Brian Rogish, the 2014 Tri-State PGA Section Teacher of the Year and the PGA Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at Lansdowne in Lansdowne, Virginia, speaks about perfecting ball striking with uneven lies.
Dynamic Balance has always been one of the cornerstones of great ball striking. The Swing Catalyst force plate has given many instructors the ability to take a “peek behind the curtain” of how a golfer uses the ground in a golf swing. The addition of Tough Lie 360 has been an incredible compliment to these sessions because it gives the golfer the chance to instantly apply the information they are learning from the force plate to their real-life, golf course scenario and gain instant feedback. The Tough Lie 360 allows us to emphasize and control the transfer training a golfer needs while being proactive about the challenges they will encounter once they leave the lesson.
Two of the most common patterns we see using a force plate is the golfer who has too much weight on their back foot into impact and the golfer who gets their weight into their front side too soon. The Tough Lie 360 is an asset when working to improve these flaws. With the golfer who is hanging on their back foot we use the Tough Lie 360 in the downhill lie position to help encourage a transfer of their weight to the front foot. With the golfer who is t0o early into their front side we use the exact opposite method and set the TL 360 in the uphill position. Both training environments have extreme value to the golfer’s overall ball striking beyond just uneven lie training. It helps them to feel the correct positions their body should be in hitting a ball. During this process we mix in swings on the force plate to help attach concrete data and video analysis to the golfer’s feel.