I came across this page, which is highly ranked in Google, offering “advice” on the golf swing. But a quick Google on the author reveals that he is not a teaching pro; he merely quotes other pros.
From his home page:
I am not a professional golf instructor, who is dogmatically trying to promote a single particular golf swing ideology
I’m not trying to disparage Mr. Mann, and I’m sure he makes some good points. But ask yourself this: who would you rather listen to – a PGA certified pro instructor such as Jim McLean, or someone else?
One thing that Mr. Mann states that is clearly wrong is this:
Golfers don’t have an accessory mechanical aid that can help them unload the right hip at the very start of the downswing.
Golfers DO in fact have access to this very thing! It is known as PivotPro, and is endorsed by PGA Instructor Jim McLean and used by countless pros and amateurs alike.
I want you to compare these two videos, one from the great Ben Hogan and the other from PGA Professional Instructor Jim McLean. McLean just NAILS Hogan’s swing, as can really be seen at 1:04 of the video.
Notice how the angle of the back leg, as well as the proper coil, are re-inforced by PivotPro! This is NOT a “block of wood” or some other “made up” pivot aid. This is a PRECISION ENGINEERED, WELL THOUGHT OUT training aid that CAN and WILL get you to pivot like the best golfers do.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this video of Ben Hogan is an encyclopedia on the subject. Just look at his hips and how they “coil”, adding power to his swing without nunecessary or wasteful arm motion.
Ever wondered why some golfers appear to hit the ball with almighty force, yet it doesn’t travel anywhere near as far as pro’s who appear to hit it with ease?
It’s all a matter of physics. Remember:
Distance = Clubhead Speed = Mass * Acceleration
Professional golfers maximize the Mass factor by engaging all the big muscles of the body–the legs, torso and shoulders. These large muscles control the hands and arms. The body and the arms are connected. In this way, a golfer’s body produces the power that’s imparted to the club via the arms and hands.
Poor players are ‘disconnected’–they use their arms and hands independent of the body. In other words, the tail wags the dog.
So from this observation, we can see that pro golfers effectively INCREASE THE MASS of the clubhead by efficiently using the large muscles of the body!
Professional golfers and long drivers ensure that there is:
Maximum energy imparted from the body to the golf club
Minimum loss of energy during transfer from the golf club to the golf ball
Minimum loss of energy during travel of the ball to target
So, if you are struggling with distance and consistency in your golf swing, take a look at your lower body fundamentals. Are you truly engaging the correct muscles? A great golfer to take a look at would be Ben Hogan: his accuracy, distance and consistency was legendary, and he was not a physically large man!