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Xander Schauffele’s swing has much more to it than the Golf Channel analysts think! There is a very evident pattern of movement that is exposed when someone is in the zone and locked in on their targets. See what I mean in this video!

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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. bogeybrewer

    Jan 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Hit it to the window. Best advice ever.

    • geohogan

      Jan 17, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      @bogeybrewer
      another idea.. point and twist

      Cant argue with results

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo_XJL4UqKk

      • bogeybrewer

        Jan 17, 2019 at 10:52 pm

        Turn the shoulders horizontal and swing the arms vertically. Its a two plane swing.

        • geohogan

          Jan 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

          At P6 in pics above, Xander’s hands (fulcrum) is very close to and behind his right hip whereas Shawn’s fulcrum is ahead of his left hip and away from his torso.

          Xanders arms work vertically down (as Moe said, Vertical drop)
          with torso turning and impact side on; while Shawn works arms around,to his left?

          • bogey brewer

            Jan 18, 2019 at 11:32 am

            There’s a fundamental called low hands, high shaft that is best to follow. The hands stay inside the path of the clubhead going back so that there is connection while the body is allowed to turn horizontally away from the ball and then the arms are allowed to slot in above the shoulders. Shawn snatches the club in, around, and then up with his hands and shoulders, then he does the cowpoke move to reroute and throw the clubhead out to the right. He will either push the ball or have to flip the club head to hit it back to the target. If he were to move off the ball by turning and keeping the clubhead outside his hands, he could then just turn away into position and then his arms would drop down into the ball and release, not his hands with a flip.

            • geohogan

              Jan 18, 2019 at 4:19 pm

              no doubt that Shawn has great hands (reminds of Kenny Perry)
              and gifted athlete, but agree
              while his method works very well for him; for others
              a less timing dependent method as Xander, will be more consistently dependable.

            • geohogan

              Jan 18, 2019 at 9:02 pm

              Low hands, high shaft(clubhead) is a result of the fact that the golf club
              is a lever in our hands. The fulcrum is between the two hands and to raise the clubhead(end of the lever) it is necessary to lower the other end of the lever(on the opposite side of the fulcrum).

              Similiarly in DS to impact, the butt end(top hand ) side of the fulcrum has to rise up (parametric acceleration) in order for the clubhead to go down to the ball.

              • bogeybrewer

                Jan 20, 2019 at 12:24 pm

                That Greenwood guy looks like he knows his stuff and he could also play. I looked at his website. Pretty great record.

  2. BAJ

    Jan 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Shawn,

    You should contact former PGA tour pro named Bobby Greenwood. He is a TN Hall of Famer and he has been teaching for years. Bobby has been teaching this for years and can explain to you how the butt end of the club and use of your feet also eliminate swinging over the top. A drill he would use was over strengthening your left hand grip and hitting the ball. The ball would go left as a result of the over-exaggeration. One other thing to note is that you are aligning your feet to the right of the target. Watch out for this habit. It encourages over the top and also pushing the ball right. One other drill Greenwood used was purposely aligning your feet slightly left like Fred Couples and working to start the ball to the right of target. This really makes you shallow the swing. Give him a call or email.

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Lesson of the Day: Improve right arm connection for a more consistent golf swing

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In our “Lesson of the Day” video series with V1 Sports, we match a different GolfWRX member with a different V1 Sports instructor. It’s extremely important to both V1 Sports and GolfWRX to help golfers improve their games and shoot lower scores, and there’s no better way to do that than getting lessons. While we not only want to provide free lessons to select GolfWRX members, we want to encourage and inspire golfers to seek professional instruction. For instructions on how to submit your own video for a chance at getting a free lesson from a V1 Sports instructor as part of our Lesson of the Day series, CLICK HERE.

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Clinton Whitelaw is the Head Teaching Professional at University Park Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. Clinton was a prolific junior player in South Africa before he attended UCLA on a full scholarship. He turned pro at age 21 and has recorded more than 55 top-10 finishes around the world, including winning the 1993 South African Open and the 1997 Moroccan Open on the European Tour.

Lesson synopsis

There are two main swing flaws identified in this GolfWRX member’s swing that can be improved. The first is a disconnected right arm in the body that causes the arms to be out of sync with the body. The second is a bent left arm in the follow through, which causes a loss in power. Two easy drills can be practiced to create a simple, repeatable, and consistent golf swing.

Student’s action plan

  1. Practice with a glove under the right right armpit to improve connection with the body
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