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Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Fed up with your golf game? Looking for a different approach? It may be closer than you think.

Nick Foley traveled to Palm City to get the lowdown from one teaching pro who uses an unconventional idea to simplify the game.

They make it look so easy..

BUT what does it take for you and I to find the perfect swing like the pros... Well one local teacher thinks he has the answer.

RON FRANKEL - Golf instruction today teaches what a swing produces, I teach how to produce a swing.

Ron Frankel and his brother Arnie run the Frankel Golf Academy..  A school that is committed to preaching the principals of legendary golf instructor Ernest Jones.. Who honed his skills and methods after losing his left leg in world war II.

RON FRANKEL - Ernest Jones was the most sought out instructor for 30 years and he was the first to be voted in the golf world hall of fame in 1999.

what Jones passed along to his students is that the most important part of anyone's game is the swing itself...  Not body position.. Not shifting your weight ...  Not club speed...  Just the swing.

RON FRANKEL - by definition a swing is a to and fro  motion that repeats from one point to another and back and only one motion does that. The swinging motion and that's what we teach.

Frankel teaches that motion with help from what he calls his motion trainer or more simply a weight on the end of a string that uses the same exact principles of a pendulum.


JASON PROBEL - "I'm happy if I break a 100."

RON FRANKEL - "You can use any club. If you swing it right the rope stays straight and stays with the shaft."

The idea is simple enough but creating the swing takes a little getting used to. Jason tries his new swing out with the putter and then makes his way up to chipping on to the green and to make sure he focuses on feel Ron has him close his eyes.

Take a few swings. Got It? Step up to the ball and use the same feel. Good.

JASON PROBEL - "I like to hit the ball as hard as I can but what I was taught today was more finesse and rhythm. It feels weird but with repetition it might work out."

Jason only spent about 20 minutes trying to feel his way to a new swing but Frankel says developing a true swing takes a lot of time and a brand new way of thinking.

RON FRANKEL - "When they come to me I tell them to take the cup and empty it. 9:12 People say I can't believe it's this easy and that's what we get across. The truth and the simplicity of what we are teaching."

The concept may be easy enough but is it the only lesson you'll ever need? Well as the saying goes ... practice makes perfect.

 In Palm City Nick Foley Fox 29.

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