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World Long Drive competitor Eddie Fernandes has made impressive changes to his golf swing. Check out what he and I have been working on with the backswing to give him more power and consistency. These are important moves that everyone should make!

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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. Branson James

    Aug 12, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    A lot of criticism directed toward the left knee and the club going past parallel but it worked well for Hogan, Sneed and Nicklaus. Today’s tour pros definitely don’t use this technique but I’m not so sure that they’re swings are better

  2. max

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    what shafts are those?

  3. Luke

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:34 am

    oh my, no wonder you are now a teacher and not a touring pro. 🙂

  4. Steve Wozeniak

    Jul 8, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Nope……nope…..NOPE……Dude, the longest hitters on tour have BOTH ELBOWS below the shoulders in the backswing, and yes the left knee MUST break towards the right to load….a given….
    High hands is one of the worst things you can say to a student, because they will DO IT and get way out of position….uh….just like this guy.

    Steve Wozeniak PGA

    • stan

      Jul 9, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      So… you subscribe to keeping the upper arms glued to the chest in the backswing … to keep the elbows below the shoulder girdle span?

  5. ogo

    Jul 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Most rec golfers have little X-factor differential between hips and shoulders… they rotate their hips and shoulders in unison because the core is compromised by belly bulk and inflexibility. But good advice for low handicap rec golfers who can twist.

    • geohogan

      Jul 9, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Rick McCord explains a full shoulder turn, as a result of using feet, knees and legs to make a turn of the torso.
      No coiling, because muscles dont coil or stretch. No need for extreme flexibility because of use of feet, knees and legs.
      The source of power is turning, as Lucas says. Transmission of that rotational power to the clubhead is through the kinematic chain.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhnSInYR1lc

      • ogo

        Jul 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        There is coiling in the spine at the thoracic but not lumbar vertebrae. In the backswing the shoulders coils further than the hips (X-factor) and in followthru the coiling is reversed (Z-factor?). Ergo there is coiling in the torso to transmit the kinetic energy from the legs and hips upwards in the kinetic chain. Most rec golfers can’t coil and their hips and shoulders rotate in unison… ergo no power transmission.

  6. Shaaaaannnk

    Jul 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Wow. This is idiotic. No way it will lead to consistency.

  7. SnT coach

    Jul 8, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I see the power component. But I do not see any correlation to how this could lead to more consistentcy. Consistency is derived from consistently being able to repeat a motion that has less moving parts. This has a lot of moving parts… built to tilt.

    • ogo

      Jul 8, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      So where is the “power component” in this stretched out backswing? Please don’t say it’s the club shaft past parallel… 😉

  8. 3puttPar

    Jul 8, 2018 at 10:03 am

    There’s a reason the long drive guys only hit a fairway once every 8 swings. That move is crazy for the average golfer.

    Not to mention, that diving left knee during the back swing, doesn’t exists on tour (for the most part)

    • ogo

      Jul 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      Correct… the tour pros restrain the left knee to reduce power generation and drop the swing speed to 80-90% of potential in favor of accuracy. Desperate and gifted pros will dive the left knee inwards for those 300+ yard drives in their quest for victory and $$$$.

  9. Bob

    Jul 8, 2018 at 1:55 am

    dude look like Gumby he is so flexible… impossible for average joe. I’d suggest the Jim Venetos swing for consistency…

  10. Bob

    Jul 8, 2018 at 1:52 am

    a microphone with a wind muff is a powerful tool…

    • ogo

      Jul 9, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      … and how did you get the word “muff” past the forum swearbot filter..???

  11. bob

    Jul 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Attempting that backswing will totally destabilize rec golfer attempts at golf swings.

    • ogo

      Jul 8, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      … and lose the consistency going into and during the downswing… believe it.

  12. Ccshop

    Jul 7, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    You would have to be extremely flexible for a swing like this. Exactly how I hurt my back. Long swing, not as flexible. Look at Finau and Rahm. Short swing big hitters. That who we should be studying and trying emulate.

    • ogo

      Jul 8, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      I bet you hurt your lower back in the rigid lumbar section which does not allow rotation between the vertebrae. Too much sitting does that to the spine. 😮

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