Why Are You Using Your Weak Hand For Power?
“It’s all in your left arm. I need to stop using my right hand. My right hand is ruining my golf swing!” That’s all we hear from Golfers coming to see us. Everything these right-handed Golfers have told us is that the power comes from their left side.
And the sad part is that a right handed Golfer saying they’re using too much right hand is a statement that is way off-base and just underlines and boldfaces why Golfers continue to struggle.
If you’re right handed and everything you do in your everyday life is done with your right side of your body – using your fork to eat, throwing a ball, opening a door and all the little things you do with your right hand that you don’t even realize you’re doing. What makes you think your left side has the coordination to provide power in your golf swing?
Because I don’t want you to believe me just because I say to believe me – A “Theories & Assumptions Approach” and stay true to the “Results Based Approach” - Do a test to see if your left side should provide the power. Pick-up a piece of paper, crumble it up into a ball and throw it with your left hand across the room towards a waste paper basket. Then crumble up another piece and throw it with your right hand. Which hand provided more accuracy and power?
Did your left hand feel coordinated and powerful? How much less coordinated and powerless did it feel versus your right hand?
Well that means that your left side is having trouble providing power. And the scary part is that you’re trying to use that same weak left side for power when you swing a golf club? And think how less coordinated it would be swinging a metal golf club at 80+ miles per hour than throwing a piece of crumbled up paper that weighs a couple of grams!
It’s no wonder why you’re having trouble slicing and topping the golf ball – you’re trying to use your weaker, more uncoordinated hand to move your golf club – which doesn’t have the strength or coordination to control your club head not just on your backswing, but even less so moving into impact!
If you got mad at me and wanted to punch me and knock me out - if you were right handed, would you even consider using your left hand? Of course not! The thought wouldn’t even cross your mind. The only thing you’d use your left hand for was to maybe hold me up so that you could punch me again with your right hand.
So why are you listening to the Monkeys when they say to use your left side for power?
Golfers are being brainwashed to think they’re using too much of their right side. So what happens is they stop trying to use their right side and depend on their left side. Big Mistake! This is where a lot of your swing compensations start. They start with the fact that you’re trying to use a weak, uncoordinated part of your body and not use your strong, coordinated side.
So of course you’re going to cast the club, outside to in swing, over the top, sway back and not move forward – when you swing. You’re trying to swing using the weak-side of you body and your brain knows you can’t do it. So it finds ways to compensate for your weak-side.
Now the key – What side of your body should do most of the work? Neither! Everything should be working together. The more everything works together the better your golf swing.
Marc Solomon – Your Instructor For Life
Golf Made Simple Inc.
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