Pro Tip of the Week: What Starts the Backswing?

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Ernest December 6, 2014

there was a great slow motion biz hup video of tiger during Saturday s hero champship broadcast. It was on the golf channel and you could really see tigers hip turning left well before the club got to the top.

Ron February 19, 2015

funny reply Wayne! Good thing you have shown us the overall truthful picture from so many great players showing the same thing in all your videos! Now we know the truth and can find out how to do it.

Rory said in the Sept Golf article the left shoulder and hands go straight back to start the backswing. This is same that Na’s coach said. (next left arm across chest, then left shoulder under chin, then downswing is left hip goes left getting weight well left [so you can later hammer down on your irons with the right arm and hit it with backspin], then at left arm waist high push off right leg and fire the right arm at the ball. LOL thats all you have to do to hit it somewhat like Hogan! hahah yeah right

Ron February 24, 2015

The great thing you’ve done is show with video proof all the great players do the same things. Tiger and Hogan looking the same proved it for me (along with Player, Sergio, Palmer and AK and Na.)

The hard part is what thoughts to do it.

I worked on it the takeaway and you were right as usual (youve been doing this with a sharp eye for awhile!) The upper trunk definitely starts the move away from the ball.

But where Rory and Na’s coach are right is the upper trunk rotates in such a way the hands do go straight back to 8 o’clock.

Right now I’m working on the left knee and side separating to start the transition (Ledbetter) then the right leg kicks (hogan) and the right arm fires at ball (Ledbetter and Hogan).

Question? Why does Hogan in Power Golf say the weight is on heels at address? No one agrees with him

Ron February 25, 2015

Ok your DVD answered my own question, once again you even had the transition explained better than Ledbetter! (Ledbetter drill helped me feel the transition stretch in the back though)

I remember your dvd lesson and also see from Tiger and Westwood videos the transition (1) is a big diagonal push with the right leg (a few inches) push off the back of the foot in a 45 direction behind the left leg and (2) at the same time the left leg rotates left keeping its flex. Westwood, Tiger and AK really keep the left leg bent keeping potential energy for the jumping up move.

I can really feel the hips pull the hands down and the power stored in the hands at chest high. The flexed left knee gives potential power, and the right leg diagonal push has stretched the back, further increasing potential energy for the stand up. I feel what Tiger said about ‘now Im like a boxer ready to deliver and uppercut’ with right leg stretching the back and the left leg still bent storing energy.

Ron February 25, 2015

I think the difference with Tiger and Hogan is Hogan thought about throwing the medicine ball horizontally at a target 3-4 yards away but Tiger bent his left knee so that he could stand up and throw the medicine ball upward like an uppercut.

Ron February 25, 2015

wow that was greatest ever, way to go WD for teaching the (1) diagonal right leg push and (2) left leg goes left causing a (3) ‘catch’ of the club as it flattens! So much easier than Ledbetter and no where else have I heard or read this, even though its pretty clear this is what Tiger, Hogan, Na, Westwood are doing!

It really helped to have the proper takeaway where the upper body causes the shaft to climbs the shaft plane perfectly, way to go again!

I dont know how much my left knee was bent, I suspect not like Tiger, more like Hogan. I do know I was standing up into the ball so it was bent a tad. Funny it was all dog wagging the tail, I wasn’t really thinking of ‘shoving power into the shot’ with the right leg, just more naturally standing up with both legs. Also, the right hand just kind of naturally supplied power, it wasnt something to think about like ‘hit it with 4 right hands’, more like centripetal force whipped it around.

Ron February 25, 2015

lol and at least I felt like I was hitting it like Hogan, striping it – see you on tour, LOL NOT!

But I would say your preferences do come closest, so many things held me back, like grip a little off… didnt know you list back by turning your hips left (power golf), didnt know the upper trunk rotates back, didnt know the upper trunk has to rotate in such a way the shaft climbs the shaft plane and the hands go straight back, didnt know to push off diagonally with right leg (when ledbetter says to ‘separate the left knee’ and Hogan says ‘left hip goes left – neither said anything about pushing off the right leg diagonally to cause the ‘catch’)

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