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Probably the one basic fundamental that to me is most important is that golf clubs are built to function properly. The perfect golf swing is one that allows the club to function optimally, so first we need to understand what that is and how it relates to our golf swing. Even with all of the various unique designs over the years, the one constant is that the club shafts attach to the inside edge of the clubhead allowing the clubhead to rotate when swinging. It is this rotation that gives our shots power and is a critical component in the consistency of our swing.


At this time, it would be best if you had a club with you so you can feel just exactly what we will be talking about. The first thing to do is notice the weight in the clubhead. If you have your entire set handy, feel the difference between the short irons, the long irons, and the woods. Notice that the longer the club gets, the lighter the clubhead is. I will touch more on this later, but this is a primary reason that we need to really pay attention to gripping the club lightly with our driver (certainly not what one would typically expect).


Now as we continue to look at the club, let's see why the shaft joins the clubhead on the side as opposed to the center. Certainly there are several current putter models that the shaft does join the clubhead in the center, but a key design element of putters is resistance to twisting, with power being a non-issue. With all other clubs, because of the placement of the shaft, the clubhead will fall with the toe pointed down when balancing the shaft. If you would grip the club and lightly sweep the clubhead back and forth at about waist height, notice how the clubhead wants to rotate around the shaft. As you sweep it backwards, feel the clubhead "open" up, as in clockwise for a right-handed player. If you are having difficulty feeling this, I would bet that you probably also do not hit the ball a long way, struggle with short pitch shots, and slice the ball. Feel is a very important part of the game and it is something worth practicing.


This time we should pay attention to the forward swing of the clubhead, and notice how that same rotation of the club that occurs in the back-swing is reversed on the through-swing. If we allow our hands and arms to follow the clubhead's lead, we should again be able to feel that rotation of the clubhead through the impact zone. This is what is commonly referred to as the release of the clubhead, and is the critical component of power and consistency. It is also here that I believe we need to learn to follow the clubhead's lead to achieve this power and consistency instead of directing or forcing the clubhead. Remember that the golf club is the same from day to day. It does not wake up one morning feeling a bit sluggish, nor does it ever get wound up and hyper. We, on the other hand, sometimes do have these days, so it is better that the club directs us, not vice versa. It is this key that you will find permeates the way I teach the game, and will be a great factor in allowing your game to achieve the results you desire.



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