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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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Find him on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/adaviesgolf Advanced Fellow of the PGA Head Golf Professional The Marriott Forest of Arden The Golfing Machine Authorised Instructor TPI Certified Fitness Golf Instructor PGA Swing Lecturer PGA Swing Examiner PGA Qualified in 1999, Achieving 3rd position Trainee of the Year Roles Former Academy Coach Wales South West Squad Performance Director Midland Performance Golf Academy Coach to GB & I Squad Member Head Coach to Birmingham University Teams Coach to Solihull College AASE England programme Coached Numerous County Squads including Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Derby. Philosophy I am a highly self-motivated full time coach committed to improve players of all standards. Through continually developing my skills and knowledge I am considered one of the leading coaches and have been recently voted in Golf Worlds top 100 coaches. Having excellent communication skills enables me to be able to deliver first class tuition to all levels of golfers and this is reflected in my achievements from my players and personal accolades.

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  1. ButchT

    Sep 29, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Pretty funny “Highpro” discussing rational thought and in the same paragrap referring to a “god” having mercy on a soul! Talk about irrational thinking!

  2. joro

    Sep 5, 2017 at 9:51 am

    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.

    • Hogan Fan

      Sep 5, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      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.

      • joro

        Sep 6, 2017 at 11:54 am

        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.

  3. Andrew Cooper

    Sep 3, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    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.

  4. Nathan

    Sep 3, 2017 at 10:50 am

    http://www.stevewozeniak.com/2014/04/swinging-left-is-for-amateurs-2/

    Swinging left is an awful idea. Not sure what else to say…

    • Adam

      Sep 3, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      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.

      • Nathan

        Sep 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        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.

        • Adam

          Sep 3, 2017 at 6:10 pm

          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.

        • Hogan Fan

          Sep 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

          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.

          • golfreality

            Sep 5, 2017 at 9:21 am

            the fact you actually watch christo garcia says alot he is completely clueless

            • Hogan Fan

              Sep 5, 2017 at 11:07 pm

              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.

    • Andrew Cooper

      Sep 4, 2017 at 8:14 am

      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.

    • Highpro

      Sep 5, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      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.

  5. Adam

    Sep 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    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.

  6. Caroline

    Sep 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    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.

  7. Firsttimeposter

    Sep 2, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Alistair, cool video.. with the exit left, how would one work on hitting a draw..

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Trackman Tuesday. In this weekly series, I will be using Trackman data to help you understand the game of golf in a little more detail and help you hit better shots and play better golf.

In this week’s episode, I look at driver loft. What effect does driver loft have on your shots and how important is it, really?

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How far away from the ball should you be at address? This video is in response to a question from Tom McCord on Facebook.

In this video, I look at the setup position. I offer a simple way to check your distance from the ball at address with your driver, irons and wedges.

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You want to be better at golf, more consistent and longer off the tee. I am sure a lot of you would love to stop hurting. You would like these things with minimal work, if possible. You also want them yesterday. That about sum it up?

In the next 5 minutes, you’ll learn about the one thing that solves these problems for good. Before we dive in, though, I want to tee up three stats for you from my research.

  1. PGA Tour players can jump between 18-22 inches off the ground while LPGA Tour players can jump between 16-20 inches off the ground. Long drive competitors can often leap 30+ inches off the ground!
  2. Elite-level golfers who drive the ball 300+ yards can shot put a 6-pound ball more than 30 feet with less than a 5-percent difference in right-handed to left-handed throws.
  3. Elite golfers in the world can hurl a medicine ball with a seated chest pass just as far in feet as they can jump in inches (ie. a 20-inch vertical leap and a 20-foot seated chest pass).

What do these numbers have to do with you and your game? More importantly, what do these stats have to do with solving your problems? Let’s start by telling you what the solution is.   

Objective Assessment and Intelligent Exercise Prescription

Say that three times fast. It’s a mouth full… But seriously, read it two more times and think about what that means.

It means that before you act on anything to improve your health or your game, you need to objectively assess what the problem is and get to the root cause. You should use quality objective data to arrive at intelligent health and golf improvement decisions based on the long-term likelihood that they will be successful. We can’t just select exercises, swing changes or training aids based on what is hot in the market today or what the latest celebrity was paid big bucks to sell to us.

There is a reason why the infomercials you see today on Golf Channel will be different in 2 months. The same gimmicks run out of steam when enough people realize that is what they are… gimmicks. When looking to achieve your goals of playing better golf and/or having less pain, don’t just grab for the quick fix as so many golfers today do. 

We are in the information age. Information from quality data is power. Using this data intelligently, you can fix problems in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. Hopefully, I am giving you the power to make a meaningful and lasting change in your game. I’m sorry to say that most amateurs will not be hitting 300+ yard drives despite what the latest marketing ploy will have you believe. But, if you know what tests you can do to measure the areas that affect your distance off the tee, you can at least gain insight into where your biggest return on your time investment will be. 

This is where working with a golf fitness expert can be so valuable to you. Not only can they help you interpret your results from the tests, but they will also be able to prescribe you the most effective means to move closer to 300 yards from where you are right now.  

If you have a problem with your car not accelerating as fast as you would like or not being able to reach top end speed on the highway, I hope you take it to the mechanic and don’t just look up quick fixes on YouTube to see what you can do on your own. The reason you pay the mechanic to fix your car is because that is what they do all day. They will get it done as quickly as possible. More importantly, they’ll get correctly so that the problem doesn’t pop up again in 2 weeks.

A golf fitness expert is no different. Use them for their expertise and knowledge. Once you have a diagnosis of what is holding you back and a plan to correct it, you are on your way and won’t have to waste any more time or money trying silly quick fixes that never stick.

The three statistics mentioned earlier represent numbers measured across the globe by industry leaders and at our facility 3-4 times per year on hundreds of golfers each time. Our facility has thousands of data points. With this much data comes the ability to draw conclusions from objective assessments. These conclusions drive the intelligent implementation of successful solutions directed at the root causes of problems for thousands of golfers around the globe.

The first three statistics have an R-value of over 0.85 in correlation to clubhead speed. Translation: if you perform well in the first three tests with high numbers, you are very likely to have a high club speed. Further, if you improve in any of those three tests relative to where you started, you are almost assured to have a higher club speed than when you began (assuming swing technique and equipment is relatively unchanged).  

Keep in mind that in statistics, correlation is not the same as cause and effect. But when the R-value is that close to 1 and anecdotally you have seen the results and changes we have, you put some weight behind these three tests. So:

  • See how high you can jump
  • See how far you can shot put a 6-pound medicine ball
  • See how far you can chest pass a 6-pound medicine ball from a seated position

Doing so will give you an idea of how much power you have in your lower body, total rotary system and upper body respectively. Train whichever one is the worst, or train them all if you want. Rest assured that if you improve one of them, you will more than likely increase your swing speed.  

By doing these assessments and addressing the one or two weak areas, you will improve with the least work possible. Sounds about what you were looking for, right? If you are able to identify where you need to improve BEFORE you buy whatever is claiming to fix your problems, you will save lots of money and time. You will actually start to improve with the least amount of work possible and in the least amount of time possible.  

What’s next? After completing the assessment tests, start working to improve them.

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