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TSS Pin Training Method

"Advanced techniques are the basics mastered." From the 17th century Samurai Code

Based on Ben Hogan’s slow motion drill

Slow Motion practice is a training method used by a number of top golfers from past and present time. One of the most vivid and documented example is Ben Hogan, so it is not wrong if we now call it Ben Hogan’s slow motion drill.

Snapshot from the footage of Ben Hogan taken at the Seminole Golf Club

Snapshot from much older footage of Ben Hogans’ slow motion practice

Another older footage of Ben Hogans’ slow motion practice demonstration

 
In the above video we can't see a crucial detail. It is well known that top golfers, and especially Ben Hogan, are (were) able to hit the ball exactly with the sweet spot every time. So, as said, we can’t see, but can clearly understand that in the above footage Ben Hogan is hitting dead on the sweet spot every time during the slow motion drill. If one is not a completely accomplished golfer, he will not be able to do that, and that is why he can benefit from a specially designed precision impact drill.

Learning golf is a step-by-step process. One should start with the shape of the swing, than work on the solid impact - sweetspot precision, and finally strive for precision to the target. At TSSGolf we have specialized our focus to help golfers primarily with the second step, impact precision, which is the heart of the golf swing and the key for any further advancement.

We provide a training method described in our books and two training aids. Sg3000 is an universal and very practical training aid meant for golfers at any level, from casual recreational ones to most dedicated students. It is an excelent tool for the first two steps, namely for working on the swing shape, and, of course, for what we actually developed it, for practicing impact precision.

TSS Pin training aid and method is meant for dedicated and disciplined golfers. It is best used in combination with sg3000 as described in our video eBook.

— Ernest Dras

Macro technique vs Micro technique

 

99% of all instruction currently pushed relates to Macro technique—turn the shoulders, turn the hips, stance, grip, etc. When working on Macro technique, changes are noticeable by the observer with bare eyes. On the other hand, when working on Micro technique, these changes are not visible on golfers body.

Golfers Macro technique is the platform on which he executes his Micro technique, just like a table in an operational room is a platform where the surgeon performs his precision work.

The table, where the patient lies, can be lower or higher, can be slightly tilted, etc. It doesn’t matter, if the table is set in reasonable limits, the skilful surgeon can adapt to it and perform the operation with his knife well. The table is not unimportant, however, surgeons skill in precisely handling the knife is absolutely more important.

Surgeon at work

Surgeon at work

 

Similarly, golfers Micro technique is absolutely more important then his Macro technique. For example, there are golfers who managed to mold their swings to look almost identical to that of Tiger Woods, however they are light years away from his ability to control the flight of the ball. Why? Because they are light years away from Tiger’s mastery of his Micro technique.

Tiger8

A wear pattern on Tiger Wood's
8 Iron used in 2005

Micro technique #1: The Sweet Spot

Hitting the sweet spot is not the only subject of the Micro technique, but it is the most basic, the most difficult to master, and therefore the most important. A top tour professional indicates its importance in the following summary of the golf swing:

“It’s about hitting the ball in the center of the club face and hitting it hard.”
Bubba Watson
 

FACTS: Top players make contact with the ball—hitting the sweet spot—with 1/16 of an inch tolerance.
1/8 of an inch tolerance still allows some really good golf, more than that becomes problematic.

edge coin

1/16 of an inch is
the thickness of a dime

Micro technique in Slow Motion

The following drill is designed to teach the student the feel of micro changes in bodily position while he aligns the small hole on the pin at different locations on the club face—heel, toe, center, high, low…

While the goal is to achieve sweet-spot precision consistency, it is proved to be very helpful to occasionally integrate differential practice to achieve that ultimate objective. Differential practice means that instead of just targeting the sweet-spot over and over again, one tries to intentionally hit different locations on the clubface, like top, bottom, toe, and hill. This proved to be a very effective method for increasing club-face awareness and the ability to correct mistakes (off-center contacts) when they creep in.

Testing The Solar Sweetspot Training Method

Rick Malm contacted us with the desire to test the training method presented in Ernest Dras's book: Slow Practice Will Get You There Faster: Link between Ben Hogans' mirror practice and his slow motion drillhis slow motion drill. He is an expert in biomechanics with a lot of experience in different sports and has a scientific background. As such, this was a good opportunity to thoroughly test the training method.
 
Rick Malm’s test summary: “Why was I attracted to this training method? Nobody understands how to teach this subject and it can make a difference of a win or loss at long drive world championship for my clients, and for me it means the difference of hitting fairways and greens as well as losing golf balls in the rough. I wish I would have learned this teaching technique before I started playing golf and other sports.”
 
 
 

Comparison of Rick’s full-speed swing sweet spot accuracy
in a time span of a few months.

 
 

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  • Can TSS Pin teaching device be used on other clubs beside the driver?

    It is meant to be used primarily with the driver. The feel and the new acquired awareness will translate to other clubs.
  • Are there any other prominent examples of slow motion practice beside Ben Hogan?

    Some other famous golf professionals using Slow Motion practice:

    Harvey Penick (from his Little Red Book; in his days he was coaching Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw and many other top golfers)
    "THE SLOW-MOTION DRILL is a drill you can do at home, and it takes much patience and many repetitions, but the time you spend at it will pay off on the golf course. Mickey Wright practiced this drill often. As an all purpose drill that is good for whatever ails your golf swing, this is probably the best. You can do it indoors, so you can do it in bad weather or at night. When 1 say slow motion, 1 mean really slow, slow motion. lf you think you are doing it in slow motion, do it even slower... As an all-purpose drill that is good for whatever ails your golf swing, this is probably the best."

    Butch Harmon about Tiger Woods
    "The best way to make a radical change like that is to take slow-motion swings, sometimes exaggerating the movement. Then you repeat it over and over. When Tiger and I worked on his swing in '97, he didn't want to do drills, which for many players are useful. But he was a fanatic about repetition, and I have video of him making lots of practice swings in slow motion. For a swing change to work, you have to ingrain the feel of it. You can't do that by hitting balls, because the golf swing lasts only a couple of seconds."
    http://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/tips-and-tuition/swing-setup/video-tips/2009/march/nick-price-my-10-rules-for-being-a-great-driver/

    Golf Channel - Brad Brewer

    Especially after the release of Ben Hogan's videos presented above a few years ago, now many speak about slow motion practice. If you enter "slow motion practice golf" keywords into Google, you shall find innumerable hits.

     

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