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Most golfers believe they have to lean toward the ground to hit a ball that is on the ground. What this video demonstrates is that the best players in history are flat to the earth in balance and don’t lean over at all. Put this principle in your game, and it will make all your shots easier — from driving to putting.
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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 you’ll find over six hours of instructional video content, question and answer podcasts, plus personal online coaching.



  1. Doug Kercher PGA Pro Australia

    Jan 8, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Plenty of know all commenting. If you saw Martin’s pure ball striking you would want what he has. Well done keyboard warriors.

  2. Gunter Eisenberg

    Jan 2, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Martin Ayers!?!? Automatic thumbs down.

  3. Ed LeBeau

    Dec 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Unnecessarily complicated.
    Sole the club on the ground with the arms hanging and the weight the same in each foot with it just behind the balls of the feet.
    Maintain that weight distribution in the feet till impact.
    Thats balance.

    • Web

      Dec 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Ed, you should talk with PGA Pro and teacher Bobby Greenwood in TN about balance and footwork. He is amazingly knowledgeable and experienced.

  4. Web

    Dec 31, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I could watch Snead swing all day long.

  5. George

    Dec 31, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Let’s see. Did Sam Snead in this video hit up on a teed ball? Did Bobby Jones? Did Jordan Speith? What clubs were they using? 460cc? So maybe JS’s upper body hangs back, because he wants to improve launch conditions? Or maybe it’s just a swing “fault” he developed to counter his chicken wings etc. etc.
    Oh, another thing. Maybe don’t use the phrase “flat to the earth” when you don’t mean parallel to the ground. JM2C

  6. wilbur

    Dec 31, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Ideal balance is determined using force plate technology underfoot. It tells you where the pressures are under your feet and where the pressure point from your body moves throughout the swing… otherwise it’s just a bunch of nebulous words.

    • geohogan

      Jan 2, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      @wilbur, ideal balance is determined by billions of neurons in our subconscious, without a conscious thought.

      How nebulous to think we would need force plate technology for proper balance. Imagining how much better the balance of Sam Snead if he only had force plate technology. LOL

      Good laugh to start a new year.


  7. Dan Black

    Dec 30, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Every golfer that’s ever been worth a lick has anywhere from 35-43 degrees of forward bend/lean/tilt from the waist. I understand your concept but saying golfers do not lean forward is misleading and untrue. Nice video though.

  8. Ian

    Dec 30, 2018 at 7:08 am

    What did I just watch? This is more misleading than helpful. Were you trying to say you have to tilt (not lean over) to hit the ball (Balance is achieved by pushing out the rear end to counter the tilt of the torso)?

  9. geohogan

    Dec 29, 2018 at 10:35 am

    The human species would not have survived or evolved without an automatic balance system to keep us upright. It happens subconsciously.

    Our head and hips counter balance in the coronal plane, so of course our knees move to balance both sides of our torso. As we move the mass of our arms(about 30-40 pounds) from one side of your torso to the other, our subconscious knows automatically, to preprogram movement of hundreds of muscles to balance that movement of mass.

    Our balance mechanisms work exactly as they did for Sam Snead and Bobby Jones… subconsciously. Any attempt to control our balance with conscious movement of individual body parts is as ludicrous as trying to learn golf swing, one body part at a time.

  10. Will

    Dec 28, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Snead reminds me of Cameron Champ.

    • geohogan

      Jan 10, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      @will, and reminds me of Ben Hogan
      All three drop into the slot and torso rotation brings the clubface to impact from the inside with little to no manipulation with the hands ….so much more consistent and less timing dependent, as taught by Monte and the like.

  11. Zek

    Dec 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Talk with Bobby Greenwood, former PGA golfer and TN Hall of Famer about his teachings of balance and footwork.

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Stickney: 8 quick tips for better golf



One of the biggest myths in the golf swing is that you only “rotate or turn your hips” during the transition. Of course, you must rotate them at some point but as you see Tiger here in the photo above there is a very distinct bump AS the hips begin to rotate. If you only rotate you will tend to stay on your rear foot during the downswing causing over the top transitions and poor quality impact!

Most average players have trouble compressing the golf ball and hitting the ball solidly during impact. In fact, the thin and “clicky” shot is more often hit than not. This shot comes from the absence of longer arms through impact and whenever you “pull up” through the shot you will tend to hit the equator of the golf ball. As you look at this LPGA Tour player in the left frame you will see long arms and more solid impact!

Attention women, you have more flexibility than 10 men and this can be an issue when you play golf. As you can see in these photos the LPGA player on the left has a tighter turn to the top allowing a more explosive downswing! The player on the right has wasted too much motion on the backswing and therefore will have trouble producing speed through impact!

When pitching, it’s easy to forget about using the pivot of the body and only focusing on using the arms. As you can see in the photo above this player is rotating his rear shoulder through the shot keeping the rear wrist in a great condition for solid impact. If you only use your arms here you will tend to “flip” at the ball and use your hands too much making quality impact a fleeting thing.

One of my favorite ways to look at the putting stroke is from the hole back to the player. As you can see, Rory has hit the ball in the left frame and continues into his follow through in the right frame. What you can see is that the putter continues down the line with little twisting and turning of the blade post-impact. As we know the stroke works in an arc and the face will close on its own but it’s not your job to “release” it or try and make it happen on your own. Just let it flow!

To be a good pitcher of the golf ball you must do two things around the green…number one, just bruise the turf coming through impact and have some type of shaft lean forward (SLIGHT). If you possess these two things then you will have a much better chance of hitting good solid shots around the green. If you come into the golf ball too steeply or have the shaft backing up through impact then you will find that you will have impact quality issues.

When it comes to club fitting most golfers have clubs that are fit to them when it pertains to the length and hopefully the lie but with putters 99% of all golfer don’t even consider fitting. Most putters come off the rack around 35 inches with a lie angle of 71 degrees…great if you fit this mold but if you do not your impact will tend to look like this one above. The putter is toe-up with a faulty impact location giving you inconsistent misses. Get your putter fit—length, loft, and lie and you will thank me.

If you want more distance and more consistent impact then you should work on having more “width” at the top. When the lead arm is straighter you will find that these things will happen automatically. If you want the lead arm in a better condition then check out your rear arm…that is the controller! If the rear arm is at 90 degrees or more, you will find the lead arm will be straighter. Try it and you’ll be walking farther down the fairway.

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Have you ever become frozen over the ball, unable to initiate the swing? In this video, Michael Powers of Northbound Golf identifies and defines the cause of the problem.

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Stickney: How to gather speed for more distance



Top 100 teacher Tom Stickney points out a common, distance-sapping fault he sees from amateurs and the simple solution that will build speed in the golf swing, leading to longer drives.

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