Move Less … Get Good! was a comment I made to a student one day as he was improving a lot by not moving as many body parts. Moving less, allowed the Large Muscles the freedom* to do the work.
FYI…I have taught thousands of students over the last 20 years, always looking for more reliable alternatives to the accepted, outdated standards still being taught today. I could not teach something I knew might help occasionally, or would take months of practice, but was not reliable. I had to find better ways. First, traditional golf instruction has way too many moving parts to every be inconsistent. Here are a few you’ve heard before:
- Shift your weight to the back… No (Keep 60% weight on front foot)
- Load up the back side… No (Resist with lower body as shoulders wind up)
- Hinge (cock) your wrists… No (Has no benefit when using body rotation for power source)
- Get the club up to parallel… No (Backswing’s done when shoulder turn finishes)
- Swing inside out… No (Not repeatable or athletic, let Large Muscles control the swing)
- Roll your wrists through impact… No (Very inconsistent, miss hits, bad direction)
- Supinate… Yes, some at setup, then don’t change during swing
- Hit down on it… No (Really bad advise, inconsistent, causes fat shots and many other problems)
- Release the club head… No (Hold and trap impact with your turn. Club releases later)
- Clear your hips… No (Use the hips turning with the body mass during rotation)
- Extend your arms out to the target… No (Decelerates and disconnects – Rotate athletically instead)
… there are many more… let’s move on.
So, what was different with what my student was doing?
He was keeping his weight about 60% on the front foot as he wound up his shoulders around his spine, to carry the arms/club to the top with constant grip & elbows pressure. He then used his body to unwind around his front hip, bringing his arms/club back down in front of his body, as he continued unwinding athletically to face the target in balance. He did not try to hit at the ball. He allowed his body rotation to trap the ball as he turned through continuously. This motion automatically hits down on the ball (without using the hands) creating a beautiful, thin divot.
Very efficient, repeatable golf swing. Looks effortless because there is no disruption taking place at the ball… Watch below (speakers on to hear trapping impact)
* The Freedom to do the work means… the large muscles in the body (shoulders, hips/thighs, core), really play a supporting role in every day life. They brace, hold, act as a foundation etc., as the smaller muscles (hands mostly) do the job. That is great for most jobs, but for the golf swing, it makes it not repeatable, The hands can move way too many ways to ever be consistent. What happens when the hands take control to “Hit At” the ball, is the BODY WILL STOP ROTATING TO SUPPORT THE HIT. The body does not (can not**) keep turning while the hands are chopping at the ball… Oh, did I say chopping, like an axe into a tree… Yes, and that is exactly the same thing… right before you hit a tree swing an axe, the body stops turning to throw the force into the tree. Well, with the golf swing, this same move sends the ball all over the place as the hands take over every swing. The hands will disrupt the club face, miss the sweet spot and change the face angle any which way (but straight). If we keep the hands and elbows in check (or busy holding each other in position) during the swing, the Large Muscles can take control and since they have very restricted movement (compared to the hands), we can be depend on them to repeat the task for the golf swing.
** The body can not turn and hit at the same time. It is extremely awkward if at all possible… and it is NOT ATHLETIC or RELIABLE.