Video Project:  How to Perform a Golf Swing Like a PGA Tour Golfer


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During the past 5 years, I have received repeated requests from some of my golf website's visitors to produce a HD video quality series of golf instructional videos on the full golf swing. I was reluctant to undertake that requested video project in the past because I am too inflexible and too unathletic to perform a full golf swing like a PGA tour golfer. However, I recently met Jim George (who is a Professor in the Department of Exercise Sciences at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah) and he was willing to act as a model golfer, who would perform the necessary golf swing actions, while I explained the underlying biomechanics and mechanics. Jim George has a PGA tour quality golf swing and he is capable of scoring in the low-to-mid 60's on a good day. Jim also has a very deep understanding of my personal opinions regarding golf swing biomechanics/mechanics and he was therefore able to faithfully follow my instructions during our videotaping sessions. This video project was videotaped in December 2016. It involved three daily sessions and the final 6.9 hour video project is essentially unedited  - which means that there were no repeat videotaping sessions to correct slip-of-the-tongue errors (like saying "left" when I meant "right") or additional videotaping sessions to add more golf informational material that I forgot to mention in the initial videotaping session. I will likely produce additional short videos in the future to discuss relevant golf instructional issues that I didn't discuss in this video project.

This comprehensive 6.9 hour long video project starts with an introductory video subsection where I introduce myself and Jim George. This short introductory session is followed by a short video subsection where I discuss the principle of the LAFW (left arm flying wedge) and the GFLW (geometrically flat left wrist). I then produced detailed video sessions on the i) backswing, ii) downswing and iii) hand release actions through the impact zone. I did not discuss golf instructional topics like the "grip" and "address setup, posture and alignment" because those topics are generally not controversial, and I have discussed those topics in great detail in the "basic chapters" subsection of my golf website ( ). 

I have divided the completed video project into shorter video subsections (of variable length) that directly correlate with the length of each videotaping session, and I have posted them on you-tube. The video project was recorded with a Canon VIXIA G40 videocamera and the quality of the you-tube videos (which are a compressed version of my original videos) are still good enough to allow you to watch the videos using you-tube's HD (1920 x 1080) setting if your computer has a 2K, 3K or 4K video display and if you have a fast internet connection and no download buffering problems. In fact, you may discover that the quality of my you-tube videos are even good enough to allow you to view them at high quality in "full screen" mode if you avoid using you-tube's "auto" setting and if you deliberately choose the maximum HD setting (1080p60p) - presuming that you have a very fast download speed at the time you watch the you-tube video. However, if your computer's display screen is limited in resolution quality or size, or if you have a slow internet connection, then you will likely need to choose you-tube's lower quality settings.

I was initially under the incorrect impression that I had to clip the videos into short 10 - 15 minute segments because of you-tube's rules on video length, but I subsequently discovered that this rule does not apply to you-tube members who verify their account. I have therefore maintained the videos in their original (unaltered) size - which means that they vary in time duration from 27 minutes to 1 hour:52 minutes.

Here is a brief guide to the contents of each part of my 7-part series of you-tube videos-:

Part 1 video - Introductory session followed by a discussion/demonstration of the LAFW (left arm flying wedge) and GFLW (geometrically flat left wrist) concepts.

Part 2 video - Backswing action - primarily involving arm movements.

Part 3 video - Backswing action - primarily involving movements of the pelvis and upper torso.

Part 4 video - Start of the downswing - describing the optimal method of rotating the pelvis during the early-mid downswing.

Part 5 video - Describing the power package slotting phase of the early-mid downswing and providing an analysis of the release of power accumulator #4 and power accumulator #2.

Part 6 video - Describing biomechanical events happening in the mid-late downswing, including the release of power accumulator #3.

Part 7 video - Describing alternative downswing techniques other than the LAFW/GFLW technique; describing the handle-dragging technique; and describing hand-release actions through the impact zone.

Links to the you-tube videos.

Part 1 -

Part 2 -

Part 3 -

Part 4 -

Part 5 -

Part 6 -

Part 7 -

If you want to watch the entire 7-part series in its natural sequence, you can first view the part 1 video and then subsequently click on the part 2 video, which will likely be listed in the side-column list of videos that are often found alongside the right side of the you-tube video screen. Using that approach, you can go from the part 2 video => part 3 video => part 4 video => part 5 video => part 6 video => part 7 video. Alternatively, you can click on any video in this list if you want to selectively view a particular video.

Additional informational material that will supplement this video project.

Over the next 6 months, I will produce supplementary written material (+/- short videos) to correct errors that I made in my video presentation and to also complement the golf instructional information that I have provided in my 7-part series of videos, and I will then provide the necessary hyperlinks to that supplementary informational material in this subsection.


46 minute time point: Discussion of unchanged left wrist angle when the LAFW is flying in space

Part 2

47:11 minute time point: Relationship of the RFFW relative to the LAFW at the end-backswing position

Part 4

17:00 - 17:20 minute time point: Movement of the left buttocks back towards the tush line during the early downswing

Part 5

4:45 minute time point: Describing my personal interpretation of Homer Kelley's power accumulator concept, and describing which power accumulators are being used to power the golf swing in a PGA tour golfer who uses a TGM swinging technique

31:55 minute time point: Moving the clubshaft down the TSP without shifting the clubshaft to a shallow plane

34:43 minute time point: Difference between a left arm flying wedge (LAFW) and a left forearm flying wedge (LFFW) 

Part 6

0.00 - 4:22 minute time point: Why do some professional golfers shallow the clubshaft during the early-mid downswing and what are the potential advantages of this clubshaft-shallowing technique?

4:22 - 11:55 minute time point: Why should a golfer not perform a "tumble action" during his mid-downswing if he has his intact LAFW "on-plane" at the P5.5 position?

11:55 - 22:00 minute time point: What is the twistaway maneuver and why should a golfer never deliberately use it in his full golf swing action?

Starting at the 1 hour: 01 minute time point. Should the right forearm be on the clubshaft plane at impact?

Part 7

Starting at the12:48 minute time point: What is the difference between a handle-dragging technique and an intact LAFW/GFLW technique?

Starting at the 21:55 minute time point: What are the core differences between a drive-hold hand release action (DH-hand release action) and a non-drive-hold hand release action (non-DH-hand release action)?

Starting at the 1 hour: 42 minute time point: Why does Jordan Spieth, who is normally a superb DHer, sometimes flip through impact?

Jeffrey Mann.

January 2017.