As the May 12th publication date for The A Swing rapidly approaches, I’m very excited that my first new book in ten years will finally make its way into the world. To give you a bit of a running start when your copy of The A Swing arrives, I’m selecting here and discussing in an abbreviated bullet point fashion five of the book’s core values and concepts.
Core Value #1: The A Swing’s Grip
I call The A Swing’s grip the “prayer” grip because the palms of both hands face one another while presenting a little symmetrical bend or “cup” at the crease of each wrist. In the completed grip, the left hand assumes a slightly strong position while the right hand settles into a slightly weak one. The grip provides the flexibility needed to swing the club in a long and full arc and is an essential component in facilitating The A Swing’s short (and defining) arm swing.
Core Value #2: The body’s core initiates The A Swing then controls and coordinates the swinging of the arms and club throughout
With the pun very much intended, The A Swing instructs you to initiate the backswing by engaging the core muscles of your abdomen/belly. We not only begin the backswing by “swinging our core,” but continue to engage the core muscles of our torso (which connect to those of the shoulders and hips) throughout the entire swing. The body’s core represents your golf swing’s “inner circle” that stabilizes and transmits power and motion to your swing’s “outer circle,” the swinging arms and club.
Core Value #3: The A Swing’s “Flat/Upright” backswing, in which the clubhead stays outside the line of the hands to the top
The A Swing’s backswing finds the hands and left arm swinging initially and decisively inward on what is traditionally described as a “flat” plane, while the wrists and right arm set the club shaft sharply and vertically onto a steep or upright plane. Together they create a distinctively unconventional “flat/upright” motion and look. This backswing works to ensure that the club and body reach the top of the swing together, and effectively sets the shaft to shallow-out during the swing’s transition phase onto the proper downswing plane.
Core Value #4: Synchronization: The A Swing’s Umbrella and Unifying Concept
If I were pressed to choose one word or concept that best encapsulates The A Swing it would be synchronization, as everything in the book ultimately incorporates, integrates and expresses this core value of core values. Here is my definition of synchronization taken directly from the book: “When a golfer is in sync, the rotation of the body (component 1) and the swinging of the arms and club (component 2) are coordinated and moving in harmony, resulting in good timing and rhythm.”
Core Value #5: The A Swing is not a swing method that requires golfers to conform to a rigid swing model
The A Swing helps all golfers develop and/or improve well-synchronized and powerful golf swings characterized by efficient movement and minimal effort. Yet just as everyone possesses a unique handwriting and speaking voice The A Swing accommodates individual expression easily and well. Therefore I wholeheartedly believe that by studying the book and practicing its lessons, The A Swing will quickly become Your Swing, and you will soon find yourself playing the best golf of your life.