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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Leadbetter's Baseball Fix

Baseball player at plateToday I'd just like to pass along a slice fix I found while rummaging around the Golf Digest site.

I have a belief that "mechanics inform feel, but feel creates mechanics." By that I mean that you can practice mechanics to learn how they feel, and then recreate those mechanics just by recreating the feel. So far, so good.

Here's the problem: Too many players swing by feel without some kind of yardstick to determine what their "feel" is actually doing. For example, many players twist their forearms and end up with a laid-off club on their backswing -- all because they think the feel that creates that laid-off position actually means they're on plane.

That, needless to say, causes all kinds of problems. That's why I like to compare golf swings to other common movements we all know. Those "feels" are ones that can give us the predictable results we want.

So I was thrilled to find this David Leadbetter tip on how to use a baseball swing to help you hit a draw. For those of you who have a decent baseball swing, this just might help you get rid of your slice.

And if you're not so good at baseball, never fear. I'll keep looking for other common "feels" that might help you simplify your swing thoughts.


  1. Mike,

    I picked up some tips that helped me this weekend from "More Golf Swing Speed". I picked up the book through Amazon.

    Are you planning to also consolidate and enhance the "Dead Hand Approach Shot" articles?


  2. That's going to be in the Accurate Iron Play Quick Guide that I'm hoping to have out this week. (I've been doing the initial proofing this weekend.) I've added quite a few new diagrams -- both right- and left-handed -- as well as expanding the written instruction to help you really turn that technique into a scoring weapon.

    And thanks for the kind words about the last Quick Guide. So far, the response has all been positive.