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128 Comments

  1. Brian Healy says:

    Hi CJ,

    Loving your DVDs so far, haven’t had much of an opportunity to really try them out on the course though. Hopefully that will improve…

    Quick question re: hybrids, especially off the tee. I’ve heard conflicting advice on how to hit a hybrid off the tee – low peg, hit down, mid-peg & sweep, hit like a wood, ball forward, ball back etc.

    Its resulted in me not really knowing how best to hit these clubs, either from tee or the grass, and I can’t get a consistent strike with them. Can you give a couple of pointers?

    Thanks,
    Brian

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Brian Healy,
      Thanks Brian for your question and your support. Please keep me posted on your success with PCGS and if you have any questions let me know. In regards to hybrids you want to hit them the same every time. In other words low tee, take a divot. Hit a few 7 irons and then switch to your hybrid and swing it the same way. Hope this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  2. Robert Dumas says:

    Hello CJ,
    I have been waching oyur mini videos for a year and I really enjoying them. They are fantastic. Everything is clear precise and easy to apply. They have help me a lot. Lately I have been strugling with some personnal golf issues. maybe you can help me.
    Every time I finish a game I always think that I should have played 5 to 8 shoots below my score. With your method I was able to have much more consistent score. My average game is 90 but I still make a lot of mental mistakes. Here are some of my mystakes:
    sometimes I hit greens in regulation but always making 3 putts
    or
    when I hit my drive in the fairway and I finish with +2 I get really frustrated
    or
    in a game I am either always short of the green or always to far from the green. I feel it is either my ball position that is not right or my choice of club.
    Hope you can help me in your next mini clinics to fix this.

    Thank you for making me a more confident ansd consistent player.

    Robert

    PS I am sure that i will play more game in the low 80′s soon with your help

  3. Eric Tan says:

    Hi CJ,
    I had been using your training Video on chipping. The technique work very well on the range mat. But when on the green I find that the set up you recommend, i.e. off the right toe, slightly open does not work. I get tops or fat shot. Finally I figured that the uphill or downhill lies does affect the set up significantly. So I started making adjustment which improve my contacts. Unfortunately, I find that the recommended narrow address is difficult to adjust for teh uphill and downhill lies. Can you please help and advise what should be the correct set up. Thanks.

  4. Mike says:

    Hi CJ
    I have only been using your training DVDs for a few weeks, though I am starting to get some confidence back I am still having big problems getting off the tee which makes it hard to score. Although I occasionally get a goof one away I am battling a slice or a big pull which makes it hard to use one side of the fairway as I don’t know which one. I think my set-up is probably the root of the problems. I used to raise my left heel, though club pro saw it and said I should keep it planted on the ground as it was one more thing I had to think of in the swing, though I didn’t have to think about it as it was a natural move for me. So I have gone back and forth with keeping it planted or raising it and now I have too many thoughts when I swing.
    I also have a left leg that is about 3/4 inch shorter than my right (I am RH) do you have any set-up suggestions that would help with a more consistent swing.
    Thanks
    Mike

  5. Gerald and Charlotte McMorris says:

    Gerald McMorris
    April 24,2012 @3:50 PM

    Hi CJ

    I am having trouble transfering my weight. I have no trouble on practice swings but when I swing at the ball for some reason I seem to hit off my back foot. I know what I am supposed to do but I for some reason have a mental block. Is there a drill you would recommend for weight transfer.
    I look forward to hear from you.
    Thanks,
    Gerald

  6. Nancy says:

    CJ,
    do you have some good drills that could help to shift the weight in the transition ?
    Often I have my weight behind and so I’m loosing distance.
    Thank you for your help.
    Nancy

  7. Eric Tan says:

    Hi CJ,
    Recently my club hosted the Asian Tour ISPS Handa tournament. I was excited to play the toughen course a few days later. I discovered a big problem. When my ball is buried in the 3 inches deep rough I have a problem in contacting my ball first. This results in a big shank to the right.
    Please advise on how to play when your ball in in a deep rough about 50 yards away. I find it difficult to contact the ball or have any control over distant and direction.

    Please help this puzzled golfer.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Eric TAn,
      Thanks Eric for the question. The first key on playing from deep rough is to grip the club tighter in the last three fingers of your left hand and accelerating through the shot. Any deceleration will result in really bad shots. Also you need to make sure your weight is left and you get a bit more angle down on the ball so you don’t have to go through the rough so much. Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Eric Tan says:

        Thanks CJ. I tried it today and it help in direction control. Distant is still a challenge. Will a 2 hands grip improve this?

  8. Rick Tilves says:

    Hi CJ,

    I have started the golf season here in Pittsburgh hitting akot of Dead Pulls, mostly with the driver, but with irons too. When I aim Right then I hit a Pull/Hook ! Please Help.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Rick Tilves,
      Thanks Rick for the question. Check your ball position and make sure it is not too far forward. Second make sure you can shift your weight in the transition while keeping your back and rear end pointed at the target longer (don’t spin open). Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  9. Rick Tilves says:

    CJ,

    I am having alot of problems with Dead Pulls starting the golf season here in Pittsburgh. When I aim right then I Pull/Hook it ?? Help Buddy.

  10. Mike says:

    CJ, need a pointer from you.

    Bought the digital series, dropped 8-10 stokes so far, but know I can get lower. Just bought a CG 588 58 degree, 12 bounce (had Vokey 60/08). My biggest set back is a 30-70yd shot, I hit 50% of them thin, topped, afraid to make divot and hit fat. I try to maintain the triangle/one piece takeaway, but what advice can you give me to stop topping or hitting thin on these close shots?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Mike,
      Thanks Mike for your support of PCGS and congratulations on your success so far. to help you with your wedge problem let me first start by saying you made a good choice with the new wedge. What I mean is not that Cleveland is better than Titleist or vice versa, but the issue is the bounce. the reason you are scared of hitting it fat is due to the fact that the club did not have enough bounce for your swing. This issue caused fats and then the bail out thin shot. Now that you have more bounce this should help, but just make sure your setup is: weight left, hands forward, ball middle of stance…now simply don’t burn yourself(let left wrist break down). Please keep me informed on your progress.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  11. Ed says:

    Hey CJ,

    I’ve been working on drills you gave me to eliminate left arm breakdown and get to my left side better. WoW…what a difference in just 2 weeks…!!! I am striking the ball better and more consistently as well. Video verifies left arm breakdown to be significantly reduced.

    I have now added active wrist-cock back into my swing and find that without wrist-cock I am hitting a light draw with a low-medium launch angle with most irons. When wrist-cock is added I seem to hit the ball higher and with a light push or fade…?

    Although the ball does seem to fly a bit further, I prefer the draw as it helps additionally with distance and bores really well into our Florida wind…Any thoughts…? Thanks again for your continued effort and interest… Ed

    P.S. I’m waiting to shoot my first sub-80 round, which should not be long (hope) and I plan to do a celebration/thank-you video…!

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ed,
      Thanks for keeping me informed about your progress and congratulations on the improvement. Keep up the great work. In regards to creating the draw I recommend working on the L to L drill and feel the proper release. Your feeling for the draw will be left hand knuckles to the ground through impact. let me know if this helps. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  12. Ed says:

    Hey CJ,

    I have had great improvement using your CD course and asking a few questions here in the resource area. TY for the help.

    I noticed during video review of my swing that my left leg (I’m right handed) is quite flexed during impact (more than at address) and straightens after. Does this seem a problem and if yes any drills you might suggest to help…?

    Regards,
    Ed

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ed,
      Thanks for your question about the left knee at impact. Yes this is a problem if your left knee is bent. This particular move is a distance robber. I want you to imagine yourself jumping. Notice how you would bend your knees and then straighten them. This straightening creates ground forces or power. If your left knee is not straight at impact then you are trying to jump without straightening your legs (very difficult). Anyways a great drill would be to place a chair or small solid object by your left knee when hitting (please be careful and make sure you don’t hit it when swinging with your arms. Another idea would be a broken shaft in the ground by your left knee. I don’t think you need many drills for this, but just concentrate on snapping your left knee straight before impact and this will help, Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  13. Lou Kasitz says:

    Hi CJ;

    How is the best way to get out of a sand trap that has been packed down from a rain storm the night before. I notice that when I hit the sand the bounce of the club will bounce up just enough to catch it thin and sending it across the green. Thanks in advance.

    Lou

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Lou Kasitz,
      Thanks Lou for the question. The key to hitting out of hard packed sand is simple. First place the ball slightly back of normal. Make sure your weight is on your forward leg (75%) and grip really tight with the last three fingers of your left hand (for a righty). Hinge the club quickly in the backswing and force the club down into the sand while gripping firmly. this will help keep the club from bouncing off the wet sand. Expect the ball to come out fast so you won’t need to hit it as hard. Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  14. Ed says:

    Hey CJ,

    I purchased your system about 5 months ago and have made great strides to a better swing sat 59 years young. I have picked up at least 20 yards on irons (more on driver) and am more consistent playing to about a 12-13 handicap.

    I constantly monitor progress using video and find one major fault preventing even greater success to be left arm breakdown. It appears my left arm does NOT break down during the back-swing, but does so during the transition from back-swing to impact.

    I have hit many L to L drills that seem OK…the breakdown during transition appears as soon as I power up…. Have you seen this problem before and what might be your suggestions…?

    Warm regard,
    Ed

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ed,
      Thank you Ed for the blog post. I have seen this problem before so rest assured your not alone. This problem your describing is due to poor body motion. Couple of drills. Make sure your left knee is kissing your right knee on the way through. Also I want you to do the table top drill a lot. Please let me know if you don’t know what it is, but it is on the DVD. Make sure to lock your arms at address and keep them locked all the way through. A body motion problem takes a bit longer than curing a slice or a hook or topped shot etc. Practice this drill as much as you can and keep working on it. It will get better slowly and every tiny bit it gets better means better ball striking, but your looking at about 6 months to really get rid of it. Six months is not that long though and like I said it will get better each day. Please keep in touch and let me know how your doing.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Ed says:

        Thanks CJ…Good to know I’m not alone…Yes, I know the tabletop drill and will work to lock my arms at address and during the drills…but…When you suggest..”Make sure your left knee is kissing your right knee on the way through”…exactly what do you mean. Are all three drills to be done at the same time or independently..? Thanks a bunch…Ed

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Ed,
          Thanks Ed for getting back to me and let me know how those drills help. In regards to the knees kissing I am simply trying to make sure your weight is transferring to your left foot correctly. Having the thought of your right knee kissing your left ( I cannot remember if you were a lefty or righty) Anyways for a righty you want your right knee to touch your left knee through the follow through and into the finish. Does this make sense? You should do these drills independently for the most part, but if you want to combine them and feel you are able to without becoming too technical then by all means go ahead and do it. Please keep me informed of your progress.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

          • Ed says:

            Hey CJ,

            Thanks so much…the drills you gave me are already beginning to help…video confirms less left arm breakdown and I’m hitting the ball cleaner.

            By locking my arms out during drills I realized I was NOT getting sufficient extension thru the entire swing…it appears I was folding my right arm too much, thus exaggerating left arm breakdown. The right knee kiss drill also seems to be helping me get over to my left side better as well. Thanks again…Ed

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Ed,
            Great job Ed on the work so far and thanks for letting me know how your doing. Keep me informed and let me know if you have any further questions.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

  15. NeiL says:

    Hey CJ
    I am living in a small island across the pacific ocean here in Asia,
    I accidently found your vedios on youtube and spent three days to review ‘em all, they are awesome and really help me out. I believe I finally found some way to solve my swing problems once and for all.
    I am going to the range and hope I can hit long, straight shots today. But i got one more question before leaving for the range:
    Traditionally we are taught, on the backswing, the end of club is supposed to point to the ball. And you recommend a more vertical swing, is that implying that the end of the grip should point between the ball and my feet?? Or I just misunderstand some points??

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Neil,
      Thanks Neil for the question. Yes we want the butt end of the club to point in between your feet and the ball. This is a great way to think about the halfway back position or the “L” position I refer to in the PCGS. Let me know if you have any further questions.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  16. Doug says:

    Hi CJ,
    Thanks for the advice! I went back and did your grip test and found my grip was indeed too strong. I weaken the grip, and the hook was gone; however, I am still pulling the ball a bit. The ball would go left of the target line (being a rh golfer). Any other help would be appreciated.

    CJ, I must say, your PCGS is a very good system. I can now go to the range and hit balls for an hour or two without any pains afterwards. The video on reverse tilt really helped me to alleviate my back pain. Thanks!

    Doug

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Doug,
      Thanks Doug for the question and congrats on fixing the first part of your swing. The pull your describing is caused by an over the top move. Knowing you had a reverse tilt I want you to look at this again. Any slight reverse will cause this steepness in your swing. Keep working on the sun drill and letting your head move to the right in the backswing. See if this helps the pull and if not I can give you some drills to help. Best wishes.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  17. JOHN L says:

    CJ,
    In your swing how do you start the downswing? Hogan talked about starting with the hips, Jimmy Ballard talks about firing the right side. What do you recommend or are they a matter of semantics?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      John L,
      Thanks John for the question. I agree this is a bit of semantics, however the true correct answer on how the club starts down is a simple weight shift from the right heal to the left toe. The hips follow and the arms then the club. Hope this answers your question.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • JOHN L says:

        Hi CJ,
        Thanks for the reply. I guess as Yogi Berra might say “the golf swing is as complex as it is simple and as simple as it is complex”
        I trying another swing in order to gain more distance. The swing concentrates on the legs and I have two bad legs that made the swing difficult. Your swing is the best and thanks again for the reply.

  18. Grant Macpherson says:

    Hi CJ,

    Just purchased the signature series and really keen to get into it. Do you have any structure or plan to follow with the drills? Obviously I can follow the videos but was wanting to know if there is more I can do or a specific structure that is more useful. Also, is the video analysis up and running yet?

    Cheers,

    Grant

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Grant Macpherson,
      Thanks Grant for the question. If you watch the signature series it lays out pretty well what to work on. Follow those drills and work on those patiently. it would make it easier if I did see your swing and yes the swing video analysis is up and running. Please contact damon at Damon@perfectconnectiongolfswing.com for questions regarding this and he will set you up a locker.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  19. Doug says:

    Hi CJ, purchased your signature series bundle 2 months ago. Have been practicing with the LtoL and table top drills. Went to the course the other day using the PCGS, and most of my iron shots were pulls and pull hooks. Try to find a solution in the video bundle (signature series, drivers, take to course, faults and fixes etc.)but with no luck! Any recommended drills or fixes? Thanks in advance for yor help! Doug

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Doug,
      Thanks Doug for the question. I appreciate your feedback. I know if we talk I can help you. What your describing is a steep downswing with a closed clubface. Lets first fix the face and then go from there. First look to the grip. Your grip is too strong (both hands pointed to the right too much). Weaken this and see if the ball flies straighter. It may be a pull, but lets get rid of the hook first. Let me know and we will get you fixed.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  20. Larry Middleton says:

    I have been using the PC Golf swing the last month. It works for me. With 4 broken ribs that wont heal, the PC is the only answer for me. Since I can not take a full swing with my old swing without a great deal of pain. PC works and I have gained about 25 yards on my drives.
    At 61 it is hard to turn & swing as fast as I did a few years ago. I do see the PC a great swing for injured players.

    I am a former 1 handicap just 7 years ago. I have had several surgeries the last few years with many feet of scars and 4 broken rips that wont heal. My handicap has risen to 18 after not playing for 3 years. I truly see the PC being my hope to improve my game to single digit handicap again. If I was 30 and had a swing of 117 to 125, I would not use this system. But my was timed at 97 to 100 using the PC after just a week. I actually gained speed using the PC. I already see improvement in the long part of my game.

    Where I am having problems with the PC is from 100 to 20 yards. I hit everything FAT FAT & FATTER. lol But at least I see the chance to throw away this old number 1-800-Bad-GOLF. I do feel hope with the PC System.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      larry Middleton,
      Thanks Larry for the comments and the question. Don’t give up hope I know I can help you, but we just need to talk about this. You say the problem is the shorter shots (20-100 yds). Let me ask you a question. Are you adjusting your setup for these smaller swings? in other words is your stance narrowing as you get closer to the hole and is your weight going more left as you get closer also? Let me know and lets talk soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Larry Middleton says:

        CJ
        Thanks for your response.
        If I am within 10 yards. I would say I am up and down 99% of the time.
        On the 20 to 100 I start moving the left side. I even move my head. Its like I revert to the old swing of the 60-70′s with all the hip & leg motion. (stupid) Most of it is in my head. I went out yesterday to the practice green area and hit 10 balls from 25,50,75,100,125. missed 1 fat. Go out on the coarse and missed everyone possible. So it is in my big fat head.
        I turn a possible birdie into a bogey or sometimes a double. I will make sure and notice how far apart my stance at set up this morning.
        For those who do not believe in your swing & as you know there are many on the net who do not get it. Here is my take after 57 years of golf.
        1. It is easy to learn
        2. It is quick to give you self feedback
        3. If you are injured or have physical problems. It is perfect.
        4. It allows you to enjoy the game.
        5. You see a light out of the darkness
        6. Each student should a least review the lessons of your weakness on a multi times a week.
        7. Each student should have your clubs fitted to your new speed, height, arms, and comfort.
        Example: my swing speed increased from 85 (before PC) to now right at 100. Border line for stiff. I am 6’1″ 36″ arms 175 lbs. Can hardly turn because of ribs.
        My point is if I can now play 3-4 days in a row vs once a week before PC. I know I have a real chance of getting my handicap back into single digit. Confidence, practice, trust, & patience are the key for someone who has played the same way for many years. Having 75% back is a lot more fun than no hope at all.
        Thanks CJ
        LARRY

        • CJ Goecks says:

          larry Middleton,
          Thanks Larry for the blog post and thanks for the words of wisdom. Keep me informed on your progress and best wishes.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

          • Larry middleton says:

            CJ
            I shot 83 yesterday. Started with 3 doubles our greens were just aerated on Monday so I missed some short putts on the final 14. It was a 10 shot improvement

            Thanks
            Larry

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Larry Middleton,
            Wow larry that is awesome. 10 shots even with 3 doubles to start. For everyone reading I want you to remember this…Every round of golf you play needs to be for the lowest score that day. Even for a scratch golfer if he starts with 4 doubles he needs to learn that he can turn the round back to a good decent round. I know Tiger knew he could birdie the last few holes in match play because he did it before…even on bad days. Hope this makes sense.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

  21. STAN says:

    THANKS FOR ALL THE HELP
    WORKS GREAT WHEN I FINALLY START TO SWING.

    HOW DO I KEEP FROM STANDING TO LONG OVER THE BALL.
    DO YOU HAVE A SWING KEY OTHER THAN A FORWARD PRESS.

    THANKS

    STAN

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Stan,
      thanks Stan for the question. simply work on your pre-shot routine. This is what I want. stand behind the ball and visualize the shot. Pick an intermediate target and walk into the ball. Place only your right hand on the club and align the club to the intermediate target. Then build your stance to the club. Now look at the intermediate target then the target (target for about 3 sec) then the ball for about a sec. Then the target (3sec) then the ball for a sec. Bounce the club a couple of times and then swing. Let me know if this makes sense.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  22. Thomas Connelly says:

    I see that you are located in Edmond right near Kicking Bird Golf Club, my home course. Do you ever conduct training clinics or private lessons?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Thomas Connelly,
      Thanks Thomas for the question. My partner is located in Edmond and thats where were based out of, however I do my teaching at TPC Craig Ranch in Dallas, Tx. I do clinics and lessons here as well as around the country. I hope I can see you at one of my schools.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  23. Ed says:

    Hey CJ,

    I am at my wits end. I purchased your course and great work by the way and started playing again after a 25 year layoff and I previously had a 6 handicap. I am hitting the ball better, so thanks for that.

    Video reveals my left arm breaks down (significantly) at and above belly button high on the back-swing. I have tried the “Straight Arm” sleeve aid for like 200 balls, extensor action by pushing against my left with the right arm and even trying to lock out my left elbow (not suggested). It seems I am not able to feel the breakdown and nothing seems to help. It’s killing my game.

    Suggestions would be really helpful….!

    Regards,
    Ed

    • Ed says:

      Just to cover all bases, I have also applied the L-to L and towel drills. It seems if I attempt to add any arm swing, my left arm breaks down.

      • CJ Goecks says:

        Ed ,
        Thanks for the question. Remember that from the L position in the backswing it is a simple turn of the shoulders and no lifting of the arms. Does this make it easier to not break down the left arm? Let me know. Also did you do the test of left arm strength.
        Keep em Long and Straight,
        CJ

        • Ed says:

          Hey CJ, Thanks for the input.

          Today I set up video and checked each swing. I can get to the L position (belt buckle) without breakdown, but slightly past (about chest high) the left arm begins to break. I assume I allow arm swing at this point or my left would not break. Is that Right?

          Basically, I only get to about chest high without breaking. Is that all the backswing needed to develop sufficient power or am I missing something here..?

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Ed,
            Thanks for the question and thanks for getting back to me. From the point where your arm begins to break you should not lift the arms, but simply turn the shoulders. this will keep the left arm straight. Best wishes and let me know if this helps.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

        • JIm C says:

          What is the arm strenght test you are referring to? I reciently purchased the signiture series. I believe I have the same problem. So far I have tried practicing your techniques at the range with just my 9 iron. Normally I hit it 125 yrds. Trying to implement the Perfect connection swing, I am getting only around 100 yards. I know my old/normal swing is too loosy goosy to achive the kind of conststancy I want, but if I’m not able to match my old distance, I will not stick with the program.

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Jim C,
            Thanks Jim for the question. The PCGS swing will give you more distance, but obviously that depends on what exactly is wrong with your swing. To lose 25 yards is not correct, nor is hitting a 9 iron only 100 yards. Please give me some more info and I will be glad to help. are you working on the L to L drill? What exactly do you feel is going wrong?
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

          • JIm C says:

            I started working with the L to L drill, Narrow stance. With that I was hitting 9 irons in the 50-75 yard range. After 15 or 20 of theses I went on to try the 3/4 swing finishing inthe window of opportunity. Thats where I was getting the 100 yrd 9 irons. My guess now is that in trying to make this move consciously, my muscles were to stiff to get the real flow needed.
            The weather here has been rather poor, so I haven’t had a chance to work at the range again. I can hit wedge shots in my basement into a net (no distance feedback or ball flight feedback), but I was trying the drill with standing on the noodle and doing the L to L (normal width stance). I was finally able to hit some while maintaing my balance (I had slippers on, not shoes). My troubles tend to come with inconsistancy, which mostly come from being too fast, especially during the transition. I was also focusing on keeping my palms pushed away from me but allowing my wrist to hinge more naturally (verses trying to consciously go from L to L. I think maybe this is the feel I need to ingrane by repeating this drill daily over the winter months. What I noticed was that when I kept my balance, my extension though the ball was better. I also felt lower over the ball at impact with my right arm extending down the target line after impact.
            In general my inconsistant shots come when I’m too fast and get the club turing back in too quickly after inpact (ie face closing). It not that I don’t hit many good shots, but just that when my timing gets off the bad shoths really kill my score, Ex. With a 6 iron 1/2 the time I hit it 155-160 with a slight draw, and 1/2 the time I Pull hook it low 135 – 170, but 15 yards off line. Not good if OB or a pond happens to be there.

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Jim C,
            Thanks for getting back to me Jim. This offseason I want you to simplify things. Work on only one thought for a couple of weeks and then move on from there. It sounds to me like you have many different swing thoughts and may be working on too many things causing the swing to slow down. Keep in touch and lets keep talking and I will continue to give you advice. Best wishes and talk to you soon.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

          • Jim says:

            Hi CJ,
            I have been working on the drill using the noodle, practicing it every day. This week we have had a stretch of good weather and I got out to the course twice. I shot +13 and +9. My handicap is 12, so these scores are not too far out of my norm, however I must say that my ball striking was better than normal. My constancy was better. I was much more in control of my swing and while my distance was pretty much normal for me, I was doing it with alot less effort than before. I’m glad I purchased the PCGS and believe a know what I need to keep working on in the off season to improve my handicap next year. My index is currently 11.5 and I’d love to knock that in half or better. Thanks again.
            – Jim

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Jim,
            Thanks Jim for the feedback. make sure you watch the short game DVD and I know you can knock that handicap in half within a month of using the drills and practice games I teach in the DVD. Keep up the good work and keep me informed on your progress.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

  24. Daniel Weir says:

    CJ,

    What are your thoughts on club fitting and when to do it? Start with you system/swing first then go or go get fitted and then start working on your swing?

    Thanks,

    Daniel

  25. Rob says:

    Hi,

    I’m still working on the new swing after purchasing your series about a month and half ago.
    I hit the ball solid for the most part but feel like I come across the the ball at times which imparts the yard robbing slice.
    It almost feels that I’m ckicken winging it impact.
    Any suggestions? Maybe I’m throwing my shoulders?
    (I mainly do the towel and L to L drills)
    Thanks a bunch

    Rob

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Rob,
      Thanks for your support of the PCGS. if you are slicing the ball then check your grip and make sure it is correct for you and continue to do the L to L drill. If you can do the L to L drill with your arms straight at the finish this will help with the slice.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  26. hassan says:

    Hi cj
    You provide a fantastic service for us amature golfers.
    I came across a blueprint for drawing the golf ball.
    I found out by learning to shape a shot to the right or left
    gave me an advantage over my golfing friends.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Hassan,
      Thanks buddy for your comments. I am glad I could help. Best wishes.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  27. Tom Jennewein says:

    I am hitting the ball fine with my long clubs but my distance with my short irons and wedges are inconsistant. It feels like i am getting a early release and scooping the ball up and landing short. I had read in another e-mail that if a person stands to close to the ball or bring it too much to the inside that a person could get an early release. What do you think? I shoot in the low 80′s and break 80 on a good day. Short game stuff really helps.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Tom Jennewein,
      Thanks Tom for the question. I want to help you. The scoop that your describing could be caused by lots of things so please give me more feedback about your game. Ultimately the two club technique drill with chipping will really help what your describing, but lets talk.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Tom Jennewein says:

        I want to thank you for your help. First of all your towel drill got me hitting the ball straight right away. When I do the towel drill it feels like I am swinging up to my finish, just like I do with my short irons. When I do the table top drill I feel like my arms are not as restricted and that is pretty much the same feeling I get with my longer clubs with my finish. Your swing is the most comfortable swing that I have tried and I have tried many. The inconsistant distances with my short clubs is killing my scores.

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Tom Jennewein,
          Thanks Tom for the nice comments. Keep working on it and as it is ingrained and your hitting it better the consistency will come. /always do a refresher on the fundamentals. Lets keep talking so I can continue to help. Let me know when you feel pretty comfortable with everything and what your issues may still be. I want to help. Talk to you soon.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

          • Tom Jennewein says:

            I am analytilcal by nature, so if you could explain this to me I would appreceate it. On the setup both our legs are bent but at impact our front leg is suppose to straighten. Would not this cause a person to raise up and hit the ball thin or swing up at the ball which seems to be my feeling or problem?

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Tom Jennewein,
            The left leg straightens to create power. This does not cause you to hit thin because our weight has shifted to the left and we are delofting the club. this allows us to hit down on the ball. Hope this answers your question.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

  28. Ed says:

    Hey CJ,

    I started using the “pump drill” and find it quickly improved the pull, so I am able to close the club-face and hit the ball straighter.

    All I need to do now is groove it into my actual on-course swing (not very easy for a 55 year old…lol) and we are good to go…!

    Also, wanted to tell you that by applying the “Perfect Connection” swing thoughts/drills I have picked up 15 yards on most irons (more with the woods) and hitting the ball more consistently with everything as well.

    I have learned more about my swing using your course and can’t say how much I appreciate your effort. I am also lookin to come out to Texas one day and meet you face to face. Thanks again…!

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ed,
      Thanks for the update on how things are going for you Ed. Congrats on the improvement and keep it up. Come on to Texas. I would love to meet you. Keep in touch.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  29. Ed says:

    Hey CJ,

    I seem to pull the ball if if aggressively close or square the club-head. I assume I am throwing the club a bit from the top. I saw a reference somewhere in your information about a drill called the “pump drill”. Will this drill help and can you explain the drill, it’s use…etc

    Tks,
    Ed

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Ed,
      Thanks for the question Ed. The pump drill gives you the feeling of getting the club down in front of your body and not over the top like your describing. This drill also teaches you how to maintain the lag in your swing. take the club to the top and while leaving your body still, drop your arms while maintaining the lag until your right elbow gets in front of your right hip. Do this slowly twice and hit the ball slowly on the third pump while trying to feel the same feeling while doing the pump. Let me know if this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  30. Arthur Orsborn says:

    CJ- I have made great progress with the Perfect Connection Golf Swing. But I need some advice, as I am new to the game – The ball flight seems to be extremely high with all the irons and losing distance – Most shots are fairly straight. There is not much of a gap in distance between the 8 iron to the 5 iron. Not sure what I am not doing right.
    Thanks in advance.
    Arthur

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Arthur Orsborn,
      Thanks Arthur. What your describing is a scooping problem. Your not getting into the triple stack position. The L to L drill will help as well as a training aid called Golfs MVP. This is a great training aid to create lag and distance. Hope this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  31. Wayne says:

    CJ recently purchased the full set and I have seen improvements in my driving distance and accuracy, the one this I have always had though is a pain in my wrist when I am playing, have you any suggestions ? I have lined up my shoulder, elbow & wrist as suggested but still have the pain in the outside of my wrist.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Wayne,
      Thanks for the question Wayne. First which wrist? Second has a doctor looked at this? This has been something you have had in the past? I hope by swinging correctly the pain will go away eventually, but how long has it hurt for. You may have scar tissue or damage from all the years of swinging. I need some help from you and we will talk and get this fixed. Write me back and lets get this figured out.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  32. Charles Jeffers says:

    I have a question concering the hip. When you lower the hip does the right knee bend further that it was when posture is set up? This is for a right handed golfer.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Charles Jeffers,
      Thanks for the question Charles. the right knee may bend very slightly when you lower your right hip. make sure you lower your right hip and then place your weight 50/50.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  33. Glenn Y says:

    Dear CJ,

    It’s been over a month since purchased your Perfect Connection Golf swing and I am totally amazed with the results. My irons are now almost on target resulting in more greens hit in regulation.

    However, I may need your advice on the Driver. At first, I was hitting the driver pretty well, but lately I seem to be over-swinging. I can sometimes get a glimpse of my clubhead at the top of my swing. Is there a drill I can do to correct this?

    Thanks CJ, and will keep you updated with my developments.

    Glenn Y

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Glenn Y,
      Thanks for the kind words Glenn and I am glad you are improving. In regards to the driver and shortening your swing a camera is the best advice. Try making what you think is a 3/4 swing and video it and then view the swing. I am sure this 3/4 swing will be past parallel. then try what you feel is a half swing and it will probably be perfect. Feel and real are two different things. The camera will add reassurance to what your feeling. Keep me posted.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  34. tom menchini says:

    two questions. 1) I’m right handed. Is your rt hip with right elbow connected just above that hip suppose to turn into the ball at the same time when striking the ball ?

    2) Where’s the v on your rt hand suppose to point at?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Tom Menchini,
      Although it feels like your right elbow and hip should turn into the ball at the same time this won’t happen exactly at that time. The hip will slightly lead the elbow, but not much. The right hand v will be determined by the grip drill I describe in my signature series. Once you get the left hand on correctly than you want the right hand v to be parallel with the left hand V. Hope this helps.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  35. rod taylor says:

    I recently purchased your dvd’s. Ihave been swinging “connected” prior to watching the dvd’s, but w/out the wrist hinge, with varying success. Due to an bone chips in my rt. elbow I can’t straighten my arm. In essence it is app. 3 inches shorter. What do you suggest to compensate fot this…ball position possibly?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Rod Taylor,
      Thanks for your question Rod. This is a rare case so I am guessing you have figured it out a lot on your own and that is great to hear. Ball position would definitely be something I would try as well as posture. I also would look into the possibility of slightly longer clubs. Please keep me informed on all your doing as this could possibly help me with others that have similar questions. Best wishes to you and looking forward to talking to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  36. brett f jordan says:

    CJ:

    I’m working on the concept, but not getting any more distance.
    Could it be that I’m losing the connection on the downswing?
    When I feel connected all the way through, I force the ball left.

    any ideas?
    Thanks, brett jordan

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Brett F Jordan,
      Thanks brett for your question. This is hard to diagnose with little info. You could be hitting it left because your coming over the top. Are you slicing the ball? You could be hitting it left because your losing the lag. Please give me a bit more info on driver flight, sand wedge misses etc. Talk to you soon.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • brett jordan says:

        CJ:

        Thanks for the response. Most times when I miss a shot, the ball flies left. Could you explain the term, ” missing the lag.” Getting the slot has been a problem. I feel connected on the way back, but somewhat disconnected on the way down. My right shoulder wants to move across. I guess I want to know how to keep the right side back.

        I am completely sold on the perfect connection swing, but I’m having difficulty mastering it and am not getting the power I desire eg. I’d like to hit a 140-150 yd 7 iron instead of the 125-130 I’m getting now.

        I’m a 61 year old golfer with a 22 hanicap.

        Thanks for the patience,
        Brett Jordan Wareham, MA

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Brett Jordan,
          Thanks Brett for getting back to me. I would recommend the pump drill to help you out. Take the club to the top of your swing and then while keeping your back where it is, slowly pump your arms down so that your right elbow is in front of your right hip all while keeping the back to the target. Do two slow pumps down and hit the ball softly on the third one trying to feel what your feeling with the two previous pumps. This will take a bit of practice, but this is a good drill to fix what your struggling with.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

  37. DV says:

    CJ – I’m making good progress with the Perfect Connection swing. I still have two problems from my old swing: 1. The club is dead shut (closed) at the top and causes a hook. 2. My contacts is too close to the heel and sometimes causes the dreaded sh–k! What can I do to help these issues?
    Thanks very much!

    • CJ Goecks says:

      DV,
      I Know I can help you. please give me a bit more information on the ball flight. Do you hit pushes or pulls? I’m guessing pushes. First in regards to the clubface check your grip and your elbows. Make sure they match at address. Second a great training aid for the clubface and for hinging is the swingyde. They sell it at a lot of golf stores and this will definitely help you. You can look at http://www.golfaroundtheworld.com as they have them as well. Let me know how it works out.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • DV says:

        Answering your question – according to a launch monitor I’m hitting pulls. The ball contact with all irons is dangerously close to the heel everytime.

        • CJ Goecks says:

          DV,
          please excuse me as I don’t remember your first question. I answer about a hundred blogs a day and can’t always remember what each person is asking. I went through about 15 pages of blogs and couldn’t find your first question. If your hitting pulls and close to the heel then two things need to be recommended. First, check your distance from the ball. Don’t be afraid to scoot back a tiny bit from the ball. second your swing path is too steep or from out-to-in. Why is this happening? The reasons are endless. Your main thought needs to be to keep your back closed to the target longer on the way down. in other words swing to the top and notice where your back is…its pointed at the target. now keep it there while you feel your arms drop and the club comes more from the inside. Don’t worry because feel and real are too different things. this feeling while hitting the ball will only make the club move an inch or two which will definitely help you. If this doesn’t answer your question than please let me know and please forgive me for not remembering the original question. Talk to you soon.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

  38. Steve Cochrane says:

    I have recently purchased the signature series program and have begun swinging using the connected swing. My main issue is that each spring when I start to swing a club I experience back pain in my lower right side, this will last throughout the golf season. I stretch, ice, etc. and have even gone to physical therapy to strengthen my core. I am in very good shape and I am 10 handicap.
    Any advice on what might be the cause?
    Thanks,
    Steve

    • Damon says:

      Steve,
      Have you been able to try the Perfect Connection Golf Swing? This should really help with the sore back. Let us know and thanks!

      Damon
      PCGS Swing Consultant
      888-372-3020

  39. Ronald Block says:

    How do YOU; select the proper length and lie angle set of clubs? Along with set make-up?

  40. Don L says:

    Wow CJ I have to send you even more cudo’s and thanks. Yesterday I played Mt Woodson in Ramona, CA and I shot 4 over par. A 74 from the black tee’s and had no back pain at all. Ya Hooo. I have forked out a lot of $$$$ through the years for golf instruction. Your “Perfect Connection Golf Swing” is perfect. I love it!!!

    Don L
    p.s. I will recomend your instruction video’s to anyone who will listen

  41. Lisa (in Australia) says:

    Hi CJ (G’Day!)
    I am a new golfer and have been struggling with Slicing. I have been told I have an open stance, I have found your first 2 mini lessons greatly helpful and have just ordered your DVD series. I look forward to developing good habits from the start following your instructions, not trying to make a full backswing and hands before the ball are revelations!
    Thank you

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Lisa (in Australia)
      Thanks for your comments and I am glad I was able to help you. Please keep me informed on your progress and remember I am here for you if you ever have any questions.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • Lisa says:

        Hi CJ,
        I have been working on my swing and am improving greatly (thank you), I can now hit my irons well and mostly consistently but am struggling with the woods especially my driver. I was squirting the ball off to the right (I am right handed) I seem to have fixed that and now find that I am hitting a reasonable tee shot that looks great for most of the flight but then fades(?) off the right. Can you give me a clue what to look at first.
        Thank you in advance.
        Lisa

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Lisa,
          Thanks for your question Lisa. If the ball is starting straight and then fading I would look to the grip first and then work on the L to L drill. If the ball was really squirting, try to make sure your in the triple stack position and not sliding ahead of the ball. Also with the driver make sure your tilted slightly to the right at address and this should fix your problem . Please let me know if this helps and if not we will get it fixed. Talk to you soon.
          Keep em Long and Straight,
          CJ

          • Lisa says:

            Hi CJ,
            Have headed out to the practice range, with my father in tow to watch me. After a few balls he noticed that I am sliding ahead of the ball (as you suggested) to stop myself from doing this Dad suggested that I place my right foot backwards 1 inch to encourage me to hit then turn through instead of sliding. Hope that makes sense to you, it seemed to work and I was contacting the ball much better with a lovely straight shot afterwards. (was also failing to finish up the wall consistently, so that is my swing thought for the moment) I have yet to put in 3 cards, so I don’t have an official handicap yet (my club has given me 45 to start with) Heres hoping that I can drop that by the end of this year.
            Thank you Lisa

          • CJ Goecks says:

            Lisa,
            Thanks for keeping me informed. I understand the drill your dad suggested. Take it a bit farther and drop your right toe almost behind your left heel. Any sliding and you will fall over. Keep me informed and keep working. Curious, How old are you? If you are in high school or play competitive golf at all I really suggest the short game video. Most girls hit the ball pretty straight, but lack in the short game area. Work on this and you will have a huge competitive advantage over your competition. Keep me informed.
            Keep em Long and Straight,
            CJ

  42. John Dorion says:

    The other day I played 18 holes with boys, and the first 3 holes I hit the ball quite well and down the middle on each the fairway. For the first time this summer I made an eagle on third hole and birdy tries on the first 2 holes. I couldn’t believe how far I was hitting ball. After the fourth hole I started pushing and pulling my shots. What do you think lthe problem is and what can I do to fix it? I’m excited about your program. I finally found something that works.

    Keep up the good work!

    • CJ Goecks says:

      John Dorion,
      Thanks for the comments and welcome to the family. Please describe the shots you were hitting. The reason I ask is pushes and pulls are very rare to happen to the same person. Typically pushes go with hooks and pulls with slices, but let me know . also the issue could be push with driver and pull with sand wedge and that alone tells me alot but I need some more info. Lets keep talking Johnny and we will get this figured out rather quickly. Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  43. johm redcorn says:

    dear cj,lovin your work good job,have you got a drill so i can slow my swing down,and avoid digging

    • CJ Goecks says:

      John Redcorn,
      thanks for the comments and I am happy you are liking the Perfect Connection Golf Swing. In regards to your question I do not have any drills to slow your swing down as this is not what we want to do. Slower means shorter so lets figure out why your digging. Please send me some info and lets get this figured out together.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

  44. Bobby Williams says:

    C.j., Is it ok to close your stance some(with flared feet)? I seem to hit the ball much more solid and my shot pattern is pretty consistant. Thanks for your help,B.W.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Bobby Williams,
      Thanks for the question Bobby. this is ok to do if it helps you. This will promote a bit more of a shallow swing so if you start hitting the ball to far to the right then make sure you go back to square. Let me know.
      keep em long and Straight,
      cj

  45. andrew wilkinson says:

    CJ, thanks for the signature series. You talk about tiger being hypermobile, I have the same problem and although have run the drills around push club and triple stack at impact at the range tonight I was hitting a few pulls, good connection nice trajectory,but also a few power cuts, I think I still a bit of a hip slide at the transition (probably also rotating a little too much to early with my pelvis) do you have any more drills to help with my pulls and hip slide (occurs with irons and driver)

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Andrew Wilkinson,
      If your sliding that makes sense for the power cut. Try and feel like your left knee is locked at impact and that will help. There are plenty of drills to fix this so let me know if you need one besides the feel. In regards to the pull make sure you are up the wall. If you go inside and then up or LIFT the club with your arms and shoulders then you are guaranteed to come over the top. Let me know if this sounds like you and lets get this figured out together.
      Keep em Long and Straight,
      CJ

      • andrew wilkinson says:

        CJ,
        thanks for the reply. Working over the last couple of days I think I have been too much on my toes for the take away and transition and as I come to impact I have had a weight shift away from the ball. I am pretty sure that I have stopped coming over the top in transition but I still occasionally drag the club inside through impact.
        I have shifted a little weight towards my heels, enough that I feel a more even pressure through my feet rather than all the pressure on the ball of my foot, this has led to a much more grounded feel and a much more reproducible path for the club head.
        In retrospect I hadn’t focussed enough on the setup – pushing my rear out! I’ll keep you informed.
        Andrew.

  46. Chris Little says:

    I have videoed my swing and its terrible. I have myself casting the club. I feel like I’m swinging it correctly, but after reviewing it. Its quite apparent I’m casting the club. I don’t have the problem as much with the irons, as I do with the Driver and 3 wood. What drill do you have for the down swing.
    Chris

  47. Bobby Williams says:

    When attempting to keep my arms connected to my body I seem to want to pill my shots to the left. Not a hook,just a pull. Could I have my arms in too tightly to my body? I’m trying to arrange my scheduled so I can attend a one day clinic in the near future.Thank you for your help in these matters.

    • CJ Goecks says:

      bobby Williams,
      The arms do not have to be tight. I am not trying to get the elbow glued to your body, but definitely want the shoulders to work within their range of motion and not lifting your arms. Hope this helps. iN regards to the pull see if this helps and then lets talk soon. I can give you plenty of drills to help. I hope you can come see me at one of our schools. I just finished one and it was a huge success. Keep me informed.
      keep em long and straight,
      cj

  48. Anthony Clark says:

    Dear CJ
    I have recently purchased the programme and have begun implementing the changes. Generally I am doing ok with them and find I am striking the ball more consistently.

    One thing that I have noticed is the loss of distance on my shots, is this to be expected? and how long before I could reasonably expect to
    have rectified this as you say in your programme that by implementing the techniques our game should improve.
    warmest regards
    Anthony

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Anthony Clark,
      You should not lose distance, but should gain distance. It is not uncommon though for people to be tentative when learning something new. Give it a few weeks and when it becomes natural your distance should increase greatly. please keep me infomed.
      Keep em long and Straight,
      cj

  49. Sam Fortune says:

    Have you ever considered opening a school or running a clinic in the Las Vegas area?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Sam Fortune,
      If you have any inside info on finding us a location I would be willing to discuss with you.
      Sincerely,
      CJ

      • Dave Pouliot says:

        I would also be interested in local, hands on help. I am struggling to implement lessons on my own. Local clubs are Blackstone and Blackbear in SE Denver metro- part of Canongate CO.

        • CJ Goecks says:

          Dave Pouliot,
          Tell me what you have in mind. Are you looking to possibly come to Dallas or wanting me to come to Co or what can I do. Soon, possibly this week we will be introducing swing analysis which means you can upload your swing to me for analysis over the computer. Let me know if that is of interest to you.
          Keep em long and straight,
          cj

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