Kirk.. I have been working on your minimalist swing since February. After much practice and as the weather warmed and I was able to get outside to the course, I have eliminated the slice which I have had since I was 20. (I am 74). The main habit which was the hardest to break was the habit of trying to lift the ball off of the ground instead of hitting down on the ball and letting the club furnish the lift. I thought that I would share with you what I added to your minimalist setup to aid in this fault. As I set up I first get the grip and stance right, then I make the shift with my hips to the left as I turn my body slightly exactly as you instruct. Then I added one other "shift". The last thing I do before I take my backswing is I move my hands forward to force my hands to start as well as end ahead of the ball. It aims the top of my club always to the outside of my left hip, much the way some pros teach you to chip the ball with your hands forward. The results have been amazing! It is now natural to strike the ball correctly with the divot after the ball.(no more lifting). My distance has increased very well...I am hitting the longest drives ever. (even with a short backswing). My irons distances have completely changed. I now can hit like my partners, though they are much younger than I! I have played steadily for 52 years with a bad slice and no distance in my irons. And I have had to learn to scramble and putt well to break 90! I knew I was close to making a real breakthrough and yesterday, it came! I shot the lowest nine ever ..a 37 which is one over par. On the back I shot a forty with several missed putts which held me back. The 77 was my lowest round in history! I also hit every fairway and 11 greens in regulation. Only one double bogey! All due to adopting your minimalist golf swing! Thank you so much! Your drills have been the key! PS.. you might analyze the hand move I am making and tell me why it has helped so much. Thanks again! Jess H.
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Thanks Kirk and Tony, I have been a member of Kirk’s site for about 2 years and have been working on the Set up for impact swing. Kirk’s step by step drills to learn the Set Up for Impact swing have been very beneficial. After seeing Kirk’s video testimonial for Tony Griffin, a certified instructor in Sanford, NC, I contacted Tony since he is fairly close to where I live, to see if I could schedule a 2 hr Lesson with him.
Tony and I started on the practice tee. He asked me about my game. I told him what I thought were my biggest problems, mainly pulling most of my shots to the left and not making solid, crisp contact with my irons. After watching me hit a few shots, Tony took a look at my grip first and made adjustments. Even though I have watched Kirk’s videos for grip and set-up, I had my right hand too much on top of the club. After adjustments, shots improved almost immediately. Tony took some video and showed me that I was swaying a little on my back swing, sliding forward on my down swing and not retaining my lag. (Tony and I reviewed this video on the practice tee but he also e-mailed me Face on and down the line videos with instructional commentary) Keeping my head back on the down swing and feeling like my club was “Limp Rope” at the top of my back swing helped greatly. We did some chipping drills to reinforce turning your body to move the club.
I’d say within 30 mins I was consistently hitting some nice, high 7 irons. All totaled, Tony spent 3 hours with me (Tony enjoys teaching). We had covered 7 iron, 5 Wood and Driver on the practice tee, went to the course with my swing improvements to practiced a couple approach shots, got some bunker instruction and ended with putting instruction. I have a good road map now on what I need to focus on in my practice/playing and have been hitting much more solid shots since my lesson. So if you are practicing the Set Up for Impact Swing, I would highly recommend getting a lesson with Tony Griffin in the Sanford/Pinehurst, NC area. I think it will improve your game. Thanks, Rich B. Mt Pleasant, SC
11 strokes ave. improvement..Shoots age!
My name is Jack Tomkovick. I'm 66 years old and I live in Chapel Hill NC. I've been playing golf with Tony Griffin (Setup 4 Impact instructor) two or three times a month for the past 3 years. About 2 years ago he introduced me to Setup4impact. I have gone from shooting 84 to 88 on average to 72 to 78, depending on the difficulty of the course. This swing works! My good swings are better and more frequent, my bad swings are fewer, and not as far off line.I have shot my age twice in the past 11 months (I'll be 67 in August). and my last 4 rounds on my easy home course have been 73, 71, 70, and yes 69, with 17 birdies. If I can do this, anyone can. All it takes is the desire to get better.Call or email me at (send email to us to get his contact info) I'm a real person, and I've never had more fun, or won more skins from my buddies in my life! Thanks Tony, for making me the golfer I always wanted to be!