Category Archives: Using The Ground

Tony Finau – “Short Back Swing, Low Impact Heel Power” Exhibit A

If you are looking for a great example of how someone can generate power with a short back swing and proper leverage evidenced by a low trailing heel impact, then look no further than one Tony Finau.

Yes, he’s a very tall player with long limbs (levers), but when you look at how ridiculously short his back swing is and how effortlessly he’s leveraging the club, you will realize that Finau could be monstrous-long, a good deal longer than he already is, with an adjustment or two.

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Matt Wolff’s Excellent “3 To 9” – But About That Left Foot Action

If you have been looking at repeat NCAA Div 1 Champion Matt Wolff’s swing, you’re sure to be distracted by his funky-looking back swing and top position, but when you look at the part that really matters, it’s pretty darned good.

I’ll show you his down swing after the club has reached the plane of a more orthodox-looking swing, and you can see an excellent “3 O’Clock” position (other than the high trailing heel, but that’s an optimal matter, not a mechanically-unsound one), and a pretty good impact:

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Using The Ground – Right Idea, Wrong Execution

J.S. sent me a clip of European Tour winner Van Phillips explaining his take on the “using the ground” meme so prevalent and so misapprehended in the golf world.

First of all, he does get it right in the beginning when he talks about shifting weight, because that’s exactly how one applies force to the ground.

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“Using The Ground” = “LOL”

I am betting you’re going to hear a lot of the “using the ground” and/or “vertical lift” nonsense this coming weekend during the television coverage at the Players Championship.

This of course refers to the insane rationalization the analysts are making trying to explain why certain swingers’ leading feet are flopping and flying all over the place through impact.

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You Must Swing DOWN & Not Forward With The Golf Swing


Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas Day!

I’m not saying you can’t swing forward, but that is not mechanically-optimal and can actually lead to mechanical-correctness issues, which of course means you’re sacrificing performance and raising injury risk.

One of the main issues of trying to swing at the target with the golf swing is that the ball is located near the bottom of the swing arc… so trying to direct force and energy at the target with the club when the ball is nowhere near that point means wasted energy and inefficiency.

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The Tigher Pivot Was Staring Me In The Face For Years

First of all, I would like to make it very clear to anyone who has been reading my postings the past couple of weeks – this is pretty advanced stuff.

I had an email conversation with a gentleman just on the past weekend, and we correspond quite a bit on the swing, where he suggested that my focus on the right side of the swing might cause people to turn early or over-rotate, and I agreed, with one caveat:

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Awesome – One-Armed Kid Exposes Modern Golf “Using The Ground – Vertical Lift” Fraud

His name is Tommy and he also shows how the left arm works in a two-armed swing.

With only one arm, young Tommy uses the Primary Lever of the shoulders with the leading arm.

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JJ Takes My Advice & Proves My Point Re: The Kinetic Chain

First, a note of thanks to all the new readers and visitors to WAX Golf who have taken the opportunity to enjoy the discount on the 3 Video MCS Golf Swing series.

I’ll be terminating the End Of Season sale soon, so there’s still time to get the last remaining available downloads!

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I Called It – More “Vertical Lift” Coming Your Way…

You’ll recall it wasn’t too long ago (two weeks, actually), when I blogged about noticing a new terminology in TV golf swing analysis – that of “vertical lift” to excuse the “flying foot” symptom of several notable pros, and to make that swing flaw into something positive.

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Modern Golf Experts – Does A Baseball Swing or Javelin Throw “Use The Ground?”

It never occurred to me to point out the simple proof of the “using the ground” fallacy you hear all the time in Modern Golf Swing analysis.

If you can find me another motion better than a baseball swing or javelin throw as an example of leveraging against the ground to swing or throw something, then I’d love to see it.

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