Tony Clark has always felt that we often over complicate the golf swing.
Clark argues that the moves we make during the swing are actually very simple, we just need to work on our sequencing. A way to make this easier is to find a repeatable tempo that allows you the time needed to complete every part of the swing. When this goes wrong, it can often be linked to a rapid and uncontrolled backswing.
"If you can find width in the swing, with rotation, it's incredibly hard to do it quickly," says Clark. "When people get quick, the arms slap across the chest and they get inside."
As a result of the club moving on the inside, the golfer is forced to make compensatory movements to get the club back online. As Clark has previously stated, a consistent clubpath is essential for good ball striking. The answer to this fault is a backswing which is centered around unity and tempo.
“In terms of rotation, what I’m looking for is a nice smooth takeaway with the left shoulder and the left hand working together.” says Clark.
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If you want to learn more about Clark's philosophy on the golf swing, head over to his YouTube channel where you’ll find bundles of incredible free content.
Clark was born and raised in Liverpool and first introduced to the game of golf in 1972 by a neighbour. Just four years later, Clark began a coaching career under the watchful eye of Jim Large, a well respected and accomplished teaching professional throughout the UK. What started out as a simple love for the game, developed into a passion for innovation.
In 2009, Clark released the PLANEswing, a revolutionary training aid that garnered masses of attention from some of the game's most respected coaches. Since its inception, the PLANEswing has found its way into countless pro shops and swing studios around the world, cementing its place in golfing history as one of the most important training aids ever created.
Find out more at planeswing.com