Posted Monday, December 29, 2014 by Bob Doyle
Iron Byron is the name given to a mechanical robot invented some 50 years ago by George Manning, a Mechanical Engineer working for the True Temper Golf Co. It was designed to test the effect of flexibility in the shaft of a golf club. They are in use today by several golf companies, in various facilities around the U.S., to test other club components and golf balls.
Why does Iron Byron have the perfect golf swing? Because it consistently hits thousands of golf balls, at varying pre-set distances from 100 yards to 325 yards that land no more than six inches to the right or left of the target line. How does Iron Byron do it? Because it has few moving parts that are able to make the same repetitive swing time after time.
Studying the swings of many golfers, and after much analysis, Manning concluded that Byron Nelson had the most repeatable and consistent swing at that time. In acknowledgment to Byron Nelson, the name Iron Byron was given to this mechanical robot.
Unfortunately for all golfers, such repetition and consistency in their golf swings are not quite realistic. Ben Hogan once said that during a typical round of golf, only 10% of his shots were “perfectly hit.” His less than perfect shots rarely got him into difficulty however, which is why he won 64 Tour Events including 9 Majors. In a research study conducted by the United States Golf Teachers Federation, they found that golfers who have played for more than three years have less than a 5% chance of ever lowering their scores by more than 5 strokes. This study has been confirmed by other such studies which found that the average golf scores in North America have not declined during the past 20 years.
No doubt that golf is a difficult game. And what makes it even more difficult is that golfers are constantly making changes to their swings based on a lesson given, an article read, a tip given, a video viewed, or any idea they think might help. They are always changing the moving parts rather than minimizing or maintaining their moving parts. Golf is a game of efficiency and consistency. The fewer the moving parts, the more efficient the swing. And like Iron Byron, the more repetitive the swing the more consistent will it be. But the more quick changes a golfer makes to her/his swing, the less repetitive it gets.
There are many aspects to the golf swing but there are two aspects on which few experts will disagree. One is maintaining your spine angle. Iron Byron satisfies this aspect because Manning’s design establishes a constant forward tilt or spine angle. The second aspect is keeping a relatively steady head. Iron Byron has what Jack Nicklaus would call a “rock solid head.” The mechanical robot rotates in a circular motion that resembles the turning of the upper body around a fixed head. Sam Snead says that he “simply swings around a steady head.”
Habit is at the root of human behavior. Such behavior equates to the movements or aspects of one’s golf swing. Because that behavior or movement has been performed for three years or more, it becomes a habit and muscle memory takes over. The movement is performed unconsciously. Such habits and movements are incredibly hard to break, which is why it is so difficult to improve one’s swing and lower one’s scores after having played for three years or more. New habits and new muscle memory can only be gained through repetition of the desired new movements. Since two aspects of the swing are irrefutable and are significant in the design of Iron Byron, why not try to fix your swing by addressing these same two aspects?
Physiologists and sports consultants have found that instant tactile feedback for the desired bodily movement greatly speeds up the gaining of the new habit or new muscle memory or new movement. The brain utilizes the kinesthetic learning of tactile feedback to help develop the new muscle memory
I am one of those golfers who played for three years; gained a 20 handicap and then struggled with it for much of my life, without improvement. After retiring from Corporate America, I did considerable research about the golf swing. My research included Iron Byron, videos, DVD’s, books, magazine tips, lessons, video analysis, you name it. Most was controvertible, could be misunderstood, or misinterpreted; except for the two irrefutable aspects of the golf swing mentioned above.
By focusing on these two aspects, I invented the PRO-HEAD Trainer and was awarded two US patents. It is far from an Iron Byron, but it does offer the instant tactile feedback needed to maintain one’s spine angle and keep a relatively steady head. Through training and repetition with the device, I learned these two aspects, thereby overcoming two of my major swing faults which are the same for most golfers. At age 69, I finally broke 80 and have done it several times since.
Lou Guzzi, the 2013 National PGA Teacher of the Year said: “Simplicity is the key to a repeatable golf swing. I found that the PRO-HEAD Trainer provides my students the opportunity to break old habits and to build a simple and efficient swing by holding their heads as steady as possible. The Trainer helps them to maintain critical angles when swinging the club.”
Yes you can learn to swing more like Iron Byron and at any age. Contrary to the research, you can improve your golf swing and lower your scores. You can better enjoy the wonderful game of golf.Read More 0 Comments
Posted Friday, December 6, 2013 by Bob Doyle
Thomas J. Jaeger, Director of Instruction at the Spring Meadow GC in Farmingdale, NJ has been a Teaching Pro for 34 years. He started at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown, NJ in 1979; served the public at Quail Ridge Golf World in Wall Township from 1988 to 2011 and was the Assistant Coach for the Rutgers University Golf Team from 2002 to 2005.
Tommy earned the 2009 NJPGA Teacher of the Year and was listed by Golf Digest as a 2011”Best Teacher in NJ.” Jaeger prides himself with creating a solid foundation for his students, utilizing his sensitivity towards each golfer’s capabilities. His training facility at Spring Meadow includes video technology along with several training aids that are utilized and aimed at specific golfer’s needs.
Looking at the golf swing as a whole, Jaeger recognizes the value of certain training aids. Two months ago, Tommy acquired the PRO-HEAD Trainer, a patented and full swing training device that focuses on the golfer’s head and spine angle.
“I find myself using the PRO-HEAD many times during the day for most of my golf lessons. It definitely makes the golfer aware of a steady head and for maintaining the spine angle. It gives instant feedback to the golfer as to whether or not the golfer is doing exactly that. This in turn, increases the golfer’s ability to adequately turn, while the arms are swinging upward into the backswing.”
“As instructors we are constantly educating our students on the many and different aspects of the swing they need to understand, learn and eventually own, to achieve consistency and confidence. These other aspects can be taught and better learned when the “foundation of your house,” namely a steady head and a constant spine angle are in place. In my opinion, the PRO-HEAD Trainer is one of my most important tools to use for the rapid development of a sound golf swing for my students.”
The PRO-HEAD Trainer is manufactured and distributed by Forever Better Golf Inc. located in Toms River, NJ. Bob Doyle, President and inventor of the PRO-HEAD struggled with a 20 handicap most of his adult life. Using his training aid, Doyle broke 80 for the first time in his life at age 68 and he has done it several times since. According to Doyle: “the product simply works.”
Posted Saturday, August 31, 2013 by dave
Chuck Evans, Director of Instruction for Medicus Golf, offers his comments on the Importance of a Steady Head in this two plus minute video. Near the end of the video, Chuck suggests the golfer get the feel of putting her/his head against a WALL.
This WALL idea is exactly what the PRO-HEAD Trainer offers.
The WALL idea can also be heard from Golf’ Channel’s Martin Hall on the pro-head website. Martin refers to it as the “Hall WALL.”Read More 0 Comments
Posted Monday, April 22, 2013 by dave
If you are going to do some early season swing exercises, you might as well help develop the proper muscle memory for keeping your head steady and maintaining your spine angle. Here is a 30 second video that shows how you can use the PRO-HEAD Trainer to help improve your swing.Read More 2 Comments
Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 by Bob Doyle
The highly reputable Golf Club and Golf Product Testing firm, founded by Charlie Mandel, saw the PRO-HEAD Trainer at the PGA Show and tested it. Here is the link to his article. http://www.rankmark.com/golf-articles/pro-head-golf-trainer/Read More 1 Comment
Posted Saturday, March 2, 2013 by Bob Doyle
Have you been thinking about trying an oversized putter grip like the FATSO or JUMBO? To do so you will have to remove (cut off) the existing grip on your putter and replace it with the new oversized grip at a cost of from $20 to $30 or more. Suppose now that you don’t like the new grip. You will have to remove it and have a new grip installed on your putter.
Oops! This experiment just cost you $30 or more.
We recently found a patented BigGrip that you can install yourself on your favorite putter that has a standard or mid-size grip. It is very easy to do; takes all of a minute or two, using a built in zipper. It costs less than $15 including shipping.
If you like it…..continue to use it. Or you can now buy the more expensive oversized grips with confidence. If you don’t like it, simply remove it in seconds and you are back to your original grip. You can even return it to us for a $5 credit toward the 100%PURESTROKE Putting Aid which sells for $19.95.
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Posted Sunday, January 6, 2013 by Bob Doyle
There are over 400 golf training aids available on the market today, each one addressing some aspect of the golf swing. Golf swing training aids range from thumb and grip aids, to plane aids, to tempo aids, to impact aids, release and follow through aids and every other aspect of the golf swing. Many of those training aids focus on putting.
The golf swing has many moving parts and many different aspects to it so it is understandable that there can be so many available aids. All but two of the aspects can be argued and are opinions of the Golf Pro, Instructor or Inventor of the aid. The two irrefutable aspects are: 1. The golfer’s head MUST stay behind the ball through impact; 2. The golfer MUST maintain her/his spine angle throughout the swing. Only the PRO-HEAD Trainer focuses on those two aspects. And the PRO-HEAD Trainer can even be used to address head movement during putting and chipping.
PGA Golf Professional and former Tour Champion, Jake Zastko has been teaching golf for over 50 years. Jake says that the biggest problem he has observed in all his years of teaching is that the golfer’s head comes up and out of the shot. The golfer does not keep the head behind the ball through impact.
PGA Instructor Jack Grout recognized this flaw in Jack Nicklaus’ swing when young Jack was 10 years old. It seemed that no matter how many times Grout told Jack to stop bobbing his head, young Jack could not keep his head steady or behind the ball through impact. One day, out of complete frustration, Grout grabbed Nicklaus by his curly blonde hair with his extended right arm and hand, and forced young Jack to hit balls for three hours. Young Jack cried from the pain of the hair pulling. But he got the message and Nicklaus went on to become perhaps the best golfer ever. Users of the PRO-HEAD Trainer have referred to the swing aid as a “mechanical Jack Grout.”
Physiologists and psychiatrists tell us that the brain receives information and retains such information from three sources: 1. Visually, a person reads data or watches video or observes physical examples of the new information. 2. Auditory, a person hears information or instruction. 3. Kineticly, a person touches or is touched (tactile feedback) or repeats movements until the movement or skill is retained. Such tactile feedback is extremely valuable for kinetic learning which ultimately leads to muscle memory. Although young Nicklaus was shown his swing flaw (visually); was told about his flaw (auditory feedback); it was not until he received tactile feedback (kinetic learning) did Jack Nicklaus learn to keep his head steady and behind the ball through impact.
Some people can visually learn by reading a book, a golf tip, or from watching their swing on video, or being emulated by an Instructor or coach. Hence the plethora of golf books, magazines, videos, DVD’s and swing tips readily available to golfers who want to improve their swings. Similarly by hearing about their swing fault from a Golf Pro or Instructor, golfers can learn to improve their swings. They can also hear and see their flaw from a good teaching Pro, which is why Teaching Pros and swing coaches are valuable and plentiful. And why almost every touring Pro today has her/his own personal swing coach.
Kinetic learning by itself, or combined with the visual and auditory knowledge, has proven to be the best approach for improving one’s golf swing. It is within this form of learning, which leads to muscle memory, that the best training techniques and training aids have focused. Here are some examples:
a. The Medicus has been voted the best training aid for years because of the tactile and kinetic feedback it affords the golfer. I tried and used the Medicus myself and whereas it helped me with my swing plane and tempo, it gave me no feedback on head movement and did not help me to correct this swing flaw.
b. Similarly with the Explanar, an $800 plastic swing aid that forces the golfer to maintain swing plane. This device offers tactile feedback to the golfer if the golfer’s swing deviates from the required plane. Again however, there is nothing to help the golfer learn to keep a steady head.
c. Swingrite is a full swing training that offers auditory feedback, a click, when the golfer releases the clubhead at the point of impact. Nothing however for a steady head.
d. SwingPerfect offers feedback through a vibrating device inserted near the grip of the club.Tactile feedback but not for any head movement.
e. SwingJacket, the InsideApproach, Perfect Release are other full swing aids that provide some kind of feedback but none of them focuses on head movement, which is the biggest single flaw of most golfers.
Steve Williams, Tiger’s former caddie, was seen on TV just prior to a PGA event, placing the grip end of a club on top of Woods’ head during a warm up session.. And popular Instructor Hank Haney has published several articles and tips using this same Jack Grout technique to help the golfer keep the head behind the ball through impact. Here is a short animation that shows what the golfer will see by swinging properly and keeping the head behind the ball through impact. Please visit http://www.proheadgolf.com to see this 7 second animation.
As Jake Zastko found, most golfers have that tendency to come up and out of their shot, It may be because they want to see where their shot went. Or they don’t want to hold up their playing partners; or lose their ball. For whatever reason to do otherwise, the golfer must learn to keep the head behind the ball through impact, as did Jack Nicklaus and as leading instructors try to teach. When this becomes a memorized aspect of one’s swing, the golfer will greatly improve her/his swing and lower their scores.The PRO-HEAD Trainer is the only training aid that focuses on helping to improve this flaw.Read More 0 Comments