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Learn a new backswing from golf instructor David Leadbetter that will put you in perfect position coming down.

So, let's talk about the A Swing backswing.
Big difference from a conventional backswing.
The big key is making sure
that the butt of the club moves in
while the club head stays out.
So, hands in, club head out.
And, this is crucial.
We see so many golfers who just
roll the club away going back.
Remember, the butt of the club moves on one track.
The head moves on another.
This is always inside that club head.
And, we want to try to feel that all the way to the top.
As I do this, you can see my right arm
stays on top of my left arm.
The club face looks at the ball.
No rotation of the club face.
It actually feels slightly closed here.
Now, as I move the club away,
I want to feel a setting with my right wrist.
Load that right wrist.
And, you can see the club,
it is still outside my hands.
This is what I'm trying to achieve.
It's very difficult to get it absolutely in this position,
but the closer you get to this,
the better because, literally,
when I'm about halfway back,
I want a sense of the shaft is almost matching my spine.
Now, anywhere between here and here is fine.
You just gotta get the club up on its end,
sensing that, hey,
once the club is here
as I just complete my rotation with my body,
you can see that's as far as I want to go.
I want to keep my left arm under my shoulder plane.
I want to make sure that the grip I had at address
is still apparent.
You can see I still have a little cup
at the base of the left wrist and the right wrist.
And, my left arm is actually under my shoulders.
I want to keep this nice and short,
but yet, the club is not far short of parallel.
In fact, you don't have to wind up that much.
If this is far as you can go,
as long as the club is in balance.
You see, the club being in this position here, folks,
allows the club to get onto the right plane coming down.
It's all about getting the club
on the right plane coming down.
That's why the backswing is so important.
So remember, hands in,
club out, right arm on top.
As I set the right wrist,
I just feel that the club head
still stays outside my hands all the way to the top.


It's an inverted feel. And now, at the top of the backswing, the club, if anything, points slightly to the right of the target. It's a very natural motion. If I swing the club with two fingers and a thumb, look where the club wants to get to. It's slightly across the line. Many great players throughout the history of this game have actually had the club slightly across the line at the top, rather than laid off. And, once you're here, the club has a almost… You put life into the club. It has a life of its own. It's got swing. You're putting swing into your swing from this position. A much simpler backswing, the club is traveling a much shorter route to get to the completion point. And, from here, you're in a great position now to start down. And, that back swing, very different, very simple, but very efficient.

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Golfermanjim says:

Joe Nichols says hello.

Max Caysey says:

I have to say that this is not how Tiger swung back in 1999-2003, ergo its not the best way to swing!!!

Dean Bolton says:

Actually works for me! Thanks 🙂


I'm an amateur golfer in Japan. I'm 47 years old. The best score is 75 and the driver's maximum carry is 340 yards. How is my swing? Please give me some advice. Thank you!⛳️?️‍♂️


What a load of bull!!!!!!

Danny Jackson says:

Harry highpants

Ivy Maureen Pritlove says:

Looks complicated.

MONCORGÉ Jean Paul says:

C’est dans les vieux pots qu’on fait les meilleures confitures… cette vidéo devrait être obligatoire pour tous ceux qui veulent apprendre le golf! Thank you Sir.

Vlas Gilbers says:

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Alfred Brown says:

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Ray Ray says:

In other words the "Jim Furyk"….


Soon after studying these golf swing techniques and exercising the drills as I study, I went out and also shot a seventy three. I also managed to strike 13-18 greens and that was the finest one I had since I started golfing. On the other 5 holes, I got close to hitting 5-10 yards with the green. My handicap is a 9 so I don`t shoot 73s at all times. It`s been actually a very long time since I made an exceptional round.. You can discover this guide by Google. They call it Logan Ballοyshot
Take care

Patrick Villeneuve says:

completely absurd, you should never deliberately point your club to the right at the top, thats just an unnecessary idiosynchracy

John Swanson says:

Been using the A Swing for the last 2 weeks.I'm not perfect with the back swing but the results are just great. I'm finding more fairways

John J says:

very simple very efficient…never hits the ball lol

Dingle Berry says:

he never hits a ball

완강 says:

Take away motion is allright but no right shoulder external rotation and body weight involvement in that way

Prathapan Punalur says:

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Ben Jonson says:

Not sure why this is better than a more traditional backswing.

diliviof says:

I`m a player of golf and even when I have been at it for 20 years, I still had difficulty exceeding Ninety. I was not able to attain an outstanding round for the last 3-4 years until I completed reading these golf swing techniques. I am not efficient when making use of my irons. My drive doesn’t attain a terrific range but I can correctly grip my driver without any issue. You can find this guide on Google. It calls Logan Ballοyshot

aziz bassier says:

too many variables .. instead of making golf swing easier and simpler he makes it more difficult tried this on range BIG THUMBS DOWn .. I .. i then tried Saguto way WOW instant pure striking

Derek Whyle says:

This man has ruined more amateurs golf swings than anyone else in history.

Fr. Paul B. says:

Got the Kindle and Hard copy book of the A-Swing. The A-Swing works well for me.

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