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Decade Course Management System
Is it better to work on strategy specific to your game or swing mechanics?
While everyone else is preaching grip-stance-backswing; or deep breathing, empowering thoughts, and imagery; or what alloy driver to buy, Fawcett uses probability to explain how to play the game. “I am the most knowledgeable golf strategist in the world,” he says with complete earnestness.
Simplifying quite a bit, Fawcett’s big idea is that the club in your hands is closer to a shovel than a scalpel—or, as he says, “You’re shooting a shotgun, not a sniper rifle.” Most golfers observe the pole in the hole and reflexively aim at it. Wrong, wrong, wrong, says Fawcett. Plotting the standard deviations of his own shots and the numbers from the Tour proved to him that the world’s best golfers are far less accurate than civilians might think. Add undetectable variables like wind currents on the ball’s journey and adrenaline in the operator (or its lack), and it’s clear that perfect shots are little more than happy accidents. Therefore expectations must be lowered if performance is to be raised. The smart golfer plans for degrees of failure rather than for perfection.
Although Fawcett wanted to test his hypotheses at the 2014 Texas Amateur at Brook Hollow, tendinitis in his right elbow would not allow him to play. But there was this skinny high school kid at his club. Will Zalatoris had a beautiful game and obvious dedication but no great accomplishment, as evidenced by his ranking as the 3,300th-best junior golfer in the world. Fawcett sent him a text: “I’ll caddy for you. And if you do everything I tell you, I promise you will win.” Zalatoris won that Texas Am. Two months and two more big wins later, Zalatoris was ranked the eighth-best junior in the world. Now touring professionals, club pros, college coaches, Tiger Woods’ instructor, the PGA Tour, and Zalatoris—now at Wake Forest on a golf scholarship, possibly the next Jordan Spieth—all have Fawcett on their speed dial.
You can see Zalatoris and Fawcett at work in a YouTube video of the second-to-last hole in the final match of the 2014 U.S. Junior. Zalatoris has 119 yards to the flagstick. The golfer swings. Someone shouts, and Zalatoris raises his arms in triumph. The ball has rolled into the hole! And what had Fawcett said before the miracle shot? “Aim 10 feet right.”
He wasn’t just guessing. After Zalatoris had hit many, many practice shots with each club, Fawcett had maps of the results. So he knew that with this particular club from this particular distance, Zalatoris, like many accomplished golfers, often hit it 2 or 3 yards left of his target, and there was trouble left, so aiming slightly right was the reasonable compensation.
Fawcett says 90-plus shooters would be better served working on mechanics and worrying about strategy later, but better players could benefit by building some data points of their own.... Read More
What is the DECADE System?
The DECADE Course Management System, created by Scott Fawcett, has solved golf strategy by combining shot distribution patterns and PGA Tour scoring statistics. When Scott combined those two data sets he created a simple way to optimize target selection. Good players know if a pin is closely guarded by a lake to favor the center of the green – but how much? DECADE quickly generates the optimal target that will produce the lowest score based on distance, hazards, and hole location.
DECADE in action is a simple process that does all the work for you. Millions of shots were analyzed to determine the optimal target for any shot. The result is an easy addition to your routine that actually takes less time than the typical process of selecting a target…if one is even selected! One of the main reasons golfers tend to peak later than athletes in other sports is due to the fact it takes a long time to learn proper strategy. Not any more! Don’t take a decade to learn proper strategy, learn the DECADE System in a day!
OWN YOUR GAME
I'm terrible if I have more than a couple thoughts in my head when trying to play golf. When I research golf instruction and strategy, I take the pieces of information that apply to my game.
- It is more likely to mishit a shot than hit a perfect shot
- Identify shot shape that is easiest for you to do and repeat it
- Eliminate one side of the golf course by creating one shot (curve) you can do everytime
OWN YOUR GAME
On The Driving Range
- Hit 10 balls with each club (PW-Driver)
- Swing with one swing though only
- Right down the natural curve of your ball
- How many balls missed to the right?
- How many balls missed to the left?
- What is your comfortable shot curve?
- What is your comfortable miss? (Right or Left)
Objective ingrain key elements to improve the foundation of your game
- Full Swing
- Course Management
Training Aids Used
- Saber (or golf club)
- Decade Golf (video tutorial)
- Speed Sticks (or alignment rod)
- Heavy Club/Saber (or golf club)
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BODY BALANCE SQUATS
Great exercise to increase balance in your full swing. Exercise can be completed without Bosu Ball until you gain the strength, balance and flexibility to use the ball.
One of the most important aspects to improving your swing is learning how to turn properly in the back and down swing. You will hit longer, straighter shots, in addition to keeping your back healthy!
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- Set up square to target line with body, use golf ball for 7-iron ball position
- Turn centered, marbles drop (if using saber) to other end when completing backswing turn to ensure turning on swing plane
- Make sure end of stick is pointed at golf ball
- Use core, lower body to turn down and point other end of stick at golf ball
- That completes 1 repetition, Repeat 10 times
Build fundamental swing positions without hitting a golf ball. This allows you to practice feel, tempo and shot shaping when you have time to go to the course.
- Set up properly with alignment stick and 7-iron ball position
- Take Away (P2) hold for count of two seconds (in line with stick on ground)
- Top of Swing (P4) hold for count of two seconds
- Use core, lower body to swing club down, shaft parallel to ground (P6, in line with stick on ground) hold for count of two seconds
- Turn through to post impact (P8) hold for two seconds
- Finish swing to balanced finish, (P10) hold for two seconds
- This completes 1 swing, repeat 10 more times to complete 1 set
It doesn't matter how good your swing positions are if you don't have tempo and timing to impact the ball correctly.
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I teach only what I believe in through my time as a player and professional coach. Each player is unique and needs customized coaching on their golf swing. Supplemented with my performance training, guarantee's success. The performance training program is exactly what I used to improve my consistency before playing in the 2017 PGA Championship, and I now want to share the simple strategies with all golfers that want to improve.JJ WOOD, PGA, Director of Instruction