Are there really two golf swings?

There are very few golf instructors in the world who offer your choice of swing methods. Which is why few will admit that there are in fact two distinct methods of swinging a golf club. I teach both golf swings and many students do better mixing them.

Remember the old golf adage, “The ball gets in the way of a good swing.”? The ball doesn’t care how you swing the club, only that the path is toward the target, the clubface is square to the path, and clubhead speed is sufficient to hit the ball the distance desired.

In addition to two very different methods of swinging a golf club, many self-taught golfers mix the two. You only have to go to any golf driving range to see the varied swings of those practicing their own hybrid method.

Or watch any professional golf tournament on TV and you will see a number of varied swings amongst the pros. Just to prove my point, examine the swings of these greats, Ricky Fowler, Jim Furyk, Kenny Perry, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Moe Norman, Hubie Green. Tiger is currently working out the kinks in his third golf swing change as a professional.

I played to a 20 handicap for about 30 years, and I was the best “D” player in my mens club – they knew I could string together a few pars to go with the doubles and triples on my “blowup” holes. I couldn’t maintain the timing for the traditional swing for even two solid hours.

At the tender age of 49, I learned the other golf swing, and within 6 months became a Natural Golf Certified Instructor. In that six months my handicap went to 12, and two years later, down to 6. By this time, I was one of Natural Golf’s “Top 25” Instructors.

My improvement was quick and dramatic, and I enjoyed the delayed reaction of my club members. Because I had been so bad for so long, it took three years before I became the best “B” player in the mens club; and one more year to make it to the “A” ranking.

In 2004, Natural Golf filed bankruptcy. I moved on to teach the traditional “Vardon Grip” golf swing, to go with my expertise in the single-plane swing of the great Canadian Hall of Famer, “Pipeline” Moe Norman.

It will become immediately evident that the “One Plane Swing” is easier to learn which makes it easier to teach. Still, some golfers don’t make the complete conversion and end up with a combination of the two swings. It doesn’t matter because they always get better at their game and their scores show it.

Natural Golf Corporation is still around with a new owner who bought the company out of bankruptcy. They now have some direct competition from a new company called “Parmasters”.

Both companies teach the swing that I learned to teach back in 1994, but neither of them allow for the traditional swing to be combined with the single plane swing. There is room for those who cannot change to a totally different body movement, but have no trouble changing posture, stance, and grip.

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The Best of the Best

I am a golf nut. It all started at the age of 18, but I didn’t take a lesson until I was 25. Then I took a lesson or more every Spring for the next 24 years. During that time my handicap remained at or near 20.

Now I know why. I am not capable of maintaining the timing necessary to perform the “Vardon Grip” swing for 4.5 hours, but for an hour I could put 3 or 4 pars together before the snowman attacks. My best score for those 30 years was 86, second best 89. Now it’s 75.

At the age of 49, while searching for a new set of woods, I discovered a new golf swing. Well, it was new to me, but for the previous 40 years a reclusive professional golfer from Canada had been extremely successful using this new-to-me golf swing. In fact, Murray “Moe” Norman is considered to be he best ball striker, ever.

“Pipeline Moe”, a nickname given him by Ken Venturi because every shot looked like it was straight as a pipeline, won over 50 tournaments. He shot 59 three times, the last at age 62, recorded 17 hole in ones, and held over 40 course records.

Since Moe is not well known in most American golf circles, here’s what some of America’s best professionals had to say about “Pipeline Moe”.

Lee Trevino, “…a genius when it comes to playing the game of golf; I don’t know of any player, ever, who can strike a golf ball like Moe Norman, as far as hitting it solid, knowing where it’s going, knowing the mechanics of the game, and knowing what he wanted to do with the golf ball.”

Tiger Wood’s commented , “Only two players have ever truly owned their swings – Ben Hogan and Moe Norman.”

About Moe, Tiger said, “He woke up everyday an’ knew he was going to hit it well. He just knew he was going to hit it well. Everyday. It’s frightening, how straight he hits it. It’s like Iron Byron, the ball doesn’t move.”

When asked,“Who’s the best golfer you’ve ever seen?”. Vijay Singh answered, “ Moe Norman . I’ve hit balls with him lots of times. He was incredible. If you talk to Lee Trevino and other greats of the game they’ll tell you how good he was…God gives people little gifts, and Moe had a gift for golf.”

In 1969, Moe was playing an exhibition match with Sam Snead in Toronto. On a par 4, a creek crossed the fairway 240 yards from the tee. Snead told Moe that he couldn’t clear the creek with a driver. “Not trying to,” Moe said. “I’m playing for the bridge.” Snead’s shot stayed on the near side of the creek. Norman’s drive landed short, and rolled over the bridge to the other side.

At one exhibition, Moe hit 1,540 drives in just under seven hours. All went longer than 225 yards, all landed inside a marked 30-yard-wide landing zone.

One day in the 1950s, Moe and Ben Hogan were on the practice tee at a pro tournament when a spectator asked Hogan to take a look at Moe. Hogan believed any ball hit dead straight was an accident. After each of the first six balls he watched, Hogan said, “Accident.” After watching Moe hit more of the same, Hogan said, “Just keep hitting those accidents, kid.”

“What’s the longest walk in golf? It’s from the practice tee to the first tee. I don’t care if it’s 10 yards. It’s the longest walk in golf. Winners take their swing with them. Losers don’t.” – Moe Norman

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Short Game is where you score

It is common knowledge that scores are improved dramatically when short games are improved. It is also common knowledge that the single plane swing is more accurate than the Vardon-grip swing.

In fact, there was once a study done to compare this “One Plane Swing” to the traditional swing. The results indicated that this golf swing of Moe Norman, Canadian Hall of Fame, is 60% more accurate, while being 5% less powerful. Who wouldn’t give up 5% to get 60% more on target?

My scoring improvement within 3 months is the best example of this study, except that after I lost a little distance while being far more accurate, once I got more comfortable with this swing, I got my distance back, and then some.

The most valuable improvement in accuracy is in the short game around the greens. Because the clubface stays square to the target line longer using the “One Plane Swing”, your shots within 100 yards will be right on target every time.

I now realize that the traditional swing teaching method for shots within 40 yards is exactly the same as that of Moe’s infamous swing, yet the full shots swing is dramatically different. So if you’re comfortable with your full swing performance, yet not scoring as well as you should, sign up for my short game school. We can knock 8 or 10 strokes off your scorecard in a very short time.

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Hit the ball with your practice swing

Because this is a phenomenon that I encountered on a regular basis, including my own swing, I studied the psyche to determine the difference. I am happy to report that I know how to assist the average golfer to convert his sweet practice swing to his best ball striking swing.

It doesn’t matter what swing method you use, since the conversion entails exactly what you’re thinking during your swing. I have worked out a series of drills that anyone can master in two or three lessons, and once learned it will stay with you forever.

“What’s the longest walk in golf? It’s from the practice tee to the first tee. I don’t care if it’s 10 yards. It’s the longest walk in golf. Winners take their swing with them. Losers don’t.” – Moe Norman

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Lessons and Clubs

Custom fitted golf clubs can be reasonably priced and still provide the best personal performances of the most expensive clubs. If you feel the need to own the big name brand clubs, I will fit you and provide the clubs of your choice.

On the other hand, if your budget won’t allow for that kind of expense, I’ll provide the equivalent quality for substantially less money.

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Video Swing Analysis – 25 to 30 minutes = $45

Individual Private – 30 to 45 minutes = $65

Small Groups:

2 Students = $55 each

3 Students = $45 each

4 Students = $35 each

Lesson Packages:

6 Lessons = $320

6 Lessons for two = $535

3 Lessons = $170

3 Lessons for two = $280


One-day Swing School – 5 hours – $250 each Min 2 – Max 4

Half-day Swing School – 3 hours – $130 each Min 2 – Max 4

Short Game School – 3 hours – $250 for one – $110 each Min 2 – Max 6

Playing School – 9 Holes – $250for one – $155 each Max 2

Golf Clubs:

Various qualities from reasonable to pricey – Always Custom Fitted

Never buy clubs before you see your golf professional

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