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I want to thank juststeve for his suggestion about swinging with your feet together. I actually have learned from this forum in the past but never joined. Juststeve's comments and suggestions are spot on IMO. Years ago I read Manuel's book and played the best golf of my life for a year. Then some unhelpful bystander mentioned my swing was all arms and I went off on many different methods. In trying to get back to this method, swinging with my feet together really helped me to retain balance and a good circle for my swing..........the proof is how far the ball goes, toward the target.........even with my feet together - thanks juststeve ! In addition to rereading the book and watching the videos etc. I am going to Heartland Golf school to get some coaching from Ed.

 

How was your Heartland Golf School experience?

I've been considering attending that school.

 

I too would like to read about your experience there.

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My daughter took her first lesson ever with a pro yesterday. It could not be any other than John Hayes. Now that I am familiar with Manuel’s teachings, I could see what he was doing, constantly asking

Many of you are familiar with John Hayes. He sends out a free monthly newsletter that contains a tip or drill based on MDLT's principles.

 

This last month's contained one I had not heard of prior:

 

1. Use your PW

2. Place a ball on the target line 3 or 4 inches ahead of the ball you intend to hit.

3. Focus on the ball in front of your actual ball and try to swing the club with the intention of sweeping the grass under the front ball.

4. You will hit both balls.

 

I have tried it. Very difficult. The real ball goes pretty good, but the forward ball always pulls to the left. Not sure if this is normal or not.

 

Purpose: The purpose of the drill is to get the feedback on what it is like to swing the whole club.

 

Good luck.

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Many of you are familiar with John Hayes. He sends out a free monthly newsletter that contains a tip or drill based on MDLT's principles.

 

This last month's contained one I had not heard of prior:

 

1. Use your PW

2. Place a ball on the target line 3 or 4 inches ahead of the ball you intend to hit.

3. Focus on the ball in front of your actual ball and try to swing the club with the intention of sweeping the grass under the front ball.

4. You will hit both balls.

 

I have tried it. Very difficult. The real ball goes pretty good, but the forward ball always pulls to the left. Not sure if this is normal or not.

 

Purpose: The purpose of the drill is to get the feedback on what it is like to swing the whole club.

 

Good luck.

The front ball is going to go left. It’s just geometry.

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Many of you are familiar with John Hayes. He sends out a free monthly newsletter that contains a tip or drill based on MDLT's principles.

 

This last month's contained one I had not heard of prior:

 

1. Use your PW

2. Place a ball on the target line 3 or 4 inches ahead of the ball you intend to hit.

3. Focus on the ball in front of your actual ball and try to swing the club with the intention of sweeping the grass under the front ball.

4. You will hit both balls.

 

I have tried it. Very difficult. The real ball goes pretty good, but the forward ball always pulls to the left. Not sure if this is normal or not.

 

Purpose: The purpose of the drill is to get the feedback on what it is like to swing the whole club.

 

Good luck.

The front ball is going to go left. It's just geometry.

 

That seems correct but do you think it is criticism of Hayes' drill?

 

Steve

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Many of you are familiar with John Hayes. He sends out a free monthly newsletter that contains a tip or drill based on MDLT's principles.

 

This last month's contained one I had not heard of prior:

 

1. Use your PW

2. Place a ball on the target line 3 or 4 inches ahead of the ball you intend to hit.

3. Focus on the ball in front of your actual ball and try to swing the club with the intention of sweeping the grass under the front ball.

4. You will hit both balls.

 

I have tried it. Very difficult. The real ball goes pretty good, but the forward ball always pulls to the left. Not sure if this is normal or not.

 

Purpose: The purpose of the drill is to get the feedback on what it is like to swing the whole club.

 

Good luck.

The front ball is going to go left. It's just geometry.

 

One would think this is a logical conclusion and this was my reasoning also.

 

I could email John to see what he thinks.

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I don't recall Manny teaching that but he often told students to brush the turf on the target side of the ball. Same thing sort of.

 

Steve

 

Yes, I suspect this the goal is the same.

 

 

One thing that might help folks, and Steve can give his input...I can make the mistake of interpreting "brush the grass" with "hitting the grass" on the other side of the ball. I never really thought about the concept of brushing the crash in depth before. This drill, when I first attempted it, I found myself, at least unintentionally trying to hit the forward ball by almost swinging over the main ball.

 

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

See if this link at the 36.37 mark answers your question.

 

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

See if this link at the 36.37 mark answers your question.

 

Very reassuring. Seems like he encourages a little cup with a neutral grip. Thanks a lot!

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

1. First thing. Stay away from instructors who do not teach Manny's swing if you want to follow Manny. What others teach might be valid but its not what Manny taught. Mixing the two is not good.

 

2. What would Manny say?

 

Manny would tell you that the wrist position at the top is dictated by two main factors. 1) how you place your hands on the club, , ie. strong, weak or neutral grip; and 2) the way your arms and hands are constructed. He would tell you these things differ from one person t the next and therefore there is no one correct wrist position for everyone.

 

You might be relieved to know that Manny's left wrist was slightly cupped a the end of his back swing and he hit the ball really well.

 

Steve.

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

1. First thing. Stay away from instructors who do not teach Manny's swing if you want to follow Manny. What others teach might be valid but its not what Manny taught. Mixing the two is not good.

 

2. What would Manny say?

 

Manny would tell you that the wrist position at the top is dictated by two main factors. 1) how you place your hands on the club, , ie. strong, weak or neutral grip; and 2) the way your arms and hands are constructed. He would tell you these things differ from one person t the next and therefore there is no one correct wrist position for everyone.

 

You might be relieved to know that Manny's left wrist was slightly cupped a the end of his back swing and he hit the ball really well.

 

Steve.

Thank you for the reply Steve.

 

1. As a devout follower of GolfWRX and all things instruction, I've found this very difficult. But I agree that it is necessary. The MDLT method obviously works, and there is no real reason for me to try anything else.

 

2. I did see that yes. Again, trying to focus on swinging the club rather than body positions should serve me well.

 

As an aspiring tournament golfer (to which level remains to be seen), is this method a viable option? Are there any tour pro's past or present who has stated they use MDLT's method? Apologies if this has been asked and answered already.

 

Marc

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

1. First thing. Stay away from instructors who do not teach Manny's swing if you want to follow Manny. What others teach might be valid but its not what Manny taught. Mixing the two is not good.

 

2. What would Manny say?

 

Manny would tell you that the wrist position at the top is dictated by two main factors. 1) how you place your hands on the club, , ie. strong, weak or neutral grip; and 2) the way your arms and hands are constructed. He would tell you these things differ from one person t the next and therefore there is no one correct wrist position for everyone.

 

You might be relieved to know that Manny's left wrist was slightly cupped a the end of his back swing and he hit the ball really well.

 

Steve.

Thank you for the reply Steve.

 

1. As a devout follower of GolfWRX and all things instruction, I've found this very difficult. But I agree that it is necessary. The MDLT method obviously works, and there is no real reason for me to try anything else.

 

2. I did see that yes. Again, trying to focus on swinging the club rather than body positions should serve me well.

 

As an aspiring tournament golfer (to which level remains to be seen), is this method a viable option? Are there any tour pro's past or present who has stated they use MDLT's method? Apologies if this has been asked and answered already.

 

Marc

 

Your question about Pros raises another interesting question, what is the MLDT method? At it's core the method involves swinging the golf club, on a consistent arc, in the direction of the target. At that level virtually all of the tour pros use the method.

 

There is a second level that involves what to do to make the club swing on a consistent arc i the direction of the target. Manny believed, as to I that easiest way to do that is to swing the club back with the hands and forward with the arms in one continuous motion allowing the body to respond. That is what Manny taught people to do, however h was interesting in what the club did, not how it was done. Therefore if someone came to him who was moving the club properly and consistently by doing something else he wouldn't touch their swing, and he wouold't charge them either.

 

As to pros who were students of Manny, Tommy Aaron won a masters and Ted Purdy a Byron Nelson with a pure MDLT action. Many himself was an accomplished tournament golfer at the state level winning a number of Wisconsin Opens and Wisconsin PGAs. If you simply Google "Manuel de la Torre golf swing" you will quick find a short video of Manny,near 70 years old, hitting balls. Quite inspiring to watch.

 

To answer your question, there is nothing about his method that will prevent you from being as good a your talent and capacity for work will allow.

 

Steve

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

1. First thing. Stay away from instructors who do not teach Manny's swing if you want to follow Manny. What others teach might be valid but its not what Manny taught. Mixing the two is not good.

 

2. What would Manny say?

 

Manny would tell you that the wrist position at the top is dictated by two main factors. 1) how you place your hands on the club, , ie. strong, weak or neutral grip; and 2) the way your arms and hands are constructed. He would tell you these things differ from one person t the next and therefore there is no one correct wrist position for everyone.

 

You might be relieved to know that Manny's left wrist was slightly cupped a the end of his back swing and he hit the ball really well.

 

Steve.

Thank you for the reply Steve.

 

1. As a devout follower of GolfWRX and all things instruction, I've found this very difficult. But I agree that it is necessary. The MDLT method obviously works, and there is no real reason for me to try anything else.

 

2. I did see that yes. Again, trying to focus on swinging the club rather than body positions should serve me well.

 

As an aspiring tournament golfer (to which level remains to be seen), is this method a viable option? Are there any tour pro's past or present who has stated they use MDLT's method? Apologies if this has been asked and answered already.

 

Marc

 

Your question about Pros raises another interesting question, what is the MLDT method? At it's core the method involves swinging the golf club, on a consistent arc, in the direction of the target. At that level virtually all of the tour pros use the method.

 

There is a second level that involves what to do to make the club swing on a consistent arc i the direction of the target. Manny believed, as to I that easiest way to do that is to swing the club back with the hands and forward with the arms in one continuous motion allowing the body to respond. That is what Manny taught people to do, however h was interesting in what the club did, not how it was done. Therefore if someone came to him who was moving the club properly and consistently by doing something else he wouldn't touch their swing, and he wouold't charge them either.

 

As to pros who were students of Manny, Tommy Aaron won a masters and Ted Purdy a Byron Nelson with a pure MDLT action. Many himself was an accomplished tournament golfer at the state level winning a number of Wisconsin Opens and Wisconsin PGAs. If you simply Google "Manuel de la Torre golf swing" you will quick find a short video of Manny,near 70 years old, hitting balls. Quite inspiring to watch.

 

To answer your question, there is nothing about his method that will prevent you from being as good a your talent and capacity for work will allow.

 

Steve

Thank you so much for the response. I guess a part of me refuses to believe it can be this simple.

 

I am playing an event in a couple weeks time. I will tunnel vision on the principles of Mr. de la Torre between now and then. Really interested to see how my scores might change, as previous tournaments have invariably been played with a million swing thoughts floating around in my head.

 

Regardless, thank you again.

 

All the best

Marc

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I haven no such experience. I learned to swing from Manny when I first picked up a golf club. I did however play other sports at a fairy high level before I took up golf and in those sports I had to make some changes. Perseverance was the key. If you want to adopt the MDLT swing method you will need to persevere through the rough patches keeping the goal in mind. On the other hand some people play great with a body driven swing. There is no reason you have to change.

 

To tame he body action you might try hitting balls, a lot of balls, with your feet together, right together, actually touching. Hard to over use the body from that position.

 

Steve

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I haven no such experience. I learned to swing from Manny when I first picked up a golf club. I did however play other sports at a fairy high level before I took up golf and in those sports I had to make some changes. Perseverance was the key. If you want to adopt the MDLT swing method you will need to persevere through the rough patches keeping the goal in mind. On the other hand some people play great with a body driven swing. There is no reason you have to change.

 

To tame he body action you might try hitting balls, a lot of balls, with your feet together, right together, actually touching. Hard to over use the body from that position.

 

Steve

I guess I was looking for a simpler method than GG, which I found difficult to implement without seeing him in person, and down here in South Africa there aren't too many instructors clued up in his methods. I was/am looking for something more low maintenance, with a larger margin for error, and MDLT seems like the answer. Would that be your experience too? The margin for error bit in particular.

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1. As a devout follower of GolfWRX and all things instruction, I've found this very difficult. But I agree that it is necessary. The MDLT method obviously works, and there is no real reason for me to try anything else.

 

Oddly enough, when I found that I was very comfortable with Manuel’s principles and found some initial success, I had the opposite response. There is no reason to keep nerding out on golf YouTube videos and message boards anymore. I know what I am trying to accomplish and feel no real urge to muddy the waters....and that took some of the fun out of it, in a weird way. Good problem to have though.

 

And we will see how long that lasts. :-)

 

YMMV

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I haven no such experience. I learned to swing from Manny when I first picked up a golf club. I did however play other sports at a fairy high level before I took up golf and in those sports I had to make some changes. Perseverance was the key. If you want to adopt the MDLT swing method you will need to persevere through the rough patches keeping the goal in mind. On the other hand some people play great with a body driven swing. There is no reason you have to change.

 

To tame he body action you might try hitting balls, a lot of balls, with your feet together, right together, actually touching. Hard to over use the body from that position.

 

Steve

I guess I was looking for a simpler method than GG, which I found difficult to implement without seeing him in person, and down here in South Africa there aren't too many instructors clued up in his methods. I was/am looking for something more low maintenance, with a larger margin for error, and MDLT seems like the answer. Would that be your experience too? The margin for error bit in particular.

 

You might have an easier time finding someone who teaches the Ernest Jones Method in South Africa. Different language but very much the same concept. What Jones taught was the foundation for what Manny taught.

 

Steve

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After watching many interviews of Manuel on the golf channel, and reading through this thread, I remembered this little video of Seve Ballesteros hitting golf balls. The way he swings makes me think of Manuel's method. What do you guys think?

 

 

If this has been posted before I apologize. 34 pages is a lot.

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After watching many interviews of Manuel on the golf channel, and reading through this thread, I remembered this little video of Seve Ballesteros hitting golf balls. THe way he swings makes me think of Manuel's method. What do you guys think?

 

 

If this has been posted before I apologize. 34 pages is a lot.

 

I can see the similarities for sure.

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If you focus on the way the club moves all good ball strikers are very similar. There is only one way the club an move to strike the ball straight to the target, Apart from that Seve sets the club much lie Manny at the end of the back swing, and his body reacts in much the same way. I'd love to know what Seve was thinking as he swung the club.

 

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My ball striking has improved and I am getting good results with Manuel de la Torre's method. With the driver, I am doing one thing different from what Manuel recommended. I find if I have the ball more forward that the results are better. My guess is that I get too much spin if I hit the driver in the middle of my stance.

 

I prefer MLDT's though of swinging the 'entire club' vs just swinging the clubhead.

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My ball striking has improved and I am getting good results with Manuel de la Torre's method. With the driver, I am doing one thing different from what Manuel recommended. I find if I have the ball more forward that the results are better. My guess is that I get too much spin if I hit the driver with the ball in the middle of my stance.

 

I prefer MLDT's though of swinging the 'entire club' vs just swinging the clubhead.

 

Manny did teach swinging the entire club and not just the club head, (as per Earnest Jones) but I will let you in on a secret. It is impossible to swing just the club head. If the club head is swinging so is the handle and the shaft. While the terminology differed, I'm not at all sure Manny and Jones were teaching different things.

 

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Steve.

 

As a younger person (22), I have found Manuel's teachings to be incredibly effective in my own game. Having come from an extremely body orientated motion before without seeing results, this is a breath of fresh air.

 

Now for my question. On Monday, I went to see a well renowned coach in my area. He immediately pointed out that my wrist is cupped at the top of the backswing, and stated that that position makes consistency in ballstriking almost impossible. What was Manuel's belief on wrist positions at the top of the swing, if he even had any? Swinging the club with my hands to over my right shoulder naturally gets me in a cupped position. Could this be grip related?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Marc

 

See if this link at the 36.37 mark answers your question.

 

 

When are you going to the Heartland golf school?

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It has been a few years since I took my lesson with Manny. The main thing I work on now is tension in the swing. One "concept" that may help is not to confuse "tension free" with swinging easy. I have made this mistake off and on. I have learned through trial and error that you can swing easy but still have tension.

 

All of my tension occurs in transition. More specifically in the upper arms, shoulder joints, and upper back. I believe much of this was a result of trying to engage the upper arms in order to swing the entire club towards the target. I have no problem with tension at address or at the start of the backswing. My sole focus now is to feel no tension in transition as opposed to solely focusing on using the upper arms. This seems to work much better for me.

 

Swing the entire club towards the target with your upper arms as fast as you can without adding tension through the entire motion and while staying centered and on balance.

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