Tom’s Tip: Texas Two- Step Drill

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, May 12th, 2017

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TOM WARD
TOMPWARD@SBCGLOBAL.NET

Next week begins an exciting two week stretch of golf for the
metroplex as the PGA Tour makes it annual Texas Two-Step stop with the
AT& T Byron Nelson and the Dean & Deluca Invitational. And peaking of
two-steps, I’ve got the ideal golf drill to help you get your game
back on track.
My friend, former Major League Pitcher, Mike Bacsik
demonstrating the drill. Bacsik pitched back in the 1970’s for the
Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. Mike’s been a good single digit
golfer for years, however he’s been struggling of late. Like a lot of
golfers Mike was leading his downswing with too much upper body action
which was wreaking havoc on his game. This incorrect motion was
getting his body too far out in front of the golf bal, forcing him to
come over the top. From that position it’s tough to hit the ball with
any degree of consistency and in the process he was losing a lot of
club head speed resulting in loss of distance as well as control. To
counteract this bad habit I showed him a great drill that will help
rectify that mistake.
In the accompanying photo sequence Mike helped demonstrate what
I call the ‘Texas Two- Step”.
After you get into your normal setup, move your left foot over
to your right so that both feet are touching as seen in the top photo
on the far left….labeled No.1. It’s important to remain bent over
from the waist.
Next, I had Mike, with his feet together, go ahead and complete
the backswing by allowing the club to go back as far as it could
comfortably go.
Step 2 is the crucial move as you transition back down into the
impact area to the golf ball. I had him do the next move slowly by
taking the left leg and planting it firmly back down on the ground
first. It might look like a shorter modified version of the ‘Happy
Gilmore’ swing to some people. I recommend going slow in the beginning
until you get the gist of the sequence which won’t take long….then
you can pick up the pace and go at normal speed swinging the club.
Initially, a lot of golfers will inadvertently make this move
with their entire left side which is a real no-no. The key here is to
just make the single move with your left leg only. Once done, all the
stored up energy created in the backswing is eager and raring to go.
Now you’re in position to release all the power back into the ball
with full force. The ability to not spin out on the downswing first,
and staying patient, is about to be rewarded. Because you’ve
maintained a good solid base with the right leg you can push off and
drive the lower body down and back through the impact area. When I
explained this and demonstrated the move to Mike it really clicked
because that motion was similar to how he used to pitch in the Major
Leagues.
This motion will trigger a perfect domino effect whereby the
lower body will dictate the proper swing tempo, pulling the arms down
on the correct swing plane which will be shallower instead of too
steep. From there it’s payoff time delivering a powerful release of
the club head back into the ball generating lightning quick speed
which translates into dynamic power.
Checkout the bottom photo and take a look at how Mike has stayed
down through impact with his head still down. This means he has
stabilized the swing on the transition, maintaining terrific balance
throughout the swing with tremendous speed. I’ve drawn an arrow near
the right foot to showcase how well he has pushed off the ground.
Great golfers always start from the ground up and not vice versa. Look
at how well the right knee has kicked inward towards the tee where the
golf ball was sitting. That move pulled the arms down on a great swing
path with some serious velocity as it kept his shoulders passive
instead of them getting involved (which will disrupt swing mechanics.)
Because the left leg was already planted first there was no fear of
leading with the upper body first and spinning out prematurely.
In the past Bacsik was leading with too much upper body action,
creating a throwing action instead of a pulling action, which resulted
in drifting the entire body forward as he transitioned back to the
impact area forcing the poor angle of attack. With this new move he’s
in a great position to fire away with a clear path and no
restrictions. By staying down and through the shot his forearms are
able to naturally swing the arms with great extension toward the
intended target, without any interference. In a short period of time
we were able to change his ball flight and add distance all at the
same time.
Give this Texas Two- Step drill a try. You will be doing a
victory dance while watching your shot making skills improve quickly
and opponents hopes fade even quicker.
Tom Ward can be contacted at www.teetimewithtom.com

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