There are numerous Traditional ball striking methods. Simply watch the PGA Tour and you will see hundreds of professional golfers playing the game with many styles and techniques.Moe Norman and the Graves Golf Academy recognize that playing the game of golf and ball striking are not the same.
Arguably the best player in Canada in his day, with over 17 course records, Moe even said, “I am the best ball striker – not the best player”.
Golf is a game where the goal is to hole the golf ball in the fewest strokes possible in the course of 18 holes. Ball striking is an important part of that goal.
Golf, however, is regarded as one of the most difficult games to learn because ball striking with traditional methods is difficult. Everyone should be striving to learn an easier, more simplified way to play.
Here is a simple demonstration of why traditional methods, those being taught today, are biomechanicaly complicated and why Moe Norman single plane mechanics are easier to learn, repeat and ultimately simplify ball striking for everyone.
Traditional Golf – Address to Impact
Traditional golf methods generally all address the ball where the arms hang below the shoulders in a straight down fashion. This “hanging” of the arms creates what the Graves Golf Academy considers a two plane address position.
This two plane (club at address vs. club at impact) relationship is a significant variable as all golfers will impact the club with the shaft running directly through mid-back.The movement from the lower plane (red) to the upper plane (yellow) is significant. The traditional golfer, in this case David Toms, uses significant rotation of his body as well as an upward movement of the spine.
The Single Plane / Spine Intersect
Correct posture / bend from waist
Correct lead hand grip position – club in fingers under heel pad (forms angle of lead arm and grip)
Club fitting – making sure the club correctly fit when the shaft intersects with spine