"Demanding that golf instruction be kept simple does not make it simple - only incomplete and ineffective."
Homer Kelley 1969.
Since 1969 Homer Kelley’s “The Golfing Machine” textbook has provided this fact-based approach to teaching the golf stroke. The text relies on science – simple geometry and basic physics – to provide a standard method of teaching golf that is consistent, reliable and most importantly, based on fact.
As new books and breakthrough teaching fads come and go, “The Golfing Machine” has maintained its premier status as the most widely used textbook on golf instruction in the world. That’s more than 35 years of successful, fact-based golf instruction.
Martin is the first and currently the only Authorized Instructor in Denmark and holds the GSEB (Golf Swing Engineer Batchelor) level having studied the book intensively over the past few years and passed rigorous written, visual and practical training and educational exams. He is one of around 150 Authorized Instructors around the world.
Some past and present winners on the PGA Tour showed strong interest in TGM in view of improving their game, for example Steve Elkington, Bobby Clampett, and Mac O'Grady. Canadian Tour winner John Erickson was a devoted student of TGM under the guidance of Ben Doyle and Greg Mc Hatton. LPGA superstar Annika Sörenstam and her coach Pia Nilsson, the first female Authorized Instructor, have acknowledged the influence of The Golfing Machine upon her excellent career.
The Golfing Machine is a book written by Mr Homer Kelley. The book was first published in 1969 after almost 30 years of research and hard work had gone into it. Unfortunately the book is often misunderstood and people end up avoiding it rather than embracing it. This is largely to do with the layout and the reading of the book. It does not read like a normal instruction book, but rather like a reference manual. The book does not give one definitive method but explains that there are different components that can be linked together to produce a repeatable golf stroke.
Once the student begins to understand the Stroke Pattern concept of the book, they will realise that it is a book that does not support a 'one swing fits all' procedure. In fact, Mr Kelley states in the book that the "text book can support a 'My Way' theory but not a 'The Way' theory.
There are 24 components in the golf stroke, all with between 3 and 15 variations each.
There are 144 Cataloged Variations and when you do the math, there are actually over 446,512,500,000,000,000 ways hit a golf ball correctly applying the three imperatives, controlling the three functions around the three stations - the Star System Triad of G.O.L.F - Geometrically Oriented Linear Force.
Every component of an efficient and dependable Golf Stroke has a proper relationship to every other component, and that relationship is geometrical. Understanding that the Golf Stroke is based on the LAWS of the geometry and physics of Force and Motion (the Mechanics) we can effectively investigate the complete understanding of the Principle of Golf, which is “The Line of Compression”. Through the “Mechanics” of Golf we can learn to produce and manipulate “The Line of Compression”