Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "3 Keys to the Perfect Backswing."
Have you ever wondered how you can be cruising along playing well…
...and then out of the blue, you’ll start hitting it poorly?
Being inconsistent is so frustrating because it’s not always easy to know what you’re doing wrong…
...it doesn’t “feel” like you’re doing anything different, but the results are all over the place.
Well, there’s a very common backswing mistake that creates inconsistency in your swing…
...and while you may be able to still hit the ball well most of the time…
...doing this will eventually cause problems.
In today’s video, not only will I go over what this “consistency killer” is…
...I’ll also show you what really good players all have in common in their backswings.
After today, your consistency is sure to improve!
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Instructors Featured: Quentin Patterson
Video Duration: 9:26
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Quentin Patterson: I studied the backswings of all the best players of all time, and there’s three things that they all do. I see a lot of people get obsessed with bringing the club too far inside, or bringing the club too far outside.
You know, if you look at a lot of these players, you’re going to see everything in between there. There are players that brought it way inside like Raymond Floyd. There are players that bring it way outside like Jim Furyk.
It's not one of the most important things. You can be successful with either one of those things, outside, inside, and everything in between. The key are these three pieces and we’re going to start from the ground up here.
So the first piece lies in your legs and your hips. What we want to make sure that we’re doing, is that we are turning our hips back and around in the backswing.
What I often see players who struggle with contact, coming over the top, shifting the weight to the lead side, all those things, they’ll tend to slide off the ball quite a bit.
You can see I have this chair here, there’s a very easy drill that you can do to make sure that you’re not sliding off the ball.
First, set this up to where this chair is just barely not touching your hips. I have about a hand-width between you and the chair there.
Just take some practice swings – just going to choke up on this club so I don’t hit the ball – just take some practice swings here where you’re focusing on turning your hip away from that chair.
Now you want to make sure that you’re loading up in your trail leg. I don’t want you to be going like this where you’re loading up into your lead leg.
I want you to be loading up, feeling pressure on the inside of that foot, and then turning that hip back and around.
You can see as I do that, my hips – you know if I were to draw a line up from my ankle to the outside of my hip, I don’t want to be going into that line, and that’s what this chair is serving as.
I want to load up really nicely, go nice and slow, get in that good tilted position at the top, then swing through into the full finish.
Now just keep working up the speed from there in the practice swings. Then, once you’re able to get it in a practice swing and you can easily not touch the chair, now let’s remove the chair and let’s try to hit one where we make sure we get that same feeling.
We make sure that we load up nicely, we don’t slide the hips. Let’s see if I can accomplish that there, hit a good one here without sliding the hips around. See if I can get some good power on this one.
All right. Got some pretty good distance on that one, I’ll definitely take that.
Now what’s the next piece? So that’s piece number one, turning the hips back and around instead of sliding the hips.
The next piece lies in our shoulders and how we tilt the shoulders. What I often see with people who struggle is they’ll tend to turn the shoulders; they won’t turn the shoulders very much and/or the shoulders will get very level at the top and they’ll come up out of their posture.
When you do that, you’re going to kind of stay up out of your posture and throw the club at the ball.
You’re going to tend to come over the top when you do that as well, because your shoulders are going to be very level and your shoulders are going to want to turn level in the downswing instead of having the shoulders turn on a tilt and get that club on plane.
How do we get those shoulders to be nice and turn really well, and then tilted as we go up to the top? Well what we want to feel is what’s called side bend at the top of the swing. That’s what gets the shoulders to tilt.
If I have my hips level like this and I tilt my left shoulder down, you can see that that’s what’s called side bend, or tilt. That’s what’s going to allow me to get my shoulders nice and tilted down as I go up to the top.
So an easy drill to do for that, would be to set up, get your normal setup position and then take the club and put it high on your shoulders, on top of your shoulders here.
I don’t want it in your elbow pits or right on your chest. I want it high on your shoulders, so that way you can see where the shoulders are turning.
What you’re going to do is you’re going to turn and act as if there’s a laser coming out of the end of this club. I want you to turn and get the laser to be pointing, the butt end of the club, to be pointing a little bit outside of where the ball would be.
If I do that – and go nice and slow at first – if I do that, that’s going to look something like that. I’m going to have a nice tilt down toward the ball. You can see I have a little bit of side bend here.
What I’m also doing is I’m making sure that I’m getting a good turn with my shoulders as well. Then from there, I’m just going to go through into the full finish.
I’m going to keep building up the speed with that and get to where I can do it in a nice, full-speed, fluid swing there.
Then what I’m going to do is I’m going to take some practice swings where I’m going to try and replicate that same shoulder turn.
I’m going to pause at the top and make sure I have that good tilt down at the top. So I’m going to get my good shoulder turn, get my good tilt down toward the ball, and I’m going to swing down into the full finish.
Now I’m just going to continue that until I can do that in a nice, fluid swing. So let me tee one up here again, and let’s see if I can get one with good shoulder tilt here as I’m coming through the ball.
That’s going to allow me to swing nicely on plane, stay in my posture, and all that good stuff. Let’s see if we can get another good one here.
All right. Another good one there, I’ll definitely take that. So what’s the last piece? What’s the third piece to this key in the take away here, or in the backswing?
That key piece is getting a nice wide takeaway. We’ve started from the ground up. We’ve gone with the hips, we want to turn our hips and we don’t want to slide.
We’ve talked about our shoulders, how we want to turn our shoulders and tilt our shoulders down to ensure that we get the club working down on plane and stay in our posture.
The last piece is in our arms, in our wrists, where we want to make sure that we’re getting a nice, wide takeaway as we’re going back.
What you don’t see any good players doing, is you don’t see them lift up the club and hinge the wrist, but I see this all the time in my students. It really robs you of a lot of power.
If I were to just hinge my wrists very quickly, and this is an exaggeration, most people aren’t doing it quite this much, but I do typically see students really lifting up the arms quite a bit and not turning the body enough.
Doing the other things will definitely make this easier as well, but if you watch here, if I just hinge my wrist quickly and lift up my arms, you can see if I get the club parallel, my shoulders have not turned very much.
Now, if I keep my wrist angling down, right? My thumb’s out away from me, and I turn my shoulders as I go back as opposed to lifting up my arms, when I get the first parallel look how much more my shoulders are turned.
That’s going to allow me to get a nice, full turn as I go up to the top. It’s going to make that so much easier. It also makes it easier to create lag in the downswing.
If I hinge the club right away, I’m going to tend to want to cast the club as soon as I start the downswing.
So if I get the club going out wide, I can much more easily create lag in the start of the downswing. So really, really powerful move here that you see all the best players doing.
What’s an easy drill that we can do to make this happen? What I want you to imagine is again, where the butt end of the club is pointing.
We want that butt end of the club to be pointing in toward us, to be pointing at our body, for as long as we possibly can.
Now eventually as we get it up here, it’s going to be pointing out away from you, but if you turn it right away and you lift the wrist right away, it’s going to be pointing out away from you right away.
So we want to keep that butt end of the club pointing in toward us as long as we possibly can. Let’s go nice and slow at first, and let’s go to first parallel keeping that club pointed in toward our body.
If you look from here, you can see that club is still pointing in toward my body and then I’m going to continue to the top of the swing. Nice big shoulder turn, good tilt, good hip turn here.
I’m going to go through into the full finish. I’m going to keep doing that until I can continue to build the speed, build the speed, build the speed.
Once I can do that in a full-speed, full-length swing on video, I check that on video, now I’m going to tee up a ball here. I’m going to try to replicate that same thing.
Let’s see if I can put it all together. Let’s see if I can get a good hip turn away from the ball. Let’s see if I can get a good shoulder turn and tilt down.
Let’s say I’m turning the shoulders level, and let’s see if I can get a nice, wide takeaway on this one, and set myself up for success here in the backswing.
All right, so another good one there. If you get that backswing right, makes things a lot easier.
Now everything I talked about here today is a part of the Top Speed Golf System. Keeping our hips stable and not sliding. Tilting our shoulders down. That’s all a part of the Stable Fluid Spine course.
This is really the number one key to consistency in your golf is getting that nice and stable and fluid spine.
That continues in the downswing as well. We want to get that spine turning and tilting a little bit more away as we come through impact.
So to get that number one key to consistency down, you want to work through those pieces of the Top Speed Golf System, starting with the Stable Fluid Spine.
To get to that course, click the Instruction tab, then click the Top Speed Golf System, and go to the Stable Fluid Spine. Work through level one, level two, that’s where we’re going to be talking about a lot of what we did today.
Then furthermore, once you get done with the Stable Fluid Spine, I want you to go to the Power Turn course.
That wide takeaway that we talked about at the end of the video there, that’s all of what we talk about, that’s a lot of what we talk about in the beginning of the Power Turn course. That’s a huge key to getting that Power Turn.
So once you get done with the Stable Fluid Spine, I want you to go to the Power Turn course and work through those courses, work through those levels and get that power that you need.
Once you’ve got your consistency, then go get your power, and start hitting those fairways and playing much better golf.
Talk to you soon.