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Do Less (Forgetting Sarah Marshall Style)




I find myself saying in lessons quite often^ lately "Do Less."

For example, on the backswing, people will often move their hands around, bend elbows in every direction, move the clubhead everywhere, the knees are doing a bunch of stuff, etc. Their backswings are too long, and really, if they just make a little turn and "fling" (I use that word a lot too) their arms up and back, they end up in a good spot.

I think that in students of the game can get caught up in trying to do "too much" and instead if they let themselves just tap into some natural athleticism they can reap some benefits. I've been doing a lot of the drill where you add weight to the club with the Torc (at various heights) to really feel the clubhead "throw" back and up. To do this, the wrists and arms have to be soft, the shoulders have to be soft.

I am considering filming a video with the Torc showing a few of the ways I like to use it, specifically for the backswing stuff. I also use it for pitching work. Maybe I'll make another post specifically talking about it.

I hope I don't sound like that to students. 😄

^ I think there's some of Baader-Meinhof phenomena going on here as I just saw the video clip and was reminded of it again, so now every time I say "do less" I quietly chuckle to myself at recalling the scene.

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