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Friday, December 31, 2021

Yet Another Unusual Approach to Shoulder -- and Hip -- Turn (Videos)

Yesterday I posted a video from Alex Fortey that -- let's be blunt here -- sounded somewhat unorthodox but certainly looked a lot like what Jon Rahm does. Today I'm going to do something similar.

Here's a video from Tom Saguto and I have no doubt that you'll think his approach is even crazier than Fortey's sounded. And to be honest, I have never liked the phrase "effortless power" because it's just not true -- to create power, it takes effort. (Just watch Bryson DeChambeau if you still question that.) What you need is relaxed speed, which is how most pro athletes trying to create speed would describe their efforts.

But the wording doesn't invalidate what Saguto is teaching here.

If you compare the Fortey and Saguto videos you'll hear a number of differences in their teaching... but you'll also see a number of similarities in what they're actually doing. Take a look at Saguto's video and then I'll show you something you may not expect.

Saguto and Fortey both seem to be teaching some sort of Stack and Tilt move, as the hips appear to move toward the target on the backswing and stay there during the downswing. But if Fortey's move resembled Rahm, check out how closely Saguto's move resembles that of Arnold Palmer. The following video show Palmer in slow motion, and at around the :20 mark he makes it in front of a grid.

So do the Fortey and Saguto videos overturn all the traditional teaching you've heard? In a word, NO. But there are a number of ways to make a dependable golf swing and, while neither Rahm or Palmer fit the traditional mold, both have been extremely successful at the game.

As we prepare to begin 2022 and many of you are planning your attack on the "perfect golf swing," I'd like you to remember that your "perfect" golf swing is the one that you can make consistently and without pain. Don't pursue perfection -- pursue improvement. Accept your limitations and learn how to make the most of what you've got. This is YOUR golf swing. As long as it works for you, you don't owe any apologies to anybody. And if your partners laugh at your unorthodox swing, just remember...

Kicking ass is the best revenge.


  1. Mike,
    I was wondering, I haven't seen any vids by Clay Ballard, of "Top Speed Golf" on your blog. I like his stuff. What are your thoughts of what he's teaching, and how he teaches it?

    1. To be honest, I can't remember what Clay teaches offhand. But I don't remember seeing anything problematic. It's just whatever happens to catch my eye when I'm working up posts. Since you mentioned him, I'll have him in mind while I'm working on posts this week so don't be surprised to see something from his YouTube channel. I do like to pull tips from a variety of teachers because readers like you all have unique swings and what helps one may not help another. Thanks for reminding me about Clay!