Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Who Says Canadians Don't Know Anything About Golf?

Been flirting around on YouTube and such and came across another excellent teacher, this one from Canada, Shawn Clements. Lots of great and F-R-E-E stuff here (http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=clemshaw&view=videos).

What Clements does so exceptionally well is his vast amount of drills that are simple to use and easy to explain. You don't need to go out and buy broomsticks, tires, etc (not that there's really anything wrong with that). Sometimes it's just a wall or going out to the range and using some golf balls.

I've only watched about a dozen of his videos so far, but here's some of my favorites

Hogan Power Drill (this is my favorite and is SUPERB) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNwSfz0_KDM

Hitting Through the Ball (look at the drill at the 6-7 minute mark) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBFLHjDA7rw

Also, check out his Web site at http://www.shawnclementgolf.com/. I found a really interesting article that explains the same thing that Sevam1 (http://3jack.blogspot.com/2008/11/moe-norman-and-ben-hogan-dream-team.html) has been talking about with Moe Norman and Ben Hogan's "secret", but it's explained in a different fashion. Sevam1 describes the "secret" as basically you need to pivot properly and Moe told him that the pivot is the most important part of the swing. And the feel of the "secret" according to Sevam1 is a "vertical drop and horizontal tug." Shawn's article is along the same lines, particularly with a horizontal tugging drill he talks about. The article can be found here (http://web.mac.com/shawnclement/Site/Articles_2.html)

And yes, that's a picture of Clement's swing at the top. Even more astonishing, he's a scratch player playing right handed AND left handed. The only real problem with Clements' stuff is that there's so much F-R-E-E and G-R-E-A-T stuff that he has to offer, it's just going to take a lot of time to go through it all. And that's a problem I like to have.


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