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There’s a lot in the golf media about “ground forces.” In this video, I help you sort through the issue and help you learn what you need to know!

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Shawn Clement is the new Director of Development at the Royal Quebec Golf Academy in Quebec City, Canada and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee while Directing at the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre. He was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet in 2016 with 83 000 subscribers on YouTube and 36 millions natural views. Shawn has been writing for numerous publications since 2001 including Golf Tips Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. He also appeared of the Golf Channel’s Academy Live in July 2001 with Jerry Foltz and Mike Ritz. Shawn Clement has the distinction of being one of the only professionals fit by Ping’s Tour fitting centre where he was fitted with left and right handed clubs including 2 drivers with 115 plus miles per hour and 300 plus yard drives from both sides.

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  1. Brett Weir

    Nov 4, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    • SK

      Nov 5, 2017 at 12:42 am

      Kelvin Miyahira is a moron who knows squat about free body force system as an engineer would know. He is asking us to “look at” and “see” something that is not being quantified by anything other than arbitrary observation.
      The question is not “does the swing start from the ground up”, it is “what is happening between the ground and the soles of the shoes as the golfer starts his swing sequence”?
      This question is answered by force plate measurements under the shoes and it confirms that whatever motions are initiated by the golfer the resulting forces and torques are resolved between the ground and shoes. Then those patterns are related to determine what is actually happening.
      Kelvin is not a graduate engineer so he depends on his personal visual observations and applying intuitive physics to the golf swing. He is a shyster, plain and simple, but gullible golfers want to believe him just as they want to believe Homer Kelley’s TGM. It’s so pathetic.

      • geohogan

        Feb 6, 2019 at 7:48 pm

        @sk, I too have disagreed with Kelvin M, but go easy on the guy
        About year ago he suffered a massive stroke at a very young age.

        Save your “moron, shyster” comments for Potus.
        Kelvin unlike Potus hasnt had malice in his motivation.

  2. Sareheid

    Nov 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Been trying SC methods for a couple of months and today shot my best score for 10 years.
    Thank you Shawn, brilliant!
    I will be 60 on Monday

  3. SK

    Nov 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Sorry, Shawn, but you don’t use ‘forces’ and ‘energy’ coming up from the ground because the ground is just the foundation that supports and reacts to the forces and torques you generate from your body.
    The correct engineering terminology is “Ground Reaction Forces” (GRFs) that react to the forces from your body. The ground simply resists your body generated forces. Understand?
    What you are advocating for the golf swing is good, but your interpretation of Newton’s Laws of Motion is somewhat off.
    As an engineer I shudder how so-called ‘top’ golf instructors use Newtonian Physics terminology because they get it mostly wrong, but it doesn’t matter because the average golfer is ignorant and the scientific errors are irrelevant to the task at hand.

    • SK

      Nov 3, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      This is my ‘engineering’ explanation of GRFs. IOW the ground is dead and only reacts to the forces coming from the golfers shoes.
      Most golfers and teachers think of the swing as starting from the club head and back up into the arms and core and stops there. The hips, legs and feet are just there to hold up things and should be kept ‘quiet’.
      Others believe the swing starts from the ground up but that’s too far away from the club head and ball to understand.
      The reality is the kinetic sequence chain utilizes the ground up and not from the club head.
      For simplistic golfers club hits ball, ball goes far, ball goes far, best club hits best ball. I want them.

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