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Do you feel like you are lunging, falling back, or working your arms on overtime?
These simple tricks will give you a wide, free flowing swing.
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Do you ever feel like your swing is a little bit jerky? Like you’re trying hard to create speed and power, but the more effort you put out the shorter the ball goes, the worse you’re contact gets, it really just goes all over the place.
Well how do we get that effortless, free-flowing, beautiful golf swings that we can feel smooth, so we know we’re going to have some great distance and power. We don’t have to feel like we’re muscling the ball.
That’s exactly what we’re going to go over in this video. I’ve got three hacks for you that are going to help you to tap into your true potential, and start playing some great golf.
Let’s go ahead and get started.
All right, so piece number one, it all starts with the takeaway. If we get started and takeaway the correct way, we’re going to have a lot of good things happen.
The right way to do this is to be long and free-flowing. If I’m taking a backswing, and this is with a driver or an iron, I’m going to keep both my arms fairly straight and use my body to create the momentum going back.
What I don’t want to do is start to pick up the club with all hands and arms, and really start to use my hands and arms in my backswing.
If I do this incorrectly, what happens is I don’t load up my body, I picked up this club and then I’m typically going to be all hands and arms coming in to the downswing.
Again, you’re going to feel like you’re jerky, you’re going to feel like you’re putting out tons of effort into the swing, but you’re not going to get the club head speed as a result of that.
If I do this the correct way, and now if I pause when my club’s about parallel with the ground, both my arms are straight.
Look how much my shoulders have turned, I’ve really started to load up my chest and my body. That’s a big key for power.
Look how my hips have already started to rotate, and I’ve created this big, long, wide arc in the backswing. That’s really good.
If I look at the swing where I picked up the club with my hands and arms, you’ll see this club reaches parallel to the ground, and my body really hasn’t loaded up very much, my arms are going to start to bend as I go a little farther back and I’m going to create a lot of problems.
So that’s piece number one. I want you to do a solid 20 reps in your living room making some slow-motion backswings, feeling like those arms stay wide.
I really want to create the biggest arc going back, and that’s that long, free-flowing swing like we see with guys like Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jack Nicklaus. All those guys are really making a long, free-flowing swing going back.
Do those 20 reps in your living room, making sure the arms are straight, making sure the body leads the way, big arc as possible.
Then when you go to the golf course, try to recreate that same thing with five shots. It should look something like this.
Now if we do the take away correctly, we’re going to naturally want to start to create some lag as we start that downswing and narrow that up.
If we take the club up, go all arms in the backswing, we’re going to cast. So we’ve done the correct takeaway, that’s naturally going to get us to where we’re going to be lagging a little bit more.
That brings me to my second piece here, as I release this golf club, I want my arms to be really nice and long when my club is parallel with the ground, coming through the follow through.
So on my backswing, if I can imagine a wall, pretty far away from me. I want to have that club go in to that wall.
I’m not sliding with my body to get the club to go into the wall, I’m letting my arms stay straight to let me club head hit the tip of that wall.
Now as I come through, same thing. I’m not sliding in front to try to reach that wall, I’m letting my arms swing out away from my body to reach that wall.
My chest is actually back, which we’ll get to here in a second. But I want those arms to be really nice and free-flowing as I come through the shot.
I want to feel like my chest is almost turning back away from the target, this way as my arms swing out forward.
That’s going to create kind of a whip like action as my body turns back that club head’s going to really want to accelerate through the ball. If we do that correctly, we’re going to get rid of that chicken wing.
If I do this incorrectly, I’m going to try to muscle through the shot, I’m going to be pushing through with my hands and arms, flipping the club, and now this is all going to break down and you’ll see I got a chicken wing action there.
So the key to this is what we’re going to get to next, but I want to show you one first with those nice, wide, long arms in full speed, so you get a feel for what that’s going to look like.
Even if we know we want those long arms, we want to get rid of the chicken wing, how do we actually get rid of that?
Let’s put a stick in our belt buckle here, and I’m going to show you how our body should properly work to get rid of the chicken wing.
Now if I’m doing the chicken wing, what’s going to end up happening, is as I’m coming through contact, my hands and arms are flipping at the ball and the club, my hips are slowing down, they’re stopping, and then I’m ending up finishing something like this.
So my arm folds up, and then the club just ends up here, and I haven’t really rotated on around.
If I was to put a club across my shoulders, as I come to my finish, you’ll often see this club across my shoulders if I was to drop that, it would fall in front of this club on my hips.
So this would be behind the club on my hips where now the hips are leading the way, and my upper body is leaning back a little bit. This would be in front of my hips where now this club would fall down in front of this line here.
If I do this incorrectly, to recap, if I’m doing the chicken wing, my hips are slowing down, I’m using all arms and upper body to flip past with my hands, and then I’m finishing with my upper body almost leading the way a little bit.
If I do this correctly, what’s happening is I’m letting my hips rotate out of the way, I’m letting my hips turn all the way on around, specifically by getting my right toe off the ground, and when I finish, I’m nice and high with my chest.
My shirt buttons on my chest would be looking up, my head would be looking up nice and high, and I’m coming to a good, full, complete finish here.
If you look at this club now, you’ll see how it’s behind the bottom club. This will be in front of it, this will be behind it.
Now here’s the reason that matters. In order to get this club to whip through, let’s go ahead and show you how the proper way.
I’m going to get some lag, and as I turn up and around, so if I let my left shoulder come up and around, if I let my chest come up and around, if I let my hand come up and back in, that’s going to let the club whip through contact and really extend out away from my body.
So by getting in this good finish position that I am in here, with my hips in front of my chest, now that’s going to make sure that that happens.
If I use the wrong way, and I slow my body down, I slow my hips, my shoulders down, those all stay in place and it’s just my arms that flip past, that’s when I get the chicken wing and I’m going to be finishing kind of in this hunched over position like that. It’s going to cost me a lot of power.
So that’s my third and final key. As you make your finish, make sure your chest is nice and high. My right foot has swiveled all the way around, just my toe is touching. Then I’m also going to make sure that my chin is looking up and down the fairway.
I don’t want to feel like I’m doing this, or I’m falling back and doing this. I want to make sure that I finish my swing, that’s going to help me to extend all the way on through the shot.
Now if you’re a member of the Top Speed Golf System, I don’t want you to stop here. We know that free-flowing backswing is going to help us to get the Power Turn like we talked about in the Top Speed Golf System.
If we go ahead and have that good finish, that’s going to make it more likely for us to release that club in front, and to finish our Power Turn coming all the way around. But we don’t have that quite ingrained yet.
We talked about the Power Turn, the Straight-Line Release in this video, and how to kind of incorporate these moves into that, but if we really want to ingrain it, to make it where it’s automatic and we never have to think about it again, we want to work through systems.
So go to level 1 of the Power Turn, start working through those drills and levels. Go to level 1 of the Straight-Line Release, start working through those drills, and get to where it becomes completely natural to you.
As you get to level 2, level 3, you’re not even really going to have to think about this very much. The reps are going to take over, and they’re going to become part of your swing.
So you just step up to the ball, you swing, and you’re going to hit these three keys that we talked about here today.
So I’ll see you in the Power Turn and the Straight-Line Release.