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My swing key is to feel my belt buckle turning away from the target. As my buckle looks to the right, my trail leg lengthens as my lead knee shortens a bit. This turning of the hips and change in “leg length” allows my shoulders to create a powerful wind- up without compromising my posture.


Once you’re fully coiled, it’s time to get into attack position. This is where you want to feel that “magic move” so common- ly associated with the downswings of


Shift


Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods. To fa- cilitate this moment of greatness, you need a strong move to your left side to begin the downswing sequence. Here my key is to shift my belt buckle from behind the ball to ahead of the ball. Notice how in the previous section, my turning hips positioned the buckle well back of stance center, towards my right instep. The magic move drives the buckle forward and up against the left instep. This re-locating of the buckle provides the lateral movement necessary to put weight firmly on my front foot, while keeping my upper


body pitched behind the ball for a powerful upward strike off the tee. In addition to all of the awesome-


ness described above, this initial lateral hip action facilitates the club head tracking back to the ball with a slight “in to out” swing path. Think of swinging a little “up and out” and you’ll be perfect position to produce a high, towering draw!


You’ve stored up a bunch of energy and set up the perfect path back to the ball. Now it’s time to unleash the fury! To get


Lift


TURN: Turn your buckle away from the target to free up the lower body, and promote a bigger shoulder turn.


SHIFT: This buckle shift move is noticeable in the swings of every great ball striker.


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