Please be aware that in the swing sequence shown below, the only active movement that I am performing is pulling the red ball (my Talynt® point) behind me as far as it will go and then pushing the red ball through impact. The other body positions are occurring on their own. This is an important point to remember when viewing golf positions in a magazine. Is the move that I am seeing only happening, or are they actively doing it?
Notice that even though I am only pulling my Talynt point behind me as far as it will go, once it reaches my limit, my arms begin to rise. This is what happens NATURALLY from me continuing a "pulling" feeling. Once your body reaches the limit that it can pull inside, it then automatically redirects your "pulling" force to a vertical one. If you superimpose my pulling and pushing thought process over each image, notice how what I am doing is resulting in something that looks very different.
Typically, if a golfer wanted to repeat my swing by looking at the images, they would automatically add in an arm lift at the top of their swing. But this would not be correct because I do not consciously raise my arms to get to this top of backswing position. This is how CONNECTION is maintained in your golf swing. Do not do things which disconnect you from your power.
Many golfers tell me that they cannot turn that far but I explain to them that it doesn't matter. What matters in this swing is that you get to your "inside pulling limit". If you have limited flexibility, your pulling will simply be redirected earlier into a veritcal arm rise. But it's important that you were pulling and not just lifting your arms. In that case you would have ended up at the same position but without connection.
If I do the "PullPush" move while restricting any shoulder turn, I look like a great golfer who has a nice vertical move because the club no longer goes back way inside. This swing is just as powerful and accurate because my golf swing believes that I have maxed out the amount of turn that I can produce. When you maximize your "pulling" force, your back swing remains consistent from swing to swing and from month to month. Since the majority of golf swings out there do not go to any limit, their backswing positions will vary with every swing. In the other swings we teach, we always point the red ball to the same position behind us in our backswing in order to create an artifical but nonetheless effective limit.
On another note, regardless of your swing choice, and even with the "fast hands through impact" approach, your primary goal must be to MAINTAIN SHAFT FLEX on your downswing and through impact. Slow down your swing and start maintaining the bow in your shaft through impact. DO NOT RELEASE IT INTO IMPACT. That is a very different approach which adds an unnecessary complication into your golf swing.
Golfers!!! You can lower your score immediately but you have to start TRUSTING THAT YOU ARE TALENTED and that you only required the proper information to be given to you. The golf swing can be simplified to an extremely repeatable move. Even if you don't hit the ball very well very often, once in awhile you do and you say to yourself "why can't I do that all the time". That should be sufficient justification enough to tell you that you already have the ability. All you need to do is to repeat whatever it was that you were just thinking during that swing. Let the TALY® tool help you see and develop a visual of that thought process so you can repeat it.
Please keep an open mind and remember that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SWING to play this game. If I had a plastic ruler, I could walk up to a person and swing it very fast and hit them on the shoulder or I could walk over to them, bend the ruler back, and then sting them with it. One of these methods delivers a lot more power in a split second then the other.
Use the TALY MIND Set® to reveal the geometry in your golf swing, to find the best swing FOR YOU, and to repeat that swing. It is easier to be CONFIDENT about FINDING YOUR SWING, than it is to be confident about learning someone else's.
The PullPush move has also generated a tremendous response and I would like to answer some of the more common questions as well as point out a couple of things:
1. The PullPush move is not the only golf swing that we teach. One of the goals of the TALY MIND Set® is to help golfers find their swing. We'll show you ways to generate power and it is up to you to identify which is most comfortable for you.
Some of us like TURNING, others DROPPING, some PUSHING, some PULLING, and some SWINGING. They all work but it is important for you to find YOUR BEST SWING technique and the TALY tool will help you see and repeat any of them.
Off the tee, I like turning. In the fairway I like either pushing or dropping, and for chipping I like pushing or turning. However, you can use just ONE METHOD FOR ALL SHOTS IF YOU LIKE.
2. The TALY MIND Set will reveal how to generate tremendous, repeatable power from any of the swing methods. Golfers may recognize some of the swing techniques but please PAY ATTENTION TO THE ADJUSTMENTS that we suggest:
- WE DO NOT HINGE OR UNHINGE OUR WRISTS IN ANY OF OUR SWINGS. This is a big departure from most swing theory out there. We have evaluated the benefits of wrist manipulation in a golf swing and have concluded that the disadvantages severely outweigh the advantages. Learn your base swing first and then if you want to add in other moves once you're on Tour, that's great. We will reveal the simplified version of what you need to know.
- WE DO NOT RELEASE INTO IMPACT. We also believe that the main reason a delayed release is so effective is that it is closer to NOT RELEASING. When a golfer doesn't release, THEIR SHAFT STILL RELEASES. This is a significant and very powerful point.
- WE DO NOT PROMOTE THE SQUARING OF A CLUB FACE. Leave it in what appears to be a wide open position. It's not and it is also more repeatable because you have eliminated the timing issues of closing it. A club face has a natural closing movement due to body and shoulder turning and does not need additional manipulation with the forearm or wrists.
Also, for great ball contact, club face position must be relative to the CLUB PATH FIRST and not to the target or target line. In other words, stop squaring your club face to the target. It is more important that it's square to the path that the club head was following.
- MOVE POWERFULLY by MAINTAING SHAFT FLEX! Forget swinging fast.
3. Get a LESSON. The TALY MIND Set golf tool works for any swing method, so get a lesson from an instructor that you like, and wear the TALY tool. The red ball will reveal the geometry in that golf swing, and will allow you to see and understand how to repeat it. More importantly it will provide a great visual to help you transfer your game to the course.
4. Don't limit yourself to baby steps. We have downplayed some of the benefits of this tool for obvious reasons but if you are only trying to achieve small steps in your improvement, that's all you'll get. PAR SHOULD NO LONGER BE YOUR BAR FOR A HOLE.
Don't be surprised that you used to shoot 100 one day and then you dropped more than 20 strokes overnight. If you must understand why; once you have a repeatable swing or become comfortable over your chip shots, that's 18 strokes already. Trust Your Talynt® point to improve your scoring ability.
Your Talynt point will help you go beyond your typical scoring performance. For example, stop trying to make your putts. Trust Your Talynt instead. You will be surprised at how a simple mental shift to the red ball instead of your putter face will result in many more putts dropping for you. This occurs because we sabotage our scores. We get involved. Our brain knows what we typically shoot and if it is present during a stroke, it will limit our success.
QUESTIONS 1. Hi Taly: Two questions on pull push: a) Do you keep your left arm straight throughout the swing? b) Do you take a full shoulder turn or are you just pulling your arms in and then pushing them back out with your right arm? I think you are on to something! Carl, West Palm, Florida The PullPush is an extremely powerful and repeatable swing for golfers and will immediately change the way any golfer comes into impact because they are pushing instead of swinging. This provides a great impact position and will maintain shaft flex. Once golfers have established this feeling at impact, it applies to any swing.
With regards to your questions: a) Do you keep your left arm straight throughout the swing? Yes. You must maintain your TALY triangle [http://taly.com/talytriangle.html] (i.e. left arm straight and maintain whatever wrist position you had at address so that your Triangle is fixed). Your triangle can turn left and right without changing it's shape.
b) Do you take a full shoulder turn or are you just pulling your arms in and then pushing them back out with your right arm? I don't worry about shoulder turning; however I do make sure that I pull the red ball behind me with my right hand as far as it will go, FOR ME. Each golfers must pull the red ball to THEIR LIMIT behind them.
Once you have pulled the red ball in as far as it will go, you will probably still be able to pull the red ball further behind you because both your shoulders and body can turn. It's very important that you allow this to happen and continue to your pulling limit. This will ensure a consistent and repeatable backswing and will provide tremendous power.
The key on the push is to not let your club get ahead of the pushing. Do not let it fling into your golf ball as there is no power in that. The power comes from continuing your push move through impact and NOT RELEASING. This keeps your shaft loaded until your clubhead is on the ball. And even then YOU DON'T RELEASE, YOUR SHAFT RELEASES.
It does not take years to hit the ball incredibly well. You can be ball striking by tomorrow morning. This game is less about mechanics than we think, and more about our head and our confidence.
If you begin hitting the ball pure but start to see hooks, still line up the same way to the target, but push further out to the right of the target line. Your ball will straighten out beautifully. Golfers should focus on hitting pure first, and adjusting direction later.
2. On the Pull Push technique does it feel like you are pulling with your right arm and when you push does it feel like you are pushing with your whole body? Randy Lyons, Glendale, AZ.
Yes and no. It does feel like you are pulling with your right arm against a rigid left arm and wrist which are maintaining your TALY Triangle(http://taly.com/talytriangle.html).
However it does not feel like you are pushing with your whole body. That would be more of the feeling you get when you use turning to power your TALY Triangle.
You should feel more like your body is only controlling the direction that your push will come into the golf ball. However please don't focus on your body. Focus on your push and everything else will happen naturally. Your right hand will be moving independent of what your body is doing and must be pushing through the red ball and into impact.
As you come into impact, your pushing direction should be out to the right of the target line about 30 degrees with irons and 45 degrees with the driver. What you will find is that your body will adjust on it's own and all you need to do is concentrate on pulling and pushing.
There is no correct amount of body or shoulder turn. It will be different for everyone based on their flexibilty, but you must pull the red ball behind you to your limit, and then focus on pushing it into impact. Do not let a swing occur.
A swinging move will cause a typical over-the-top swing path. Just push in the direction of the red ball as it is ALREADY ENGINEERED to provide a pushing target which moves in a circular arc.
The red ball is not just a red ball. It's an engineered point of focus called your Talynt point which automatically provides an on-plane, circular and outward pushing target which generates tremendous power.
Please remember to slow down this move and REALLY FEEL YOUR SHAFT FLEX BEING MAINTAINED into impact. This move is not meant to be done quickly. Your focus should be on applying a pushing force which stays ahead of your golf shaft and prevents your club head from flying into the golf ball. The PullPush move is just another simplified method of MAINTAINING SHAFT FLEX.
Golfers should also understand that the main deficiency in their golf swing is not producing power, it's losing it. They generate tremendous power already. They just lose most of it in their downswing and don't transfer the little bit that they have left very well into their golf ball because their contact is not good.
FOLLOW UP Mr.. Taly, Great information and analysis of the "push". After trying it in my office I just had to go to the range. Your suggestion of keeping the movement slow really clicked. In no time I thought I could actually feel the shaft loading. My shots were high, long and straight. All I focused on was pulling and pushing the red ball. Thank you for the clarification of the Push part of the movement. Why would anyone not like this?
3. Is this the main swing that you teach? Kevin, Toronto, Canada.
No. We teach three simplifed swings and all are extremely powerful. It is up to the golfer to choose how they wish to power their TALY Triangle. They can take a turning, dropping, pushing, or even swinging approach dependent upon what feels comfortable and repeatable.