One of the hot new golf swings being touted is the square to square golf swing. In this article, we are going to talk about a couple of the how you might benefit from this swing and get into the fundamentals of making the square-to-square golf swing.
The basic principle of this swing is to keep the clubface square, or closed, as long as you can in the backswing and through the follow through.
Generally, a golfer is only able to keep the clubface square 1/2 the way up on the backswing and 1/2 the way through on the downswing. Due to our anatomy, this is all one can achieve.
From doing my research, it appears that there is a lot of confusion as to what exactly the square to square golf swing is. The term “square to square golf swing” was initially coined back in the 70’s and was set forth my Jim Flick.
Apparently, the results were disastrous and Flick later apologized for promoting the swing. However, that specific swing is apparently different than the current square to square golf swing we will be explaining in this and future articles. I will hopefully be able to give you more details in an upcoming article in which I interview Sam Goulden, PGA instructor and tour player and proponent of the square to square swing method.
Benefits of the Square to Square Golf Swing
- The claimed benefits of the Square to Square Swing include
- The face of the golf club stays square to the target longer which increase your odds of a square hit
- Less dependent on ‘timing’ since the club stays square longer
- More consistent because there are less moving parts
- Easier on the body
Square to Square Golf Swing Compared to the Modern Swing
The first thing that is noticeable is that at the halfway back position, the toe of the club is not pointing straight up as in the modern swing. It is slightly more closed because the wrists are not rotating open as quickly. To this point, all that the golfer has done is turn the shoulders.
There is less wrist rotation which means less moving parts and should convert to increased shot consistency for you. All with less practice since you will have depend less on having the perfect timing.
Another difference is that there is minimal to no lateral slide in the backswing. You essentially keep your head and spine over the top of the ball until you make contact on your downswing.
If you are able to do this, theoretically, you would again, be more consistent with your contact since there would be less moving parts. The question is: is this golf swing effective?
The golf pro who best exemplifies this golf swing is Steve Stricker. Being constantly tagged with the simplest swing in golf because he has few moving parts.
One irritation and warning to keep in mind concerning Stricker, is that the golf commentators comment that “all he does is turn in his backswing. That he has no wrist action in his swing AND he keeps his right arm as straight as his left arm.”
Neither are true. Stricker has less wrist rotation but he cocks his wrist fully as you can see at the top of the backswing. And his right elbow achieves the preferred 90 degree angle just before his downswing.
Having said that, there is a lot of controversy surrounding this swing. The primary reason that I am presenting it to you is that a lot of golfers over 50 are having good success with this swing and reported that it reduces their back and neck pain. This is a swing that can be repeated successfully for those of you with poor flexibility and/or a history of back fusion surgeries. Sounds good, eh?
I recently reached out to one of the leading proponents of this swing, Sam Goulden. I will be interviewing him this next week and posting the interview here for you to view.
So in the mean time, if you have any questions or comments you would like me to ask Mr Goulden, please leave them on our Facebook page or you add them to the comments section below.
Thanks for reading,
Dr. Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist