Use The Force That Drives The Look In The Golf Swing And
Several weeks ago, Beau Baugh, friend, tour player, college coach, and brother to famed LPGA Tour Pro Laura Baugh came up to me and said, "Rick, do you know that you teach the force that drives the look in the golf swing?" My response was, "I like that description of my teaching style.” Beau said you know there’s only a few of us that teach this way. I agreed. Teaching the feel of the golf swing has taken years of lesson experience and trial and error. It is, however, a great way to get my students to achieve the look and technique of the best players in the world. In other words, I can get students to blend all the technically correct positions without being too mechanical.
An analogy would be having a new car with no engine in it to make it run smooth. Many golfers try to achieve positions by looking at segmented pictures of golf swings, but never really discover the true force that drives the look. Building a new car that looks good on the outside but has no engine will never run. There has to be an inner force to drive the look of the swing. Another analogy would be drawing a picture by numbers.
The drawing looks okay but take away the numbers and try drawing it again. There is no sensory blend of mental and physical to create the picture. The force in the golf swing is rotary. Your body has to turn against the friction of your feet to generate enough centripetal force (inner force) to swing the club head with enough velocity (centrifugal) to hit powerful golf shots. F= mv2/r is the formula for centripetal force. The tighter the inner circle or force, the faster the outer velocity. Visualize a skater performing a pirouette. The tighter the movement the faster they spin. When you perform this golf swing, your center force must oppose the outer force of the club head swinging. As a result, all the fundamentally correct positions will be achieved automatically without trying to force the positions.
In other words the inner rotational force will act upon your body causing all parts to react and be pulled taut. The club head will swing into the ball if you allow it. Any steering or guiding the club head at the ball will interfere with the forces and errant shots will result. These principles are what allow me to drive the ball over 300 yards with only one hand on the golf club. I can tell you this, it starts in your feet and moves up through your legs and into your torso. Then it moves up through your shoulders, out through the arms and hands and finally to the club head. It is the true source of effortless power, consistency and control. It is lasting and a move you will never forget. It ensures every golfer, regardless of age, gender or bio physical stature to swing the club with effortless ease, yet tremendous velocity. It is the force that creates gyroscopic stability.
It is the force that makes a yo-yo, yo and it is the force that will make all of you better golfers.