These are the words that David Leadbetter uses to describe his current theory to improve your golf swing. He seems to be talking about using rhythm in your swing to help you accelerate though the ball. To do this properly you need relaxed hands, arms, hips and legs. For today’s Swing Tip I found a few examples of different golfers using rhythm and power but NOT brute force the way an amateur golfer tries to muscle his way through a shot.
Ernie Els: I found it interesting to see that David Leadbetter is currently instructing the Big Easy, Ernie Els, one of the game’s smoothest swingers. He’s a great role model for a golf swing: wide takeaway, smooth transition, powerful whipping action through the ball and a balanced finish. It’s surprising that even Ernie is trying to put more swing in his swing by taking lessons from Leadbetter (take note for all of you want-to-be golfers).
Martin Chuck: He is the inventor of Tour Striker which is a very unforgiving club with a rounded leading edge which forces you to lead your swing with your hands as your club lifts your ball. The surprising thing about Martin’s swing is that he starts the rhythm of his swing with a slight forward press using his hands and hips. He NEVER comments about this motion but it helps him get into the sway and rhythm of his swing. His body rhythm must be saying 1, 2, 3 (1 is the press, 2 is the back swing and 3 is the impact)
Albert Einstein: As legend has it, Albert Einstein once gave golf a try, “but I gave it up,” he said because it was “too complicated.” While one of history’s greatest geniuses created the equation for energy, he couldn’t figure out how to organize his expenditure of energy into the makings of a good golf swing. Intensive mechanical and scientific planning for your swing does not pay-off. You gotta have rhythm too!
Jamie Sadlowski: He is a recent two-time REMAX World Long Drive Championship winner. This year he also won a US Open qualifier with Gary McCord on the bag in Scottsdale AZ. The surprise here is that he is only 5 foot 11 inches tall (the same height as John Daly) but about half John’s weight at 170 pounds. Jamie can crush a golf ball more than 400 yards and also demolished a swing simulator projector screen with his first shot at the Golf Channel’s studio. Strength is important but rhythm and timing make all the difference even for a short and slight guy.
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