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Table of ContentsPreface.....................................................................................................
Sneaky LongSneaky Long- Finding The Most Powerful PositionA lot of people have asked me to give them some advice on how fa...
Sneaky LongTo illustrate imagine a string attached to a tee under the ball. As you swingback and find the point where you ...
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  1. 1. Table of ContentsPreface.......................................................................................................................................5Introduction...............................................................................................................................6Learning to Swing.....................................................................................................................9A Primer for Newbies – Grip, Stance, and Posture..................................................................11The Requisite Strength.............................................................................................................16TAKING THE CLUB BACK: Pronation, Supination and Plane............................................19Playing with Moe.....................................................................................................................22Moe’s Grip...............................................................................................................................27Learning to Learn……………………………………………………………………….……29Hoganalysis……………………………………………………………………………….….35The Secret In the Dirt...............................................................................................................38The Most Abundant Woe - The Reverse Pivot........................................................................40George Knudson.......................................................................................................................42HITTING IT FAR!!..................................................................................................................44Ringing The Bell......................................................................................................................46Mike Austin and the Centers....................................................................................................49Moe Norman and the Move......................................................................................................53The Hogan Pivot.......................................................................................................................55What You Need To Know About Plane – Hogan’s Sheets of Glass........................................58Lag and the Grand Illusion……………………………………………………………….......60Thoughts on Equipment...........................................................................................................63Footwork..................................................................................................................................65Finding “The Move”…............................................................................................................66REPEATING THE MOVE – THE PRETORQUE..................................................................69Landing Left………….............................................................................................................70The Sixth Lesson - Understanding Five Lessons and Hogan’s Secret.....................................78Some More Thoughts on Moe………………………………………......................................87Sneaky Long- Finding the Most Powerful Position.................................................................90Finger Pressures……………….……………………………………......................................92Visualization and Final Thoughts………………………………..…......................................97Video Index……………………..………………………………..…......................................99 Copyright © 2010 Secret In The Dirt LLC 0
  2. 2. Sneaky LongSneaky Long- Finding The Most Powerful PositionA lot of people have asked me to give them some advice on how far to takethe club back or similarly they may ask “How do I know when my backswing is done?”Have you ever wondered why when you watch a tour pro they rarely looklike they are making a really big swing and yet the ball just rockets off? Oneof the reasons that the swing doesn’t look that big is because it is executedwith such control and balance, but in reality most Tour Pros (John Daly anda few others excepted) and top amateurs don’t actually make that big of aswing. The reason is basically economics. There is a point on the backswing beyond which there is nothing left to gain.Have you noticed that sometimes when you try a ¾ swing say to lay-up shortof a water hazard you often hit the ball substantially further than you wouldexpect and often further than your normal full swing? I wondered about thisyears ago when I was trying to create the most economical and efficient golfmove I could. After looking at this I came to realize that when you take theclub back there is a point that you just can’t go past without losing some oroften most what you’re trying to build up on the back swing.The point not to pass I call The Most Powerful Position. In a nutshellthrough trial and error I came to the conclusion that the back swing iscomplete when the right shoulder has moved to or nearly to an inlineposition with the chin and the ball and the hands and arms have risennaturally so that the hands have been moved as far away from the ball aspossible and no further. At this point they are also about as far from thetarget as they can be moved while in balance. Now, since you are swingingon an arc there is a point beyond which you are actually going to be movingyour hands closer to the ball if you keep going on the back swing and closerto the target as well. You will have to flow back through this Most PowerfulPosition in order to get everything out of the shot. This means that theswing has too many directions or at least you have introduced anunnecessary added direction.The direction that concerns me the most in the golf swing is the direction ofthe target. On the back swing I am thinking of winding everything upsimply so that I can send it back through the ball in the direction of the target Copyright © 2010 Secret In The Dirt LLC 90
  3. 3. Sneaky LongTo illustrate imagine a string attached to a tee under the ball. As you swingback and find the point where you are in balance with the right shoulderturned to the chin you will find that the hands have moved as far away fromthe balls a geometry will allow. Now imagine the straight-line distance fromthe hands to the ball with a string stretched tight. Turn further and you willhave slack move into the string. You will then have to move the hands backto the right before you can send the whole package down and through theball. Some players can do it, but my contention is that they are wastingenergy and wasting motion and that they could get more consistent resultswith a more abbreviated action.I discussed this at length with Steve Elkington this past summer. Since thattime he and I had a chance to get together and film a little bit about it on therange at Champions in Houston. Hopefully our little chat will illustrate alittle better what I am trying to talk about here. In the upcoming versions ofthis book I will also see if I can have a couple of illustrative drawingscreated to make this point still more clear.In conclusion, on the back swing we want to move efficiently into our mostpowerful position and no further and then we want to just send it all backthrough the ball from there. Work on this for a bit and you may find thatwhat you think of as your ¾ swing might actually be the whole enchilada.You may soon find your playing partners asking you “Where did that comefrom?” Just tell them that you have studied the art of “Sneaky Long”.Sneaky Long Copyright © 2010 Secret In The Dirt LLC 91
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