Week 3 of our special golf lesson series, "Play the Best Golf Of Your Life In 6 Weeks."
Today, we're going to learn to control the swing arch and work on weight shift. The key to conistent ball striking and lowering your golf score, we to create consistency with where your golf club bottoms out each and every swing. The main difference between your golf swing and that of a PGA tour pro is that a golf pro has ultra-consistentcy thanks to a honed swing arc.
Let's learn how to control where the club bottoms out by using this golf drill. Step one is to make sure you have light tension in your grip and golf swing. That is the critical element that we covered in our second video. Once you're loose and free of tension, iI want you to take two golf balls and place them on the ground to use as guides. Use them to set up a stance that is 2 inches outside of neuetral joint alignment. Once you're set up in a stable RST address position with 50 . 50 weight distribution, I want yout to shift your weight sligthly to the left. With the club addressing the ball, you are now going to get an accurate idea of where the bottom of your swing arch is.
Once you've established where your swing bottoms out, you should use your leead arm to take a half swing (waist high) and focus on shifting your weight and while taking a half swing. Do this move for 20 reps. You will get the swing sensation of a simple swing arc. After the first 20 swing reps, then do another 20 reps at shoulder height. NOTE: your swing will continue to bottom out in the SAME EXACT SPOT. This is critical to establish consistent contact.
Finally, once you've done 40 swing reps at 1/4 and 1/2 swing arc, it's time to take a full swing and complete 20 reps. What you will establish is the correct and duplicatable position for your particular swing, making it possible to build a RotarySwing arc that will lead to ultimate golf swing improvement.
Hey, Rotary Swing golfers, welcome back to week number three of the "Playing the Best Golf of Your Life in Six Weeks" series. First off, I want to start off by apologizing that we didn't get week number three video out in time. We had a little bit of a production error in that video, and we had some mic issues as well. So, we wanted to be able to circle back, redo that video and make sure that you got some really high quality content here so that you can start to progress your way into playing some of your best golf. So, I know the first couple weeks we talked about ... number one, we were working on making sure that we didn't have a lot of big time head movement, also working on loading up our trail leg and maintaining our spine angle while we rotate our body. And number two, we worked on really shaking out the tension in the arms.
Now, this week, what we're going to be doing is is we're going to be working on adding weight shift, okay, to a centered off body position, and we're going to be working on controlling the bottom of the swing arc. Now, what does that mean to control the bottom of the swing arc? Well, why are golf professionals so good day after day with their ball striking? Well, they get the golf club to bottom out in the same spot pretty much every single time with their irons. That's a really critical part to good, consistent ball striking is getting the golf club to bottom out or knowing where it's going to bottom out every single time. So, that's what we're going to be focusing on this week is getting the club, allowing our body to feel like it has some movement in it to help us create some momentum, help us create some of that speed, but also get the club to bottom out in that same spot for good, consistent ball striking.
So, let's go ahead and take a look at that drill now, and we'll start to lay out a rep range for you, and then we'll start to talk about what we're going to be doing in week number four. Okay guys, so the way I've got this drill set up this week is we're going to be focusing in on adding weight transfer and getting the club to bottom out in the same spot every single time. So, if you're having a hard time with this and you're really starting to lose some of the stuff that we talked about in video number two, I would suggest that we circle back to that. Really work on eliminating some of that tension in the arm because it's going to be really critical for us to be able to get the club to bottom out and not really feel like we're manhandling the club here. So, what I've done is I've grabbed three golf balls, okay? This is something you can do right at your house, and these first two balls that are closest to me are going to indicate my stance width.
Now, I've got the ball just on the inside of my toe here on both sides here, okay? And that's just going to be a representation of my stance width, and this is going to make sense to you here in just a second. And what I want you to know here is that we're going to be setting up about two inches outside of neutral joint alignment on both sides, and if you're unclear as to why we suggest that you set up two inches outside of neutral joint alignment or what the heck that even means, then I've got a great video that's in the link in the description below. You can go ahead and click that video, we'll talk about the importance of determining how to get proper stance width based off of neutral joint alignment and not worrying about shoulder width apart, which is something that we've always heard through golf instruction. All right, so we're going to be two inches outside of neutral joint alignment here on both sides, okay. And this third ball is going to be a representation of where I want the golf club to bottom out.
Okay, now, how did I determine where this ball is going to be? So, here's what I want you to do is I want you to set up about 50/50. Both arms are going to be hanging relaxed. So, 50% of my weight in my right leg, 50% of my weight in my left leg, and all I'm going to do is I'm going to keep my arms and my head really still, and I'm going to shift my weight over to my left side by rolling to the inside part of my right ankle here. So now, what I want you to notice here is because my arms are going to be hanging freely, you see how my club moved forward a little bit here? This is where the golf club would be bottoming out, this is the lowest point of the golf swing here. So, that's where the golf club is on its last point down and it's first point up. So, we want to understand that that's the bottom of the swing arc because I've shifted my weight left, both my arms are relaxed, okay, and they're in a straight position.
Now, normally, because we want to hit the golf ball ... We want to hit down on the golf ball to help compress it, we would want the ball just behind the bottom of the swing arc. So, you can see that this is where my bottom would be so my ball position would be right here. Now, the reason why I have this ball up in the position where the bottom of the arc is, is that's just an indicator, okay? It's just for you to have a little piece of notification if you're getting the club to bottom out in the same spot. So, again, the way this drill's going to work is we're going to set up, we're going to have our left arm hanging freely, okay? Our lead arm. And we're going to go ahead and move our lead foot in towards our right, and we're going to swing the club back to about hip high, okay? So now, what I want you to try and focus on here is we're going to step back out, so you can see that I'm back into my proper stance width, and at that point, I'm just going to let the arm fall and release.
So, I pull it back in, hip high, step out, head still, you can see that that club bottomed out in a pretty good spot there, step out, let the arm fall and release, okay. That club bottomed out in a pretty good spot. Step out, okay? Once you get 20 of these in a row, then you can start to increase the amount of width to the golf swing. So, we're going to start out with going hip high, now we're going to go back to about shoulder height, okay? So, we're going to pull our foot in, we're going to shift our weight, and the arm is going to fall and release. Now, if you notice that your club's coming down a little bit on the steeper side, chances are you're allowing your head to move a little bit too much. So once you step out, I want you to hold your head really still, and what that'll do is it's going to help you create some secondary axis tilt which is just simply the spine leaning back which helps shallow the golf swing out.
Once you get 20 of those in a row, then I want you to go a little bit further. You're going to almost go in almost a full swing mode here. So we're going to step out, let the arm fall and release, once you get 20 of those in a row, then start the process over the next day. I want you guys to work on this at least five out of seven days. If you can't get 20 in a row, don't worry about it, circle back to video number two, start to work on tension, and then come back to this video, and you'll start to see that, "Okay, now, I'm adding weight shift, I'm eliminating that tension in the arm, I'm stepping out, the arm is swinging, and the golf club will bottom out in the same spot every single time," all right, guys?
I wish you guys the best of luck this week. Good luck, post up in the comments below if you have any sorts of questions on this particular drill, this is going to be mission critical to make sure we get this down before we start talking in video number four about how to maintain spine angle through the hitting area properly so you don't have any early extension of the spine. Good luck, guys, let's make it a great day, we'll see you next ...
-Dr. Jeffrey Broker, Assoc. Prof. in Biomechanics at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Former Senior Biomechanist for U.S. Olympics Committee
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-Sam Jarman, PGA Golf Instructor in the UK