September 26, 2017

Straight golf swing: Why Flick And Toski Are Wrong

straight golf swingAccording to Jim Flick and Bob Toski you can exscute a straight golf swing simply by relaxing you muscles and swinging your club with your arms instead of with your body.

Flick and Toski have always maintained a straight golf swing results more from an arms than a body swing .

There is no doubt but the fact that Bob Toski was one of the longest hitters in his day for his size. To say that Toski is small in stature is an understatement .

Jim Flick also could hit the ball a long ways, even while sitting in a chair.

However, I was never convinced their power and distance derived from arm swinging. I will explain why below but here is what a recent article said about their arms swinging golf method.

“As Flick pointed out to me for the umpteenth time, if you keep your shoulders relaxed and let the arms–not the shoulders–take the club back, the club goes on a proper path (not severely inside). Then, if you keep your shoulders quiet in the transition (most poor players start down with their shoulders in an over-the-top move), the club will swing into the ball on an inside path. You must always start the downswing with the left foot, knee, thigh and hip, in that order. But never start down with the shoulders.”

Read More at http://www.golfdigest.com/golf-instruction/blogs/theinstructionblog/2012/01/mid-week-lesson-toski-flick-st.html#ixzz1knbyYQF2.

What neither Flick or Toski understand about golf dynamics, nor very few others instructors, is that if you unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left-hand thumb after initially gripping your  club (as many golfers are inclined to do) and then center your club face directly behind your ball, your wrists will rotate  the alignment and swing path of your club face to an unknown ball flight during your set up proceedings.

Whether your swing is generated by more of an arms swing than body rotation or, vice-versa, in such an instance, will not matter. The result will be a curved ball flight, perhaps even an extremely curved ball flight. You definitely will not hit the golf ball straight.

This is to say, given the propensity of so many golfers to “milk” their grip from the time they complete it until they commence their takeaway, it doesn’t matter whether there is more of an arms swing or more of a body swing.  The result most likely will be a mishit golf shot.

Now, in all fairness to Flick and Toski, two legendary instructors who I greatly admire and respect, as long as you do not unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left thumb after initially gripping your club, then center the sweet spot of your club face as near as possible to the back of your ball, align your shoulders perfectly parallel with your target line and execute a  non-manipulative golf swing in that you do not inadvertently swing the club off its pre-swing path, you will be able to hit a reasonably straight golf shots, whether there is more of an arms swing than body rotation or not.

Even so, I would bet there is more body rotation than arms involved with either of Flick’s or Toski’s swing nowadays, especially at their age.

The answer is to never unlock your right-hand lifeline from your left thumb after initially gripping your club. Then center your club face as near as possible to the back of the ball, align your shoulders perfectly parallel with your target line, keep your left heel planted, maintain a steady head and execute a non-manipulative golf swing.

It will not matter whether you used more of an arms than a body swing  because you will then experience a straight golf swinggolf method