Golf: Using a twist drill to find your natural strength

I hope you found last month’s article helpful and started moving in a natural and coordinated way.

This month, I’m going to share a helpful exercise you can use at home and on the stove. This will give you a quick sense of the motion sequence you’re looking at, so you’ll be able to “feel” that motion in your shots, which means you don’t have to think about it!

Now, before we get into the exercise, it’s helpful to understand the role of fascia in your structure, in part because it can help form a good mental picture of using your body as a whole rather than separate parts.

Fascia and natural chain of motion

Simply put, the command line starts at your feet and works its way up through each set of joints to the shoulders, before moving through the arms to the wrists and hands. This chain not only has a natural arrangement, but in golf it creates a natural shape which is the twisted or spiral shape.

To help you understand why the body moves the way it does, here are some basic but little-known anatomy.

Fascia is a flexible, tissue-like material. I was introduced to fascia and its role in the body by Joanne Avison, MD, MD. Lei Guanne explained that wrap is best described as a sock that wraps around bones, muscles, and joints.

Tom Myers’ work at Anatomy Trains reveals that there are different lines of fascia within our structure, and the spiral line that runs under your foot like a stirrup behind your buttocks before crossing over to bypass the opposite shoulder is particularly interesting to golfers. This spiral line is a connective tissue or a fundus. The same is on the other side. With that in mind, you can see why there is a physiological reason why we move, or turn, swing.

Now let’s begin the escalating exercise and as we do, use the images to help you visualize this inner connection.

Start & Backswing

Cross your arms to hold the cane against your chest (Image 1) and take a balanced and stable stance. Begin the movement with a gentle feeling of pushing the floor under your left foot.

picture 1

This simple movement sets off a natural chain reaction that runs through the right side of your body; The ankle joint opens the knee joint which opens the hips and so on. By the time you reach the shoulders and up the spine, you only have 20 degrees left to complete your back swing. Here you can see how the twist drill attaches from the ankle to the shoulder, just as the fascia does (photo 2).

Use the twist drill to find your natural strength
picture 2

Here’s just one idea to simplify this: As you begin to kick your left foot into the ground, just feel the spiral go all the way to the right shoulder.


You may find that the above thought is sufficient and there is no need to slow down the thought; But if you need it, then, of course, it will be the opposite, that is, the right foot begins to transfer to your left side, and the spiral ascends to the left shoulder (photo 3).

Use the twist drill to find your natural strength
picture 3

For many players, it may be enough to start the swing from the ground with the left foot as described and the rest happens automatically. After all, this is how the body wants it to function.

I suggest practicing this movement a little and more often. Consider having an extra club in your living space so you can easily practice this movement for just a few minutes. This will bring huge profits, but, of course, be sure to practice each movement carefully and in a balanced and balanced posture.

Common problems caused by incorrect sequencing

Now that we’ve gone through this escalating exercise, it’s time to take a look at some of the most common ideas associated with trying to achieve full swing and the problems that can arise.

■ Try to roll the shoulders 90 degrees. This can lead to overusing the top half, leaving the legs under to try to keep you stable, preventing them from rebounding.

■ Make sure the racket is parallel to the top. This puts pressure on the hands and arms to complete the swing and can have a lifting effect, impairing your contact with the ground.

■ 45 degrees hip circumference. Too much focus here can cause the knees and ankles to deviate causing straightening of the legs and loss of spring.

I hope this month’s article helps you focus on the whole movements rather than the individual parts, which in turn will result in a better sense of your swing and more center strokes. From the face of the club!

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by Scott Cranfield

Scott Cranfield is a professional coach for the Professional Golfers’ Association. For over 30 years, he has dedicated his life to helping golfers achieve their goals through a natural approach that embraces the true laws of how the human mind and body work. Scott’s unique approach has led to the creation of numerous training programs and coaching experience for all levels of golfers, from beginners to Ryder Cup players. In addition to enjoying a long television career with Sky Sports and Setanta TV, Scott was awarded the PGA Master Professional & Coach award in 2011.

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