Learn Like A Pro, Play Like A Pro!

Apply lasting improvements to your golf game

No matter how advanced the best players in the world become, each and every player does something, somehow, someway to make himself or herself better. No two players may practice the same way, or work on the same things, but nary will you find a player who doesn't strive to take his or her game to the next level.

That said, ask yourself a question. When was the last time you strived to make yourself a better player? What have you done recently to start seeing real improvements? If you're like many, you've probably adopted the "hit and hope" method, where instead of practicing and fixing the way you think and how you physically swing the club, you instead repeat the same mistakes and hope for better results.

Well, let's put an end to that method once and for all. Let's look at two ways you can get better. The first is mental, the second is physical, and both combine to help you stop wasting time on the "hit and hope" method and actually apply some lasting improvements to your golf game, just like the pros do.

One of the most misunderstood concepts I've seen with my students has to do with how to coil the body on the backswing. Often, when I ask my students for a more powerful coil, I see them twist their body away from the target with little to no torque built up in their body. The top photos show what that looks like, and even though I've made a huge coil, I have little power because I didn't do anything to leverage my upper body against my lower body.

Check out my lower body here. I've turned so much that my right knee buckled. Despite the effort this position takes to achieve, it's not a good one.

To develop a better coil, I want you to turn your upper body twice as far as your hips on the backswing, and keep your knees facing the golf ball (yes, the left one should bend) to ensure you aren't overtwisting the lower body. Finally, keep your spine leaning toward the ball. Don't get upright.

This is more like it! My upper body has turned against my lower body, which has only turned about half as far as my shoulders. This is how the pros do it. Keep that back leg rigid!


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