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It’s important not to overdo the “Sam Snead squat.” Understanding the subtle leg movements of the game’s greats is key to making your practice purposeful and making real improvement.

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Lucas Wald is a former touring professional turned instructor. Lucas has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Young Teachers in America (2016-2017) and the Best Teacher in Arkansas (2017). His notable students include Harris English, Brad Faxon, Brandel Chamblee, Jeff Flagg (2014 World Long Drive Champion), Eddie Fernandes (2018 World Long Drive Champion, Master Division), and Victoria Lovelady (Ladies European Tour). Lucas has been sought out by some of the biggest names in the game for his groundbreaking research on the golf swing, and he’s known for his student case studies – with juniors, adult amateurs, and tour pros – that show that significant improvement in power and ball striking is possible in golfers of all levels. Check out his website - lucaswaldgolf.com - and be sure to follow Lucas on social media.

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  1. tom

    Dec 16, 2017 at 11:06 am

    you may or may not agree with his articulation. but the topic itself is huge in order to swing the club correctly. actually it’s got nothing to do with swinging itself, the left knee just sets the correct sequence up .

    upper body and lower body separation . with lower body needing to move first. with the left knee needing to get out of the way first. a total cascade effect.

    this is the bull whip effect imo.

    george gankas has a cult following with many of his students thinking he invented the topic. but whatever works.

    stack and tilt addresses the need to move left knee first and feet first. again to clear the lower body out to make room for the upper body to swing.

    lean, tilt, and rotation of course all need to be there as well.

    • tom

      Dec 16, 2017 at 11:09 am

      you may or may not agree with his articulation. but the topic itself is huge in order to swing the club correctly. actually it’s got nothing to do with swinging itself, the left knee just sets the correct sequence up .

      upper body and lower body separation . with lower body needing to move first. with the left knee needing to get out of the way first. a total cascade effect.

      this is the bull whip effect imo.

      george gankas has a cult following with many of his students thinking he invented the topic. but whatever works.

      stack and tilt addresses the need to move left knee first and feet first. again to clear the lower body out to make room for the upper body to swing.

      lean, tilt, and rotation of course all need to be there as well.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQNjDOVSmRM&index=6&list=PLoiojOHre1oM1zXVoUgMdTYp7OPllRTQ2

      steve elkington’s temp coach. secret dirt etc.

  2. CB

    Dec 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I’m flabbergasted at how wrong this analysis is. Blows my mind how some people just have it so totally wrong.

    • FG

      Dec 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Who knows, you may be totally wrong as well! You can’t just disregard everything and say you are right and everyone is wrong when it comes to golf instruction, it’s too subjective, everyone has their own opinion

  3. mM

    Dec 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    You completely misunderstand Snead’s move, which is so completely not the same as the other players mentioned in the list. Facepalm this one, this is precisely why there is misinformation out there and it’s why people are confused. Pigeon toed??? Snead was 45 degrees flared out with BOTH feet! Man, you cannot be farther from the truth. Try making your feet flared 45 degrees out. You will realize why the squat works and why that load happens, unlike the McIlroy move, where Rory does not lift his heel. You can’t even see that.
    You should not be teaching.

  4. stevek

    Dec 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Sit… at address
    Squat… in the backswing
    Slide… at top of the swing
    Swing… in the downswing
    Simple… and so obvious!

  5. The dude

    Dec 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Ya…let’s teach this…..wow.

  6. Brett Weir

    Dec 14, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I’ll listen to Lucas Wald teachings over Shawn Clement 11 times out of 10.

    • Someone

      Dec 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

      i will have to agree with you here for the simple fact that he’s direct and to the point. keeps the videos short. but as for the validity of the advice, i think it needed a bit better explanation of why. he only discussed what the pros do, not what we need to do as amateurs to apply this. He also doesn’t mention who this applies to. All instructional videos require 4 parts. identification/application : who does this apply to. diagnosis : what the swing fault is. remedy : how to fix the swing fault. drill : what to practice to ingrain the swing correction. those four parts, and all instructional video can be spot on. everything else is just spouting random knowledge without proper application.

  7. tom

    Dec 14, 2017 at 8:38 am

    this one is a keeper !

  8. The great suarini

    Dec 14, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Poor video didn’t explain why Snead’s squats
    It’s simple he didn’t slide much at all and had a lot flare in his right foot. So as he compressed a little he got the squat look

    • RBImGuy

      Dec 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      without sneed to show, one have to ask what happen?

  9. fred

    Dec 14, 2017 at 12:15 am

    The legs move laterally to permit the hips to rotate.
    Lateral motion is not natural to the human body. Add to that that most golfers lead a sedentary life and only move forward to get around, it’s not surprising that most golfers cannot effectively move their legs laterally and hips rotating around.
    And that’s why most golfers suck at swinging.

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