How to properly release the golf through impact and beyond so we can keep control of the clubface and utilize our body to create speed instead of using the hands to be the only things that keep the club moving.
Followed some other instruction method I have be faithful to but as of today I am starting over. I read Hogan’s book and seen the flatter swing plane is way better for me, but all this other stuff of so called ‘instruction” has done me no good! Brad you make more sense to me than anyone I have ever watched, you tell us how to instead of you need to do it this way
How pure is this, coming from a real player. To me a proper golf swing is similar to that of any other sport that requires a swinging motion, ie baseball, cricket, tennis, etc.
All involve rotation from ground up and controlled by the bigger, core muscles in the body rather than the hands and arms, although it might look different because it’s swung on a more upright plane and a tad more difficult as the point of contact with the ball is not the shaft but a clubhead that extends out from the shaft.
I’ve spent tens of thousands (probably enough to afford a new small car) on lessons with four different coaches in Melbourne over a decade, two of whom coach tour players, but they never taught me how a proper swing should feel like (or maybe they did, but I never understood it as they intended).
I think it’s invaluable to get tips like these from a touring pro like Brad. I spent much time trying to learn from watching how others swing, but the difficulty with that, for me anyway, was that because we view swings from (typically) down the line or from the front, often it gives false perception of the swing.
I think people talking about conscious hip rotation, release of the club, rotation of the forearm, conscious cocking, lag, etc are turning golf into some sort of academic discipline.
Many YouTube clips are a case in point. I think too many people waste their time and effort on hitting the ‘correct’ positions and analysing their swings in bits with meaningless slow replay.
Just wanted to share with those in search of the right ‘feel’ like myself. Perhaps I’m generalising, but anyone who can use their body to ‘swing’ an object should be able to develop a decent swing. Unfortunately most of us become so obsessed with the correct swing that we end up deserting our short game.
Thanks for posting Brad, hopefully I would get an opportunity to see you for a lesson when I return to Australia.
And almost forgot to mention the footage of Hogan – simply gold.
This is the only teacher actually teaching what to do and how to do it correctly, rather than what not to do, like so many others. Most people won’t believe what he’s saying because they’ve never heard it before but it’s the truth that few people actually understand.
Every great player does these things with or without knowing or understanding them. They’re all very natural and children do them without thinking but adults, well, we over-think everything without even knowing it, and that’s what makes people such bad golfers.
Most people are trying to outwit or outthink the physics they don’t understand and cheat that ball into flying straight. No matter how hard you try it will never work. When you first start to learn the techniques Bradley is teaching you can’t believe they work because it’s so much different from what you’ve been doing, but they do work.
Once you finally get a real golf swing you won’t believe how easy it is and how hard you were making it before. It all makes sense and you wonder how you could ever have believed otherwise. When you try to explain it to someone they’ll think you’re nuts.
We all hear the term shift your weight into the left side. DON’T be fooled!!! Many of the poor golfers traits arise from this unwarranted observation. In this video I show you the secret to how the legs and feet work in the swing and how the pressures give the illusion of heading left- when the fact is- it is an entirely different reason how we load dwn and then HIT through the ball.
Thought of this playing yesterday. Amazing. Added about 15yards but dead straight and penetrating ball flight. Thanks Bradley, not intuitive at all but separates the hack from decent players.
You would never throw a ball from your front foot- so why would you hit a ball from your front foot… weight and pressure are two different things and you have to SHIFT pressure through the strike to be able to use ALL the right side and not just the arms
The golf swing is an oval. The golf ball is a circle. The shot travels on an arc… So where are all the straight lines? Nowhere. Here is why trying to swing on plane is incorrect and how the very best ball strikers in golf approached the impact from the inside to get the perfect strike on the ball and keep the roundness in their swing to correspond with the oval-circle-arc logic they knew allowed them to hit with power and woth control.
For the best golf instruction available see me bradleyhughesgolf.com and I can show you how to build this into your game
Hello Mr Hughes, i think you are spot on and thank you for your videos. With regards to the arms moving out and the shaft shallowing, is this a conscious effort to feel the right elbow leads the downswing by coming out (like a throwing motion) or is it the result of a synchronised pivot?
I’m a 3 handicap golfer but my right elbow moves down initially which makes the shaft a little steeper (i can’t execute the re-rotation of the forearms) and prevents me from being able to truly hit shots to my minds eye. If i could get the technical and visual feel for the correct move i’d make some big improvements.
You HAVE to learn how to hit from there first before you will wind up getting there on the transition & downswing….gotta alter the muscles we use in specific areas before we can alter the swing- otherwise the body cant handle it and the brain wont allow it no matter how much you try do it correctly.
I remember seeing that famous Hogan elastic band from Five Lessons, and am embarrassed to admit that I fell into the same trap that Bradley mentioned in trying to mimic Hogan. This is a fantastic vid! If just goes to show that the elements of the golf swing are more interrelated and subtle than most people are at first led to believe.
Thank you Bradley for generously sharing your knowledge with us.
Shallow divot = good… Different sound and lower flight would suggest you were using the proper loft (instead of adding) and compressing the ball instead of scooping it
I’ve done dynamic fittings with the sharpie line and no matter the lie angle I end up with an almost perfect vertical line. For me my swing and setup will change depending on the tool I have.
I take a flatter club and I’ll bend more at the hips and swing flatter, give me an upright club and I’ll still make a perfect vertical line but I have a steep swing.
I’ve played 3 upright to 3 flat and score just fine. But for me a little flatter feels much more comfortable and powerful.
I’m not into commentating on youtube vids…but I simply have to now…I’ve been playing for around 30 years – at a decent level…and I’ve listened to some right junk from ‘teaching pros’ over the years…but Brad – you are superb…your ‘Power of the right arm’, ‘Use of the forearms’ and these two videos, blows everything out of the water…you have a wonderful ability to teach reasonably technical stuff in a way that even someone as thick as me can understand – and more importantly – implement…thank you for your channel…the last month trying to implement your swing theories has been awesome…Steve
The right arm is a major player in the success or failure of a good golf shot. In this video I talk about how to use this dominant right arm (right handed players) in the correct fashion to allow power and control of lowpoint and accuracy on a more regular basis
Throughout history we always look at the best of the best in any field and try to pinpoint what makes them extra special at their profession. Today we will look at the secrets Ben Hogan left behind for us to analyze and utilize in our own golf swing. The sum of all parts make up his exceptional ability.
One slight feel may have set him on the path to being a a better player but no ONE secret will allow us to be extraordinary at anything. I don’t believe he really hid anything from us but he probably liked the mystery of it all to have so many people guessing