By Shawn McConnon

October 16, 2020


The Secret Backswing Move No One Talks About: Lean/Fall Towards Target

Let's get real as amateur golfers we struggle with making a smooth transition that gets us in a position for consistent ball contact. We tend to think of the backswing and downswing as 2 separate motions while pros see it as one fluid motion.

I call this move the Leaning Tower of Pisa move because essentially you "lean" or "fall" towards the target during your backswing. Crazy I know, but it actually does happen as you will see in the video. 

This move may take a little time to get right, but it's easier than you think and your ball striking will be better off. 

Also it's a more dynamic move and makes it easier to transition from backswing to downswing once you get it. 

Start visualizing and seeing the golf swing as 1 single motion and your golf swing will be as smooth as butter. Well not that smooth but you get the point. 

Let us know what you think in the comments below. 

Best,

Shawn

Full Backswing Transcript Here...

00:00

so we see a move in the golf swing from

00:03

the pros some of the best players in the

00:05

world and then when we look at that same

00:08

window of the golf swing with our

00:10

amateur golfers we really don't see that

00:13

they move and this kind of this is a

00:15

move that stretches pretty much the

00:16

entirety of the backswing and it's

00:18

pretty darn important yeah it's um it's

00:20

one thing that we see all like Mike said

00:23

all good players doing and very few high

00:25

handicappers doing so when we see things

00:27

like this it's important to us because

00:30

we can say okay we feel like to become a

00:33

good player you probably need some of

00:34

this movie swing it's one of those kind

00:36

of imperative moves or use at the very

00:38

least you shouldn't be doing the

00:40

opposite of what good players do yeah

00:42

and so if you can incorporate what we

00:44

are going to tell you today into your

00:46

swing it a can only help you and be your

00:51

ball striking right takeoff and this is

00:53

as it has nothing to do with flexibility

00:55

with you know being thin and fit and

00:58

none of those things this is something

01:00

every golfer can and should do in the

01:02

golf swing and it's something that a lot

01:04

of golfers struggle with we're gonna

01:07

kind of show you visually how this

01:09

unfolds so you can kind of really

01:11

understand how to incorporate this into

01:13

your swing

01:18

I borrow one of our pros here when

01:23

looking at his 3d image and this is

01:24

something it's not a pro move we see all

01:26

the time in pros but it's just a good

01:29

golf swing move yeah you see lower

01:31

handicappers with it you don't see a lot

01:33

of high handicappers with it no and we

01:34

don't see most amateurs do it because

01:36

it's really misunderstood I think and

01:39

kind of conceptually misunderstood about

01:41

how this the lateral motion of the golf

01:44

swing kind of corresponds with the

01:46

rotation of the golf swing and it's a

01:47

little bit counterintuitive when you

01:49

think about especially in transition

01:51

what the normal golfer thinks you should

01:52

be doing - what the better player

01:54

actually does is it's a bit

01:56

counterintuitive for them so thank

01:57

that's why people struggle with it so we

01:59

see most golfers right we'll go to the

02:03

top of their swing as they're completing

02:06

their shift to the right for a

02:08

right-handed golfer away from the target

02:09

yeah because I think it you know I'm

02:11

gonna load up so I'm gonna turn

02:12

everything to the right while I'm

02:15

loading to the right and I'm on my right

02:16

foot as a maxed out a maximum turn

02:18

maximum shift so far I'm swinging

02:21

everything gets to the top at the same

02:23

time yeah and that's like a kiss of damn

02:25

any good players that we've seen do that

02:26

0-0 alright so if that's your idea of

02:30

the backswing we need to change that

02:32

because again we don't want to be doing

02:33

the opposite of what good players do

02:35

yeah so why don't you take us through

02:37

here what this tour player is gonna do

02:39

okay so we're gonna break this down in

02:41

kind of series in hi and if you start to

02:43

work on these individually which is a

02:45

great way to break down a complex

02:47

movement is to chunk it right huh John

02:49

it's not a lot of reading and research

02:50

on just chunking these complex movements

02:52

and if you really want to do them this

02:54

isn't something that you should be

02:57

thinking about doing when you're out

02:59

there on the first tee thinking about

03:01

you know practice it slow motion and

03:04

chunk the pieces yeah and all that means

03:06

is you take kind of the first part of it

03:07

and master that and then try to blend in

03:09

kind of the second part of it at slow

03:11

motion and all of a sudden you try to

03:12

speed it up a little bit and speed it

03:14

those aren't sweet ups

03:15

yeah is something need to learn the

03:17

basic motion these are learning to swing

03:19

the golf club correctly and reprogram

03:21

and what your mind does and what your

03:22

mind has a concept of exactly right so

03:24

we're gonna look at our golfer here and

03:25

as he goes back to shaft parallel in the

03:29

backswing

03:30

we're gonna see him and this is so

03:32

common we're gonna see him move off the

03:35

ball his maximum amount somewhere in

03:38

that window from address some players do

03:40

it a foot off the ball some players do

03:42

it right here around shaft parallel and

03:44

there's this window that we see them all

03:46

in look for commonalities and great

03:49

players cuz success does leave clues and

03:51

if we see commonalities that all good

03:53

players do ok let's try to work that

03:55

into yours exactly one of them of that

03:57

yeah this is one of them and we're

03:58

talking about his center of his hips and

04:01

the center of his chest

04:03

right there off the ball in this really

04:06

early window now compare that with what

04:08

we see most amateurs do we don't see

04:10

hardly anything done at this point or

04:13

even some hips that move forward at this

04:16

point well they've been so ingrained in

04:18

their head not to sway it's like I can't

04:20

sway I can't move it all to the right so

04:22

they either just stay very still or they

04:24

start sliding the opposite way and we

04:26

don't want to see you do either one this

04:28

would be the equivalent of if I'm gonna

04:29

try to throw a baseball as far as I can

04:33

to go here and just go forward with it I

04:37

would never take baseball back and go

04:39

forward my whole throw everybody who has

04:42

ever held a baseball and understands the

04:44

wind up and this is your wind up in the

04:46

golf swing yeah it's the counter

04:48

movement yes every other sport would

04:50

have a conic a racquet sport the

04:51

backswing with a racquet he's a counter

04:53

movement so you can load and go up an

04:56

early yeah so as this stomper starts

04:58

back he's already making his shift into

05:01

this spot right here and if he gets off

05:02

track right here or if you stay too

05:04

centered or you go to the left the whole

05:07

rest of the swing is affected and the

05:09

baseball knowledge is good I was given a

05:11

lesson the other day and the the

05:14

gentleman had sent his son to a pitching

05:16

coach and they're very you know it's

05:19

very technique orient just like the golf

05:21

swing there's things that you cannot do

05:23

if we want to be a good pitcher and they

05:25

always would look for what they called

05:26

the queen bee flaw I was interested so

05:30

he said well once they identified the

05:32

queen bee flaw for his son was taken his

05:34

left shoulder out too early

05:35

well the queen bee gives the orders to

05:38

the rest of the bees so if the queen bee

05:40

had a problem all the rest of them part

05:43

of

05:43

all the rest of the motion was gonna be

05:45

affected and have a problem so I kind of

05:46

like that that's a great so this might

05:49

be like your queen bee flaw is not

05:51

getting to the right enough early or

05:53

shifting this way too early in the

05:54

backswing the whole rest of the swing is

05:56

thrown off we see a lot of this kind of

05:58

dragging the club head away low and slow

06:00

that really kind of just serves to lock

06:02

up all this dynamic movement right off

06:04

the ball yeah absolutely correct no

06:07

doubt so when there's no dynamic

06:08

movement there we kind of run into

06:11

issues with where the club goes in the

06:13

backswing and just the overall timing of

06:15

the pressure it really sets the swing

06:17

off kind of behind the 8-ball I mean the

06:19

first two three feet of the swing guys

06:21

that's where things are good get off

06:22

from 99% of golfers like Mike said if

06:25

you don't have any early movement right

06:27

the club tends to get inside this little

06:29

move we have here early gets the club

06:30

out in front of us more right allows us

06:33

not to overturn earlier which sequences

06:35

the backswing and allows us to make this

06:36

kind of next phase of this no we're

06:37

talking one to two inch window these

06:39

guys move in that's that's about the

06:42

width of a golf ball golf balls under 2

06:44

inches we're not talking like this is an

06:46

equal flaw yeah you know that move we're

06:49

not saying blow off the ball and then

06:52

you'll be able to make a great downswing

06:53

that's not it at all it's a small but

06:55

it's movement and it's there yeah and

06:57

you don't want to try to avoid it so as

07:00

we get from this check point number two

07:03

right the shaft parallel up to left arm

07:06

parallel and that window is where we

07:09

start to see the movement back towards

07:11

the target right so start is the key

07:13

word there so what you'll see is Mike

07:16

mentioned moving to checkpoint two to

07:18

checkpoint three right here the great

07:20

players are already starting to kind of

07:22

reset on you'll see that with our tour

07:23

player here now as he's into the right

07:26

side here he's actually starting to move

07:27

back as he's rotating to get more

07:30

resented that's that's the key point

07:32

here so now we're starting to see where

07:33

the concept breaks down for a lot of

07:35

golfers everybody gets moving off the

07:37

ball a lot of guys a lot of guys don't

07:39

want to do that but they get that uh-huh

07:41

now as its continuing to start moving

07:44

back and again we say started you don't

07:46

get forward at this early window you

07:49

start is when you're rotating is when

07:51

this right shoulder is moving away from

07:54

the ball that's when you're kind of

07:56

recenter in your

07:57

self-moving back to where you started

07:58

yeah so I think golfers they did tie

08:02

together the the backswing rotation with

08:04

the backswing weight shift yes but you

08:06

got to remember that you're still

08:08

turning this is if there is a like we

08:10

playing it Mike and I laugh all talking

08:11

about magic moves if there's a magic

08:13

move for the backswing its continuing to

08:16

turn back as you take your body back

08:19

towards the middle Shaun can turn he can

08:21

rotate closed in the backswing towards

08:23

me yep or away from me yep that wrote

08:28

rotate closed okay

08:29

you can move towards me as I do that or

08:31

you can move away from I got it it

08:33

doesn't affect your rotation exactly I

08:35

can still turn yes so that I think again

08:37

they get you get off-track when you

08:39

think okay this is a backswing motion

08:41

how would I ever go forward yes but you

08:44

absolutely need to go fall you have to

08:46

yes so you're at left arm parallel a

08:49

check point three here as you continue

08:51

rotating you need to feel like you're

08:53

kind of drifting into the middle of the

08:55

stance again or back kind of back

08:57

between your feet again it's it is so

09:00

crucial to get that in your head first

09:02

yes and then start applying it to your

09:04

golf swing and then as we see golfers

09:06

move from this left arm parallel to the

09:09

top now yeah the last check point of the

09:12

backswing they are either back to where

09:15

they started at dead zeros or they're an

09:18

inch or two in front of where they

09:20

started yeah they're starting their

09:21

downswing forward of where they were at

09:25

address yeah I think a great way to

09:27

think about that and you'll see our tour

09:28

player do this but a great way to think

09:31

about it is that you know you the end of

09:33

your backswing is kind of right in here

09:36

with the lateral motion for sure yeah

09:38

the rest of it is is finishing the

09:42

motion but you're going toward it well

09:44

think about the club it's reached his

09:46

it's backwards points away from the

09:48

target right here I was a club you want

09:50

to be the far before the club that's as

09:52

far away as it's ever going to get so if

09:53

you start thinking about that okay

09:54

that's as far away as my body's gonna

09:56

get but I can still take the club up

09:58

over my head and just continue my

10:00

rotation just as I get back to 50/50 and

10:03

at the top which would be a check point

10:05

for I might even be a little bit ahead

10:07

of where I started which is completely

10:08

fine we see top players do it all

10:11

the time ahead move forward finally so

10:13

there's a big fear with the head moving

10:14

forward at all in the golf swing it

10:16

moves forward most golfers play their

10:18

ball too far back in their stance so

10:20

when they do this movement correctly now

10:23

the alarm bells go off I'm too far

10:25

forward so they immediately throw it

10:27

back and do this yeah so they're

10:28

incentivized to kind of throw the club

10:30

so again another video for ball position

10:33

but you get to take care of your your

10:34

fundamentals it checkpoint one right get

10:36

that get those in order and then once

10:38

you get up here to the top when you are

10:41

recenter and you're incentivized to kind

10:43

of go forward because that ball

10:44

positions up in the front area that's

10:45

exactly right so we see these great

10:47

players and good golf swings they are

10:50

literally starting the downswing and

10:52

when we know that by just the change of

10:54

direction of the club the rest of this

10:55

stuff is already in the downswing sorry

10:57

but when that club changes direction

11:00

they are already forward of where they

11:03

started that makes the downswing it's a

11:05

quarter of a second that makes it

11:06

infinitely easier to do you don't want

11:09

to accomplish all this forward movement

11:10

once that Club changes direction no

11:13

there's no time for it and when you try

11:16

to fit everything all that wants that's

11:17

a recipe for disaster that's where you

11:19

get the benefit of being forward early

11:21

is that you can stop it early yeah when

11:23

you do that late when you try to go

11:24

forward in the downswing you get this

11:27

kind of impact saggy legs slide all that

11:30

stuff that we don't want flippy all that

11:31

so we got to do we got to take advantage

11:33

of this huge window of time there's

11:36

three quarters of your golf swing

11:37

happens from address to the top of the

11:39

swing that's when we got to get this

11:41

stuff working correctly alright so for

11:43

our drill for this section and there's

11:47

one drill that works for everything in

11:49

the golf so uh huh what is it just do it

11:51

right doing it right is literally the

11:54

best drill you can do and it's got a

11:55

tongue and cheek and obviously if you

11:57

get full speed you not be able to do it

11:58

right but you need to be at first

12:01

anyways yes you need to slow it down

12:03

chunk it up like like we've talked about

12:05

so you piece these things together and

12:08

then start to blend them together in

12:09

slow motion but just doing it correctly

12:12

slowly is the first step it's not that

12:15

you know oh it doesn't always take a

12:16

drill just do the motion correctly right

12:20

but how do we know we're doing it right

12:21

right so you

12:22

I mean I could not agree more it there's

12:24

no substitute for learning how to do

12:26

these as you stand there preparing to

12:29

make a golf swing now the difficulty for

12:32

a lot of golfers is they only want to

12:33

make a golf swing at one speed no one a

12:36

beat balls on the range and try to

12:38

change something and let me tell you

12:39

this you may have to go slow they do it

12:43

right and maybe something like that but

12:45

yes that is correct but the thing is

12:49

just knowing something in your head

12:50

doesn't mean you gonna be able to do it

12:51

that's where golfers get off track

12:53

you'll watch this video oh I see what I

12:54

got to do you have zero chance of doing

12:57

it just because you think you know how

12:59

to do it in your head you have not

13:01

trained the neuro-pathways to change

13:04

them enough to hope for this to hold up

13:06

on that when the golf course or the

13:07

driving race you got to do it slow like

13:09

everything else you've ever done you've

13:10

got to go slow chunk it up learn it and

13:13

then you can do it that's right I

13:14

understand that it takes a certain

13:19

amount of Niemann and a certain amount

13:20

of this to have a high jump that's 11

13:22

feet I can't go out and do it no you

13:25

have to train like a train train train

13:28

the timing of it yeah just to mentally

13:31

understand something does not mean you

13:32

can do it no so we've got to get the

13:34

body on board with what the mind

13:36

understands to be correct in time and to

13:38

do that we've got to be the right

13:40

movements and usually very slow at first

13:43

yeah extremely slow to the point where

13:46

if you can't do it you need to slow down

13:49

yeah just force yourself to make the

13:52

right movements as slow as it needs to

13:53

be to make the right movement so you

13:55

know and we talked about this what

13:57

should they be looking for if they're

13:58

filming themselves or like so we're

14:01

gonna use our avatar again and you set

14:04

the camera up dead-on face on to get the

14:06

best view of this don't have it cockeyed

14:08

to one side or the other kind of rate 90

14:10

degrees to your belt 90 degrees to your

14:11

belt buckle belt buckle hides and we

14:13

give you the best example of how to do

14:14

this so we're gonna put a vertical line

14:16

right up in the middle of his body now

14:18

as he's moving through his backswing

14:20

you're gonna see him shift on this side

14:22

of his vertical line and then as he

14:24

transitions he's gonna be on the forward

14:26

side of his vertical line now the key

14:28

point for most golfers it

14:31

these starts separating way too early

14:33

yeah it might makes a great point you

14:35

know throughout the backswing and early

14:37

downswing you pretty much want to keep

14:38

the center of your torso or the center

14:41

of your shoulders in the center of your

14:42

your hips kind of on top each on the top

14:45

of you so you know when you're making

14:46

your your back a little tiny movement

14:50

back counter movement and then re

14:52

centering these are going to stay on top

14:54

of each other until you get about right

14:56

release point the downswing yeah about

14:59

left arm parallel is kind of what we

15:01

want you to go back swing the left arm

15:03

parallel down swing in this drill and

15:05

you should see yourself forward of the

15:08

starting line so it would be okay with

15:09

upper and lower but yeah a little to the

15:12

right yep one inch let's say one to two

15:14

inches yeah you're eating three

15:15

centering here and then to here

15:18

I still have center of my upper body and

15:21

my center my lower body pretty much on

15:22

top each other but about three four

15:25

inches full forward away started yep yep

15:27

exactly

15:28

and that's essentially where you feel

15:30

you're done moving forward now the

15:32

momentum of the rest of the downswing is

15:34

gonna move you a little more for but

15:35

you're not trying to go for all intents

15:38

and purposes this is your hitting

15:39

platform we like to call it so you're in

15:42

the position here to go ahead and just

15:43

hit the ball hard and kind of stabilize

15:45

everything well the worst idea is that

15:46

we see golfers do when they come in and

15:48

they were able to capture there it's the

15:50

concept of getting into here and trying

15:52

to launch out forward into impact if we

15:55

do not see good golfers doing that they

15:57

get that lateral motion forward done

15:59

early so they can stabilize the rim but

16:01

we got to hit the middle of the clubface

16:03

you don't want to do I don't want me

16:04

trying to push a note into the downswing

16:07

it doesn't happen anyway it's exactly

16:09

right so the drill is doing it right put

16:11

it it's as simple as pulling on the dead

16:13

vertical line up through the middle of

16:14

your body get the camera angle correctly

16:16

and watch record yourself watch when you

16:19

start to move back and forth across this

16:22

line it needs to be done on time and it

16:24

needs to be done in the right amounts

16:27

you do that start adding speed the more

16:29

comfortable you get you're really going

16:31

to start to see your ball striking

16:32

improve not only with irons but also

16:34

with the driver

16:34

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About the author

Shawn is the founder of UpGlove. He started UpGlove to solve his own problem of getting an affordable player's glove. Shawn is a single-digit Handicap and loves to play different courses throughout Tampa Bay. He also enjoys taking his two doggies Brutus & Champi for long walks.

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    Stop getting ripped off the pro shop for a decent golf glove.

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