I have played golf for many years and like
many other golfers I gradually learnt to play a half decent
game of golf by trial and error.
Over the years I have studied the technique
of top class golfers, read countless golf magazines and digested
all of the information that was offered to try to find out
how the top golfers are able to consistently strike the ball
with a high degree of accuracy in both direction and distance.
Golfers and the Golf
Instructors who contribute to the various golfing magazines
offer all sorts of advice about the golf swing but they do
not clarify the absolute basic principles of the golf swing.
Therefore about ten years ago I began to research the workings
of the golf swing and have been quite surprised at the simplicity
of the golf swing.
The information that I have gained
by this extensive research has dramatically improved the quality
of my golf -- and it can do the same for you
as long learn the basic
principles and the basic
movements of the golf.
Therefore I have developed this website
so that anyone who is prepared to learn these basic principles
will begin to play much better golf, much quicker, rather
than learn it by trial and error as I did.
I have learnt that the down swing movement
is all about using the movement of the hips as they rotate
towards the target area, to force a totally passive upper
body unit to follow the movement of the hips all the way through
to the very end of the golf swing movement.
However to be successful, the upper body
unit must remain firmly held together as a very compact unit
throughout the complete golf
In addition to being held together
as a very compact unit, the upper body unit must also remain
absolutely and totally passive to the rotational movement
of the hips - from the moment the down swing movement begins
right through to the very end of the golf swing movement.
I must stress that the hips are the driving
force of the golf swing from the moment the down swing begins,
whilst the upper body unit remains in a totally passive condition.
How do you generate power if the upper
body unit remains in a passive condition I hear you ask?
The muscles of the upper body unit are
held in a very firm condition and the elbows are held as close
together as is physically possible thus creating a triangular
shape of the shoulders and the arms thus ensuring that the
hands are held as far away from the body as is possible.
Therefore as the upper body rotates around
the central core of the spine, the hands are moving on a wide
swing arc and when you add the length of a golf club you can
see that the swing arc of the club head at its highest point
can be up to 10 foot above the ground.
Therefore the power is achieved by utilising
this wide swing arc coupled with the manipulation of the wrist
joint to flay the club head into the contact area, thus creating
a high velocity of the club head.
I can assure you that you do not need use
the muscles of the upper body or the arms to generate power,
simply use the rotational movement of the hips to force the
compact upper body unit to follow the movement of the hips.
The swing I teach will enable you to hit the ball in the
direction you desire and in order to give you an idea
of how this can be achieved - perform the following exercise.
Take your normal stance and address the ball.
Whilst keeping the lower part of the body very still, make
a very short back swing movement whilst keeping the upper
body firmly held together as a very compact unit.
Now hold the body in the fully twisted condition and simply
use the rotation of the hips to force the whole twisted unit
o rotate about its axis thus rotating the passive upper body
unit back to the address position and you will note that the
club head returns back to the original address position of
being square to the target line.
Gradually increase the back swing and you will note that as
long as the hip movement totally controls the upper body unit
during the down swing, the club head always returns to the
ball square to the target line.
Therefore it is the skill of the individual to be able
to perform a full back swing then perform the down swing in
this fashion that will enable the golfer to hit accurate shots.
In addition, the top golfers possess an
ability to watch the ball right up to the precise moment the
club head makes contact , an
action that also greatly assists in keeping the head positioned
behind the ball at all times.
However, the very top class golfers also see the ball move
away from its resting place and it is the ability to do this
on every shot that enables them to stay at the top of their
To give you an idea of why I say this,
you will notice that very good snooker players/tennis players/
footballers and cricketers often make very good golfers because
they know that the ball must be watched until it is struck,
regardless of what game they play.
If you do not have this natural ability,
you need to develop this skill if you wish to improve your
However there are other basic principal
that must be adhered, such as not to allow the hips to sway
away from the original address position as they rotate into
the back swing and also to resist the swaying action of the
hips to the best of your ability during the down swing/follow
To give some idea of what I am trying to
teach you have a look at the video of the full golf swing
as performed by Rickard Strongert and produced by Video
Jug which literally illustrates
most of the points that I make in my lessons.
Although this video is a very good example
of how the golf swing should be performed, it still fails
to explain the importance of the finer details of the golf
swing such as watching the ball until the precise moment
the club head strikes the ball , and many more details that
I cover in my lessons.
This is not a "quick
fix" course of lessons.
All of the movements that I describe will individually enhance
the quality of your golf, but it important to understand that
you have to practice each movement until it becomes embodied
into the subconscious mind before you can hope to achieve
any benefit on the golf course - So
do not expect too much, too soon.
I have listed the lessons in logical order
so that the golfer can learn the correct movement of each
part of the body by way of practice. Therefore it is important
that the instructions of each lesson are practised thoroughly
before moving on to the next lesson.
Failure to understand this principle of
gradual change to your golf swing will only cause the mind
to become confused, so practice one movement very thoroughly
before moving on to the next.
It will take many months of learning these
new movements before you will see any significant improvement.
However if you can discipline yourself to thoroughly learn
each lesson before moving on to the next lesson you will achieve
the maximum benefit from my lessons.
However, whether you swing the golf club
at a fast speed or a slow speed there is one single item that
applies:- " The mechanical
movements of the golf swing remain the same"
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