Bobby Bray is one of the most respected names in the East Tennessee golf world. Bobby had an illustrious 40-year career at The Country Club in Morristown, Tennessee, where he worked from 1971 until 2011. Bray’s competitive playing career included victories at the 1974 Tennessee State open; the 1982, 1989 and 1998 Tennessee Section Championships; the 1999 and 2003 Senior Section Championships and an appearance in the 1999 U.S. Senior Open. Bobby served on the Knoxville Chapter Board of Directors. Bobby has worked with countless players of all ages and over 100 of his students have gone on to play collegiate golf.
Contact Bobby - Bobby_Bray2000@yahoo.com or (423) 736-2763
For most golfers, the hardest club in the bag to hit consistently is the driver. The tee shot can make or break the hole, a good drive will lead to thoughts of birdie, but a bad drive can lead to a punch out plan. In this installment of the Pro’s Corner we will be focusing on two things with the driver swing: hitting the ball in the sweet spot and generating clubhead speed.
At first those two things may seem unrelated, and to some, even opposing swing thoughts. The link between these two things is the basis of the swing, THE TURN. Beneath the mountain of swing thoughts and advice about how to hit a golf ball, at the very core of the golf swing are two things, a turn back and a turn through.
The turn is the secret to generating club head speed and also the major component of delivering the clubhead to where it began at address with the ball in the middle of the clubface. The swing is started with our turn away from the ball. The hips, core and shoulders all work in concert with each other. No two golfers’ turns are the same, body types, height, flexibility all dictate how our back swings form. The biggest thing is keep in mind is drive the turn with the hips, core and shoulders and let the arms and hands just be along for the ride.
Going back to the short game talk, LET THE CLUB DO THE WORK. The most technologically advanced piece of equipment in golfers’ bags are graphite shafts. If we get to the top of our backswing and throw our hands at the ball, the turn is out of sequence and the shaft can’t do its job. Turning back through the ball the same way we took the club back (with the hips, core, and shoulders) allows the swing to generate clubhead speed through lag. Again, the hands and arms are just along for the ride
Turning back and through, the clubhead is delivered along the same path that it went back on and helps to contact the ball in the middle of the club face. Think of the club as an extension of your arms, neither your arms of the club are going to get shorter during the swing so by turning back and turning through the club will travel through where it was at address.