Jeff: Hi this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
Today's topic is brace yourself.
There are a lot of elements in the golf swing that require you to maintain really good balance and real good rhythmn during your golf swing.
To achieve that what we want to do is to really brace ourselves in the set-up position and brace ourselves throughout the swing.
As we set up what we're trying to do is to create some angles.
I have some flex in the knees, I have an angle at the knee on both sides.
I have an angle at the waist.
What I want to do is I want to really brace myself.
I'm really sitting myself down into a dynamic golfing posture.
I'm creating these angles.
During the golf swing I want to make sure that I maintain this angles and/or return to these angles to really create that good balance, that good rhthym, and to be able to be really aggressive with my swing.
At address you can see that I've created a really balanced position, my hips over the back of my feet and my shoulders over the front of my feet.
I've created an angle in the right knee, and I've also created an angle of the spine.
As I go through this backswing and get to the top, you can see that I've maintained that angle in the right knee, and I've maintained that angle of the spine.
I've maintained the angle of the right knee, I've maintained the spine angle, stayed nice and level, but my left knee has folded in kind of towards the golf ball.
That ensures that my weight has shifted to my right side.
As I start my downswing, my first goal is to make sure that I return that left leg to exactly where it started and start creating that left-side brace.
As you can see here at impact, I've really set up a good, strong position into my left side, braced that for impact and it gives me an opportunity to create a lot of power and still maintain a lot of control.
As you're working on brace yourself, the key issues here are making sure you're in a really good dynamic posture.
That right lower side needs to stay absolutely still and solid in the backswing, create that brace.
Return that left right to where it started at address, brace yourself against that left side as you go through.
This is not only going to be good for you in normal shots, but it's going to be great when you start talking about uneven lies, it's going to be really important when you start talking about playing in the wind.
Bracing yourself gives you an opportunity to maintain balance and rhthym, that's going to give you an opportunity to be successful in all kinds of conditions.