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Don't waste your money. This DVD will hurt your swing.

A Review On: Straight Talking Golf, DVD by Dalton McCrary

Straight Talking Golf, DVD by Dalton McCrary

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Pros: Mentions keeping the head still, not overbending the back elbow and weight transfer

Cons: The instructional content is pretty awful

Straight Talking Golf is an instructional DVD on the full swing, lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. You buy and download it online, which is pretty efficient.

Conclusion: The swing advice you get in this DVD is plain bad and I fear it will hurt a lot of swings out there. Stay clear and look for something else. I honestly don't find anything in this DVD that makes it worth buying. Seeing a DVD like this makes me wonder why there are no requirements for people starting as golf instructors.

Preface: I've been a student of the swing for five years and learned a lot on thesandtrap.com. I'm not an instructor, nor an expert, but I do not have any issues with giving this product a bad review. I've spent a lot of time on my own swing, reading, discussing and learning from very good instructors.

I'll quickly go through the different parts of the DVD.

He starts out by saying that if you tell your body to do something different, it will do it INSTANTLY. Which everyone having played golf - and tried making a change - knows is not true.

Grip and posture: Not a lot to say here, pretty standard stuff. Says at some point that the grip is not supposed to feel good, but you have to get used to the feel.

Weight transfer: Says this happens because of hip rotation (sliding/pushing is never mentioned), triggered by throwing the back foot onto the toes, getting that heel up. Makes a point of the weight getting to the outside of the forward foot, but only by rotation.

Reason for the divot: Dalton explains the reason for why the divot happens. When you rotate and transfer the weight to the left side, the right knee drops one inch below the left, which drops your shoulder and hands one inch, causing the divot.

Dalton advice a one piece takeaway, keeping the club in front of your chest initially and not cocking a lot early, which is fine, but cocking the club very late can be a problem for some people.

The release: He is talking about physics that doesn't make any sense. "If the hands cock gradually on the way up, it uncocks gradually on the way down." His big idea about the release is NOT to hold it off, but rather to start the release and uncocking right from the top of the backswing. You will be hard pressed to find a professional player doing this. He claims you can't turn the clob loose (releasing it) so early that you end up with a shut clubface, it's simply impossible.

Dalton demonstrates a drill where you turn the hands completely over when they are in front of your chest, at impact, clubhead pointing to the target, right hand over left hand. Says you do not want the hands leading the clubhead. Another drill where he really wants you to roll the arms from the top, get that shaft pointing into the ground (clubhead first), long before the impact zone.

Amidst all this terrible swing advice, there is a little humor, though not on purpose. While talking about how you want the clubface square at impact (which is apparently what makes you pull or slice, never mentions swing plane), he says: "Murphy's law: What goes up must come down." This is a quote, but from Isaac Newton. Murphy's Law says "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong". Which ironically is what I feel about this DVD and what would happen if you take up his advice.

He says something about peripheral vision, that you want to keep the impact area in sight and not move your head about, which is one of the brighter sides of this DVD.

Towards the end talks a bit about routine, how you want to get into a habit of doing the same preparations before every shot and that using an intermediate target when aligning yourself is good. This is also something I recommend.

A few good bits, but the overall swing advice is just so far from reality and what anyone would want to do that this DVD is a complete waste of time. If you happen to improve with this DVD, it's simply because you are not doing what he says, but often the complete opposite.

I'd like to include a picture from a drill he calls One - And - Roll, where he says "One" at A1.5, "And" at the top and "Roll" on the downswing, to emphasize rolling everything down.

That position reminds me of my own swing from many years ago, one I've been fighting to fix for a long time. There are details and parts in the DVD I haven't touched, but would gladly like to discuss if anyone want to. I've summed up the best and worst, and left out some more bad and some that doesn't give you anything.

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I'm impressed you took the time to watch the video and break it down fairly as objectively as possible. Nice work, Zeph. Some of the methodology there does seem strikingly off. I've been working on my swing with lessons, books, golf channel, and internet sources for over a year, and this overall philosophy wouldn't be a good fit for me to move forward from where I'm at now.