The picture above tells a subtle story. The player on the left, is me, Martin Chuck, the inventor of the Tour Striker Training Club. The photo on the left is of a gentleman who happened to be on site during some of the B-roll filming for the Tour Striker infomercial.
I noticed him hitting balls and asked if he would be willing to allow us to film his swing. He obliged us and hit some shots. He was a big, strong fellow in decent shape yet he didn’t hit the golf ball with authority. He was the prototypical golfer who got very little from the effort he put into his shots. The phrase “Powerless Effort” vs “Effortless Power” came to mind while watching his ball flight. Looking at the photo you can see some positive things. It appears that his weight is into his left side, he has effective spine-to-hip tilts and he has a pleasing amount of rotation present during the impact moment of the swing.
Why is this swing basically powerless?
Each swing has a rhythm. Like a snowflake, we are all a little different yet eerily similar. Effective swings, whether they are one-plane, two-plane, MORAD, TGM, S&T or BLT (that’s a joke), have a “signature” that syncs up the shaft and left arm at or slightly after club/ball contact with a face direction that makes sense for the path.
Finding this mystical rhythm is your key to striking success. There are a lot of tiny things that go into the ability of delivering a consistent rhythm for effective striking alignments. Things like grip style, ball position, backswing structure all play a part in the way you can return the club to the ball. In my opinion, the single BIGGEST element of successful striking is simply how do you think the club should hit the ball? I’ve seen every grip style, body alignment and swing plane hit great shots. The one thing common with all great strikers: regardless of swing style or shape, their club is passing through the correct position to influence the balls distance and direction.
In conclusion, let your swing “unwind” in a freewheeling manner. If the results don’t suit you, let’s look at the cause; was the issue the face, path or power source? No need to go buy a new book about the “BLT” technique. Minor adjustments can make big a impression, or should I say “compression” on your golf ball.
Martin Chuck is the Inventor/Instructor of the Tour Striker Training Products and Tour Striker Golf Academy. Click Here to learn more about programs with Jeff Ritter, Martin Chuck and the entire JRG/TSGA Staff at the Raven Golf Club Phoenix!