Three Killer Scientific Golf Swing Secrets

Golfers like to work on their swing and search for the ‘secret’ or golf tip that can help them improve. Although I’m not a big fan of quick tips or jumping around looking for a miracle cure, correct golf mechanics are important.

There is so much contradiction available in the golf world that it can be hard to know what is right or wrong. I have found that if golfers get correct information they can swing better and with more confidence. This is always a good thing 🙂

In 2004 I was involved in a scientific study of the golf swing. This was a comprehensive study and involved analysis of motion, ground reaction forces and muscle activity. After nine months of researching the scientists had come up with some interesting results. These results contradicted many traditional concepts. Below are three ideas that can help you improve your golf technique;

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Scientific Secret #1 – Power comes from your hands and arms, not your body

Most of modern instruction places an emphasis on spinning (turning) your body for maximum power. This is not correct. This spinning and turning causes most golfing problems – most notably a weak slice.

The key for maximum power is to swing your hands and arms. The body acts as a support mechanism – moving in response to your hands and arms. Move your arms first and the body will follow. It should never be the other way around.

Have you ever been stuck under a tree with a restricted back swing, then been surprised at how far you’ve hit the ball? This has happened to many golfers and represents the scientific secrets to a better golf swing. With a restricted backswing you are forced to swing your arms, which is exactly what you’re supposed to do.

Scientific Secret #2 – How to have perfect timing

Golfers report that when they are playing well they have more time to hit the ball. During these times their timing is spot on. Scientific analysis has helped identify the secrets to having perfect golf swing timing. Here they are;

  • club head traveling along the target line for a longer period of time
  • club face pointing at the target for longer period of time

We termed this the Flat Spot Principle. Learning to perform the FSP will give you an unfair advantage. You can hit the ball with confidence because you’ll know that the ball will travel longer and straighter more of the time.

Scientific Secret #3 – How to hit the ball further with less effort

Science has shown it is possible to get more power without straining and hurting your body. Here are the key concepts for doing so;

  • Use a shorter back swing. It was found that when golfers relaxed and attempted a shorter back swing they actually INCREASED the length of their swing. This could help explain why golfers can report better results when they swing easier and take a three-quarter length swing.
  • Allow a bending of your left arm (your right arm if you’re left-handed). This not only reduces strain and makes the swing easier to perform, you’ll also give yourself a mechanical advantage. A slight bending of your left arm at the top of the swing reduces the moment of inertia and allows you to start the club down more quickly. This will allow your swing to have more speed at the ball.
  • Don’t wind your body like a spring. Turning your body tight or as far as you can is not the right thing to do. This is sometimes referred to X factoring. You should strive for a relaxed and comfortable swing – not one that causes you pain or is difficult to do

A bonus Scientific Secret – The Grip

Learning how to hold onto the club can be a difficult thing to learn. There are many pieces of advice to choose from and deciding on the right one is not always easy. Our scientific data identified two key areas that are most important. Get these two concepts correct and you can forget about the rest;

  • Choose a grip that allows you to swing the golf club with speed. This should be your greatest priority.
  • Choose a grip that YOU find comfortable – not what your instructor says so

This means that you don’t need to worry about Vardon, interlocking or overlapping grips. Find method of holding the club that satisfies the above principles and you’ll do just fine.

As an extra bonus you may find bulking up your grips to your liking. Get your golf professional to add some extra tape under your grip or experiment with some chunky grips that are now on the market. I should have some of these new grips in stock shortly. If you’d like to learn more please contact me.

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These scientific secrets form the basics of BioSwing. One independent scientist was so impressed with the golf swing model that he described BioSwing as the golf swing of the future. To learn more about BioSwing view my Golf Instruction 2.0 package for full details.

No matter how good you golf swing mechanics are you still need to perform the swing automatically and naturally. I still believe this to be golf’s most important skill – when you have good mechanics and can automate that swing you will become the best golfer you can be.

Good golfing,

Cameron

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Steve Wozeniak PGA - May 1, 2008

All good EXCEPT the body moves the arms with all great athletes and this is HOW to create speed and power……..Supporting role my booty…….
These guys are dead wrong,
My god it’s simple physics…..with all these machines they can’t even see it????

http://www.stevewozeniak.com

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Cameron Strachan - May 1, 2008

I’ll put my faith in science thanks Steve…

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Brian - May 1, 2008

Cameron,

isn’t that level of biomechanical research expensive ?
how was it funded ?

regards,

Brian

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Cameron Strachan - May 1, 2008

Very expensive!

The university was able to get private funding and some of those involved worked free of charge.

It is also very time consuming. It took months to test subjects, analyse data and ultimately get it translated into a usable form.

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Brian - May 1, 2008

I am curious – have you incorporated much of the Bio Swing into your “natural” swing, or was your swing pretty close anyway ?

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Cameron Strachan - May 2, 2008

Hi Brian,

Yes, I’ve learned to incorporate BioSwing into my game. The swing is now very natural and instinctive for me. Learning to make it natural has allowed me to take giant leaps with my swing.

Regards,

Cameron

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Wade - September 13, 2008

Cameron;

When I started golfing, I, like most people had an armsy swing. It caused weak slices. It wasnt until I took some lessons, and was told to get the body to power the swing, that it all came together; powerfull shots with a draw. So, sorry, but my experience is that arm powered shots are good for chips and short pitches, but unreliable and limited in their length compared to body powered/passive arm swings.

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Cameron Strachan - September 14, 2008

Hi Wade,

It’s important to remember that I’m not advocating an arm and hand swing only. A proper golf swing will be a combination of hand and body. Most golf instruction emphasises too much body – when you can learn to let the body be a support mechanism you will hit the ball further with less effort.

This is what scientific study has found and this seems to be more accurate than our opinion and perception.

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Cameron Strachan - September 14, 2008

Hi Wade,

It’s important to remember that I’m not advocating an arm and hand swing only. A proper golf swing will be a combination of hand and body. Most golf instruction emphasises too much body – when you can learn to let the body be a support mechanism you will hit the ball further with less effort.

This is what scientific study has found and this seems to be more accurate than opinion and perception.

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Jim D. - September 26, 2008

Cameron, I also have done my share of research on all kinds of swings since I started back playing @ 2000. I first had a mostly arm swing and came from @ 100 to @ 75 to 80 in @ 2 yrs.. Then…. I started reading all the stuff about how much more powerful a body swing was. My game slowly went downhill. I not only lost power but accuracy as well. Since I am in my 60 s , I thought it was just my age catching up with me. Long story short, after 2 -3 years of frustration , I returned to arm swing after reading a blog about Leslie King method of swinging.Thank goodness!!! My distance improved, my accuracy came back and I am close to par on a good day. It is not unusual to hit a 250 to 300 yd drive. THE STRENGTH IS IN THE ARMS SUPPORTED WITH A GOOD BODY TURN! Thanks J. D.

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Mike - March 5, 2009

Hi, Cameron

Can you explain more about your scientific research in detail ?

How was the research project devised to determine which swing type was better ? Who was the subject ? How did you come to the conclusion in which arm swing was better than body swing ?

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Cameron Strachan - March 6, 2009

Hi Mike,

The scientists used a fairly complicated testing protocol. There were many subjects – about 12 from memory. I didn’t come up with the conclusion. I worked with them and helped them understand the golf swing better. It was a joint venture really – I was led by their research and BioSwing was formed.

Sorry I can’t give you more detail – but the science remained the property of the Universities involved – BioSwing was all I was allowed to walk away with.

Strange but true.

Cameron

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Jess Macachor - December 12, 2009

The problem with most scientific research is that the ones feeding the data do not have enouygh educational background themselves.. I am a trained surgeon and I kinow the body mechanics better than
many pretentious scientific golf instructors. My lessons are based on simple physice like, molmentum,
moment arm, and summation of forces. Centrifugal force is not the reasoh for clubhead speed as many iugnorant instuctors believe. There are many axes in the swing and one of the most imjportant axis or axes are the hip joints(ball and socket). The single axis theory is wrong. The X -factor theory is wrong, otherwise the great Bobby Jones could have never driven a ball more than 200 yards because his hips
turned as much as his shouldeer or zero X-factor.

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Cameron - December 12, 2009

@Jess: I agree. Golf coaches didn’t perform this research – Qualified biomechanical researches did.

We also found some interesting facts about the hips. Most importantly was learning to control them on the way down.

Cheers,

Cameron

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Jess Macachor - December 13, 2009

Dear Cameron,
I have done more than 25 years of research in the golf swing and jusrt published a book titled-Golf Lessons Not For Monkeys.. The tiltel is self explanatory. I have never come across any golf instructor or professionbal golf player who understands the reasons behind the different aspects of the swing like,–why the Vardon or Interlocking grikp is better than a 10 finger grip, why is the driver at center length and now limited to 48 inches? The real reasons for the Straight Takeaway. These are just examples of what readers will find in my book.
I am just hungry for intelligent conversation with intelligent persons like you. I am close to 70 years old and I wish I could get together with somebody who is influential enoujgh to broadcast my knopwledge especikallyh to the younger generation. Bad side effect is that once people have my knowledge they might not want to read any golf magazine and that’s the risk I’m goling to take.
Thank you very much for hearing me out, as they say.

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Jess Macachor - December 13, 2009

Dear Cameron,
I have done more than 25 years of research in the golf swing and just published a book titled-Golf Lessons Not For Monkeys.. The tilel is self explanatory. I have never come across any golf instructor or professionbal golf player who understands the reasons behind the different aspects of the swing like,–why the Vardon or Interlocking grikp is better than a 10 finger grip, why is the driver of certain length and now limited to 48 inches? The real reasons for the Straight Takeaway. These are just examples of what readers will find in my book.
I am just hungry for intelligent conversation with intelligent persons like you. I am close to 70 years old and I wish I could get together with somebody who is influential enoujgh to broadcast my knopwledge especikally to the younger generation. Bad side effect is that once people have my knowledge they might not want to read any golf magazine and that’s the risk I’m goling to take.
Thank you very much for hearing me out, as they say.

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Jess Macachor - December 13, 2009

Dear Cameron,
I have done more than 25 years of research in the golf swing and just published a book titled-Golf Lessons Not For Monkeys.. The tilel is self explanatory. I have never come across any golf instructor or professionbal golf player who understands the reasons behind the different aspects of the swing like,–why the Vardon or Interlocking grikp is better than a 10 finger grip, why is the driver of certain length and now limited to 48 inches? The real reasons for the Straight Takeaway. These are just examples of what readers will find in my book.
I am just hungry for intelligent conversation with intelligent persons like you. I am close to 70 years old and I wish I could get together with somebody who is influential enoujgh to broadcast my knopwledge especially to the younger generation. Bad side effect is that once people have my knowledge they might not want to read any golf magazine and that’s the risk I’m goling to take.
Thank you very much for hearing me out, as they say.

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Jess Macachor - December 21, 2009

I know you are intelligent enough to be my partner. Close to 100% of my knowledge is in my book which is cop;yrighted. I am close to 70 years old and I want to teach what I know. I can prove my knowledge in about an hour in a golf range. However, I am not Tiger Woods , therefore I have no credentials yet. I also believed that all the top players are just it seems like autistic learners., learning through imitation. I would like to see a real champion who could transmit his knowledge to the next generation . Right now I am just trying to network with the cheapest way possible because my income comes onlyh from social security.

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Jess Macachor - December 21, 2009

Dear Cameron,
Thank you very much for your advice. I just bought the computer less than 2 months ago, but I’m trying to learn as much as possible as its uses. I am in the Mid-west so I have to wait for the warmer days before I can apply my teaching method to willing students. Bye for now.

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Moran Coxon - March 6, 2010

Dear cameron,

Your Secret #1 is absolutely correct. My web page has a link to my recent article in the International Journal of Sports Science & Engineering entitled “Was Vardon Right ?”. There is no doubt that the bent left arm is superior to the straight (not rigid !) arm in the golf swing. Not everyone will follow the physics but the conclusions are accessible to all and it’s good to have agreement between theory and practice.

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Groid - March 11, 2010

If, Jess Macachor is all he says he is and has done, I THINK HE BETTER LEARN HOW TO SPELL!!!! Any sixth grader could catch all of his mistakes, and there are MANY.

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Jesus Macachor - April 7, 2010

Mr. Groid is right I had so many mistakes in spelling. I should be more careful in writing. That is my daughter’s criticism about my book. English was always my poorest subject. I don’t value language that much as long as much of my communication is understood in science perspective. Language is only arbitratry, not like math or physics . 1 plus 1 is always 2 no matter where you go. If Mr. Groid have a chance to read my book he would appreciate my contribution to the education of the golfing community, that is if he is really serious about learning golf..

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Jesus D. Macachor, M.D. - April 8, 2010

I forgot to invite Groid or he should invite me for I think he’s got more money than I do. I am more careful now of my typing. You are a very interesting and impressionistic person and for that I can give you free lessons in golf that you will never get from anywhere in the world..If you have enough educational background you should understand my lessons.

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    Cameron - April 8, 2010

    @Jesse: I don’t know who Mr Droid is you’re referring too.

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Jesus D. Macachor, M.D. - April 10, 2010

I can not thank you enough for having communication with me. Cameron, it is Groid.I would be lying if I did’nt feel slighted a little bit with his comment about my spelling and I told my daughter about it. However, I already have a thick face because of my many years of research that I was often criticized by my friends.I am also honest about my invitation.

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Jesus D. Macachor, M.D. - April 10, 2010

I read Dr. Moran Coxon’s comments about Vardon. The Vardon and the Interlocking grip are superior to the 10 finger grip because both facilitates a bigger arc and better shoulder turn simply because of the position of the right hand under the left hand in the grip towards the top, Therefore, the right hand can push and pull the left hand and the club higher and therefore also give a better shoulder turn. The left elbow maybe bent a little as long as there is a full shoulder turn. The radius of the arc might be slightly less but the club will also have a longer arc if the shoulder is turned fully as you can see the club pointing down at the top of the swing.Longer arc equals more momentum given the same amount of force. I hope Groid reads this.

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