Golf – Swing Practice Exercises

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chuck Will, PGA Director of Instruction at the Chuck Will Golf Academy, demonstrates some swing practice exercises.

    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. Now that we know how to hold the club correctly, we have got a good setup routine, we have been going through the backswing and downswing positions we are going to give you some practice exercises so that you can work on your own and make your golf swing even more, repeatable.

    We talked a little bit about how your body rotates in the swing the best way to work on your body positions is with a mirror, with your arms crossed and take the golf club out of the equation. So I am going to get in my good golf posture, I am going to rotate my upper body over to the top of my back leg as my lower body resists. My downswing, I am going to unwind my lower body so I want to feel my belt buckle separate from my upper body, and unwind over my left side. You should feel your right shoulder move a little bit under your left as you go through, and then you finish on your straight left side. A common mistake on this drill is to let your head go forward, again let your lower body lean, your right shoulder will rotate underneath a little bit. We also talked about the swing plain or how the golf club shaft should swing throughout the swing.

    What we use here at the golf academy is a very inexpensive, training aide that we have come up with. We just take a drive way reflector we put it in the end of the golf club it gives you a very inexpensive way to check your golf club through out the golf swing. And you remember on the setup, once we got set our take away, we went till waist high, so the club was right on our toe line. See at this point, that stick is going to be right on my left side, there are still in contact with my body. As I continue back, my right arm falls and the club sets, now that stick is going to be pointing a little bit out in front of the ball. If I have gone too vertical, that club is going to be pointing inside, not out on the correct plain angle there.

    So as I go a little further back, now I just keep turning, now remember the correct downswing, my lower body leads, my arms come down, now the club comes back to the same angle as it was on the backswing. As I continue through, that shaft will point, a little bit out in front of the ball, till I get all the way down the waist high again. Now, that stick and the shaft are both parallel to my target line. As I turn through the impact, my hands will now definitely be ahead of the ball, which we want, and the stick is going to reinforce that. If I bring that club down incorrectly, its not going to swing very well, is it?

    Now I am going to end up in a position like that. So its very easy to work in your swing with the stick. Make sure its on your left side, pointing a little bit out front of the ball, finish the back swing, lower the arms, turn through to a good impact position. Two on, range drills you could do actually striking the ball, go through your setup routine, and we are going to work on our waist high, to waist high drill. One thing that we are very big on here at the golf academy is that, your golf swing is symmetrical it matches up on both sides. It not only makes it more powerful, it makes it more consistent. So I am going to swing to my waist high position here, turn my hips through, finish in a waist high position on the forward swing. Again, waist high, the weight is shifting on my right side, turn through finish waist high on the follow through.

    Our last drill, we are going to expand the backswing, we are going to go waist high, to what we call L position, where we check the shaft and our wrist are set. We are going to finish in the same L position on the other side. So again, my good setup routine, L to L. Good setup routine, if you want, check your L position, swing back to the L, turn through, and match it up on both sides. Your normal golf shot should have just a little bit of right to left curve for a right hander, because remember, your swing is a circle, and our club face is turning around the circle, rotating in sync with your body. Work on these four. These are very simple exercises; you will see a great improvement in your golf swing.