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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.

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  1. RBImGuy

    Jan 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    width is one thing and Hogan was wrong about his swing.
    anyhow
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q90frDvMG6A

  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

                  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3899668/

                  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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