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Make THIS your BEST-EVER Golf Year

In the new video with this title (in this blog, in the section ‘golf videos’) are some ‘helpful hints’ on what you might consider doing to make the New Year an exciting one for you – GOLF-wise.

Have posted several videos over the past few weeks which give a good picture of what you could do better, once you get a clearer idea of what needs doing, by watching all of the videos in the sequence described below (you could simply click on the links below; go to the ‘golf videos’ section of this blog where they pop up one after the other; or see them on youtube):

The BODY’s ROLE in the GOLF SWING                                                                       

Over-the-Top GOLF SWING – Best Definition                                                           

Is YOUR golf swing a lot of BS?                                                                                         

How to hit your best shot – ALWAYS                                                                              

Is YOUR GOLF SWING Over-the-Top?                                                                       

Putting – A Pendulum-like Motion. Yes or No?                                                                          

Make THIS your BEST-EVER GOLF YEAR                                                                                 

Club Positions vs Body Positions – The age-old debate

Club Positions vs Body Positions – The age-old debate

When assessing a golf swing, should one look at club positions or body positions? This is a battle that has been raging for as long as people have been swinging!

‘Swing the clubhead’, ‘swing on the shaft plane’, ‘don’t let the shaft be laid-off or across’, ‘make sure the clubface is square at the top’ are all club-positions thoughts a golfer might use.

‘Shift weight’, ‘rotate your spine’ ‘rotate your lead forearm’, ‘don’t have a flat shoulder plane’, ‘the spine should not early-extend on the downswing’ are some of the many body-position swing ideas that are commonly used.

Many teachers and players mix-and-match the two groups at will, usually based on subjective experience.

If one understands that all body movement takes place at the ‘joints’, and only a combination of body movements can position the club in space, one will never ever use club-position descriptions again. A ‘joint’, incidentally, is a place where 2 bones meet, and movement ONLY takes place at the joints. The important joints of the golf swing are the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hip, knee and ankle.

A case in point: a student recently said, “Whichever method I follow, yours or any other, I am always laid-off half-way to the top.”

Hellooo! The MGSS never uses such loose language as ‘laid off’. In anatomy it is called a medial rotation of the left (lead) arm, and is caused ONLY because the golfer had no MGS ‘twist’ at the start of the backswing, so had no room for the left arm to lift up (of its own volition, with no help from the golfer) inside (green lines second pic from left) the target line! The shaft lifts up ‘outside’ the target line, and so the lead/left arm must do something to bring the club back into what the brain senses is the approximately correct direction for a reasonable attempt at connecting with the ball!

Stack and Tilt and Sergio Garcia’s swing

Stack and Tilt and Sergio Garcia’s swing

The S&T folks named Sergio as someone who exemplifies what S&T is all about, (they show pictures of Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Johnny Miller in their backswings and all of them too have an S&T position halfway or so into their backswings). Even though those golfers did not know they had an S&T position, they all did.

So, Here are some screen shots from a youtube video. Any comments on Sergio’s positions? Let’s see what everyone seeing this has to say? From a swing-plane or joint-position or even color-of-his-apparel perspective!

Fading the Ball with the MGS

The Fade, MGSS Style.

The ‘fade’ shot requires a slightly out-to-in path, with slightly more body weight remaining on the back/trail leg, so that the net result is that the clubface opens through impact.

It is therefore not a normal MGSS shot. The basic MGSS shots (full-swing, pitch/bunker, chip and putt shot) will never allow the club to arrive at the ball from an outside path, which is created by a slight over-the-top downswing and thus produces less-than-ideal contact with the ball.

The adaptation to be made for the ‘fade’ should only be made after the set-up and backswing for a regular swing are easily repeated.

The only change to be made is that the golfer ‘twists’ less during the set-up. Or, as some do, twist as much as usual, then undo a bit of the twist.

A video has been attached with the same title, in the ‘golf videos’ section of this blog.

A draw is made by aiming the feet slightly right of target and shutting the clubface (as usual), and then using all the other features of the MGSS set-up and backswing. For those with a slightly forward ball-position (MGSS recommends center for all full-swing shots), that could be moved back a bit too, so as to be more centered.

This post especially for Mike Kenny.

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