One of the goals that Golfers who come into our VIP Schools have is that they want to be more Consistent.
In 1990, when my dad first invented the SpeedBall, we did a video about the 3 things you had to have at impact to be a more consistent golfer:
Clubface must be square at impact
Club path must be square at impact
You need enough speed and maximum speed at impact.
Fast Forward to 2016 and those 3 rules are true today. (If you wanted a 4th one, it would be that you need to hit the ball in the center of the clubface.)
The big difference between now and then is that now we have launch monitors like the FlightScope to measure all 3 of these ‘musts’. Thru teaching with the Flightscope, I’ve noticed the big problem with amateur golfers is, well, all 3 of these. Typically the amateur has an open face, an outside in path and not enough speed.
We had you covered for speed back then with the SpeedBall and with our new products that give you more lag, like the Power Whip, we can help you create speed thru better mechanics as well. We also were/are able to help you with path as the SpeedBall gets you to see/feel a better path. The tough one for most golfers has always been the face.
Face is key because if your face is open to the path, your ball will slice. On the FlightScope, they have a measurement called FTP, or Face to Path. The number you want to see for FTP is zero (or something about 2.5 or less) As that number gets smaller, your shots will curve LESS. In other words:
THERE IS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP OF FTP TO BALL CURVATURE:
1. THE HIGHER THE NUMBER THE MORE CURVE.
2. THE LOWER THE NUMBER THE LESS CURVE.
When I watch a typical broadcast of a PGA Tour telecast, I’m always intrigued/amazed by the shot tracer/trackers.
Look how straight that ball flys! Wouldn’t you love to do that! I would… but then I noticed something, my FTP numbers weren’t that good, and when you swing over 130 mph, the ball will really curve.
So, I realized that my key (your key) to more CONSISTENCY was FTP. At about the time of that realization I started working with the drills, training aids and ideas (the same ones that you get at the VIP Schools) to lower my FTP. Here is a screen shot of my FTP’s from a recent session.
These are the best FTP numbers I’ve ever had and I remember thinking that day, “My shots flew really straight, without a lot of curve” I didn’t hit them all straight as I was working on Clubhead speed that day (got over 130!!!!), but they didn’t curve much and that was a huge breakthrough!!!