Equipment Affects Motion Podcast

The “Vegas Golf Coach” breaks down club fitting, how equipment affects motion, and more!


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Equipment – Fairways & Greens

On this episode of Fairways & Greens, the “Vegas Golf Coach” and Master H-G Club Fitter, Gaylord Rhodes, shares the history of how a small equipment company pioneered club fitting. Plus, Rhodes breaks down all aspects of club fitting, equipment design, and how equipment affects motion.


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Thoughts on Golf

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Great news My golf podcast has been published. Check it out at the links below.  First few episodes are done. We are launching with our show on Arnold Palmer Looking forward to bringing in new guests during the upcoming weeks.

Fairways and Greens

Arnold Palmer “The King” is gone

My heart  was filled  with great sadness to hear of the loss of Arnie Yesterday. The game of golf owes a lot to Arnie.

As Lee Trevino said yesterday … “Arnold led the way. He stood in front of the jungle with a machete and hacked a path and a road for the rest of us.”

TV came into the game and paved the way for all those to come.

Rest in peace Arnie I will never forget the time I played 3 holes with you when we reopened the Palmer course at Angel Park here in Las Vegas 25 years ago.

I will always be a member of Arnie’s Army.

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Center Controlled Motion

Over the years I have heard many great simple concepts for developing feel and proper alignments in creating sound golf swing motions…
Rotate to load , transfer your weight to the target
Inside moves the outside and
Arms in front elbows down to name a few.
I do believe it helps to have a basic understanding of swing geometry and the physics of rotation with out making it too complicated to give you a blueprint to follow as you as you discover and develop your own feel for your swing.
The Golf swing motion geometrically speaking is a circle on an inclined plane and the left shoulder joint is the true swing center for this circular motion and the hinge for the primary lever (left arm and the club shaft) or radius of the circle. I believe if you can then learn to control this swing center you can efficiently learn to control your swing motion. Keep in mind that you can control the center and this rotational loading motion with the left shoulder, right shoulder or spine center.
I once heard Jack comment that he had won 6 of his majors with right shoulder control and the other 12 using his left shoulder to control his motion. 

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You can see from these great pictures from Mike Hebron’s classic book…”SEE AND FEEL THE INSIDE MOVE THE OUTSIDE” support for these  concepts in the backswing. If you focus on controlling the center to control the swing motion then the backswing is just inches long and by rotating the center to load you simply allow the arms and hands to move with the momentum of the upper body rotation in the backswing. Once you finish the loading motion then you simply transfer your weight and unwind your center to a balanced finished position facing the target while allowing the arms and hands to release naturally to the correct low point or impact position through to the finish.


Educated hands

Educated Hands

The role of the hands in the golf swing motion are often misunderstood. A proper grip is the first issue that most instructors understand. There are certain variations that work but unless a student has adopted a working variation it is always best to set the hands in a neutral opposing relationship that allows for the proper action of the left wrist at impact.  In simple terms, the left hand controls clubface and the right hand and forearm control path. That being said, educating your hands as to their role in your swing motion would be an area that all aspiring golfers would be wise to develop.


Golf Swing Compensations

Golf Swing Compensations

“A bad swing gives you minimum time to make maximum compensations, and a good swing gives you maximum time to make minimum compensations.”   Mac O’Grady

Since we are all humans and not machines we can only strive to develop a swing that is easy for us to repeat and requires less timing.  Reducing the compensations in our swing is critical to improvement. The swing motion lasts just a few moments and the more compensations we have require us to rely more on timing or put another way;  the more moving parts you have in your swing, the less time you have to correct them. To become more consistent, you have to reduce your compensations to reduce your need for timing.  The key is to find a coach or instructor that can help you understand your compensations and develop a clear understanding and plan to help you accomplish this. One area that is most often over looked is how important your equipment is to your learning process.   Quite simply  “Equipment Affects Motion”  for more on this subject visit the link.


  Tommy Armour from his book  “How to play Your Best Golf All The Time”      1953


What is a Dynamic Fit?

What is a Dynamic Fit?

A traditional static fit is based on physical measurements that can only give you a “general fit.” It does not come close to the customization a dynamic fit takes into account stance, swing style, and ball flight, as well as swing tendencies that affect the position of the club at impact.

This dynamic fitting takes place at all Henry-Griffitts Golf Training Centers using the inter changeable fitting system, allowing the teacher to make adjustments on your unique style, stance and swing.

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Importance of Lie Angles



  Tommy Armour from his book  “How to play Your Best Golf All The Time”      1953

There seems to be a lot of confusion in golf about lie angles. Some think it is not really important especially if the sole is lying flush with the ground at setup.  Some think if your club is to flat(toe down at impact) the problem is the toe sticks and opens the face and that the opposite is true if it is too upright…the heels drags and closes the face.  the real truth is that if you have the correct lie angle the face angle has no influence on ball flight so your feedback is correct.  A club that is too flat creates a face angle that points to the right  and a lie angle that is too upright will create a face angle that points to the left.   If you hit a shot with these incorrect lie angles you will have to manipulate or compensate the club face to hit the ball straight and so begins the struggle to get proper feed back as you are learning. The truth is lie angles must be read and checked at impact and studied in relation to the resulting ball flight observed with each swing to be diagnosed correctly.   The key is to have them read and analyzed by a trained fitter.   I always check my students lie angles when they start with me to identify what swing compensations may exist as a result of their equipment and to educate them on any issues that may exist and how to get them adjusted if necessary.  Feedback is fundamental to learning and improperly fit clubs create confusing feedback making improvement much more difficult.  You can’t hit the ball straight consistently without swing compensations if your clubs don’t fit you correctly.

As always wishing you find more fairways and greens…


Are you playing golf or golf swing?


Think about your last round of golf for a moment. Were you standing over the majority of your shots focusing on a checklist of positions and swing thoughts or were you relaxed and focusing on the target and the conditions at hand? If you are guilty of the first situation, you are trapped in a frustrating game of hit the ball and are missing out on many of the enjoyable aspects of the game of golf. In it’s true essence, golf is a target game and should be a fun and enjoyable experience. The “game” of golf should be played at a creative level and not a mechanical level. The perfect golf swing is the one that fits the situation at hand, not the one you spend hours on the range trying to perfect under constant unchanging conditions. When you are focusing on swing mechanics you are not able to focus on target awareness and end up taking action on the ball instead of reacting to the target and the shot at hand. As a result you are playing golf swing and not golf.


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