A Need to Maintain Spine Angle Means – You’re not Setup Athletically

At setup, you want to sit down athletically like a quarterback, not bent over, not on your toes. It’s a ready position like all other athletic sports… basketball defender, wrestler, like getting ready to jump straight up. If you learn to setup this way to the golf ball, your spine is centered and counterbalanced straight down into your body and it will maintain that angle on its own. You can actually use this natural setup to stay centered and gain a lot of confidence in the ability to return to the ball and thru to a balanced finish.

If you setup with your weight on your toes, bent over and reach out… you are in trouble. The body does not want to stay this contrived way, it will try to right itself during the swing or you will have to try to “Maintain” this awkward position to return to the ball.

Make it easy! Learn to setup in balance like an Athlete… Ross

Grip Pressure – How Much?

I had this question about grip pressure and thought it might be helpful for all of you.

Q: Ross, on a scale of 1-10 what should grip pressure be?

A: I would say 3 on a scale from 1-10. You want just enough to hang on, but not so much as to choke the wrists from naturally hinging. Look at the video “Square Club Face” about hinging. The real key is that the grip pressure does not change during the entire swing. You should feel pressure in 3 areas … on the last three fingers of the back hand, the middle two fingers of the lower hand and the life line of the lower hand pushes slightly on top of the thumb of the back hand. These 3 points are equal in pressure and remain constant during the swing.

An Athletic Golf Swing is Rotary, Not Linear

Traditional golf instruction sends mixed signals. Wind up your shoulders on the backswing (rotary), start unwinding your body on the downswing (rotary), but stop half way and throw (release) the club at the target (linear), then let your arms and club pull you in some direction to the finish, depending on how they released. Not reliable or repeatable. This in a nut shell is why many golfers fail. These two different concepts do not work together. If you want to be linear… just stand still and use your arms and hands to hit the ball. You will much more successful. But we all know that is not powerful. Now, what is missing with traditional instruction is… you don’t need to be linear at the ball. You don’t need to release! It happens naturally when the hands are passive. Nothing has to change at impact. Just keep turning and let your body turn pull your arms, hands and club, back down in front of you, as you turn through to the finish. The ball will go straight, as long as the hands don’t try to help. You get more power and more consistency when you trap the ball with your turn. This is very repeatable and reliable!