Shawn Clement Golf Pro lesson Body Turn Arm Swing

by admin on December 10, 2010 Shawn Clement, Director of the Richmond Hill Golf Learning Centre in Toronto Canada, and top 25 Canadian PGA Teacher as rated by Score Golf Magazine, shows you how to FEEL how the body responds to the swinging of the arms to allow them to swing freely in both directions;

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kena0angin December 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Thanks Shawn, I think I”have to buy a weighted club and see if i can bring the feeling to a swing with a regular club. Could you recommend a specific brand ?
Thanks again and for all the endavour you put in teaching us stubborn hackers.

clemshaw December 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

@CosmicSPC Not all pros are fast with the arms; ask who most pros want to emulate and they will say Ernie Els, Fred Couples and anyone else who has a more natural rhythm; to understand this natural rhythm, see my “golf pro lesson get great rhythm” video; You are also talking about guys who are the best athletes on this planet! They can hit the ball well with many different swings! Shawn

clemshaw December 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

@kena0angin If you use something heavier, like a weighted club or a set of horse shoes like I show in my video “golf pro lesson horse shoes and lassos”; you will feel what I am talking about; IT IS NOT THE ARMS SWINGING A CLUB, IT IS THE BODY ALLOWING THE ARM-CLUB UNIT TO SWING! Shawn

CosmicSPC December 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

how can tour pros let the arms fall when they swing so quickyl? it looks that in their swing gravity never metters. thats strange…

kena0angin December 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Even with a perpetual motion sort of backswing, my upper arms and shoulder muscles are ”in use” and therefore tensed. How can one, with tensed muscles, let the arms free fall, which imho requires no muscle tension at all. Switch off some sort of button ? This isue bothers me already for quite some time !

Matt10L December 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Shawn, as you know I love what you do sir. This is exactly the information I needed to help a friend rebuild his arm powered swing. This will allow him to still use his arms, but more importantly sustain the movement necessary to get “out of the way”.

Thank you as always. This actually is a great guide for my own swing as well. :)

CosmicSPC December 10, 2010 at 11:17 pm

@clemshaw yes I know, but when you demostrate follow through at 6:29 it is different.

clemshaw December 10, 2010 at 11:54 pm

@CosmicSPC What are you nit picking at?? The release of the arm-club unit was very sound there; it was wide; it was through the ball and the results were terrific; what gives with you man?? Shawn

CosmicSPC December 11, 2010 at 12:47 am

6.24 your arms are flipping? why dont you hold your low letter y?

mjs0039 December 11, 2010 at 12:52 am

@Shawn, Should the falling of the arms(that is without crashing) be starting with bringing the elbow in front of the body……If so what would be the awareness.Thanks

kena0angin December 11, 2010 at 1:45 am

Another great video of Shawn’s. Thanks ! One question though. It seems and is easy to let your arms drop while standing straight with relaxed shoulder/upper arm muscles. In a backswing these muscles are being used and therefore cannot be that much relaxed/passive as to let the arms ”drop” . Isn’t this ”dropping” caused by the lower and upper body (downswing) movement ? Looking forward to your reaction. I never really understood this ”dropping-of- the- club” phenomenon.

clemshaw December 11, 2010 at 2:16 am

@urrurz Do they do that when you are swinging feet together?

clemshaw December 11, 2010 at 2:43 am

@cmsima Not your job! :) If you simply listen to the swing of the arms and don’t allow them to crash into the body, it will happen automatically; see “golf pro lesson stop crashing” and “golf pro lesson ridiculously easy” part 1 and 2

clemshaw December 11, 2010 at 3:19 am

@CosmicSPC The right arm does not release over the left till past that point when you swing to a target; it does not rotate over at impact; make a baseball swing and see when you turn over; it will be well past impact; see “golf pro lesson ridiculously easy” part 1 and 2 and “golf pro lesson how to focus” part 1 and 2; Shawn

CosmicSPC December 11, 2010 at 3:37 am

Hi Shawn!
arms really have to fall? golf swing is all about letting the arms to fall? and let them fall through the ball ? and when I want to smash the ball I have to assist the momentum a bit? like child on a swing? when you demnostrate the chip followthrough your arms are in the same position as they were in the address. why right arm doesnt rotate /flip over left? in your normal swing you are flipping/ crossing arms right after impact .

cmsima December 11, 2010 at 4:16 am

@clemshaw – Hmmm? So – if you didn’t turn your body, you’d just be lifting your arms straight up in the air and then dropping the club head down onto the ball. When you add body rotation, the trick is to develop the timing that allows the clubhead to drop “straight down” onto the ball as your rotate past/through …..? ….?

urrurz December 11, 2010 at 4:50 am

@clemshaw Hey Shawn, I waited a few days with answering your question because I was going to play again yesterday. As a lefthanded player I have (a lot) of push shots (going straight) left incidentally quite severe. So that’d mean I dont have a challenge with controlling lag but rather sliding ?

wardn53 December 11, 2010 at 5:30 am

Hi Shawn,
I bought your videos but I am still confused on letting the arms fall so I will describe my understanding of it. In my back swing do the arms fall straight down until the right elbow starts to contact the body then the body turns to get out of the way? Maybe it would help if you made a video with the arms falling without the body and shoulders turning.Just to keep things in perspective I am right-handed performing this with a 5 iron.

clemshaw December 11, 2010 at 6:22 am

@urrurz So why was it too open in the first place?????

urrurz December 11, 2010 at 6:33 am

@clemshaw Shawn, I feel the video you reference to from this point is making things more complicated for me. With all due respect I feel you try to explain too much :) I feel when my clubface is too much open it should not be compensated by closing the clubface at address or even stronger grip. I kinda feel it has to do more with me not handling my lag properly every time yet. The open club face is/could/should be compensated with enough lag by extending the rear arm through impact/fllw-thru.

clemshaw December 11, 2010 at 7:15 am

@mebagga Correct! That would not be your job! That is gravity and centrifugal force’s job!
See “golf pro lesson tilted twirl”
Fantastic comment! Thank you! Shawn

clemshaw December 11, 2010 at 7:27 am

@urrurz You said something VERY IMPORTANT HERE: Lag opens the face…YES!!!!!!! This is why my “golf pro lesson weak grip or strong grip” is such an important video because the proper grip-clubface relationship will ALLOW YOU TO SWING THROUGH THE BALL TO YOUR TARGET!!!!!!
Thank you very much for this comment; Shawn

Rexbarberry1117 December 11, 2010 at 8:11 am

Shawn, awesome early season Swing Freedom Tuneup. I watched the Bobby Jones clearing left side video and this is right in line with what he was advocating. FYI you should add a Paypal donate $ 5.00 button on your new cool website for us to reciprocate when we receive a lesson that helps, just a idea.

urrurz December 11, 2010 at 9:06 am

I’d like to add that this feels even more true once you gain experience and try to speed up rotation pace. For example your crane analogy I think this is what feels similar to what I mean here. Once that huge ball starts the downswing it’s behind in movement. But since it’s a ball the side with which it is going to hit the wall doesnt matter. For the club however it does ofcourse :) Lag most likely leaves the clubhead open. So to keep the pace of the arms up requires a ‘minimal’ amount of muscle

urrurz December 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hey Shawn! After months of practicing and trying to do what your videos show. I found out for myself that I needed to interpret your ‘getting the body out of the way’ statement a bit differently. You see, if I litterally try to do that I create lag between shoulder turn and my hands.At address your hands are in front of you. When you move your body out of the way on the downswing your hands could fall behind, therefor I focus on keeping my hands in front of my navel. Gave me straighter shots.

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