Video in last post…

I won’t go into a long dissertation of every scenario, but many people who cast the club are doing it to avoid a shank or a big trench… They don’t know it, but their bodies do….that’s why they do it.

All of those who have experienced one of my outings have seen this in the group discussion.

Lots of awareness of faults, but usually pointed out too late in the sequence of events.

The cast is the cough, the bacterial infection that’s causing the cough is what you have to find.  Holding your breath so you won’t cough just holds in all the bacteria.




  1. Don Lissen

    “…many people who cast the club are doing it to avoid a shank…”

    –Maybe they just don’t have anything else to work with. The bow string is pulled back in order to power the arrow, the hammer is cocked…

    If the mechanism isn’t wound-up, loaded, etc., what else is there besides arms? In “5 Lessons,” this probably really was a quote from Hogan:

    “When you have this stored-up tension in the muscles between the hips and shoulders (and the muscles of the thighs that work with the hips), you have something with which you can begin the downswing.”

    There’s a good chance that fixing the downswing might involve fixing the backswing.

  2. Christian

    When i try to drive my legs to pull my arms down it ends up in one of three ways:

    * good hit
    * foooooore left
    * foooooore right

    Arms are just behind my body, i have to cast to get to the ball…

  3. Michael C.

    “…many people cast avoid a shank…”
    “The cast is a cough”

    Golfer Bob: “Man, I shanked the crap out of that one”
    Golfer Tom: “Yeah ya did. You should try casting the club. I was readin’ on the internet that casting cures the shanks. Some guy long-drivin’ guy put it in his blog. He said castin’ is like a cough and shankin’ is like ebola.”
    Golfer Bob: “Well, I’d rather have a cold then ebola. I’ll try it.”
    Golfer Tom: “Let’s get some Kool-Aid at the turn.”
    Golfer Bob: “Okay, I hope they have grape”

    That’s an attempt to be funny. Sadly, I’ve seen good golf instruction go the way of bad interpretation.

  4. Peter R.

    As a 60 year old golfer who first took up the game 4 years ago at age 56, I’d absolutely agree that many swing flaws are self-protection from bad habits developed early in the learning curve. These include chicken wing, casting, rising up, hanging back.

    Golf teaching fails the beginner and the beginner fails golf teaching.

    Through a combination of almost weekly lessons, 5 day per week indoor or outdoor practice, internet methods, teaching aids, time and money it’s taken me 2-1/2 years to undo and correct most of the flaws that basically were established by well meaning great golfer friends who each tried to help. I’m not scoring to my potential yet, but my percentage of absolutely great swings keeps rising.

    Why do we golfers expect a quick fix when we know the talented pros invest thousands of hours and countless dollars worth of equipment and instruction into improving?

    I believe that one must make a commitment and an investment of time to improve. I have many long time golfer friends with low handicaps who have the latest driver or clubs from a local big box store, but never invest in a lesson or custom club fitting. That’s the marketing machine of golf, selling hope or easy results for lots of money.

    As I evolve, my biggest challenge is to believe in my newfound swing path and plane. Believe that if I just let it go and keep everything, especially my hands, moving I will hit the ball and not jam the club into the ground with shoulder and arm damaging result.

    Find ideas online, find instruction online, invest the time in practice, but also attend schools or get a good local instructor who can help figure if your swing is improving or if you’re just adding bad habits on top of bad habits.

    Golf instruction that promises a quick fix or magic with a new swing for a few or many dollars is snake-oil. There’s no easy way, or more golfers would be low handicappers.


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