Forget Ball Position, It’s Body Position to the Ball

You must understand this first:
An Athletic, unwinding downswing, is just like throwing a ball. It is continuous, uninterrupted and nothing happens half way through. It unwinds around a Dynamic Axis, that is just about where your front hip is. This is where the downswing rotation pivots.

It is important that you understand what was just said in that, this post is about ball position… or how I teach it, Body Position to the Ball.

Everything up to this point was mentioned so we can answer this question. “Where is the bottom of the golf swing?” Is it in the middle of your stance? No! Does the bottom of the golf swing move around for different clubs? No! The bottom of the golf swing is just inside the front foot where our Dynamic Axis always rotates. It is always there for every club and is what makes this method more repeatable.

Okay Ross, so what about ball position?

Well, there is no ball position, only an Athletic Setup and its position with respect to the ball.

Essentially, we want to use our feet to move our “Setup” around until the club face is right behind the ball and aligned 90 degrees to our target line. The concept is… we have focused on certain setup essentials and once they are in place, we want to maintain their relationship. We want use only our feet to move the body as a whole, to align the face in the direction we want to hit. This keeps us athletic, connected, square to our self and ready to just unwind and trap the golf ball with our turn. We do this by using our arm template as a guide. The arm template hangs down and without reaching out or changing its natural position, we use our feet only to move over to the ball and then just sit down athletically. Everything is already setup, connected and our body is now right where it needs to be, so we can just unwind our golf swing and trap the ball with our body rotation.

This routine keeps the hands from subconsciously having to fix the downswing due to a bad ball position and setup issues. This routine does not take much time to learn. It takes more time to trust because you think you need to take more time to setup than you do. This builds confidence very fast.

FYI:
With traditional setups that key off of the ball, then try to build a setup, or try to adjust body parts, change the club face, readjust the feet, then bend over and reach out, etc… the body looses all sense of Natural Athleticism and ends up disconnected. No other athletes that I can think of, contort their bodies prior to making an athletic movement like golfers. The body knows what to do and how to setup athletically and in a ready position. We just want to get that natural setup behind the ball… then forget about the ball and just turn!

A Quick Post with Good Stuff!!

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

Like a "Spring"

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