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Bad Backswing Equals Bad Swing

In this 15 Video Series we will Give you a Good Understanding of the Basics, Pay Attention to Set-Up and Take Away (Backswing).

1. Backswing - When were talking backswing there are a million ways to do it. Our preference will require less compensations and provide the most efficient route to a powerful swing. That would be one piece to right thigh, soft fold of right arm (with some vertical hinge and forearm roll), from here we would like to see my players point the shaft at ball line or inside ball line (depending on their tendencies). Work this in pieces guys and you will get there a lot faster. 

2. Backswing Basics - In this lesson we discuss backswing mechanics. We just wanted to continue a little more discussion on backswing match-ups, and how they set up transition/downswing in this video.

3. Trial Leg Stability - Showing how the shadow drill will help you guys keep your right leg in check. If you want speed you can extend the right knee and get the right side taller, and then immediately go into flexion in transition. Other players like to brace the right knee more in flexion, but still allow it to shift to 1 or 2 o'clock depending on the amount of their hip turn which is fine with me too. I do like to see the right hip stay on the ball, or create a ball width of daylight at the top of the swing. We are talking golf ball not basketball for all those wondering.

4. Wrist Hinge Backswing - Lots of options with wrist hinge, but my preference is to have my students (from address position) hinge wrists vertical towards face until shaft is parallel to ground, right arm breaks to 90. From there simply turn left shoulder down to sternum and you will be in a good position at the top. Guys are always asking if there is lift in the golf swing? Lifting is only necessary if you guys want to get in the weight room and look like I do.

5. Backswing Match Ups - Grab your spouse, friend, neighbor, or anyone willing to help and have them hold an alignment stick perpendicular to your back line. Stand in front of a mirror or a reflection in your window. You want your shoulders to work 90 deg to the back line in backswing and into impact.

6. Types of Wrist Angles - In this video we are talking about different wrist angles and forearm rotation, and the match-ups to achieve different backswings. This discussion of the anatomical terms will accompany proper verbiage for various Wrist Angles.

7. Forearm Roll - It's important to introduce the right amount of forearm roll at the right time to keep your shaft pointed at ball line or inside ball line. If you have too much too early, it could lead to a really flat and inside takeaway which requires compensations coming down. If you are on the other extreme with no forearm roll or reverse forearm rotation, you will be more like Leadbetter teaches or even a little like Johnny or some of my other top players prefer. We recommend grabbing an alignment stick and gripping it with the club so you can see where it's pointed by p3 or left arm parallel. If you guys are at ball line or inside, you will be money. Don't let it get outside ball line, or compensations will have to be made.

8. Wrist Angles with Mirror Work - Here we are showing how you can use a mirror to make sure you are hitting your checkpoints with a wedge. Start out with shoulders and thighs at a right angle to the mirror. By shaft parallel backswing or P2 the club head should line up with the hands and "hide" them. Number two the club should work above the forearm. Number 3 is to simply turn through the shot. This will keep you guys on a good shaft plane for your wedges and provide a way to self check your progress.

9. Fold, Hold, and Turn - A quick fix to staying above the plane. Proper Fold of the arms, Holding the angle and Turning is the easiest way to accomplish this. This drill is for any of you guys that are dumped under or path too far right. This is the easiest way to start to bring that path more left so we don't have extremes.

10. Trail Arm Position - Here we talk about the trail arm and the role it leads. There are a million ways to do it, we just want to make sure the match ups work for you. Listen carefully as we really get in detail about the trail arms positioning. We know you can really benefit from this lesson if you pay ATTENTION! 

11. Shoulder Rotation - Listen up guys, shoulder Rotation is not forearm role. We will explain the difference briefly in the short lesson. 

12. Lead Leg Position - The lead role of leg in the backswing can be explained through shoulder width stance. We get a little in to body mechanics but I use an alignment rod to help visual comprehension. Let me know if this helped you guys.

13. Trail Leg Position - This lesson is a discussion of the trial leg positioning. We are not saying you have to use the space/wall drill but good luck hitting pure Consistently if you don't. 

14. The "A" Swing - Hey Guys, We are not teaching the "A" swing but we do teach vertical to shallow for some of my players. This is a motion that my players do naturally. It's simple cause and effect motion.

15. Full Body Backswing - This lesson covers it all, (arms, legs, wrists, hips, etc.) There are tons of small micro moves found in the backswing so it's important to have an idea of which moves are natural and which ones are manufactured.