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Derek Walker

Hey Shawn! I realize this video is a few years old now, but I see in your latest videos you have both feet coming up off the ground. In the video you mention to stay grounded. I’ve been trying to get that feeling of my lead foot coming up on my backswing to get more swing speed with DR (currently 105 but want more! lol) using the perpetual motion drills but it still feels unnatural while swinging with a ball. Trying to untrain myself and still needs some work.

My question is if it’s okay to lift your lead foot in the backswing using a diagonal stance and any tips on how I can achieve this. It feels so forced and awkward when I’m hitting a ball

Thanks in advance coach!

Dexter Dorer

Hey Shawn, I’m experiencing big improvements since our discussion! Thank you! Do you have any insight as to why an open stance, with the ball slightly back, feels very natural for me to swing the arm club unit (ball on a string) back and through over the intermediate point? My subconscious frequently wants an open stance (with all clubs) in order to achieve the task. Is this because of a some other issue in my swing that I’m not aware of? That said, I am able to hit well with a closed diagonal stance also!

Shawn Clement

Question is; is it really an open stance? Probably square…😝😝

Victor White


Greetings! Really enjoying your holistic teaching approach! It appears in the video that as you shift from hitting high shots to lower shots with the driver you are also moving the club head closer to the ball at address for the lower trajectory shot or is that just an optical illusion?

Best regards,

Shawn Clement

Hi Victor! You are correct! See the “list of videos by date” and go to the bottom and see the “driver” video; knowing where the bottom of the swing arc is located is essential to solid ball striking with the driver and Moe Norman was the absolute ultimate master at it. When the ball is low on the tee as in the “driver for accuracy” video, we are catching the ball as the driver is tracking the bottom of the arc. When the ball is higher, then we need to play the ball more forward to catch on the way up; for fades, this is less of an issue, but for high draws we need to get “diagonal in the stance” as in the “important driver nugget” video. Enjoy!

Michael Gallagher

Hey shawn,

In regards to a fade with the driver. It seems that its more a square stance. But do you still aim to the left of target and open the face slightly ?

Shawn Clement

It is not a square stance; that is the illusion; it is still a closed stance aiming left where the ball position is what makes the shot work. Face is very individual; some need it more open and some actually need it more closed for fades.

Sam Choi

Is diagonal stance similar to the closed stance or is it aiming whole body including shoulder line diagonally? I drawed little too much on a few tee shots when I aimed whole body diagonally right of IP.

Shawn Clement

Hey Sam! Sorry I missed this one! If you watch the one leg drill, you will see you can fade it with that stance too; very similar to the diagonal stance! See “fade fine tuning” and “draw fine tuning” for why it draws too much.


I see in some videos you close the club face and others none. When do we do close or not?

Shawn Clement

That depends on the shot you are making and how efficient your release is at this stage in your golf. Have you seen the “goldie locks series” with the grip club relation video of it as well as the “fade fine tuning” and “draw fine tuning” videos? Also the camera angle can mess things up on some of the videos…


All I can say is “Wow” Shawn! Great results at the range for all clubs, especially the driver! Long, crisp and powerful shots thru the bag. Thank you so much, I really got a lot out of your Diagonal Series.

Shawn Clement

Good stuff! This is a very special series; really enjoyed the process that went into putting this series together; it got my teaching to another level! 👍😀


If you use a closed stance for a draw why would you not use an open stance to facilitate a Fade?

Shawn Clement

Depends on YOUR NEEDS as a golfer; we offer many options of easy workability!

Jacques Levesque

The whole diagonal series is fabulous – can’t wait to try it on the range and the course – Thanks!

Shawn Clement

Have a blast!👍😀

Terry Anderson

Fabulous video!

Shawn Clement

Thanks Terry! 😀👍

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