Why You Should Exit Left In Your Golf Swing (Like Hogan And The Pros)

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In this video, I share why I believe golfers should exit left in their swings to create the correct body and club release.

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  1. Theories are marvelous but that is what they are. Everyone is different yet most teachers teach what they do and not what the player needs. The first thing they need is skill and ability, something most Golfers don’t have. Then they need to see what works for them, not Hogan or anyone else. We all have a skill level and that is it, a level whether it be great or ok, it is our level.

    As an old guy that taught Golf for over 40 yrs. and a really good player in my day I have seen it all and it ain’t pretty. Some have the ability and some have no chance and they are the vast majority who pour money into teachers pockets. The First and most important thing is the game should be played naturally by letting your body control the swing. Start off with swinging the arms and the body will react. Hit the ball with your strong hand, the hips will go along and make a good finish. For a right hander it is a right hand hit, or you can even call it a swat.

    Just let the club do its thing and make a good finish, that controls the direction. Finish with the hitting had next to your ear and the club over your shoulder. I you are right handed it is the left shoulder of course. The single most important thing to me in the swing is TEMPO. I always tell players to swing at 60% and go from there up and down until you find your best tempo, it is way too simple yet we do nothing to keep it that way. We attack it with vengeance to hit the little White Ball out of the Park, losing our balance and hitting it who knows where and nowhere. Today there is way too much garbage about what the swing should be and how it should be done and totally confusing so a few Gurus can spread their BS and make a lot of money.

    Back in the day we did not have Gurus, or 300 yd Drives, or hot Balls. We were self taught and just picked up a club and went at it and the gifted became good while like today the rest just kept on trying. Guys I played with like Tommy Bolt who in my opinion was the best ball striker I ever saw, and guys of that era were all like me, self taught. Even a guy like Sam Snead taught himself, but we all had the skills to be good. Take it for what it is worth and rather than follow all these quacks, try figuring it out for yourself what works for you. And remember TEMPO and Balance is the key.

    • While there is a great benefit to digging your own personal technique out of practice sessions of trial and error, even Ben Hogan wrote 2 books on swing instruction and specifically mentioned his reason for writing them were so others could capitalize and build on his knowledge without having to start from scratch. Hogan basically said that by the time he figured out the swing, he was physically incapable of adequately performing the motion. Instruction books and videos just speed the process but it certainly helps to have talent, desire and an ability to sort through some of the BS and experimental thought that is in todays golf instruction. I don’t agree with some of your thoughts but I will agree that balance and tempo are key factors to keeping things under control and on a decent track. Best wishes.

      • True, but in films it showed even Hogan did not do what he perceived he did. He was a great tinkerer and player no doubt, but what he enjoyed was the search for the perfect swing, but what is perfect? I think it is what works for you.

        But, as we get older it goes on and on. Thanks for the opinion, we all have one. Mine is based on years and years as a player and a teacher and what I saw.

        Take care and enjoy the game.

  2. Hogan’s swing, or any other great player you want to pick-was unique; built around his physique, the equipment of his era, his feels, influences, environment etc. Also it evolved over time. Hogan was a notorious tinkerer and practiced probably more than anyone. He also detested hitting hooks, and much of his technique was designed to guard against it. Trying to emulate/copy what he did (or somebody’s idea of what he did) is probably a bad idea for the vast majority of golfers.

    • Great find, Nathan, but what this reveals is that the followthru is different for different body shapes and sizes.
      A short stubby guy like Alistair abbreviates his followthru and carries the club around his body.
      The golfers in all the pictures in your linked article are taller and more slender and the momentum of the followthru pulls their arms and club outwards and not around.
      So it all depends on your body type.
      Both followthru styles are natural, however I’ll stick with Alistair because most amateurs and novice golfers tend to block their hips at impact and then come out of the shot. Alistair’s advice encourages the golfer to clear his hips and stay down resulting in the club coming around in the followthru.

      • I don’t agree.

        Going left is just incorrect. Plain and simple.

        Golfers are not blocking their hips for the reasons you’ve mentioned before.

        Going left is just a ‘trick’ (a bad one) to get the hips around a touch more.

        It’s sad that golfing instructors are still pushing this BS.

        • Your comments are just personal assertions with no explanations. I have explained why golfers block their hips and cause different followthru’s.
          Perhaps you can offer us a bit more detail for your reasons why golfers tend to block their hips, otherwise your views are unsubstantiated.
          I’ve told you the examples shown by Wozeniak are slim golfers who can fully rotate without body mass interference. Alistair shows us the only feasible followthru for his stout body type, and then he prescribes it for most golfers.
          And yes, I’ve seen golfers fling their arms and club into the followthru and then follow up with hip rotation, but that’s because they stall their hips going into impact and then restart the rotation after impact. Swinging around to the ‘left’ may unlock their hips from blocking, as Alistair demonstrates.

        • He mentioned he was actually looking for a fairly neutral path. I’m not sure you are understanding what he is saying. I used to agree with you but in this case, I’m totally in agreement with the video. I watch a lot of Christo Garcia on YouTube and his MySwingEvolution. He has some great videos on this and I have found it to work like a dream. In addition, this would parallel what Jim Hardy teaches as an RIT (Right Arm Inward Throw) release. The wording sounds terrible but it is 100% correct. A large number of the best ball strikers in the world are One Plane swingers and RIT releasers. Buy Jim Hardy’s book “The Release”. You’ll probably love the other release he speaks of (LOP-Left Arm Outward Pull) but both are valid. I love this one for certain.

            • Have you watched Christo Garcia? What do you not like? Please be specific. I have studied the golf swing for about 35 years and taught for 25. I have learned a lot from many different people and Christo Garcia has many thoughtful insights into the golf swing. Much of what he says is dead on and although he is specifically pursing a “Hogan swing”, it is a highly efficient way to swing the club for those who are physically capable. Its easy to say someone is clueless without giving specifics. Please expound on your vast knowledge. In all seriousness, I am interested in why you believe what you believe.

        • As a low single digit I’m hitting my best shots when I feel this left move. It works for me and really echoes thru down to my wedges. It doesn’t matter what Steve Wozniak Golf says – he’s just another instructor of which there are tens of thousands. Any time you see blanket statements you should stop reading. Do what works for you – and I happen to be 190lbs, 6-3″. Has always worked for my body type.

    • Agreed. There isn’t a good player in the world who’d get anywhere near hitting that inside stick. Even the pros on the video aren’t really doing anything more than letting the club take its naturally arc back to the inside after impact-they’re certainly not artificially pulling the club across themselves.

    • At no point in this rambling incoherent blog post does the author come anywhere close to a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having clicked this link. I award you no points, you know nothing of the golf swing, and may god have mercy on your soul.

  3. What Alistair failed to say was that your arms and club will fling outwards if the body rotation stops and the hips block. The arms and club have no other path than down the line.
    Completing the hip rotation will carry the shoulders around together with the arms and club.
    Why do golfers block their hip rotation? It’s because they go erect into impact and their body stiffens up with hips extended open and no lateral torso tilt. This is the natural instinct but it is anti-golfswing.

  4. You will know you did this wrong when you hear the plate Glass patio window to the left (right Hand golfer) of the fairway shatter…be careful this idea is NOT fantastic for the weekend warrior…it is more for the real single digit player and the ones you see each week on TV.

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