I just sent this (and a video) to an online student for their Swing Analysis and I thought, there are some get concepts here, I’m going to just post it! So hope you find a nugget or two… Ross
Here are some key points for you to improve your golf swing:
1. Setup with you elbows closer together and keep them that way during the swing (feel them pinching a little).
2. Allow your arms and club to hang closer to your body, so you can sit down (not reach out). Try to get the look of a quarterback. A ready, not reaching or leaning out.
3. Play the ball just inside your front foot so you can learn to turn on your left side. As the clubs get shorter, the back foot gets closer to the front, the ball does not move back.
4. Use your shoulders to wind your arms and club around your spine. Do not to add the little extra arm lift at the top.
5. Once the shoulder turn is finish, start the downswing using your hips/thighs to unwind all the way to face the target. Knees will be touching and you will be in balance. Your body rotation unwinding, pulls your arms/club back down in front of your body and around to the left (right hander)
Now once you learn to turn, you will see much more power, but if you continue to use your hands, the ball will go left. Keep your hands passive and use your turn to hit and the ball will be long and straight. Please let me know how you are doing and if you have any questions.
Thank you…. Ross
I think this analogy will help define what I mean when I use the term Large Muscles, and how the lower body, resists at the start of the takeaway, while the front shoulder starts the club straight back.
If you were to hold a spring between your hands vertically, and your were to rotate both hands equally to the right, there is absolutely no potential or torque created when the top and bottom of the spring move together. The spring has NOT been loaded up. Well, when you use both your hips and shoulders to wind up on the backswing, NO POTENTIAL, NO POWER!! Also, if you start your takeaway with your hips first sliding towards your back foot, you are actually trying to wind the spring from the middle. Does not work, NO POWER.
But, we need power and potential, right!!. Here’s how. Hold the front knee to restrict your hips, as you push the club straight back with the front shoulder. The club travels straight back and UP (not inside). This is like giving your shoulders a head start. Then, just start the downswing with your hips unwinding (not sliding) all the way to the finish. The finish is when your knees are touching, your belt buckle is left of the target and you are totally up on the toe of your back foot. If you are having trouble starting with the hips, you probably slid to your back foot and are stuck there. NO SLIDE on the takeaway, just turn your shoulders against a restricted lower body…Ross
Given: Shoulders and Hips are in line with each other and parallel to your target line.
Given: Arms and Putter hang directly under your shoulders (don’t reach out).
Given: Eyes directly over target line.
Given: Putter does not touch the ground EVER!
Given: Lower body is Absolutely, Perfectly still during the stroke (pinch hold knees).
Given: Club head is on the sweet spot right behind the ball (floating 1/2″ off ground).
Given: Your back wrist is slightly bent in and LOCKED.
Given: The shaft always leads the club head slightly throughout the entire swing.
Given: THE WRISTS NEVER, EVER BREAK, OR RELEASE THE PUTTER HEAD (No matter what you’ve heard.)
… and the most important part:
Given: The front shoulder controls the backswing and downswing. Push front shoulder straight down, then pull the front shoulder straight up (NO HANDS, NO FLIP, NO RELEASE)
You will love this technique. Took me many years to develop (with a little help from David Pelz). Once you learn to keep your hands fixed and passive with the shaft slightly ahead of the club head, and not let the wrists hinge ever, you will make everything and your distance will greatly improve.
Hint: If the club face is not still square at finish, you flipped (even if you don’t think you did)… when you don’t flip, the face will be exactly like setup… square.
Place a club on the ground parallel between your toes and the ball and make sure your takeaway is straight back (not inside).