I finally got the video and watched it a dozen times already.
I am very thankful that your grandfathers technology was recorded and preserved. I only wish that I had seen it sooner
and really wish that I had met him. I searched for that video for years and I am eternally grateful to you for creating a website and making it available.
There is no question that Golf-O-Metrics shoould be considered one of the greatest contributions to the game of golf in history!
A communication is only as effective as it can be exactly duplicated by the recipient. That is the art of teaching.
The ability of a teacher to communicate ideas to a student and have them exactly duplicated is paramount to successful teaching. Sometimes we need different languages to relay information to get ideas across. In my case, having worked with thousands of people who do not speak english, I have been able to use the golf-o-metrics as an effective tool to communicate.
It does not matter if the student does not speak english or is even blind! The golf swing can still be taught using golf-o-metrics. Of course, the teacher must have a concise idea of the golf swing and its possible errors to be most effective and he must be able to spot both the correctness and incorrectness.
I am very fortunate that I spent many many years studying your grandfathers book before I saw the video. But it was like studying the parts of an engine, ("the mass of the object,") and how it works without having the engine right in front of you. That would cause ideas to be vague and not solid and lead could to errors in understanding. The video provided me with "the mass" and totally cleared up my understanding of your grandfathers work, the precise moves, the what to do it with, and what will work and what will not.
Consider me grateful.
Leo Van Wart
Senior PGA Golf Professional
Great to speak with you. Looking forward to getting the tapes. Shot 73 from the tips at Sky Creek Ranch today. Hard track. I beat a Champions Tour player. I can't wait to get the rest of the Norwood swing down.
I read your grandfather's book back in 1996 and applied it as well as I could based on my duplication of the materials. During the end of 1996 and 1997, I averaged the lowest scores that I had for 10-15 years. I took some time off from golf and came back in 2000 but have been trying the modern swings and Mike Austin's but have had trouble blending the different moving parts. Probably could have done so when I was younger but am 58 now. In 1997, I was shooting in the 68-77 range. From 200 forward, I haven't averaged lower than 78-79 and am often in the 80's. I gave up my rendition of the swing due to hitting it shorter and wanting more distance BUT my control of direction and distance was excellent.
Having seen you performing the swing and reading your postings, I've realized that I had several points of the swing misunderstood and am back during the past week working in that direction. Ordered the book (lost my copy) and DVD just a few minutes ago.
I look forward to this new golfing adventure.
I got the book/DVD/booklet today in the post. I havent had time to study them yet but the book look amazing at at glance. I'm very excited about this and I will update the forum after studying the material.
Thanks again and please give my best wishes to your Dad.
Thank you so much for the thoughtful e-mail and for the link. I have enjoyed watching the DVD, and have been trying the swing (well, my interpretation which is most certainly flawed) but it's been really hit or miss. Thursday I went to the range and was really hitting the ball nicely but today on the course not so much. I couldn't get any feel going until the very end. Still, I am encouraged since when I hit it right I know I'm on to something because it's powerful and precise. It's just the discouragement when I mishit 6 shots in a row that makes me try to "fix' things rather than trusting it.
I will definitely stop by the forum and look for the helpful advice.
Thanks for your response. I am very pleased to hear that there are others teaching and preaching Joe's swing. I have been studying Joe's book and teaching and using his method on the Canadian nationwide and many mini tours . I purchased a copy in the Chicago airport in 1995 for 11.95 what a bargain. It took me a couple of years before I was ready for such brilliance .
Sense then honestly I believe no one on the planet has read this book and studied his method more than me, I have studied everything almost ask my wife every night for at least 8years . I wish I could have met Joe I know how brilliant he was . I had a few questions years back and located Marilyn Smith . She said nobody swings like that anymore and I said why not .I don't think I got the answer I was looking for. So I started looking for Mac O Grady I heard he worked with Joe . I never did find Mac. I have managed to fill in the gaps through teaching studying and constant awareness and discipline discipline and more discipline. its nice to hear that there is a video. I only know Joe by how he talks in his book and the picture on the cover I am looking forward to hearing the master talk.
I am a 17 year member of the Canadian tour I am 49 soon and will be taking me and Joe's swing to the senior tour I have been preparing for years now.I believe my swing is as good as it gets thanks to Joe .
So Dan I take it you know your grandpa's swing in and out I would like to sit and chat with you one day . I live in Toronto Canada but I am from Seattle Wash .
I get home a couple of times a year . I run a golf school in the winter up hear in Toronto. My golf school is called perfect shot we Turning out lots of little Norwoods . Im also teaching lots of pros this method .
A few years back I got the hard cover of the bible for my birthday I try not to open it to much, the paperback has seen better days though.
So really all I need is the DVD and another 8 years to study it .
I will try to purchase it tomorrow .
Feel free to write me if there is anything I can do I really feel like some kind family to Joe I hear his word and speak his words and think them everyday.
Also I will try to ad to your forum now that I know about it .
I would just like to add me and my students get a laugh everyday at how easy and powerful and repeatable this swing is once you put in the proper discipline .
looking forward to seeing the tape.
all the best
I am Richard (Findlay's) wife, Cece. I love your videos on UTube. They are so helpful. Please keep them coming. I am in the process of adjusting my golf swing to the Norwood/Findlay style. I must admit, it is a challenge since I have 20 years of bad habits.....
I have read your Granddad's book and watched the video. Probably enough times that I could turn off the audio and fill it in myself (ha ha). It has definitely improved my accuracy, but I have lost some length. Any suggestions? Are there any instructors in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area? I would love to have someone watch and critique me. Any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully one day Richard and I will be able to meet you in person. Until then, please keep in touch,
Grandson of Alexander Findlay
I'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR AN EFFECTIVE GOLF SINCE I RETIRED IN 1992. i HAVE READ ALL "THE BOOKS", AND HAVE TAKEN 30 OR 40 LESSONS. MY HANDICAP HAS GONE UP FROM 13 TO 28.
I WAS GIVEN A THICK BOOK. "THE SECRETS OF GOLF", WHICH SUMMARIZED EACH OF ABOUT 30 "LESSONS , FROM BEN HOGAN "5 LESSONS OF GOLF  TO TIGER WOODS, 'HOW I PLAY GOLF"
Then I read Joe's Book and the next day I amazed my friends with long straight shots. Sliding my right elbow was the secret!
My father-in-law took lessons from your grandfather and spoke extremely highly of him. To this day, he says that no one can work magic with a golf ball like you Grandfather could. I want to learn more about his swing and understand that you have a video that may help me understand his teachings. My father-in-law has a book signed by your grandfather. There is no day that goes by when my father-in-law tries to teach me how to play better golf that he does not talk about Joe Norwood. Any video you have that may help me understand the swing he taught my father-in-law would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know what I need to do to get a copy of the video.
I am a student of a 81 young golf teacher Charles Foster. Mr. Foster mentioned he learned from Joe Norwood ("the best") and Mr. Norwood has published a book "Golf-O-Metrics" and a video "The Anatomy of Golf". Is there any way I can purchase a copy of those from you?
Poor Golf is a Gift - Good Golf is Acquired
I saw Joe's last article in Golf Illustrated in May of 1990. I tried his method and had some success but did not continue using it. I was still curious so I bought Golf-O-Metrics. The illustrations were much more detailed. I then bought the video which filled in the gaps.
I am 91 years old and may not be able to absorb this method, however it is interesting. I hit some good shots but they were not consistent.
The movement through the ballseems the most difficult to control but maybe I will catch on.
This system is unheard of around here.
I took lessons from Joe way back in the mid 60's. He was teaching at a driving range in West L.A. A few years later he turned up at the Studio City par 3 course and range and he would sit in his chair looking over everyone hitting balls. I remember one time I was banging away and all of a sudden there he is admonishing me with "what did you do with what I gave you?". I got back on track. I am now 73, still play about once a week, am a 15 now but Joe could probably get me back to a 7 in no time.