Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Simplify your golf game now!
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During the last 100 years, the game's best players have exhibited a few similarities, which most golfers aren't aware of. Here at Medicus Golf, we came to this conclusion by spending countless hours studying hundreds of the game's greatest golfers. Looking at these players allowed us to identify a small and distinct set of commonalities that we call the 5 Simple Keys.
The keys are not only measurable, but also achievable by all golfers if they understand the fundamental movements and details behind each. These 5 Simple Keys are: #1) Steady Head, #2) Weight Forward, #3) Flat Left Wrist, #4) Diagonal Sweet Spot Path and #5) Clubface Control.
KEY #1 STEADY HEAD
Using Advanced Motion Measurement (AMM) data, we've learned that the average PGA Tour player moves his head only one inch during the swing. This is important because when your head is relatively steady, you can see the ball without relying on your peripheral vision, making hitting the ball solidly that much easier!
To keep your head relatively steady, stretch your right side (for a right-handed golfer) from your ankle to your armpit, removing the wrinkles from your pants and shirt and forming a line up the side of your body. Simultaneously, move your left shoulder downward as it rotates away from the target. These movements allow the shoulders to turn 90° to the address spine angle and complete a centered shoulder turn. The steady head provides a reference point for this centered turn and sets the foundation for the remaining keys.
The first key is mostly about side-to-side motion of the head. It's perfectly acceptable for the head to dip down some during the downswing. As you can see from the photo, Chuck's head has moved downward from the top of his backswing. This happens because his body is compressing as he prepares to explode into the golf ball. This move is also shared by the game's best players, particularly the longer hitters.
Just remember, when it comes to a steady head, it's okay for your head to move downward, but do all you can to eliminate the lateral motion or swaying of your head.
KEY #1WEIGHT FORWARD
Let Your Weight Move Forward
The average PGA Tour player arrives at impact with 80-95% of his or her weight on the forward leg. The average amateur gets only 55% of his or her weight forward at impact! The movement of the hips toward the target with the weight progressing forward is one of the most noticeable differences between the best and worst players. That weight has got to move!
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