Joe Norwood Golf Swing Book 2 excerpts
The Grip Re-Visited
By Dan Norwood
How to obtain the Joe Norwood Grip without using a club.
1. Let’s begin with the right hand
a. Put your right in front of you and just make sure the palm is facing 12:00, the thumb is extended away from the other fingers and the remaining 4 fingers are inline.
i. Think of it as a straight surface similar to a martial arts “Karate” chop position.
b. All 4 fingers have 3 joints, the thumb has two. It is imperative that you understand about the 3 joints of the fingers.
c. Index finger position
i. The index finger position is very important in obtaining the “Hook” as Joe would put it.
ii. Keeping the tip of the index finger in line with the middle finger move the index finger into the hand.
iii. While performing this move you will notice the 2nd joint of the index finger raises above the middle finger. This is called the “Hook”
iv. Make sure there is no straight line with any of the joints. The 3rd joint of the index finger will be pointing to the direction of the nail on the middle finger, the 2nd joint will be elevated above and inside the “Pad” of the middle finger.
v. Practice this move a few dozen times before this next move.
vi. With the “Hook” now in place and the thumb off to the right just bring the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger and you should see a “V”.
1. Keeping the “Hook” in place begin moving the thumb away from the tip of the forefinger by using the 1st joint of the thumb, it reacts like a hinge. All you need to do now is just keep the forefinger in position and move the thumb back and forth until this action becomes comfortable.
2. Never let the index finger tip drop below the middle finger just keep the index finger in line and move the thumb to the index finger.
2. The left hand
a. The left hand is performed exactly as the right hand and in the same order. It may take a little longer with the left hand for right handed golfers.
3. Once you become comfortable with both hands you can then take your grip and the Right Pinkie or small finger will latch into the hook of the index finger.
4. Since the right palm sits on the left V it is imperative that the left thumb not be protruding or extending thus creating an uncomfortable position for the right hand.
a. Make sure both thumbs and forefingers align evenly, this will take some effort in the beginning but will become second nature as you become better influenced with this grip.
5. Both hands:
a. When the grip is proper both primary joint knuckles of the middle finger of each hand will be noticeable. To check this all that is needed is to look down at your grip. If you cannot see the middle finger knuckle all you have to do is turn in each hand and if you can see the third finger knuckle then all that is needed is for you to turn out the appropriate hand.
b. Once you get the grip you will have completed the first phase of the Sealed Wrists.
c. The 2nd phase of the sealed wrists begin with cupping or moving each wrist north to its maximum. This is called a concave wrist.
d. Understand that the wrists only move in four directions. There is no roll with the wrists there is only movements North and South and East and West.
e. There is roughly 180 degrees in flexibility in the wrists on and East – West Basis and 90 degrees on a North South Basis. The 135 degrees East – West basis is one of the main causes of swing error with the hands.
f. You can determine this for yourself simply by extending your right wrist back as far as it will go which is about 45 degrees then extend the same wrist from that position forward as far as it will go and you will see this flexibility is roughly half a circle or 180 degrees.
i. East extends back to a maximum of 45 degrees from square.
ii. West extends forward to a maximum of 135 degrees and a total of 180 degrees from each point of East to West maximum.
g. You can also check the North – South basis from square simply by moving your wrists North and South. The extensions or flexibility is roughly 45 degrees in each direction.
6. Sealed Wrist
a. So assuming you are able to understand the above, the second phase of the seal is the extension of both wrists North to there maximum, this will result in a concave wrist of both hands.
b. The final phase of the seal is during the first motions of the backswing with the hands as the right hand locks into its maximum Eastern Basis which is 45 degrees thus pulling the left wrist along to extend itself so that the left arm is lengthened by 2-3 inches depending on the size of your hands.
7. At no time during the swing do the hands release from their seal. Once locked the hands hold the club head back of the hands and the hands move through the impact zone and into the follow through zone well before the club ever gets to that position, although it may seem differently due to the extreme speed of the arms.
8. Once you become comfortable with the grip then the next step is to learn how to perform this swing without a golf club utilizing the Joe Norwood Grip
a. This two will take a bit of work and (at first) feel uncomfortable until you begin to get the feel from the mechanics.
b. Looking at both hands you interweave the last 3 fingers of each hand together leaving enough room to turn in the left wrist into the right palm. Do not clasp the hands just interlock the last 3 fingers lightly.
c. Then take the left thumb and forefinger V position and turn the left and 45 degrees into the right palm. The left thumb will hug the end of the right palm just like with the regular grip. The difference here is that the hands are more compact due to their interweaving clasp of the last 3 fingers.
d. Once the left V is in position then roll the right hand over the left V and allow some flexibility with both hands to fit into their positions.
i. Once completed you will be able to see both middle finger knuckles and both thumbs and forefingers will be in position so that you can then create phase 2 of the seal and phase 3 of the seal simply by moving your hands and locking them.
ii. The arms don’t move.
iii. There is no club to be concerned about
iv. Your grip is secure
v. You can continue to work on your grip until you “Own” it
vi. Once you own the grip then you can begin your swing practice which is something to be discussed later.
04/27/12 Dad told me today the reason why Gramps wanted to have a singular method of teaching is due to Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon were working with Joe Norwood in early 1900’s. Vardon and Hagen wanted Norwood to find and adopt a golf swing based teachings of the Scottish and English teaching Professionals. This would have taken place around 1910 through 1915. Walter Hagen and Harry Vardon both felt that Joe Norwood was the one to bring to the golfing community a golf swing that could be simple and repeatable.
excerpt from Book II
Joe Played golf with many of the famous early golfers – Francis Quimet and Walter Travis to start with.
It was in 1913 that Joe met and played with the still famous Walter J. Travis. Oe’s all time favorite professional was Walter Hagen. Hagen had every shot in the bag according to Joe and the Haig would walk into the locker room and ask those present “Who would becoming in second in the tournament.”
In the early part of his career he worked for the Wright & Ditson Company. He serviced about ninety pros, and in those days he hefted clubs by hand in order to assemble a matched set. He has huge hands and to this day has the touch and feel of a fine surgeon. He has a correspondingly advanced knowledge of the anatomy as it relates to golf. He is more privileged to teach knowing anatomy as he does.
To paraphrase Joe when he relates what one old time pro way back in 1911 said to him in trying to teach him how to teach. “ Tell them anything, the won’t know the difference. When you finish your three weeks with me you will be the first pro to teach the pros how to teach.” There seems to be a vast number of convenient phrases that seem to fit a great number of errors, valid or not, still in use today.
Golf is still taught as it was before Joe was born. His greatest desire is to see the PGA adopt a uniform method of teaching instead of the individual theories confusing the public.
In a matter of minutes Joe never fails to get an exciting
response out of a student. “Mr. Magic” ... every few minutes someone is getting
a thrill from a new sensation. “When you come to Joe, just bring your arms and
legs, leave your body at home” is a standard instruction to one and all.
He is prone to say, “Take the mystery out of the swing, keep it simple.” He subtracts from what the pupil brings to him and of course starts by reducing the greatest error first.
Joe has several patents on some really great mechanical aids that give one an immediate feel of what takes place in the action of the swing. One in particular is fifty years old. He is the proverbial bottomless well. There seems to be no end of information he has about what goes into the golf swing or how a shot should be made. He is just as alert today regarding new ideas about golf as he ever was, and he is still searching.
He permits no one the luxury of indulging in negativity, and he believes in self –confidence, but he feels you had better have a good golf swing and not rely too much on confidence. No one dares to say “can’t.” He scolds them and tells them to say, I took it out of use” instead.
He gives you the mechanics to work with. He wishes he could rent out his feelings or put them in pill form. He is apt to chide someone with the observation, “ If it was so simple to teach I would need a staff of thirty secretaries and an office on Wilshire Boulevard to handle all the customers.” Usually this is directed to a dejected player.
First and foremost, Joe is giver of himself. He was content to dedicate himself to being a teacher. Money has to be forced upon him when lesson time is over. He never fails to look you over for errors when you are there for a practive session and oftentimes spends a considerable amount of time do so, gratis.
The arc is a half circle going and coming:
AND SO IS JOE’S SWING!
The tremendous centrifugal force is being generated. The sliding door has none of these good features ---JUST THE OPPOSITE, in fact.
The arc of the swinging door is constant and there is no change in dimension from the hinge to the leading edge. The golf swing should travel in the same manner.
Joe’s blueprint for the golf swing has:
1. A hub
2. A constant radius
3. It generates centrifugal force with very little effort
4. It repeats itself continuously
5. It is dependable.
Unfortunately most golfers break the arc in trying to go to the ball, hitting from the top, swinging around the hips instead of under the hips.
Joe’s swing is two half circles and one must come down the same track as the backswing takes going up.
Emphasize this thought:
In all shots from the drive to the putt, hold the left arm and smack it with the right arm.
Snatching the club will only result in wild variations of swing patters and will not lead to building a repeating golf swing.
Unless the parts of the swing are known, it is futile to watch the pros. They simply are too smooth to be able to detect what is happening during the swing. When the parts of the swing are known, errors or departures from good form are easily spotted and the end result can be predicted when a departure is made. It is a case of cause and effect.
The essential point in learning the Joe Norwood Golf Swing is to be able to hold the parts and discipline oneself to make the moves.
The Seal of the wrist
The right hand is an oscillator, and being so can hardly repeat a move with any consistency. The hand is always willing and anxious to get into the act; it’s almost impossible to keep it from doing so.
The hand becomes triggered like the release of a slingshot.
· How does one keep the hand from casting, and what delays the hands in shot making?
o Physically the hand is like a wet noodle compared to the power of the arm. Therefore is it quite obvious that the arm is what should be used to strike the ball.
o Extension of the arm cannot be furthered by the hand.
§ This is not true. The left arm can be extended with a convex left hand. The extension of the left arm will go from the end of the left wrist to the 1st knuckle of the last finger. This extension to a convex left comes from the seal of the right hand into a concave position. The concave of the right forces the convex of the left.
Casting with the hand will not extend the arm but extending the arm first will delay the hand.
· The hand shoots out the second the arm stops its extension.
· The power of the arm is lost when the hand is cast.
· Full power of the arm is achieved by making a full extension.
Most golfers still have one or two inches of extension left at impact, and being robbed of added power and distance that is rightfully theirs, as the added extension requires no additional effort.
Lack of extension also permits the hands to roll over, causing erratic shots.
(This can only mean wrist flip or wrist break as the hands rolling over (as in pronation) is caused by the forearm rolling the hands. The wrists can only go two ways and these are up and down, right and left, to and frow, the wrist is not three dimensional and is not based to a wheel rather to bone so when the hands roll over they do so with the help of the forearm muscles twisting the hand and wrist around the arm and the elbow does not move)
The club head never passes the hands in any good shot, nor should the shaft move in any shot. Simply put the hands move the club and prevent the arms from performing to the best which is to hold tight and trigger the piston action in the shoulders. The hands are sealed at the address and must be practiced as they release easily. The shaft moving is when the handle moves away from the protection of the arm. This is called a wrist flip.
· Active hands will make the shaft move, and the club head will pass the hands, exaggerating any pull already begun by the knees, body, and shoulders.
· To reduce variations, the shaft must remain still – otherwise the hands will oblige you with a choice among a:
o Skied Shot
o And even a whiff.
The arm will produce the action that will result in hitting a ball straight. This is covered in another chapter.
The right wrist is set down in a very slight move this is down and inward. This elevates the thumb and forefinger, putting the index-finger knuckle higher than the thumb.
The act of setting the wrist down will elevate the toe of the club a fraction, and the inward press of the wrist will hood the club face.
· This is why your clubs must have the lie adjusted 2.5 to 3 degrees flatter than the standard lie.
Practice the setting down of the right wrist without a club and be sure you don’t lift the thumb and forefinger. The seal of the wrist is made by setting the wrist down. There is a great difference in the way this is done.
· Gripping the club with the thumbs down at 11:00 as relative to the shaft.
· The setting of the right wrist in a concave position, the wrist cocks into the forearm.
· The final part of the seal happens during the 1st few moves of the backswing and the right hand begins following the right elbow it does a final fold into the right elbow thus creating a perfect concave right wrist and a perfect convex left wrist.
The chip shot &
The pitch and run shot
Take the grip.
Extend the left arm.
Place the blade squared to the target.
Place the right foot parallel to the blade.
Place the left foot forward and out so that the toe is pointing at a forty five degree angle.
Do not lean forward or sag but make a weight shift onto the left leg.
Activate the thumb and forefinger and take the club head away from the ball in the prescribed manner and return the club head to the ball from the elbow.
Here, again the elbow goes out toward first base then continues on the line of flight – it does not cross the line of flight.
There is no down in the swing as the club head only goes to about a knee high position.
(There is a down in the swing when the arms go above the waist.)
The club head leaves the ball on the back swing and merely returns to the ball from the elbow.
this shot only requires the slightest of movement of the grip to
extend into the seal there is no need to go to phase 3 of the
seal since that in itself will bring the club head above the knees.
There is no need to activate the thumb and forefinger since there will be no swing and you will most likely be focusing on too many things. You do want to hold the handle of the club tightly in the "V" between the right thumb and forefinger.
Get the grip tight into the first two phases of the seal, the hands – thumbs down 45 degrees and the concave position of the hands at address. See my forum regarding the hooding of the right hand. This is important as the hooding of the club will keep the club in place during all phases of the swing. It is a most important small move.
Since the stance is open with this shot as it is with all of the short shots, there is no need to pre-turn and lock the hips to the 7:30 position. Once the stance is taken the normal pre-turn or lock of the hips will bring the waistline inline with the direction of the putt. The right elbow then follows the waistline slightly back and extends. This shot, as with the putt is made directly with the right elbow. Everything else is still, locked or loaded.
Just move 80% of your body weight onto the left sole of the left foot and bring in the back or right foot into the left using the right knee and forcing it into the back of the left knee and squeeze both legs tightly together so that the only thing that moves it the right arm and elbow.
Don’t think about the elbow going to 1:00 then squaring because your club is already squared at address.
Simply hold everything tight and move the right elbow along the waist to the appropriate length back swing to obtain the distance needed. This requires practice but (like the putt) you are using the hinge in the right elbow and moving the right elbow along the waist line then extending the elbow to its maximum on the move to the ball and holding the hands so that they do not release and that your follow through extends out about 6-10 inches past the ball towards the target.
Hold everything tight and hinge or flex the elbow along the waistline back just beyond your right thigh then straighten the elbow on the way down and to the ball.
left arm must hold its extension because this is the guide for the
straight line. The toe of the club leaves the ball first and the
return to the ball is made with the heel leading the club head.
basic difference between a chip shot and a pitch and run shot is the
speed of the club head. They are both small shots, with the club head
going to about a knee-high position on the back swing.
variables encountered will dictate the club to be used as well as the
confidence the player may have in any individual club.
mechanics of the stroke are the same for every club. The putting
stroke extended classifies these two shots.
the seal of the wrists hoods the club head and swinging from the
elbow imparts over spin on the ball.
ball will run on a straight line when it has been struck a downward,
pinching blow from a hooded face.
The ball runs with top spin, whenever it hits an obstacle it will kick one way or another but will always right itself by resuming a straight line again.
is uncanny how straight it will run until it stops. It can run in and
out of a dozen depressions and each time it recovers, it resumes its
rides over stones, pebbles, rough grass and bare spots. It is always
fighting to right itself, just as though it were alive.
deflection is a momentary detour.
proves the built in action that over spin imparts.
Joe Norwood came out of the 1900’s and into the 1940’s and during those times the greens were slow and the ball had to be hit with pace enough to move it over a lot of grass.
Today’s greens are so slick that hitting the ball to go over a pebble or twig or impediment means that the ball will travel 30 feet past the hole.
top spin does do is:
Powers through slight break on a green so that a putt under 10 feet can be directed to the center of the hold as long as you are hitting the ball 1-2 feet past the hold. This allows you to not consider the break in the line of the putt when the break in 1-2 inches.
Holds the line of the break on fast greens with a lot of break. The ball does not wobble and you can tell by the roll of the ball that top spin is happening as the ball is rolling over a complete circle set by the reverse loft putter blade and the putt out of the right elbow.
Power through a long putt as mentioned by Joe as it will hold the line of the putt. This type of putt is from 20-50 feet on public golf courses where there is a lot of play.
Roll true over pit marks and dry patches.
A ball hit with an oscillating movement will impart side spin to the ball and when it is deflected it will continue on the line of deflection.
it kicks to the left it will continue going to the left and vice
Joe can hit a true running ball across a cinder field and it will run straight, become deflected, and repeat this action time and again.
seems to ride over obstacles and it never ceases to amaze the
onlookers the way the energized ball travels.
The straight line imparted to the ball at impact from a loaded left arm in conjunction with the squared blade is entirely dependable; it will perform each and every time just as it is programmed.
Pinpoint accuracy is assured in each and every shot.
Nothing but the arms move in making this shot; the body is still, anchored like a ten ton rock, toes gripping, posture is erect and nothing but the arms move.
The choice of club is yours; depending on the lie and distance, you can expect the same result or action from each and every club as long as the mechanics of the swing are maintained.
The chip shot is the putt extended. The club head does not rise above the knees.
The chip shot should not be attempted at a distance greater than the length of the green. When made from a distance greater than the length of the green, the ball will run off the green just as an airplane comes in too hot for a short runway.
A green without a sand trap behind it is a safe place to try a pitch and run shot.
Thumb and forefinger control will give you the delicate touch needed around the green for the chip and pitch and run shots. The holding left arm and wrist will give you an arrow straight line and enable you to get down in two.
How often do we see a golfer who is 5 feet off the green with 30 to 50 feet to the pin pull out a wedge and try to flop it up, just to see the lack of control they have with this particular club.
The chip shot can be made with a 4 iron to an 8 iron. When you are very close to the pin then that is the time for the wedge selection. The 6 or 7 iron offers the best roll. The ball will just roll with perfect top spin towards the line of the shot.
must have the anchored lower body. Without it the arms will sway and
the short swing will come to error. Stand on the left side strongly,
make the left leg the pillar on which the lower body anchor is
Your hands must be firm and tight and the inside of the palms of both hands must be holding on for dear life. Any movement with the wrists on such a short shot will cause error in the shot because there is just not enough room for the hands to recover.
This shot is hit with the elbow. The stance is open and the elbow moves along the waistline or rib cage straight back as there is no hip turn and lock with this swing.
Once the weight is placed on the left foot and the right foot comes into lock the left then the elbow takes over. All you do, as in a putt, is move the elbow along the waist line and then extend the elbow into the shot and hold the hands from breaking their seal after impact.
heels are the same distance apart as with the Driver but instead of
moving your left toe up by the length of the big toe and pivoting the
big toe 45 degrees out, you have two alternatives.
Keep both toes aligned at a 90 degree angle to the target and pivot the left toe out 45 degree, giving the appearance of an open stance even though the heels are square or (if you do this you must not make the hip turn or hip lock)
Move the left foot back by the length of the right big toe then pivot the left toe out 45 degrees and then you will have a larger open stance. (This is the best position as it enables you to turn and lock your hips as with the regular swing and the waist will align with the direction of the putt)
Regardless, the heels do not change their position from each other. They are about 8-10 inches apart for the average golfer. Never spread the heels apart more than 12 inches as your right thigh will not be able to lock the left thigh because they won’t be able to touch. If they cannot touch then the right cannot lock the left.
One of my golfers just finished a round and the score went up while his game went down. Below are some words to help me friend.
Knowledge – Application – Feel & Judgment, the 4 by words of Joe Norwood.
Judgment is the playing of the game itself and no swing can hold up when the mind decides to descend into the abyss of failure. It can start with an errant drive, a missed putt, the weather changing, fatigue but it eventually comes down to the mind losing its grasp on the task at hand which is scoring.
Gramps used to say I’ll teach you to swing but the scoring is left up to you.
1. Take that 24 inch 8 iron with you and use it to do your practice swings with. A standard club will not afford you the ability to strike deep on your practice swings otherwise every practice swing will have a 6 inch divot but the little club will afford you the depth you need in your swing. Use it a lot.
2. I haven’t made the practice clubs yet, they are in my office so I should do it soon. I am toying with the idea of putting the training grip on it but I have to cut it so that both V’s are pointing to the opposite shoulders. It’s not an easy task because I then have to file down the rubber to make the grip flush. I’ve actually made myself my own training grip using the best parts of a left handed and right handed grip but the process is too cumbersome to put it on the market.
3. Until then you have your little 8 (and I love the 8, so did my Grandfather)
a. When you’re on the course use this club to stretch your upper body.
b. The shoulders and back will tighten up during cold weather and cause the body to become brittle making this swing harder to perform.
c. Especially take your left arm to position one and then put your right on it and pull the shoulder and back muscles or stretch them into the backswing.
i. This will help when swinging
ii. Also use it with the right arm and go to position one and practice the vertical move or right elbow chuck from the book. I call it the hinge. Practice keeping your right hip and shoulder pointing to the right heel and open and close the hinge or elbow (only with the right – do not hold the club with the left in the beginning)
1. Fold the right arm into the shoulder or close the hinge and unfold the right arm completely or open the hinge and keep doing it from position. Fold and unfold are terms my Grandfather kept hammering into my brain for many years.
2. Make sure the right thumbnail is pointing to the 3-3:30 position and not pointing to the sky when at position one. You do this by using the meat of the palm – by the thumb and rotate the hand counter clock wise to keep the club hooded.
3. It is entirely possible to have the thumbs down at address and have the right thumb flat and pointing to the sky at position one. It can happen without you knowing it and once the right thumb is flat at position one then the club is no longer hooded but open and an error will occur.
4. You can’t think about your swing on the golf course. All you can do it try to feel. Do not work your swing while playing. Clear your mind and think of absolutely nothing during the swing. Any thought, about anything, will produce an errant shot. Think about what you have to do before your swing but never during.
5. After swinging with the little 8 be sure to take at least 3 practice swings before you swing. Stay in your pre-shot routine. Keep to the routine during every shot. Always have at least 3 practice swings during the routine and feel the practice swings and if you’re feeling the wrists break or the body move or anything out of the ordinary then keep swinging until you feel it.
a. The two things I feel during the practice swing routine are sealed wrists and swing depth out of the shoulder.
b. You may want to focus your swing feel on the vertical down and the sealed wrists. Try to keep it to 2 or 3 things. But above all do not think of these things during the swing.
These things will help but the abyss is always waiting. That’s the great thing about this game – avoiding the abyss and playing through a round with as little errors as possible. Alexander Findlay played a perfect round of golf in 1886 at the Montrose Club in Scotland. He score the 1st ever 72 in competition with 19 putts. That is comparable to a 53 to 55 today for 18 holes. Golf is a game of errors, we can never play error free, the best we can hope for is to miss them straight and make the putts when we need to.
Don’t forget to upload your swing to You Tube or send it to me on a “thumb drive” and I’ll upload it and provide some help for you.
I’ll get the training clubs to you as soon as possible.
I just left a website for a prominent instructor in the South and his Facebook post was "The Perfect Swing". I looked at it and saw so many flaws that, although he is quite sufficient, this perfect swing would eventually lead to disaster. So many parts of his body were in movement that, what he believes, his just not something that can be taught to the masses.
So I start to hit on the links and everything is for sale but nothng is evidenced by true instruction. Sign up for a lesson, buy a DVD, buy a book, buy, buy and buy with only the modest amount of information to be gleened. So I go to his blog and there is no instruction whatsoever.
I then move over to the testimonials and all I read is individual information. Disect and determine the exact finger print of a golf swing and then, of course, come back for more.
This golf instructor will live his life out having helped a few but there will be no golf swing named after him for his posterity. His teachings will fade into the wind as so many before him and him imprint on golf instruction will be minimal at best.
He has, like so many, taken on the posture to build individual castles that have no foundation unless you are with him. He is like most of the teaching establishment who preach and provide help but only for those who can afford to come to him. This does not help the majority of golfers in the world of golf today.
This is why I am so blessed. I bring the golf swing to those who will listen and it is a universal golf swing that all can play.Yes, it's hard to believe but not by those who take it up and do the exercises or golf-o-metrics. It is, however, like running into a brick wall. The teaching community cannot articulate their swing and will not believe in a swing that can be taught to all.
The Joe Norwood Golf Swing is moving forward. My vision is to teach you a golf swing. This golf swing is designed to provide you with Golf-O-Metric exercises which can be construed as a golf swing drill. My goal is not only to improve your golf swing but to make the game of golf a much easier game to play. Joe Norwood was one of the great golf swing trainers of his time his search for a universal golf swing was completed in the mid 1960's. He was a teacher to the professional players and to golfers of all abilities. His goal was to provide you a golf swing so you can learn it and teach yourself. This is a universal golf swing. Universal means that it is for everyone. The golf swing is the same from the Driver to the Putter and as you move forward in your quest to play better golf you will soon realize this swing offers everything you'll ever need.