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Many of you don’t know that a large percentage of tour players are playing with their back hand, or their dominant hand leading the swing and this series will help you understand what feel they are looking for to deliver their shots and what you can learn from them to help you feel what your lead arm should be feeling so that it does not interfere with what your trail hand is doing. Very important series for many of you!

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Shawn Clement is the new Director of Development at the Royal Quebec Golf Academy in Quebec City, Canada and a class A PGA teaching professional. Shawn was a 2011 and 2015 Ontario PGA Teacher of the Year nominee while Directing at the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre. He was also voted in the top 10 (tied with Martin Hall at No. 9) as most sought after teacher on the internet in 2016 with 83 000 subscribers on YouTube and 36 millions natural views. Shawn has been writing for numerous publications since 2001 including Golf Tips Magazine and Score Golf Magazine. He also appeared of the Golf Channel’s Academy Live in July 2001 with Jerry Foltz and Mike Ritz. Shawn Clement has the distinction of being one of the only professionals fit by Ping’s Tour fitting centre where he was fitted with left and right handed clubs including 2 drivers with 115 plus miles per hour and 300 plus yard drives from both sides.

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  1. ogo

    Jun 7, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Shawn…. luv yer analogies/imagery/metaphors/tropes… word painting …. for those who only mimic from memory ….LOLOL

  2. Geohogan

    Jun 7, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Seems to me, if we are to compare hammering with golf swing, the head of the hammer will be facing the target just as the back of the hand faces the target at impact in golf swing.

    If one were to draw a vertical line at the back of the ball, most of Shawns torso will be ahead of that line, not behind it. ie we dont stay behind the ball, our torso gets ahead of the point of impact, except for our head.

    • bruce

      Jun 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      I think he means the hammering starts with the torso turned away from the ball and at impact the shoulders line up with the ball.

      • Man

        Jun 8, 2018 at 1:59 am

        Then he should have said so, but he didn’t, so he is wrong again, and cannot explain any of this stuff properly because he doesn’t understand anything at all. Why did he pick Garcia? What was wrong with Phil Mickelson? Oh, that’s right, it’s because Phil drops his torso back and out of the way first before he goes and strikes the ball as his back is rolled back and bowed, something he can’t explain in this theory above.

        • RBImGuy

          Jun 13, 2018 at 11:55 am

          Proved him wrong recently, offered him evidence, he refused to understand reality and kept on teaching wrong.

        • LeftyNutsMcGhee

          Feb 15, 2019 at 12:16 am

          You’re a clown if you think Mickelson doesn’t load up behind the ball in the exact same manner. You should look up his video on why Spieth missed the cut at Sony for further enlightenment of what happens to a backhander when they aren’t loading up behind the target. Do you even backhand bro? Shawn Clements definitely has a distinctive style of delivering information and if you actually listen to his explanation of shoulder line and takeaway position it makes sense how your shoulders can appear closed to the target but that won’t impact your takeaway. I’m pretty sure this guy’s statistics regarding his ability to most likely play scratch or better golf from both sides of the ball speaks more volumes than you thinking he’s wrong. Furthermore, he can paste it 300 yards down the center from either side. I just think you don’t understand.

      • Geohogan

        Jun 8, 2018 at 8:48 am

        At Impact, ONLY the clubface is square to the target line. Knees , hips, shoulders are open to the target line….. SIDE ON.

  3. pierre

    Jun 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    When I started playing golf and tennis less, I went to the wall and practiced backhand shots with my left (lead) hand, so I could swing right handed in golf with some control. After a month of left handed backhand hits I was secure with my non-dominant lead left hand in my golf swing.
    (BTW… do PING make hockey sticks for the Québec market?!!)

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Swing speed vs. quality impact

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In today’s age of hitting the ball as hard and as far as you can on tour, I am amazed at the number of amateur golfers who totally disregard the idea of quality impact. In fact, you can hit the ball further with better impact than you can with poor impact and more speed (to a point.) Sure, if you can kick the clubhead speed up 10 MPH-plus versus your normal speed, then this is not a requirement, but in reality most players only swing a few MPH faster when they actually try. Yes, this is true, I see it day after day. You might think you can swing 10 MPH faster but rarely do I see more than 2-3 MPH tops.

I had a student that came in the other day and was obsessed with swinging harder but when he did his impacts were terrible! When I put him on Trackman and showed him the data he was astounded that he could swing slower yet produce more distance.

Here was a typical swing he made when swinging faster 105.8 mph where the impact was low on the face and the ball carried 222.3 yards.


Here was a typical swing he made when swinging slower 102.9 mph where the impact was much better on the face and the ball carried 242.7 yards.

Now, obviously we know that this works to a certain degree of swing speed but it does show you that focusing on quality impact is a key as well. I’m always telling my players that I want them to swing as hard and as fast as they can AND maintain quality impact location — if you can do both then you can have it all!

The best way to understand impact quality without dismantling your swing is to use foot spray to coat the face of the club then hit a few balls to see where impact normally occurs and see if you can adjust.


If you can, great, if not, then go see your teaching professional and figure out why so you can find quality impact once and for all!

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How to warm up for golf PROPERLY

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Leo Rooney, Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance, shows you how to get ready to hit balls and/or hit the golf course.

Who is Leo Rooney?

Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance
B.Sc Exercise Physiology
TPI, NSCA

Leo Rooney played 16 years of competitive golf, in both college and professionally. He got a degree in exercise physiology and has worked with anyone from top tour players to beginners. Leo is now the Director of Performance at Urban Golf Performance and is responsible for the overall operations but still works closely with some elite tour players and the UCLA Men’s Golf Team.

He also has experience in long driving with a personal best 445-yard drive in the 2010 European Long driving Championship.

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Tip of the week: Let the left heel lift for a bigger turn to the top

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In this week’s tip, Tom Stickney gives a suggestion that would make Brandel Chamblee proud: lift the left heel on the backswing for a bigger turn.

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