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Leadbetter’s Swing Tips for GolfWRX: Part 1



In a three-part video series brought to you by Callaway Golf, golf instruction guru David Leadbetter offers tips for better distance control on approach shots, and demonstrates how to add distance off the tee by improving efficiency.

Part 1 from Leadbetter shows golfers how to better control distance and trajectory by choking down (or up) on the golf club. It’s the same approach used by Leadbetter’s star pupil Lydia Ko, the 18-year-old LPGA phenom who is currently the No. 1-ranked woman golfer in the world.

Pt. 1: Choke down for control

See more video tips from Leadbetter here.

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  1. dapadre

    May 1, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Guys/fellow golfers,

    Come on, these guys take their time to do this. I doubt if they get any reimbursement. Like any advice you have the option to take it or LEAVE IT, but save the comments unless they are constructive. I agree I was looking for more details, but maybe we will get more on other tips. Just my humble opinion.

    • Adam

      May 1, 2015 at 11:44 am

      yup nothing to learn from a top 5 in the world golf coach here who has taught Ko, Els, Howell III …. Thank you David for the article.

  2. David

    Apr 30, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Your all criticizing him but you know if he talked about some technical aspect of the swing you would be ripping that too. We all know he’s not the flavor of the month teacher like Waite/Mayo, Foley, or Bennet/Plummer.

    No matter what he posts you would tear it down, so really why even click into the article

    • Jack

      Apr 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm


    • Greg V

      May 1, 2015 at 9:29 am

      On the other hand, some might say that he works with the most talented female golfer ever to come out of juniors, and she has way underperformed to expectations. Some would say that Michelle Wie is playing golf swing, and not golf. Way too much technical information going on in her head.

      The same might be said for the Suzanne Peterson/Grant Waite relationship.

      • David

        May 1, 2015 at 3:06 pm

        expectations is the key word there, he had another student by the name of Ty Tryon who was off the charts but never lived up to the ridiculous expectations

  3. Andrew

    Apr 30, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    In true WRX fashion, listen/watch pro tip, slam the pro. Nice… let’s chase one more away. I suppose you guys have taught PGA pros in the past?

  4. Leroy

    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Please don’t show parts 2 and 3 kthx.

  5. Jameson

    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Hey guys, want to see this cool new trick Leadbetter says to help me hit shorter?? Sure pal I’m all ears. Thanks but no thanks!

  6. Rob

    Apr 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Earth shattering stuff here.

  7. Adam

    Apr 30, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Callaway just can’t win

  8. Greg V

    Apr 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    How to improve distance off the tee by improving efficiency: swing up through impact?

    Color me surprised.

    (Just as a post script. Billy Casper said the same in a video he made playing with steel and persimmon!)

  9. other paul

    Apr 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Choke down to take off distance… Really. That’s it? This is an enthusiast website…

  10. Large chris

    Apr 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Can’t wait to see the WRX reaction to this as America wakes up…. Could go one of two ways.

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Clement: “Infallible” release drill to add 30 yards to your drives



Yes, you heard it here: INFALLIBLE! This drill will end all drills as “the” go to drill when your golf swing is hangin’ on or being too forceful! None of my students in the last month either online or in person, French or English, male or female, have messed this up. Pure Wisdom! And we share it with you here.

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Kelley: How a change in awareness can influence your body turn



A simple change of awareness can help you understand how the body can naturally turn in the swing. An important concept to understand: the direction the body moves is the engine to the swing. Research also shows the direction the body turns can be just as important as the amount of turn.

Golf is hard because the ball is on the ground, yet we are trying to hit it forward towards a target. With our head looking down at the ball, it’s easy to place our attention (what we are mindful of) on the ground, losing awareness to where we are going. This can make the body move in all sorts of directions, making hitting the ball towards a target difficult.

But imagine if we looked out over our lead shoulder with our attention to the target and made a backswing. Being mindful of the body, the body would naturally turn in a direction and amount that would be geared to move towards the target in the swing. (Imagine the position of your body and arm when throwing a ball). After proper set-up angles, this will give the look of coiling around the original spine angle established at Address.

With this simple awareness change, common unwanted tendencies naturally self-organize out of the backswing. Tendencies like swaying and tilting (picture below) would not conceptually make sense when moving the body in the direction we want to hit the ball.

A great concept or drill to get this feel besides looking over your shoulder is to grab a range basket and set into your posture with Hitting Angles. Keeping the basket level in front of you, swing the basket around you as if throwing it forward towards the target.

When doing the drill, be aware of not only the direction the body turns, but the amount. The drill will first help you understand the concept. Next make some practice swings. When swinging, look over your lead shoulder and slowly replicate how the basket drill made your body move.

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The Wedge Guy: What really needs fixing in your game?



I always find it interesting to watch how golfers interact with the practice range, if they do so at all. I certainly can figure out how to understand that some golfers just do not really want to get better — at least not enough to spend time on the practice range trying to improve.

What is most puzzling to me is how many golfers completely ignore the rationale for going to the range to at least warm up before they head to the first tee. Why anyone would set aside 4-6 hours of their day for a round of golf, and then not even give themselves a chance to do their best is beyond me. But today, I’m writing for those of you who really do want to improve your golf scores and your enjoyment of the game.

I’ve seen tons of research for my entire 40 years in this industry that consistently shows the number one goal of all golfers, of any skill level, from 100-shooter to tour professional, is simply to hit better golf shots more often. And while our definition of “better” is certainly different based on our respective skill level, the game is just more fun when your best shots happen more often and your worst shots are always getting better.

Today’s article is triggered by what we saw happen at the Valspar tour event this past Sunday. While Taylor Moore certainly had some big moments in a great final round, both Jordan Spieth and Adam Schenk threw away their chances to win with big misses down the stretch, both of them with driver. Spieth’s wayward drive into the water on the 16th and Schenk’s big miss left on the 18th spelled doom for both of them.

It amazes me how the best players on the planet routinely hit the most God-awful shots with such regularity, given the amazing talents they all have. But those guys are not what I’m talking about this week. In keeping with the path of the past few posts, I’m encouraging each and every one of you to think about your most recent rounds (if you are playing already this year), or recall the rounds you finished the season with last year. What you are looking for are you own “big misses” that kept you from scoring better.

Was it a few wayward drives that put you in trouble or even out of bounds? Or maybe loose approach shots that made birdie impossible and par super challenging? Might your issue have been some missed short putts or bad long putts that led to a three-putt? Most likely for any of you, you can recall a number of times where you just did not give yourself a good chance to save par or bogey from what was a not-too-difficult greenside recovery.

The point is, in order to get consistently better, you need to make an honest assessment of where you are losing strokes and then commit to improving that part of your game. If it isn’t your driving that causes problems, contain that part of practice or pre-round warm-ups to just a half dozen swings or so, for the fun of “the big stick”. If your challenges seem to be centered around greenside recoveries, spend a lot more time practicing both your technique and imagination – seeing the shot in your mind and then trying to execute the exact distance and trajectory of the shot required. Time on the putting green will almost always pay off on the course.

But, if you are genuinely interested in improving your overall ball-striking consistency, you would be well-served to examine your fundamentals, starting with the grip and posture/setup. It is near impossible to build a repeating golf swing if those two fundamentals are not just right. And if those two things are fundamentally sound, the creation of a repeating golf swing is much easier.

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