Today we sit down with Nick Clearwater, the VP of Golf Instruction for Golftec to talk about the biggest data study in the history of golf. Essentially, Golftec has collected data from all 205 of their Golftec’s locations to figure out how golfers move throughout their swings, and what movements the best players possess.
The goal of the study was to see the correlation between how good players move during their swings, and how that separates them from not so good players, or beginning golfers.
So…what are these separators? How do the best players move compared to the rest of us?
Concept 1 – Shoulder Tilt.
It is easy to notice that many golfers have their shoulders slightly tilted away from the target at setup (Left shoulder higher for a right-handed player), however Golftec has found that the amount that a player tilts his shoulders toward the target at the top of the swing is a good indicator of skill.
The more left shoulder tilt that a player has, the better their skill level. This allows the golfer to hit down on the ball and be able to compress the ball, it is really hard to hit the ground consistently while turning “level” to the ground.
Concept 2 – Hip Movement
The next key conclusion that Golftec found was that the best players generally have a bit for a shift toward the target at impact with their hips.
Let’s put this into everyday context. If you are moving away from the ball at impact, you are only able to get the club on the ball by doing what?
Flipping your hands and getting fairly lucky with good timing. By being able to laterally shift toward the target at impact, you will be able to apply more power to the ball and get that famous “thump” sound that all the best players deliver at impact.
These are just two of the many separators that differentiate the best players from the average golfer.
These big factors combined with some of the more refined factors throughout the swing, will allow golfers to improve more quickly.
Nick goes on to talk about how players can evaluate their own ability to make these moves, what makes tour players different, and not fitting into a “mold” in the golf swing while still making the moves that the best players make.
There are more things they found! Learn more about the findings from the GOLFTEC’s SwingTru study click here
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