On a trip to the Phoenix area just after winning the World Long Drive Championship for the second time I gave my friend Mike Pedersen a call to see if he would take time from his busy schedule to come work with me on my golf fitness.
I have Mike’s golf fitness training program – The Ultimate Golf Fitness Guide – and I use many of the exercises he outlines in his program as part of my own fitness training. But there’s nothing like going right to the source when you want an expert opinion.
Mike was kind enough to agree to meet me in the gym, but only on one condition: that I spend some time with him and his golf game first.
That sounded like a great idea, and we thought we’d film each session and share it. We had a lot of fun and we each learned some key ideas from the other.
Mike’s Second Lesson: Leverage
In this second video we are learning about the key to effortless power: Leverage.
Here is Mike at his address position. He has a very good set up. I’ve drawn a line from the inside part of his right foot up to his hip. Notice that his right knee is inside the line.
Golf is played on the insides of the feet, not the outside. The knees should be slightly canted in, or knock-kneed, at address. This position helps to reduce lateral motion. We want rotary motion instead – a good pivot rather than a slide.
As he takes his backswing however, his right knee drifts sideways instead of rotating or pivoting.
This is a tendency very common amongst many golfers. When the right knee drifts over the top of his right foot during the backswing, that puts the weight squarely on TOP of the right foot, instead of keeping it on the inside of the foot.
As a result, Mike can get into a position where he can’t initiate the downswing with the lower body by pushing off the right foot to get the weight to the left side.
Swing Issues: “Over-The-Top”, Push Fades, and Slices
This causes two potential issue – also very common.
The first is the “over-the-top” swing – a nemesis for many golfers.
When you can’t start the swing from the ground up, you start from the top down. The shoulders spin, and it feels like the left shoulder goes straight left. The club swings out well on top of the swing plane and comes into the impact position the outside in, causing a pull or pull hook.
Many golfers attempt to treat the over-the-top move directly and wonder why they can’t seem to correct it.
That’s because it is a “symptom” of something else out of position in the swing. The leverage point.
You can’t treat symptoms. You have to go to the root cause.
In this case – keeping the weight on the inside part of the ball of the right foot at the top of the swing, so you can start the swing from the feet.
The second issue that crops up when you lose your leverage position is throwing the hips forward to start the swing. That’s an immediate disconnection which usually results in a blocked shot to the right or even a nasty slice, as it is very difficult to square up the club face at impact. You get a big spine tilt to the back.
Not only does this open up the club face, but it causes a big loss of power because the upper body momentum is actually going backward at impact.
Mike was kind enough to demonstrate it for me, but fortunately that has not been one of his issues.
Nevertheless, the simple loss of the leverage position can cause multiple symptoms to appear.
The key, again, is to treat the root cause, not the symptom.
With just a couple of small adjustments – and an understanding of the proper position a the top of the swing – Mike is able to maintain his leverage position, initiate the downswing with the lower body, maintain his power lines, and deliver maximum energy to the back of the golf ball.
The Cure: Leverage Practice
We used a handy bag stand to help Mike get some feedback during his backswing. The goal was to make a swing and not tip the bag stand, while still making a pivot.
Within just a couple of swings Mike got the idea. Perhaps as importantly, he understood the root cause of one of his frequent misses – the shots that cost him several shots a round, not to mention a lot of frustration.
He knows now not to treat the symptom. But rather to understand the root cause. Address the root cause issue, and the symptoms disappear.
All of this information – and much more – is inside my training program “The 5 Keys To Distance.”
Please read more about the program below to find out how to get your own copy.
Mike’s First Lesson – Athletic Balance
Leverage is just the first of the five fundamental swing concepts covered in The 5 Keys To Distance.
There are four more.
Mastering any one of the concepts, like Leverage, can get you 10 more yards. Students who invest the time and energy to conquer all five have picked up as much as 50 to 60 yards off the tee.
Imagine what a difference 50 yards would make to your game.
If you want to hit the ball farther you need THE 5 KEYS TO DISTANCE. It’s the most comprehensive training program ever developed to maximize your distance – off the tee, and with every club in your bag.
That’s because it’s the training program Eric developed to win his first World Long Drive Championship.
This is not a collection of tips and tricks. It didn’t even start out as a formal training program.
Like you Eric got really frustrated with the ineffectiveness of all the “tips” from so-called experts who in real life can’t hit a drive past their shadow. He needed results. He had qualified for the first time for the long drive championships.
This was the real deal.
But that’s where his training as a PGA Professional helped.
Eric systematically broke down and analyzed all the parts of the swing that contribute to distance.
Then he tested.
Using a launch monitor he was able to track which swing adjustments actually produced results.
Even then it wasn’t easy.
The first swing adjustment Eric tried – getting a wider swing arc – actually backfired. He wound up losing both distance and accuracy.
That was counter-intuitive!
Everybody said a wider swing arc will produce more club head speed. What was wrong?
A KEY DISTANCE DISCOVERY
That’s when Eric made a key discovery: There is a progression of swing concepts that must be followed in order for any swing changes to be effective and work together.
You can’t make one swing change without it affecting another part of the swing.
You have to understand the progression, and how the swing works together.
The great news was that Eric eventually discovered that the progression follows the natural order of the golf swing:
When Eric tried to widen his swing arc, his Balance and Leverage changed. His swing became erratic.
But that’s because he was trying to widen his swing arc out of order.
Widening his swing arc wasn’t a bad idea. In fact, it was a great idea. Wider swing arc is one of the fundamental swing concepts that leads to distance.
It’s just that he was doing it in the wrong sequence, without understanding how it would affect the rest of his swing.
Balance and Leverage come first. They provide the stable foundation that allows you to get a wider swing arc.
In hindsight it seems simple. But seeing how all the elements of distance-creating swing concepts fit together and work together was like having a light bulb go on. Suddenly everything was clear.
And when you finish THE 5 KEYS TO DISTANCE you’ll have that same clarity about the swing.
And the next time somebody suggests a Tip to you, you’ll know exactly how it fits into the swing and what to do about it.
In just 8 weeks Eric increased his club head speed from 118 to 140 mph!
That equates to more than 55 yards off the tee. And it gives you an extra gear when you need it. Like Eric needed in the finals at the World Championships, when he drove it 381 yards to claim the title.
DISTANCE AND MENTAL TOUGHNESS
Eric developed custom drills to groove the five fundamental swing concepts, giving him more club head speed without sacrificing accuracy or consistency.
Those custom drills are the backbone of the training program.
It’s not going to do you any good to understand the concepts without knowing how to integrate them into your swing and practice them.
That’s another reason Tips are so frustrating. They only tell you What to do.
You need to know what to do, and then How to do it.
The program comes with a BOOK that explains each of the five distance swing concepts.
Then you get specific VIDEO DRILLS that show you how to master each part of the swing.
PLUS: You get the benefit of Eric’s years of competitive experience and his formal training in mental performance from his Masters degree in Sport Psychology.
You get MENTAL TOUGHNESS.
Say goodbye to first tee jitters and folding under pressure.
Say hello to becoming a clutch golfer.
This is the same training program Eric uses to prepare for the long drive championship every year.
And the proof is in the results – two World Long Drive Championships.
The training program is simple and easy to follow. Here’s what you get:
THE PROGRAM COST
You’ve probably spent $500.00 to $2,000.00 over the last couple of years on new equipment, trying to buy more distance. Now ask yourself this question:
Did you get two thousand dollars worth of distance?
The real question is value.
You have several options to get started:BRONZE: The $47.00 version is all-electronic. If you are on a budget but want to get started immediately, this is a great option. You can instantly download the pdf of the Book, and get all 18 training and drill videos. Everything is available right away inside the Online Training Site. SILVER: This $67.00 option gives you everything you’d get with the Bronze package, plus you get the hard-copy of the Book and a physical DVD with all the training videos shipped to you. You can still access the pdf version of the Book and see all the videos online, so you get immediate access. If you prefer reading from a real book and like having the option to watch the videos on your computer or TV, choose the Silver package. GOLD: This $147.00 version is the best value for golfers who are serious about improving their game. Not only does it include the hard-copy book and the same videos you’d find in the Bronze and Silver package, but you also get a whole expanded library of additional videos. 63 videos in all. The Gold version takes your training to a new level with advanced drill videos focused on the five key swing concepts. But perhaps the biggest value is the Advanced videos where you learn how to practice more effectively, how to learn faster, and how to make better use of swing training aids. You’ll learn how to get more out of a 1-hour practice session than you would in 10 hours of normal practice, using concepts developed and used by coaches and trainers of our Olympic athletes. This is the kind of training enhancement that comes right from Eric’s background in Sport Psychology. PLATINUM: This $497.00 version of the training program has it all. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the individual 1-on-1 time with Eric. He’ll look at your swing videos and recommend a specific sequence to follow to get maximum results. Once a month for three months you’ll have a private phone or video skype conversation where you’ll have a chance to discuss your progress and your game. Together you’ll develop a plan of attack, and Eric will follow up to make sure you are getting the results you want.
I’m so convinced that you will benefit from the information in this book that it comes with a no-risk, unconditional 60-day PERFORMANCE BASED money-back guarantee.
If you implement my techniques and do not add 20 yards to your drives, just send it back within 60 days. You’ll get a full refund. No questions asked. Simple as that.
I’m making that guarantee because this program is not about approaches or gimmicks.
It’s about the fundamentals that really matter if you want more distance.
You have nothing to lose, and lots of distance to gain.
I believe “There is a better way …”
… There’s a better way for golfers to learn how to play great golf
… There’s a better way for instructors to teach
… There are more important skills than just mechanics that lead to better play, and you need to know about them;
Because I believe, like you do, that “good enough … isn’t”
My mission is to find these better ways and share them with golfers.
How I do that is by taking complex ideas and simplifying them. Because if ideas are simple they are understandable.
And if they are understandable, they are actionable.
And it is only through action that information is turned into knowledge.
Armed with the right knowledge, you can take your game anywhere
My golf training programs are simple yet effective.
Understandable and actionable.
They move you from information to knowledge to wisdom.
You achieve breakthroughs.
It’s a different kind of instruction, for a different kind of result.
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