David Leadbetter: The A Swing Downswing

A shallow downswing ensures that the club approaches from the inside, and then it's just squaring the face to hit a draw.

Released on 5/7/2015

Transcript

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It's always stated that
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the most important part of the golf swing
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is your transition, going from back to down,
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and that's important.
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It wants to be smooth.
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The club needs to be in the right position from where...
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Basically, gravity just makes you hit the ball.
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And with the A Swing, backswing,
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because of this nice, short arm swing, and with the club...
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Remember, it's almost as if your arm is flat,
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and the shaft is upright.
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So as we go back, we're on this plane, or this line,
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and as we come down, we're on this line.
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This is what we call the V plane.
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It's not a strict V, but it's a great image, where
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going back it's here; as we transition, it's here.
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Because if we can get golfers onto this plane,
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coming down, and the arms and the body are working nicely
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in harmony, you're going to hit some great shots.
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So we can see, as I make my movement back to the top,
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I just almost like step into it,
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very much like a batter in baseball...
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Where's his bat?
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It's up here.
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Steps into it.
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Look what happens to the bat.
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It flattens out onto the plane that the pitch is coming on.
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So there's a baseball component in this A Swing.
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Most of you've sort of swung a bat at some stage
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in your early years, certainly,
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but we can see, from here, boom!
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And that's the whole key with this A Swing,
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to get the club on the right plane.
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How many golfers do we see out here in steep?
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90% of the world's golfers.
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So, you can see, I'll do this fairly slowly, you can see.
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Work it back.
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Here's my backswing, and we can see from here,
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I'm going to complete, and...
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Boom.
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So you can see, this action here
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is going to produce a lovely little draw.
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Those of you that slice, you'll never slice again.
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You get onto this V plane,
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going back and coming down,
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you'll crack it.
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