Saturday, May 8, 2010

How To Build A Reliable Swing

I wrote the following Lesson on how to Build a Reliable Swing for what I am calling a Parent Junior Clinic at White Eagle Golf Club where I am The Head Golf Professional.  The lesson itself in total is direct and certainly does not have a F.A.Q. section to it.  This lesson is more about how to do things right vs. how to fix what's wrong.  I've written this lesson and have planned the Parent Junior Clinic so that children (could also be an adult beginner) get off to a good start with a good game plan.  I'm doing it for children and their parents, so that Parents have something to reference to be Good Golf Coaches to their kids.  Parents will always care for their kids more than anyone, with this they can be caring and helpful.

The parts of the lesson in BLUE are for Novices and all of us.  The parts in RED are intended for you once you have surpassed the novice level.

By:  Brian Soczka

Grip – Interlock Grip … For a Right handed golfer, right pinky and left pointer link up your two hands together for control and power.
Set Up Position – Balanced in all respects.
Ball position - varies from long irons to short irons … just ahead of the center of your stance to just behind the center of your stance. The Driver should be played off of the inside of your left foot.
Takeaway Position – Check to make sure the club is moving both “Around” and “Up”. When the shaft if parallel to the ground in the takeaway position the shaft should also be parallel to the target line.
We want “coiling” of the body in the backswing not leaning or swaying.

o Timing for the Coil

 Hands and wrists begin to lever the clubhead back while the forearms help the clubhead “swing” back and open.
 Arms Swing the club back up and around on plane.
 Arms engage the shoulder turn.
 Shoulders turning initiates the torso to twist
 Torso Twist fires up the big motor … the hip turn and leg muscles.

o Reverse order for the timing of the downswing, the body works from top down in the backswing, hands to feet. The timing is from the bottom up in the downswing, feet to hands to swing the club through.

• Everything keeps pulling, rotating, and whipping the clubhead through all the way to the finish. The body pulls and rotates, the hands and forearms whip the clubhead.

• Practice Good Arm Extension & Release … Think of the effect that Centrifugal Force and the Momentum of the Swing has on swinging the club through impact. See picture below.

Above All Else … Keep it Fun.  For you, your friends, your family; whoever you are helping or is being helped.  Practice games that reward distance control and solid contact, allow throwing the ball once per hole (it’s fun), friendly competitions, and recognize Progress not just Success.

Great Golfing To You and Your Family!

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