The Tathata Golf Day 5 training video is 62 minutes long and includes the body movement routine A parts 1 & 2.
In the first part of the video, you practice the following movements 10 to 20 times.
- Drawback a Punch
- Front Arm Punch
- Swiss Ball Backswing
- Surf the Feet
- Swiss Ball Downswing
- Setting Up the Turn
- Holding the Corner
Like any training program, practice makes perfect and these movements are not only helping your golf swing they’re improving your mobility and muscle control as well.
Introduction to the Finish
The second part of Day 5’s video is a short introduction on the movements involved in the finish, or follow through of the golf swing.
The finish is when the body thrusts energy up from the impact position. Byran says this is a change in swing rotation.
I don’t buy it as he explains it in the video. He says we stop rotation (he shows it as a horizontal motion) and move upward. As I see it we aren’t rotating horizontal like he shows it in the video, rather we’re in a horizontal portion of the swing plane.
Yes, at the bottom of the swing (impact) the swing acts as if it’s moving horizontal, but to me, it’s the bottom of the swing arc or plane. It only appears to be moving horizontally. I see it more as a normal transition in the swing arc. But as Byran explains the downswing as downward pressure, the impact zone as a sliding surf (the ankle surf), and now the finish or follow through is an upward movement I get why he says there’s a change. But to me, it’s a normal arch transition.
The finish is all about pushing off the ground. At the end of the swing the trailing foot isn’t resting on the ground, rather it’s planted firm with about equal weight on the trailing foot toes as on the lead foot.
In the next section of the video, part 3 of the body movement routine is introduced. It included four introductory movements, which are:
- Setting Up the Speed
- The Accelerator
- Uppercut, and
- The Launch
These movements are discussed and shown below.
Setting Up for Speed
Setting Up for Speed is the turn into the follow through including a thrust upward once the elbows move past the body. The hands are held in a fist with the elbows placed to your sides in a strong position (meaning your clenching the muscles).
As the elbows clear the body thrust hard upward with firm, activated glutes and abdominals.
The movement helps you learn to activate the glutes and core and to snap through the ball creating speed.
In the Accelerator, the hands are held together, the arms move into a slight backswing and then accelerate through the impact zone to about halfway through the follow-through position.
Again, tension is held throughout the movement. It’s the start of the transition from downswing through impact into the follow-through.
The Uppercut is where speed is added to the movements. The trailing arm is driving up through the impact zone to finish high in the follow-through.
The trailing hand is clenched in a fist as this makes it easier to add power from the bottom of the swing to a position ending up by the shoulders. The leading arm is also held firm and strong throughout the movement.
Notice that the trailing hand goes up past the leading arm in this motion. The movement is truly an uppercut like a boxer would use during a fight.
The Launch uses open hands and goes from the stance position, and includes a full backswing, through the impact zone, and thrusts into the follow-through. After the upward motion stops, bounce back and include a step toward the target.
Hold strength and power throughout the swing. To me, the step after is more of a confidence builder than anything.
These four new movements are all about launching the arms up in the follow-through and getting the body underneath the arms at the finish.
Not sure if the bounce back and step through is something the greats did because it added power to the swing or not. I think it might be more a lack of anti-rotational control.
Stand firm at the finish like McIlroy and DJ and stick the club position on your shoulders. Show you have control of your swing and power.
The bounce and club snap back that Tiger, Nicklaus, and Michelson has are more a lack of muscle control. They swing so hard that they can’t control the club at the top and the muscles rebound.
One might say this is because they had so much power in their swings. I say they don’t have more power than Rory or DJ, rather they don’t have the muscles to hold the club at the finish.
Power not controlled can lead to injury.
Now, I’m not saying the movements like the bounce-back and step-through won’t help, but rather you should take other training considerations along with the Tathata training.
Tathata Golf Training is producing power in the golf swing, but they haven’t found a way to control that power in all places in the swing. That doesn’t make the training program bad, only that other training might (should) be necessary.
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