Transferring your weight to hit the golf ball – part two

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“If you want to hit your golf ball farther, hit it better.”Jack Nicklaus

By Ian Hardie

In the post Transferring your weight to hit the golf ball I suggested that like all the other bits of ‘public information’ that I have written about previously on Golf Habits;

Keeping the head down while playing golf, Keeping the head still while playing golf, ‘Keeping the left arm straight’ while playing golf and Taking the club straight back

As well as writing an entire book about them all called I could play golf when I first started

Which by the way, has helped many golfers’ around the world to liberate themselves from the wrong beliefs that other golfers keep perpetuating and as a result

Improve their golf games quickly and easily by following the ideas in the book

‘Transferring your weight’ to hit the ball as you start the downward action is a piece of advice most golfers simply take too literally

Which results in you losing any chance of having ‘good sequencing’ of your golf action

To put it in simpler terms, the massive weight transfer that a lot of golfers have been convinced is the right thing to do – actually robs most of them of distance, accuracy and consistency with their shots – at the very best and at its worst, it is one of the main causes of that shot

That you may have heard of or experienced before during your golf career – ‘the slice’

In that first post I used the example of a professional golfer called Ernest Jones who while serving as a soldier in the First World War in France, suffered the loss of his right leg just below the knee to a grenade explosion

After recuperating for a few months, he was finally able to walk using crutches and it wasn’t long until he started to regain his form enough

To shoot a 72 on the long, challenging Royal Norwich course – as a one legged golfer

Illustrating perfectly that weight transfer isn’t something that needs to be done to play golf well – rather it happens naturally as a result of actually hitting the golf ball

Read that again as it was the important bit!

The other day I happened to come across a video clip that also helps to back up the ideas that ‘transferring weight’ – isn’t really that important in hitting good shots

As the golfer that is in the video comfortably knocks out a 331 yard drive (which is well above the PGA Tour average driving distance)

Now I’m aware that may be a different distance than you hit your drives…………………

But bear with me for a bit as not only does the golfer hit a 331 yard drive without ‘transferring his weight’ in the way that most golfers around the world think it should happen

If you slow the video down and go through frame by frame – you will also see that he;

Isn’t Keeping the head down while playing golf

Neither is he Keeping the head still while playing golf

He’s not even ‘Keeping the left arm straight’ while playing golf

You won’t see him Taking the club straight back

Or as I have mentioned above Transferring his weight to hit the golf ball

He does none of the five things that make up ‘the golden rules’ that most golfers think should happen – that I call public information

In fact he’s also perfectly exhibiting the things I talked about in the posts Stop trying to control your body and get on with hitting the golf ball and Do you swing the golf club too fast?

Now, around this point you must be thinking that this guy is a total hacker

He hits his drives with his left arm bent, his head moving all over the show, has very little weight transfer going on with his lower body, doesn’t try to control his body much and by the sounds of it – swings too fast

He’s simply breaking all of the ‘rules’ that have to be followed to play golf – right?

Well, no he’s not actually – he’s just doing his thing in the most efficient way that it’s possible for a human to do it

While ignoring the wrong beliefs that other golfers keep perpetuating about the game

I’m sure you are pretty keen by now to see just what is in this video that is so worth watching but before I get to that I suppose I should introduce the golfer in the video

His name is Jamie Sadlowski and he is a two time Re/Max World Long Drive Champion

You are probably thinking “hang on a minute Ian, if this guy is a long drive champ – why does the video only show him hitting a 331 yard drive – don’t those guys hit it further than that?”

And that is a good point – Jamie Sadlowski’s current personal best drive is 445 yards

But the point of this post and the video you are about to see is to illustrate the fact that Transferring your weight to hit the golf ball isn’t something that you really need to focus on

Something that I think you will understand much better

When you see Jamie Sadlowski hit that 331 yard drive – on his knees!

I found myself watching the video over and over again as it really does explode the myth well

By the way – in the video he is clearly endorsing a particular brand of golf equipment – which I am in no way doing myself by suggesting to watch his video

Play well

 

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