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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 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. 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 the age of radar and 3-D measuring systems, video analysis has somewhat taken a backseat. I think that’s unfortunate for a few reasons. First of all, video is still a great assist to learning, and secondly, it is readily available and it can be accessed continually.

Of course, it has limitations, that is a given. It is ultimately a 2-D image of a three-dimensional motion. The camera cannot detect true path, see plane, and can be misleading if not positioned properly. That said, I still use it on every lesson, because, in my experience, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

Things like posture, ball position, and aim can all be seen clearly when the camera is positioned exactly as it should be. In swing observations such as maintenance of posture, club angles, arms in relation to body, over the top, under, early release can all be a great help to any student.

But the real value is in the “feel versus real” area! None of us, from professional to beginner, can know what we are actually doing. The very first reaction I get upon viewing, is “wow, I’m doing that?” Yes, you are. You did NOT pick up your head as you thought you were doing, you ARE lifting well out of your posture, you are NOT coming “over the top”, your aim is well left of where you think you’re aiming, your club is pointing well right of your aim point at the top of the swing, your transition is excessively steep, your lead arm is very bent at impact, the clubhead is past your hands, your wrists are cupped or bowed and on and on!

Some of these positions may be a problem; some may be irrelevant. It’s all about impact, and how you’re getting there that matters. The chicken wing that is causing you to top the ball may very well be the result of a very early release, or a steep transition, or too much waist bend etc. The weight hanging back on the rear leg may be the result of the club so far across the line at the top, and so on.

I never evaluate video without knowledge of ball flight or impact. If one were to observe a less-than-conventional swing, perhaps a Jim Furyk, with knowing how he put matching components together, it might seem like a problem area. Great players have matching components, lesser players do not! IMPACT is king!

I have a video analysis program, as I’m sure your instructor, or someone in your area, does as well. It can only help to take a good, close slow motion look at what is actually happening in your swing.  It takes very little time, and the results can be massively beneficial to your golf swing.

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