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Thursday, November 25, 2021

The Rear Wheel Drive Golf Swing (Video)

Yesterday I posted a Mike Malaska video that viewed weight shift in terms of shoulder turn. Today I'm posting a video from Be Better Golf that views the same move in terms of leg drive. The two concepts describe the same move but from different reference points. I think there's something important to be learned from this -- namely, that the same move can feel very different to different players.

Here's the video. I'll try to explain the differences in the text below the video and, after you've had a couple of days to digest it -- to be honest, I'm not sure BBG's explanation is as plain as it could be -- I'm going to try and combine the two approaches into a single drill that will help you build a smoother golf swing.

What BBG calls a "rear wheel drive" swing is basically built on a step-through drill, which you may have seen players like Gary Player use. But while the weight shift is more pronounced with a step-through move, the backswing position you achieve with either yesterday or today's approach is pretty much the same.

The real difference between the two results from how wide your stance is. BBG's move uses a wider stance while Malaska's uses a narrower one. The wider stance requires more lateral movement simply because human bodies aren't flexible enough to get a good shoulder turn from a wide stance. In the same way, using a lot of leg drive from a narrower stance results in way too much lateral motion; your body ends up moving outside the width of your stance and you get a sway.

But of course step drills have problems of their own. It can be difficult to feel the rocking motion of a step drill without actually stepping backward and forward, which works against getting consistent contact with the ball. After all, you don't really step backward or forward when you make a golf swing.

There are a lot of good things to be gained by combining some lower body motion with a good shoulder turn. I think the key to combining the two is by using some simple footwork to combine the two -- footwork that doesn't require you to take actual steps.

In a couple of days I'll show you a drill that might help you combine the two into an easy-to-feel motion that has some similarities to that old-fashioned move called a forward press. In the meantime, see if you can understand what BBG is trying to do with this "rear wheel drive" move.

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