The Butch Harmon Swing Clinic

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Lesson 1: Swing Basics

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Lesson 1: Swing Basics
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OVERVIEW

In this video series, top-ranked teacher Butch Harmon takes you step by step through every part of the golf swing. You’ll learn how to set up like a tour player, hit the ball with consistency and avoid common faults. Get your swing on track with the teacher who has helped Tiger, Phil, Dustin, Rickie and many more. We start with the fundamentals, from pre-swing to finish.

SWING THOUGHTS

Take your left-hand grip with the club at your left side, then raise the club and add your right hand
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Use one ball position: in line with your shirt logo. Widen your right foot as the clubs get longer
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At address, flex your knees slightly, rear end back, and let your arms hang
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To aim, square the clubface to the target first, then set your body parallel to the target line
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Start the clubhead back first, and let your weight flow to the instep of your back foot
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On the backswing, keep your arms extended, hands away from your head
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Let your hips rotate freely on the backswing, and turn your chest over your back leg
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Start the downswing by bumping your hips toward the target, shifting to your front foot
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Let your arms and the club drop to the inside from the top
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Keep your speed up, and turn to the target as you swing through to the finish
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At the finish, 90 percent of your weight should be on your front foot, with your back shoulder closer to the target than your front shoulder
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With the driver, widen your stance, and tilt your spine away from the target
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DRILLS

The Two Posts

  • The simplest way to think about the golf swing is to imagine your legs as two posts.
  • Practice turning around the back post (the right leg for righties) on the backswing and around the front post (left leg) on the forward swing.
  • Move the clubhead first on the backswing, with the arms and body turn following.
  • From the top, start the downswing with the lower body, shifting to the front side and letting the club drop as you turn through.
  • Work on this sequencing on the range, in slow-motion at first, then hit balls.
Lesson 2: Driving Distance
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  • What adds power—and what takes it away
  • Greg Norman’s backswing secret
  • Syncing up the arms and body for speed
  • Methods of the tour’s little bombers

The Butch Harmon Swing Clinic

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Lesson 1: Swing Basics
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Lesson 2: Driving Distance
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Lesson 3: Consistency
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Lesson 4: Fault Patterns
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Lesson 5: How to Practice
The Butch Harmon Swing ClinicINDEX
Lesson 1: Swing Basics
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Lesson 1: Swing Basics
  • How to set up perfectly every time
  • What really matters in the backswing
  • Simple keys for tour-level impact
  • Checkpoints to groove good mechanics
Lesson 2: Driving Distance
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Lesson 2: Driving Distance
  • What adds power—and what takes it away
  • Greg Norman’s backswing secret
  • Syncing up the arms and body for speed
  • Methods of the tour’s little bombers
Lesson 3: Consistency
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Lesson 3: Consistency
  • Compressing the ball like great iron players
  • How to stop hitting fat and thin shots
  • 3 practice drills for center-face strikes
  • Getting your rhythm back on the course
Lesson 4: Fault Patterns
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Lesson 4: Fault Patterns
  • Taking the mystery out of your bad shots
  • How to make swing changes stick
  • The best training aid you have in your bag
  • Rickie Fowler’s career-changing swing fix
Lesson 5: How to Practice
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Lesson 5: How to Practice
  • Why slow-motion swings speed progress
  • The easiest way to hit draws and fades
  • Turning your range time into better scores
  • The one thing to do before you head to the tee