OK, here we go. My poster child…

for modern golf instruction being beyond awful.

Here is a guy with a nice setup and a decent shoulder turn…and one of the worst down swings, as far as weight shift and balance is concerned, you will ever see.

It begs the question. Why is someone with a mid to low handicap setup and back swing, have a 35 handicap downswing.

This is going to sound like speculation on my part, but I have seen this so often, I am going to go out on a limb and say this guy was told two things. It was very possibly from an instructor, but more like from a know-it-all friend who watches The Golf Channel, subscribes to at least 4 golf publications and stays at a Holiday Inn Express at least once a week.

It is obvious to me he was told one or both of the following. “Restrict your hip turn because the Jim McLean X-factor says that will create more power and swing more inside/out to hit a draw and you will hit it even farther.”

Guess what? He is doing both of those things and throwing himself completely out of balance and causing him to do a backwards weight shift…not a reverse pivot, because his back swing seems fine…maybe he was taught stack and tilt too. 🙂

A reverse pivot is when your weight goes toward the target during the back swing and returns to where it was at the setup by moving it away from the target on the down swing. A backwards weight shift is when your back swing is fine and then your weight goes away from the target on the down swing. A reverse pivot is bad, a backwards weight shift is a disaster.

Anyway, this guy can’t shoot better than 110-120 with that move. I think it would be no problem to have him breaking 100 in a month or two and 90 within 6 months.

Here is what I would tell him.

1. Setup and initial balance is good enough not to mess with it yet…and takeaway is good enough as well.

2. His one swing thought is to let his hips move freely on his back swing.

When he got comfortable with linking up his more fluid, non-restrictive hip turn with his back swing…step two would be about releasing it properly from the top without dropping his hands so far to the inside.

There is a decent chance that when he got comfortable with the hip turn and release, that he would stop hanging back as he wouldn’t be stuck and his body would be turning more in sync. If not, his one swing thought would be learning a proper balance through and after impact.

By this time he would be shooting in the 80’s, depending on his short game and the way to get even better would be to clean up some minor setup issues that are far from a priority as of this video.

Remember, a lesson is about knowing what is good, cleaning up major setup issues and one swing thought to work on at a time…done by priority until it becomes comfortable and automatic.



1 Comment

  1. Ron

    I find it funny that I see myself in all of these videos, but I’m a three. 🙂 I have either really awesome hand eye coordination, or a really awesome short game. The latter is not borne out by statistics, so I’m gonna go with the former.

    Wait til my wife finds out I have great hands. 🙂


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