Connection starts from the ground up Rocco (Mediate).
You know I it all starts in in how we set up to the ball we have to get our body in an athletic
position, get our body in a position that it works natural from. and what we always told you was you had
to be inside heel measurement shoulder width we want your knees slightly bent in, Hogan
used to talk about feeling like he gripped the ground with the inside of
his feet and then from there when you put your arms and you hold something, your tying into the whole shoulder girdle the lats, the pecs, the whole area. Now my
body is in a strong position, if I had a sack of potatoes, or fifty pounds and I
wanted to throw it in that direction I’d go to my right leg I’d go to my left leg. Not one time would
I do it with my arms or try to do anything I’d shift my way to the right shift my way to the left. One of (Ben) Hogan’s
thought’s was that he always tried to imagine when he changed his swing, that his
elbows were attached to his body on stomach, not up at the shoulder. And he
actually, what he called, created a half a left-arm there and that would be like holding something
heavy, you’d be here as opposed to here. Right. And Hogan, and you (Rocco Mediate) were too a little bit that way in the golf swing a little what we call long arm so we like to see what we call have a
left arm and it connects to the whole shoulder girdle so if I’m holding something heavy, I’m
holding it with my pectoral muscle and my lat my spine is between my shoulders so that just ties everything in. And then it ties in all the way down in your legs your body and everything and then the key factor here, once you
get the brace connected address is to understand Hogan actually said “I
created a half a left arm,” well we had a great ball striker back in the forties
named Ed Furgol that had a withered left arm. and then we had a great ball striker
call Calvin Peete yeah who had left arm that basically
was frozen here so all three of those people had what
Hogan described a half of a left-arm and they were all great ball strikers, I mean
is pure is comes so you got to realize that is a factor
in the golf swing all great players have always had but
can I connecting the left arm here is like tying
the club into your spine so once you move you have a relationship
from your spine to the but of the club to the golf club
head that forms your V (like the Vharness) or your triangle so if I don’t change that my backswing
look how far the club head would move and all I did was shift my weight. And really what’s left in the back swing from there is just feel like you hinge your elbows
down and and there’s your back swing. and actually if you took what actually
moves in the golf swing from the position here the left knee kinda breaks to the right
knee with the left elbow down the left lat makes a break back so essentially I’ve
loaded right there, it’s just kind of a 6 inch
move boom I’m into my right leg my arms in a position that I could back
and someone I try to explain that connected
position is when you’re here if you go back and someone you wouldn’t pull your left arm to hit him you’d hit ’em with your right hip, your
right leg, actually out of the ground. right foot, right knee, right hip, right
lat. That would be power, not the left arm being pulled. So
connection (in the golf swing) is nothing more then tying everything together an
athletic position and you got all the big muscles where
their work you can’t do anything under pressure in athletics if you’re not connected.
I’ve never seen a tennis player that wasn’t or a baseball player or
anything else they’re always working, baseball players,
are working their body they don’t take their arms and try to hit, so you know, connection is tying in to big
muscles, it’s being able, when you create the short
left arm you’re creating the inner force of centripetal force when you set your right arm you creating
the outer force. So when my spine shifts to the right there is your V or your triangle, so when
you get to your right leg, inside your right leg, always staying inside all you do is hinge your right elbow and
there’s a perfectly shaped triangle at the top and that’s what all good players do.
There’s the triangle at the top there’s the triangle it impact, there’s the
triangle through the ball they bring it back around the radius and the ark stay the same Over time, my mentor Sam Bird taught a great golfer, blind golfer, by the name of Charlie Boswell he won nineteen consecutive World Blind
Golf Championships and they said that when Sam, the
first time he hit a golf ball he had under, I mean Charlie excuse me, the first
time Charlie hit a golf ball okay the first time Charlie Boswell hit a golf ball with Sam Bird, the first thing Sam taught him was being blind, that he had to keep his
radius and keep his arc. that once, wherever he started here, the
distance from here to his spine if it remains the same, he can hit the
ball and never see the ball and that’s an absolute fact, and
that’s the inner force and that’s how Charlie learn to play golf. Shot
scored many many times in the seventies and in the 80s and for a blind man that sure isn’t bad so when you connect your left arm
properly and you feel like the left elbows down and you can feel you created a
have a left-arm, not a whole left arm that creates connection through the big
muscles, and once you do that and you got it connected here realize your controlling the club face, so
if you take a golf club and set up and just take your elbow and do that and watch how much the club
face changes and immediately to handle of the club would
be out of the center of the triangle or the V and you disconnected. And that’s why people
who cock their hands, they immediately take the radius out by changing. So if you keep
the connection as we talked about with Charlie Boswell then that left arm will always stay in
the right position and always come back to center that way I would still be holding the
handkerchief under my left armpit but if I took my left arm and did that,
immediately the handkerchief falls out the club goes around me and I’m totally
flat, and out of plane to hit the ball the balls down here. How in the world can
you go this way and hit something down here, without
re-routing in doing everything the simplicity is when you go here, your
elbow is down that sets the club straight up, and dead
square where it started and then from there, if you keep the elbow down, it’s right back square and there’s a release to the target, your
body, everything is facing the target you bring it back around, set it down,
it’s where it started

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Dennis Veasley

57 thoughts on “Rocco Mediate and Jimmy Ballard on Ben Hogan’s Golf Swing and a Connection”

  1. he is the best for returning the club to the ball in the correct sequence without getting the hands involved at the wrong time.

  2. Simply the best communicator of explaining the golf swing, no BS or far out "theories".
    I have always put my complete faith in Jimmy's teaching and explanations.

  3. I tried Jimmy's "Connection" for years and it is ok but it really did not engrained the "feeling" of a connected golf swing. The V-harness will aid to get a connected swing. To me, the feeling of where the club is through out the golf swing is the connected swing. I showed a lad on how to connect his body to the golf club….. and the golf coach asked him … how did he do it to have a remarkable improvement. To me, Louie Oosthaizen has a reliable-money making connected golf swing….tnx…

  4. If you can have the feeling of a connected golf swing… in a few golf swings …. the connection is felt….. you don't need to tuck in a glove under the armpit or even put a harness.. its the "feeling" of the connection of the body to the club… tnx

  5. in a connected golf swing… its the feeling between the body and the club… the hands are only an attachment… it is how a golfer controls the club with his body.

  6. I do think the guy is a genius, but I wish we could get rid of statements (from him and others) that are obviously not true. Like, for instance, the idea that the relationship between the club (butt and head) and the spine doesn't change during the backswing. Of course it does.

  7. Or (per Leadbetter) that there is no "independent" movement of the arms and hands during the swing. It all depends (ironically) on what you mean by "independent," but of _course_ the arms aren't locked into an identical and unchanging relationship to the other parts of the body.

  8. There is no massive lateral movement as you are always on the inside of the right leg with resistance to the coil.Jimmy's advice is golden….connection,the left arm radius and maintaining spine angle are cornerstones of accurate striking.

  9. Have seen how flat the great players were like hogan, watch their slow drill and they look like how you said how can you hit a ball from there, very connected bu flat to,o. Just saying is all. Good video!,

  10. the difference between throwing a sack of spuds and swinging a golf club is that the club moves to the left side (target side) of the hands in the second half of the back-swing, and transferring the weight onto the right side can only hinder this movement. i do agree that a connected swing is correct but i do think that the connection should be acausal and not causal. one big fault that we have is that we try to prevent the upper part of the right arm from being able to hub against the body thru the course of the back-swing. but the upper part of the right arm has to be allowed to hub against the body to push the shoulders around, and to enable the right elbow to point down at the top. this will happen if we do what jones and hogan did and allow the right elbow to move back in the direction that it points at address. the left arm then will be connected across the body at the top.  

  11. Great fundamental for I PC on plane takeaway. Limiting hip turn to inside of thighs improves down swing and rotational weight transfer. (No excessive slide)

  12. I took lessons from Jimmy in the mid 1980s. He had a lot of good ideas, but most players took his ideas and converted them into their swings in their own way. I remember a lot of his teachings, especially the thought that the arms are flung by the shoulders both back and through. Hence the saying "the arms are flung, not swung". This thought produces a swing somewhat like Jason Dufner.

  13. He takes all the BS theory out of the swing and keeps it simple. If you don't understand what he teaches, then you will never understand golf and will continue to fiddle around with your swing all of your life.  

  14. This is a VERY hard principle to learn, especially for someone who has swung differently for a long time, because the feel is totally different. Once learned though, the results are simply astounding. When I do manage to fight off the old ingrained demons and keep the arms connected, I simply rotate the arm pits, feeling absolutely no movement of the flesh there. The arc feels so short, but the ball pops off the club face with a power I never knew before. Once learned, there is zero timing of anything to worry about. This is true swinging of the club with core power. How I wish I had this knowledge in my youth.

  15. Whetedge has it spot on, when you first try it is so easy to chicken out halfway through the swing and either make a big arc or come over the top but I urge anyone struggling with their game watch this instruction and then commit to it no matter what the results. Then keep re visiting it untill you get it right, it is so simple and the consistancy of ball flight is worth it. Give a club to a non golfer and ask them to make a back swing , it will always be narrow so that tells me it is a natural move, I know some people will say you will never hit a ball 350yds and that Rory doesn't swing like this but you will find the slot on the way down and you will more than likely become more consistant.

  16. IMHO, this is the reason why recreational golfers get into problems – golf instruction which preaches limiting freedom of movement. When we do any sporting activity , we don't think about connection because our body is already connected (thank you very much – that's what muscles, tendons and ligaments do ). How one can get 'disconnected' is beyond me, unless you can somehow temporarily sever one muscle segment from another. Try hitting a baseball by thinking about connecting either /both your upper arms to your pecs or hitting a two handed tennis backhand. We need golf instruction that makes the game fun , easy and stress free , not a straitjacket set of thoughts that hamper us.

  17. You can't get much simpler than this. Does it work? Well Rocco took Tiger to OT so I guess maybe it does.

  18. golfers who love their back should listen to this,follow or not your choice,but it sure does work in terms of accuracy and consistantcy,distance wise Rocco mediate still hits 285 yards,which is pga tour average distance.

  19. Really? Swing with a "half a left arm". I hope Jimmy Ballard isn't wondering why tour players aren't calling him for swing advice. The modern golf swing is actually all about "separation", not this fallacy of "connection".

  20. Power Line Golf !!!
    Half left arm is close, because the golf swing is a push, not a pull. You have to hit a ball using your hands, your fingers and hands tell your large muscles what to do, not vice versa. Subscribe to Power Line Golf and I'll prove it to you.

  21. In all of Jimmy's presentations he seems to really set up with his right foot way off the line, closed stance. Is this part of the program? Rocco sets up square, Curtis was a bit open, Hal square set up. Or is Jimmy just overly presenting?

  22. Man, I'm tired of searching in golf. Some people have it, and some people don't. There is so much bullshit teaching out there.

  23. Theres a lot of great golf wisdom in this But in my journey to better golf it will lead to swaying unless you combine it with a method that stresses pressure into the ground not lateral weight shift! such as Pete Cowen .You have got to realise the difference between weight shift and weight pressure into the ground.Ballard seems to have spent a lifetime and not grasped it!

  24. Hogan did tie his arms close to the body. However Nicklaus always concentrated on having as wide an arc as possible. Nicklaus did not keep his arms tied to his body. More then one way to do it.

  25. All yak and no action. Why not demonstrate your thoughts and hit a few balls? On the downswing you don’t have th ‘y’ connection because you have to have a lag with the cocked wrists ready to smack the hell out the ball so what difference does it make on the up swing. A load of bollocks in my opinion. If you look at the tour players, they all have different swing actions and positions and it works for them because we are all built different and can’t all be robots.

  26. Like any good pro he wants to create an exaggerated feeling so you will improve. Yes, when all parts of the swing are in sync you will hit the ball more consistently. However, Hogan never kept that kind of exaggerated and confining connection in his golf swing. Just look at this videos. Yes, he kept his elbows close together and closer to the body than most but his arms did separate from his body. Otherwise he would've never had any power. To me Ballard's advice is really about keeping all the moving parts in your golf swing in concert with one another. Take it any further than that and it just confines and stifles your swing.

  27. I took lessons with Bill Abrahams as he teaches Ballards method…completely changed my stroke and game….i feel i can really play now…i owe him a debt of gratitude!

  28. ….except you're not throwing a weight in the golf swing. 85% of your swing speed is due to your trailing arm straightening.

  29. Being connect is nice ideas but HOW it is done let range of motion happen. The swing mechanics is one thing HOW to form, create the mechanics is the other half of the idea. Ben Hogan had it all for showed in in his Book the Five lessons where he had two drawing showing what HE felt in his swing. Five lesson is best swing mechanic book for it has clues to the swing where words show the swing but in the Drawing words for that time period did not exist. With out understanding the 4 components shown in those two drawing a golfer cannot realizes one component he needs to work on to enhance his swing. I say how all 4 component are formed and linked together determines the out come of very swing that is true swing mechanics for each club. Each club has its own swing Mechanics. There is what you see then there is internal forces part of the golf swing like shown in the form of head generator from Ben Hogan for do not engage your head generator will it affects your swing. Nice ideas but very incomplete to what HIS book details for being a small book with big swing mechanics forms.

  30. I spent 5 days with Jimmy in the early 80's in Pell City AL. Hit 500 balls a day and had blisters on both hands! Hit a 6 iron with the hight of an 8 iron and the distance of a 5 iron. First two rounds back at my club I shot 64, 64 and thought I had conqured golf. I learned that the technique is good , but hitting 500 balls a day will help more. I still today use concepts that Jimmy gave me.

  31. as of 2010 jimmy still doin it. one of my first books from early 80's and i still have it, also had his tape but that's gone.

  32. Utmost zeal n zest ,putting up max efforts speaks of his heart n soul powers to effect the learner, yet to see so self less and dedicated soul imparting the best of the best.keep it up.

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