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Frank Zoff

Hey Shawn, you recommended this video to me as my arm was pinned and collapsed in the backswing with driver and so I had no width. I’ve been trying to follow this feeling of slashing but still getting an overswing and collapse with the woods and drivers. Its seems harder for me with these clubs but easier with the shorter clubs. Is there something that is preventing me from being able to that more width as I am making a huge turn but the lenght of long clubs seems to make me want to collapse. Any other thoughts or drills i can try?

Frank Zoff

Thanks Shawn, this axe drill is helping me feel more width for sure. One cool thing i realized when going back to normal grip from the split grip is that I was applying too much force with my trail hand/arm which was causing some collapse. I try to keep my trail arm more relaxed and toss the axe up more with the lead arm and the width seems better. Thanks for the input!

Shawn Clement

Good stuff! When you do a continuous action; called open loop in Neurology, you can make adjustments on the fly while performing the task; see “kinetic chain facilitation and engagement series”, and feel what the trail arm does when performing that task while walking or even staying put and sending grass clippings from a mat.

amarjot Bedi

Hi Shawn, You have been the first to answer this for me “How much back swing is enough”? Feels like I can easily slash!
I have always felt a short back swing always gave me better results. In my swing I used to feel I keep going longer than I need to go, making me feel I lose a lot of momentum coming to the ball. The arm club unit – momentum takes care of that. I feel solid at around 11 O clock in my back swing, should I make that my go to stop?

Shawn Clement

Yes, sounds like you figured something important out! Well done!

Gunnar Leivseth

Hi Shawn,
My golfsvingen has improvef significantly after following your rask oriented swing. However, I still have some issues with my understanding. In one of your videos «fall-fall» gravity and momentan are doing the jobb. In a recent video you added pull. My question is therefore : how do you combine «fall and pull»?


Michael Gallagher

Shawn would using the sword cutting through a bamboo shoot be a good task ? I have been practicing the lead and trail hand release. And I have started to use the sword reference as my task while hitting balls and it seems to be helping.

Great content !

Andrea Ferriello

Here I am for the tasks assigned 🙂 All very clear, I can finally feel what you explain with the sensations of the body. It seems to me that I have more feeling if I keep the stance a little open. Maybe the backswing levitation seems to be a bit shorter but upon release I feel the body release, feeling the weight, arms and stick more naturally. If, on the other hand, I exaggerate in wanting to open my hips in the backswing, more than I feel necessary to bring the iron up, I happen to hit the ball in the head or in the middle. I have to exercise

Shawn Clement

Just keep the task of sending the dandelion stem to target like in the “task update” video.


hi shawn, my top of the backswing is very flat while i see yours rather steep . is there a trick or exercise how i can get my backswing less flat? regards, ernst

Shawn Clement

Hi Ernst! This area has been the most misunderstood in the game and Jack Nicklaus almost got us on track but video and fear mongering about control set us in a different path for 35 years. See “using the weight in your swing-Axe drill with Savy and practice this drill and hit shots with it! Then see “backswing levitation” and the “kinetic chain facilitation series” as well as the “unstoppable momentum series” and “perpetual motion drill series”


i m at least 3 years member and i have seen all the clips you mention. I have no physical problems. today i have practiced with the drills and videos you have mentioned and i still have the same problem. So two things are possible 1. i just don t understand it or 2. there is information missing. As you say this is the most misunderstood aspect in the game. An opportunity for progress for many students.

Shawn Clement

Well, I think it’s time we do a 1-1 lesson together and see what is missing in your understanding; you can send me a face on and sown the line of a 7 iron swing in regular motion and we can then set up an appointment to get together with a skype or facetime or zoom call and if you are able to do it on a driving range or a backyard net that would be a bonus but not necessary.

Jose Herrera

Hi Shawn, greetings from Chile. I am left hand player who feels more the release with the lead arm (the right arm in my case). When I do the Sword drill you mentioned in the video, I can feel the shaft aligned with my forearm (with the Ulna bone of my right arm), that helps me to feel very easy the takeaway/backswing of the sword. So I try to emulate that feel (forearm aligned to the shaft) when I put the club in the correct manner. Is that feeling ok?. Then in the downswing, I feel my forearm comeback (rotate) to the initial position when I am throwing the shaft/club to the objective. Please let me know if I am in the right way.

Scott Heath

Great vid Shawn. Winter stinks! I’m ready to play.

Shawn Clement

I hear you!😝

Les Gross

I learnt to play in the early ‘70s. Back then we turned our bodies around our locked trail knee and kept our head down and lead arm straight. I got to be not too bad tee to green back then. Not so great now in my stiffer ’60s. I know how much your method makes sense to me and I have managed to incorporate many aspects of it to my game to great effect. My biggest roadblock is the straightening of my legs in the backswing and “getting the ground” in the downswing. The footage of Bryson in his backswing is spot on. I have a great problem getting the ground at a constant level to strike the ball consistently well. I hit a lot of thin shots, interspersed with some fat wrist breakers. Do you have any suggestions for getting the ground with consistent ball striking? Cheers. Les

Shawn Clement

You bet Les! The feet together drill first; to be able to finish the backswing, BOTH legs must be allowed to come up as the pelvis and ribcage turn out of the way. Then to activate the legs in the downswing, focus on TASK, and feel a nice throw of the club in the direction you want to start the ball.
see “feet together drill” and “feet together back to feet apart” which is all about ground forces; then see “pumping up the swing volume” and “kinetic chain facilitation series”


Hi Shawn, Thanks for the video. When I practice this, especially feet apart, it reminds me a lot of the feeling of a tennis back hand with top spin that you rip cross court. It has the turn it has the legs for power… Is that right?

Shawn Clement

Yes sir!! Boom!!👍😀


Guess I should have learned a 2 hand forehand or started playing golf as a backhander! Thanks Shawn.

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