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The second of these two moves gets a lot of golfers in trouble. The reason being it requires a high level of skill and rotation to be able to pull it off naturally. If it’s not done as a natural result of the rotation, it then becomes forced. Once you start to force this move… bad things usually follow.

Make sure you watch Part 1 of “Shallowing the Club: Two Moves to Avoid” if you haven’t already. 

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  1. STEVE

    Jun 18, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Further proof that golf professionals cannot agree on golf swing fundamentals — especially the transition from back to down swing. An aussie pro named Bradley Hughes (not well known, I realize) with his own video series is a strong proponent of moving the hands OUT and seemingly away from the body to start the downswing. It flattens the club, and while there is the illusion your hands are out away, as he puts it “out is down” vs. traditional teaching which is supposed to drop the club into the slot, actually creates a hitting zone where the golfer is trapped. It’s interesting stuff and when done correctly, has me hitting the ball more solidly than I did 20 years ago. Seemingly counter to what is featured in this video….no surprise.

  2. Scott Ivlow

    Jun 12, 2018 at 12:26 am

    There is nothing in these videos that explaines how to shallow the club the right way. I don’t need 2 over complicated computer graphic videos that tells me nothing on how to do it. Thank God for Clay Ballard. He can demonstrate perfectly on the correct method on how any amateur can shallow the club far better than this guy can with with his mumbo jumbo golf videos that only gives the viewer a headache before the completion of the second video. If anyone on here wants to learn how to shallow the club like a pro go to youtube and search Top Speed Golf. Shallowing the Club. See how it’s done with a human body.

  3. Geohogan

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    If golf instructors understood how the subconscious works, they would provide positive ‘to do’ instruction, not tell us what not to do..

    Our subconscious controls all motion and subconscious cannot do a negative. It cannot, not do something.
    if intention is ‘dont smoke’ our subconscious drops the ‘dont’ and intention becomes ‘smoke’
    Dont drink and drive, becomes drink and drive. Tell a two year old not to put his shoes on the couch and you know the ending.

    What ever you do, dont think about a pink elephant. you wont be able to get a pink elephant out of your mind. two moves to avoid … becomes the pink elephant.

  4. Ted

    Jun 11, 2018 at 9:11 am

    What is the name of your website

  5. ogo

    Jun 9, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Excellent scientifically-based video that virtually eliminates eyeballing by instructors. Force plates plus 3D video uncovers golf swing faults and fixes.
    Scientific data obsoletes every instructor dependent on subjective observations of the golfswing. Scientific instrumentation has revealed objective golfswing dynamics previously unknown to all the old teachers.

  6. Geohogan

    Jun 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    Intent to square the clubface with the hands, which freezes the hips and shoulders at impact.

    Correct pivot and intent to square clubface with torso rotation will result in shallowing of the golf club in DS, with open hips and shoulders at impact. Flexibility and fitness has nothing to do with open hips and shoulders at impact.

    • ogo

      Jun 9, 2018 at 2:48 am

      Flexiblity and fitness allows open hips and shoulders at impact because it’s the X-Factor that allows the Kinetic Chain to function properly. If hips and shoulders rotate in unison you are arming the DS rather than swinging freely.

  7. James

    Jun 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Pro number three looks a little like Louis Oosthuizen

    • James T

      Jun 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Amateur #1 looks a little like me but I usually wear more clothes.

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Stickney: Sit on it (for a better backswing)

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As we know golf, is a very tough sport and one that involves many moving pieces. Whenever something overreacts or moves too much on the way back, you end up playing catch-up on the way down. One of my favorite things to watch is how the head moves or doesn’t move on the backswing. Sure, you can have some movement, but you can’t have too much or you put yourself behind the eight ball.

I have charted the head position of a tour player at address and we can see that this is a very normal set up position. It is one that looks positioned to do great things.

However, en route to the top, you can see that this player has put himself into a position where his rear knee straightened too rapidly off the start of his backswing. When this occurs the pelvis “runs out from under” the upper body on the backswing the hips will react and begin to slant downward. (You can see a -10 degree tilt versus 3 degrees the opposite way at address for you number people.)

This causes the head to move out in front of where it was at address. This is not a bad position for the irons but for a driver we have a pending issue. If you don’t make a compensation from here then the player will have an angle of attack that is too much downward through impact with their driver.

As the player moves into his transition, the hips have leveled as the rear shoulder lowers the club into delivery but the head and pelvis are still too far out in front of the ball. The only thing you can do from here is fire the lead side upwards and hope that your head falls back into the correct position. If so, you will have the correct angle of attack, if not, you will chop down on the ball causing your launch conditions to be faulty.

And as we see here that this is precisely what this player did at the very last minute…not the easiest way to swing the club but it is functional IF you make the right correction. So, now that you understand how simple things like the action of the lower body can cause your head to move and your angle of attack to become faulty, what is the secret to controlling your lower body?


Just “sit” on the rear knee flex slightly longer during the backswing as you see here. This will slow down the tilting of the pelvis on backswing and thus your head will stay more in position en route to the top.

Personally, I teach both flexion and extension of the rear knee to the top, depending on what the player is wanting to do, so it really does not matter. However, what does matter is the rate at which it begins to straighten for those of you who do allow it to lengthen. I try to make most of my students hold the most of their address flex until the club moves between belt and chest high, any sooner and you risk the faulty pivot we saw above.

Therefore, take it from me and “sit on it” slightly longer for more quiet head motions as well as a more balanced backswing—your angle of attack will thank you!

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Davies: Training the trail elbow in the golf swing

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Alistair Davies shares with you how to get the correct trail arm and elbow action in the downswing. He shares some great drills that can be done at the range or at home to help lower your scores.Get the correct training for the trail arm here today!

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The important lessons you can learn from Peter Senior’s golf swing

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He may not be a household name in the United States, but Australia’s Peter Senior has a swing for the ages. At 60 years old, Senior has 34 worldwide professional wins including the 2015 Australian Masters beating a competitive field with several top-ranked players in the world. Turning professional in 1978, his career has spanned over 40 years.

Senior’s game and swing have stood the test of time, and the longevity of his career should be recognized. Senior formerly worked with Australian instructor Gary Edwin, and the structure to this swing taught to Senior paved the way for a future of consistent, high-quality professional golf.

Having a great golf swing isn’t the only key to becoming a great golfer, one must learn to play the game. However, you can learn a lot from Senior’s swing.

The origin to Senior’s swing lies in his set-up. Senior sets up in what I call his “hitting angles” or a position that mirrors impact.

From this position, Senior is able to simply keep these angles he established at address throughout the swing. This is why the set-up is so critical. The further he deviates from these “hitting angles”, the more he will have to find that impact position with his body in the backswing and downswing. In other words, more movement. The goal of his backswing will be to maintain these original starting angles.

From the picture, Senior has maintained his original body shape that he established at address. From this position, it will be much easier and repeatable to return the club to impact.

Note how his impact position now mirrors his original address position. All his original angles were maintained with a slight bump of the body towards the target. From impact, he can simply fold up his arms as his right side of his body rotates around his left side, keeping the clubface square to the body.

This standing tall finish position with the head following the torso is much easier on the back. His body has come forward and around beautifully, covering the ball for a proper strike.

The beauty of Senior’s swing lies in its simplicity. The changes Senior made to his swing can apply to anyone. Let’s look at two simple drills to make your swing more efficient and powerful.

“To a large extent, my backswing is a product of my set-up position” – Tiger Woods, Golf Digest 2020

To get into these impact angles simply practice pushing into an impact bag with the head and shaft of the club. Make sure your trail arm is tucked, lowering the trail shoulder as you pressure the bag.

To get the feeling of the proper coil from this set-up position, grab an impact bag and hold the bag in front of you.

From here, swing the bag around you with your arms keeping the top of the bag level. You will feel the trail side of your body move back and the lead side move out, coiling around your spine angle.

The trail glute will also move back and around with this drill, a key move the great Ben Hogan used to pivot his body. To develop an efficient swing and a long, injury-free career, take note of Peter Senior’s key moves.

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