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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Make Ai Miyazato Look Like a Speed Demon

I found this video over at and I think it has some value for helping you improve your swing -- especially when you can't get to the range to practice.

PGA teaching pro Dan Martin has this tip about swinging in slow motion. I mean S-L-O-W M-O-T-I-O-N, or even slower than that! Here, let him explain it:

I don't think you want to go overboard with this, gang. Even Martin suggests no more than 5 attempts during a practice session. (And note that although he says to take 30 seconds with each swing, he isn't going nearly that slow. I suspect a 10-second swing would be just fine.) But I can see some real value to this drill.
  • It helps you develop your balance. If you can't keep your balance in slow motion, you're probably off-balance at full speed.
  • It helps your weight shift. This is part of your balance. It looks to me like it could help prevent those unwanted hip slides and spine tilts some of you are fighting.
  • It's a good way to work on the sequence of your swing, especially when you start your downswing. I agree with him that the change of direction is seriously de-emphasized lately. Making a slow downswing is a good way to learn the proper elbow action that helps you create more swing speed late in the downswing.
The primary value is that it slows your swing down enough that you can learn what your entire swing feels like, especially those parts that zip by so fast that you don't even pay attention to them.

It's not about over-analyzing your swing; rather, it's about getting a good overall sense of what feels right. You want to get to the point where, when your swing doesn't feel good, you can say "it doesn't feel right at THIS point in my swing." Even if you don't know exactly what's wrong, you've made it much easier to get yourself back on track.

So give it a try. You can do it in your backyard -- maybe even your basement if the ceiling is high enough -- and learn what your swing should feel like. And as you become more familiar with the proper feel, it should be easier to swing at full speed out on the course.

And on the outside chance the embedded video above isn't working, here's the link to the video's original page at

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