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Everyone has a certain amount of power. However much you have, it’s found all the way on YOUR trail side. Here’s how you can find it.
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Northbound Golf provides a comprehensive way to learn and play the game. Martin Ayers and Michael Powers have uncovered what great players do that makes them great. It’s an approach that you can adopt, irrespective of your current level of play. Martin Ayers is a former Australasia Tour player who has coached Major Champions Steve Elkington and Mike Weir, as well as 3 time PGA Tour winner Cameron Beckman. Michael Powers is a PGA Member from Boston, Massachusetts with over 25 years of coaching experience. At Northboundgolf.com you’ll find over six hours of instructional video content, question and answer podcasts, plus personal online coaching.

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  1. Don Toth

    Dec 18, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I like the analysis here…there’s not enough of an emphasis put into staying in the shot with the torso.
    If you clear well with the lower body and stay in the shot with your spine angle you can have this sort of look.

    Well done and great selection of videos!

  2. Golfer

    Dec 18, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    Check out the swing teachings of TN Hall of Fame golfer and former PGA tour player Bobby Greenwood.

  3. BofH

    Dec 17, 2018 at 8:58 am

    to me this is about having passive arms and hands, using the pivot and turn to swing the club. the guy who has EE they show is pulling the club down and swinging with his hands and arms.

  4. Scheiss

    Dec 15, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Total and utter bollix wrapped in a whole load of mierda is all I heard in the first 2 minutes of this video.
    Wow. You mean to say that the arms are attached to the body via the shoulder and the clubs are attached to that, in his hands, and something has to happen for us to be able to hit the ball? Amazing. I never knew we even had to swing the club or anything for the ball to move.
    What an idiotic analysis

  5. Mark

    Dec 15, 2018 at 7:21 am

    I think to achieve what he calls the ‘trail side strike’ is a function of a) being able to clear the hips, early, a long way to the left, and b) being able to maintain posture ie. being bent over from the hips. Both of these moves are almost unique to young female and male professionals and high level amateurs. I would contend 85% of the GolfWRX membership (including myself) are physically incapable of making these moves.

    • geohogan

      Dec 16, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      @mark, and you would be wrong.
      ‘Side on’, golf swing is easier to do than trying to hit with the hands or by straightening the right arm. The latter two, require timing that is impossible to repeat consistently, by any golfer.

      Recognizing what is happening and teaching the method to achieve it are very different.

  6. geo

    Dec 14, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Is this a repackaging of the Most Powerful Move in Golf?

  7. Skip

    Dec 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Juat another guy saying everyone else is wrong, I’m right.

    • geo

      Dec 14, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      If EVERYONE else is telling you to get your arms in front of your body(sagittal plane)
      and to square the clubface with your hands(muscles are in the forearms)

      then YES, they are wrong.

  8. Matt Strube

    Dec 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Can you elaborate what you mean by high left arm and keeping your trail side underneath and behind?

    • Matt Strube

      Dec 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      And you mainly showed driver swings. Is this an iron thing as well?

    • geohogan

      Dec 16, 2018 at 9:16 pm

      Elevate your left scapula at address and leave it there through the swing. Presto… your left arm is elevated and you have increased the range of motion, sufficient for a full shoulder turn in BS and sufficient range of motion increase to allow wide open lower body while upper body is impacting the ball , “side on”.

      ref. The Hogan Manual of Human Performance: GOLF, 1992

  9. SG

    Dec 14, 2018 at 11:48 am

    This may be right, but I foresee a lot of shanks for those trying to add this to their swing…

  10. Ken Kapcia

    Dec 14, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Martin is by far the strongest teacher not recognized in the world!! Probably political BS because he verbalizes things differently than what we are inundated with across all media’s. If you really want to get better at golf emerce yourself with as much information Martin echoes!
    Ken Kapcia, PGA Professional

  11. The dude

    Dec 14, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Maybe one of the best instructional explanations I’ve seen in a looong time …..

    • geohogan

      Dec 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Explanation of what?
      Just adds more confusion to existing abyss of BS confused with golf instruction.

      To transmit maximum power transmission (mechanics), slack needs to be taken out.
      So much for counter winding, left arm high etc etc. It all boils down to taking out slack from the transmission of power. Its no different that the rollerchain drive on a bicycle.
      The tension and slack has to be correct to maximize power transmission.

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