News !! Barney Beard Golf

Welcome to 2022 – Happy New Year to Everyone !!

I have news…two things.

1. ‘Golf For Beginners‘ is available  in hardcover.

2. I am beginning a publishing business.

 

  1. Golf for Beginners is now available in both hardcover and paperback. I have five hardback proof copies to sell at half price for $10.00, first come, first served. Both hardcover and paperback are available on Amazon, hardcover for $19.95 and paper-back for $9.99. If you purchase either off my tailgate you’ll save shipping. I wish I could sell them for less.
  2. I am beginning a publishing business for those who have a book they want to publish. I can help you set up your book from scratch and self publish on Amazon. The good news is putting your book on Amazon is FREE to you. Yes, that’s right. Amazon will allow you to sell your book on Amazon at no cost. They make their money when books are ordered from both the cost of the book and shipping. I will charge you to prepare your manuscript and make it available on Amazon. If interested, there is no charge for the initial consultation.

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How To Begin The Backswing In Golf…Barney Beard Golf

How To Begin The Backswing

  1. The first ten inches of your backswing are critical.
  2. Clubhead, hands, arms and shoulders all begin moving at exactly the same time.
  3. The top of the club and the bottom of the club begin moving at the same moment.
  4. Both arms straight as the arms, hands and club begin the backswing.
  5. Think of the beginning of the backswing as a ‘One Piece Takeaway’ with your shoulders rotating SLIGHTLY, along with your arms, wrists and club, all moving together.
  6. Think of the beginning of the backswing as dragging the clubhead away from the ball with your arms straight. For the first ten inches of the backswing keep the clubhead close to the ground.
  7. Use a ‘Forward Press’ to help your body begin the backswing as a unit.
  8. What is a forward press? A forward press is a tiny, almost imperceptible movement of the golfer’s body forward, a movement to the left for a right-handed golfer. When this almost imperceptible movement towards the target is immediately reversed it helps the muscles of the body work as a unit, to aid the shoulders, arms, hands and wrists to begin the backswing in unison at exactly the same moment.
  9. Experienced golfers find a way to begin their backswing as a unit. No two are exactly alike.
  10. After about ten inches, the wrists begin to cock. The wrist cock doesn’t happen suddenly after the one piece take away. The wrist cock is a fluid motion that begins slowly and unfolds during the backswing.

 

Dangers!!!!! Things to avoid.

  1. Never, never start the clubhead moving before you move your hands. In other words, never begin your backswing with a cock of the wrists.
  2. The backswing must not begin with a jerk of the hands. Smooth and easy, nice and breezy. If you want to be a good golfer, don’t be a jerk or eat beef jerky during your round. Jerking the club away from the ball is never recommended.
  3. The backswing must not begin by allowing the wrists to lift the clubhead into the air. The clubhead should travel low to the ground as it moves away from the ball.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

 

PS. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. I have these books at the range also, but not to give away. You have to buy my golf book. You don’t mind, do you?

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Ball Position At Address Is Critical…Barney Beard Golf

Ball position at address is critical

I teach three basic ball positions for the full swing.

  1. Play the ball in the middle of your stance-6 iron through wedges.
  2. Hybrids and long irons, play the ball two or three inches off the left heel.
  3. The woods, the long shafts, play the ball off the left instep.

When hitting short irons, the ball must be played in the middle of the stance.

When hitting short irons, the ball CANNOT be played forward in the stance.

When hitting woods the ball must be played forward, almost off the left big toe.

When hitting woods, the ball cannot be played in the center of the stance.

If the ball is too far forward with short irons & wedges, you’ll often top the ball.

If the ball is too far back with your woods, you’ll tend to hit to the right.

Ball position is critical.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game

Barney Beard

PPS. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. I have these books at the range also, but not to give away. You have to buy my golf book. You don’t mind, do you?

PPPS. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

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Golf’s Short Game…Barney Beard Golf

The Short Game

The short game is the most important part of the game of golf.

What is the short game?

The short game is that part of the game when the golfer is close to the green and cannot use a full swing.

Simple Advice

  1. Putt from off the green when ground conditions allow.
  2. Chip when you can’t putt (a chip is a low running shot).
  3. Pitch when you can’t chip (a pitch is a high lofted shot that doesn’t roll far)

Short Game Swing Advice

  1. Use a narrow stance, feet close together.
  2. Weight more on the left than the right (right hand golfers)
  3. Absolutely no weight shift with a short-game shot.
  4. If you have a long shot….use a long backswing.
  5. Medium length shot…use a medium length backswing
  6. Short shot…use a short backswing.
  7. Very short shot…use a very short backswing.

Control short game distance by controlling length of backswing.

Practice the short game and notice your scores getting lower and lower.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game

Barney Beard

 

PS. I’ve written a new book for my grandchildren, The Book Visitors. (Click Here to Order) It’s available on Amazon if you want to purchase it. I have a few copies to give away of this and other books. Come by the range and ask and I’ll give you a copy. Barney

PPS. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee. I have these books at the range also, but not to give away. You have to buy my golf book. You don’t mind, do you?

PPPS. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

 

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Arms Straight at Address & Impact…Barney Beard Golf

Arms Straight at Address

Both arms should be straight and fully extended at ADDRESS.

Both arms should be straight and extended at IMPACT.

One arm bends on the backswing, the other arm bends on the follow through but both are straight at address and impact.

At address the arms hang downward from the shoulder joints, not outward. That’s one of the reasons the golfer needs to get his/her watermelon back out of the way. The golf swing is more Ferris wheel than carousel. The arms are NOT in a straight line with the shaft of the club. An angle is formed where the arms/hands join the handle of the club. Because the spine is tilted towards the golf ball, the arms can hang almost straight down from the shoulder joints. The handle of the club should be quite close to the body/clothing…get your head up and that watermelon back out of the way.

Head up, Hands down, Arms straight.

Both arms should be straight and fully extended at ADDRESS.

On your backswing, the right elbow will bend.

Both arms should be straight and fully extended at IMPACT.

On your follow-through the left elbow will bend.

At address and again at impact both arms should be straight.

One arm bends on the backswing. The other arm bends on the follow-through.

On your backswing the left arm is straight, the right bends.

On your follow-through the left arm is straight and the right bends.

Hint: If you didn’t have elbows this advice wouldn’t be necessary. When I say ‘arms straight’ I mean the top part of the arm is in a straight line with the bottom part of the arm.

I mean: Arms straight. Elbows not bent in the least.

I mean to say I want BOTH arms straight at address and impact.

I have no useful advice for dogs or cats who play golf. Have you seen how crooked a dog’s hind leg is? They should probably stick to bowling.

Kangaroos could benefit if they could keep their feet still.

An athletic octopus wanting to learn golf will have to find someone else.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

 

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The Golf Swing–Kangaroos–Weight Mostly On The Heels–Barney Beard Golf

 

Weight on your Heels

 

Stability during the golf swing can only be achieved when the golfer keeps weight on the heels. In the address position, and during the swing, the golfer should feel weight on the heels, not on the forward part of the foot.

 

You don’t jump, run or move to another place during your swing.

 

Keep downward pressure on the heels to maintain a ‘stable table’.

 

During the swing the golfer should maintain knee bend and hip flex. In other words, don’t stand up tall during the golf swing. Weight on the front part of the foot is a sure way to cause problems during the swing.

 

The front part of the foot is for walking, running, jumping, leaping, dancing, skating, hopping, jogging, hurdling, vaulting, skipping, prancing,  gymnastics, mountain climbing, ballet and spring-board diving, not for golf.

 

Keep your weight on your heels during the golf swing.

Keep your weight off the front part of your foot.

Weight on the heels will help the golfer to have a stable table.

 

NOTE: Kangaroos never make good golfers. They never swing the same way twice. They spray the ball all over the golf course, top the ball and never get over the water. They’re always losing golf balls and can’t keep up with the group ahead of them. They’re no fun to play with, all because they can’t keep their feet still.

 

Remember, don’t move your feet until AFTER you hit the ball. I suggest you don’t move your feet during the golf swing for the first three years.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

 

P.S. I’ve just finished my latest book: The Old Man and the Book  Click Here

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Alignment on the Golf Course…A Bi-Ocular View…Barney Beard Golf

Alignment

Identify your intended line with a bi-ocular view.

If you are lining up a two-foot putt or hitting your drive on a five-hundred-yard par five, both align the same way, with a bi-ocular view. When you want to provide your mind with the visual data needed to strike the ball accurately in the exact direction you want to go, you face your target to acquire that information.

What is bi-ocular alignment?

Bi-ocular alignment on the golf course is using both eyes to identify one’s intended line by standing facing the precise direction you intend your ball to travel. A skilled golfer will use this method for every shot on the golf course, for the driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges and for chipping and putting.

Let’s say you’re on the tee box of a long par four. You’ve decided to use your driver and hit the ball straight down the middle of a wide fairway. What is the process you would use to align your body for a accurate shot down the middle?

Here’s what you do:

  1. Tee your ball.
  2. Pick an object in the distance for a precise target, the flag on the green, a tree, a lamp post, a power pole, etc. Never, never just hit the ball ‘out there somewhere’ or ‘down the left side’. Never hit toward a group of trees, always pick a particular tree. Be precise.
  3. Stand six feet behind the ball with your ball on a direct line between your eyes and the chosen target.
  4. Stand with your face, chest, tummy, knees and nose, and thus both eyes, facing straight down the fairway towards your target, straight down the line you want the ball to travel.
  5. After you have chosen a far target, choose a near target. Choose an object on the ground about three feet in front of the ball directly on your target line, a leaf, a broken tee peg, a twig, an odd sprig of grass. This near target makes it easy to set your body and club to the ball correctly.
  6. Approach the ball and set your club behind the ball, squaring your clubface to your near target, the target about three feet in front of your ball.
  7. Set the club first, then set your body to the club. Set the clubhead first to precisely know where to set your feet.
  8. Align to your near target (and thus to your far target).
  9. Set your feet, torso and shoulders at a 90º angle to your target line.

You must not skip the bi-ocular view and stand sideways to your target line and choose your target with one eye closer to the target than the other.

Prepare your mind before every shot by giving your mind a balanced, bi-ocular view. Give your mind the highest quality information available to hit the ball on a precise line. Before you set up, SEE the line you want the ball to travel. See yourself hitting the shot you imagine on the precise line you have chosen.

Warning: Once you have determined your line and visualized your shot by using a bi-ocular view, never change your mind at address. Never change your mind when you’re standing over the ball in the address position, that is, standing sideways to your intended line. This is especially true for putting. A sideways view is NOT the same as a bi-ocular view. Trust your bi-ocular view.

Remember, a skilled golfer will use the bi-ocular method of determining line for every shot on the golf course, for the driver, fairway woods, irons, wedges and for chipping and putting. However, I must warn you, you’re not allowed to use binoculars. I don’t really think they would help you in any case and they’re much too hard to keep in place when you’re swinging. For golf, your eyes are sufficient.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

 

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Stand Close to the Golf Ball…Barney Beard Golf

Stand Close to the Ball

Stand as close to the ball as possible and still manage to hit it.

If you stand too far from the ball:

  • You’ll be leaning over, reaching for the ball.
  • Your head will be on your chest like a droopy cantaloupe.
  • Your spine will be curved in an ugly arc like a crescent moon.
  • You’ll often top the ball.
  • You’ll tend to spray the ball all over the golf course.
  • You’ll be a sucker for all the latest fads in golf equipment.

Let me explain:

The golf swing should be more Ferris wheel than carousel. The golf swing should be up and down, not around. The golfer takes the club back away from the ball and up into the air and then back down and through the ball and then back up into the air after impact, not around in a circle like a helicopter blade. The golfer must stand close to the ball to be a Ferris wheel.

Folks who come for lessons often stand too far from the golf ball. I don’t know why. Perhaps they’re unsure of their ability to turn their body as they strike the golf ball. Perhaps they feel they have more control when they stand too far away from the ball. Perhaps instead of looking at the golf ball, they want to smell it. Perhaps they have a mysterious fear of contracting a dread disease if they stand too close. Maybe they’re afraid the golf ball will explode.

Try standing close to the ball on the practice range.

  1. Take your eight iron.
  2. Put the ball up on a short tee to make it easy.
  3. Stand closer.
  4. Bend knees
  5. Flex hips
  6. Raise you head, neck and shoulders (straighten your spine)
  7. Pull your hands closer to your belt buckle.
  8. Both arms straight, hanging straight down from your shoulders.

When you stand close:

  1. It will force your trunk and hips to turn.
  2. It will force your watermelon BACK out of the way of your hands coming in front of your belt buckle and through the impact zone.
  3. It will force your head up above the shoulder turn.

Standing closer will help you hit the ball straighter, lower your scores, reduce your taxes, help bald men grow hair, give your complexion a more youthful appearance and make you more intelligent.

Of course, I suppose most people would stand closer if they weren’t afraid of exploding golf balls.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game

Barney Beard

P.S. I’ve just finished my latest book: The Amazing Adventure of Carter and the Pie Rats. Click Here

P. P. S. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee.

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Set-Up At Address…Barney Beard Golf

 

The golfer should assume a semi-squatting position.

Firm and Stable throughout the swing.

Power and Stability come up from the ground.

 

  1. Grip – Grip as far down in the fingers as possible, not in the palms, cover the left thumb with the right palm. See two or three knuckles on the backs of your hands as you look down at address. Your grip, how you hold the club, is the number one fundamental. Ben Hogan takes the first 19 pages of his book to help you with the grip.
  2. Feet – Shoulder width and no more, better a little narrow than too wide.
  3. Shoes – The golfer’s shoes remain flat on the ground throughout the backswing, downswing and then through impact. The golfer must have a stable table at impact. The golfer’s stability, power and control come from the ground. The feet should not move, roll, slide or the heels lift until after impact.
  4. Knees – Knees should be flexed. If you’re wearing trousers, the kneecaps would be plainly visible pushing out the front of the trousers. Bend those knees, better too much knee bend than not enough.
  5. Hips – The golfer’s hips should be flexed as much as the knees. Get your watermelon back out of the way. The watermelon, the part of your body where the bottom of the spine ends, should be back so that the golfer’s weight is on the heels. The watermelon and the golfer’s belt buckle must be out of the way of the golf swing and impact.
  6. The golf swing is a Ferris wheel, not a carousel. The golf swing is up and down, not around. Get your watermelon and belt buckle out of the way of your hands as they come down close to your tummy as you hit the ball.
  7. Spine – The golfer’s spine should be moderately straight, tilted towards the ball but straightish. The straighter, the better.
  8. Torso – The golfer’s torso should be tilted towards the golf ball. The spine should not be curved. The golfer’s cantaloupe should be up, not drooping down onto the golfer’s chest. A droopy cantaloupe is so unbecoming.
  9. Cantaloupe and Neck – The golfer’s head and neck should be up above the shoulders. The head and neck should be high enough to make sure they don’t interfere with the shoulder turn. If you want to give terrible advice, tell someone to keep their head down during the golf swing. It’s about the worst advice in golf. The shoulders can’t turn properly if the golfer has a droopy cantaloupe.
  10. Arms – At address the golfer’s arms should hang almost straight down from the shoulder joints. If the hip joints are flexed and the watermelon is back out of the way, the golfer’s torso will be tilted towards the golf ball making room for the arms to hang down and the handle of the club fairly close to the body.
  11. Shoulders, hips and feet parallel to the intended line of flight. You can’t line your shoulders to the left and then hit to the right, can you?
  12. Stand as close to the ball as you can and still hit it. If you want to top the ball all the time, hit the ball into all the water hazards and sand traps, stand farther away. However, if you want to hit all your shots long and straight, stand closer.

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

P.S. I’ve just finished my latest book: Letters to My Grandchildren Volume II. Click here to have a look.

P. P. S. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee.

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The Full Swing…One Swing For All Your Clubs…Barney Beard Golf

The Full Swing – ONE SWING for all clubs.

The wise golfer should use the same swing for the woods, hybrids, irons and wedges. The golfer should use one swing with all the clubs in the long game. Whether the golfer is hitting a full-swing 8 iron into the green, a 3 wood down the fairway, or a driver on a lengthy par 4, the swing is the same. Cultivate the same full swing for all clubs.

The position of the ball in the stance will vary depending on the loft of the face and the length of the shaft, but the swing will be the same for all your full-swing clubs. This game is easier than you thought, isn’t it?

Aren’t you glad you don’t have one club and 13 swings?

Play Often, Have Fun, Respect the Game,

Barney Beard

P.S. I’ve just finished my latest book: Letters to My Grandchildren Volume II. Click here to have a look.

P. P. S. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: How Not to be Embarrassed on the First Tee.

P.P.P. S. Click Here to order my book: Golf for Beginners: Left Hand Version.

P.P.P.P. S. I also have a blog about stories and letters for my grandchildren. Click Here.

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