Let me first say all great golfers to me have the same fundamentals in their swings, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Alan Doyle and Gary Player’s swings are identical when they are at the top of their games. Most people notice the differences, body types, mannerisms, tempo and so forth. But I teach what all these great players do that are the same and I can make you do them to with just one or two swing thoughts. The golf swing is extremely easy to understand given the right information. Doing it time and again is the hard part.
Here are some of the best players that have ever played there respective sports and a 3 year old kid doing the same thing!! This is a position you MUST be in to play consistent golf, baseball or tennis!!
There are two key elements in the golf swing that all great players do when they are playing well. They all keep the elbows pointing down to the ground and the upper left arm stays connected to the shoulder, which includes the pectoral and lat muscle (instead of the socket or joint) until late in the follow through.
Here is a list of the top ten things you will automatically do if these two simple tasks are accomplished in the swing.
- You Keep the club on perfect plane and keep pressure in the shaft.
- You maintain your radius.
- You maintain a big arc.
- The club travels down the line of flight, never across it.
- Centrifugal force is maintained throughout the swing.
- You keep the club in front of you throughout.
- The club is square the entire time.
- You are able to release the body and club together into the finish.
- Your legs are able to work correctly.
- You keep pressure off your back, sockets, and joints.
Now you get a glimpse of why I make my students practice so hard on how the left arm and the elbows are working in the golf swing. If you master these two elements you are virtually doing everything else correctly in the swing. I want you working on two simple things that will make you do twenty things right. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to stop chasing our tails (working on this tip or that tip) understand the simplicity of the golf swing and learn to do it. These are just Ten things you will do correctly, there are many more. Obviously we can play with ball position, set up open or closed, play with the club face position for different situations, and to work the ball, but the left arm MUST work in this simple positon by the LAWS of PHYSICS, not mine, to keep the club in front of us!!
Now here is a picture of Ben Hogan out of his book Power Golf in HORRID positions!! He thought this was correct until he learned the simplicity of the golf swing from Sam Byrd in 1945. The sad thing is a great many instructors use these pictures as the model of a perfect swing!!?? He won from here but he knew he was doing something wrong, that’s why he asked Sam for his help. Notice the horrible twist (reverse pivot) in the backswing and the block and resulting hand flip in the follow through. There are MANY tour players in this postion right now but they NEVER last!! They will hurt there backs, tear a rotater cuff, and/or start hitting the ball all over the place. You can’t last out on tour flipping your hands at the ball all day. Notice in the pictures above how firm the hands and wrists are when these players hinge the left elbow at a hundred miles per hour instead of relying on the hands? PHYSICS and FUNDEMENTALS!! Learn them and have fun out there.