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  • Natural preferences in the golf swing

    Here is an article that describes the different types of swing we see on tour every day. The article basically describes our natural ways of moving and performing actions in sports but also in everyday life. As you will see, the article describes what happens in the different swings. I'm personally not saying we should try to perform consciously the moves described (I don't think this is possible and this is certainly not what he author of the article implied). But it brings understanding.

    ​​​​​​https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C4c...w?usp=drivesdk

    I translated the article from French to English (crappy sentences, if any, are of my own doing!). Hope you find it interesting. Link to the original article below. There is another article from the same guy explaining what "walking from the top" or "walking from the ground" means. I'll try to translate it later. Having said that I already explained the difference in the following blogs:

    https://wisdomingolf.vbulletin.net/b...our-golf-swing

    https://wisdomingolf.vbulletin.net/b...nded-the-tests

    I wrote another blog on mobility as explained by another golf pro who uses the same concepts. Although what he says is globally consistent with the article I translated, there is a slight difference about the "engine" used to start the swing. Given my profile, I am more in agreement with the article in this post.

    https://wisdomingolf.vbulletin.net/b...the-golf-swing

    original article: https://www.axelconseil.com/sites/de..._son_swing.pdf
    Last edited by Ferko; 2 weeks ago.

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    I am definitely an Aerial doing these tests , but I try not to engage my calves and push up in the backswing like I used to do (I used to go UP too much).

    I am finding that this helps me tune into doing the centrifugal pump action correctly for my type (ie. Aerial).
    Last edited by Schrodinger; 4 weeks ago.

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    • #3
      I am definitely a Grounded person/Golfer.

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      • #4
        Translated another article I found interesting from French to English. Lot of drawings to explain the different aspects. I have to share it via Google Drive because the PDF size is over the limit authorized by the forum. Hope you enjoy the read.

        https://drive.google.com/open?id=1zg...K3IlNJkaf7sEqg

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        • #5
          this is some very interesting information .. I so appreciate you finding it and sharing it with us..definitely worth archiving and following up on ..

          I think it definitely helps advance any number of conversations..

          cheers

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          • #6
            Originally posted by kid_fullerene View Post
            this is some very interesting information .. I so appreciate you finding it and sharing it with us..definitely worth archiving and following up on ..

            I think it definitely helps advance any number of conversations..
            Agree 100%. What I like about the authors is that they are sport coaches. They're looking for what's best to improve the performance and training of their athletes. I think that's why they managed to combine various existing knowledge into a comprehensive and usable "package".

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            • #7
              Never wonder if you need to keep your arms close to your body or if you need to get as much extension as possible? Left arm? Right arm? Both? I got a test to determine your preference from a presentation on natural preferences applied to the golf swing (I summarized and translated from French). It's called the karateka test.

              The idea is to take various positions with your arms as shown below and have someone push on your fists to see if you can resist. A tester should stand in front of the testee and push with two fingers on the tester's fists as shown below (example when pushing someone with both arms extended). Preferably, the tester and the testee should be of similar weight.

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              When the arm is close to the body, make sure the upper arm including the elbow is in contact with the chest (see picture). Note that the result of the test is directly related to the profiles as described in these blogs.

              Aerial or Grounded: https://wisdomingolf.vbulletin.net/b...nded-the-tests

              High or Low Mobile Point: https://wisdomingolf.vbulletin.net/b...the-golf-swing

              I indicated below the names of the profile with their strong and weak positions as well as a recommended drill. Just to clarifiy terms, compact means that the arm pit is in contact with the chest (the arm could be extended though) and wide means that the arm is in full extension and the upper arm has no contact with the chest.

              1) GLMB - Grounded Low Mobile Point
              Strong position = Both arms close to the body i.e. compact swing.
              Weak position = right arm close to the body and left arm far from the body
              Drill = swing with towel under both arm pits. Compact swing.

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              2) GHMP - Grounded High Mobile Point
              Strong position = Arms far from body i.e. go wide
              Weak position = arms close to the body
              Drill = swing the towel. The challenge for this profile is to move the sternum and hands at the same speed but they have a better eye-hand coordination to compensate. Do the drill with left hand on the sternum and then right hand on the sternum as shown in the picture below. No connection between arms and chest. Go wide.

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              3) ALMP - Aerial Low Mobile Point
              Strong position = Left arm close to the body and right arm far from body.
              Weak position = arms far from the body. Don't try to go wide.
              Drill = swing with towel under left arm pit. More important to be connected than wide.

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              4) AHMP - Aerial High Mobile Point
              Strong position = Right arm close to the body and left arm far from body.
              Weak position = arms close to the body (compact)
              Drill = swing with towel under right arm pit. Go wide but keep right arm connected to the chest (towel should not fall to the ground).

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              I know this is a bit of work but don't hesitate to do the test. Personally, I am AHMP. Interested to know if this is useful stuff we should be aware of. I find it interesting because it explained why there are divergent point of views on the subject.

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