Has this ever happened to you? You go take a golf lesson and the pro shows you what you look like at after impact and then an image of a PGA or LPGA professional after impact and says, “Hey ____, I’d like you to move your body the lead side more like____.”
Not shifting your weight correctly onto your lead side in the downswing is a swing characteristic defined as Hanging Back by the way. And this is just an example of the point I’m about to make. The result of hanging back is often accompanied by premature release of the wrist angles, as the player is trying to advance the club with their arms rather than with the correct weight shift and pivot.
Know Before You Go
In order to get the most of the vast amount of golf knowledge your pro has and for them to help you get the most out of your lesson it’s crucial that your instructor knows what you’re physically capable of so that when you start looking at your golf swing—you don’t try to make changes that you just won’t be able to make. We don’t want to try to make a change that CAN’T happen. That would be and is extremely frustrating!
How Do You Know?
The Titlelist Performance Institute has developed a simple process that those of us educated by TPI use to assess what you’re capable of doing physically as it relates to a mechanically correct golf swing. That process is known as the Level 1 Screen. The screen tells us how your body relates to your golf swing. This is what we call The Body-Swing Connection. In other words, if you can’t do ‘A’ you will likely reproduce ‘B’, ‘C’, or ‘D’ in your golf shot.
In the video you can get some insite to how the process is used on the best in the game.
Is your golf swing is the way it is because of the way your body is moving? Are you struggling with a particular shot or club because how your body is moving? The only way to know that for sure is to perform a physical screen to see what physical attributes you might be struggling with so we know what’s holding you back from doing the things you want to do with the club.
Stop Banging Your Head Against A Wall!
If you are taking golf lessons and practicing but feel like you’re not progressing as fast as you’d like it’s likely that your own body is holding you back. Eliminate the frustration and get screened to find out what you can and cannot do and then decide if you want to try to change your body so you can change your swing.
Bretts Bottom Line:
Physical limitations WILL show up in your golf swing.
“If I could give just one piece of advice to golfers of all levels, it’s to be physically assessed by a competent professional. A well-trained professional can identify key areas of weakness or imbalance and develop a highly effective exercise or rehabilitation program. It’s no guarantee that you’ll remain injury free, as the golf swing puts incredible forces on the body, but it puts the odds in your favor.” – Dr. Greg Rose, Titleist Performance Institute
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