The David Leadbetter Essentials

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Lesson 1: Getting Started

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Lesson 1: Getting Started
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OVERVIEW

While the modern game has been greatly influenced by technology, it’s best not to make learning the golf swing more complicated than it needs to be. That’s why you need David Leadbetter. In this video series, the legendary instructor teaches you his essentials to making a consistently good golf swing in simple, easy-to-understand lessons.

SWING THOUGHTS

Keep your technique simple to improve consistency
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Break the swing into three components: setup, pivot motion and the swing itself
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Set up in an athletic, balanced posture with a good grip and alignment
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Pivot the body to add power and flow to your swing
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Allow the club to swing freely without trying to manipulate its path
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DRILLS

One-Arm Swing

  • Grab an iron in the fingertips of your right hand only at the base of the grip.
  • Mimic a backswing one-handed, letting the club hinge naturally.
  • Mimic a downswing one-handed, noting how the shaft lays down (flattens).
  • Combine into one fluid one-handed swing to feel what a good two-handed swing feels like.
Lesson 2: The Grip
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  • Why the vast majority of golfers have a bad grip
  • How your left hand should hold the club
  • Key indicators you're gripping it correctly

The David Leadbetter Essentials

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Lesson 1: Getting Started
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Lesson 2: The Grip
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Lesson 3: Posture
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Lesson 4: The Pivot
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Lesson 5: The Swing Start
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Lesson 6: The Swing Shape
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Lesson 1: Getting Started
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Lesson 1: Getting Started
  • Why you struggle with consistency
  • How to keep concepts simple
  • The 3 components to the swing: setup, pivot, swing
Lesson 2: The Grip
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Lesson 2: The Grip
  • Why the vast majority of golfers have a bad grip
  • How your left hand should hold the club
  • Key indicators you're gripping it correctly
Lesson 3: Posture
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Lesson 3: Posture
  • How to address the ball
  • Why ball position matters
  • Improving alignment
  • Lead's checkpoint drill for posture
Lesson 4: The Pivot
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Lesson 4: The Pivot
  • How the body should move when you swing
  • The analogy: The dog wags the tail
  • Shifting weight correctly
  • Using the pivot to control the arms and club
Lesson 5: Starting the Swing
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Lesson 5: The Swing Start
  • Using core muscles to start
  • The position of the arms
  • The checkpoint: Hands in, club out
  • The split-hands drill to learn swing start
Lesson 6: The Swing Shape
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Lesson 6: The Swing Shape
  • Understanding swing plane
  • How the backswing dictates the downswing
  • Lead's secret to curing a slice
  • The first move down