Float loading

YUCK!!!!

This is yet another of these cliche terms that gets thrown around by everyone and most have no idea what it is or how to use it.

Float loading is a natural process that happens in CERTAIN golf swings. There is very little wrist cock on the back swing and the change of direction causes the wrists to set naturally on the way down. It can create power and a great strike at the ball…as long as it is a natural process and happens in sync with the turn of the body. Lucas Glover, as an example.

The problem is people see this action as a great way to create lag and they force this move into their swing.

DISASTER!!!!!!

As a matter of fact, there are actually people who teach their students to take the club away so the shaft and arms are at a 180* angle and then massively pull down with the hands creating as small of an angle as possible.

In other words, the arms and the shaft on the takeaway are one straight line. When the back swing transitions to the down swing, the wrists massively cock sending the straight line into an small acute angle…the smaller the better for maximum power.

I call the people who teach this…IDIOTS.

If your natural golf swing has natural float loading…great. If someone describes the float loading process to you and tries to get you to do it to create more power, more lag, or cure a casting motion…take off your golf glove and slap them in the face with it. They are trying to ruin your golf game.

Look at this nasty, forced action.

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  1. rojoass

    I try to reserve my float loading for the boat………… on the days when I don’t play golf.

    http://rojoass.com/

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  2. s.

    I’ll bet it would be hard to chip like that. Also, it could be hard on an uneven lie.

    A long time ago, I saw a frame-by-frame of Greg Norman’s driver swing in “Golf Digest.” I think it had some float-load in it. Maybe here, too.

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    • north

      No float loading with Greg, he fully cocks at transition. More importantly, that swing is natural – no apperance of forcing timing just his natural tempo.

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  3. Wally

    Good post. Here’s my complaint for today if you cannot hit the ball far (270 plus) DON’T HIT FROM THE BACK TEES. Yesterday the two women in our group were hitting it farther than any of those nimrod’s in front of us. Here is a General rule, take the farthest par four if you can’t hit your driver past the 150 yard marker you are not ready to play from that distance. The back tees are usually meant for a 5 or beeter handicap index that translates into 270 plus average drive.

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    • Michael

      Then some professionals shouldn’t play in the US Open when par 4’s are 500 yards.

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    • meateater

      The issue is not how far they are driving the ball, it’s how fast they are playing. I suppose you would be upset if Corey Pavin was in the group ahead and playing from the tips. Your 150 yard “rule” is not very well thought out, to put it mildly.

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  4. Calvin D

    Intentional float-loading seems to be a recipe for inconsistency in direction and flight pattern. It might be good for practice swings because it gives you the feeling of starting forward in transistion while the clubhead is going back; what Ike Handy called “that nice rubbery feeling”.

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  5. Doug B

    No wonder that, in spite of the improvement in technology over the last 20 years, the average handicap of the amateur golfer has not changed. 15 and 20-handicappers try to do this garbage one week, then they read a tip in Golf Digest the next week, then they read a book and try something else. They never learn what their own swing is really all about. They should grab a short iron, go to the range, and really think it through instead of “float loading” and “creating lag” with their big-headed drivers.

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  6. Westy

    I know nothing about the golf swing and don’t pretend to. I do know one thing however, for the love of god please do not wear long socks with shorts. This fellow is not as bad as some but those socks are still too damn high! If you are a Monte follower you get a pass until after the holiday, but then it’s off to Kmart, Target, or where ever (not Walmart never Walmart) to spend the $2 dollars a pair on short socks!

    Your help in stamping out this affliction is greatly appreciated. Together we can make a difference.

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    • Calvin D

      I’m in Westy. Good post. At least that guy’s socks weren’t black.

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    • rojoass

      I’m gonna drop by Walmart for 6 pair of “over the calf” black socks & play in em every day till Christmas.

      http://rojoass.com/

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      • north

        I’m with you rojoass – I’ll wear calf length business socks and garters with my golf shorts just to irk the beegees out of westy as I whup him around the course.

        Seriously Westy – worried about garb and not play? What are you?

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      • Calvin D

        Rojass, don’t forget to wear plaid shorts with a mall pouch on one hip. A Hawaiian shirt would be nice too. 🙂

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    • meateater

      Those ankle socks are about the gayest things a grown man can wear, unless maybe you want to carry a purse.

      The Prince of Cool, Roger Federer, wears socks the same length as the guy in the vid. Case closed.

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