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MGS Book Is Finished!

MGS Book Cover Picture

The book is finished! I will have an order page up in the next day or so. All you will have to do is click on the PayPal link, and you will be directed to PayPal’s secure site. You don’t need a PayPal account, just follow the directions.

The book is a standard PDF document, 1.3 MB in size, so it can be delivered directly via email to most customers. If your email has attachment and/or file size restrictions, let me know and I will send you a link for you to download it from.

So there you go. Thank you all for your patience, I trust it will be worth your wait. The donors who have received their pre-release copy seem to think so.

Along those lines, donors who wish to receive the updated version (at no additional charge) simply email me and I will add you to the upgrade list.

I have completely re-compiled the book so it is clearer and easier on the eyes, and have added the broken links to the web references.

MGS Book Release ! Donors, You Should Have Your Copy

It is finally here. I have released the “99.9% finished” version to every one who has made a donation to me or taken an MGS lesson. The book was emailed to the email you used on PayPal when you made your donation.  IF YOU MADE A DONATION, AND DID NOT RECEIVE AN EMAIL, PLEASE EMAIL ME USING THE EMAIL YOU USED FOR YOUR PAYPAL ACCOUNT SO I CAN TRACK IT.

For the others wanting a copy, just a little more patience as I am trying to configure an auto delivery system for the book so that you receive your download as soon you make a payment. Also, I am hoping some of those who have the book can provide some feedback and editorial input to make it even better!

Kevin

New Book Excerpt – Wrist Movement in The Golf Swing

There is now a new excerpt from the book under the Excerpts tab – “Wrist Movement in the Golf Swing“. Many of you have asked for more detailed and involved instruction on MGS than what Kiran provides in her introductory book. Hopefully these excerpts are giving you a good sense for how I go about meeting that objective. Please note comments on these pages are open if anybody wishes to post.

Three MGS Book Excerpts Now Available

The book excerpts tab now has three excerpts available, The  first is the Non X factor, the second is Club head acceleration, and the most recent is one of the drills I use to teach the MGS swing - The Isolated Lead arm.

Hopefully, these excerpts will give you an idea of my writing style and also my approach to helping golfers of all abilities to  more fully understand and apply the MGS swing. Enjoy.

 

 

 

Excerpts From The Soon To be Released 3rd Edition of The Blueprint

I thought that the best way potential readers could get a sense of and a feel for the flavor of the book’s third edition would be to put up some excerpts. Obviously if I put too much up, there will be no reason to buy the book so let me a brief overview for now, on how the third edition is laid out, and then I will give you some excerpts from the book referencing back to the layout.

As I mentioned in e-mails forum posts, and conversations the third edition of the Blueprint will have all the original instruction on building a classic golf swing modeled after the key moves found in all great classic swings. The there will be a speed training section that outlines a specific training method and process for building maximum club head speed into your swing.

Then follows section on the MGS swing. Here I first compare the differences between the MGS swing and the classic golf  swing, so that the reader will have a good sense of what to expect if they want to try the MGS swing. Then I will lay out the specific drills and method for acquiring the MGS swing using the same learning model and approach that we use to build a classic swing-static holds and slow-motion swings using a mirror and lots of video checks, gradually adding speed as technique improves and habits are built.

The book closes with sections on putting, chipping, and pitching. The putting section has some very unique information regarding green reading, mapping greens, and determining the stimp of the greens on the courses you play.

So over the next couple of weeks, I will be releasing different excerpts from the different sections mentioned above for you to read for you evaluate and enjoy. You will find the excerpts as individual pages  that can be accessed by the drop down bar under “Book Excerpts” tab.

***** Got To Have Video *****

It is really important to know what you are actually doing vs what you think you are doing. With MGS, you need to make a good bend forward and then a good twist, and keep these body angles throughout the swing. You don’t need a high speed camera to check these angles and positions. ANY VIDEO CAMERA WILL WORK, EVEN THE ONES ON A BASIC CELL PHONE.

Second, I think some people are under the impression that if they send me video, they will end up in the public domain and all over the web! No worries, I have never posted stills or video of any student without their permission!

It’s just hard to discern what’s going on without actually seeing things. It’s the whole words get in the way thing. And it is hard for you to improve without feedback….video is a big help in this area and everyone should take advantage.

Kevin

My MGS Story

It happened one morning in the early summer of 2011. I was hitting some 7 irons and everything was going fine. I was getting some extra practice in so as to prepare for my upcoming club championship qualifier. I hit a nice shot, and as I came around into my finish, felt a stabbing pain in my back – so sharp that it took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. OUCH! ( and some other expletives I’m not proud to say I uttered!) The pain was just opposite my right shoulder blade in what was either my lat or traps…I didn’t know and I didn’t care – it just hurt. I felt no pain in my backswing, or going down into impact, but every time I came around and finished, there was the pain. I tried a few more swings and stopped as now the pain was spreading. I was crushed. There was only a few days left before the qualifier and I really wanted to play in it. I went home, and rolled my back out with my Pilates foam roller for a long time. I gulped down five Ibuprofen and went to work.

When I got home I got on the computer and frantically started looking for “easy on the back” golf swings. I knew of Don Trahan’s work, and also Natural Golf and Graves, which I tried both as best as I could and still had the pain. My searches led me to YouTube, and somehow I ended up watching some videos by a female golf pro from India named Kiran Kanwar, talking about her “Minimalist Golf Swing” – MGS. The swing was way different from what I had been doing, using very little shoulder turn, no setting of the wrists, and no weight shift or hip rotation. She said it was easy on the body as it was more bio-mechanically correct.  It looked like a swing I might be able to use for the qualifier, and then until my back got better and I could once again start swinging “normally”.

I went out in the backyard and gingerly tried the set up and swing. No pain, try another. Still good. I kept swinging adding more force and speed until I was warmed up and pretty much swinging at full speed. I got excited, grabbed my shag bag of birdie balls and headed to the park. I had no idea how the ball would fly, all I knew was that I could make this “minimal swing” with no pain. The ball flew straight, just a smidge of a draw, but boy was the swing easy to repeat. It seemed like I had lost a little distance, but I would need to hit real balls to know for sure. All I knew was I had a swing that would allow me to play in the qualifier. And play I did, under difficult conditions I shot a 42,39 – 81 from the tips and was the only 50+ year old to qualify for the scratch division on a day when only a handful of players broke 80. I liked this swing.

I liked it so much that I continued to work with it even though my back was better. I bought the book about the MGS swing written by Mrs. Kanwar. I shot video and posted some still shots and links about it on the single axis golf forum. I was able to contact Mrs. Kanwar by phone and we began to exchange many emails about the swing and my adaptation of it. She provided lots of feedback and commentary on my videos, my MGS, and my posts and I continued to “get it” more and more. My ball striking improved lots, an apparently my swing was looking different too. In our season ending USGA  two man scramble, my three playing partners from my  league noticed that my swing “looked more controlled”, more consistent, and while one mentioned I seemed to have lost some distance I was still plenty long and they all agreed it was “better”. It was good enough that we ended up winning the event shooting an excellent 4 under 68! I liked this swing a lot and when I tried to swing my “old way” it now felt unnatural!

What’s more, many of my students and Blueprint readers, after reading my posts and watching my videos, began trying it on their own. Using just the information from Kiran Kanwar’s Youtube channel, her website, my writings and videos, many reported the same positive results and improvement in their own swing and game that I was reporting. Mrs. Kanwar said she had sold more books in three months than she had the previous five years since she first published it!

Truly something remarkable was developing and I was a part of it. Students that had bought my book and improved their game were contacting me and telling me they have seen an even bigger improvement with MGS. Many phoned me and emailed me that they are once again excited about golf. And many were asking what this all means in relation to my current Blueprint teaching and where I am headed moving forward.

This MGS thing was taking off, and lots of golfers were being helped. With all the buzz and help people were receiving, I decided it was time for another paradigm shift, and to “add another room” to the Blueprint construction project. I asked the inventor of the Minimalist Golf Swing, Kiran Kanwar, if she would mind if I included a section on her swing in my third edition of the Blueprint when I released it. She agreed that it wouldn’t be a problem, as long as she received credit for the MGS and “signed off” on the content before release!

I happy to report that the project is currently in the works.  The third edition of the Blueprint will include a complete section on MGS, Kiran Kanwar approved. It will highlight the differences between the more classic swing instruction of the original Blueprint, cross referenced back to each other for comparison, and will include a complete step by step process for acquiring the MGS swing using the same learning model that is so effective in the original Blueprint.

Kevin