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Simple Cane Drills That Really Get You Moving

swing technique Jan 24, 2022
 

I love this drill for freeing up a golfer's movement. There is a lot of technique involved but I rarely need to give much prompting as it is all highly intuitive.

Everybody moves from the ground up and gets their lower half rotating much better than in the actual swing. The need to get the club behind the head and across the eyeballs means that the ribcage has to rotate past the point of...

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When do we Actually HIT the Ball?

swing technique Jan 22, 2022
 

The video above was a coaching scenario that occurred at the Monte Rei Coaching Trip 2020 but I am probably faced with this motion at least 4-5 times every week. It is too intuative to move this way but it's a real strike wrecker. The golfer is too keen to hit the golf ball and in doing so ruins their dynamics and thus, robs themself of speed and hits the ground early.

 

There is a...

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Ball First Then Divot

swing technique Jan 05, 2022
 

 As you might expect, having absolute clarity as to how the club meets the ball has huge knock-on effects throughout your golf game. Any misunderstanding around this area can come back and bite you way beyond your formative golf years.

Early Days

From a learning perspective, if a golfer believes, which is quite intuitive, that the club needs to get under the ball in order to lift it into...

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My All Time Favourite Drill

swing Jun 04, 2021
 

Working on any drill that can bring this game back to a feeling of 'bat and ball' is generally a good use of your time.

'If you only do a few drills from this website, please make sure that this is one of them. It has to be experienced to feel how easy the game can be'.

This is a drill that can be used as an immediate intervention for directional issues but used at its best it is practised on a...

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How to Rotate Your Upper Body in the Backswing

swing Mar 27, 2021
 

This is a really important topic for the reasons highlighted in the video: An 'adapted' rotation of the ribcage makes moving well in the downswing very difficult and often leads to injury.

Excessive spine extension

This is where the spine lengthens and starts to arch back towards the target (4:26). Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) cite this move as the #1 contributor to back pain in the...

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Over the Top 101

swing Jan 27, 2021
 

Swinging Over the Top is a pattern that most golfers find themselves doing at some point in their golf career. Helping golfers work around the issue certainly makes up a large portion of my working week in the coaching studio.

The 'over the top' pattern can be extremely difficult to change because there are often some fundamental golf swing concepts that are making the pattern too 'stable'.

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The Simplicity of Hand Path

biomechanics swing Dec 12, 2020
 

If you can get this concept down then a lot of other good things will happen as a result. It is mechanically very simple and can be a powerful swing thought.

It is my experience that golfers don't get the hands following this path because they are too eager to get the clubhead square at the ball. It is only at the bottom of the swing when the clubhead flings out and squares up so we need to...

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Golf Swing Separation Explained

 

When we talk about 'separation' in the golf swing we are referring to the pelvis rotating significantly faster than the ribcage in the early part of the downswing. This will lead to huge clubhead speed as the chest turns through the ball later in the downswing.

If you fail to create this separation and are too eager to turn the chest from the top of the downswing then it can be a real...

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Shallowing the Shaft with Hand Path

swing Feb 11, 2019
 

Getting the club shaft to shallow 'onto plane' in transition is a huge topic in modern coaching.

A high percentage of golfers will suffer with an 'over the top' top move that swings the club down and across the ball. This isn't fixed by dragging the hands down but by understanding how to 'shallow the shaft' in transition. 

This video comes from my 'Modern Golf Swing' course, 'Side-on...

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What is a Flat Left Wrist? Wrist Flexion/Extension explained.

swing Aug 28, 2018
 

One of the key topics on my Learning Platform, GOLF COACH ACCESS, is that your clever coordination system always will prioritise getting the clubface back square when you hit the golf ball. If the face is way out in the downswing though, this means making some pretty funky 'last-minute adjustments to deliver the face. Understanding how the flat left wrist (lead wrist flexion) works can make the...

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