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Thanks to all for your great questions today. Perhaps the most interesting session so far! I look forward to hearing from all of you in the weeks to come. Remember, if you post a link to your swing on You Tube I will put you to the top of the rotation. Have a great week and Go Packers!
Stephen asks at 1:00:
I am trying to get my ballstriking form back by practicing with lots of half swings. Is the L to L drill the best way to practice half swings? In other words, swing arms to parallel going back with wrists fully hinged and then do the same through the ball. Once I can strike the ball solidly consistently I will add the full shoulder turn. Will my plan work?
Stephen, I have to tell you I can't stand the L to L drill. The early set of the wrists on the backswing is one of my least favorite styles as it removes the athleticism and movement I think makes great ballstrikers. Work on your swing in this order and you will improve. Clubface first with a good grip and the proper wrist positions throughout, swingpath next with the club approaching the inside/back quadrant of the ball while the face is rotating, pivot last with the body always leading the arms and hands going back and coming down.
I like the idea that you are working on your swing without it being full. I would recommend you take out the speed of your practice rather than the length of your swing. This will allow you to feel the proper sequence of motion, body first, without the blur of full speed.
If you stick to the three critical elements of face, path, and pivot you will get to where you want to be before you know it.
Marc asks at 12:58:
Brady, in your opinion (or to your knowledge), why have so many of Leadbetter's pupils left him?
At one stage he coached most of the top 20 (Els, Charles Howell, Baddeley, Rose, Tryon) but all of those guys have left him for other coaches. The only big names he has left are Immelman (has done nothing since his Masters win) and Wie (has won nothing big at all).
Faldo ended up leaving him as well (probably was nothing left for Faldo to learn though).
Is he too technical now-a-days for a tour where every young player has a textbook swing but doesn't know how to translate that into wins.
That's a very good question Marc. Here is my take. I think Leadbetter had some of the finest swingers of the club back in the day. I still love Faldo and Price and use their swings as an example of what to do in my teaching.
I think several things happened that have changed people's view of Leadbetter effectiveness over the past decade. First, there was Tiger. The shock wave he produced when he entered the scene caused people to focus more on Butch and eventually Haney and took the spotlight away from Lead. Second, the emphasis on technical prowess and control left the game when Tiger's power shocked the golf world. The need for more athleticism and power wasn't necessarily associated with Lead's teaching, fair or unfair.
When it comes to philosophy I am not a big fan of the early set of the wrists during the backswing. I strongly believe that a great golf swing should be an ATHLETIC motion using the body, arms and hands. When the swing begins with a set of the wrists while the body remains passive, the swing becomes contrived and less powerful. You don't see an early set of the wrists in the swings of Hogan, Nicklaus, Trevino, Watson, Norman, Tiger, or AK for that matter. If power is a critical component of today's game, which it unquestionably is if you look at how unimportant driving accuracy is to winning golf tournaments, then an early set is terribly ineffecitve. This has been an emphasis of Lead's teaching over the last decade and, in my opinion, a negative.
Let me also say that no teacher agrees completely with any other teacher. We all have different approaches and Leadbetter has certainly earned his respect and place in the history of the game by working with the worlds best players. But, I have the philosophy of giving my honest opinion when asked so there it is.
Thanks for the interesting question, keep them coming.