When I first started teaching golf in 1991, my original technique was to make the beginner or average golfer look like a great golfer. When I say great golfer, I mean I wanted them to look like a pro when they swing the club. The thought was that Pros had the right fundamentals. If I could make people look like pros when they swing, they too would have the right fundamentals.
I taught this way for the first 8 years of my career with amazing results. Then, in 1999 I saw video of the Iron Byron for the frist time. As I watched it swing over and over again, it didn’t look like a robot anymore. To me, it looked like a human. In other words it looked like a pro swinging the golf club.
After I made this realization, I grabbed my golf magazines and opened up the swing sequences of various pros. By freeze-framing Iron Byron in different positions and comparing them to the pros, I realized that all pros are in the same positions as the machine. Frame-by-frame it doesn’t matter which pro you compare to Iron Byron they are all in the same positions as the machine.
The light bulb moment was realizing that I was teaching people how to look like pros so I was really making people copy the machine because pros and the machine are in the same positions. It was at this point I said, “why not understand the machine. After all, it hits the ball 100% consistently whereas pros are only 70%.” So I now started to explain the 3 elements of the machine to my students.
To make people copy the Iron Byron I simply analyzed what made the machine work. I realized it was very simple. It only has 3 elements and it hits the ball perfectly. So why not teach these 3 elements to my students? This would keep it simple and allow me to get the results I was after. Below is a video with myself and the inventor of Iron Byron, George Manning explaining how they invented the machine.
Fast forward to many years later and I’m getting phenomenal results teaching people how to copy Iron Byron. Why?
First, it’s simple to understand. Why make the golf swing complicated when it doesn’t have to be.
Next, I give you feedback to check each position to know if you are doing them right or not. There is no guess-work because you are constantly looking for this feedback to tell you if you are doing it right or not.
Next, you end up with a great looking golf swing. This is because you are copying the machine. Pros look like the machine when you freeze frame them. If you’re copying the machine you’re copying pros so your swing will take on that appearance too.
Finally, you’re able to cure any swing flaw in golf instantly. How? By watching your ball flight. When you watch your ball flight you’re looking for the direction, spin and contact. The 3 elements of the machine correspond to these elements. So you watch to see where the ball is going then you can determine which element of your swing you need to work on. It is that simple and it really works.
As I said, pros are in the same positions as the machine. If you don’t believe me just take a look at the swing sequences of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els compared to Iron Byron, try to see the machine as a golfer not as a robot. If you do, you’ll see that the Iron Byron really does have the answers you have been searching for!
|Tiger Woods Swing Sequence|
|Ernie Els Swing Sequence|
How Can You Learn From Iron Byron?
Now that you’ve seen me hit balls beside the Iron Byron, and how Tiger and Ernie are both in the same positions, wouldn’t you like to be able to do the same thing? After all, the closer you can come to replicating the machine, the closer to perfect you will become!
I’ve been teaching for over 20 years. If you’d like to learn how to incorporate the 3 elements of Iron Byron into your swing, please consider joining one of my 3 day golf schools or take private golf lessons from myself at Bear’s Best Las Vegas. If you live in Canada you can take golf lessons in Toronto with my Canadian Instructor.
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Press Release from True Temper Sports
True Temper’s ‘Iron Byron’ Takes Place in World Golf Hall of
Memphis, TN A private gathering was held Monday night at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida, to officially open its newest exhibit entitled Byron Nelson: A Champion¦ A Gentleman. The exhibit features various pieces of memorabilia including photographs, trophies and personal artifacts tracing the career of Byron Nelson, one of the greatest champions and ambassadors the game of golf has ever known. A focal point of the display is the True Temper ® club testing robot better known as Iron Byron because it was designed to replicate the timeless swing of the great Lord Byron.
True Temper is very pleased to be a part of an exhibit honoring not only a great man and champion, but a true golfing pioneer, states Scott Hennessy, President / CEO of True Temper Sports. By assisting our company in the development of the robot, his fluid swing helped to set the standard for evaluation in shaft design for decades to come.
Born out of a collaborative effort between the Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Institute and True Temper Sports in 1964, the machine was designed to provide comparative shaft data in a controlled environment. Until the introduction of Iron Byron, 100% of dynamic shaft testing was entirely subjective, states Bob Bush, original technical services manager of the swing robot project. The robot provided a repeatable swing allowing us to quantify performance from one shaft to the next. To this day, even the best golfers in the world can’t provide this level of consistency.
True Temper chose Byron Nelson as the model swing after studying high speed photography of numerous PGA Tour players and scratch amateurs of the time. Mr. Nelson’s swing proved to be the most efficient wasting little energy from the top of the swing through impact. There is one major difference between Mr. Nelson and the robot, continues Mr. Hennessy laughingly. Iron Byron putts with exactly the same stroke as he drives.
After two years of development and a cost in excess of $250K, the robot was introduced in 1966 simply as the Golf Club Testing Device. We were trying to emphasize that the machine was a true research tool, not a marketing novelty, Bob Bush
explains. Not until several years later did the device take on the lasting moniker ˜Iron Byron’.
One of the key features of the robot was its ability to mimic the energy transfer present in the golf swing. Most golfers deliver more energy at impact than at the beginning of the downswing, adds Graeme Horwood, VP of Engineering. Through the incorporation of compressed air and a series of pneumatic valves, Iron Byron is able to replicate this action and closely mirror a human’s energy transfer.
For the last four decades, Iron Byron has provided critical feedback for every major equipment manufacturer. It also has been used to determine equipment standards by the United States Golf Association, the governing body of the game of golf. Continues Scott Hennessy, One of Iron Byron’s proudest achievements is that it has been used by the USGA to grow and protect the game of golf.
Byron Nelson trusted True Temper shafts throughout his illustrious career. He is most widely known for his unprecedented 1945 season in which he claimed 11 consecutive wins on his way to 18 titles for the year. The exhibit is located in the World Golf Hall of Fame, which is at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. For more information, call 904-940-4123 or visit www.worldgolfhalloffame.org.
True Temper Sports is the leading manufacturer of golf shafts in the world and is consistently the number one shaft on all professional tours globally. The Company markets a complete line of shafts under the True Temper and Grafalloy shaft brands, and sells these brands in over thirty countries throughout the world. True Temper Sports employs over 800 people in ten facilities located in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Australia.