife questioned me about the pain and scolded me for playing that course again since I had told her “No More”. It’s now Friday and my feet have recuperated and I’m feeling pretty good about things. Tonight I’ll work out with the seniors in a 93 degree pool doing Aqua Aerobics and stretching for and hour and a half then settle down with my wife to sleep under the stars in our tent in our backyard and enjoy a nice fire. Tomorrow we head up to Hesperia to see my Granddaughter Kota who will turn 7 and seems to be my best chance at passing this swing on to family. My son, daughter, and 3 other grandsons just have no desire to swing a club. Kota seems to enjoy it but she is one of those little girls who needs to do things well. I’ve been training her for over 6 months to swing a club without turning her hips and she is starting to get it. Well that brings us to Wednesday’s round. and the title of this post pretty much tells the story so let’s get right to it.

  1. Invigoration
    1. I’m starting to get the feel for the right forearm and elbow on the chip shots. I have been making at least one birdie from off the green during the past few rounds. It’s taken a while but I can now hold the club steady with my hands and just hit a soft swing. I’m using an 8 iron for shots where the ball is 1-3 feet off the green and there is room (at least 20 feet) for the ball to roll. It’s really a nice feeling to just use the forearm and elbow of the right side and make little short swings. It’s so similar to long putts and I’m just a lot more confident with the 8 iron than I am with the putter. I’m reading the greens so much better now and just like the movie “Baggar Vance” I can see the line of the break from the ball to the hole. What a feeling it is to see this. I try to envision a pathway on the break and it’s working out pretty well.
    2. For pitch shots I’m using my 52 degree wedge and just opening up the blade for more loft if needed. My 66 degree wedge is really only good for short pizza shots from 25-50 yards. Most of the time when I miss the green I’m only 1-15 feet away and lot more often than not much closer to the 1-5 feet distance.
    3. I’ll be shooting a video soon on the short game with the hopes of getting it up on Youtube but for those of you who follow the Joe Norwood Golf Swing then you know the stance, grip and everything else.
    4. I hit the flag stick on one of my approach shots Wednesday, something I haven’t done in a while. I almost hit the flag stick 3 times on the last 9 holes of the 27 even though my body was ready to go home.
    5. My 9,7 and 5 woods are screaming straight and with a lot of loft. My 9 wood feels like my 8 iron, it’s become part of me. I use it a lot because I can no longer hit a 7 iron 150 yards, it just a consequence of being a senior citizen.
    6. My putting technique is good and even the missed putts roll well.
    7. I’ll end this section with something my Grandfather said to me a long time ago. I teach you to swing and leave the scoring to you.
  2. Frustration
    1. The most frustrating thing is that I allowed myself to get older and can’t ever regain those years.
    2. I also just won’t devote the practice time needed to play scratch golf and I know I can as long as I tee off from the men’s tees. I won’t play the blue or black tees. There’s no reason to any more. I have nothing to prove but practicing 2 or 3 days a week is difficult because my life is full and it’s just not as easy as I had hoped to go to the range in the mornings during the week. I have 5 days I can practice and I don’t practice on the day I play. Why go out and hit a bucket of balls on the day you play?  As long as I’m doing my golf-o-metrics at home, putting in my office and stretching and  practicing the swing in the pool and at home then that’s enough. I’m confident I’ll be playing 5-7 strokes better by the end of October when daylight savings time hits. This means I’ll be in the very low 70’s at Willowwick and Los Lagos.
    3. I’ve never been frustrated and not being long off the tee. Louie routinely drives the ball 30 or more yards past me, that’s nothing new. It used to happen when I was younger. I make up with accuracy. As long as I’m 200 yards or less from the green I know I can put it on the green and when I’m 160 yards or less I know I can get it close. Sometimes I hit the ball 230, sometimes 245 but most of the time I drive the ball around 225 yards. When I was young I could hit the ball 275 yards and in my 30’s easily 250 yards and even now if I bought the best equipment and practiced more I could still get the 250 mark but I don’t play long holes. Most of the par 4’s I play are under 380 yards so 150 -170 yards to the pin is just fine because I can hit the ball straight.
    4. I guess the most frustrating thing I’m dealing with is being 63 and going on 64. Where has the time gone? Gramps was 60 when I was born. My twin Grandsons were born when I was 60 and I learned a golf swing from a man who never hit the ball more than 30 yards. Yes that’s right I never saw my Grandfather hit a golf ball like I’m able to show JNGS followers on YouTube but it is frustrating because what the mind wants, the body just does not deliver.
  3. Adoration
    1. What fun it is to play again. I love this game and am so grateful my Grandfather dedicated 80 years of his 98 years on this earth to teaching a golf swing.
    2. I’m grateful he was in a place at the right time when Alexander Findlay ( happened to go to work for Wright and Ditson Sporting Goods in Boston when Gramp’s was 13. Findlay was only at W&D for a short period but he taught Joe Norwood how to teach, Findlay, himself, was taught by a Scottish Professional, Mr. H Dow of Montrose Scotland back in the 1860’s. There are still 135 golf courses in America that were designed by Alexander H. Findlay.
    3. I love to write about this swing. I love to talk about this swing. I love this swing. When i hit the flag with my 9 iron I told Louie: “The swing works, I’m just too old to do it every hole but it works”. I don’t know how much longer I will play, hopefully for another 10-20 years but I have to beat this weight issue and I’m only holding my own. I do believe I’ll be teaching this swing well into my 90’s when holographic lessons will be part of the equation.
    4. In short I adore Golf and love the smile on my followers faces when they hit that perfect shot. I love the fact I can hit the ball perfectly straight when I swing it well and I love the fact that I miss the ball straight.
    5. When I would miss a shot it would always fall short and Louie, every time, said: “Yep, if you’re going to miss it miss it straight

Well, I’ll be practicing up for my round this coming week. I’ll probably play WillowWick and hope to start shooting some video on the course. I’m telling you chipping with an 8 iron is something you should all start to do. What a feel:):):):)

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Perfect Practice makes Practice Perfect

I’m practicing about four days a week now, going to the range in the morning to get my day started. As I get to the range I notice a lot of seniors there practicing or at least trying to practice and I realize I’m one of them, it’s like the Geritol range tour and it forces me to realize I’m 63 and am in that age group.

I’m swinging a large bucket each day and with so many injuries over the past 20 years due to swinging to fast and not warming up I now take about 50 balls just to warm up with. Gramp’s favorite club was an 8 iron, most likely Alexander Findlay’s favorite club was an 8 iron, my favorite club is an 8 iron too. One needs to have a favorite club, a lofted club that always brings out the confidence in the golfer.

I begin my practice going from parallel to parallel, this is position one where the right forearm is perpendicular to the ground on the back swing and the same on the follow through, or Parallel to Parallel. This short backswing is necessary because my body is not in the shape it was 30 years ago and it is also very necessary to get the feel of the inside backswing and the follow through of the right arm pointing directly to the target. It also stretches the muscles of the body so they can be used properly.

I am enjoying practicing a lot. Yesterday I went to Riverview to putt with Louie and I showed up an hour early to hit a large bucket of balls. Riverview has just re-vamped their range so their golf balls are all black striped new range balls and the targets have been replaced with metal bottoms so when you hit the surrounding wood or the inside of the bucket everyone on the range and putting green knows you hit it. I hit the middle can 3 times and the sound was really loud and I hit the wood surrounding about 3 or 4 times and that was nice too. The target is about 70 yards from the tees.

Once I swing 50 warm up shots I move into a semi full swing with the 8 iron just to get the feel of a deeper, fuller backswing. My feet have healed so I can now put 70% of my weight on my right foot at address making it a nice feel when I bring the arms inside.

The bucket is about 100-120 balls. I don’t know because I don’t count them but by mid way I am now swinging my 9 wood. When I was younger I could hit a 6 iron 165 yard but never had the loft I have today with the 9 wood. I get close to the ball and just work on the swing, getting the feel of the swing. Most of the time I don’t even look where the ball goes because, finally, I can feel the direction of the ball just from the impact.  I then move to my 7 wood which goes about 175, 5 wood 190, 3 wood (15 degree) 200-205 then 8.5 degree Driver. Once I get to my Driver I go back to the parallel to parallel move because even though the swing is shorter the control is awesome because length is less important than direction. I’d rather throw a shorter dart than a long tailing frisbee.

I swing no more than 5-7 Drivers at a time and by the 2nd series I work on distance with a longer swing and letting the shoulders piston to their maximum, the control just isn’t there but the ball flies almost as far as it used too but the control will come with continued practice. Towards the end I settle in with a 52 degree wedge for a 90 yard swing. I can throw bullets with my lofted clubs so I just work on the feel of the swing making sure my hands are tight, I’m swinging inside, my right hip is turning 45 degrees back at address and my arms only go to where my hips are aligned to. Then just drop the right arm straight back or down to the right heel and feel the shoulders square and the ball just flies beautifully. Once you’re learned to hold the rotation of the hips the shoulders will never go left of the target, more likely they will flair a bit to the right, releasing the hips allows the shoulders to turn past the target causing all kinds of errors making a good shot a lucky shot.

It feels good to be back in practice and beginning in the morning is perfect for me.

Golf does not have to be about going to the golf course once a week, it’s more than that. I know some people who have lost loved ones and they’re in my age group and I’m reaching out to them, letting them know I’ll be glad to teach them to hit a golf ball at not charge, just so they can have a place to go in the evening. When you’ve lost a loved one, the daytime is busy so the sadness doesn’t embrace you as it does when the work day is over. Playing golf can never fill this void and maybe nothing can but going to the Driving Range after work, enjoying a bucket of golf balls, putting and chipping for a while can take up to two to three hours and you meet new friends. Filling the void of sadness is not done staying at home and watching television or playing video games. It doesn’t matter what age you are.

When I was at Riverview yesterday this young lady was swinging a Driver and she hit the long tee under the ball and the ball only went about 2 feet towards my stall, she did this a couple of times and felt despair as she spoke to her boyfriend or husband. He was sympathetic but could not help. Some ranges I can offer help and I will but Riverview has always had an attitude that only their pro’s can teach, this is also true with many of the golf courses owned by American Golf, yet I haven’t seen a pro teacher walk up and offer free help since my early days when I met Dave and now I can’t remember his name. Teachers do it for money, it’s a job and that’s too bad. I see it all the time at some of the ranges, golfers struggling to get the ball in the air, much less straight and in the air, and teachers just ignore them unless the golfer comes to them to pay for personal or group lessons. Gramps had a coffee can by his bench in the early days of my lessons and golfers just paid what they could afford, then in his later days they just stuffed the money into his pocket. It was almost as if Gramp’s didn’t want to charge at all, but he needed the money too. He just didn’t think about the money first and then golf, he would have as many as 10 tees filled during the 1980’s, he just loved to teach.

Well it’s time to stop rambling. I hope you come to my facebook site for crosslateral golf and you can find me at and

This is a great swing, it requires discipline and commitment but the pay off is great shots which leads to low scores. Who wants to shoot a 102 anyway. Maybe me when I’m 105.

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Visualization – Realization then hold on for the ride

Before I talk about yesterday’s round I want to sell you something. I want to sell you “You”.

Joe Norwood conceived a golf swing, I have dissected and perfected it so well that I can teach it online via email, blog, video or in person.

You can live at the farthest ends of the earth from North Alaska to South Africa to New Zealand to Iceland to Russia to Argentina and because we are all networked with this great thing called the “WEB”  you can be 63 years old like me and go to your local course and have a good chance at par, you can be 18 and put away those video games that do you no good and learn a swing and go out to the course and have a great time for very little money.

You can have an old beat up golf club and hit balls in the desert (just make sure you wear goggles).

The Joe Norwood golf swing has opened up an entire life to you whether you play or not. Everyone who plays wants to play better and there are a 1,000 or a 1,000,000 teachers out there giving you something.

I give you everything from tip to toe.

Boomers – there’s no reason for you to stay on the couch, now you can learn to hit the ball straight on purpose.

“Y” Generation – you no longer need to be consumed with everyday life. Take 15 minutes a day and practice Golf-O-Metrics and pick up a game that will last a lifetime.

Mellennials – now you have a chance to get away from those plastic little gadgets that suck the energy from you and provide no real enjoyment other than something to do when you’re bored. Now you have the chance to go out and buy a set of old clubs for $50 at a yard sale and begin a journey that may take you all over the world someday. Ok That’s enough of that:):):)

My round yesterday ended with a 77, while not all that happy with the ending result as I bogied 4 of the last 5 holes, my play on 12 holes was 2 under par and on 6 holes was 7 over.

As I thought about my game afterwards memories brought back moments from 40 years ago when I would go for my weekly lesson with Gramp’s (Joe Norwood) and he would ask me how my rounds were during the week and I would comment that I shot a 76 or 80 or whatever and he would ask me how many holes I played at Par or under and regardless of my answer he would remark: ‘Well Danny, you played 12 holes under par and that’s something to be happy about”‘

I remember Tommy Lasorda (Former Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers) discussing the season many years ago. He said we’ll win 1/3 or the games, lose 1/3 of the games and it’s that middle 1/3 of the season that dictates where we will end up. He must have said that 35 years ago and I’ve always remembered it.

For the more accomplished golfer, the game is very much the same. The course will give up par 1/3 of the time, You’ll take par 1/3 of the time and it’s those 6 holes during the round that dictate what you will do.

I visualized what club to tee off with prior to playing and followed my game plan except that I put away the 13 degree tour 3 wood and chose the 11 degree driver. It was a mistake as it may have cost me a stroke or two.

My round almost started with a double bogey. Hitting the ball a little thin and skulling a chip was not a good start but “no matter” just keep moving ahead.

By #4 I was even and headed into 5. I had just come off a tap in birdie on #3 and was a little too eager. I double bogied 5 and fell back to the field. By this time another golfer had driven up from behind and asked to join. I said OK but turn off or mute your cell otherwise no. He did.

The next hole a short par 5 left me with 160 yards to the green for my 3rd shot after miserably playing my 1st two. I hit my 9 wood and put the ball 3 inches from the hole.

My Partner/Competitor Louie was just concerned about staying close on the score but Larry was a one man cheering section. I just shrug off compliments on the course because you never know about the next hole. The next two holes were played picture perfect leaving me with a 12 foot and 8 foot birdie putt which I missed miserably. but everything was Ok and we went to 9 when Louie and Larry began talking while I was ready to hit, this was the 3rd time so I just looked at them and they quieted down. I still bogied the hole missing a 5 foot par putt but was Ok with a 38.

The next 4 holes were played as well as I could play, missing three 8-20 foot birdies and chipping in for birdie on another and there I was looking at a 73 or better and did the absolute worst thing one can do when playing well – I started to think about it. I bogied 4 of the last 5 holes, not from pressure, not from fear but just shear thought. I know to take one hole at a time and I didn’t.

All in all I played some of the best approach shots I’ve played in two years and it’s only April. We played another 8 holes and I was one over and it’s nice to get in 27 holes and if it hadn’t been so cool we could have played another 9 but my 63 year old body (overweight) was starting to feel the pain of play.

I’ve played more golf in April of this year than I’ve played in the last 3 years (5 rounds 2012-2015).

I’m losing weight and starting to read the greens. I remember the movie “Baggar Vance” when Promising golfer Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) could see the line of the putt like it was a highway. I’m starting to see this path on many of the putts  and what a wonderful feeling it is, especially on the “ropes”.

I did not make one rope putt but I could see the lay of the land and the ball went exactly as I saw it.

Evening was upon us, my joints hurting, my muscles aching but yesteryears disgust of cracking on 4 of the last 5 holes did not set in. I enjoyed my round, more importantly I was exhilarated by 8 or 10 good drives off the tee and at least 10 approach shots that were better than the old days.

I’ve have had a little driving range in my backyard for 20 years. I can swing semi full swings of my 66 degree wedge and only now am using this area to practice. Don’t know if I’ll play next week but practicing is on the agenda and more work on the mental side of the game. Once the swing is in place it’s up to the mind to use it properly and the is no better swing that the Joe Norwood Golf Swing. I have much work to do.

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Adjusting how I play

I found an old 4 iron I played the amateur and California mini tour with back in the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. I thought about those days and when I used to play 1 irons and long irons. Now My Bag consists of an 8 dg driver, 13dg 3 wood, 15 dg 3 wood, 5 wood, 7 wood, 9 wood, 6-pw, 52 and 66 dg wedge and 1920’s style hickory shaft putter. Those are the 14 clubs I carry now and I really don’t need the 6 iron or 7 wood but I carry them anyway.  Things have changed so much over the last 40 years, yes 40 years since I was 23 and heading to Studio City Driving range to see Joe Norwood, my Grandfather (Charter member of the SoCal PGA until 1990).

I’ve always gone for the pin. Since I could throw darts with my irons and woods, it made sense to me yet it hurt me in scoring and it has come back to roost now, although the height of my shots with my 5,7 & 9 wood far exceeds the height of my long irons which was really quite amazing when I starting changing to metal woods and letting go of the thoughts of using long irons.

I play only one course these days. It’s 6100 yards long, very small greens, bunkers so well placed that going for the pin is quite rewarding when one hits a perfect shot and at 63 years of age I no longer wish to play the longer courses. When I was younger I played the Wilson Course in Los Angeles and it was 7200 yards and during those days I could hit the ball longer but today, I keep it simple, I deserve to play from the men’s tees now.

I used to be able to visualise a 62 or lower at Willowwick Municipal Course although never came close. Even now I can visualise a 64 and have come to grips with the fact that my course management is very poor. Last round I was staring at the pin just 20 feet behind the bunker and into a heavy head wind. I thought to myself “This is where the glory or the disaster comes into play”. I hit an absolutely fantastic 9 wood, traveling straight at the pin, going high in the air, only to hit the wooden bunker sign right in front of the line of the pin. We could hear the sound of the ball hitting the wooden sign 160 yards away. Disaster had happened and all I had to do was play the same shot 20 feet to the left and I would have been pin high putting for a birdie.

I’m throwing away a good 10 shots a round, most likely more because when scoring starts to happen – lower scores seem to follow.

I’ve played this course for over 40 years and am just now going over each hole in my mind, picking out the correct club to tee off with rather than Driver, Driver, Driver.

All in all I’m playing pretty well for a senior, yes it’s a short course but accuracy is rewarded. I’m also playing 27 holes now but also riding in a cart. The days of carrying my bag are long gone and walking 18 holes is not so much tiring as it is demanding on my body and 27 holes walking is just out of the question.

Tomorrow will be a great day just because I get to play with my friend Louie and he plays a pretty good game. Also the weather in Southern California is superb even with 20 million people and a drought that is severe. As long as I stick to my game plan my score should be lower, I had so many game plans in the past, the key now is to stick to it and take what it gives.

Joe Norwood conceived a perfect golf swing with all the parts to hold and move and he really tried to impart all this in his book Golf-O-Metrics and our video (1988) now DVD called The Anatomy of Golf by Joe Norwood. His book is so packed full of knowledge and how to do things that is dismays most teaching professionals as they conclude the writing was not professional but I’ve read his book and am rewriting a new book on his swing for dissection and perfection purposes but the challenge of reading is offset by the perfectly hit straight ball. In my mind there are only two paths towards a swing that delivers. The other one is Moe Norman but his swing has been adjusted and other people are teaching it their way. I remember Ken Venturi’s commercials called natural golf on a swing that is not natural, neither is Joe Norwood’s. When he says “Poor Golf is a Gift” he is relating to the natural movements of the body which produce error and evidencing it with facts that the playing professionals have become better at preventing these errors.

When he says “Good Golf is Acquired” he is taking us into a swing that must be taught to the subconscious through metric exercises called Golf-O-Metrics designed so the golfer can teach his or her body to rethink and relearn new methods. Once these methods are drilled into muscle memory they become part of the subconscious.

This does not mean that the low handicap golfer is going to drop 10 strokes but it does mean he or she has a much better opportunity of dropping strokes when not having to consider their swing. There is one absolute guarantee with the Joe Norwood Golf Swing and that is the very high handicap golfer, with a bit of commitment and discipline, will drop a lot of strokes.

For a golfer to score a 108 and hit 3 good shots a round and be happy only concludes that he or she is happy to be out and playing at all. There is no reason why every golfer who plays can’t break 90 or be close to it with this swing but it does take commitment and discipline but then again, golf is a game to be played for the rest of our lives.

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Day 1 Practice – not all that great

I just finished practicing hitting about 150 balls in my backyard and the results were certainly mixed to say the least.

I began with regular golf balls and my 60 degree wedge left to me by my Grandfather and it was very clear my swing is rusty and proving that just doing golf-o-metrics and swinging a practice trainer will not give me the same feeling as hitting the ball does.

My backswing was tight and at first I was working on feeling the clubhead at impact but after about 15 shots I went to just playing the swing and feeling the hands as they go through the impact area. This helped a lot because as I became more focused on the swing the impact became much better.

I also realized that since the stance on the short game is open with the JNGS then as I took my stance I realized my hips were facing to the 11:30 position with the left hip so while I turned the hip back to the 7:30 position (right hip) it was apparent (as with the putt) the hips are completely parallel on the short game and that there is no inside move on the 10-40 yard shots as the right arm does not even get to position one. There is only a fold and unfold of the right elbow but even that is brief due to the short swing.

I’ve known this for a while now but I haven’t really talked about it on my forum and since this blog is for my playing time I feel it is appropriate to post it here.

One quarter back and one-quarter though and hold. I also found there was a 5-8 yard difference when I accelerated through the impact zone with my right elbow versus when I eased up on the elbow extension. It also became apparent when I eased up on the elbow extension I tended to come off the ball on my right foot rather than to hit through to the left sole or left toe.

As I warmed up I started to hit some really nice shots and out of 50+, I sculled two, had 20 within 1-6 feet, 20 from 6-15 feet and the rest were about 15-20 feet outside the target so for my first practice in 2 months I had 95% makeable par puts from 40 yards.

It was a much different story when I pulled out my 8 iron and started to hit plastic balls. Right off, I was all over the place and I was not feeling the swing. As I warmed up I began to understand the great players of yesterday when they would make a lateral move towards the target and began to implement my cross lateral move as my right elbow got to position one on the down swing. Performing this move at the initiation of the down swing disrupts the cross later but I could feel  the weight shift on the down swing as I went into the cross lateral – the impact was just phenomenal. I could feel the sitz.

I began to hit some fine shots as my 8 iron travels about 40 yards and on one occasion when I hit it really pure I flew my neighbors fence so tomorrow or later I play to the end of my yard which is 50 yards. Not much room for error there due to it is a corner.

I wasn’t very happy with the results as only about 40 percent were within birdie position and at least 15% were real up and down shots with the remaining being lag putts or short chips shots.  I won’t be posting daily but it’s a good thing to post on the first day of practice to see where I am.

I got tired and could not hit my driver with the “Holed Whiffle Balls”. I’ll be doing that later this week as my plans for playing next week are increasing. Today is going to be about 85 degrees and at 10 am the sun was out. I’ll hit balls at the range next week but for now swinging in my back yard is not only inexpensive but it also allows me to start honing my swing. I have a ways to go:)

Golf, Sport Golf

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Monday was a beautiful day. My friends who follow me and my Grandfather’s golf swing have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Time passes so quickly and there is so much to do. I’ve been shooting some video for Golf-O-Metrics and begin more shooting on the dissection of the Joe Norwood Golf Swing. It is a difficult task to say the least because I must do this on my own and shy away from financial assistance due to the need to keep the Joe Norwood Golf Swing in its purity.


For my friends who are not in fair weather, take heart things will get better. Yesterday is was 75 degrees, the putting course at Riverview was in top condition and the course itself was as it always is, a real good test of putting. Many of the holes have 10 feet of break, have uphill then downhill conditions and, of course the pins are always tucked into the tightest of these positions. Many average golfers can take 4’s and 5’s on these 20-40 foot putts and, of course, it is a laid out 18 hole putting course respected by all who play. It is not an easy challenge to play 2 ball for as much as 72 holes but what fun it is.


I’m “back”, I feel good, I walk up to the green and now know where the break is. A year ago leaving the ball 10 feet short or 10 feet past was a common thing and now with my stroke in hand and the feel of a chip with the best hickory shaft putting blade that is made today. I know because I had it made specifically so there is no loft opn the blade and the hosel is flattened another 2 degrees. Some of my friends play with it now, but I send them the standard 3 degrees loft without a flattened hosel. Some of my other friends have found their way to an authentic hickory shaft blade and just love it, speaking of Metagolfer on this one.


I’ve been preparing for January since November, I manage an office building, handle commercial financing and manage Dan Norwood Enterprises which mainly is focused on bringing the Joe Norwood Golf Swing to everyone but I also am getting excited about the prospect of playing. My feet are just about healed, my hip is healed and I’m swinging without a club as pure as I can possible swing so I hope to bring some video out soon of me playing on the course and talking to you. I hope to be able to do this on the putting green but Louie and I would need a 3rd party to do the video shoot and that just hasn’t happened but the fun, the drama and the scores are just phenomenal.


Monday started out with me taking the first round by two and losing the second round by two. No would of, should of or could of’s in this. We fenced well on both matches. On the 3rd and final 18 Louie had me down by two going into 18 but within a couple of seconds he 3 putted twice and there I was. I’ve often lost the match on the last hole and 18 had 2 feet of break, 15 feet uphill and 6-8 feet downhill and once the ball went past the hole then it was gone by easily 5 feet.


I knew I had to get the first one close to have a chance at a play off but nothing was guaranteed because Louie is a better putter than me and when he takes a 3, which is rare, that means I could take a 3 very easily.


My first putt rolls up 6 inches from the hole and then I said “ and this for the win” and I clicked the putt, watched it roll, and roll and just drop in at the last roll for the match. It was a putt I can still see in my mind right now. It’s great to have a friend who loves the competition of golf as well as you do and Louie has a great short game.


We don’t meet until next week so I have about 7-8 days to start hitting some balls in my backyard because I really want to play Willow Wick. Louie says the greens are in awesome condition and that’s a course I can score on so here’s to playing next week and seeing what I’ll score. I’d really like to score a round in the 60’s this year, 69 would be just fine but I know I have to hit the ball really well and make those putts. It’s nice to have goals again. I can walk again. I can swing again. I swing better at 62 than I did at 32 but the stamina is just not there, regardless, it’s time to have fun on the course in the middle of winter.


Next week, the temperature is expected to be around 80 degrees and sunny.


Till my next post.