INTRODUCTION (See illustrations below)
This book was written for one purpose only. That purpose is to significantly lower the handicaps of golfers who are willing to accept ideas that are outside the realm of what the “conventional golf swing” teaches. What do I mean by that?
1. It is my solid belief that not everyone was born with the physical ability to swing the club like the tour pros. So why are so many people wasting their time trying to learn a swing that they’ll never be able to play effectively with? If you have ever read Tiger’s book “How I Play Golf”, you will see a perfect example of what I am talking about (if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it for short game help, and overall golf strategies). “How I Play Golf” deals more with course management and trouble shots than it does with the mechanics of Tiger’s golf swing. Why? Because when this book was being put together the writers knew that the general golf population would get absolutely no benefit from reading a book about the mechanics of Tiger’s golf swing. They simply couldn’t copy it.
Solution – “The Simple Golf Swing System” was designed so that anyone, regardless of physical ability, could pick up the club and actually complete the swing effectively. Furthermore, as you will see below in the setup chapter, the book is very easy to comprehend, and incorporate into your golf swing on the practice range or on the course. “The Simple Golf Swing” places less stress on the lower back because it is taught with a shortened backswing. This leads to solid impact and more consistency, with less stress on the body.
2. Even if you are a golfer that is in great shape, it takes hours upon hours of practice to learn the conventional swing. Not everyone has that kind of time. If your goal is to learn how to effectively use a wrist cock at the top of your backswing or to transfer your weight through the impact zone correctly, plan on spending at least 2 years of practice just to learn these procedures, and get your muscles to memorize these movements.
Solution – “The Simple Golf Swing” was designed to take all of the unnecessary movements out of your swing. Yes, you heard that right. Scrap them. Get rid of them. Don’t waste your time worrying about them. Instead focus on the fundamentals that will get the club back to where it started, get it there square and get it there fast. The weight transfer still occurs, but it happens subconsciously due to the correct actions made during the backswing and downswing. You will still be moving forward through the ball at impact, but you will not be moving away from the target when completing your backswing. This will help to eliminate fat shots, topping the ball, and of center shots. The wrist cock will still naturally occur, but again, it will no longer be necessary to think about it. Thinking about a wrist cock during your swing will throw off your timing…and timing is everything in golf.
This book is about results. In other words, you will be learning mechanics-based swing fundamentals that you can practice, incorporate, and benefit from in a very short period of time.
This book is simple. Literally, you will be able to pick up your 7 iron, and if you follow the advice given, you’ll be hitting crisp, solid shots with great accuracy. The best part is that since this is a system, you’ll be able to consistently do all of the above. There are only 5 steps to “The Simple Golf Swing”. After you have learned and practiced each one of them, you’ll be hitting great shots. 5 steps - that’s it. The 5 fundamentals that will transform your game.
This book works for golfers with high and low handicaps.
High Handicappers – You will want to rebuild your swing based on what this book teaches. Whether you spend a lot of time practicing, but you just can’t reduce your handicap… or you simply don’t practice enough, it’s time to rethink your swing. If you don’t have the time to practice, then you need to get a less complex swing. If you practice, but can’t get better, then chances are that you are practicing the wrong fundamentals, or practicing in an unproductive way. Regardless of the situation, this swing is the answer. High handicappers generally drop 7-14 strokes using “The Simple Golf Swing” in conjunction with “The Simple Chip”. And they usually drop these strokes in less than 3 weeks.
Low Handicappers – You’ll most likely take parts of what “The Simple Golf Swing” teaches and incorporate them into your current swing. You are already doing a lot of things right, and it is not my goal to totally rebuild your swing. However, since this book teaches in a different way than you have seen before, we have had great success with low handicappers. Generally, the low handicapper will build a hybrid swing that is a mix of what they already know and 2 or 3 of “The Simple Golf Swing” steps. The result is usually a 2 to 4 stroke reduction.
Every golfer wants something that actually works. You’ve been looking for a product that you can pick up, work through in your spare time to produce results. Here it is. This system will simplify your golf swing, and our promise is that your swing will be very repeatable, so that you may anticipate consistency on the course. You will get the results you’ve been searching for. Most importantly, you will likely see positive results during your first round on the golf course, where it really matters.
The system you will read about is resistant to pressures that occur when competing. We have tested the techniques expressed in this book using players of all skill levels. The end results are the same. Every player experiences an improved ability to hit the fairway on the tee shot as well as hit the green from the fairway. As a player sees the improvement, confidence allows the player to relax and let the shot happen. Because the system delivers results, confidence increases and the desired results follow.
The Simple Golf Swing system has been designed to simplify your swing. It’s very easy to turn golf into a complex system of turns and twists. Our goal is to get away from that. First, we’re going to get you into a set-up position that will enable you to make solid impact with the golf ball. You will use this set-up procedure every time you approach a shot. You will be amazed at how much this improves your game in itself.
Next, we are going to teach you a sound grip. Then, we’re going to give you a timing drill. The goal here is to simplify how timing may be improved, while contributing to basic swing mechanics related to our Simple Golf Swing. We hope that you focus on this drill and truly understand it, so that when we take you through the swing process there is very little new that you will have to learn. Finally, we give you the component pieces of your new and simpler golf swing.
You’ll have a completely new swing, and it will be simple and repeatable. We realize what you want, and your new swing will deliver. No more studying. No more frustrations about how to hit the ball solidly and reliably. The time to improve your golf game is now. It’s amazingly simple, and that’s why you should be so excited. Let’s get started.
The Setup Routine
The way you set up to hit a golf ball may be the most important factor in determining your score. We don’t take that statement lightly. This section will likely be the most important in the entire book. Do not underestimate the importance of the setup! Luckily, the setup is the easiest part of the golf “swing” to change. It's the easiest of all the bad habits related to your golf swing to break because it occurs before the swing. If you set up to the ball in the manner described, your golf swing will change for the better.
You may believe that the way you currently set up to the ball assures a consistent and reliable striking of the golf ball. But, if you have a nagging (or worse yet, unpredictable) slice or hook, hit behind the ball, or even top the ball, the problem may originate in your current setup. If you experience one or more of these problems, there is a high probability that:
1. Your setup puts you in a position to allow for these frustrating results, or
2. You have, at some point, adjusted your set-up or swing to compensate for the problem, which has done nothing but facilitate a complicated golf swing. A complicated golf swing is the last thing a bogey (or higher) golfer needs.
The process for “setting up” a simple golf swing puts you in a position to go through the five steps of the golf swing, and come back to the starting position with power and control. The combination of power and control is what every golfer strives for, and it all starts with a sound and repeatable set-up.
In the beginning, it will take an open mind and some work to get used to this new set up. For some of you, it will be close to the set-up you are currently using. For the rest of you, it will require that you drastically change your set-up. The description will be fairly technical, and it may be difficult to get used to this new set-up routine. However, if you want to succeed, the first thing that you have to do is to be willing to accept change. As stated earlier, the set-up will be one of the most valuable parts of “The Simple Golf Swing” system, so please focus on it.
The Mechanics of the Setup
Position yourself so that your feet are shoulder width apart. It’s fine if you are more comfortable with a slightly more narrow or wide stance. You should be comfortable. For the longer clubs, you may need a wider stance to support yourself, and for the shorter clubs you may want a narrower stance. That's fine too. A stance that is too wide will make it difficult to turn. A stance that's too narrow will result in loss of balance. The width of your stance should not vary by more than the width of your foot in either direction. Feel free to get comfortable, as long as your feet are approximately shoulder-width apart. The toe of your left foot should be pointing straight out, NOT pointing to the left at all. If you angle the toe out, it will prevent you from completing a full shoulder turn.
The ball should be half way between your left and right foot. For simplicity reasons, you should play the ball in the middle of your stance for every shot. Some of the equipment you use may perform better if you play the ball a bit forward or backward in your stance. That's fine, but you shouldn't position the ball more than its’ width forward or backward in either direction. With the Simple Golf Swing process you will soon be learning, positioning the ball in the middle of your stance should be best for every shot to begin with. Once you master the Simple Golf Swing, you may wish to experiment by moving the ball off-center by as much as one ball width toward your trailing foot for the shortest irons and as much as one ball width toward your leading foot for long irons. For now, however, place the ball in the middle of your stance as shown below!
Position the golf ball in the manner previously described, then stand straight up. Your knees are not locked, but they are close to locked. Your back is perfectly straight. Your chest should be out. It won’t feel right to have your back straight and chest protruding. It will look and feel “exaggerated”, but that is alright. It is supposed to feel like that, when you first adopt this new setup. Your spine has to remain straight throughout the swing. It is most important that your spine remain straight during the setup and throughout the swing. Your spine will be acting as the axis for your swing.
For a moment, I want you to imagine something rotating around a bent axis. A tire, for example, turning about a bent axle…How would you describe the pattern regarding how that tire was rotating? Complex? Unpredictable? It would be really difficult to steer a car down a straight line on a bent axle wouldn't it? Bent axles are worthless, and so is your swing if your back isn’t perfectly straight. Similarly, it is difficult to “steer” a golf ball along a predictable path when the axis about which your swing rotates is not straight. You must eliminate the curvature in your spine (back) if you ever hope to strike the ball with precision and power. It is impossible to overemphasize this point.
Now, focus on a straight back and spine, which allows for a very predictable, smooth, and consistent path of the club head. This will be the core of your new golf swing. Your whole swing will rotate around a straight spine. This is an extremely important and valuable new concept! Luckily, it is one of the easiest to apply and remember. Right now, even if you were to use your old swing to hit a few balls, remembering to keep your spine perfectly straight throughout the swing, you would see and feel immediate results. If you were not to see immediate results at the practice range using the “spine as axis” approach, you would definitely see results after applying the proper set-up and the Simple Golf Swing process.
Next, hold the club out straight in front of you. Extend your arms as far as they can extend out in front of your body. You are holding the club, with the correct grip, straight out in front of you. Now, while keeping the club parallel to the ground, arms extended and elbows locked, move the club and your arms down so the club is even with your belly button or waist. Your wrists will have to bend slightly to do this.
Now, you should be standing up straight, with your chest out, and your shoulders back. Your arms should be straight out in front of you, your elbows locked, and your wrists level with the height of your waist, while holding the club parallel to the ground. Next, bend over AT THE HIPS until the club touches the ground. Move towards or away from the ball according to where the club touches the ground.
After some practice, you will be able to judge the distance well enough so that you don't have to move around to get into position. Keep your chest out and straight while bending over at the hips. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this…You should not be bending with the back at all to reach down to the ball; you should be bending AT THE HIPS. This is one of the most common mistakes made by amateur golfers. If you look at any professional golfer on the tour, they will ALWAYS have a straight back, and they will ALWAYS bend at the hips to get to the ball.
You will feel like your “seat” is protruding backwards more than usual. That is what we want here… Also, it’s okay if the toe of your club is not flush with the ground. It should be that way, especially for the long irons.
Now you are in a position to hit a golf ball straight and consistently down the middle. Every time you hit a golf ball, go through this set-up drill. It will become easier each time you hit a ball. It will soon become a habitual routine that you go through on the course as well as the range. More importantly, it will give you confidence, knowing that you are in the right position to make solid contact with the ball every time.
Now hit a few balls after going through this set up routine for each ball. Get used to it for a few days and then we'll move on to the Simple Golf Swing. Congratulations, the hardest part is over. We realize that may be difficult to believe.
* Just a quick word on the driver. Woods are designed differently than irons. With an iron, you should essentially be hitting "down" on the ball. That's not really the case with the woods, so it may cause problems if you set up to the ball in exactly the fashion that I described above. Here's the solution.
First, get in to your normal setup position, as I describe above. You've got the driver in hand, you're bent over at the hips, you're back is perfectly straight, and you're ready to take a good swing. Now, all you have to do is stand up a bit straighter. You should have already determined the correct distance between your feet and the ball. You just stand up a bit more straight, and reach out with you arms to bring the head of the driver back to the ball.
You will need to experiment with the amount that you need to adjust (it shouldn't be much). Your chest may move about 1 - 3 inches. It doesn't seem like very much, but the change will be very noticeable. Just remember that nothing else in your swing or setup changes. Your lower body doesn't adjust because you have already determined the correct distance between your feet and the ball. It's just a matter of standing up a bit straighter, and then reaching out a bit more with the arms to compensate.
After we get through the remaining sections, you will understand that this will change your swing plane a bit. Your swing plane will become more horizontal, the straighter you stand up. Please realize that nothing else should change. You will swing each of your clubs in exactly the same fashion (found below). This repositioning at setup will have a huge effect on the outcome of your shot, so please take some time to see where you are the most comfortable.
Please try this method out and see your results, literally soar. Moving to this new setup routine will do so much good for your golf swing, because it puts you in a repeatable position to make solid imact with the ball, each and every time that you swing.