Golf Instruction. At times it has become very convoluted. Instructors too often make it more confusing than it really has to be. Some instructors may not like me saying this but it’s the truth. Then there are the other issues, for example. Whenever some new ideas come out to teach players how to play golf with an easier method other instructors do their best to refute others.
For the most part, it’s up to the students themselves to translate what the instructor is saying and then take it home where they have to practice on their own a week or two in between sessions. Often the information can be lost in translation and in some cases, the student loses the explanation of the golf swing before they leave their session.
Even though a training aid has been used in some cases, the student still doesn’t really have a visual cue to draw from allowing them better retention of instruction. It’s a fact that people (in general) can understand something easier with visual cues. I’m one of those individuals and in the case of those with learning disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorder), this is, even more, the case.
Colour Path Golf is a ground-breaking concept to help instructors teach golf and for their students to learn the game just a little bit easier. PGA Professionals John Glenn and Kevin Merry are the Co-Founders of this revolutionary method. Through the use of colour-coded plastic shapes. In total there are four colours (green, red, yellow and blue) that are used to show students where to apply different attention of detail to the swing. For example, where to apply power. Essentially, Colour Path Golf could almost be described as a “jigsaw puzzle for your golf swing”. Even one yellow ruler can help you improve.
Yellow – Yellow pieces are used to get your attention. Think like a traffic light… it means caution.
Blue – It’s a cooling colour. Look at the instrument panel/climate control on your car. The air conditioner is cool. This is precisely what your blue pieces are for. In my case, the takeaway would reflect a blue piece.
Green – This means Go. Or relax. start to accelerate upon completing the backswing and transition.
Red – It can be used for a couple of reasons. The first reason is for control. Think face angle or ball position. But, red can also be used in areas of the swing where we need to apply power. Think of that 24″ or so before impact and immediately post-impact. Have you been told that you decelerate? These pieces could help relate easier.
While at Demo Day I saw Colour Path Golf set-up and knowing that I had an appointment later in the week it caught my eye. Honestly, I couldn’t fathom what it was or how it worked. I had the pleasure meeting and talking with Kevin Merry at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show later in the week and he explained everything that is Colour Path Golf to me. It didn’t take long for me to get it. I really do think that Colour Path Golf could be “the path” to help you improve your golf game. Instructors themselves, really need to take note.
Look for more to come on this revolutionary method in the future.
Last week during the WM Phoenix Open I wrote about the golf swing of Matthew Wolff. The “Keyboard Warriors” took to social media to denounce the 19 year old’s swing. Just a quick question… what PGA Tour event were you playing in at the tender age of 19? Personally speaking, golf wasn’t even on my radar yet.
This week the stop is in the ever-so beautiful Monterrey Peninsula at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Ah yes… Pebble Beach where Bing Crosby himself hosted his Clambake. The tournament is special because you have celebrities (some of which are hardly celebrities Fortune 500 CEO’s etc) playing with the pro’s. Some of the legit celebrities include Aaron Rodgers, Bill Murray, Huey Lewis, and Wayne Gretzky to name a few. But the PGA Tour also welcomed a newcomer to the event. On a sponsor’s exemption from South Korea is Ho-sung Choi.
Choi as you may know is the owner of what some call the craziest golf swing in golf. As “crazy” as his golf swing might be it’s a swing that has won professional golf events. Most recently as 2018 on the Japan Golf Tour at the Casio World Open. But is it really that crazy? Are there others that know much more than me about the golf swing? Yes. But having taught golf I know a thing or two about the swing as well and know what to look for. So, please allow me to entertain you as I break this down this “Gyrating Wonder”.
On the takeaway Choi takes the club back a little to the outside much like guys that I touched on last week. (Wolff, Moore and Furyk)
Choi releases his left heel (lead heel). Great for turn, tempo, transition and saving his lower back.
He’s relatively steep about halfway back but he starts to flatten everything out as he approaches the top.
At the top, note how the back of his top hand matches the clubface.
Choi stops just short of parallel before starting his transition.
To kickstart the down swing his lead heel plants and he has definitely started his downswing from the ground up. You can see “the squat” as well (How much do you wanna bet he wasn’t a bad Little League baseball player? If he played)
He has created pretty good lag prior to impact.
At impact he’s clearly “down and through” the shot and fully extends down his line.
The ball is traveling down the fairway… he then “walks through” the shot in a way that Gary Player did and does.
It’s after this where thing’s get a little crazy I suppose. I feel that the rest of it is theatrics and just a little bit extra. Which is fine. If everyone was the same than life would be boring right? Golf Oatmeal Sucks! You know that he’s been doing it a long time and that’s his niche. It’s how he identifies with fans and how he markets himself (Note the bag logo).
In conclusion, there’s nothing crazy about this golf swing. It’s fundamentally and mechanically sound. Is there a bit that’s “extra”? In my opinion.. yes! But it’s who he is and real golf fans will accept it. Bear in mind that there’s a difference between accept and watch. What he does well after the ball is gone is much more extra than Mr. Palmer’s “Helicopter Finish” or Jim Thorpe’s for that matter. I’ll admit though… it got old on me in a hurry and I couldn’t watch him for 18 holes. At the time of writing Choi was at -1 (T-88).