Establish a Good Golf Swing
My goal with the first lesson that I do with anybody, whether it is an adult or child, it does not matter, is I want to send them home with a golf swing. So what I do is what I call a before and after. When I say the before, I ask for them to show me a golf swing and usually I see something like this. The swing goes from here to here with very little variation and the feet usually stay flat on the ground. After they show me their golf swing I am going to show them a golf swing.
Here is how I do it whenever I get in a clinic or I have a lesson. First of all I start in the address position and here is what I start to do. I just let the club go back and forth about six inches each way. Then I ask the student what kind of shot am I hitting if I am doing that. Invariably they will say you are putting the ball and I will say yes you are right. I am putting the ball and in this case if I can get someone to do that it is the way I am going to get them to chip the ball as well. But now watch what happens. This is a putt and chip shot, now I start doing my pitch shots, my half shots, my three quarter shots, until finally I am all the way back and I finish the swing all the way forward and over my shoulders.
Three Elements of the Golf Swing
To me the golf swing is nothing more than three elements.
- You notice what I started doing first, I started swinging my arms.
- Then my body started responding to that, I did not exaggerate it I just let my body move the way it wanted to.
- The third key ingredient is that a weight shift occurs. It occurs over to the top of the backswing and then it transfers over to the top of the finish.
Now if we can get anybody to get those three elements to come together we can build a golf swing for them. That is going to be the goal in the first lesson that I have with anybody is to build that new golf swing.