Step 2. Take away
The first move when swinging the club is the take away. Great golfers have different swings, but they all error on the "safe" side of certain positions. For the take way, you want to make sure that the club head never gets inside the hands when the club is hip high, you can over do it and have them outside the hands, but never inside!
TAKE YOUR PICK...
Everything matters... but lets me honest, we aren't good enough to do everything perfectly. So I've narrowed it down to a few simple "KEY ASPECTS" of the full swing that all golfers need to "perfect", whether you are a beginner or PGA Tour professional. You can achieve this with simple golf swing "exercises" and drills they can do anywhere, WITHOUT hitting a golf ball.
"I DON'T HAVE TIME" worst excuse I hear every day.
YOU WILL IMPROVE FASTER WITHOUT HITTING A BALL! Instead do slow rehearsal swings, make sure each position is perfect by monitoring yourself with a mirror or cell phone camera.
PLEASE work on your changes WITHOUT hitting a golf ball.
- The golf swing is muscle memory (we are focused on training motor patterns)
- It is going to be uncomfortable (any change is different, therefore uncomfortable)
- You make changes, ONLY when you perform slow rehearsal swings
- You can buy a Saber Training Stick to change your muscle memory (motor patterns) faster. It has a light end and a heavy end, the heavy end changes your swing positions much faster than a normal weight club. BUY NOW ⇒ *Use Code golfgpg at checkout to save $10
SWING TECHNIQUE CHANGES
Changing Swing Technique (positions) the best way to make changes quickly is to make slow rehearsal swings without hitting a golf ball. The heavy club drill listed above is the secret drill to making permanent changes in as little time as one week! Do this every day from the home or office when you need a break from work or bored. The heaviness of the club changes your muscle memory much faster.
© 3 sets of 10 every day and you will change in one week!
You can buy a Saber Training Stick to change your muscle memory (motor patterns) faster. It has a light end and a heavy end, the heavy end changes your swing positions much faster than a normal weight club. BUY NOW ⇒ *Use Code golfgpg at checkout to save $10
APPLY TEMPO, TIMING AND FEEL TO YOUR SWING
Developing Feel for New Swing Technique (Positions) when hitting a golf ball at the range you need to make your focus on routine and feel, not mechanics!
In the video below you can see how I rehearse the feel for the swing change I am trying to make. I do this in my pre shot routine before hitting each golf ball! You have to exaggerate the new feel, yes it is uncomfortable but any change is uncomfortable! Keep doing it until it is automatic. Trust your coaches guidance!
BLAST MOTION SENSOR is the only device that gives you feedback on your tempo (timing/feel). I like to warm up with Blast to see how my tempo consistency is, do my technical work, finish with blast practicing tempo consistency. You will notice how consistent your tempo is before working on technique, at the end your tempo will be more inconsistent because your brain is analytical. Work on tempo consistency at the end until you get all the clutter out of your head and return to being athletic! BUY BLAST MOTION SENSOR ⇒
Below I filmed my practice session where I am working on fixing a swing flaw. Please notice and implement to your swing practice the following:
1. I have a stick down for proper alignment and ball position *8 iron slightly forward in stance
2. I break up the swing fixes, thoughts, drills to work on them 1 by 1 *never think about more than one swing thought when hitting a ball!
3. I put it together by going through my routine, focusing on tempo and establishing one swing thought/feel that gives me the best chance to execute.
Hit it Farther, Stay Healthier
Warm Up Like Miguel
Pictured left is Miguel Angel Jimenez, most famously known for his funny warm up routine on the range. Truth is, he is warming up perfectly before he hits balls by activating all of the golf muscles properly.
"Warm up to hit balls. Do NOT hit balls to warm up."
This is a common term used by golf fitness professionals. You need to get your body loose through dynamic stretching, not static stretching
Dynamic - stretches that have continuous movement
Static - Hold the stretch for a certain length of time in one position
UNDERSTAND & BUILD YOUR SWING
MAKE SURE TO END YOUR PRACTICE WITH THIS...
Glue that Holds the Swing Together
Tempo & Sequence
If you look back to the intro for building a solid golf swing on this page, you will notice that I discuss 3 things -
- Key Swing Positions
You can not leave out any of these 3 elements and be consistent. #2, Tempo is the key that creates number #1 and #3. If you are missing step 2 - tempo, which sequences all the key swing positions together in one fluid motion, you will never have have proper impact and never play consistent golf!
Note, this step becomes before the swing positions because I want you to develop a smooth, effortless tempo without any swing thoughts. It will make it much easier - trust me! In step 3, you will add in a few key swing positions then quickly get back to working on the tempo to piece them altogether into one smooth, effortless swing!
How to Work on Tempo
Tempo is the easiest thing in the world to work on! Not only is it the easiest, but it is probably the least practiced and most important aspect of playing consistently well! Do you wonder why PGA Tour players have different looking swings, but all seem to hit the ball well consistently? Because they all have great, consistent tempo!
FIND YOUR TEMPO some players have slow tempo (Ernie Els) others have fast tempo (Kevin Chappell). Regardless if you are a fast paced golfer, or slow paced, just find what you are and repeat it every time! A couple tips on how to find your best tempo.
- Are you fast or slow paced naturally? If you walk fast, talk fast, move fast....then you are probably a faster tempo than normal in the golf swing. Go with it!
- When trying to find your tempo when swinging, be as relaxed as possible and make effortless swings. This does NOT mean be lazy, just effortless - still accelerating through to a full finish.
I like a few different training tools to work on my tempo. Before the blast motion sensor, we did not have any feedback to show us if we were working on our tempo correctly. Before you use the modern device such as Blast motion sensor, try a couple of these drills first.
KEY ELEMENT - TRANSITION
After the take away position, the transition is at the top of the back swing. Keep your arms connected to your shoulder turn allowing you to properly load to eliminate any weight transfer issues and generate speed through impact.
- Make sure to keep turning your shoulders to the top of the golf swing
- Your arms swing up as your shoulders turn, NEVER let your arms/ hands get behind your body during the back swing
- At the top of your swing, the "transition" is when you complete the back swing to starting your down swing. Fill like you pause for 2 seconds in order to fully "load" and generate more speed to the ball, it will also allow you to swing the club consistently on the right "swing plane" on the down swing.
Here are a couple drills for transition and turn.
Important Tips From The Coach
Write out a detailed plan each practice session, prior going to the golf course. It sounds tedious and simple (which it is), but it makes a huge difference! Its as simple as pulling out your smart phone and writing it on the notepad!
Benefits of Practice Planning
1. Time management
2. Practice exactly what you need to work on
3. Gather feedback
4. Stay on track with your goals