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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:):):):)

Till next Time


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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.