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Understanding how weight shifts in the golf swing is the difference between easy and strenuous power.

Ben Hogan developed his swing around both how to get to the target more consistently and his anatomy. Get the facts from Wisdom in Golf on how the human machine does its thing without having to micro-manage your body parts!

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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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Clement: This is the perfect right elbow move in the downswing

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When it comes to getting the right move of the right or trail elbow in the golf swing right in the downswing, Wisdom in Golf has you covered! See the proper sequence of events in the golf swing like Joaquin Niemann, Justin Thomas, and Jon Rahm!

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Clark: Beware of trying random swing suggestions!

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There is value in every instruction book; it just depends who is reading it- John Jacobs.

Every swing tip you read or see or listen to, very likely has merit.  Very few are wrong, and none are necessarily right.  There is value in every one and there is harm in every one.  Knowing which ones or which parts of them are relevant can be your key to a more effective golf swing.

Let’s take an  example.  “Shallowing out” your transition, or flattening your down swing plane is great advice.  Why? Because the vast majority of golfers are far too steep in transition (golf club pointed at the ground starting the downswing).  But let’s say you happen to be in the minority; let’s say you are too flat, or “under the plane” coming down down.  Being unaware of your current swing position, if you were to employ the tip that advised “flattening”, you are, in all likelihood now, too flat and you may well hit a foot behind the golf ball.

Another piece of advice we see quite often is “be sure to get sufficient width” in your swing in order to create more power.  I have seen this tip misunderstood all to often.  Let’s say your swing is already too wide; you are pushing the golf club well away from your body and excessively shifting your center to your rear foot in order to create the coveted “width”.  If you are not aware of your current move, and you ADD width, you are now likely so far off the golf ball, you have little to no chance to get back to it. Without ample swing lag and a very late hit, you might strike the ground well behind the ball or miss it altogether.

More…Pronate, supinate, release the club…many have come to me with excessive hand action (often far too early) and almost always at the cost of using too little body motion.  What if you are “handsy” right now and someone suggested this action.  Well…you guessed it.  You won’t even get the ball airborne, and you can yell “fore left” upon impact.

I am using these examples (among many) to make a point:  as a teacher I totally agree that these examples can be quite effective for some.  They can also be quite disastrous for others! Whether it be a change in tempo, path, plane, weight distribution or whatever-all these things need to be executed cautiously with the context of your own golf swing.

What to do?  You can make any change you think will help, just be sure you get the big picture. You may consider a thorough video and/or trackman analysis to get an idea what your swing is doing right now, what your individual tendencies are and decide if certain suggestions are in the right context.  The key to real improvement lies in knowing (in detail) your habits, and knowing how the entire motion works as one whole dynamic.  

There is no one grip, but there is a grip for everyone.  There is no one ball position but there is a ball position for everyone.  There is no one posture, or alignment, or backswing or downswing for everyone, but there is one position which fits your swing, your plane, etc.  The great Ben Hogan reminded all of us “the secret is on the dirt”. His advice was quite clear-break the code, find your own best way, the way that works-to do that you need to know where you are right now. After all is said and done the only thing that matters is impact!  The club face, the angle of attack, the true path of the swing and center of face contact are the only things to which the golf ball responds.  We all must find our own way of getting there.

Golf is the greatest game in the world with so many wonderful folks.  Unfortunately it is also the only game with more teachers than players.  Advice is all around; the internet, the magazines, the Golf Channel, your buddies, husband, wife…every one of them means well and, as I’ve said, are likely helpful.  However, great harm can be done if you are not discerning enough to know helpful vs. hurtful.

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Davies: The best ball-striking drill ever!

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Alistair Davies Golf shares with you how to improve and master ball-striking in golf. This is a great drill that can be done at home or at the course to make a real difference to your game! Get ball and turf contact consistently.

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