Hey, everybody. Milo here. So this YouTube video you’re about to watch is a compilation of a recent Zoom call I did with Brendan from Be Better Golf. And in it, we cover various topics about the golf swing. I hope you guys enjoy it.
You don’t meet many, what you would call really good golfers, who are flipped at impact, because it’s hard to control a couple of different things. It’s hard to control your angle of approach into the golf ball and the path. And also, the face is getting pretty wobbly when that happens. Generally, for me, if I drew a continuation of the golf club and it was behind their lead arm. So I would want to see their lead arm pointing somewhere in front of the golf club at impact. But there’s lots of ways to get there and there’s lots of ways to trick it. Some people try to push their arms forward to get it and to me, that’s not the optimal way to do it. It makes the club more stable and it means that you’re continuing to accelerate the golf club into the ball, where once the club begins to pass your hands, the club is now decelerating.
It reached its maximum acceleration when that lined up. And so once it’s passing, it’s kind of decelerating and it’s freewheeling, it’s on its own. So it’s no longer being, what we coined, towed. It’s kind of like the skier who’s passed the boat, now that skier is going to sink. Or it’s going to get jerked off when the boat catches up, it’s going to jerk the rope out of the skiers hands, so it’s just not nearly as stable. The club’s kind of out of your control at that point. The other thing is, anytime the club is passing your hands too soon, it’s shifting the path too far to the left. So generally, when you see that people struggle with a pull or slices. Because when this unwinds too soon, it’s approaching the ball from the outside, or it tends to be that way.
So you can hit a myriad of other bad shots. The young man showed up and he had a tendency to fire his pelvis this way and let his chest kind of stay behind. His ball position was really far back, and so part of the chest staying back in the flip was an attempt to get the ball elevated, because he played it kind of inside his right heel with everything. So the video that you saw on my Instagram was him hitting a seven iron and he was hitting at about 145 yards full at the beginning of the lesson. And he looked something like this, where his chest is pointed back there. His hips are kind of turned, but they’re slid out from under him. And it’s a little bit flipped like that. That was max effort, about 145 yards was all he could get out of it.
And then we went through a process. This lesson wasn’t just one hour, this lesson was four hours. And by the end of the day, he was hitting that same seven iron with about three quarters effort. He couldn’t hit it at full speed and get it right, but at three-quarter effort, he could hit it at about 150 yards and it was perfect. His ball flight started to be the same shot every time and the same window, it came out about the same height over and over again. And it was way easy for him to hit it a lot farther. First thing we did with this young man, is we moved the ball up in front of center of his stance. So a ball or two inside of his left heel, his grip was right-hand, was pretty under like this, which was causing his… It was back two balls behind the middle.
So it was definitely back in his stance. It looked like he was trying to hit a knockdown sand wedge, but then he was trying to hit a seven iron in the air. So we moved it more forward, which allowed him to be able to stay more level with his body and not have to go this way so much to get the ball elevated. And then we got his right palm on, so his hand where the palm is basically facing the target, matching the face. That way, his risk could function correctly. And if your wrist hinges, you can take some loft off the golf club. If your wrist is more under the golf club, you have to use your wrist like a hammer and you’re limited in how much motion you have. So you have very much more limited ability to hinge this way, than you do this way.
They might be stronger to hold it off, but their body’s going to compensate. So if I get this hand more under like this, now that face is going to go back looking really shut. And when I bring it down, my body’s going to have to go this way to hold the face off. If my body turns correctly, now the face is going to be so shut I’m just going to hit low snap hooks. If a player has basically built their swing correctly going back, and then their pelvis moves in this manner, the club doesn’t move to the ball. So you can see that the club’s not actually going to ever get there, unless I do something with my hands to make it arrive.
Where, if a player’s pivot is working correctly, when they get up here and they’ve got the same structure, now, if my pelvis starts to come around and around and around and around, you can see that’s going to drive the golf club up into the ball. So I’ll do it the wrong way first. Now the club doesn’t move down nearly enough, so I have to give it some hands and arms. And then the correct way would be… Look different? It’s hard to say because there are so many things that match up in a golf swing. So a player’s intent, how they’re trying to accelerate the golf club… So if my wrists are trying to power the golf club back here, oftentimes, my pelvis will respond and do the wrong thing. And once in a while, you’ll see somebody who has good motion, who managed to just figure out how to flip it, but it’s pretty rare.
So if your hips are working correctly, they never get outside of your ankles. So if your hips are moving outside of your ankles and they’re not actually pivoting, you can see the grip into this golf club when I do it correctly, it goes around. If I do it incorrectly, it’s not… Can you see that, Brendan? So correct, the grip end goes around. Incorrect, the grip end goes up and down. It comes at the right time and in the right way. A lot of people feel like they’re rotating by pushing with their legs. So you feel like you’re rotating, but in reality, all that’s doing is jumping you forward and sliding you. So what’s really happening is the middle of your body is pulling your left hip socket around. Your leg doesn’t straighten out because you’re pushing with it. Well, it does, but that happens later. The leg begins to straighten out because the hips going around.