Golf Lesson Series: Finish position myth vs. reality


Alright, Jon Levy here today on the range
with Nick Clearwater. Nick we’re talking about myth vs. reality
today. Shoulder bend in the finish, how the shoulders
bend and move in the finish position. I’m just going to let you go. Okay, so one of the biggest misconceptions
that your friends on the weekend might describe to you or explain a really bad shot would
be a shot that’s hit and if it doesn’t end up where you want, they might tell you something
like, “you need to keep your head down.” That’s such a common piece of advice that
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen that or heard it on the driving range. Weekend golfers I’m sure can relate to that
all the time. That, unfortunately though is one of the craziest
things that out of everything that you could measure and you could do really well or poorly,
that is never the case. There are no golfers hitting, lifting their
head up and that’s the cause of their poor shots. It’s always something different than that. So you hinted at it with our SwingTRU Motion
Study and we understand the myth now, so what’s reality supposed to look like? So the best golfers do not hit and try to
keep their shoulder bend forward — that’s not it at all. Every golfer that we’ve ever tested hits the
golf ball and just as they’re striking the ball and into their follow through for some
amount of time — that varies from golfer to golfer — they’re bending themselves backward. Meanwhile your weekend golfer is hitting,
trying to keep their shoulder bend forward — that’s a real problem to hit the ball high
— it’s a real simple solution to hitting the ground first, before the golf ball, and
hitting one that travels about that far and is really embarrassing. So they way they avoid that is bending forward
and starting to pull your arms in towards you or extend your left wrist as a way to
not strike the ground so far behind the ball so your friends laugh at you. All of those are just a poor understanding
of how to swing. The best golfers are hitting the ball and
bending themselves backward into the finish to alleviate the problem of hitting behind. It’s interesting when you talk about the best
golfers. So, let’s say that, you know, I’m a little
bit older or I’m maybe less flexible — you know if I see Rickie Fowler swinging and I
see him, I’m gonna feel like I’m going to break my back. What would you say to that? Yeah, so Rickie Fowler’s swing as an example
of someone who just does this part really well. His is just very noticeable. It isn’t that he’s doing anything unique to
what good golfers do, it’s the same thing for every good golfer. You just really recognize it when he’s posing
and you can see how the top of his back is arched backwards and his shoulders are bent
back more than his hips are. Anyone can do that though, but you first need
to understand what it is. So, when someone hits a golf ball, your weight
and your hips should be further towards the left than away from the target and then into
the follow through you just support all of your weight onto your hips and your pelvis,
and then the only bending backward that you really need to do is just with the top of
your torso and your sternum upward. That’s what your’e seeing Rickie Fowler and
a bunch of the best golfers on TV do when they hit the ball and have that perfect PGA
Tour logo finish. If anything it’s probably more healthy for
your back than hurting it. Right, staying bent forward and trying to
turn and contort yourself to slow the swing down is a really nice way to start tearing
up your lower back and your lumbar spine. So this is a safety mechanism as well as something
that’s going to make all your shots better. So you sort of demonstrated is there but if
I’m at home and I want a couple of checkpoints to understand how my shoulders should be bending
in the finish, what would you say? Sure, so one way to practice how to do this
and actually learn the form that all of the expert players articulate in ever swing — especially
with their driver. A way you could do this would be to hit a
golf ball and hold your follow through. Punch it down the fairway and then take note
of a few checkpoints. First one is that your arms should feel like
they’re really straight, your legs should feel really straight, your hips up as high
as you can get them, and that there’s just a little bend of your torso backward. If you run through each one of those checklists
on a short swing then you can start learning how to do this very easily and it shouldn’t
take you a lot of time. If you recognize you’re having a problem with
one or two of those then it’s real easy just to hit another ball and try to do the same
procedure again and you’ll organize your thoughts well enough to start going a little bit faster
and hit the balls farther with the same form. Really, to understand if you know you’re doing
it right is you’re probably going to start hitting good golf shots. Yeah, you should start hitting down much less
with your driver, so the strike should be very level with that. You shouldn’t be smashing the club into the
turf well behind the ball with an iron and the shots themselves should start going higher
and farther. So Nick this is a pretty solid case of myth
vs. reality, probably very good for people to understand. Yeah, there are many cases like this — it’s
not the only one. If you understood this very factual evidence
we were just describing here then you can really start playing better golf. Well we look forward to uncovering more of
these. Yes! Swing Better. Play Better. GolfTEC.

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