Why You Need This: Today, you'll discover "The 3 Biggest Backswing Mistakes | Drills To Fix Them"
Hey, it's Clay here again,
And today, I'm going to show you three of the biggest mistakes I see that wreak havoc on your swing's consistency.
...along with which muscles you need to focus on engaging to fix them.
These are especially useful if you've tried to fix these issues in the past and were unsuccessful.
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Instructors Featured: Clay Ballard
Video Duration: 7:43
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Here's the three biggest back swing mistakes that I see all the time. Players will drag the club to the inside, get a little bit of a reverse pivot or come down steep now. If you're watching this video, you already know that you probably want to stop doing those things. Everybody wants to stop doing those things. The trick is we got to not only give the right drill, but actually engage the right muscles, get the feeling of the right way to do this so that you're doing it under your own will.
And I'll let me go and start with the snatching it to the inside. Taking the inside. How do we stop doing that? Well, whenever I drag the club to the inside, I'm using my wrist muscles and my forearm muscles to pull this clubhead back because it feels powerful. I can move the club really quickly this way and drag it back in here, and then I start coming over the top.
Well, when I do that, my right forearm and my right wrist, the outside of this forearm, has firing and that's pulling my right wrist back. That's what's called extension of the right wrist. We want to do the opposite of that, actually engage the muscles on the inside of the forearm to do more flexion or bending the wrist this way.
So this is the wrong movement here. And we want to get more of that as an exaggeration or kind of deactivating these outside muscles. So all you can do is go ahead and take your grip. You're going to start your back, swing with your body. So not with the arms, not with the wrist, but I'm going to rotate my body and I'm going to let my wrist bend the opposite direction kind of inflection here.
If I do that, I actually feel the muscles on the inside of my forearm engaging, do about five reps of that and then switched over to the left hand, take your normal golf grip here, snatch the club and pull it to the inside there. I'm using more of these muscles on the top of my forearm to bring the club that way, and I'm rolling my hand, which would be turning the arm inward like this.
So what? I want you to feel like is as you take it back again, we're going to use the outside muscles, the ones on this side feel like those are engaging and get the wrist to bend this way instead of picking it up that way. So we're gonna do about five reps. You should feel it in this part of the arm.
And again, once you do that, try to get that same sensation, that same feeling, and you're going to be able to keep the club outside a lot easier, which is going to allow it to drop to the inside. So get the feeling, then repeat it in a normal full swing. There we go. That definitely felt like I was able to bring it back a little bit more out, not drag it in when I did that.
Now, the second one is the reverse pivot, very, very common in reverse pivot. This means that my torso is leaning this way. My upper body starts to extend back. That way I get all out of whack in my head, starts moving around my low point changes all over the place. So you get a lot of chunks, you get thin ones that you hit.
It just dribbles along the ground. You get slices, you get hooks, you get all kinds of stuff on that's happening. Here's a great way to feel that. What I'm gonna do is I take my arms out to my side and I want to make some swings. Just imagine the golf swing on an incline plane. So there's a plane a here.
My arms is going to be riding up that plane back and through. Now I'm gonna go to the top of the swing. And if I have a reverse pivot, I want to stop here where my left arm is toward the ball. My right arm is directly behind me. And if I have a reverse pivot, I'm going to lean my upper body back.
So my chest is now up to the sky. If I have the opposite or reverse pivot, I'm actually going to lean forward more. Now my nose is over my shoe, my right shoe here it's back. My nose is way over here. My nose over, over top, my right shoe or my shirt buttons are over inside of my right shoe.
Also, I want you to go to the top of your swing like that and feel those motions four or five times. You may feel like your abs have to crunch a little bit when you're doing this, you feel like your chest goes down forces it up again, I'm feeling how to do this with the actual muscles in my body, and then I'm going to work on getting there.
I'm going to feel what that actually feels like. Then I want to make a couple of practice swings, trying to recreate that same feeling at the top of the swing. All of a sudden now I'm in a lot better posture and I just go to the golf ball. I get those same feelings that I just recreated, and now I can stay, get rid of that reverse pivot and have a nice, clean body that lines my angles as I'm coming through so I don't have my body kind of moving around this way and that way as I'm making a swing.
Now, finally, the scaling one, that's a tricky one. Players will get this club across the line or bring it inside across the line and then steeper. We already went over the inside move that starts this whole bad process happening. How do we feel the right muscles to get us to shallowed out? What I can do is come over to a wall, take a golf club.
I want to step about a foot and a half away from this wall about like this. Now, what I'm going to do here is I'm gonna do that same back swing that we worked on. As I go to the end of the back swing and start the downswing, I'm going to let this club drop on the wall and as I rotate open, I'm going to keep that on the wall as long as I can.
That's going to get me away from the inside and from the slot. Now you'll notice when you do this, your muscles in your left arm have to rotate internally. So I'm going to feel those muscles on the inside of my left arm here. My right arm is going to feel like it rotates externally, like I'm putting my thumb into the wall almost, and I'm going to feel that more on the outside of my right shoulder, and I'm going to feel those muscles as I do that four or five times.
I'm actually activating the right muscles that I need to have in the golf swing to get the right feeling, a golf swing. And then I can simply step up to the golf ball, recreate those same feelings that I just developed, and get that club shallow out from the inside. There we go. Hit that one. Really nice. Now there is a problem a lot of times and players do this in the beginning.
They start to shallow out this golf club. It gets behind their body. You'll notice that the club base is actually open. So as they shallow out this club and put it on the wall, the face is wide open. And as I came down to impact, if I kept that face open, this rotated through the contact. Look how the face is now pointing way out there to the right somewhere.
I would hit the biggest block to the right that you've ever seen. Now in the move section of the top speed golf system, there's a second piece. The first piece of the move is shallowing this club out getting the feeling of how to get this club from the inside. That could lead to some big blocks out to the right.
Like I just mentioned, the second piece is learning how to square up the face so that it always turns over. Every single shot's going to start to the right and come back to the left, and that's by squaring the face in a very particular way. We go over this in the tennis racket drill in the move section. We also have several drills in there that are going to help you to get this feeling once and for all.
It's only when you put those two things together, when you get the real benefits of shallowing the club and releasing the club the way that basically every pro that's ever played golf has done it. So I'm going to teach you that in the move section. So now that we've got the feels, have a good back swing in this video.
Let's go ahead and go over the move. And I want to challenge you to just do one video for the move. And once you start to do it, you're going to hit some good shots as you go on to the second video and third video. So only a handful of them in there, you're going to ingrain it to where every shot starts coming over from right to left.
So just do one video today. I want to challenge you to do that right now. Write down the notes of what you need to do in that first drill and you're going be well on your way to playing some of your best golf. So head on over to the top speed golf website, go the instruction tab, go to the move top speed golf system, then the move section.
Just do the very first video and you're going to be hooked. I'll see you there. Let's go over to video 1.1 right now.