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Comment from Timothy S
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8/22/2014 at 6:16 PM
Yes, great lesson.
What about the guy that takes it back too low?
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Question from James L
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8/22/2014 at 5:22 PM
Thank you Martin! Outstanding tip. Baseball swing proves to be very beneficial and uses a common sense approach to centering the club face on impact.

What effect does the varying shaft weights have on this approach? To soft a shaft and the club in most instances will flex more than one would like.
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 3:28 PM
Martin
I am hitting the ball not on center about 50% of the time, it goes straight, so could this be way I am not hitting the sweet spot an hitting on the outer 1/3 of the time? Thanks Doug Pinkley
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 3:22 PM
I believe the demonstration and explanation of attaining the magical sweet spot that all us amateurs are trying to achieve was accomplished in this video. When you showed the down ward motion of the proper swing plane and hitting of the sweet spot in slow motion it also demonstrated how the butt end of the club was going straight towards the ball keeping the club on plane which would further help in hitting the sweet spot. Well done.
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Comment from Gordon D
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8/22/2014 at 2:42 PM
Your what-not-to-do swing looks to me a lot like Jim Furyk's swing.
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Answer from Jim G
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8/22/2014 at 3:10 PM
So unless you are Jim Furyk, don't do it LOL
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 12:32 PM
Martin,

I rarely comment but I was excited to see this as it's been what I've been working on this summer with my pro, Mike Schuchart. He uses two cameras like you do. What has helped me is the sensation of "keeping my chest down" so that I don't take the club too far back and lift up. What's interesting and counterintuitive is that while the swing feels so shallow/flat, the ball flight is so much better/higher with my short irons that I'm finally getting some of those shots that drop onto the green and don't run off the back.

And to the person who mentioned lasers, Mr. Ledbetter had a product about 10 years or so ago that was a laser that attached to the butt of your club so that you could "trace" the correct path on your backswing. I've found that checking where the butt of the club is pointing when the arms are parallel with the ground does about the same thing. If it's pointing at the middle of your right foot (for a right handed golfer) you're too steep for sure!
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 12:04 PM
Martin,
VH1 shows Adam and Rory down the line iron swings. If their behind were up against a wall, the club head would never touch the wall on the backswing.
Why?
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Comment from Dan B
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8/22/2014 at 9:11 AM
You make the technology come to life for those of us who aren't so 'techy'. Thanks for the common sense approach to a refined presentation of proper form.
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Question from Dan H
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8/22/2014 at 9:09 AM
Hi Martin, I am having difficulty finding and maintaining a consistent low point in my swing arc. I don't know if my problem is body sway/movement, unstable knees, or something else. Do you have any tips of drills to help address this? Your advice is great and so well communicated. Dan
Comment from James S
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8/22/2014 at 8:54 AM
Martin .... Thank you for your beautiful explanation of why the baseball swing, a practice swing on the tee, seems to work for me.

As a tall guy (6'4"), I tend to have a more up-right swing path, one that can sometimes get the club head in front of my hands. Such a move would explain my push-slice ball path even when all other indicators are telling me that I am not coming over the top (an aim stick laid close to the far side of the ball at the driving range doesn't move).

I also noticed that a swing that is too flat gets my ball moving left in a hook or draw. The middle point is where I want to be with my swing. So, I try to point the but of the club at my target line. It seems to work. Now, if only I could get my head to recognize and remember this important club position in my back swing without really thinking about it.

For me, the hardest part of this game is getting the ball to consistently fly in the right direction and on a reproducible path. While I tend to have no difficulty striking the ball well (hitting the ball on the sweet spot of the club), I do not consistently produce a consistent ball flight (slice, fade, straight, draw, hook) with a consistent direction. As you know, hitting a 300 yard drive is not a very good if your ball ends up in the woods or out of play.

I think I will work on managing my elbows and where the club head is in relation to my hands. Thanks.
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 8:48 AM
What a great video, especially appreciated the lines used in the slow mo video along with your audio comments. Really raises an awareness of the take away. This reenforces the videos that I have used in the past from Wally Armstrong. Thank you very much.
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Comment from Charlie M
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8/22/2014 at 8:41 AM
Oh Martin, where were you with this tip on this past Monday. I have been having this problem for the last 2 weeks with this and on Tuesday I played one of worst rounds ever. I have since been practicing and thought I had the problem solved but your video has shown me the real reason the face was opening. As always thanks so much.
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 8:40 AM
The alignment line used in the slow mo combined with your audio really provided some great insight into club face alignment and sweet spot control. What a great video.
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Question from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 8:10 AM
Hi Martin,
I can't get any distance on my irons. What are some of the things I should look for? Whaere do I uncock my wrists in the downswing?

Thanks,
Jeff Marlier
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Question from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 8:05 AM
Martin,
I can't get any distance on my clubs. I seem to cast. At what point do I release the cocking of my qrist in the swing.

Thanks,
Jeff Marlier
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Question from Jeffrey E
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8/22/2014 at 7:49 AM
How do I make the screen bigger on an iMac?
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Question from Jeffrey E
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8/22/2014 at 7:47 AM
How do I make the screen bigger on an iMac
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Question from Paul K
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8/22/2014 at 5:57 AM
Hi Martin, I understand your comments about the elbows and would appreciate your thoughts about the wrists in regard to this issue. I can reproduce the steep swing easier by letting the right elbow fly out yet I can also reproduce it when the right elbow is in the better position if I cup the left wrist and cock the right wrist more vertically.

If anything I tend to have a flatter swing so don't have this issue as described but find I hit the ball better with a flat left wrist at the top rather than a cupped one. It makes me wonder whether the wrists can also produce this issue even when the overall plane is OK. Many thanks, Paul
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Answer from MacGyver
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8/22/2014 at 7:06 AM
He's trying to get you away from an overly steep swing. You don't want the club too vertical, crossing the line or cupped wrist. Your question sounds like you're attempting to achieve the wrong things unless I misunderstood.
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Answer from Paul K
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8/22/2014 at 8:02 AM
I think you have misunderstood but the fault may be mine. Martin mentioned the elbows as an indicator of a steep swing which I understand. My point was that even if the elbows are not at fault can't the same effect be caused by cupping the the wrist which you seem to agree with. I think we are on the same page here, perhaps my original question could have been better phrased.

Thanks for your response.
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Comment from Anonymous
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8/22/2014 at 5:01 AM
Excellent! Two camera views with your instruction makes for a extremely informative training aide. Thank you. Gene Z
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8/22/2014 at 3:37 AM
Hi Martin, this is Martono. On my back swing, my hand is only as high as my shoulder (my hand is horizontal not vertical). My friend said it looks like swinging the club to the side of my body. I hit the ball square, solid and mostly on the sweet spot. My problem is inconsistency especially on long iron (# 6,5,4). Should I bring my hand higher (as high as my head) to overcome my problem? What do you think? thanks. Martono.