Our Philosophy and Approach Is Simple
IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SCIENCE of Releasing the Swing within YOU
We Call It Ideal Body Mechanics and the Goal is Consistent Ball Striking
Any discussion on golf training should start with the FACT that in the last 50 years the average golf score for adults has not improved. In spite of the billions of dollars that have been spent on game-improving devices, the average score for men around the world is 102 and for women 109.
The reason? The last 100 years of golf training have been about FEEL and not FACT. In a sports training world that until recently lacked the training tools to make verifiable data and feedback accessible to the masses, the only way to pass on swing knowledge was through the eyes of an observer (hopefully a trained instructor), written means (books and articles) videos, movies or perhaps watching oneself in a mirror. None of these has worked, in fact it has been detrimental.
Ultimately, in golf, swing knowledge must be transferred to your body in the form of a FEEL. However, feel is notoriously difficult to teach because it is different for each individual. When teachers talk about feel, it is impossible to integrate effectively because each golfer is unique and everyone feels things differently. What’s needed is verifiable data and a systemic approach to learning an effective swing based on the science of how the body moves. We call this Ideal Body Movement.
Every human body is unique and yet every human body uses the same 13 sockets & joints to hit a golf ball. There clearly exists Ideal Body Movement, governed by the degree of articulation available on an individual basis, to move these joints and sockets to achieve a reliable, powerful and consistent golf swing. Within these biomechanical limits lies your personal best swing.
Our mission at Phoenix Golf is to help each student FIND and IGNITE the most effective swing for them based on the science of how their body moves most simply and effectively. Ultimately the only thing that matters in the game of golf is learning how to move your body and the club in a sound and repeatable pattern that produces the desired result at impact. Remember, you are just hitting a ball on the ground with a stick and your body is the vehicle to do it. The science doesn’t lie – you must have a square club face at impact if you want the ball to fly straight toward the target.
The A1K Natural Swing: Core Principles Based on Science
The A1K Natural Swing has evolved over 30 years of trial and discovery centered inquiry. It is based on the demonstrated principles of efficient and effective body movement that govern the swing. We use the A1K nomenclature to serve as an ever present reminder of the basic ideal body mechanics necessary to hit the ball powerfully and consistently.
There is no perfect golf swing for every person, however there are ideal body mechanics based on science. In the quest for the perfect swing, scientists have used computers to model the ideal physics, velocity, momentum, speed, flexibility and range of motion to hit a golf ball straight and far. However, transferring that knowledge has been problematic because each individual has different physical characteristics like weight, body frame, height and range of motion capability plus their inherent athletic skills of speed, strength and quickness. What is needed is a set of governing principles that we call the Ideal Body Mechanics and then to have the learner find what works best.
Why the A1K Natural Swing?
A = A-Frame Set Up for the legs. A stable platform is absolutely critical to establishing the body’s ability to properly coil into the trail side without sliding or moving the trail knee laterally. Research has shown that a narrow stance does not allow for the proper trail-side loading and inhibits the rapid transfer of power to the lead-side during the downswing. Hence, we know that a stance slightly wider than shoulder width is biomechanically elegant and desired.
1= The 1 refers to the ideal swing plane at address. Research has shown that having the hands directly below the shoulders at address results in over rotation of the hands and arms during the swing and a significant compression on the spine as it lifts during the downswing (1-4 inches). This can be eliminated be placing the hands in a more natural position at address, as defined by the lie of the club at address. This results in the hands being placed in the same position at address as they will be at impact. This geometry of set up allows for less lead-arm rotation and ZERO trail-arm rotation, thus creating less movement and greater consistency in the swing.
Additionally, the 1 represents the need for a one-piece take away. This is absolutely necessary to unify the primary major muscles of the arms, shoulders and body core to allow for a stable coil away from the ball. Further, the one piece take away helps establish the correct sequencing or wind up and release of power by promoting the correct kinematic sequence in the swing.
K= Reverse K nomenclature refers to posture at address, in particular the primary tilt of the spine over a stable A-Frame Set-up. This will range from 10 degrees to as much as 20 degrees depending on body flexibility, leg length and body core length. Proper posture with some primary tilt of the spine is necessary to allow for a quiet head in the backswing and to insure there is room in the downswing to properly release the swing. It is contrary to good golf biomechanics to set up with shoulders, hips and knees level because this promotes turning around rather than coiling.
A1K Biomechanical Principles
The following principles are based on years of research and experimentation and are the basis for our understanding of how to build an efficient golf swing. We reserve the right to change whenever new discoveries are made.
- Every part of the golf swing is governed by established biomechanical principles of efficiency. There is an Ideal Body Mechanics understanding for each part of the swing.
- These swing parts includes grip, body posture, alignment, swing path, transition, downswing, impact and follow through.
- Ideal Body Mechanics will result in system efficiency because there are less moving parts in the golf swing. Less moving parts mean greater reliability and consistency. Under stress, the system with the least moving parts will have an advantage.
- To deliver maximum power, there must be a transference of weight during the swing. The proper loading of the trail side and the transition to the lead side during the downswing requires a stable relationship to the ground while maintaining balance and club face control.
- During the backswing power is built through the elasticity of the tendons and the creation of ideal angles that when released deliver speed. The angels essentially create levers that transfer power. The proper release of the levers is determined by what is called kinematic sequence and will determine energy release at point of impact.
- It requires a minimum of 32 pounds of muscle to launch a golf ball over 230 yards. Given that few people have this amount of muscle in the arms and shoulders, it is necessary to engage the legs and mid-torso.
- Leg flex and knee flex is critical to power. Too much knee flex at address results in reactive counter forces during the downswing that require a straightening of the legs and thus a change in the spine angle and distance to the ball as measured by the lead arm.
- Ideal Body Mechanics dictate that the knee flex only be enough to allow free and uninhibited hip movement. Exaggerated knee flex promotes excessive reaction forces and a straightening of the legs. The centrifugal force in a golf swing can result in a force of 100 pounds or more be put on the hands, arms and shoulders.