Your swing – and Tiger’s – should resemble a modern car

Where Tiger – and YOU – go wrong

Concepts about the golf swing have truly never evolved since the time shepherd boys insouciantly swung their crocks and knocked pebbles into holes. Not in any meaningful, scientific manner. So, although Tiger’s coaches have all been smart folks, none of them has ever dared think ‘outside-the-box’ enough to understand they were teaching a flat-earth philosophy! How so? Let’s compare the golf swing to a nice, solid modern car.

The least any driver of a modern car expects is a smooth ride. So too should your body during your golf swing. At least the car has powerful shock absorbers to dissipate the impulse of a jarring dip. How can your poor ligaments, cartilage, muscles and not to forget spinal discs continue to do this throughout a long golf career?

The lead shoulder is the hub around which your wheel should be moving at impact, with its radius being your lead arm and clubshaft. Imagine you’re driving your car and the axle itself moved side-to-side or up and down. What a horrific ride!

At the same time, the engine that drives your car comprises just a single block housing some moving parts – the entire car does not have to move to power the rotation of a wheel!

Look at Tiger’s hub and his engine, then look at how the Minimalist Golf Swing’s hub stays stable and only the engine creates the motion, not every part of the vehicle moving the golf club!

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Tiger’s hub moves, how can the wheel (ie. clubhead) connect the road (grass) the same way everytime?

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Tiger’s car moves along with the engine – everything that can move does!

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Minimalist Golf Swing – the hub never moves out of place, the engine is contained within a powerful ‘block’ – the pelvis.

Jordan Spieth – An Anatomical Analysis of his Swing

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth – current number one golfer in the world. Great golfer, great human being!

This is an anatomical analysis of his swing, showing how even he can get still better with an anatomical solution.

You would find little of significance to  complain about with regard to his swing, using traditional means of assessment. With good timing, little things like the lead wrist position at the top can be easily undone during the downswing.

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The concept is totally different when looked at from an anatomical perspective, however. At the top, his trail shoulder is internally rotated and his hips are not level – the trail one is higher. Each golfer’s brain will have him undo these positions in any random sequence which is easiest for his body – during the process the world of traditional golf terms ‘transition’.

Jordan’s particular ‘undo’ style is to first drop down his trail trunk till his hips and knees are practically level. From this point, given the flexion of his spine, hips and knees, the hip joints get compressed and cannot rotate as easily as when the golfer stands tall.

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He then rotates his trail leg – thigh, mainly – a pattern often seen in junior golfers, who then typically retain that move for life.

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This push-off can be dangerous for three reasons: 1) whenever the trail thigh is pushed forward rapidly, it naturally takes the trail shoulder forward with it too, sometimes resulting in an over-the-top impact and a slice or a fade. 2) The hips do not have a horizontal-plane pure rotation, so they do not generate as much power-speed as one would expect for an athlete of his stature. 3) The push-forward of the trail thigh is also probably his body’s unique way of undoing the top-of-backswing internal rotation of his trail shoulder. 

The chicken wing in the late follow-through is also an indication of top-of-backswing shoulder internal rotation.

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The partial solutions for Jordan Spieth:

  1. Reduce the inhibition of the serratus anterior, trapezius (especially mid-) and rhomboids so the shoulder blades (scapulae) sit snugly against his thoracic-wall, to slightly help reduce internal trail-shoulder rotation

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  1. Do not push-off with the trail leg, keep the foot grounded until momentum pulls it off.

The complete solution for Jordan Spieth:

1. Use the Minimalist Golf Swing! All joints positioned perfectly at the top for an effective downswing, because with Minimalist the ‘top’ is the top of the downswing, not of the backswing, from which a ‘transition’ is required and is the most common time during which inconsistencies occur.

The MOST important thing about the golf swing

The MOST important thing about the golf swing

Regardless of anything else, the golf club MUST approach the ball FROM THE INSIDE.

NOT merely enough to strike the ball at it’s center, but on it’s inside right quadrant (for a right-handed golfer).

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To enable this, there are very many compensatory moves you can use, while starting down from the top of the backswing. You could slide your body towards target. You could drop your trail shoulder backwards. You could arch your spine…. And the list goes on. Your brain will figure out a pattern, to allow you (once you’re a fairly regular golfer) to arrive at the ball ‘from the inside’ – most of the time.

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        SLIDE

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     DROP TRAIL SHOULDER BACKWARDS

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                                                                                                       ARCH SPINE

However, when you are aroused, nervous, in unfamiliar surroundings, the timing, that is the ‘sequencing of body parts’ of your swing might change, and you will not make all of the compensatory movements you need to, to get from the top of your backswing to impact, in the limited time span of your downswing.

The ONLY way to arrive at the ball from the inside without any manipulating/compensatory/re-routing movements is to position your body at the ‘top of the downswing’, rather than the ‘top of the backswing’.

What on earth does that mean? That means, every joint must be placed so it is positioned for its role in the downswing.

So, the TWO MOST IMPORTANT body parts to position correctly are the trail shoulder and hip joints. The trail shoulder MUST be in external rotation and the trail hip level with the lead one, not higher.

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THAT’S ALL. You can, through trial and error, find positions that allow these two joints to be placed correctly, OR use the Minimalist Golf Swing, which positions ALL joints at the TOP of the DOWNSWING. Why do more?

Anatomy of the Golf Swing – Why it Matters

Anatomy of the Golf Swing – Why it Matters

What does ‘anatomy of the golf swing’ mean, and why does it matter?

Typically an ‘anatomy of the golf swing’ article or book will merely talk of which muscles are active at what stage of the golf swing. Whose golf swing? A ‘generally accepted as correct’ one.

The preceding series of articles in this blog, based on video from the Champions’ Tour event – The Regions Tradition – are not focused so much on which muscles are used at which stage of the swing, but basically on how the major joints (spine, shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hip, knee, ankle) are being moved.

Each joint has a different purpose, and thus different design, in order to move its limb in the manner of the daily needs of our early ancestors. Each joint can move in one, two or three of three different planes or directions – forwards/backwards, sideways and with a rotary move on a horizontal plane.

For instance, the elbow was designed to straighten or bend in the forward direction, to catch or hold onto something. The shoulder was designed to have a vast range of motion in order to move the entire arm and position the hand for everything from a boxing punch to delicate embroidery. Basically, every joint cannot be put in any-old position, while still retaining its efficiency of movement.

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For instance, suppose you had to eat soup out of a bowl to your side, while keeping the entire arm in line with the body, never in front of it. Can it be done? Yes, the shoulder will re-position the elbow (and thus the forearm and hand) to allow the movement, but will have to make one extra movement to do so (rotated sideways or ‘externally rotated’ first), while the forearm will have to have both its bones parallel to one another (supine) and the wrist will have to flex much more than if one were eating out of a bowl in front of oneself. Thus the entire upper-arm kinetic chain (comprising the shoulder, elbow, wrist and forearm) has made several compensatory moves to make up for the awkward angle of the entire movement.

The same thing happens with the typically used golf swing. With the obsession for club positions and global body movements (involving multiple joints), no one seems to be assessing each joint independently, (which is, in fact, the basis of any global movement), just because it seems to be one smooth-flowing, single motion.

In the preceding series of ‘anatomy of his swing’ posts, each golfer has been assessed for how many of his joints are moved into awkward positions which he will waste time undoing the awkwardness of, and which really are not essential to the main movements of the golf swing – mainly horizontal plane rotation of the body (picture a merry-go-round), along with mainly vertical plane rotation of the body (more like a ferris wheel). Anytime the body attempts a ‘merry-wheel’ or a ‘ferris-go-round’, confusion and inefficiency (and thus greater potential for injury) result!

Colin Montgomery 2014 – the Anatomy of his Putting Stroke

Colin MOntgomery’s PUTT STROKE

Every stroke – from full-swing to putt – uses muscle and thus joint movement to propel the club. Therefore, in all cases is assessing the anatomy of the stroke vital.

That is also why the Minimalist Golf Swing SYSTEM is a system designed to go from understanding desired ball-movement; to planning required body positions at club-ball contact; and finally to positioning the body, during address and the top, so that all joints can easily line up for IDEAL downswing sequences.

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Study Colin Momtgomery’s putting stroke through this video:

The wise-old sayings for the Golf Swing

Golf swing Tips from the best golf teachers in the world
Hit down on the ball.
Keep your head/body down.
Keep you left arm straight.
Finish with your belt buckle facing target.
Make sure your club gets to parallel on the top.
Cock your wrists during the backswing.
Bend your knees.
Keep your arms connected to your body.

My question is, can anyone please tell me the origin of any of these subjective statements and how they are valid in science – especially any science related to the human body – anatomy/biomechanics/physiology – because after all, the body has to move the club (although even here there is debate – “let your body respond to the moving clubhead” is still a popular saying among a whole cult of ‘swing the clubhead’ folks.)

So, if I laid a club against a wall, and stood a few feet away from it, it would move, and my body would respond, I presume?

YOUR top-of-backswing position could be INEFFICIENT

 

IS YOUR top-of-Backswing position INCORRECT?

We all agree that the golf downswing is an underarm movement, right?

Like a tennis ground stroke, NOT serve?

Try this simple test to see if YOUR top-of-backswing position is able to let you make an UNDERARM movement during the downswing

  1. Get into your normal top-of-backswing position
  2. Drop your club without getting out of position (be careful where you drop it!)
  3. Take your left hand off the grip (if you’re a right-handed golfer) and put the left arm behind your back
  4. Now take a look at your right arm. Try to drop it down simply by straightening it at the elbow without any body movement
  5. Are you able to drop it down into an underarm position? Many people will find their right arm quite high up, positioned for a tennis serve (NOT good). Others will find they are quite stuck and cannot drop the arm down UNDERARM without dropping the right side of the body (trunk) down first. You will only be in position to drop your arm into an underarm position if you have a MINIMALIST GOLF SWING top-of-backswing position

See how to perform the simple test:

 

The GOLF Ball FLight Laws and Shakespeare

What do GOLF’s Ball Flight Laws and Shakespeare have in common?

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“Much Ado About Nothing” (MAAN)

You only need 3 ball flights which are of any practical use whatsover – the straight shot, the pull-slice and the push-hook (yes if you want to split hairs you can term them the pull-fade and the push-draw too).

So why discuss 9 ball flights? Did it ever strike those who clutter our minds with a ton of junk just to make headlines that you never ever need a pull for instance, and if you need to go left of target, you can simply aim there and make a straight shot?

So, just as the 9 Ball-Flights are 6 flight-patterns too many, The Ball Flight Laws – old and new combined are WAY TOO MUCH INFORMATION.

If you can always arrive at the ball from an inside, shallow path, at maximum speed, you’d hit your shorter clubs straight, and your longer, lighter clubs with a baby draw, and have maximum possible distance and ideal trajectory too.

MUCH TOUGHER is to figure out the swing to always connect the ball on it’s INSIDE RIGHT QUADRANT (for a right-handed golfer) and BELOW ITS EQUATOR, AND while imparting maximum speed TO THE BALL (NOT to the air around it or into the ground!).

[Of course, the Minimalist Golf Swing helps you to do that, time after time.]

Occasionally you might need a pull-fade/slice. (Even though it’s no way to hit a golf ball except if you’re an ape with all bludgeon and no brain). After all, it requires contact with the outside right quadrant of the ball, and a steep, narrow downswing path.

[Of course, a simple set-up-only modification of the Minimalist Golf Swing’s set-up helps you to do that too, time after time.]

So, golfers, quit worrying about the dynamic loft, face angle and centeredness of contact – THEY ARE ALL A FUNCTION OF YOUR SWING and cannot be improved upon simply by knowing them! Simply USE A SWING which allows you to arrive at the ball from the inside and shallow.

It’s so simple, it’s silly, BUT if you’re arriving from the inside and at a shallow angle of approach, your clubface CANNOT be OPENING as it arrives at the ball, hence NO SLICE (or slice family, which according to the MAAN Ball Flight Laws includes pull-slice and push slice and plain slice).

FORGET all about the MAAN BFL, just GET A SWING which prevents bad ball-flights.

 

 

 

The ONLY WAY to PUTT

The ONLY WAY to PUTT

“They’ will tell you that you should putt with an in-to-in putting stroke. Simply because the putter shaft is positioned at an angle and the putter swings on a plane.

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However, basic common sense will tell you that a ‘crooked’ implement plus a ‘crooked’ stroke cannot work except with perfect timing, which is not possible to have all the time!

Basic trigonometry will also tell you what common sense should. If you plan to put ‘ϰ’ amount of power into the ball in the direction of the target (presume it’s a straight putt, in this case), but suddenly pull the putter offline, then you end up putting ‘ϰ’ amount of power into the new direction, with the ball getting a glancing blow and a mere cosine of ‘ϰ’ amount of power into it, along the target line!

Two videos will explain this point better. Click on

http://minimalistgolfswingblog.com/golf-videos

and see the videos titled

The ONLY WAY to PUTT and

Putting – A Pendulum-Like Motion. Yes or No?

Consistency with YOUR golf backswing? A SIMPLE TEST.

Consistency with YOUR golf backswing? A SIMPLE TEST.

The ONLY WAY for the club to arrive at the ball is FROM THE INSIDE, with an UNDERARM movement.

At the top of your backswing are your hands set for a tennis over-arm serve? Are they wrapped right around you? Do many right-side joints need to be repositioned?

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Click on http://minimalistgolfswingblog.com/golf-videos/ to learn more…..

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