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Unfortunately, there are a number of persistent myths about the golf swing. This leads to a lot of golfers “fixing” parts of their swing that just don’t matter. Instead, golfers should focus on the engine of the swing that all great players share. Here are my top-10 golf swing myths.

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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. george

    Apr 23, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Lag is what all great golf swings have in common.
    Get this right. ie hands leading clubhead

    and these become meaningless: shallowing the club, forward lean, shaft plane, closed or open clubface, compression, release.

  2. Speedy

    Mar 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Find your tempo.

  3. joro

    Mar 16, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    He missed #11, which is ignore these so called “GURUS”, learn the basics and practice your swing,not something some clown tells you you should be doing. Most of these clowns are just there teaching the same thing and very few of them are really teaching you. Pay attention to Butch though, he doesn’t change a player, he enhances what they bring.

    And they are all posting, which is firming up on the Left Leg through impact. The result is a lot of back injuries.

  4. Kevin

    Mar 16, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I agree, that none of the problem listed are terrible in the golf swing, if you can successfully get the club to impact on a consistent basis then by all means don’t make a change. The problem with your argument is that a lot of the 10 myths make the swing more complex and thus harder to replicate for your average players who do not have the level of talent or time to refine their skills. Almost every golfer is going to relate to one or even a couple of these, but by simplifying the swing via eliminating some of your 10 golf myths a golfer who does not practice on a regular basis can play more consistent golf.

  5. Andrew Cooper

    Mar 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Good work Lucas, 10 out of 10.

  6. acew/7iron

    Mar 15, 2018 at 11:14 am

    I think your list just proves every golfer has a unique body to swing around so the trick is to find the swing that matches your DNA.
    That swing may include none,one,some or all of your top 10 list and is harder to find than a needle in a haystack as evidenced by the avg score of 95+ for amature players BUT its out there and for the fortunate few who find it…

    I salute you

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In this video, I offer my simple formula on ball position that has seen my students produce more consistency. Watch to see how you can adapt your ball position to hit more shots on target.

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How to fix the root cause of hitting your golf shots fat

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Of all the shots golfers fear, hitting the ball FAT has to be right up at the top of the list. At least it heads the list of commonly hit poor shots (let’s leave the shank and the whiff out for now). After fat, I’d list topping, followed by slicing and then hooking. They are all round-killers, although the order of the list is an individual thing based on ability. Professionals despise a hook, but club golfers by and large fear FAT. Why?

First of all, it’s embarrassing. Secondly, it goes nowhere — at least compared to thin — and it can be physically painful! So to avoid this dreaded miss, golfers do any number of things (consciously or subconsciously) to avoid it. The pattern develops very early in one’s golf life. It does not take very many fat shots for golfers to realize that they need to do something differently. But rather than correct the problem with the correct move(s), golfers often correct a fault with a fault.

Shortening the radius (chicken-winging), raising the swing center, early lower-body extension, holding on through impact (saving it), running the upper body ahead of the golf ball and even coming over the top are all ways of avoiding fat shots. No matter how many drills I may offer for correcting any of those mistakes, none will work if the root cause of fat is not addressed.

So what causes fat? We have to start with posture. Some players simply do not have enough room to deliver the golf club on a good plane from inside to inside. Next on the list of causes is a wide, early cast of the club head. This move is invariably followed by a break down in the lead arm, holding on for dear life into impact, or any of the others…

“Swaying” (getting the swing center too far off the golf ball) is another cause of fat, as well as falling to the rear foot or “reversing the weight.” Both of these moves can cause one to bottom out well behind the ball. Finally, an excessive inside-out swing path (usually the fault of those who hook the ball) also causes an early bottom or fat shot, particularly if the release is even remotely early. 

Here are 4 things to try if you’re hitting fat shots

  1. Better Posture: Bend forward from the hips so that arms hang from the shoulders and directly over the tips of the toes, knees slightly flexed over the shoelaces, seat out for balance and chin off the chest!
  2. Maintaining the Angles: Casting, the natural urge to throw the clubhead at the golf ball, is a very difficult habit to break if one is not trained from the start. The real correction is maintaining the angle of the trail wrist (lag) a little longer so that the downswing is considerably more narrow than the backswing. But as I said, if you have been playing for some time, this is risky business. Talk to your instructor before working on this!
  3. Maintaining the Swing Center Over the Golf Ball: In your backswing, focus on keeping your sternum more directly over the golf ball (turning in a barrel, as Ernest Jones recommended). For many, this may feel like a “reverse pivot,” but if you are actually swaying off the ball it’s not likely you will suddenly get stuck with too much weight on your lead foot.
  4. Setting Up a Little More Open: If your swing direction is too much in-to-out, you may need to align your body more open (or feel that way). You could also work with a teaching aid that helps you feel the golf club is being swung more out in front of you and more left (for right-handers) coming through — something as simple as a head cover inside the golf ball. You’ll hit the headcover if you are stuck too far inside coming down.

The point is that most players do what they have to do to avoid their disastrous result. Slicers swing way left, players who fight a hook swing inside out and anybody who has ever laid sod over the golf ball will find a way to avoid doing it again. This, in my opinion, is the evolution of most swing faults, and trying to correct a fault with a fault almost never ends up well.

Get with an instructor, get some good videos (and perhaps even some radar numbers) to see what you are actually doing. Then work on the real corrections, not ones that will cause more trouble.

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