Pro Tip of the Week: The Golf Swing Is Like A Sidearm Throwing Motion

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This Pro Tip of the Week is about how a golf swing is like a sidearm throwing motion. Darren O’Day, Ben Hogan and images from Hogan’s book “Five Lessons” help me show you the technique.
 

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Ron October 11, 2014

Hmm so the first move is to put the weight into your left heel like you are stepping into throwing a ball sidearm? This is Hogans turn the hips to the left while transferring the weight or Rorys leave an imprint in the ground with the left heel? Sort of Sneads plant the left heel with a weight transfer to the back of the left foot?

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Ron October 11, 2014

Seems like its the left side starting the downswing motion to get everything to open up not the right side. Like Rory saying he starts by moving his left knee to the target and planting his left heel to leave an imprint in the ground. So it’s the muscles of the left side starting the downswing because only that can make the body open enough so the hands go at the ball and swing in a sidearm motion. This also causes the lowering before standing up into impact as the hips spin left to lead the sidearm into impact.

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Mark October 13, 2014

Trust me RTT, if you try and start the downswing with the left side you’ll migrate in the direction the hips are facing. So 45 degrees right of your target (right-handed). If you watch one of Waynes’ previous videos ‘Hogan – More Observations’ (I think), you’ll note Hogan’s left heal didn’t go down until his right came up, “like a dance” (DeFrancesco, circa 2013). As we know, apart from the driver, his right heal was down late into the downswing (almost club parallel to the ground).

This means his weight must have been mostly on his right side until a fraction of a second before impact. Hogan did say 80% of his weight was on his front foot when he struck the ball but, to my knowledge, never discussed timing. i.e. at what point this happened…

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Ron October 13, 2014

the left hip, thigh and knee goes almost straight left weight onto left heel. There is a tad forward motion in Waynes 45 direction onto the back of the left foot. The left hip, thigh and knee dont go forward, so you actually dont migrate into the direction the hips are face.

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Ron October 13, 2014

the actual hard part is getting the first foot of the takeaway right… left shoulder and hands straight back so hands stay above feet and clubhead covers the whole shaft 1/4 of the way back. This keeps you on the correct ”ferris wheel sidearm plane” instead of taking it inside. If you are tilted on the sidearm ferris wheel plane to the top, your right hip will go backwad and upwards at the top with left shoulder under chin and left arm through right shoulder and club pointing same as Hogan and Na and WD at top (not across the line).

Then you are sort of tilted forward like the leaning tower of pisa at the top (Remember Hogan’s drawing of the right leg angle being kept at the top?). This makes it easier to plant weight on the left heel to start the sidearm motion. Planting the left heel pulls the hands at the ball and keeps the shaft above the right forearm so you dont get stuck. Then you just keep turning onto your left heel pulling the club down into the ball. No way to hook it this way! Most likely dead straight or bullet fades if you dont pull the hands around fast enough!

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