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You are going to love the drill I have for you today: getting the feel of what a full turn will do for your width, where you will no longer get collapsed arms in your backswing or your down and through swing. More width means more consistent and effortless speed in your swing, your ball speed, your club speed — the whole enchilada!

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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.



  1. RBImGuy

    Jan 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    width is one thing and Hogan was wrong about his swing.

  2. geohogan

    Dec 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    The wide range of motion of arms shown in this video is a result of proper use of the scapula. At 1:32, Shawn says he Opens up his arms. He elevates his scapula (closer to his ears) when he does this.

    Elevating scapula increases ROM hugely.
    Prove it to yourself. Stand upright with both arms extended parallel to on another, shoulders down. Note how far arms extend away from the torso.

    Now elevate only the left scapula and note how much further the left arm extends with left scapula elevated (about one inch elevation toward the left ear is sufficient)

  3. geohogan

    Dec 26, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    With artificial legs, the pro golfer can still pivot torso, on his hips. It is the torso that creates the power in the golf swing.

    The dvd produced at the same time as the book,is for more advanced golfers. The main subject of the dvd being a single hdcp golfer, frustrated by the total confusion created by mainstream golf instruction. eg power is from the lower body and legs, keep the head still, keep the left arm straight, width, keep your eye on the ball and whatever ogo has to say, etc , etc.

  4. Austin 1968

    Dec 23, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Reminds me of Mr Penick taking us to the Colorada riverbank and skipping rocks. That was our golf lesson for the day.
    He said “the hard part is finding a flat rock”

    • shawn

      Dec 23, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      “Golfers are gullible.” H. Penick, Little Red Book

  5. geohogan

    Dec 21, 2018 at 11:17 am

    @Stevek, we use mental imagery ie our brain to create an external focus.
    How else do you create an external focus, other than mental imagery?

    Not all external focus is going to contribute to a good golf swing.

    • stevek

      Dec 21, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      That’s not what Gerry Hogan writes on pages 29 and 30 – The Power of Mental Imagery…. and advocates:
      “You have time in the golf swing for only one conscious thought, and this thought must be devoted to the one conscious action you have to perform — namely, preventing the hands rolling over in the downswing as they are naturally inclined to do. The rest of the golf swing is pure reaction. You can’t control it, so leave it alone — don’t think about it. Keep your mind free.”
      No “external focus” on the implement, only internal focus on the hands.

      • geohogan

        Dec 23, 2018 at 12:01 pm

        @stevek, try the companion DVD , The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992

        • ogo

          Dec 23, 2018 at 3:09 pm

          That’s a stupid reply to a valid question. You are a fraud and you fail to defend this (not Ben) Hogan Manual.

  6. geohogan

    Dec 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

    When the torso is turned in BS, using scapula for extra extension
    we see, Shawn ” fart behind our left heel” in BS.

    To make it simple, fart behind the left heel first, then take the BS.
    Ref. The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF. 1992.

    • ogo

      Dec 22, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Please provide the reference page in The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF. 1992…. otherwise shthfkup… !!

  7. ogo

    Dec 21, 2018 at 1:36 am

    If the ball is not the target why are you looking at it in the BS and DS? Of course the ball is the conscious target and no amount of fantasy imagery will change that. Only very low handicap golfers can “whip” through the ball while the average duffer is perpetually frightened of not hitting the ball with the eccentric golf club.

  8. Don Toth

    Dec 20, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Shawn, Very entertaining and well done video. You have a good way with words for sure!

    Really enjoyed your video!

  9. geohogan

    Dec 20, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Dr Gabrielle Wulf is one of the premier researchers on external focus, which is proven to be most effective in learning motor skills.

    External focus does not mean to focus on some distant target. External focus is on the implement we have in our hands, under our control.

    As if our subconscious, controlling all motor movement and balance would know golf or stone skipping.. that is ludicrous.

    • stevek

      Dec 21, 2018 at 1:45 am

      Hogan Manual of Human Performance Golf. 1992, page 29, disagrees with external focus and promotes the power of mental imagery.
      “So to have the right golf swing, you must have the right mental imagery of it. … What you see in your mind is what you will get.”

      • geohogan

        Dec 21, 2018 at 4:19 pm

        The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, was written in 1992.

        Dr Gabrielle Wulf was probably a little girl 27 years ago.

        Gerry Hogan also wrote about the kinematic sequence in 1992;he simply used his own language rather than “Kinematic sequence” as Phil Cheetham wrote about more than 10 years later.

        • stevek

          Dec 21, 2018 at 10:20 pm

          So you disavow Gerry Hogan 1992 but espouse his superficial “kinematic” sequence which is nothing more than the geometry of motion? The real secret of the golf swing resides in the Kinetic Force Chain… which I was mentioning in golf fora in 1992 and was attacked by Top 100 dumby coaches and instructors.

          • geohogan

            Dec 22, 2018 at 5:29 pm

            Mental imagery creates external focus. The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF was written as a guide for beginning golfers. The author stayed away from highly technical terms to make it more understandable for beginners. Obviously not simple enough for you.

          • geohogan

            Dec 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm

            The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992 + DVD
            has a great section on Kinetic Chain.

            How power is generated by the rotation of te torso, NOT the legs, not weight shift.
            How power transmission requires the elimination of slack.

            • stevek

              Dec 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm

              Please provide the page numbers in The Hogan Manual, 1992 where the Kinetic Chain is mentioned. Thank you.
              Since the legs move they generate momentum within the kinetic chain. That’s basic Dynamic theory.

              • geohogan

                Dec 24, 2018 at 9:26 am

                @stevek, Check the DVD showing golf pro with two artificial legs hitting drives.

                If you think power in the golf swing comes from the legs, more power to you.

                • stevek

                  Dec 24, 2018 at 10:34 am

                  The Kinetic Chain is defined by the relationship: KE = 1/2 m v^2
                  The legs have mass(m) and a velocity(v)… ergo the legs contribute to the Kinetic Chain “power”.
                  As for the “artificial” legged golfer, the same effect can be done by swinging while sitting in a chair…. albeit the distance is markedly reduced. The reason for this is the hips are locked to the chair, and I suspect with the paraplegic golfer too.

                • stevek

                  Dec 24, 2018 at 10:39 am

                  The Kinetic Chain is defined by: KE = 1/2 m v^2
                  The legs have m a s s(m) and a velocity(v), ergo the legs contribute to the Kinetic Chain “power”.
                  As for the “artificial” legged golfer, I suspect his hips are restrained and the power and distance is markedly reduced. You can swing sitting in a chair or on one leg to eliminate hip rotation.

                • geohogan

                  Jan 1, 2019 at 10:19 am


                  Real research to show source of power in the golf swing, by Nesbitt.

                  Its the torso, stupid.(pelvic basin, lumbar, thoracic)

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Walters: Avoid these 3 big chipping mistakes!



Chipping causes nightmares for so many amateur golfers. This s mainly due to three core mistakes. In this video, I talk about what those mistakes are, and, more importantly, how to avoid them.

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The Wedge Guy: The importance of a pre-shot routine



I believe one of the big differences between better recreational golfers and those not so good—and also between the tour professionals and those that can’t quite “get there”—is the consistency of their pre-shot routines. It is really easy to dismiss something that happens before the ball is even struck as irrelevant, but I strongly urge you to reconsider if you think this way.

To have a set routine to follow religiously before every shot gives you the best chance to execute the shot the way you intend. To do otherwise just leaves too much to chance. Indulge me here and I’ll offer you some proof.

It’s been a while back now, but I still remember an interesting account on this subject that used the final round of the 1996 Masters—when Nick Faldo passed a collapsing Norman—as his statistical proof. This particular analyst reviewed the entire telecast of that final round and timed the routine of both players for every shot. What he discovered was that Norman got quicker and less consistent in his pre-shot routine throughout his round, while Faldo maintained his same, methodical approach to every shot, not varying by more than a second or so. I think that is pretty insightful stuff.

A lot of time has passed since then, but all competitive tour professionals pay very close attention to their pre-shot routines these days. I urge you to watch them as they go through the motions before each shot. And notice that most of them “start over” if they get distracted during that process.

While I do not think it is practical for recreational golfers to go into such laborious detail for every shot, let me offer some suggestions as to how a repeatable pre-shot routine should work.

The first thing is to get a good feel for the shot, and by that, I mean a very clear picture in your mind of how it will fly, land and roll; I also think it’s realistic to have a different routine for full shots, chips and pitches and putts. They are all very different challenges, of course, and as you get closer to the hole, your focus needs to be more on the feel of the shot than the mechanics of the swing, in my opinion.

To begin, I think the best starting point is from behind the ball, setting up in your “mind’s eye” the film-clip of the shot you are about to hit. See the flight and path it will take. As you do this, you might waggle the club back and forth to get a feel of the club in your hands and “feel” the swing that will produce that shot path for you. Your exact routine can start when you see that shot clearly, and begin your approach the ball to execute the shot. From that “trigger point”, you should do the exact same things, at the exact same pace, each and every time.

For me (if I’m “on”), I’ll step from that behind-the-shot position, and set the club behind the ball to get my alignment. Then I step into my stance and ball position, not looking at the target, but being precise not to change the alignment of the clubhead–I’m setting my body up to that established reference. Once set, I take a look at the target to ensure that I feel aligned properly, and take my grip on the club. Then I do a mental check of grip pressure, hover the club off the ground a bit to ensure it stays light, and then start my backswing, with my only swing thought being to feel the end of the backswing.

That’s when I’m “on,” of course. But as a recreational player, I know that the vast majority of my worst shots and rounds happen when I depart from that routine.

This is something that you can and should work on at the range. Don’t just practice your swing, but how you approach each shot. Heck, you can even do that at home in your backyard. So, guys and ladies, there’s my $0.02 on the pre-shot routine. What do you have to add?

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6 reasons why golfers struggle with back pain: Part 1



This article is co-written with Marnus Marais. Since 2011, Marnus has worked with some of the world’s best players on both the PGA Tour and European Tour, helping them to maintain optimal health and peak physical performance. His current stable of players includes Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, and Louis Oosthuizen, amongst others.

You find more information on Marnus and his work at


Back pain is by far the most common complaint among regular golfers. It is estimated that up to 35 percent of amateur golfers endure lower back injuries. And in our experience working with tour players, the prevalence is even higher in the professional ranks! 

Back pain can affect our ball striking and short game, diminish our enjoyment of the game, or even stop us playing altogether. It can make us feel anxious about playing (and making the pain worse) and just generally disappointed with current performance falling way short of our expectations. 

There is certainly no shortage of information on the topic of back pain, and with myriad back pain products and supplement options available, confusion about the best path to pain-free golf is one of the main reasons we don’t actually do anything effective to alleviate our suffering! 

We aim to present in this article an easy-to-digest explanation of the common causes of back pain, alongside some simple and practical ways to address the underlying issues. 

The recommendations we make in this article are generic in nature but effective in many of the low back pain cases we have worked with. However, pain can be complex and very specific to the individual. You should seek the personalized advice of a medical or exercise professional before undertaking any form of remedial exercise.

Reason 1 – Lack of mobility in 2 key areas

Certain areas in the body need to be more stable, and others need to be more mobile. The lumbar spine falls into the stable category, partly due to its limited capacity for rotation and lateral flexion (side bending). We know the unnatural golf swing movement imparts both rotational and side bending forces on the spine, so it’s an area we need to keep stable and protected. 

In order to avoid excessive low back rotation in life and especially in the golf swing, it’s very important that we try to maximize the range of movement in other areas, most notably the joints above and below the low back, where the majority of rotation in the golf swing should take place:

Area 1 – Hips

We need sufficient range of movement to turn into, and out of, both hips. For example, if we can’t turn and load into our lead hip due to a lack of internal rotation mobility, we tend to compensate with excessive rotation and side-bending in the lower back.

Suggested Exercises – Hip Mobility

Foam roll glutes, you can also use a spiky ball

90 90 hip mobility drills, fantastic for taking the hips through that all important internal rotation range

90 90 Glute Stretch – great for tight glutes / hips

Area 2 – Thoracic Spine (mid to upper back)

Having sufficient rotation in our thoracic spine to both left and the right is extremely important. The thoracic spine has significantly greater rotational capabilities compared to the lumbar spine (low back). If we maximise our mobility here, we can help protect the lower back, along with the cervical spine (neck).

Suggested Exercises – Thoracic Mobility

Foam rolling mid / upper back


Cat / Camel – working the T-Spine through flexion and extension


Reach backs – working that all important T-Spine rotation

Reason 2 – Alignment and Muscle Imbalances

Imagine a car with wheel alignment issues; front wheels facing to the right and back wheels facing to the left. Not only will the tires wear out unevenly and quickly, but other areas of the car will experience more torque, load or strain and would have to work harder. The same thing happens to the lower back when we have body alignment issues above and/or below.

For example, if we have short/tight/overactive hip flexors (muscles at the front of the hips that bend our knee to our chest) on one side of the body; very common amongst golfers with low back pain. This would rotate the pelvis forward on one side, which can create a knock-on effect of imbalance throughout the body.

If the pelvis rotates in one direction, the shoulders naturally have to rotate in the opposite direction in order to maintain balance. Our low back is subsequently caught in the middle, and placed under more load, stress and strain. This imbalance can cause the low back to bend and rotate further, and more unevenly, especially in the already complex rotation and side bending context of the golf swing!

Below is a pelvic alignment technique that can help those with the afore mentioned imbalance

Reason 3 – Posture

Posture can be described as the proper alignment of the spine, with the aim of establishing three natural curves (low back, mid/upper back and neck).


The 3 major spinal curves – 1-Cervical, 2 – Thoracic, 3 – Lumbar

Modern lifestyles and the associated muscle imbalances have pushed and pulled our spines away from those three natural curves, and this had a damaging effect on our spinal health. Our backs are designed to function optimally from the neutral illustrated above, and the further we get away from it, the more stress we put on our protective spinal structures. 

Aside from promotion of pain, poor posture also does terrible things for our golf swings; reducing range of motion in key areas (hips, mid back and shoulders) and creating inefficiencies in our swing action, to give us a double whammy of back pain causes.

Fortunately, re-establishing good posture is really simple and you can combine the information and exercises featured in the videos below with the mobility exercises featured in the Reason 1 section above. The equipment used in the videos is the GravityFit TPro – a favorite of ours for teaching and training posture with both elite and recreational players.


In the next installment of this article, we will cover reasons 4, 5 and 6 why golfers suffer from back pain – 4) Warming Up (or lack thereof!), 5) Core Strength and 6) Swing Faults.


If you would like to see how either Nick or Marnus can help with your golfing back pain, then check out the resources below:

Marnus Marais –

Nick Randall –

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