SWING LESSON // Smart Ball Training featuring Martin Chuck

Today, Ian is joined by Martin Chuck from the Tour Striker Golf Academy. Martin is one of the top instructors in the world and today he gives Ian a lesson and discusses the advantage of using one of Ian's favourite tools, the Smart Ball.

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20 thoughts on “SWING LESSON // Smart Ball Training featuring Martin Chuck

  1. Love that tip at the end. When your trying to change your swing your asking your brain to try and change something pretty in grained. But when you feel it come off its wow. For me its the total loss of control and almost like your finished you swing with the club lagging behind on a square powerful path. And there wasnt a lot you could do, to overly control the outcome. It was all done at settup and backswing. The guiding swing has got to go.

  2. Great explanation of setup sequence…based on your knowledge I changed my ball position (1inch) right and ball compression felt awesome..THANKS…how do I setup more consistently with the driver?

  3. I was really hoping you would show how to use the device and the technique instead of talking about yo, you hit with the ball maybe 4 times and spent the rest of 20 minutes talking about ?, how about showing short shots with different ball placement?…how about using the ball while swinging with the orange whip?

  4. Wow! Great show. I love this. Remembered some of the things i used to do well and had forgotten. Been stiff and deliberate, forgot to swing, too focus on technique. All tensed, now i remembered. hahaha. Thanks. Going to enjoy my range sessions with more focus on the 'right' stuff. Thank you.

  5. Great video Ian. When I train on the range for ball contact and thus compression, my routine is setup the alignment sticks so the direction is set, then lay the ball position stick perpendicular to the intended direction. The next critical step is to place your feet equidistant so the ball position stick is in the middle. From there take what ever club you want to practice and take your stance where the ball should be. I mark the leading of the club and place a tee a couple of inches outside the the toe. This procedure takes like zero time to setup, but the most important next step is take a full swing and take a small divot, or use contact mat and identify where the leading edge makes contact with the ground. Now place the ball, after a couple of more practice swing’s, without the ball, on the leading edge or slightly behind it. Boom perfect ball position for that club!! I am always amazed where that ball position is relative to the club in hand. The first time I performed this setup sequence, I discovered what proper compression felt like, and it was life changing! During a round take practice swings next to your ball as if the ball is the tee in this drill and take practice swings with or without divots and pay attention where the club makes contact with the ground relative to the ball and adjust your address, including your feet, to make ball first contact. I promise you it will change contact for the better. When Jordan Spieth was winning all the time, he would employ this practice swing method on every shot, and he was considered the best ball striker those days.

  6. I took away a couple great reminders from this video:
    1) put some extra speed into backswing
    2) keep arms connecteds on backswing
    Thank you for a solid video!

  7. Hey Martin, can you and Ian do a video on your ball delivery tool? I would love to see how that works and see it in action. Would be interesting to see how your students reaction to it!

  8. Martin has really large, strong hands for his height. No doubt that helps. Question: could Martin add a few comments about keeping the left wrist straight to bowed (in flexion) rather than cupped (in extension). One of the key parts of the swing for me, that I may have to remind myself to do, is to start the clubhead going back a bit outside (which I assume helps bring it down from inside on the downswing) and keeping my left wrist bowed and my right wrist in extension. The bowed left wrist brings the clubface square at contact, while the cupped wrist means the face is open.

  9. Thanks for bringing Martin on: I own several tools from the Tour Striker catalog and I do find the Smart ball one of the easiest to add to the warmup/practice routine to keep that connected feeling. If he can't get your to take the club back a wee bit quicker Ian, no one can 🙂

  10. I think golf instruction is trending in the right direction. I’ve heard this similar line of thinking, starting with Shawn Clement. Certainly helped me majorly just to see the shot and sling it out toward the target.

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