Use Large Muscles to Control Your Golf Swing for Consistency

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  1. At age 69 I have read & tried most of the golf swing theories from hand/arm to body propulsion. I score in the lower 80’s unless I am playing a lot. I recently revisited “your” swing and for the first time gave it a serious look. I am a right handed golfer and have a bad left knee. That created concerns about turning pressure on the downswing. Thinking vertically and focusing on the left side makes “Your” swing work best for me. My upper left side coils back and my lower left leg braces as the upper left turns around the left hip socket. It is so easy. I do feel weight on the right leg when I stop to check at the top of the swing. I assume I need better lower body resistance and more centered coil on the backswing. I feel “Your” swing is going to finally be “My” swing. Thanks.

    1. Hi Larry
      You should feel some pressure, resistance with the back leg, but not a weight shift. Ideally, you’ll feel a bit more weight on the forward foot. Make sure your posture stays 90° to gravity, so you are not leaning the top half of your body towards the target, trying to keep weight forward. This is subtle. Sometime if there’s more weight on the back foot after the backswing, it is from old habits of making the backswing too long. We’re looking for coil, not length. I’m very glad you’re having success Larry 🙂

      1. The genius of “Your” simple swing hopefully will become the end to a life long search. Thanks again and may the good Lord take a liking to you. Larry Robertson – 1105 Bear Wallow Road – Rocky Mount, NC 27804 – 252.442.4706.

  2. Really good stuff well explained,,,,,,,good drill about the swaying ,,,,,can you do a drill on maintaining spine angle

    1. I don’t have a drill on maintaining spine angle, because if you setup properly and use the right muscles, the spine stays in place just fine (Athletic and Balanced). It’s when you setup “out-of-balance” or bend down to get to the ball, (the spine does not like that and tries to “right” itself during the backswing, that needs a drill. Watch the “Athletic Setup” lesson video in the “Setup” section to get a better understanding.

        1. My spine Troubles i have been told comes from hip Problem And a lack of Flexibility i Play of 5 h,cap ,itend to come out of The Shot early ,this is Clear from Video my LocalTalk pro has taken ,but i Need a change as I am in a Bit of a rut ,thanks. Mick

      1. I have a serious hip Problem which i Feelings really inhibits my range of motion ,i tried The drill Last Night for 30 mins,I find it helped ,instill Popper up on a Few

  3. I stumbled onto your teaching videos today, and was quite pleased to see that someone out there teaches this method.
    I have struggled with the chronic slice from my first time out golfing 30 some years ago… and since I turned 50, I began working really hard on finding “my” swing… I had read and watched so many instruction books and videos, and things were progressively getting worse…. finally, after diligent self instruction, I found myself hitting the ball longer and much more consistently, making up my own swing which is eerily similar to what you teach… especially with the driver…( I thought I was the only one who teed the ball outside of my lead foot at address!) My address looks pretty much like yours… and at 54 years young, I have hammered many drives to the 310-315 yard mark.
    I also recently went to all hybrids in my bag, and that has helped my game tremendously… one thing though…
    Similar to my Driver set up, I tend to address my ball with the hybrids about even with the big toe of my lead foot… put a little more weight on my lead leg, and then keep the club head square from backswing to impact… this has helped me to keep from doing what I call the “reverse pivot”, or, my weight ending up on the back leg after my swing… I do not have a lot of flexibility, because of various back issues, but this self made swing has caused my ball striking to become much more consistent… and now I am able to (on good days) shoot in the low to mid eighties.
    But as I said… with this method, which is very similar to yours, I have a tendency to pull the ball left… and sometimes it is a pull/draw… which gets me into trouble.
    On the club face, I can see that I am impacting the ball closer to the toe than the middle… but it doesn’t seem to matter how I try to adjust my swing or my stance , I still hit that shot the majority of the time. I don’t mind the little draw, but when it is coupled with the pull… things can go south pretty quick!

    Do you have any ideas that might help me hit it more down the my intended line? It irritates me that probably 40% of the time, they are straight… but that other 60% of the time, though I feel I am doing everything the same, they start left and draw left!

    What do you think, should I give the game up ? 🙂

    1. Hi Dan
      First, the path the club head is traveling on at impact, only affects the direction by about 20%. The face angle, at impact, affects the direction by about 80%… so there is a very good chance your club face did not return back to “square” at impact (it closed some). If it did close, your hands changed the face… or, your body stopped rotating too soon, and the arms/club passed your body sending the ball “left” (right hander). I know that’s a mouthful, but it’s one of those two things. Now, if it starts left, then hooks… the arms/club passed the body AND the face was closed to the path, causing a pull/hook.

      Much of this happens when golfers actively “release” the club head. This is caused from allowing the club face to open in the backswing, then try to square it or release it at impact. Watch this:

  4. My granddaughter is having trouble getting the club square at impact, particularly with her irons. She doesn’t seems to have trouble with her wedges, hybrids and woods. Any thoughts?

    1. If the misses are a push or block, she’s opening the face on the backswing and not getting it back to square. Try to keep the face square on the backswing and back down through impact. If the misses are pulled or hook, then she is flipping or throwing the club head through impact… or she’s stopping her body rotation and then her arms/club pass the body causing the miss. This is speculation without seeing the swing.

  5. Do you grip the club, with a strong grip, neutral, or weak, or does it matter ?
    thanks for your response,

    Kevin H.

    1. Hi Kevin
      Sorry this is not as easy as neutral, weak etc. everyone different, but there are a few considerations.

      You want to have the pad (at the base of the baby finger – front hand) on top of the grip. You want to feel like the shaft is in line with the front arm and you can hold this naturally (for your body). This connection is important since this is how we want it at impact. When the swing is moving very fast, your hands will try to return to their natural state (how they hang at your side and everyone a bit different). I like to think that the front hand job is to keep the shaft in line and the back hand supports (bent in a bit) to help maintain the shaft in line with the front arm, through impact.

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