Sheftic Pressure Board
My first introduction to a pressure mat was eight years ago at the PGA Merchandise show. Right there, I made an important decision that understanding the player’s interaction with the ground was going to be the wave of the future. I took it upon myself to become a knowledgeable professional in regards to Ground Force Reactions and how to apply the principles into my teaching of the golf swing.
In the beginning, there was zero information about how to use the ground. Though trial and error, these types of questions came up. What does shifting pressure mean? What is the correct amount? How much should a golfer shift their pressure? What is the proper timing of a pressure shift? These questions along with others started to come up and little by little I started to find answers to my questions.
Over the years, I have collected information from some of the finest ball strikers. I learned we all do things differently but there was concrete consistency in certain areas. The best ball strikers always start the downswing working the ground first. The poorest ball strikers start the downswing hands first. In addition, good ball strikers follow similar loading and unloading patterns to extract energy from the ground.
After formulating what great ball strikers do, I had to determine how to teach shifting pressure and sequencing energy into a dynamic motion. I found this to be difficult because I could not convey a feeling through words. I came up with many different drills to help create a sensation of what I was asking my students to do. But, students were over exaggerating the drills, starting new problems and/or becoming frustrated because they could not grasp the concept.
One day I was instructing an individual who could not get her pressure to the lead leg or foot. I put together a make-shift pressure board and tried it out. The results were amazing. She said, “That’s the first time I could feel what you have been trying to say.” From there I knew, I had found a device to create the feeling I was verbally trying to describe.
After many prototypes, I derived “The Sheftic Pressure Board”, a training aid to communicate feeling the proper connection to the ground. All the years I have been teaching ground forces, using the pressure board has simplified my communication and my students are hitting the ball longer than ever with increased accuracy.
The Sheftic Pressure Board focuses on:
- Balance and Stability
- Proper Fundamentals in the setup
- Correct amount of shifting ones pressure
- The timing or sequencing of the shift
- Short game shots
- Uneven Lie
- Real time data (hit live shots of the pressure board)
- Training intervals of proper reps