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Free Guides & Checklists

12 Most Common Swing Fault Characteristics Guide

This guide lists the 12 most common swing characteristics (faults) and lists what the fault does to the ball flight, lists what physical limitation causes the fault, and lists the long term heath issues that may be related to that characteristic. Read the article Here.

How to Record Video of Your Golf Swing Checklist

This guide contains a checklist on how to record good video of your golf swing with a smartphone. Read the post here.

Early Extension Exercise Guide

Early extension is the most common swing fault among amateur golfers. It reduces power and causes you to strike the ball inconsistently. This guide lists all of the exercises that may help correct this swing fault. Read the post here. 

Early Extension Squat Corrective Exercise Guide

Most golfers that exhibit the Early Extension swing characteristic can’t do an overhead deep squat. This guide contains 3 exercises that will help you improve your deep squat and eliminate Early Extension from your golf swing. Read the post here. 

Over the Top Swing Exercise Guide

An Over the Top swing is the most common swing fault for golfers with high handicaps. It also is a leading cause for the dreaded slice and causes a loss of distance. This guide lists all of the exercises that may help correct this swing fault. Read the post here. 

Slide Swing Fault Guide

This free guide lists and provides links to the exercises that will help you correct limitations causing you to slide towards the target. Slide causes the loss of distance and accuracy. Read the post here. 

Sway Swing Fault

This free guide lists the exercises that will help you correct limitations causing you to sway away from the target. Each exercise is linked to a video to show you the proper way to do the exercise. Read the post here. 

Hanging Back Swing Fault

Hanging back occurs when a golfer doesn’t correctly shift their weight from the back leg to the front side on the downswing. This free guide lists the exercises that will help you correct limitations causing you to hang back. Each exercise is linked to a video to show you the correct way to do the exercise. Read the post here. 

S-Posture

S-posture is a set-up characteristic where the player exhibits too much arch, or saddle, in the lower back. This free guide lists the exercises that will help you correct limitations that cause S-posture. Each exercise is linked to a video to show you the proper way to do the exercise correctly. Read the post here. 

C-Posture

C-posture is a common posture characteristic that limits your backswing and can lead to other swing faults. The name is self-explanatory, as the shape of the back forms a “C” when viewed from the side. This free guide lists the exercises that will help you correct limitations that cause C-posture. Each exercise is linked to a video to show you the proper way to do the exercise correctly. Read the post here. 

Flat Shoulder Plane

You have a flat shoulder plane when at the top of your backswing your spine angle has become more upright than it was at address. When you draw a line across your shoulders and it appears nearly parallel with the ground. This free guide lists the exercises that will help you correct limitations that cause Flat Shoulder Plane. Each exercise is linked to a video to show you the proper way to do the exercise correctly. Read the post here. 

Loss of Posture

Loss of posture occurs when there is an alternation of the original set-up angles during the golf swing. Loss of posture brings about two typical mis-hits, these are the block, where you leave the ball out to the right (right-handed player) or a hook. Missing both right and left is especially frustrating to players as there is no way to compensate for a typical miss. Read the post here. 

Early Release

Early release is commonly called casting because it looks similar to a fisherman casting a lure with a fishing pole. Swing instructors will advocate that the wrist should remain cocked until late into the downswing. In fact, a lot of power is generated during the last milliseconds of the downswing by the wrists un-cocking, and snapping the clubhead through the ball. Therefore, the early release swing characteristic reduces clubhead speed and causes significant loss of power in the golf swing. Read the post here. 

Reverse Spine Angle

At the end of the round do you have back pain or is it sore? One of the leading causes of lower back pain in golfers is a swing characteristic called reverse spine angle. Players with reverse spine angle will have swing path issues and limited power output. Timing is everything in the golf swing and reverse spine angle disrupts timing and the efficiency of the golf swing. Read the post here. 

Chicken Winging

Chicken winging is when the lead arm breaks down and begins to bend through the impact zone of the golf swing. It looks almost as if the trailing arm (right arm for right handers) is pushing the club into the hitting zone instead of the lead arm pulling the club through the ball. As you can imagine this motion decreases power significantly causing weak high shots that are either pulled or sliced. It is important to correct the chicken wing swing characteristic as it can lead to elbow pain. Read the post here.

Don’t Add Strength to Dysfunction

One of the worst things you can do to your body is to lift weights when you have some sort of physical limitation or dysfunction. The added weight only make the dysfunction worst. The guide explains this in more detail and gives suggestions on when you can start adding weights to your golf fitness program.

11 Steps to a Successful Golf Fitness Program

The guide contains the 11 steps that any successful golf fitness program needs to consider. These are the steps that I follow with my clients. 

Golf Balance Reference Sheet

This free reference sheet includes not only exercise based golf balance drills but balance drills you can use when you practice at the range or during a practice round. 

The reference sheet contains links to videos that will show you how the drill is done. Read the post here

5 Tips to Improve Golf Performance

If you incorporate these 5 tips into your into your golf fitness program, pre-round warm-up, and pre-shot routines your golf performance will get better and you will shoot lower scores!

Speed & Power

Increasing your swing speed will give you more power so you can drive the golf ball farther. This reference sheet contains exercises that will increase your swing speed. Each exercise is linked to a video to show you how to do the exercise. Read the post here.

3 Steps for More Consistent Golf

This guide contains 3 tips or steps that when followed will improve your ball striking. 

Golf Weight Training Program Checklist

This checklist provides you with a place to track your progress with the exercises that I use to judge if you have enough strength to move into the power phase of your golf fitness program. 

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Todd Marsh Fitness

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