There are many ways to swing a golf club. We’ve seen it throughout the years on both the pro tours and the top amateur levels. While this may be true, the “whatever works mentality” can have negative consequences. As stated in the book, Fix​ ​Your​ ​Body​ ​Fix​ ​Your​ ​Swing​ by Coach Joey D, the swing is basically about two things, “You create movement, then you control movement”. The golfer has to be able to not only swing the club but more importantly control movements which the body is required to execute time and time again in an efficient manner with very little compensations.

More often than not, we see golfers swinging in ways that hinder their bodies. In doing so, they end up hurting themselves. Our goal as coaches is to help our students and athletes not just improve their swings and overall golf game, but to do so in a healthy manner that will enable them to enjoy playing this game for years to come.

Let’s look at one of the most common faults we see with golfers and identify the negatives as well as the positives of doing it differently. For example, a move many of us can associate with is posting too much on our lead side at the top of the swing. This is very common with high handicap golfers, but to be fair, it’s also common with some successful golfers as well. Whether it’s lack of mobility in the knees, hips, ankles or just overall strength, weaknesses in the lower body often lead to this fault. Since it’s not always just about the technical aspects of the swing, we will address the cause of those technical flaws and why the golfer is making those faulty movements by taking the golfer through a physical assessment and finding patterns that might be leading to compensations in the swing. Let’s examine the set up position...

Physical​ ​Weaknesses Might​ ​Be​ ​Affecting​ ​Your​ ​Swing by Marvin Sanguesa
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At set-up we’re looking to be in balance. (image 1) Weight evenly distributed with not too much on the heels or toes. I usually use the example of having someone stand in front of you and trying to push you forward or pull you towards them. How hard would they have to push or pull to move you out of position. If we’re required to swing in balance and great rhythm then we better start with a solid set-up.

Physical​ ​Weaknesses Might​ ​Be​ ​Affecting​ ​Your​ ​Swing by Marvin Sanguesa
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A common fault during the golf swing is stacking too much weight on your lead side. (image 2) A usual downswing move from this position is to hang back which puts a lot of pressure on the lower back as the golfer stands up and compresses the lower spine. Since we ultimately want to get back to our lead side it might make sense to the golfer to just keep the weight there throughout the entire swing. However what pitcher has ever stayed on their lead side while throwing a ball 90 mph? Golf is an athletic motion that requires us to move in a very athletic manner.

Physical​ ​Weaknesses Might​ ​Be​ ​Affecting​ ​Your​ ​Swing by Marvin Sanguesa
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What we would like to see instead is a motion where we have some amount of load on the trail side. (image 3) Loading on our trail leg enables us to generate some amount of power without sacrificing efficiency in ball striking. To be clear let’s not confuse loading with sliding or swaying. We are simply shifting our pressure or weight back onto our back trail heel. In doing so we are activating the hamstrings and glutes of our trail leg which will help us generate some amount of power as we initiate the downswing.

We help golfers achieve the best from themselves by giving them the opportunity to improve their game from a physical standpoint. The golf swing can tear the body up over time, therefore implementing proper fitness into your daily routine isn’t just about losing weight or getting healthier. For the golfer, it’s about making sure that the body will be able to achieve what it’s capable of during the golf swing for an extended period of time. There are many benefits to proper fitness and we see it in the results of all the athletes we work with. Give us a chance to prove it to you by visiting our Jupiter, FL headquarters or training with us online. Visit the link down below to get started with your own personalized program and let’s get to work.

By Marvin Sangüesa
Golf Coach at Joey D Golf Sports Training Center

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