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Secret in the Dirt Primer Part 3

  1. 1. Dear Readers, For those of you who may not be aware of the back story of Secret In The Dirt it basically goeslike this. Back in 2008 I filmed a number of backyard golf videos and threw them up onto YouTube. Itwas just me hitting golf balls into a lake and talking golf with a guy who became know as Cameraman. I’djust hit balls while his dog Casey ran around and chased after them and he would ask me a bunch ofquestions. Cameraman didn’t know much about golf, but that turned out to be good because theconversations could start with basic information and then go wherever I wanted to take them fromthere. Pretty soon I was talking about golfing greats Moe Norman, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, GeorgeKnudson and a whole bunch of other great players who I’d studied years ago when I’d learned to playgolf. Since people seemed to be interested we kept making videos and as they came out peoplestarted talking about them both at YouTube and also at golf forums all over the web. After making morethan 30 videos (which have now been viewed more than a million times) and answering more than 1000questions from golfers all over the world I decided to combine both the videos and the most valuableinformation that came to light in answering all of those question into an ebook that would help peopleget better at hitting golf balls. That book Secret In The Dirt came out in December of 2008. By mid 2009The Secret In The Dirt phenomenon was helping thousands of golfers. Even Tour Pro’s were watchingthe videos and buying the ebook. In spite of the homegrown nature of what I had put together, betterplayers, teachers and even top pro’s were taking it seriously. One of those pros was Steve Elkington.Next thing you know it I’m on the phone with him and then on a plane and before you know it I’m inNew York City hitting golf balls with Elk and telling him first hand what I had learned about hitting golfballs all those years ago. Steve liked the information that I was putting forward and also liked the spirit of what I wasdoing in trying to get good, credible golf information to people without a lot of fanfare and at areasonable cost. I told him that I was going to be adding some chapters to the book and he said that hewould love not only be a part of those chapters, but he also wanted to help to expand the whole idea ofwhat “Secret In The Dirt” could be and what it could do for golfers. We both agreed that the goal was toget the best information possible together and to present it to golfers in an affordable way. “Free” wethought was about as affordable as we could make the main information and so with the help of JackieBurke and a few other great people the new free instruction and golf social network secretinthedirt.comwas born. So I guess you could say that that all came from this little book.
  2. 2. What follows in this free primer is a few chapters from the original book as well as the table ofcontents to give you an idea of what the balance of the book contains. Before you start reading the primer I just wanted to let you know that this book isn’t exactly likeany other e-book on the web. In addition to my stories and thoughts about golf, there are also videosjust like this one called “The Move”. It caused a real storm in the golf world when it first came out and isstill a key part of the whole book. To see these videos, you need to have Acrobat Reader 9 installed onto your computer. So, ifyou can’t see the video just click the download button below and get your FREE copy of Acrobat Reader9. Other than that, I sincerely hope you enjoy the book! If you like the Primer the Original ebook isavailable in the Secret In The Dirt Store, or at secretinthedirtebook.com Click to Download Acrobat Reader 9 FREEHit ‘Em Straight,Mike Maves aka “Sevam1”
  3. 3. Table of ContentsPreface.......................................................................................................................................5Introduction...............................................................................................................................6Learning to Swing.....................................................................................................................9A Primer for Newbies – Grip, Stance, and Posture..................................................................11The Requisite Strength.............................................................................................................16TAKING THE CLUB BACK: Pronation, Supination and Plane............................................19Playing with Moe.....................................................................................................................22Moe’s Grip...............................................................................................................................27Learning to Learn……………………………………………………………………….……29Hoganalysis……………………………………………………………………………….….35The Secret In the Dirt...............................................................................................................38The Most Abundant Woe - The Reverse Pivot........................................................................40George Knudson.......................................................................................................................42HITTING IT FAR!!..................................................................................................................44Ringing The Bell......................................................................................................................46Mike Austin and the Centers....................................................................................................49Moe Norman and the Move......................................................................................................53The Hogan Pivot.......................................................................................................................55What You Need To Know About Plane – Hogan’s Sheets of Glass........................................58Lag and the Grand Illusion……………………………………………………………….......60Thoughts on Equipment...........................................................................................................63Footwork..................................................................................................................................65Finding “The Move”…............................................................................................................66REPEATING THE MOVE – THE PRETORQUE..................................................................69Landing Left………….............................................................................................................70The Sixth Lesson - Understanding Five Lessons and Hogan’s Secret.....................................78Some More Thoughts on Moe………………………………………......................................87Sneaky Long- Finding the Most Powerful Position.................................................................90Finger Pressures……………….……………………………………......................................92Visualization and Final Thoughts………………………………..…......................................97Video Index……………………..………………………………..…......................................99 Copyright © 2010 Secret In The Dirt LLC 0
  4. 4. Learning to SwingLearning To SwingI was asked recently about the process of learning the golf swing and I saidthat in learning the golf swing what you do is you add, you add, and you addlittle things here, little things there. Then, to get better, you basically justhave to start to strip things away. When there is nothing left to take awayyou will probably be pretty close to your most efficient motion and the bestthat you are going to get as far as the swinging part goes.You almost always start with a slice. Then you practice your butt off untilyou learn to get it to go straight. Once you’ve done that you will inevitablydevelop a hook. The hard part then is to get the damned thing to go straightagain. This process generally takes a few years of hard work and diligentpractice. But, once you get through it you’ve pretty much worked the wholething all the way through. You are in pretty good shape to fix your ownproblems as they arise from there on out. If you don’t teach yourself andlearn via trial and error, you might not develop this ability to the same extentas the self taught, but nonetheless, once you run the full gamut ofpredominant shots you’re in pretty good shape. There’s always something towork on, of course, but as far as swinging the club goes, in the final analysis,you will find that like many things the “less is more” approach will give youyour best results. So it is the subtraction that truly is the final step in creatinga great golf swing.The earlier in life you can start playing golf the better. A child has a greatadvantage in learning because of something that actually begins as asignificant obstacle for them. His or her equipment is generally far too heavyand much too long. Confronted with this unwieldy equipment and the task athand, the child will find a way to get that club head moving. When shownthe basics of a grip, with the hands generally together in some fashion, thechild will learn to “swing” the club. The reason the child learns to swing isthat they are not strong enough to move the club with any great effect in anyother way. Adult beginner golfers, because they generally have the requisiteminimum strength, especially with today’s lighter than light equipment, areat a considerable disadvantage in this regard. Many will actually never learn Copyright © 2010 Secret In The Dirt LLC 9
  5. 5. Learning to Swingwhat it feels like to truly “swing” a golf club. They will think they swing,but they do not. We will go into what constitutes “a swing” later.I was fortunate that my father, who was not much more than a social golferat the time did me the great service of encouraging and enabling me to playgolf while I was still quite young. I was lucky enough also to learn golfwhile it was still in the era of forged blades and persimmon woods. I was aten-year-old kid in sneakers, with a matching set of Spalding Starflite ironsand woods in a plaid pencil bag, booking it around the Oak Hall par-threecourse in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I was a bit of a naïve kid who was actuallythrilled that the Starflite balls in the cheap bin at the Oak Hall Pro shopactually matched my clubs. Who needs a Titleist when my ball matches myclubs? On the golf club front, I couldn’t wait to graduate to a full set ofWilson Crests Very shiny.Anyway, I bring this up not just because I like to talk about myself butbecause, more to the point of our little story, this is also the way that youngBennie Hogan started. The difference, of course, is where I was a somewhatprivileged little twerp; Bennie was an undersized, dirt-poor 12-year-oldcaddie, taking odd cuts at a ball he would find with whatever golf clubs hecould get his hands on. That was when he wasn’t carrying, cleaning or fixingsome club member’s clubs. So I am certain that his learning began withattempts to swing clubs that were too big and too heavy for him just likemost of the rest of us did. The thing of this though, and why I bring it up, isthat a kid will find a way to whip that club around and hit that ball. And,once he learns to hit it at all the next thing he’ll want to do is blast that thingstraight into next week. That’s when you get into gripping it really strongand start learning to hit those running hooks. Young Bennie Hogan had, nodoubt, mastered what is generally called “the Caddie Swing” and the art ofthe rope hook before he was 15. It is almost certain that these formativestrokes colored his golf swing to one degree or another for the rest of his life.In fact, it was “The Caddie Swing” motion with a modification (The Secret –a cupping of the left wrist as revealed in Life Magazine published August 8,1955) that he turned to later in life when it was time to cure the hook thatplagued his game as a professional. One thing is certain though, Hogan hadlearned to make a true swing at a reasonably young age. Today, I am notsure if many people really know what a true “swing” is. Hopefully by theend of this book you will. Copyright © 2010 Secret In The Dirt LLC 10
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