BRIAN SPARKS’ PHILOSOPHY
“In developing the Easiest Swing in Golf over the last 50 years these two beliefs are at the core of my philosophy for senior golf:
1. Golf teaching has become too complicated, over-technical and elitist and, in so doing, has distanced itself from the average player.
2. Women and men aged over 50 have been largely ignored by the golf industry, especially the teaching fraternity.
My ambition is to make significant progress in these two areas and, whilst the Easiest Swing is applicable to golfers of all ages and all levels and touches every aspect of the game, I constantly share my knowledge with our coaches giving them special tools to help the older golfer, both male and female, as well as those who have, or are recovering from, injuries or disabilities.
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Brian, Thanks to you I have lowered my scores by at least ten shots and I can see that I am improving after every round. Last week I played Tyneside Golf Course and was gross 10 over after 12 holes. Amazing for me as only five months ago I struggled to break 100. I am easily playing to a 19 handicap and expect that to drop within a month. All of this improvement pain free. Thank you so much. I can't wait for retirement so I can play more often. Best wishes, my Guru. …1 week later: Just broke 90 today. Had my first birdie in thirty years. So so easy. Thank you. Brian Sparks Note: …and all this happened by Jeff reading my book, looking at our videos and investing in a Swing Caddy.
Hi Brian...In a word, FANTASTIC!! Of all the “back friendly” or “body friendly” swings I have tried over the past few years, the PIG swing is the only one that I can honestly say remains successful more than a couple of months after I have tried it. The combination of your method, while also using the Swing Caddy trainer regularly, has made a big difference. I use the Swing Caddy for maybe 5-10 minutes a few days a week, and prior to a round as I am warming up. I shot 84 last Tuesday and 86 today on my home course. I have been used to shooting in the low-mid 90s until I switched to the PIG swing. I am now able to feel what goes wrong when I have a mis-hit…and oh by the way, those mis-hits are way more playable using the PIG/ES swing than my old swing. Oh…and the lower back pain I have struggled with for years is much less after playing a round using the PIG swing. The back does get a little sore or stiff after I have rested for a while after a round, but the discomfort is much less than with my old swings and there is usually no pain at all during a round. With a little stretching, I am usually good to go. What a blessing!
Hello Julian, In your latest YouTube video you’ve asked for some feedback on subscribers’ experiences with Positive Impact Golf. For what they’re worth here are my own observations: I received my copy of Brian’s book via Amazon on Saturday 3rd February, the day of my granddaughter’s 5th birthday party and what I can describe as the day of my golfing catharsis. (The dictionary definition of the Greek word “katharsis” is “purification or cleansing”. In English “catharsis” is the “process of releasing and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions”.) What better word is there to describe the philosophy of the P.I.G. movement? A few days later I purchased the Hole in One Impact Swing Trainer. You may want to know what has happened in the six months since my catharsis. Well, I have abandoned totally all the technical swing thoughts built up over the many years of toil on the golf course. As a result, golf is now a game of fun and fitness for me, so much so that on several occasions in the last few months I have resorted to carrying my clubs and have felt “as fresh as a daisy” at the end of 18 holes. As a senior golfer of 75, I can’t stress enough the importance of the physical and mental wellbeing generated by P.I.G.’s philosophy. Granted I’m still hitting my fair share of inconsistent shots and my handicap (28) has not improved but after 50+ years in the wilderness, I recognise it may take a little more time to make progress on scoring. My most memorable achievement since February occurred 4 weeks ago on 2nd July when I “flushed” a 5 iron onto the green of one of my “problem” holes, to discover that I had my first ever hole in one! I’m now considering whether to attend one of the P.I.G. One day courses or have a 9 holes course management program to learn how to improve my scoring. I’d appreciate your thoughts on the matter. Many thanks to you and all the team at P.I.G. for my catharsis.
I grew up and started playing golf in England and had a few early lessons from Norman Sutton at Exeter G&CC. I have now been playing golf for over 70 yers and finding your ideas on YouTube and after reading your book I was delighted to find another way to play, more relaxed and resulting in a much more fluid and full swing. After practising the Danse for a week, I took it to the course and have been amazed at the change in my game, for the better. For the first time, I have been able to make the target my thought and not think about swing mechanics. I am going on 85 and like most seniors have lost distance, even while playing and walking at least 3 times a week April thru November. Even with only a few games using a relaxed swing and lots of body movement, I am seeing distance gains and more accuracy. As the season here is coming to a close I will continue to do the danse through the winter and look forward to starting to put your methods into practice in earnest come Spring. Thanks again for opening my eyes to another more relaxed way to play and think. I wish you and your associates every success.
Hello Brian Sparks et al. First of all, thank you for writing Positive Impact Golf. Frankly, I expected it to be no different from the many how to golf books that will now, forever more, gather dust. I am 82 years old. After practicing La Danse Du Golf the results were amazing, flight & straight. No aches or pain, just the pleasure of seeing the results. Wish you had written your book many years ago!! Thank you,
Brian, I am 74 now and using your method. I am playing better than I ever have. I have back issues and using your method makes so much sense. No back pain and the ball just flies off the club with no effort. No muscular tension at all. My hands and arms have no tension. You got the secret and I wish you the best for the new year. Sincerely,
I have enjoyed your “easiest swing in golf” materials and have been using your “basic threesome” of the PIG book, online videos and the SwingRite tool. I like the idea of the concept, although it has taken me a little longer to put things into play than I first thought which is very likely due to some impatience on my part. I am a good candidate for your principles. I won the men’s club championship at my club in 1998 at the age of 54. Since 2005 I have had both knees replaced, 4 spinal surgeries, a total shoulder replacement and a heart attack last summer. As you might imagine the game has gotten a lot more changeling and I don’t play at anything resembling that level now. I can still take a swing at the ball and glad to be able to do that, and I am trying to get the most out of what I have got left now. You can see why your program has been very interesting to me. Cheers,
Email received in reGreat article Brian, as usual. It reminds of when I met Sam Snead 50 years ago at the Greenbriar. At that time he gave me some advice I have used my whole golfing life, hit it with your practice swing. I just stared at him until he said, "No tension". He said to take my usual practice swing and note a total lack of tension and how the swing just flowed. Then he said to step up to the ball and swing and be on the lookout for tension, whoever it occurs, then step away and practice swing with an awareness for that area of tension. He said the golf swing should be stress free like you were dancing with your best girl! From then on my only swing thought has been to Pay Attention for Tension! Consequently I have played injury free golf and have thoroughly enjoyed the game. I still get people who stand around and watch me swing on the range and I'm 68! They never fail to mention what a beautiful tempo and rhythm I have. Golf should be fun, not a war with your body. Keep up the good work,
Hello from Florida, Brian My brother Billy Falcon told me about you guys and went right to work on the dance. I really love it holy cow. I’m 66 years old in good shape, a14 handicap and have been using your training for past 2 weeks. Already see how wonderful the ball comes off the club with no tension in the swing. When your dance is applied properly it is amazing. Seems I struggle a little more with driver then other clubs. Old habits casting from top creep in once in a while. I’m staying with this and nothing else from here on. I believe this is the only way to play golf. I know you’re not a mechanics oriented instructor but I feel the best swings are made when everything turns together and me and my legs and hips come thru first with tension free arms and hands following. Trouble occurs if arms start swing. Just a thought. Wish you had an instructor in South Florida. Thank you for what you do. Be well and have a good day. Regards,
“Love it – just love it!” Regards,
Hi Brian. Just wanted to follow up with you and let you know I am continuing to have great success with PIG. 5 months at it and I my swing has never deserted me using your method. I am improving and today hit some of the purest shots of my life. My distance has increased at least a club on average but I can crank it up even more if needed. I have that extra gear Hogan talked about but more importantly my accuracy is greatly improving. I have a company golf tournament coming up in May. Can't wait to use my new swing. Just wanted to say thank you-not only for helping me with my swing but also for the confidence I have. Thanks,
Hi.Brian, I purchased your book through watching your YouTube videos, I was looking for a less physical way of swinging my golf club as I am approaching 70 and so starting to feel lots of strain on my joints. So, I've started in the last 3 weeks trying to emulate your swing method (danse of golf) and it's amazing how it has created much less strain on my joints. Although, to be honest, I'm finding it hard to apply the method to my swing on the golf course I feel it's the right way to continue as I've just purchased your book and started reading it (I'm up to page 153). This book of yours is telling me more about my self then I ever thought. It's amazing the mind effect it's giving me not just my golf but my every day life! I think you've done a great job Brian and will continue to apply this reading into my thoughts, I'm a 19 handicapper but feel if I can keep these principles which you've explained in you book I will succeed. (By the way it's the first time I've set down to read a book I'm enjoying, The wife can't believe it.) Best regards,