Cory Balfour-08/06/2013

Cory,

Thanks for playing in the Delta Controls / ESC Automation golf outing and for your support of the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. You can learn more about Peace Arch Hospital and Foundation here: http://www.pahfoundation.ca. Thanks also to Automation Components, Inc. (ACI) for sponsoring the lessons from www.FixYourGame.com.

Posture—We want to set up to the ball in a balanced, athletic stance that puts us in the best position to make a fast aggressive swing. This means keeping your spine straight during the swing. You’re slouched over at address. You should feel like your rear end is out and your shoulders are back, keeping your spine straight. If you have your chin up at address, this helps as well. Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to see the ball. You should tilt forward by bending at the hips, not at the waist. If you bend at the waist, your spine is curved, but bending at the hips keeps your spine straight. Let your arms hang down naturally so that the club is 3-5 inches from your legs. Let the length of the club determine how far away from the ball to stand. This way your posture is the same with each club—a key for consistency. Think of a linebacker’s stance in football, or a shortstops stance in baseball, or guarding someone in basketball, or preparing to return a serve in tennis–very similar to the athletic golf posture. A straight spine allows for more flexibility in your back, which helps you make a better rotation in the swing, and also makes for less wear & tears on your back. This will put you into a much more balanced position and give you a stable platform on which to swing. Here’s a video demonstrating the fundamentals on athletic golf posture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6zPMSeUMmI

You’re swinging the club using a lot of arms and hands, and not by using the large muscles of the shoulders & torso. Using the large muscles (obviously the torso, abs and hips are larger and more powerful than the arms & hands) will help to generate more clubhead speed and distance. You should feel as if you’re rotating your left shoulder over your right foot on the backswing. This transfers your weight to your right side, and puts you in a position where you can then accelerate the club through the ball and move your weight so that you finish your swing with all your weight forward, or toward the target. Here are some demonstrations and drills that can help with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMboW1EXBnk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1Km-eHITGk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPP3AFqTpv0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24qLXVF3O5g

Here’s another drill that will help train your large muscles, and help you to feel the proper weight transfer and acceleration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz8wE8_bsdg

One thing that I’d like to see you improve is your weight transfer or pivot. In nearly every athletic motion, the player transfers their weight toward the target during the motion. Think of throwing a baseball or football, shooting a jumpshot in basketball, or swinging a tennis racket. The same is true in the golf swing. Ideally, we set up to the ball with our weight evenly distributed between our feet. As we swing the club back, weight should transfer to the right side, and on the downswing, transferred to our left side. This will not only increase your clubhead speed, but also encourage a downward strike on the ball which leads to higher shots with more spin and distance. As you can see in the video, you are not fully transferring your weight to your left side during the swing. We want to finish the swing with all weight forward, and facing the target. But keep in mind that the movement in the golf swing it a rotational movement (hence the term pivot), not a lateral one, so be careful to not slide your weight laterally back and forth during the swing, but rotate your weight during the swing. So take practice swings and feel your weight move to your right side during the backswing, and then accelerate the club so you finish the swing with your weight forward, and you’re facing the target. Here are a couple drills that can help with this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jz8wE8_bsdg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYwF9RjL8tI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSMt1IFKVmc

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If you have any questions about the lesson, have feedback, or need additional info please email me at info@FixYourGame.com. Thanks again for your participation Delta Controls / ESC Automation golf outing and for your support of the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. Your support goes a long way toward improving the technology, access and quality of health care in the area. ACI sponsored today’s lesson and you can learn more about the finest sensors and transmitters in the HVAC industry here: www.workaci.com.

Brant Kasbohm
Director of Instruction
www.FixYourGame.com