Monday, September 24, 2012

Step 2 - Building the Perfect Swing - Making it Effortless

Step 2 in building the perfect swing is to make it effortless. Everyone loves to watch the PGA Tour pro's hit the ball miles off the tee and look like they put no effort into it. The reality here is that they move very efficiently with their body AND club. Let's focus on the body movements of the golf swing first.

In order to be efficient, we need the fewest moving parts possible while still having maximum power available. Many golfers shoot themselves in the foot by having a poor setup, which makes it nearly impossible to have an efficient golf swing. Below is a look a biomechanically sound setup.

Here, the golfer is balanced, with the joints in neutral joint alignment as dictated by the lines drawn. Building the perfect swing starts with the perfect setup.

Once we're setup correctly, it's time to start moving. The takeaway, in the most efficient swings, can be boiled down to little more than a 2 inch shoulder blade glide. This two inches of shoulder blade movement can literally move the club six feet and into the perfect takeaway position. Watch this video to learn more about just how simple and efficient the golf takeaway can be.

Once you have the simple 2 inch shoulder blade takeaway move down, to finish the backswing is just as easy. The key to learning the backswing is to separate the movements of the arms and the body and learn them independent of each other. The learning program you follow must be just as easy to follow as the swing itself. The movements of the arms are actually quite simple when you learn them this way. There are simply two things that you must learn - elevation and flexion.

The arms move up and down in the golf swing while the body creates the rotation and depth in the swing. This vertical movement of the arms RST refers to as elevation. The folding of the trail arm is called flexion. When you combine these two very simple moves together, you get the perfect golf backswing position like you can learn in this video!

The downswing, while more involved than the backswing, still needs to be very efficient in order to develop the perfect, effortless golf swing. The most important component to the downswing is the creation and maintaining of lag. Lag is simply the angle between the arms and club shaft, specifically the right arm and the clubshaft. Lag is where more than 60% of your club head speed comes from, so it is vital for an effortless golf swing.

Creating lag is a topic that encompasses many facets of the golf swing. For now, we will focus on the right arm. The proper movement of the right arm as seen in the SECRET to creating lag in the golf swing video allows this golfer to increase his lag by 18 degrees which resulted in a much more penetrating ball flight and more swing speed with less effort. For golf swing drills on lag, check out this video on golf swing lag.

One last thing that must be covered when talking about building an efficient, perfect golf swing. It is critical that the golfer realizes that body only provides about 15% of the overall club head speed. That is not much in the scheme of things and most golfers overdo the body movements in an effort to create more clubhead speed when in reality the arms and wrists provide the vast majority of the speed. Building an efficient golf swing means a relatively quiet body. The body has a job to do, a very important job, but it's far less than what most people think.

So, now that we have an effortless golf swing and we understand some of the keys to how the pro's hit the ball so far, now let's work on our next requirement of how they hit the ball so straight!

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