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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 - - and be sure to follow Lucas on social media.



  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


  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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Gabe Hjertstedt teaches Doc Rivers how to hit the lofted chip shot



In the first episode of this instructional series with Short Game Guru Gabe Hjertstedt and NBA Coach for the Los Angeles Clippers Doc Rivers, Gabe teaches Doc how to hit the lofted chip shot to get the ball to stop quicker on the green.

Look out for more videos this week including more from Gabe and Doc’s short game session, their full lesson, and our interview with Doc.

Enjoy the first video below!

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WATCH: How to hit your driver more consistently



In this video, I share two great drills that will help you improve your driving today.

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3 keys for getting out of bunkers with soft sand



One of the most infuriating things in golf is to land in a bunker that has too much sand, or sand with the consistency of a truckload of talcum power. Now, I am not picking on the Superintendents; they do have to add new sand from time-to-time, so no hate mail please! It’s my fault for hitting it in the bunker in the first place, and bunkers are supposed to be hazards; I know that.

The one thing we will assume for this article is that even though we are in soft sand, we will have a good lie, not a plugged or semi-plugged one. We are in a bunker that just has a bunch of sand, or it’s soft and fluffy sand. Everyone asks me what the secret is to handling these types of conditions and I’m here to help you get better.

1) Get a wedge with the correct bounce

Let’s consider that you play the same golf course every weekend, or that you mostly play on courses that have the same type of playing conditions mostly. When you have this luxury, you should have wedges that fit the conditions you tend to play. So, if you have a low bounce wedge with a sharp flange and you’re playing from bunkers with lots of sand, then you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.

Why alter your swing if the wedge you have can help you? Use a high bounce wedge (9-12 degrees of bounce) for soft sand, and a low bounce wedge (6-8 degrees) for firm sand.

2) Control your Angle of Attack 

As with most things in golf, there are always things that you must pay attention to in order for you to have the odds in your favor. Simple things such as paying attention to the lie you have can help you save shots in the rough. In bunkers, you cannot test the surface, however, you can use your feet to feel the density of the sand. Pay attention to what you feel in the balls of your feet. If you feel a ton of sand below you, then you know you will have to alter your angle of attack if you want any chance to get out of the bunker successfully.

So what do I mean by this?

The setting of your wrists has a very dynamic effect on how much the wedge digs in or skids through the sand (assuming you have an open face). When there is a surplus of sand, you will find that a steeper attack caused by the maximum cocking of your wrists makes it much easier for the wedge to work too vertical and dig too deep. When you dig too deep, you will lose control of the ball as there is too much sand between the blade and the ball — it will not spin as much and won’t have the distance control you normally have.

The secret to playing from softer sand is a longer and wider bunker swing with much less wrist-set than you would use on your stock bunker shot. This action stops the club from digging too deep and makes it easier for you to keep moving through the ball and achieving the distance you need.

3) Keep your pivot moving

It’s nearly impossible to keep the rotation of your shoulders going when you take too much sand at impact, and the ball comes up short in that situation every time. When you take less sand, you will have a much easier time keeping your pivot moving. This is the final key to good soft-sand bunker play.

You have made your longer and more shallow backswing and are returning to the ball not quite as steeply as you normally do which is good… now the only thing left to do is keep your rear shoulder rotating through impact and beyond. This action helps you to make a fuller finish, and one that does not lose too much speed when the club impacts the sand. If you dig too deep, you cannot keep the rear shoulder moving and your shots will consistently come up short.

So if you are in a bunker with new sand, or an abundance of sand, remember to change your bounce, adjust your angle of attack, and keep your pivot moving to have a fighting chance.

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