An overview of the full swing
Our basic set up for your golf swing. Apart from feeling the weight in your feet. make sure to do a slight tilt so that your hips are in the right position, which will also help you stay behind the ball.
Simple video lesson to understand weight shift in the golf swing. It is in my view the easiest thing to do. If you can concentrate on the proper weight shift you will have a very balanced golf swing.
The most important feeling you must have when shifting your weight is that you weight must feel in the bottom archers of your back foot…….right in the middle of your archers.
If you maintain your weight on the arch of that back foot you will have great stability. Now as you move into the forward swing your weight will shift from the arch of you back foot to under the toe of your front foot.
That is as simple as it has to be. But you must learn to feel the transfer of weight back and forward. The best drill I have found for this is to follow Tracy Reeds set up routine
Over the years as I have learnt more about “balance in the golf swing” I have incorporated dynamic balance into my set up routine.
Having the weight on one foot while placing the club forces the upper body to find the correct forward bend.
Once you get the angle of waist bend/forward upper body forward tilt, it is very important to keep it while you place the rest of your body.
The next step is the most important:
Look down range at your target, and keeping the upper body angle intact, place your left foot and then your right so that your weight is distributed behind the balls of your feet with about 65% of the weight on the arch of your right foot.
Move back and forth, foot to foot, in very small steps until the feet feel comfortable with the weight in the arches.
This movement should be made without swinging the hips, but rather keeping the hips centered and rocking foot to foot as you pickup and place you feet.
The feet should raise a few inches off of the ground each time. The key here is to consciously feel the weight distribution under your feet.
DO NOT look back at the ball until your feet are positioned and you feel comfortable!!!
AGAIN, all placement of the feet is performed while you are looking down range at your target. You should be imagining in your mind where the ball is to “see” where to place your feet. This jump starts the visualization process and keeps you relaxed for the swing.
Since your right hand is lower on the grip, your right shoulder should be lower than your left (right handers). This is accomplished by tilting the spine slightly to the right.
The arms should hang straight down directly under the shoulders because this is where gravity will fight to take them during the downswing. If you allow them to follow their natural path, you can direct more energy to the club head.
If you feel like your hands are too close to your body, (It should be about the width of your hand across your fingers away) it means you do not have the proper forward upper body tilt.
When you start the club in the right position, you don’t have to fight the laws of physics during the swing and you then have more energy to direct to the club head.
The reason you look away when you set your feet is so that you automatically get the right amount of knee bend and you automatically balance yourself.
Setting the spine angle to the right sets up the right side pivot point which reduces the tendency to slide the hips as you take away the golf club which allows a coiling on the right side where all of the energy is stored in the backswing.
IMPORTANT: If you center yourself and find that the club is no longer behind the ball, STEP BACK and start over.
The tendency is to just reach a little bit to put the club behind the ball which will create an off-balance condition and defeat the whole purpose of the routine.
This routine should help you to start hitting the ball more consistently, no matter what pattern your shots have. The pattern can be corrected, once you have a consistent shot.
Learn the proper weight shift in the golf swing and you will have the best and most consistent golf swing. You need to master the art of balance in the golf swing to be more consistent.
As guys it is sometimes hard to feel things. But you need to feel the weight transfer as latter on we will teach you how to draw and cut a ball by just using weight transfer.
I also become a qualified Putting Zone Coach from Geoff Mangum who in my opinion is the best Putting Coach in the world.
I must admit that this was a little daunting as I was a 13 Handicap at the time but I had a thirst for knowledge and thought that these long driving guys knew something about the golf swing that no one else knew, or they were doing something different.
But the proof for me was that I got down to a 3 handicap which I never thought would be possible.
I returned to New Zealand and set up my website and my Golf Instruction Youtube channel and started uploading my video lessons.
The golf instruction business is a tough market to break into, especially as the main body for golf the PGA is such a dominant force based on distribution and also a lack of any other real competition.
However I managed to attract a Japanese Golfer to fly from Tokyo to New Zealand for a weeks worth of golf lessons with me.
Yutaka from Japan invited me back to Japan to do some lessons with some of his friends. I was also able to play on the Golf Courses and shot a great round of 71 on a par 70.
However after many lessons and videos one thing still bugged me……and what bugged me was how to get golfers to become more consistent at golf. Golf instruction had become a little too technical and while at times results were great and golfers saw instant improvement it still wasn’t really enough.
So what I started to do was to research other golf swing systems and some mental golf programs
My first change in the golf swing was to try the Count Yogi system……..
The simplicity of this book for most people would be too simple…….he doesn’t actually write too much on golf instruction. Yes there is the basics of grip and he has images to show you that, stance he demonstrates that as well.
At around 2 minutes 16 you will see his golf swing in action. It is actually a beautiful flowing action. He says many times to be muscle less and boneless so you feel light as possible with NO tension what so ever.
I followed this instruction for 12 months and still maintained my handicap…….
But again not totally happy I started looking further a field at other systems…….The Bill Mehlhorn Golf Instruction looked natural and very promising.
Here Robert Shave is showing the cutting the grass technique for your golf swing
Again put this golf swing into motion and still shot under 80 consistently…….but again not happy with my control of the golf swing.
By chance I remembered a guy that I had contacted about 15 years ago about his golf swing system called Golf Swing Control…….the guys name was Tracy Reed.
Back then Tracy was teaching his dynamic balance techniques…….I remembered doing it but it felt very different and odd back then. No one else was teaching this so it was a little before it’s time. Even today you would suggest what Tracy talks about is a little outside the box.
But watch this video about how to be more consistent in Golf and listen and see what Tracy has to say about balance in the golf swing.
As I said he is a little different in his golf instruction. But since I have adopted his balance system for golf I finally believe I have found the perfect combination. I actually went and did a lesson for a friend using only what Tracy talks about in the video. 80% balance and feel and about 20% technical…….best lesson I have ever done and one of the fastest results from a high handicapper I have seen.
In my own golf swing I have never swung the golf club in such a balanced manner. I am not saying the golf instruction taught to me by Dan Shauger has no place. I am saying any golf instruction can be greatly enhanced by incorporating Tracy Reeds physical and mental ideas into your golf game.
Balance in the golf swing is the most important element to get right. However there are very few golf instructors who would have a clue about teaching proper balance, and this is where things start to go down hill.
Lee Comeaux is also such a golfer who has one of the most efficient golf swings you will ever see………
In my view if you want to get better at golf get rid of the technical golf instruction and go to an instructor that teachers feel and balance.