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Golf Professional and Sport Scientist Steve Buzza, better known as Buzza Golf on YouTube, recently partnered up with GolfWRX on a series of instructional videos to help you drive the ball better. Enjoy his intro and first episode of the driving improvement series below, and look out for more in the coming days and weeks.

Intro: Buzza Golf and GolfWRX

Episode 1: Hit the ball straighter by trying to hit it farther

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  1. BettiBoop

    Sep 8, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Great stuff Steve, looking forward to more videos!

  2. Golfguy3

    Sep 8, 2018 at 7:59 am

    This video is spot on. Ironically I am a very straight driver of the ball but generally not the longest in my grouping. I have studied “ strokes gained” and Steve is absolutely correct. And the research supports his findings. Steve is also correct about “ steering the ball” as opposed to swinging freely. Couldn’t agree more on that point.
    What I am trying to do better is maximize my metrics on Trackamn. It’s easier said than done but at least I know precisely where my faults lie. The thing I’m working on the most is trying to relax and swing effortlessly.
    I know it works. Just not that easy to accomplish under pressure.

  3. forgedforever

    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    I know fully well I need to add speed to my swing. The difficult part will be to swing faster not harder. There is a difference. Sprinters often train by running downhill. I need to get out of my “swing comfort zone” and look forward to more videos on this subject.

  4. Joe

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I don’t think that is good advice. Try to hit beyond your normal swing leads to all sorts of problems. You have to play within yourself.

    • Steve Buzza

      Sep 7, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      More vids are coming on my research finding and will put this in better context. Agree shouldn’t just do this on course and suggestions are geared towards how you practice

    • Ben

      Sep 10, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Agreed. There is a caveat to this. It only works well on certain courses. The course I play for example, if you favored distance over dispersion you would incur 4 penalty strokes on the 7 holes on the backside alone as the course is cut out of canyons, So missing the fairway left or right puts the ball in a canyon, it is lost and therefore unplayable. Short but hitting it accurately has you hitting 2 and not 3 for your next shot.

      • BooBoo

        Sep 13, 2018 at 9:56 am

        Without seeing the course, i would generally disagree as i am a member on two of the most difficult driving courses on the tour. My mind was changed as my friend and i decided to be club champs at our respective clubs which are both narrower than Decade recommended driver fairways. There are lots of ams who are long and straight with todays equipment. He won his and i came in 2nd vs someone half my age who failed as a tour pro. I can tell you, driver is easiest club to hit and extremely intimidating if you can keep it in play. In today’s game, once you start dialing back, you lose. My point is you should push yourself. You can always dial it back if you have to. I’m an advocate of playing within yourself, but i would doubt you are maximising your potential.

  5. Mower

    Sep 7, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Damn, Buzza’s gained some weight. He’s been eating good I guess.

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Stickney: Sit on it (for a better backswing)

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As we know golf, is a very tough sport and one that involves many moving pieces. Whenever something overreacts or moves too much on the way back, you end up playing catch-up on the way down. One of my favorite things to watch is how the head moves or doesn’t move on the backswing. Sure, you can have some movement, but you can’t have too much or you put yourself behind the eight ball.

I have charted the head position of a tour player at address and we can see that this is a very normal set up position. It is one that looks positioned to do great things.

However, en route to the top, you can see that this player has put himself into a position where his rear knee straightened too rapidly off the start of his backswing. When this occurs the pelvis “runs out from under” the upper body on the backswing the hips will react and begin to slant downward. (You can see a -10 degree tilt versus 3 degrees the opposite way at address for you number people.)

This causes the head to move out in front of where it was at address. This is not a bad position for the irons but for a driver we have a pending issue. If you don’t make a compensation from here then the player will have an angle of attack that is too much downward through impact with their driver.

As the player moves into his transition, the hips have leveled as the rear shoulder lowers the club into delivery but the head and pelvis are still too far out in front of the ball. The only thing you can do from here is fire the lead side upwards and hope that your head falls back into the correct position. If so, you will have the correct angle of attack, if not, you will chop down on the ball causing your launch conditions to be faulty.

And as we see here that this is precisely what this player did at the very last minute…not the easiest way to swing the club but it is functional IF you make the right correction. So, now that you understand how simple things like the action of the lower body can cause your head to move and your angle of attack to become faulty, what is the secret to controlling your lower body?


Just “sit” on the rear knee flex slightly longer during the backswing as you see here. This will slow down the tilting of the pelvis on backswing and thus your head will stay more in position en route to the top.

Personally, I teach both flexion and extension of the rear knee to the top, depending on what the player is wanting to do, so it really does not matter. However, what does matter is the rate at which it begins to straighten for those of you who do allow it to lengthen. I try to make most of my students hold the most of their address flex until the club moves between belt and chest high, any sooner and you risk the faulty pivot we saw above.

Therefore, take it from me and “sit on it” slightly longer for more quiet head motions as well as a more balanced backswing—your angle of attack will thank you!

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Davies: Training the trail elbow in the golf swing

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Alistair Davies shares with you how to get the correct trail arm and elbow action in the downswing. He shares some great drills that can be done at the range or at home to help lower your scores.Get the correct training for the trail arm here today!

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The important lessons you can learn from Peter Senior’s golf swing

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He may not be a household name in the United States, but Australia’s Peter Senior has a swing for the ages. At 60 years old, Senior has 34 worldwide professional wins including the 2015 Australian Masters beating a competitive field with several top-ranked players in the world. Turning professional in 1978, his career has spanned over 40 years.

Senior’s game and swing have stood the test of time, and the longevity of his career should be recognized. Senior formerly worked with Australian instructor Gary Edwin, and the structure to this swing taught to Senior paved the way for a future of consistent, high-quality professional golf.

Having a great golf swing isn’t the only key to becoming a great golfer, one must learn to play the game. However, you can learn a lot from Senior’s swing.

The origin to Senior’s swing lies in his set-up. Senior sets up in what I call his “hitting angles” or a position that mirrors impact.

From this position, Senior is able to simply keep these angles he established at address throughout the swing. This is why the set-up is so critical. The further he deviates from these “hitting angles”, the more he will have to find that impact position with his body in the backswing and downswing. In other words, more movement. The goal of his backswing will be to maintain these original starting angles.

From the picture, Senior has maintained his original body shape that he established at address. From this position, it will be much easier and repeatable to return the club to impact.

Note how his impact position now mirrors his original address position. All his original angles were maintained with a slight bump of the body towards the target. From impact, he can simply fold up his arms as his right side of his body rotates around his left side, keeping the clubface square to the body.

This standing tall finish position with the head following the torso is much easier on the back. His body has come forward and around beautifully, covering the ball for a proper strike.

The beauty of Senior’s swing lies in its simplicity. The changes Senior made to his swing can apply to anyone. Let’s look at two simple drills to make your swing more efficient and powerful.

“To a large extent, my backswing is a product of my set-up position” – Tiger Woods, Golf Digest 2020

To get into these impact angles simply practice pushing into an impact bag with the head and shaft of the club. Make sure your trail arm is tucked, lowering the trail shoulder as you pressure the bag.

To get the feeling of the proper coil from this set-up position, grab an impact bag and hold the bag in front of you.

From here, swing the bag around you with your arms keeping the top of the bag level. You will feel the trail side of your body move back and the lead side move out, coiling around your spine angle.

The trail glute will also move back and around with this drill, a key move the great Ben Hogan used to pivot his body. To develop an efficient swing and a long, injury-free career, take note of Peter Senior’s key moves.

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