Tour Striker – Rhythm and Timing Drill

This simple drill is a great way to “swing” the club(s) in rhythm with the correct alignments. I do this drill during a round when I have a few moments between shots. Give this parallel club trick a try and I bet you start hitting your irons a little more crisply with better timing.

Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Martin Chuck, Jeff Ritter and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!

Tour Striker Impact Drill Thanks To Ben Doyle And Guest, Dan Gallivan

This is a great drill I learned from Ben Doyle. He uses a shadow to help people understand where the ball line is and how the hands need to pass the shadow and vertical plane (yellow dowel rod) of the ball in order to strike the ball solidly and take a divot post impact.

Special thanks to my student, Dan Gallivan, for participating in this video. He worked really hard on improving his impact alignments and had the courage to change.

Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Martin Chuck, Jeff Ritter and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!

Short Putt Blues

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The Subtle Difference Of A Great Strike

Subtle Differences At The Moment of Truth

The picture above tells a subtle story. The player on the left, is me, Martin Chuck, the inventor of the Tour Striker Training Club. The photo on the left is of a gentleman who happened to be on site during some of the B-roll filming for the Tour Striker infomercial.

I noticed him hitting balls and asked if he would be willing to allow us to film his swing. He obliged us and hit some shots. He was a big, strong fellow in decent shape yet he didn’t hit the golf ball with authority. He was the prototypical golfer who got very little from the effort he put into his shots. The phrase “Powerless Effort” vs “Effortless Power” came to mind while watching his ball flight. Looking at the photo you can see some positive things. It appears that his weight is into his left side, he has effective spine-to-hip tilts and he has a pleasing amount of rotation present during the impact moment of the swing.

Why is this swing basically powerless?

Each swing has a rhythm. Like a snowflake, we are all a little different yet eerily similar. Effective swings, whether they are one-plane, two-plane, MORAD, TGM, S&T or BLT (that’s a joke), have a “signature” that syncs up the shaft and left arm at or slightly after club/ball contact with a face direction that makes sense for the path.

Finding this mystical rhythm is your key to striking success. There are a lot of tiny things that go into the ability of delivering a consistent rhythm for effective striking alignments. Things like grip style, ball position, backswing structure all play a part in the way you can return the club to the ball. In my opinion, the single BIGGEST element of successful striking is simply how do you think the club should hit the ball? I’ve seen every grip style, body alignment and swing plane hit great shots. The one thing common with all great strikers: regardless of swing style or shape, their club is passing through the correct position to influence the balls distance and direction.

In conclusion, let your swing “unwind” in a freewheeling manner. If the results don’t suit you, let’s look at the cause; was the issue the face, path or power source? No need to go buy a new book about the “BLT” technique. Minor adjustments can make big a impression, or should I say “compression” on your golf ball.

Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Jeff Ritter, Martin Chuck and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!

Start Your Engines!

Making a swing change is all about creating more “awareness,” for the movement of your club and body. To more effectively groove your new action, practice making full sized swings at different speeds. Begin by hitting shots at what you would perceive to be 25 mph on a car’s speedometer. If your contact has improved, move up to 50 mph. Continue, jumping up to 75 and then full throttle at 100 mph. Not only will this drill make you more aware of your movements, it will also help build a better connection of what it means to swing in good balance and rhythm. You will find, your best combination of distance and accuracy will be when your swing is at 75% effort!

Jeff Ritter is a coach, author and speaker specializing in peak performance and life inspiration! In 2010 he was named by Golf Digest Magazine as one of the “Best Young Teachers in America!” Click Here for more information on private and group coaching with Jeff Ritter, Martin Chuck and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff.

Download the Jeff Ritter Golf App FREE from iTunes!

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Find Your Groove!

When Golf Infuzion Magazine came to me and said, “Write the instruction story no one else would let you,” I wondered if they knew exactly what they were getting themselves into.  In true GI form, not only did I get the green light, but they also sent a team of roadies to the valley of the sun to help me get my show off the ground. There’s nothing I love more about coaching than the opportunity to be creative. That’s what I dig about being on the lesson tee. Helping reveal the possibility that exists in a player’s game, while making something that is often perceived as difficult seem both simple and fun. There‘s a great Zen saying that states; “To know one thing, means to know its relationship to all things.” In my coaching, I often hear students say, “I’ve got no rhythm” but the reality is, everyone is born with perfect rhythm.  If you are breathing in and out and have a heart that is still beating your rhythm is just fine. The key to improving is to get creative and connect more intimately with all that you already know. Rhythm is the lifeblood of any physical activity. Whether it’s golf or dancing, a perfectly executed play in football or gold medal winning gymnastics routine, rhythm is what makes it all work. To me, nothing says rhythm like rock and roll. It starts our day, gets us pumped up at sporting events, paces our work-out routines and fills our nights with fun and excitement.  Rock music is the soundtrack of our lives and the perfect example of how we can harness what we all know and love into learning how to play better golf. So for today, let’s loosen up and have a little fun. No ties, collared shirts or seersucker slacks allowed. Throw on a pair of jeans and your favorite rock t-shirt. Kick on your favorite jams and enjoy these simple tips to help find your groove on the links! Click here to subscribe FREE to Golf Infuzion Magazine and read the Full Story!

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