The Finishing Postion

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In my last article, I talked about a graphically visual organizational method called Mind Mapping. We started with a subject’s central concept and put it in the center of a page. We then created spider veins of thought emanating from that central concept to expound and expand upon our basic understanding. Each subsequent expansion expressed that understanding more specifically and deeply within that particular thought vein. Above is a mind map of the Physical Fundamentals of the golf swing. So far, we have discussed our understanding of the grip and the starting position. So, let’s keep going!

Remember This!

The most basic and simple description of a swing motion is

The starting position connects to the finishing position within the parameters and protection of beat, balance and physics.

We have looked at the starting position and now it’s time to take a look at the components of the finishing position.

Clearly, the starting position connects to the finishing position through a loading and unloading motion. You can’t get to the finish without the load and unload and their relationship to each other and to your desired result. Each of these important parts of the swing will be explained in depth in future articles. However, since the unload is one unbroken thrust from just before the end of the load to the end of its motion, the finish will be exactly where the natural flow, uninterrupted inertia and specific energy signature of that particular swing for that particular shot will take it.

However, many things are constant. The finishing position completes the swing. It is a place to go. It satisfies the intent and preparedness that we had in the starting position for executing our desired result. It is a natural end to the non-interfered, uninterrupted and continuous swing motion. It gives direction and a place in which we can evaluate and then assess what we have done during the swing. It is a fantastic indicator of what came before it.

The best players are master evaluators. Each not only knows what he did incorrectly in order to eliminate that from his mental, physical and psychological patterns, but more importantly he knows what he did correctly in order to own that understanding in order to repeat that pattern. Each swing provides an object lesson from which to learn. The finishing position and resultant recess position gives the player time to learn.

Swing and hold that finish. It is the best seat in the house…front row center. From there, no one sees your result better than you do.

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At the finishing position, the left foot occupies the same space that it occupied in the starting position. The weight is evenly distributed on the left foot, back to front, but pushing into the outside half. The right foot is up on its big toe. The right leg has moved so that the right knee is next to and just behind the left knee. The left foot was the first thing to stabilize in the unloading motion followed by the left leg, the hips, the trunk, the shoulder sockets, the arms, the hands and finally the club. Your knees, hips, upper body and head should minimally face the target. Depending on your suppleness, strength, flexibility, and agility with swing motions of greater speed, the hips and trunk will move through many more degrees before stopping at their end.  Your shoulder sockets, arms, hands and the club go on their merry way. With longer full shots, the club will find a place behind your back.

At the finish, you are naturally erect, 100% of your weight is on your left foot. The knees, hips, upper body and head are balanced on top of that pivot point…the left foot. Do not keep your head still. It moves along naturally with the body. The right foot has moved as it will. With wider stance shots, it will position itself a few more inches toward the left foot than it was in the starting position. In order to do this, the entire right side is quite soft and relaxed. On the way to the finish, the right arm stays extended…until the body stops, centrifugal force ends and both arms finally bend. If your muscle tone is appropriate at this stage, then the club, hands and arms will recess back in front of you softly during shots requiring slower speeds and will rebound back sometimes ferociously during swing motions at higher speeds.

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Your grip is still on and in the same form as it was in the starting position. The arms are nearly the same width apart. Establish and maintain, establish and maintain…nice mantra to work with. The body will fold up naturally. The finishing position unraveled is the starting position.

Practice This

A good exercise to ingrain the finish and its components into your mind and body would be to set up three or more balls and hit them consecutively…while, of course, ensuring an immaculately balanced starting position and finishing position. Do this at varying speeds…from tai chi slow motion to a series of swings with no down time in between. At slow and moderate speed exercises, hold that finish. During continuous motion sets, allow the recess or rebound to pull you into the next starting position…one after the other. The finishing position for a straight shot, draw, fade, low and high…and every combination possible will be slightly different from the basic. Get on a teeter totter to change trajectory…weight more forward to hit it lowly, weight more back to hit it highly. Change alignment to hit curves…aim right encouraging a finish more up and around to draw and aim left encouraging a finish more down and under to fade. The finish will be shorter with a softer slower swing and maximized with a full tilt speed swing motion.

For highly advanced players, work to maintain the form of the wrists achieved at impact all the way through to just before the finish is reached. You must have a very agile, flexible and supple body to do so.

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With practice and learned awareness, your sensitivity to conditions of balance—physically, mentally, and emotionally—will allow you to evaluate, assess, learn, adjust and improve. As you do one thing fundamentally, then you are encouraged and rewarded to do another thing fundamentally and so on. Soon you will be working within your own positive feedback loop striving for your optimal performance levels.

May all your swings be free!

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What’s The Difference? Cobra Fly-Z+, Fly-Z, and Fly-Z XL Drivers

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With three different Cobra lines to choose from (Fly-Z+, Fly-Z & Fly-Z XL) in 2015, how do you know which line is right for your game?  This is a question that has troubled golfers before, but we’re here to shed some light on the subject.

The first thing you need to determine is what are your goals or desires as it relates to what you are looking for the new clubs to provide your game.

  • Is it distance, forgiveness, workability or do you simply need an upgrade in technology?

Then you need to make an honest evaluation of your current game.

  • Are you a high to mid-handicapper who takes lessons and practices to improve your skill set?  Are you a high-handicapper who has accepted your current skill level and just want to enjoy your time on the course?  Or, are you an aspiring/current low-handicapper trying to maximize your game through better technology and equipment?

Once you determine your goals and evaluate your game, you can start separating each product line individually and make a better choice of what driver fits your game.

Let’s take a closer of each Cobra driver and compare them based on player profiles and results they produce.

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Fly-Z+

For players interested in the Cobra Fly-Z+ driver, you’re looking for the most state-of-the-art driver including adjustability, playability, and technology.

The great thing about this driver is that it can fit into any player-type and it provides extreme benefits that’ll maximize your game. With the Flip Weight Zone technology, you can adjust the center of gravity (CG) based on your current ball flight pattern and spin rates. Golfers producing low launching shots can move the weight back to optimize trajectory and spin rates, therefore increasing distance and forgiveness; which is highly desired by mid-high handicap golfers. Golfers producing high launching shots with high spin can move the weight closer to the face, creating less spin with greater workability desired by the better player.

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Fly-Z

For players interested in the Cobra Fly-Z driver, you’re looking for a club that you can put in the bag and see immediate results. More specifically, you’re looking for a higher launch with more consistent ball flights.

The back CG Weight Zone will produce higher shots with a consistent flight. Combine the weight zone with the Speed Channel face and you’ll see an increase in distance immediately without sacrificing forgiveness. Mid-high handicappers will enjoy how easy the clubs are to hit, and how much distance they’ll generate. Lower handicap players will also like this club because of it’s sleek and clean looks with the ability to work the ball.

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Fly-Z XL

For players interested in Cobra Fly-Z XL driver, you’re looking to correct a slice while gaining the benefits of newer technology.

The offset clubface design helps with squaring the clubface at impact. Combine the offset with the Speed Channel Face and Back CG Zone weighting and this club will perform at a high level. It’ll produce long and forgiving shots, swing after swing. The lightweight shaft is a perfect fit for players with low to moderate swing speeds that need help launching the ball higher. Regardless of ability, players fighting a slice or having trouble launching the ball high would greatly benefit from this driver.

Looking for more detailed information? Check out our previous posts on the Cobra Fly-Z+ line, Fly-Z line, and Fly-Z XL line.

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GlobalGolf Featured On The Rural Golfer

We were lucky enough to have our CEO spend a fun-filled day with Steve Elkington and have it all captured on the TV show: The Rural Golfer.

What’s The Episode About?

Steve Elkington catches up with the Byman brothers to discuss golf history, coaching, and play a few holes at Champions Golf Club.

I Want To Watch The Entire Episode

We thought you would so you can access the entire episode here.

Lucky for you, there are 4 extras that you can view for FREE, for a limited time.

  1. Byman Brothers Path To The Pros
  2. Ed Byman vs. The Merry Mex
  3. Golf Mentors
  4. The Vardon Grip

How Does This Relate To GlobalGolf?

The Byman Brothers both have ties to GlobalGolf.

Ed is our CEO, and has been in the golf business for years. Read about him here.

Bob is a featured guest author, right here, on our blog. We strongly suggest you check out his articles. He’ll transform your game!

About The Rural Golfer

The Rural Golfer TV show allows the viewer to travel with Steve Elkington as he rolls across the countryside on his incredible mobile rig dubbed “The Big Show”. While Elk plays the Champions Tour, his crew search out the best that each town they pass through has to offer. Whether chatting with other golf legends, playing one of golf’s hidden gems, giving a lesson to a local celebrity, meeting their affectionate fans (the Dirters) or just trying to find the best halfway house hot dog, it is always a great time to join in on as they dig ever deeper into the true heart of American golf.

Watch The Rural Golfer with Steve Elkington on Fridays at 9:30 EST and Sundays at 12:30 EST on RFD-TV Dish Network Channel 231 and DirecTV Channel 345.

Or, join in at SecretGolf.com for an even deeper look into the rural golf experience with the original programming of 26 episodes aired on TV.

About Secret Golf

In 2010, Steve Elkington, Mike Maves, and Jackie Burke launched an internet platform that changed the way golfers taught, learned and talked about golf. Beginning with blogs, golf’s finest cartoon series and an ever-expanding series of fun and brief informative golf videos, The Secret Golf team created a place where golfers could engage around the original content as well as anything else that was great in golf.

The Secret Golf team is a group of expert golfers and pioneers in golf specific media and learning. This gang also happens to be a somewhat crazy and engaging group of folks. Ten-time PGA Tour and major championship winner Steve Elkington joins living legend Jackie Burke Jr. and internet golf sensation Mike Maves on a mission to teach golf and build the best media platform the golf world has seen while they travel the countryside digging into the heart and soul of the American golf landscape.

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