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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU It’s a New Year, the time when everyone thinks about reinventing themselves or cleaning up their act. Why do we wait til January for this? If we really want to change there’s nothing stopping us acting straight away is there? Nothing apart from the story set out in front of us, what we deem to be the way things are and always have been. Here’s an idea… how about we rewrite that story and do things differently? It’s like waiting for the 10th Tee to reset ourselves. Why after a lousy 3rd hole do we feel we can’t make a difference and look to improve until the back nine? We write the front nine off with another 6 holes still to play. It’s simply the way it’s always been. Golfers break their rounds into 2 halves. Front and back. Why not reset after the disruption has occurred. Try breaking your games into groups of 3 holes. You have a natural re-set after the 3rd, then the 6th, then the 9th. Draw these breaks on your card before you tee off. Reminding yourself to take check, breathe and simply gain back some control of yourself. This should help you avoid blow ups where you just lose it out on the course and can’t find your way back from steam spouting from your earholes. The ability to re-set yourself comes down to good routine and self-control. So as you head into 2017, think about how you conduct yourself after a bad shot or hole. Have you got the ability to shake off mistakes and crack on a fresh on the next shot or tee? Or does that mishap lurk beside you and tickle you during your next shot, affecting the quality and therefore dampening your game further. Also consider what you want to improve in your game? What really costs you and where are your REAL weaknesses? Knowing how to straighten up your shots again with some “parachute drills” out on the course or something you can cast your mind back to. Anything that will help to smooth out any creases in your head/ technique during a testing round. These tools will save you shots. I know that many golfers will need a hand from their pros to pinpoint the real things that drag their games down. I’ll be back teaching in 2019 and if you think 2019 could be your year for greatness on the course then contact me to discuss how we can transform your game. Invest in one of my packages and see results in 2019. Happy New Year everyone and here’s to the dawn of a new level in your golf games. Check out my newly vamped website www.katiedawkinsgolf.co.uk and get inspired.

Another Killer Move I hope you all had a great Christmas. I’m sure you must be looking forward to the end of Winter and playing golf in the sunshine! Last month, I focused on conveying how trying to hold your head still and fix your eyes on the ball could crucify your swing. This month I’m focussing on another potential swing wrecker - trying to lock the right knee on the backswing. This would be to try and hold it in the same position it was in at address throughout the backswing. Similarly to keeping your head still, trying to do this can ruin your chances of a powerful, correct, flowing pivot motion. Power isn’t created by locking things up. On the contrary, being loose is a major factor in the production of speed. It’s been proven that athletes who can relax their muscles the fastest are the quickest. The reason for this is that to create a movement muscles have to work in synergy. When a muscle fires to produce a movement, the opposing muscle has to relax quickly. Dustin, pictured here, doesn’t seem particularly tight!! Check out Cameron Champ’s swing for the epitome of relaxed power. To demonstrate why locking the right knee can be so harmful, we’ll look at the correct motion of the pelvis during the backswing. I’m using a model of the pelvis so that you can more easily understand what I am talking about. As you can see from the first picture of the model, from face on, the pelvis is fairly level. The next picture shows the pelvis at the top of the backswing. From face on you can now see that the pelvis is no longer level, it is now tilted. From side on, notice that the side of the pelvis nearest you (the right hip) has moved rearwards and upwards. The other side (left hip) has moved down and forwards. Look at the picture of Dustin Johnson at the top of the backswing. Dustin has a beautifully balanced hip turn. Notice that his right leg appears to have straightened slightly to allow the hip to make a back and up movement.

Locking the right knee can have many detrimental effects. The most common I’ve seen is that the right hip is prevented from moving rearwards and upwards and the left hip moves forward towards the ball. The upper body will either stand up or move more forward over the ball. In both cases there will be a reaction in the downswing. The person that has moved forward will probably stand up in the downswing and have a tendency to hit thin, fat and hook shots. The other reaction would be to fall forward on the downswing, causing chunks, pulls and slices. The chap that is forced to stand up on the backswing will tend to hit thin, fat and hooked shots. If standing up on the backswing has made his takeaway too flat, he may overreact and swing down very steeply. Pull, slices and chunks would be the order of the day. Next month, an avid reader of “Butcher’s Better Golf” makes good! Mob: 07787 887578 | Email: martin.butcher@aim.com | Web: mbtourcoach.com

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