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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Drill from Sam Snead

Perhaps you heard the guys at GC comparing Russell Henley's swing to that of the legendary Sam Snead before Henley teed off on Sunday. Well, "Slammin' Sam" was one of the big hitters of his day... and pretty accurate too. (Bear in mind that the total wins record Tiger is chasing belongs to Snead.) You could do a lot worse than copy some of Snead's action.

Snead swing sequence

So I have gathered a couple of videos to help you learn some of Sam's moves. The first here comes from and Top100 teacher Mike Perpich. It will teach you a versatile little drill that can help you get a better turn and better position at the top of your backswing.

The reason you lay the club on your shoulder when you start the drill is so you'll eliminate the upper body tension that can restrict your shoulder turn. This way, as Mike says, you get a true indication of how flexible you are.

That video was posted in late January. Ironically, Martin Hall and Holly Sonders posted a School of Golf video that included the same drill (along with a couple of other tips) back in October. It's the second of three Snead tips in this video. I find it interesting that Martin doesn't recommend hitting balls with it when Mike does -- such are the preferences of different teachers! I think the drill is a good one... and while Martin may say he doesn't recommend it, the 3rd key in this video is one to help make this drill work better! So have a look at Martin's take:

Please pay attention to that 3rd key. Gripping the club with the tension in the proper fingers -- the ring and pinky fingers of the lead hand -- can help eliminate a lot of slicing problems whether you use the Snead drill or not. You'll square the club much more consistently if you grip it this way.

Even after all these years, Sam Snead is still teaching the best pros a thing or two.

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