Five Proven Essentials to Proficient Ball Striking

Rotational Force

Titleist Professional Institute (TPI) Cofounder Dave Phillips wrote the article “5 Key Fundamentals to World-class Ball Striking” in the golf swing in 2012. Here are the five:

  1. Contacting the ball in the center of a square club face
  2. Keeping the club face on the intended path
  3. Swinging with rotational force
  4. Performing the swing in the proper kinematic sequence
  5. Maintaining segmental stability throughout the swing

A very important physical aspect of the golf swing is segmental stability. Segmental stability allows the golfer to maintain the postural positions and a fixed spine angle through all phases of the swing. Segmental stability is based upon the muscular system of the body having the required levels of strength to retain the postural positions necessitated by the athletic actions of the swing.

Segmental stability within the core is where many amateurs are deficient. The core is simply a reference to an anatomical area of the body consisting of all the muscular structures from just above the knees to slightly below the chest. Muscle groups included in the core are the abdominals, obliques, lower back, and glutes. The core is actively involved in creating the athletic actions associated with the golf swing in addition to maintaining the required postural positions.
Sean Cochran, Golf Fitness

In an age where golf balls travel farther than their ancestors; where improvements in drivers promise more distance off the tee with fewer fault-showing ball flights; and where equipment makers claim their new irons will knock it close to hole on approach shots, I think avid amateurs must remind themselves of the fundamentals cited by Dave Phillips in his article.

I have seen firsthand the frustration and disappointment of an amateur on the course with a new $300-500 driver in his bag that didn’t fulfill his (it’s generally a male) game improvement expectations.

While equipment makers designed new clubs, TPI used technology and research to heighten our knowledge of the golf swing in ways that were heretofore possible. Phillips’ article is based on that current knowledge. If knowledge is power, then reading the article and taking its content to heart connects you to the true fundamentals of modern golf.

May the “Five Be With You!”

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2014 Masters Tournament App

Par-5 13th Green Augusta National

Par-5 13th Green Augusta National

The 2014 free Masters Tournament App is now available for you to download to your smart phone or device.

It’s a great way to follow the action as it happens at Augusta next week.

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“Pain Equals No Gain!” When Keeping Fit

That’s according to Dr. Greg Rose. Injuries in professional golf are on the rise. A Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) March 7 post of his addresses reasons why. I’ve been high on golf fitness for more than decade but wisely learned from fitness trainers to workout within my limitations until I prepped my body to go to a higher level. That’s very much how to score well on the golf course, playing within your abilities.

Injuries in Professional Golf – What’s Going on?

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Proud Moment for Amateur Golf Blogger

Hello Readers! I’ve been absent the last few months but far from inactive. I’ve been playing golf in Minnesota where the season’s short compared to seasons in Florida, California, Arizona, etc.

I’ve been researching and testing some of the latest new golf apps for smart devices, such as tablets and mobile phones. I’ve also been gathering information.

And finally, I successfully completed the 2-day TPI Level 1 Golf Fitness Workshop in Image of certification, textbook, DVD, name badgePhoenix, AZ — a proud moment for me. I’ve been high on fitness, but especially golf fitness for sometime and wanted to expand my horizons. I visit the TPI, Core Performance and Drive 495 sites often. And if one is good, then two must be better. I belong to two fitness gyms.

I’m infused with new material for this blog. Stay tuned.

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Minnesotan Jeff Sorenson Competes at Oak Hill CC

He’s Jeff, not Jim, Sorenson. Jim and Jeff are known names in Minnesota Amateur Golf. Not related to Jim, and now a PGA Golf Pro, Jeff is competing this week at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC, Rochester, NY. Good luck, Jeff Sorenson! may your ball find the center of the cup when you need it most.

Photo Caption: Jeff Sorenson reacts to sinking a birdie putt on the ninth hole at Hershey CC-East at the 44th PGA Professional National Championship. Source:, June 26, 2011.

Jeff Sorenson, Minnesota PGA Golf Pro

Jeff Sorenson, PGA Golf Pro

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Michael Kim Earns Am Honors at U.S. Open

Michael Kim Low Am at 113th U.S. Open

Among the 10 amateurs playing in the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club’s East Course, Michael Kim, a 19-year-old University of California-Berkeley junior, earned low-am honors with his 17th place finish — tied with Brandt Snedeker and three others; finishing ahead of Tiger Woods; and outperforming the PGA Tour pros who missed the cut. Congrats! Michael Kim!

Michael Kim’s Biography

Amateurs Playing In Final Round

  • T17, Michael Kim
  • T45, Cheng-Tsung Pan
  • T62, Kevin Phelan
  • T64, Michael Weaver

Amateurs Who Missed Cut

  • Steven Fox
  • Gavin Hall
  • Max Homa
  • Cory Mcelyea
  • Murray Grayson
  • Chris Williams
Amateurs 113th U.S. Open Photo

Source: USGA Website

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U.S. Amateur Marucci with Woods at Merion

Merion Member Marucci Loops with Tiger Woods

On Tuesday, June 11, 2013, U.S. Amateur George E. ‘Buddy’ Marucci Jr. accompanied PGA Tour Player Tiger Woods and his caddie Joe LaCava for a practice round at the Merion Golf Club, site of the 113th U.S. Open,  June 10-16.

Marucci is not only a longtime Merion member but also the amateur whom Woods defeated to win his 1995 U.S. Amateur Championship Title at Newport Country Club. Buddy also is an accomplished amateur. He holds a number of amateur titles. He captained two U.S Walker Cup Teams to victory: one in 2007 and in 2009. He ended his amateur career in 2008 when he won the U.S. Senior Amateur Title.

To read more about the practice round story visit:

George E. 'Buddy' Marucci Jr.

Click on Buddy’s name to watch a USGA video with Buddy Marucci.

To fully understand why Tiger Woods chose to play his practice round with Buddy, read the news story on this webpage.

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