Golf – Improve Your Swing

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chuck Will, PGA Director of Instruction at the Chuck Will Golf Academy, demonstrates how to properly grip your golf club.

    Charles Will

    Chuck Will is originally from Rockville, Maryland. Being the son of a State Department Official he had the opportunity to live and travel abroad. He played his junior golf at the former Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he quickly developed a love for the game. A three year varsity letterman in golf and captain of the team at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland was highlighted by qualifying individually for the Maryland State High School Championship in 1973. He graduated from Salisbury State University in 1977 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Having played all four years on the university’s golf team he earned the honors of team captain, most valuable player and held the school’s low scoring record. He began his golf professional career as an Assistant Golf Professional to Ernie Teague, an accomplished player and well known teacher, at Hyland Hills Country Club in Southern, Pines, North Carolina and Pine Lake Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was during this time that he developed his interest in the mechanics of the golf swing and a love for teaching all levels of golfers. He returned to the Washington, DC metropolitan area in 1980 to accept a position with Jack Walker as Teaching Professional and Assistant Manager at the newly opened Herndon Centennial Golf Course in Herndon, Virginia. During this period, he continued to hone his teaching and playing skills. In 1982 he achieved the singular honor of having the highest test score in the country on the PGA Business School II series exam and was elected to Class “A” membership in the Professional Golfer’s Association of America. Chuck Will - PGA Director of Instruction (cont'd) In 1987, he moved to the Reston Golf Course in Reston, Virginia as Head PGA Golf Professional. In 1989, he was elevated to Director of Golf Operations for both Reston Golf Course and Hidden Creek Country Club, also in Reston, Virginia. During this time he began to incorporate the use of high speed video swing analysis into his instructional programs. He also served as an Officer and Junior Golf Committee Chairman for the Middle Atlantic PGA Section’s board of directors. In 1996, after spending two years as General Manager and Head PGA Golf Professional at the Country Club of Newberry in Newberry, South Carolina, he made the decision to focus 100% of his time and efforts on becoming a “student of the game” and turned his efforts toward teaching full time. During the next couple years, he spent countless hours studying the swings of the world’s best players and researching all aspects and mechanics of the golf swing. His highly productive, result driven instruction style is a culmination of all his efforts. He also created a simple pitching and chipping system that can easily be incorporated into the games of any handicap level golfers. In 1998, with the aid of Dulles Golf Center’s owner, Bob Reiver, he established the Dulles Golf Academy. As PGA Director of Instruction, Chuck was responsible for developing all instructional programs. From it’s inception, Dulles Golf Academy has strived to provide for it’s students the best and most technologically advanced golf instruction available to date! In 1999, he completed a course of instruction with Advantage Golf of Rockville, Maryland to become a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor to further enhance his knowledge, teaching skills and ability to convey a better understanding of the “Body-Swing Connection” in the golf swing to his students. In addition to his teaching prowess, owner Bob Reiver recognized his business acumen by appointing him the facility's General Manager in December 1999. In March of 2004, Chuck and Patrick McGuire, one of his staff professionals, leased the Golf Shop concession from owner Bob Reiver and formed Will & McGuire Professsionals, LLC. Initially focusing on custom club fitting and retail sales, they have recently begun to expand into the corporate logo and tournament prize business. The Will & McGuire fitting center is technologically state of the art featuring the Vector Launch Monitor, Taylor-Made MATT System, Swing View Pro and P3Pro teaching software and this year’s addition of the new 3-D “IClub” Body Motion System for measuring body positions and energy transfer during the swing! Chuck has been selected as one of Golf Range Magazine’s “Top 50 Golf Instructors in America” for 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006, Golf Digest’s “Best Instructors in Your State” for 2007-2008 as well as to the Consumer’s Research Council of America - Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors! In the fall of 2003, the Dulles Golf Academy officially changed its name to the Chuck Will Golf Academy! Each year as the Chuck Will Golf Academy and Will & McGuire Professionals continue to grow, teaching, however, will continue to be Chuck’s main focus and foremost love! Chuck Will - PGA Director of Instruction (cont'd) PGA Education PGA Business Schools I & II (1978 & 1982) Club Repair Workshop (1987) Playing Workshop (1987) Teaching Workshop (1987) PGA/GSO Merchandising Seminar (1989) Turf Grass Management (1992) PGA Service Middle Atlantic PGA Section Board of Directors Director, Middle Atlantic PGA (1992-1993) Secretary, Central Chapter (1992-1993) Eastern Director, Central Chapter (1991-1992) Director at Large, Central Chapter (1988-1990) Middle Atlantic PGA Section Committees Chairman, National Golf Month (1993) Chairman, Central Chapter Junior Golf Committee (1988-1993) Member, Section Education Committee (1987-1988) Honors and Awards PGA President’s Society (1989-1991) PGA Business School I - Top 10% test scorer in country PGA Business School II - Highest test scorer in country Captain, Salisbury State University Golf Team (1976, 1977) Most Valuable Player, Salisbury State University Golf Team (1975) Golf Range Magazine Top 50 Golf Instructors in America for 2003, 2004 & 2005 Consumer’s Research Council – Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors 2003, 2004 & 2005 Teaching Philosophy Chuck feels that all golfers given the right combination of swing fundamentals for them are capable of significant improvement regardless of age, skill level or physical limitations. He uses a combination of computerized video swing analysis, a golf assessment and flexibility screening and club path analyzer data to gather the necessary information required to determine the swing type best suited for that individual. By finding the golfer’s best “Swing Type” he can then make the appropriate changes for success without totally overhauling their old swing. As a result, golfers can see immediate improvement by adjusting their old swing and minimizing their errors. Students also will get a greater understanding of what their own “tendencies” or “poor swing habits” are and how to correct as well as avoid them. Chuck uses a number of teaching aids and practice drills, both outdoors and indoors to help the student learn the new swing changes. He also feels strongly that the “On Range Indoor to Outdoor Video Studio” affords the best way to show the student the cause and effect a particular swing flaw can have on the overall golf swing and outcome of the shot. He also has an extensive digital library of PGA Tour Professionals that are used for comparison and to demonstrate the fundamental “common denominators” of all world class players. His use of on course playing lessons, physical conditioning as well as the mental aspects of the game balances out his instructional program and allows students to reach a new level of success and greatly achieve their full potential.

    Hi, my name is Chuck Will, PGA Director of Instruction at the Chuck Will Golf Academy. Today we are going to be talking about the grip or the correct hold on the golf club. The grip is your only connection to the golf club during the swing; positioning of the club is critical in the hands. It allows you to hold the club in a light grip pressure to allow you to swing your arms to create as maximum amount of speed also with the correct amount of control. The positioning is very critical, we are going to go over the correct way to hold it, a couple of different options, and also, we are going to finish up showing you a couple of other different ways that people tend to make mistakes in the grip. If you are looking at the left hand grip, it should run from the first joint of the index finger to just above the panky. Close your hand around it, squeeze up with the last three fingers of your left hand. The handle is going to fit just under the heel-pad where pressure is going to be on the last three fingers. If we set the club down on the ground, we ought to see the first couple of knuckles; my left thumb would be just a little bit off to the side. Raising the club back up in front up of us, we are going to apply the right hand. The right hand is very easy, once the left hand is correct. The palm of the right hand should face the left hand and the connection point that we make first is the base of the right hand to the base of the left thumb. We are going to wrap our fingers around, so the midle two knuckles or the middle two fingers are directly under the handle, and then wrap the hand around. You are going to cover the thumb of the left hand, forming a V with the thumb and forefinger of the right hand. An easy way to remember that is, if you were to put a coin or quarter in your fingers right here and hold that together and then connect that to the club. Your grip pressure again is the last three fingers of the left hand so far, the base of the right hand to the base of the left thumb. A couple of variations, we have the Overlap or the Warden Grip, this is the most popular. We also have the Interlock - this works well if your hands are small; and then we also have the ten finger where all the fingers are on the grip. This works well if you are not as strong; I recommend this for kids. All the juniors, we start them off with the ten finger grip. Any variation is acceptable. You have to find the one that works best for you. Mistakes that are very common as far as the grip; holding the club too much in the palm; if I hold that club too much in the palm, makes it very difficult for my wrist to hinge, because again, we want to hold the club in a light grip pressure to create speed. The grip also allows our hands to hinge and unhinge. So, by positioning the handle down in the fingers, squeezing up against the heel pad, that allows our hands to hinge correctly in the golf swing. The right hand on top, the mistake there would be right hand underneath too much. However much it feels powerful to you to have that right hand underneath, it does not allow your hands to hinge the club correctly. So when you hold the club correctly, it is going to be down in the fingers with that left hand; the right hand is going to feel like you have very little control mostly in the fingers, but it does allow your hands to just hinge the golf club up. So, once we have got our good positioning of our hands on the club, we set the club down and go through our set up routine, it should be very easy to hinge the club up. Remember, your hands work up in the golf swing never side to side. Practice your golf grip at home and your golf swing will be a lot better as a result. Thank you.