Sam Snead’s swing maybe the greatest ever?

This might be the greatest golf swing ever. It actually looks like his right leg crashes into his left leg. There is no sway at all, only true rotation. Watch the brim of his hat, it stays essentially parallel to the swing plane even long after the ball is gone.

This is from Shell's WWG series with Hogan. Compared to Hogan this is a much better swing than Hogan's.

Rorys Knee Initiation

The best move in golf! Initiate the swing by slightly STRAIGHTENING THE LEFT LEG. That's right, the LEFT leg! As humans, almost every action we perform we actually do a little of the opposite just before. Lifting a weight, we push down before lifting up … we do this naturally. The same is true in golf – slightly straightening the left leg turns the hips slightly open and shifts the weight to the right all before starting the normal golf swing. Try it, it may take some time to get used to but once you start doing it naturally you'll wonder how you ever hit a ball without it. Suddenly, you'll feel a relaxed rhythm and timing to the swing. I believe this happens because of the slight relaxation of muscles before action.
I have never heard anyone ever talk about this or teach this. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! It's going to become a phenomenon. You'll see …

Latissimus power in golf v02

Stretching the latissimus muscle is the secret to a great golf swing.

It seems so simple when illustrated, but I’ve never heard anyone ever talk about stretching the latissimus to power the golf swing. When you try it you’ll say, ” … Sure, yeah, of course, it makes perfect sense.,” but, once you try it and you’re aware of the latissimus you’ll really feel a difference and suddenly the golf swing changes from a lunging, slapping, pushing the clubhead at the ball motion to a fluid true swinging of the club. When I say swing, I mean swing. When you truly “swing” the club it’s a completely different feeling from forcing the clubhead at the ball.

Once you understand that you need to stretch the latissimus, the only way you can do it is to move the left hip down and back. Most people do the opposite and thrust their hips up and forward. This is called early extension and causes flipping and the left arm to collapse through impact because it has nowhere to go.

By pulling the left hip back and down to initiate the downswing you will discover that instead of swinging downward across your torso, from high right to low left, you’ll be swinging slightly upward across the torso from low right to high left. This gives you all the room in the world for your arms to swing though to a high relaxed finish.

This is a simple motion that everyone can do. It’s just like hitting a pop fly in baseball. In this case though, the shaft is not the bat, the clubhead is the bat.

Note: If your grip isn’t correct, nothing will work correctly. The grip is absolutely essential. The greatest swing in the world won’t produce a straight shot without the proper grip. The proper grip is much stronger with the right hand than most intermediate golfers think it is. The wrists should be almost 90º to each other.
A weak right hand (on top of the club) causes you to push downward on the club with the right hand and shoulder causing over the top creating an out to in swing plane. There should be no effort whatsoever to square the clubface. Squaring the clubface happens naturally because of the proper grip not a conscious effort.

Golf shouldn’t be work, it should be fun. When you master this move golf is just fun.


This is what separates the pros from the rest of us. Simply because the ball is down near our feet, most people immediately think they have to swing down at it. If you think about it, the clubhead is already down there, you didn't have to push it down there - it's also resting on the ground that's what the shaft is for.

The golf swing is the same motion as throwing a stick over your right shoulder. This is how great golfers keep the right arm bent at impact, stay in their posture, if not bending over more, and release the club naturally.

When you swing down at the ball that forces your shoulders up and your hips forward toward the ball. Basically, if you swing down you have to stand up as you do it.

When you throw the club overhanded, over your right shoulder, you have to bend and tilt and twist as you strike the ball.

If you were to do this same motion while standing upright the club would be traveling in an arc to the right of your right shoulder and the clubhead would be level with or slightly higher than your head.

BTW, If you try to do this motion with our hands in front of your pelvis it can't be done. If you watch Jamie and all great players carefully, their hands stay to the right of their body and especially their right hip until long after the ball is gone. You cannot strike a ball properly while facing it.

Although, as soon as you think "overhand," you're right shoulder stays low, the backswing is reduced and overall most body motion is reduced. We all know how to throw a club or stick. There's no thinking involved and not a lot of body twisting, at least not intentionally.

Geoff Mangum 10 Foot Putts

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Ten-and-In Putts Reading and Sinking Geoff Mangum The PuttingZone Four Skills of Putting — The Ten-and-In ZoneApril 27. 2015Putts outside 10 feet usually have less than a 50% probability of being one-putts.

On the PGA Tour, the average pro sinks 40% from ten feet in Tournament play. That leaves a 60% probability that these putts from ten feet are two-putts. The “average” pro distance where the pro is 50-50 is currently 8.2 feet.

But actually, the TOP golfers on Tour at ten feet do better than the average 40%, and the stats leader over a year can sink as high as almost 60% from ten feet. But the ten-foot mark is a useful demarcation of putts, so that inside ten feet putts are more likely one-putts than two-putts, while outside ten foot putts are more likely two-putts than one-putts.

Accordingly, a golfer wanting to spend time getting good at one-putting for either birdie with first putts on greens reached in regulation or for par-save one-putting after chipping close onto missed greens in regulation would be smart to focus on the “ten-and-in” range.

Ten-and-In Putts click to read full report

Not only are these the putts that in competition NEED to be one-putted more frequently than the competition, but longer putts are not as likely to be one-putted even with great skill, and improvement over the competition pays BIGGER DIVIDENDS as the putts get closer inside the “ten-and-in” range.

This latter point follows from how many putts a player actually faces in a round or in a year: half of all putts Tour players face in a year are inside 5 feet, and 65% of all putts players face in a year are inside ten feet. So working on the “inside 5 feet” range (50% of putts) is about 3 times more valuable than working in the “5 to 10 foot” range (15% of putts). And likewise, working in 1

the “ten-and-in” range (65% of all putts) is at least twice as valuable as working on putts outside ten feet (35%), especially since it’s not likely the skill can be improved a great deal outside ten feet and even if so, the number of putts one-putted from outside ten feet compared to the field is not a big number — nice but not all that significant.

The golfer then ought to be the MASTER in knowing all there is to know about putts in the “ten-and-in” range, with a second-level expertise in the “five-and-in” range.MASTERING THE KNOWLEDGEThe first thing to do is identify WHAT KNOWLEDGE one needs to learn.

The first type of knowledge is physics: How do the different factors that matter to breaking or straight putts — slope, green speed, distance, surface shape, elevation change, and ball pace — operate to determine curve, start line, aim target, and ball pace to sink these putts?

The second type of knowledge is greens: How are greens designed, built, maintained, and conditioned to result in certain typical or common patterns of the factors that matter to the putt — what slopes, slope directions, green speeds, distances, surface shapes, and elevation changes can be expected as common and frequent when playing a round of golf?

The third type of knowledge is human performance: What sorts of stroke setup and motion patterns are effective for line control and what sorts of setup and motion patterns and timing patterns are effective for pace control and how do these human performance process of perception and movement actually operate, so the golfer knows the how-to of skilled performance for line and distance?


Putts inside 10 feet very frequently present with common features: slopes between 1% and 3%, green speed about Stimp 10’, surface flatness same from ball to hole. As a ballpark first read, these putts with a smart ball pace break 0.5” per foot of putt on 1% Slope and in multiples of this for 2%, 3%, and 4% Slope.

These putts also break 2.38 degrees off the baseline to the high side for all 1% Slope putts (any distance), 4.76 degrees for all 2% Slope putts, 7.14 degrees for all 3% Slope putts, and 9.52 degrees for all 4% Slope putts.

And for each slope there is a circle range within which all putts aim inside the hole: 1% Slope out to 4.25 feet; 2% Slope out to half that or 2.125 feet; 3% Slope out to 1/3rd that or 1.42 feet; and 4% Slope out to 1/4th that or 1.06 feet. And further out from these “all in” circles, there is an X for any Slope and Distance formed by crossing the arms of the X at the target spot above the hole with each arm grazing the edge of the hole, so that the vertical sections inside the X define uphill and downhill putts that are all aimed inside the hole.

These Xs also serve well for targeting where long lags end up, on or near the fall line inside the X so that the next putt is easy.

Compressing The Ball By Jim Venetos

This video explains how to compress the ball. If you set up properly you will compress the ball before the golf swing even starts. With this set up position you can focus on one simple swing thought to create efficient and powerful golf shots.
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