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  1. Joeunc

    Once again thinks Monte. A point that a lot of golfers out there just don’t get!

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  2. woody

    Which came first…the chicken or the egg?

    Looking at this picture of Hogan, I see him rotating the crease where his left leg meets his torso, which draws his left knee down and back:

    http://www.golfswing.im/2012/ben-hogan-golf-swing/ (Hogan photo)

    Without doing that, your upper body isn’t going to be free to wind-up. (That’s the problem with a guru being too coordinated. Supporting actions that allow you to do what you want to do are just “wired in.”)

    Seems like a lot of modern Tour players are winding-up like Hogan, and they’re doing it like he said, “The goal is one smooth overall movement.”

    And, if this way of looking at it is correct, then it means that the same groin area is also going to involved in the way that Hogan began his downswing. Which means that he didn’t have much mental shifting of focus between starting back and starting down.

    thesandtrap.com/t/45431/my-swing-el-mucho/18 (Hogan’s elastic strip)

    As far as “parallel” goes, Hogan’s book also said: “Some measures long esteemed …are really not important at all.”

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  3. mike

    is Frank going to get into Wyndham next week and will you be down there with him?

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  4. Wally

    the truth is, most golfers do not get get their left arm parallel to the ground (which is not a bad place to be), never mind being paralell at the top. Stop think about how you hit, but concentrate about where you hit, and golf will be more FUN. Leave all the fuss about your career, not your recreation, and you will do better at both.

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  5. ringerdaman

    Love ya Monte but I think this video is a bit short sighted.

    I agree with your main premis that you should not over extend yourself in order to lengthen the backswing and get to parallel. Some people do not have the flexibility to get there.

    HOWEVER, there is nothing wrong with a little late arm movement after the body rotation. For some people this is an important part of loading up for the kinetic sequence. If they forced themselves to halt their armswing at the same time that their upper body stops rotating, they would lose their timing considerably causing both distance and accuracy to suffer.

    What I would point out is that it is in fact the spine tilt that you are displaying which is the problem you truly want to correct. In your demonstration of what NOT to do, you actually begin leaning forward by tilting your upper body forward and shifting your hips back. Better known as a “reverse pivot”.

    I agree you dont’ want to do this, but I think it’s a bit misleading to say the arms should stop when the upper body turn stops.

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