Hey, what’s up Rotary Swing Golfers? Welcome back to a brand new video this week. I’m back out here with FlightScope to discuss one of the most common swing faults that’s costing you a ton of speed and consistency. We’re going to be talking about what that fault is in this video, I’m going to be showing you the data and why it’s important to overcome this swing fault and get you well on your way to picking up more speed and more consistency.
Okay guys, so as you all well know, we live in a world that’s really driven by data and a lot of our sports have been taken over by data and technology, and golf is no different. We actually have access to an immense amount of data now that can all be tracked through a unit like FlightScope, and their new unit is absolutely fantastic. It gives us access to really critical data like angle of attack, your path, your face to path, those are really important for us instructors to be able to understand what you’re doing in your golf swing and how we can help correct it.
But more importantly, what it gives us is this little thing behind us that we’re going to be using today called BodyTrack. This allows us to be able to transfer what you’re doing in your golf swing as far as weight shift is concerned, so we can actually track how you’re shifting your weight, and that’s the number one swing fault we see students tend to make in their golf swing which causes a mountain of issues, which we’re going to go through now.
Okay guys, so let’s talk about the number one fault that kills speed and it kills consistency, and that is getting a false sense of weight shift. Okay? So what I mean here is this, and it’s, I have a perfect example for you guys today. I have a friend that doesn’t play golf at a very good level, I should say, but I have a really funny video that I was actually going to show at the start of this video and I decided not to embarrass him. But I have a video of him hitting a golf shot off a tee box where he falls on his back foot and then he all of a sudden takes his club and he launches it down the fairway.
And I told him, I said, dude if you could just encompass the way that you just threw that golf club and put it to use with the way that you hit the golf ball, you’d hit it way further and you’d probably hit it a lot straighter. And so what I mean here is this: Amateur golfers always want to fire their arms quickly from the top of the swing, and I get that, it feels powerful to us, we feel like we can really get that club trucking, and I’m going to show you here in a minute that I can produce quite a bit of speed by making that sort of move happen.
But the problem is is this: If I get to the top of my golf swing and I start to fire my arms really quickly and I’m trying to transfer my weight, where is the momentum and inertia in the golf club pulling me? Well, this club effectively is pretty heavy at this point in the swing, right? If I start pulling it down, that’s going to keep my upper body working in the direction opposite of the target.
So if I pull down and my legs are trying to go in this direction, I look down at what the numbers are here on BodyTrack and I have 85 percent of my weight underneath my right foot as my hands start to lower below my chest. Okay, that would be like equivalent to you hanging back and trying to throw your arm at the same time as a baseball pitcher. That wouldn’t make a lot of sense, right? So now what happens, this is where the false sense of weight shift comes in, and people tell me this all the time, “No, Chris, I transferred my weight.” And then we look at it here and then we look at it on camera, and we see differently.
So, as our hands start to turn the corner and are now starting to work towards the target, now where’s the momentum and inertia working? Well, it’s working towards the target. So now, the club is effectively pulling you in that direction and so every time you’ll finish and you’re like “I did transfer my weight, that time.” You finish up on your right toe and I’m like “No, you didn’t. You fired out of sequence.” And that’s what’s costing you a ton of speed in your golf swing.
And in just a moment I’m going to give you a little tip here that’s going to help you out with that. So, but I want to go ahead and show you guys the data here on this first. And show you that you can produce swing my kind of hanging back on your right side. So, let’s go ahead and do that. I’m going to shift over to my right side and I’m going to try to hang back as much as possible and I’m going to look at the speed of the swing, and then we’re going to do it the correct way and you’ll see a good boost in speed.
I’m going to try to go at this one pretty hard, here.
That’s hard to do.
So, let’s go ahead and see what the speed was, there. Okay, so, speed-wise, I was at 104, okay? I hit that, that’s probably 10 to 12 miles per hour slower than I normally swing it. Okay, I’m not really warmed up, but I tried to fire my arms as quickly as possible and not transfer my weight, and it’s telling me at kind of the middle point of the swing, like right in the belly, I was 75% of my weight on my right foot.
So, now what we’re going to try to do is we’re going to fix it by shifting our weight properly. So, for those of you players that have been battling with this particular motion in your swing, let’s go ahead and get a good feel for you what I want you to try and do. So, as you get your hands and arms to the top of your swing, I don’t want you to actively feel like you’re pulling them down. I want you to feel like you’re leaving them there, because if you use your legs properly, they’re going to start to come down for you. This is where you’re using the kinetic chain in its entirety, and this is what’s starting you to create that whip-like sensation, right? Just like if you were to throw a ball.
So, for those players that have always had too much tilt, hanging back on their right side, so they shift their legs and their upper body wants to hang in this direction, what I want you to try and feel is that your buttons on your shirt are going to feel like they’re staying more vertical for the first part of your downswing. You don’t want your buttons to lean back away from the target. So we’re going to try and keep our arms up and our buttons more vertical, and then we’re going to post up and let the club release and we should probably get a pretty good burst in speed here. So let’s go ahead and try this out.
Okay, so let’s look at the balls speed, sorry, the club speed. Okay, so that one already jumped up to 116.4. So that’s a pretty good dose of speed there, just by allowing my hands and arms to be more patient. Yes, with a driver’s swing, we do promote a little bit more secondary axis tilt down in the hitting area, you just don’t want to start that tilt too early.
So, let’s recap here real quick. Don’t get a false sense of weight shift. Allow yourself to be patient with your hands and your arms at the top of the swing. Feel like they’re staying up there and feel like your buttons on your shirt are staying more vertical in that first move and you will transfer more weight which leads to more speed and more consistency.
Okay guys, so thanks again for tuning in to today’s video. I really hope you guys get some great success for this and I want to let you guys know I got a really, really great premium video that I’m going to go ahead and let you guys have free access to today. It’s a great video that helps you with a particular drill that’s going to kind of build on with what we talked about today. It’s called starting the downswing before the backswing’s complete, and you’re going to see it from founder Chuck Quinton, who’s going to talk to you about the mechanical movements that you need to start making to help get that burst in speed and help make sure that you’ve got good control of the bottom of the swing arc.
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