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The Body-Swing Connection, with Dave Phillips

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Lesson 1: Swing Basics

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There are many ways to swing a golf club, but according to teacher Dave Phillips, there’s one thing all the best players do, represented by the acronym S.P.A.C.E. Here, Phillips will show you how they do it, how to find out where your swing falls, and what you can do to get better.

SWING THOUGHTS

Hinge forward from your hips, not your back, to address the ball
Try to stay in your address angles in the backswing and downswing
Turn your back hip behind you during the backswing
As you start down, keep your pelvis underneath you; don’t push toward the ball
Coming down, transfer your weight from back foot to front foot, then push up
Lesson 2: The Tests
2 Lesson 2: The Tests
  • Differentiating between address and impact
  • How your hips should work in the swing
  • Adjusting to account for physical limitations
  • Using the ground to produce speed

The Body-Swing Connection, with Dave Phillips

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Lesson 2: The Tests

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To take advantage of Dave Phillips’ swing research, you first need to identify your problems. Do you block shots to the right? Pull them to the left? Do you hit the ball fat or thin? In this video, Phillips shows you how to link what you’re doing in your swing to how your body works.

SWING THOUGHTS

At impact with an iron, the clubshaft should be leaning forward and your chest down
Through impact, your lead leg should be straight and your trail foot coming up
Flare your feet at address to facilitate hip rotation
Close your stance for more body turn on the backswing
Open your stance to help you clear your hips going through
On the backswing, let your weight move to the heel of your back foot
Coming down, shift your weight to the ball of your front foot
Once your weight shifts forward, push hard against the ground
Lesson 3: Are you Steep or Shallow?
3 Lesson 3: Are you Steep or Shallow?
  • Diagnosing your swing symptoms
  • The different compensations that steal speed
  • How the best players shallow the club
  • The perfect downswing sequence

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Lesson 3: Are you Steep or Shallow?

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After you’ve learned how great players deliver the club, you need to find out where you stand: Is your swing too steep or too shallow? Here, Dave Phillips demonstrates a number of ways you can identify your swing tendencies, the issues they might be causing, and how to fix them.

SWING THOUGHTS

Start the downswing with your lower body; hold your shoulders back
Shift your pelvis toward the target, keeping it under your trunk
Through impact, keep your chest pointing to the ground
Your belt buckle should point down at address and stay down during the backswing
Think “long legs, short body” at impact, not legs bent and chest up
Lesson 4: Drills to Fix Steep
4 Lesson 4: Drills to Fix Steep
  • Using drills to get better on the course
  • How to adjust your feet for more body rotation
  • Making sure the upper body doesn’t take over
  • Setting up a feedback system for your swing

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Lesson 4: Drills to Fix Steep

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For players who identify that their swing is too steep, the problem is usually the upper body starting the downswing instead of following the lower body. Dave Phillips offers some simple drills designed to improve the downswing sequence and shallow out the motion.

SWING THOUGHTS

When working on drills, focus on how they improve your impact position
At the transition, start your lower body forward as your trunk stays back
To start down, bump your hips toward the target before turning them
Feel your arms drop to the inside at the start of the downswing
Through impact, turn the knuckles on your lead hand to the ground
Lesson 5: Drills to Fix Shallow
5 Lesson 5: Drills to Fix Shallow
  • The secret to perfecting your posture
  • Hip speed: real versus fake
  • How to "cover" the ball at impact
  • The route to power with less effort

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Lesson 5: Drills to Fix Shallow

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If your swing is too shallow, your pelvis is likely moving toward the ball as you come into impact. Dave Phillips shows you a series of drills to avoid this mistake by properly using your lower body to get your arms back in front of you, not stuck behind you, on the downswing.

SWING THOUGHTS

Keep your hips closed as you bump them forward to start the downswing
As you swing down, stay in your forward bend toward the ball
Your pelvis should stay under your trunk as it shifts toward the target
Coming into impact, keep your chest and trail shoulder down
Lesson 6: Short-Game Application
6 Lesson 6: Short-Game Application
  • Developing a consistent swing bottom
  • What causes chunks and skulls
  • Controlling shot height with the setup
  • How to start every putt on line

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Lesson 6: Short-Game Application

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You can apply many of the full-swing concepts from the previous videos to your short game. In this final video, Dave Phillips focuses on how to make consistent contact and control trajectory and roll-out around the greens. Plus, how the body-swing connection applies to putting.

SWING THOUGHTS

On all shots, hinge forward from your hips to give your arms space to swing
When chipping and pitching, keep your lower body stable
For short-game shots, set up with your shirt buttons in front of the ball
To add loft in the short game, play the ball forward or open the clubface
In putting, set up so your arms hang straight down from your shoulders
Be sure to hit with a square putterface to start the ball on line

The Body-Swing Connection, with Dave Phillips

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Lesson 1: Swing Basics
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Lesson 2: The Tests
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Lesson 3: Are you Steep or Shallow?
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Lesson 4: Drills to Fix Steep
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Lesson 5: Drills to Fix Shallow
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Lesson 6: Short-Game Application
The Body-Swing Connection, with Dave Phillips INDEX
Lesson 1: Swing Basics
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Lesson 1: Swing Basics
  • The one thing every great player does
  • Identifying the best body angles for you
  • The two main swing patterns
  • The importance of space in the swing
  • The one thing every great player does
  • Identifying the best body angles for you
  • The two main swing patterns
  • The importance of space in the swing
Lesson 2: The Tests
2/6
Lesson 2: The Tests
  • Differentiating between address and impact
  • How your hips should work in the swing
  • Adjusting to account for physical limitations
  • Using the ground to produce speed
  • Differentiating between address and impact
  • How your hips should work in the swing
  • Adjusting to account for physical limitations
  • Using the ground to produce speed
Lesson 3: Are you Steep or Shallow?
3/6
Lesson 3: Are you Steep or Shallow?
  • Diagnosing your swing symptoms
  • The different compensations that steal speed
  • How the best players shallow the club
  • The perfect downswing sequence
  • Diagnosing your swing symptoms
  • The different compensations that steal speed
  • How the best players shallow the club
  • The perfect downswing sequence
Lesson 4: Drills to Fix Steep
4/6
Lesson 4: Drills to Fix Steep
  • Using drills to get better on the course
  • How to adjust your feet for more body rotation
  • Making sure the upper body doesn’t take over
  • Setting up a feedback system for your swing
  • Using drills to get better on the course
  • How to adjust your feet for more body rotation
  • Making sure the upper body doesn’t take over
  • Setting up a feedback system for your swing
Lesson 5: Drills to Fix Shallow
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Lesson 5: Drills to Fix Shallow
  • The secret to perfecting your posture
  • Hip speed: real versus fake
  • How to "cover" the ball at impact
  • The route to power with less effort
  • The secret to perfecting your posture
  • Hip speed: real versus fake
  • How to "cover" the ball at impact
  • The route to power with less effort
Lesson 6: Short-Game Application
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Lesson 6: Short-Game Application
  • Developing a consistent swing bottom
  • What causes chunks and skulls
  • Controlling shot height with the setup
  • How to start every putt on line
  • Developing a consistent swing bottom
  • What causes chunks and skulls
  • Controlling shot height with the setup
  • How to start every putt on line