PERFECT GOLF BACK SWING FOR SENIOR GOLFERS


hey Danny Maude here thanks for
joining us this week I if you’re a senior golfer this is going to be quite
useful for you I ran a senior golf school this week and I had a number of senior
golfers with a number one request was how do i how do I hit the ball much
further Danny I’m struggling I feel like I’m losing distance now they cited a
poor backswing and a lack of flexibility as to why they were losing distance
personally however we managed to by the end of the session with every single one
of them to improved their distance despite their flexibility and
therefore added a minimum of 20 yards on every single one of their drives in this
week’s golf lesson I’m gonna show you why the backswing is so important and why it’s
very very important that you make as big a turn as you can and if you’re a senior
golfer you’re going to have to make a few different compensations to to make
that turn but if you can you will hit the ball much much further that’s what
we’re going to cover in this week’s training before we do that if you’re new
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release a new video now so this senior clinic here’s what’s going on what do we
need to do well it’s very very important to make a full backswing as our as full
of boxing as you possibly can now everyone as you get a bit old we’re
gonna lose that flexibility a little bit and that is definitely gonna restrict us
but it doesn’t have to restrict the length of swing as much as you might
think so what I found was this a lot of senior golfers
I start with what we’re supposed to be after in an ideal world what does a
great backswing look like well when we’re swinging back you’ll notice here
I’ve got an the angle of my back is forward okay like this it’s angled
forward and what we’re trying to do at this stage is when we make a swing we
want to be able to keep that angle so the left shoulder is down here in the
right shows us we’ve got always got this angle forward with that there excuse me
without there we’re able to make a nice D
turn that’s the gothy em so from here we want to be a turn back and make us full
a turn as we possibly can what do I see happening what was I’ve
seen happening in this clinic well with a number of seniors they had
misinterpreted a shoulder turn kind of shoulder as opposed to a torso turn what
they were doing was this and this is so so commonly a real big big power leak
they were moving their hands their arms and their shoulders but what do you see
now this left shoulder here is coming upwards and they’re making or what they
feel is a big turn but what they’ve really done is made of shoulder turn and
not at all certain you don’t make a torso turn you have nothing to drive
into the shot not much in this me and you know our gonna have a bit of a
tug-of-war you grab hold of that and I’ll grab hold of this end now I’m gonna
use my legs and my torso to drive you through if I just move my shoulders over
to you I’m become a lot weaker so it’s very very important that the reality is
a real power comes from learning how to make a proper toss or turn so that is
what we’re gonna cover in this week’s train we’re going to show you now how to
make a really big turn using this and maybe making a few compensations if you
do have some flexibility issues so let’s have a look at this the first thing to
do nearly every one of them could not make a proper turn because they started
of balance so when the starting here is is they’re getting himself set and
they’re walking to the golf ball and they’re on their heels now you cannot
make a toss or turn if you’re on your heels now a lot of people don’t even
realize they’re doing this they sat on their heels here you check your next
time you’re out and if you were to make a turn you would lose your balance so
your body is designed to stay inbounds it will not allow you to lose your
bounce so from here you’ve got to get the sensation that you’re much more
forward now the simplest way to do this is it although I got the guys to do was
watch the golf ball and keep moving their feet like this so when you’re
walking you don’t want like this on your heels so the reality it’s buccal
to the golf-ball imagine you’re walking you will immediately find your best
balance position so straight away am i much more balanced position here
fantastic I’m done that is the first goal once you’ve put
that in place now you need a balanced position we’re now ready to make the
turn then what I want you to do and this is something like we’re approaching
except I’m really how we’re approaching art and stroke winter now it’s getting a
bit chilly so some of these exercise you can do at home take your club put it
along you’ve started a line like this and what I want you to do is this we
want to maintain this angle here we saw with the seniors what they were doing
was moving their shoulders now you might do this too so what one do you want to
try and keep this angle the question is is a lot of people if you start with
struggling flexibility the reason why they move their shoulders because this
is too tight so what you want to get to sensations here is once you get to about
here you want to feel at your torsos moving so you need two things to do
maybe raise now your left heel to give a little bit so that’s going to increase
the amount of mobility you’ve got in your hip and your torso here so I’m
raising my left heel the other thing which is from dates back to the 90s
really people used to say oh I’ve got to keep my right leg bent and do you know
what for most people that just crazy how can you make a turn if this is rock
solid doesn’t work so watch this I don’t mind people doing two things
straightening the right leg a little bit but also feel like you’re almost
standing up so you look at my left or my left shoulders down and I’m actually
feel like I’m standing into the position this really opens up that rib cage
improve your flexibility and helps you make a bigger shoulder turn so let’s go
through those two things again we’re getting ourselves set up here
we’re moving back we’re going to go to the hands and the carpet and many but
want to focus on torso I spent moving back here you’re going to try to move
your ribcage here and we’re gonna do that by raising the left heel to help us
and watch this I don’t mind the right leg standing and I’m literally going to
feel like I’m standing up a little bit here but I’ve kept
the angle as I’m doing it so I’m literally standing up standing up I’m
making a nice big Martian that will hugely help your ability to complete the
swing let’s have a look at from this side so watch this I’m moving back here
I’m allowing that left heel to come that litt releases this hip
therefore it releases your torso my tarsals move I’m making a tosser turn
not a shoulder turn and watch this I don’t mind this starting to straighten
because this create space helps me to come up and I don’t mind standing up
here very very important because nook now I can generate I’ve loaded and
stored energy I can generate it back to the golf balls let’s start with that
first so one you’re going to repeat this a few
times get a feel of this it’s like straight up and down raise the heel up
stand up and down nice and slow we’re not going pretty big shots here we’re
just going to go feel feel the Martian stand up down okay where the balls going
initially all we’re doing is trying to make a bigger movement you make a bigger
movement you store more energy you’ll hit it further we’re worried about
direction in state next stage so we’re pivoting back winding it up setting up
and back down again ready you down fantastic now I would do a lot of this
nice and slowly at the range but do you know what do it now in the comfort of
your own home grab a mirror very very important grab a mirror look into a
mirror now look I’m gonna imagine you’re my mirror what I’m gonna do is we want
to somehow keep this angle when you do this and you don’t move your feet you
might fall got it feels a bit tight on my back no problem
start to release the lower section just a little bit to make sure this toss or
this bit here moves with you then what I like to when you get to around about
here just feel you’re going to complete the swing by the right leg just standing
up a little bit and you’re gonna there we go we’re going to make a bigger turn
to the right niched leg straightens it opens up this hip and allows you to make
a much much bigger turn on the backswing it’s a great exercise there feel that
Martian there we go that’s what you want to be going that’s now a much bigger
motion here big turn once you’ve done that a few times then obviously go and
hit some golf balls now the accuracy bit so that’s going to generate power the
final piece of the jigsaw is this you’ve got to swing this thing the actually bit
is this they’ve been so used to using their hands and the arms because again
this hasn’t really moved in it’s been forced to do that now what you’re going
to have to do is you’re gonna have to control this bit it’s the final piece of
the jigsaw what I did was nice and simple as opposed to pushing it because
if you’re flicking it back here what we’re going to do is we’re going to get
the sensation here that the leader on the left arm in my situation here is
dragging back there so this left arm here and what I’ve often done on you
I’ll put a video actually up in this top right corner with to actually the
exercise which go into more detail on the takeaway but you know there will be
very very helpful but now I’ll just give you like a brief summary which is
probably all you’re gonna need is put a tee peg in the top of the grip here I
knew what you try and do with this lead am as you’re making this motion here is
you’re going to try and keep the lead have this tea pick as close to this leg
as you possibly can watch this if you flick away where’s the tea peg gone
straight away over there so you keep the tea peg all together here and there we
go now when you start to add that you’re looking after their clubface as well so
let’s start to join the dots a little bit so tee pegs nice and close from here
and all we’re gonna do is wind up to the top and back down again wine the tosser
not the shoulders not the shoulders look at the angle I’ve still got here yeah
now sort of look at this in action I’m looking after the club now nice and
slowly no big ones wind it up I’m through okay and it is as
simple as that not really we did this in stages so
let’s summarize you first thing it you cannot make a turn if you’re off balance
so you’ve got to get yourself in a balanced position you would not walk
like this on your heels yeah but people do they do when you get to a golf ball
people go I’ve got to be perfect so they get very static and without realising
when you get static you allows you to fall back without realising you keep
moving and your body will naturally find a much more balanced position on the
ball so keep moving those feet in fact you can just hit golf balls initially
get this bit right hit golf balls trying to keep those feet moving before you
move onto the second stage which is actually the toss or movement once
you’ve done that you’ve got the sense of the dynamism then you’ve got to get the
feel of this what are we to what we have to in a wonderful term we want a full
turn we’re working about you some mirror work here keep the leech all the down
left all in my case right shoulder up some of you won’t be able to do that
because you’ll feel some tightness in your back no problem do two things
I’ll Lao that lead heel here to come off the ground to release your hip releases
your hip releases your torso then from here to finish the job off so you can
now go even bigger don’t be scared of straighten the right leg here look and
working upwards standing up a little bit not a problem with that that really
helps you to make a bigger turn that’s the second stage and third and finally
look after this golf club no flicking it here get yourself dragging back keep out
the tea peg as close to your leg as you possibly can as you make this motion you
can see here that will help stabilize the clubface and then away we go so I’m
gonna come really big Marsh in here big turn back up and then through we go hope
you enjoy this video and this is so so important look at our dick for senior
golfers but this is just a great way to make a big big turn no matter what your
age but I know it really it would really really help if you struggle with a
little bit of flexibility and you’re looking for some extra power if you know
some senior golfers that could benefit from this please share it of course you
can join the video come I see is next week by subscribing and pressing that
little bell but until next week have a great golfing week

100 thoughts on “PERFECT GOLF BACK SWING FOR SENIOR GOLFERS

  1. Another great video. The dragging in the takeaway made such a difference after last weeks lesson, so can't wait to try the latest tip on the course this afternoon

  2. Another great lesson. I'm hitting the ball much better since I started watching your videos. I'm 71 with arthritis, and I can relate to some of your clients. Thanks Danny.

  3. Hi Danny.
    Apologies for my lack of comment of late.
    I am waiting for hip revision surgery so I have not been playing and I have been a bit fed up to say the least!
    Anyway it looks like I will have the operation in November, so not long to wait now.
    Today's video was fist class, especially the part relating to the straightening of the right leg and "standing up" slightly in the back swing. I have spent too much time in the past trying to keep the knee flexed. It's okay if you have the flexibility of Jon Rahm or Rory McIlroy but at almost 71 it's not possible.
    Hopefully it's something I can incorporate into my swing next spring when I am off my crutches and I have completed my rehab.

  4. Danny, I watch all your videos intently , what I notice in this one is the slow take away speed. What has helped me enormously this year is the thought of the take away in slow motion to a full shoulder turn. I was in such a hurry to hit the ball I’d never get a full turn. Now if only I could master that perfectly balanced finish that you have. By the way, won GOY thanks to you. Cheers.

  5. Danny….Greetings from across the pond……you are a natural teacher. I really appreciate your simple, detailed accessible lessons. This is a great session. Thanks. I want to share with you the best thing I have ever learned (47 years ago and still do it every day) and which I teach as an avocation. It's an ancient, simple, natural mental technique that has served me well all these years. It is called Transcendental Meditation. It refines the mind and nervous system by normalizing imbalances (structural and material stresses) through deep mental and physical rest. Many professional athletes have learned and regularly practice this technique. There is an official (many pretenders on the internet) at www.TM.org which provides great information on the technique and research that documents it's benefits (there are hundreds of peer reviewed studies on this technique). I hope yopu don't mind this uninvited invitation. I hope you take the time to look at this (if you haven't already). Thanks again for your compassionate lessons…you are an excellent teacher.

  6. Absolutely true, Danny. For most of us senior golfers, the flexibility factor ain't there anymore. Excellent tips on improving the torso turn for more power. Brilliant video, Mate!

  7. You nailed it for me there Danny. I shoulder turn and loose posture and all hell breaks loose. The foot drill at set up seems to help thank you

  8. Danny, another absolutely brilliant video from your collection, thank you very much. I will be heading to the golf course today for the first time in 12 weeks.my hand lost a battle with a mitre saw, so today will be the first time I will be able to hit balls, I hope, definitely swinging a golf club today. perfect video for me to start with. thanks Danny your lessons are absolutely brilliant.

  9. Great lesson, Danny, but I used to watch some lesson,that taught pulling the right shoulder back vs.pushing the left on the back swing. Your thoughts?

  10. Love your videos! Your instruction of creating a nice smooth swing is so important – especially as we get a little older. If you would perhaps in another video – address the head position on the downswing. I noticed at min 8:34 you allow your head to tilt toward the target on the downswing. Many of us are trying to keep the head back – but in doing so are keeping the head facing down. I believe that this is creating unnecessary tightness. Thanks!

  11. Danny, this is a good method for get that club back using the body not just the arms. I'm still hitting those great iron shots from your other video. I am having to adjust to this new distance, overshot three greens yesterday 🙂

  12. Just tried this and its transformed my swing , literally feels more effortless in the downswing.
    I knew I was doing something right as I could feel all my lower torso muscles working for the first time ever .

  13. Danny, I am 72 years old. Your swing tips on the Torso Swing increased my average driver carry from 235 yards to 255 yards, with my total distance increasing to 275 yards. Thank you very much.

  14. I started the season hoping to hit a drive 200 yards. Mostly under 200 usually about 190 tops. I've been working on your drills and last time out I punched one drive 250 and a couple in the 235 range, now 200 is a miss hit. Oh and mostly in or near the fairway. I am 63 and will try this tip also.

  15. Bingo, as per usual Mr. mind reader spot on. What insight for us old guys, often wonder how I played so well in my younger years. Watched your video while watching Liverpool play my team and I thought about going outside to hit balls. It’s cool here in Indiana also!

  16. Thank you! Your videos are amazing. Your instructions are so perfect. I absolutely look forward to each and every video every week. I wish I could spend just one day on the course with you. Thank you for the effort you put forth to make these videos for us. Thank you just doesn't say enough.

  17. Love this lesson on making a full backswing. Could you give a lesson on completing the swing … “the follow through”. I have a problem of transferring my weight forward ( in my case being right handed, transferring my weight to my left leg).

  18. Brilliant Danny. l love the way your head moves as well. Disproves the keep your head still tip which kills seniors

  19. Great video…along with the idea of pulling the club through from the top, as seen in a previous post from you .helped me stop flipping and hitting behind the ball.The swing feels more like a swing than a hit. 70 years old and sending that ball out there. This man makes sense…

  20. Coffee this morning while getting my Danny Maude fix…its gonna be a good day
    Danny have you done a video already on how to start the swing does the torso go first, left shoulder hands, etc

  21. Another quality video Danny , that move with the tee peg is a really useful guide should I be using this with iron take away too ?

  22. Due to an illness i am restricted in my movement but really think this might give me a few extra yards. As always appreciate your clear and helpful tips. Keep up your grest work. ⛳🏌️‍♂️🏌️‍♀️

  23. Really good explanation of where the power comes from and how to adapt depending on your flexibility. I'll be trying this one out on the range and already haven the lounge.👍

  24. Danny great video. It looks like at the top of your backswing you pause and then bring the hands higher before you start down?

  25. Excellent tips. A couple of observations as I am 71. Jack Nicholas lifted his left heel. Lee Trevino shifted his feet right before he struck the ball (kind of walked into it). I have an Orange Whip and use it like your club drill (and then swing with it) to maintain flexibility. While my handicap is too high, I find that I have more fun if I am flexible.

  26. After watching these kinds of videos for a long time, (some good, some bad) I have decided that yours are by far the best and easiest to follow. I'm 69 yrs old and my game has been going the wrong way for a year or two now. Hoping for better things with your help. I'll be helping my granddaughter play (she's a beginner) and will use a lot of your stuff. Thanks!

  27. Good stuff Danny, two years ago best round 104, last year 93 this year's goal break 90 last week shot 78 thanks ,biggest improvement irons. That one arm swing really help me shallow and hit straight

  28. Danny this is a great video been struggling all season with exactly this problem you have just given me my homework for the winter.. Keep them coming best teacher on youtube.

  29. I can't believe how much your head moves in the backswing Danny
    i was always taught to keep your head still i start to panic when mine moves…

  30. Another great drill from a very down to earth golf coach it feels as though your giving an individual lesson to us all 😊👍

  31. Hi Danny…here is a problem for you!!!!! have undergone FAILED hip replacement surgery…..I cannot rotate around my body like i used too, and am really suffering getting the ball away STRAIGHT… am 68 and love the game of Golf. can you advise a quick, perhaps temporary fix sir All advise greatly appreciated, Best regards IAN

  32. Danny I have found that if I keep my wrists loose and free on the back swing (almost like dragging the club back as if the head follows behind) and make the big turn I get much better clubhead speed. At 85 y/o it takes everything I can do to get the ball out 200 yds. but that seems to help as long as I don't rush the down swing but give it a chance to get set at the top. I read somewhere that Bobby Jones advocated loose wrists. What do you think about this?

  33. A big thank you Danny. After 40 years of playing I have never really understood the importance of a torso turn v a shoulder turn and have always mistakenly thought you needed to keep the torso static! Your videos are so good especially the way you visualise the way movements should be made. Well done and once again a gig thanks.

  34. Hi Danny if ur ever in Scotland give me a shout as I need some help with my swing, after a spine injury and number of operations I need help in adjusting my swing, will happily pay for your time. Thank you. If you can dm me on Twitter @bigwych

  35. Wow. I took this to the range today and pretty much striped a whole bucket.. .. Danny you get a beer.
    I've been all-arms for a while now.. getting my hips to clear on the backswing made all the difference.
    The one thing I had to remember to do was not feel like I was so rotated, that I over compensated and swung faster on the downswing. First try I did fat it really bad.. then realize I tried to kill the ball.
    So I said "okay try it again, but do an easy, peasy, smooth fred couples downswing.. and .." WHACK! stripe. stripe. stripe.
    Love this video.

  36. I'm 60 and with a medium flexibility. When I try your tip is it normal that my Right shoulder (I'm a Lefty) turns into my chin therefore making me lose sight of the ball for a brief moment, then coming back around I have to refocus on the ball? Thank you for the feedback and keep up the great work! REALLY love your videos!

  37. Again, my friend you have nailed it. I am a senior golfer with a bad back but I believe I can implement these movements to a great extent. Thunderstorms here tomorrow so I'll let you know soon. Can't wait to try these. I have never been able to hit a proper drive but I can hit my irons with no problems. Any suggestions how to hit long irons for a senior with a bad back? Thanks, Danny Cheers

  38. Great lesson again Danny just what I needed , love the drills where you can practice feel before you go to the range 👍

  39. i dont normally comment on videos danny but i was moved to do so after watching this…i have recently started playing golf again after a twenty odd year break from the game …i saw you demonstrating every swing fault that i know that i now have…i used to drive the ball around 260 – 270 meters on average but now i struggle to get it out there 200 meters…my swing used to be envied by a lot of people because it produced effortless power…now i'm embarrassed by it…earlier today i had decided that the game i love was going nowhere and i was ready to give it away again but after watching this i feel that you have given me the tools to fix it….thank you danny

  40. Wonderful video- do you have a video on setting your wrists at the end of the takeaway. Simply- do you hinge the club up or behind once you finish the takeaway?

  41. great vid. i'm not a senior (yet) and hopefully this will help me recover my swing. a few months ago i broke my back and now have bolts and rods bridging my T12. I can turn from the hips along with keeping the shoulders in the same alignment. the only part of this i have trouble with is the follow through. hopefully as time goes on i'll have a little more flex to complete it.

  42. Great golf lesson, I will be practicing these exercises, before I play my next round of golf on Tuesday. Keep up the good work.

  43. Thanks Danny. My biggest problem has always been stray thoughts during the swing. One of them was a preoccupation with not straightening the right leg. Now you have freed me from that bit of nonsense, I am swinging more freely and completely forgetting about my right leg. Went to the range today and hit some beautiful shots with driver, irons and a hybrid. I hope I can carry it onto the course.

  44. My light bulb moment came with your video on keeping the upper arm connected to the chest. All things follow from this including the turn of the torso on the backswing. I believe this is why it feels so restrictive but it creates the power we wish for. We must resist the body's tendency to take the easy way i.e. arms only.

    Thanks Danny.

  45. Heels to toe….heels to toe and putting on the ritz…great teaching video but on your balancing advice I could only laugh and think of Mel Brooks‘s caper.But seriously thank you for making a geezer like me a better Golfer.

  46. Another well explained drill. On your slo mo you naturally created lag at the start of the downswing. Can this be taught?

  47. Hi Danny, I'm in my mid sixties and i'm thinking about purchasing another driver. Am I better off going with a senior flex and perhaps a higher loft, say 12 degrees. Because of my age.

  48. Thanks for the information. I'm 65 and definitely not as long or as flexible as I once was. Good drills and I know that they are helping. Getting older it's tough. It's great that you do clinics for senior players. I know they appreciate it so do I good video.

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