Golf – Improving Your Back Swing

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chuck Will, PGA Director of Instruction at the Chuck Will Golf Academy, demonstrates how to improve your back swing.

    Charles Will

    Chuck Will is originally from Rockville, Maryland. Being the son of a State Department Official he had the opportunity to live and travel abroad. He played his junior golf at the former Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg, Maryland where he quickly developed a love for the game. A three year varsity letterman in golf and captain of the team at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland was highlighted by qualifying individually for the Maryland State High School Championship in 1973. He graduated from Salisbury State University in 1977 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Having played all four years on the university’s golf team he earned the honors of team captain, most valuable player and held the school’s low scoring record. He began his golf professional career as an Assistant Golf Professional to Ernie Teague, an accomplished player and well known teacher, at Hyland Hills Country Club in Southern, Pines, North Carolina and Pine Lake Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was during this time that he developed his interest in the mechanics of the golf swing and a love for teaching all levels of golfers. He returned to the Washington, DC metropolitan area in 1980 to accept a position with Jack Walker as Teaching Professional and Assistant Manager at the newly opened Herndon Centennial Golf Course in Herndon, Virginia. During this period, he continued to hone his teaching and playing skills. In 1982 he achieved the singular honor of having the highest test score in the country on the PGA Business School II series exam and was elected to Class “A” membership in the Professional Golfer’s Association of America. Chuck Will - PGA Director of Instruction (cont'd) In 1987, he moved to the Reston Golf Course in Reston, Virginia as Head PGA Golf Professional. In 1989, he was elevated to Director of Golf Operations for both Reston Golf Course and Hidden Creek Country Club, also in Reston, Virginia. During this time he began to incorporate the use of high speed video swing analysis into his instructional programs. He also served as an Officer and Junior Golf Committee Chairman for the Middle Atlantic PGA Section’s board of directors. In 1996, after spending two years as General Manager and Head PGA Golf Professional at the Country Club of Newberry in Newberry, South Carolina, he made the decision to focus 100% of his time and efforts on becoming a “student of the game” and turned his efforts toward teaching full time. During the next couple years, he spent countless hours studying the swings of the world’s best players and researching all aspects and mechanics of the golf swing. His highly productive, result driven instruction style is a culmination of all his efforts. He also created a simple pitching and chipping system that can easily be incorporated into the games of any handicap level golfers. In 1998, with the aid of Dulles Golf Center’s owner, Bob Reiver, he established the Dulles Golf Academy. As PGA Director of Instruction, Chuck was responsible for developing all instructional programs. From it’s inception, Dulles Golf Academy has strived to provide for it’s students the best and most technologically advanced golf instruction available to date! In 1999, he completed a course of instruction with Advantage Golf of Rockville, Maryland to become a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor to further enhance his knowledge, teaching skills and ability to convey a better understanding of the “Body-Swing Connection” in the golf swing to his students. In addition to his teaching prowess, owner Bob Reiver recognized his business acumen by appointing him the facility's General Manager in December 1999. In March of 2004, Chuck and Patrick McGuire, one of his staff professionals, leased the Golf Shop concession from owner Bob Reiver and formed Will & McGuire Professsionals, LLC. Initially focusing on custom club fitting and retail sales, they have recently begun to expand into the corporate logo and tournament prize business. The Will & McGuire fitting center is technologically state of the art featuring the Vector Launch Monitor, Taylor-Made MATT System, Swing View Pro and P3Pro teaching software and this year’s addition of the new 3-D “IClub” Body Motion System for measuring body positions and energy transfer during the swing! Chuck has been selected as one of Golf Range Magazine’s “Top 50 Golf Instructors in America” for 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006, Golf Digest’s “Best Instructors in Your State” for 2007-2008 as well as to the Consumer’s Research Council of America - Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors! In the fall of 2003, the Dulles Golf Academy officially changed its name to the Chuck Will Golf Academy! Each year as the Chuck Will Golf Academy and Will & McGuire Professionals continue to grow, teaching, however, will continue to be Chuck’s main focus and foremost love! Chuck Will - PGA Director of Instruction (cont'd) PGA Education PGA Business Schools I & II (1978 & 1982) Club Repair Workshop (1987) Playing Workshop (1987) Teaching Workshop (1987) PGA/GSO Merchandising Seminar (1989) Turf Grass Management (1992) PGA Service Middle Atlantic PGA Section Board of Directors Director, Middle Atlantic PGA (1992-1993) Secretary, Central Chapter (1992-1993) Eastern Director, Central Chapter (1991-1992) Director at Large, Central Chapter (1988-1990) Middle Atlantic PGA Section Committees Chairman, National Golf Month (1993) Chairman, Central Chapter Junior Golf Committee (1988-1993) Member, Section Education Committee (1987-1988) Honors and Awards PGA President’s Society (1989-1991) PGA Business School I - Top 10% test scorer in country PGA Business School II - Highest test scorer in country Captain, Salisbury State University Golf Team (1976, 1977) Most Valuable Player, Salisbury State University Golf Team (1975) Golf Range Magazine Top 50 Golf Instructors in America for 2003, 2004 & 2005 Consumer’s Research Council – Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors 2003, 2004 & 2005 Teaching Philosophy Chuck feels that all golfers given the right combination of swing fundamentals for them are capable of significant improvement regardless of age, skill level or physical limitations. He uses a combination of computerized video swing analysis, a golf assessment and flexibility screening and club path analyzer data to gather the necessary information required to determine the swing type best suited for that individual. By finding the golfer’s best “Swing Type” he can then make the appropriate changes for success without totally overhauling their old swing. As a result, golfers can see immediate improvement by adjusting their old swing and minimizing their errors. Students also will get a greater understanding of what their own “tendencies” or “poor swing habits” are and how to correct as well as avoid them. Chuck uses a number of teaching aids and practice drills, both outdoors and indoors to help the student learn the new swing changes. He also feels strongly that the “On Range Indoor to Outdoor Video Studio” affords the best way to show the student the cause and effect a particular swing flaw can have on the overall golf swing and outcome of the shot. He also has an extensive digital library of PGA Tour Professionals that are used for comparison and to demonstrate the fundamental “common denominators” of all world class players. His use of on course playing lessons, physical conditioning as well as the mental aspects of the game balances out his instructional program and allows students to reach a new level of success and greatly achieve their full potential.

    Hi! My name is Chuck Will, PGA Director of Instruction for the Chuck Will Golf Academy. Today, we are going to help you with your backswing, we are going to have a couple of positions that you can check on your own to make sure that you are setting up a correct backswing, that things are flowing in the correct order.

    We have gone over the grip and the setup routine. So, once we have come into the ball, position our self ready for a shot, we are ready to take the club back. Now in the golf swing, the golf club swings in a circle around our body. The club always swings parallel to the angle it was at rest. Your bodys role in the golf swing is to rotate and unwind or create wind up. The trick in the golf swing is, blending the tail. So we are going to give you a couple of checkpoints so that when you practice on your own, you can make sure that you are doing this correctly. So once I have gone through my setup routine, my take away, I would go right till waist high. This is my first checkpoint. Easy way to remember that, is my left arm and my shoulders and my chest, are going to turn together. My lower body at this point is resisting, very similar to when I would in a throwing motion.

    So I am going to resist with my lower body I am going to let my left arm turn with my shoulders and my chest, and you notice how my left arm stays close to my chest. Your first checkpoint is going to be, if I do a line right on my toes, that club shaft and left my left arm, are covering that line. You will also notice that the club face has rotated 90 degree, so the lines on the club face are straight up in the air. Right, if you look at me from face on, as I rotate back you will notice that my upper body is now more over my right side than my left, so more of weight is in my right side. A common mistake here is to slide to the right to try to get weight in your right side where the weight actually is transferred correctly by the rotation of your upper body over your right side. Most of the common mistakes or problems, in the high level players occur in the grip, setup routine and by the time they get to waist high; okay. So if you work on that, its definitely going to help you a lot.

    The second part of the swing is going from waist high, your right arm falls and now you have got a good grip, so notice my hands can hinge the golf club and create a nice L or ninety degree angle between the golf shaft and my left arm. The golf shaft should point a little bit out in front of the ball because our goal in the swing is to get that club parallel to the angle it was at rest. To complete my back swing, I add a little bit of shoulder turn. So, my left shoulder turns behind the ball, so at the top of the swing an easy checkpoint will be three nineties. A ninety degree shoulder turn, ninety degrees with my right arm, ninety degrees with the left arm and the club. Okay, to review the back swing again, my left arm turns with my shoulders to waist high. We want to check that the shaft and your left arm are on your toe line, so I continue turning my right arm falls and hinges my wrist, so I create an L I have ninety degree right arm, I a have a ninety degree wrist set, and the club is pointing a little bit out in front of the ball or parallel to the angle the shaft was at its rest. I had a little shoulder turn or wind up, now I have got a complete backswing. Now I am ready to unwind my lower body on the downswing and reverse the procedure to the ball, to create power. Work on this backswing, check those positions, its definitely going to help your golf swing. Thank you.