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Want to understand how the legends move their core and their spine in the golf swing? There are some subtle (but very important) core movements that are often misunderstood.

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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 Brad Faxon, Brandel Chamblee, Jeff Flagg (2014 World Long Drive Champion), 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. Terry

    Mar 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Love the trend lately of golf instructors becoming experts in everything from physics to human anatomy. If you want advice on how to move your spine without injury, ask those who actually have had extensive formal education in that area(ie orthopedics) instead of a golf guy throwing out some big words he learned third hand from some other golf dude.

  2. OB

    Mar 6, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Most recreational golfers lead a sedentary life… at the office.. at home.. in the car.. in bed….. and their bodies adapt to this sedentary existence. When they try to swing a golf club in a rotary motion their bodies cannot adapt for consistency and power. It’s just not there and the sedentary lifestyle will overwhelm any golf swing and override and cancel out any attempted changes.
    Not only are their legs weak, their core is very inadequate. They attempt to swing from the clubhead inwards into the hands arms and shoulders… rather than from the feet, legs, hips, torso and shoulder. They want to learn the golfswing bass ackward.

  3. Ray Bennett

    Mar 5, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Those tips should wreck quite a few spines. Another reason not to watch you-tube golf instruction. Golf advice needs to be extremely precise not hazy given the complexity of the disipline. Every movement leads to another movement, get one wrong, miss one or exaggerate one and we are in repair mode (all in under half a second

  4. Joro

    Mar 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I had the occasion to play with Arnold Palmer a couple of times and we talked about the hlt. He said he liked the way I did it cause I just swung at the Ball and hit the Hell out of it with my left hand, I am a Left Handed player. He said that was his theory also and that it make the swing natural and not contrived. He also said the way it is “taught” today, using the word Taught loosely causes way too many problems. This was about 40 years ago.

    Too many “GURUS” out there ruining Golfers.

  5. ogo

    Mar 5, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Didn’t Tiger have lower back problems requiring spinal fusion? Maybe that happened cause his daddy forced him to improperly swing a golf club from the age of 2 and it all showed up 40 years later.

    • The Truth

      Mar 5, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Id take a little fusion after 40 years of GOD like golf that the world will never see again…Just sayin

  6. ogo

    Mar 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    “hollow body” and “tightening of the core”?
    That means if you got a pot belly you have a “full body”!
    Good luck tightening that… even your belt doesn’t help. Suspenders for you!

  7. Steve Wozeniak

    Mar 4, 2018 at 11:02 am

    WOW!!!!!! Feel sorry for this guys “students” they are going from bad to worse…..
    Need to bone up on physics and how the body works bud……

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

    • ted

      Mar 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      … and the different body shape physics too. His spine mechanics only applies to athletic golfsrs who can practice endlessly… not recreational golfers who are out of shape. A stout man’s spine functions very differently from a slim man’s spine.

    • Jalan

      Mar 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Curious as to why you say this. Can you give us some insight to support your opposition. I’d be interested in what you have to say.

    • Lucas WALD

      Mar 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      Steve, Thanks for viewing the video. We have documented case studies and consult with physicians before publishing anything on anatomy…I can gladly put you in touch with a doctor if you’d like to further discuss what was said in this video…as to physics, I’d recommend Dave Tutelman, my views align with his papers as well…he will gladly answer your questions involving math/physics… Our numerous case studies are available as well and you will find many happy customers that have gone through the training process….at the end of the day we teach the common elements of the greatest swings of all time….If you’d like to share some information or document some case studies that differ from those elements–please post somewhere as I’m always looking to learn more. cheers, Lucas

      • Steve Wozeniak

        Mar 12, 2018 at 12:41 pm

        uh….Tutelman along with THOUSANDS of so called physics and math majors have NO CLUE how to align with what they know to the golf swing, you simply prove it yourself in the video, I have dealt with a hundred of these guys in my 30 years of teaching and prove them wrong every time…..I have met a handful that know what happens, sadly you have not…..yet….but hey cheers…..double cheers to you.

        • Jalan

          Apr 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm

          I’m curious, you have bashed the author of this column as well as the references he provides. Yet, not one word on how people should use their body. You just cite your “30 years of teaching” as all the references you need to be critical of others.

          Perhaps you could upload a video you’ve produced showing us the ‘correct” way to rotate, and provide some detailed knowledge and data on why your way (whatever it is — you don’t elaborate) is superior. I’ll wait.

  8. John

    Mar 3, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    #Tathatagolf!

  9. Sir Charles

    Mar 3, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I heard Tiger could move his middle like no one else. Especially on those trips to work on his “game” in Vegas.

  10. steve

    Mar 3, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    Very insightful video on spinal dynamic positioning throughout the golf swing.
    Now, on your “hollow body” or tightening of the core. I assume you are referring to the tightening of the stomach abdominals into the downswing and through impact. This works well in the athletic golf swing but not for most recreational players.
    Here’s the problem for obese men, they let their bellies hang out because their abs are stretched out. Because of this added belly momentum they are forced to block their core rotation and straightened up as a normal reaction. Have you encountered this situation in your teaching and what did you recommend? Thanks.

  11. George

    Mar 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    This teaching is right on the money. If everyone would learn to move like this it would put the rest of instruction of business.

  12. steve

    Mar 3, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Very insightful video on spinal positioning throughout the golf swing. Obviously the spinal column flexes and unflexes as you swing and your explanations clarify what actually should happen.
    Now, your “hollow body” or tightening of the core. I assume you are referring to the tightening of the stomach abdominals into the downswing and through impact. I do this but I have also kept my belly loose to experiment particularly on wedge and chip shots. It works for slow speed swings.
    Here’s the problem for obese men, they let their bellies hang out because their abs are blown. Because of this added belly momentum they are forced to block their core rotation as a normal reaction to protect the spine. Have you encountered this situation in your teaching? Thanks.

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now that a good grip is one of the cornerstones of a good swing. Clichés become clichés because they’re true, and putting your hands on the club is extremely important… for reasons you know, and for some reasons you probably haven’t heard before.

Let’s start with the big, obvious one you already know. Your grip establishes the default relationship between the clubface and the golf ball. If you set your grip in a way that promotes bringing the club back to impact open or closed, you’re going to have to do something else in your swing to compensate for that. In other words, a sound grip makes the job of squaring the club easier.

The less obvious reason that a good grip is important is speed. If you set the club in your hands correctly—so that the handle runs across the base of the fingers in your left hand and not across the palm—you’re giving your wrists much more freedom to move. This wrist “mobility” is what allows the final transfer of energy from the body to the club. A great swing thought is to envision that your wrist joints were just greased up. They should feel like they are unrestricted and “oily.”

Another less obvious problem caused by a bad grip is that it tends to perpetuate itself. If you have a bad grip and repeatedly make off-center contact on the clubface, the off-center hits will actually jar the face of the club more off-line, and you’ll hit it even more crooked. And the bad feeling those shots produce in your hands will cause you to continually adjust it. There’s no consistency or feel there. It’s like hitting a whole bunch of baseballs off the end of an aluminum bat on a 39-degree day. A recipe for pain.

To fix your grip, start with your left (top) hand. Set the handle along the first joints of your fingers, and hold it like you would carry a suitcase or briefcase by its handle.

When you get the grip in this position, you’re creating an angle (and a lever) between the club and your left arm, and you’re giving the wrist freedom to move. If you turned the handle so that it crossed your palm diagonally—like a putting grip—you’d immediately feel how your wrist would be much more restricted in how it could bend or turn. That’s why it’s great for putting—because it restricts how the face turns. But on a full swing, you want to take full advantage of the range of motion that comes from rotating from open to square. (this is what the club is designed to do!)

Get a firm grip on the handle with all of the fingers of your left hand and get as much of the thumbprint pushed onto the grip as you can. Now, place your right hand on the handle so that the underside of your right thumb covers the left thumb as much as possible, and get as much of the thumbprint on your right hand onto the top of the grip as possible.

Where you place your hand on the grip is more important than if you decide to interlock, overlap or play with all 10 fingers on the handle. I prefer the overlapping grip because it keeps the index finger of your left hand on the handle, and that extra finger can make a difference for many players.

If your grip isn’t great and you make these changes, it’ll definitely feel strange at first. But I’m betting that straighter and longer shots will make up for it.

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