04/17/2015

The Square to Square Golf Swing Review

The Square-to-Square method is a new swing you might be seeing often on the Golf Channel. Featuring Doug Tewell and Arron Oberholser, the philosophy is designed to help golfers prevent injuries and swing the club more efficiently, despite any ailments.

Doug Tewell is a 65-year-old former PGA Tour who won 12 tournaments during his career. He was a golfer who faced injuries. Arron Oberholser is another golfer who had seen great success, but was hampered due to injury. One can see why the two are motivated to help golfers swing the club with less injuries.

The square to square golf swing originally debuted in the 1960s and 1970s, but the swing has started to gain some traction again.

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When you see the square to square golf swing Doug Tewell commercials, you’ll be asked to visit betterswingsecret.com and fill your email address. By doing this, you’ll receive a series of content (free content) that will help you understand perhaps some of the greatest misconceptions in golf swing knowledge.

Should you trust the information?

Well, it’s up to you. Tewell and Oberholser are both men with great playing resumes and both with a desire to prevent injuries, hence their love of the better swing secrets square to square system. They aren’t out to fool you. They want to see simplicity. They want to see people play better golf, longer.

I’ll explain the content they deliver to you over the following days.

Each day, I will update and add the content I receive.


Myth 1: Flashing the Club Open

Doug Tewell "flashing the club open"

Doug Tewell “flashing the club open”

Instructors have taught this theory over the year, that a square golf club is a club that points to the sky. But the miscommunication comes in the saying, “open the clubface” as you take it back. This is not a necessary move.

Golfers on the range who implement this strategy will be seen taking the club waist high, stopping the club and making sure they’ve rotated the wrists over. But having these moving parts leads to inconsistencies.

When you take the club back, the duo wants to see the club face pointed a little more toward the ground. Not much, but just rotate. You don’t have to fan the club open.

Myth 2: Making a Full Swing

You really don’t need to make a full, loose, languid swing to hit the ball far or solid. It’s a misconception. Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson seem to be products of genes, as they’ve been able to maintain length in their golf swings despite their ages.

In the email copy, they encourage you to watch American J.B. Holmes. He doesn’t get his club anywhere near parallel, yet he hits the ball 330 yards on average. The full swing isn’t necessary to hit the ball solid and a long ways.

The video inside is about 9 minutes long and Doug Tewell dives into the golf swings of Dana Quigley and Holmes and discusses the importance of proper equipment. Also, this “shorter swing” will allow you to control your distances easier as well.

They discuss the importance of the lower body in the golf swing, properly engaging your hips and legs into the swing to gain leverage. It’s biomechanically correct.

“I’ve made my living hitting the ball straight,” said Tewell. He encourages you that you can do the same.

Myth #3: You Have to Make a Big Shoulder Turn (04/20/15)

Arron Oberholser puts it nicely, “people are afraid of losing distance.” They want to make sure they are maximizing their output onto the golf ball. This is a myth identified by the fellas at Square-to-Square golf.

Tewell makes the point that consistent contact with the clubface will actually help golfers hit the ball further, despite the notion that some clubhead speed MPH may be taken off. Making that big, full shoulder turn isn’t realistic for all golfers.  Oberholser touches on the idea of the club getting into good, fundamental, biomechanical positions when swinging and it is not a requirement to make a big shoulder turn.

One of the biggest takeaways from this video is the idea of developing consistency. Players on the PGA Tour aren’t on the driving range searching for an 5 extra yards in their games. They are looking for the ball to be hit the same distance every time on a straight line.

This method by Square-to-Square golf has golfers becoming more efficient in their golf swings and eliminating myths, such as the full-shoulder turn, is one of them.

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The square to square golf swing

Myth #4: Imitate Ben Hogan (04/22/15)

Ben Hogan’s golf swing was ingrained after thousands upon millions of strikes. He was one with the practice tee. He never ceased searching for perfection. It was this drive that made him one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

But it doesn’t mean he should be imitated by amateurs.

At the time, Hogan was considered “The Father of the Modern Golf Swing.” The gentlemen at Square-to-Square golf believe there is a new modern golf swing–their method.

Mr. Hogan’s golf swing was rounded and flat. He made a very difficult move for the average amateur to adapt. Amateurs don’t have the time to implement hours of practice to ingrain some of the moves Hogan made look simple. Hogan’s idea of the golf swing had merit, but there with Tewell’s method, it can be even simpler.

Hogan developed 5 fundamentals of the modern golf swing and Tewell announces his belief with the new “Square-to-Square method” is released with that same “5 fundamental” mantra.

To become a great striker of the golf ball, you don’t necessarily need to swing it like the great Ben Hogan. (But just because of how pretty it is, you can still watch it. VIDEO:)

Myth #5: Turning off the Club (Rolling the Wrists) (04/27/15)

The gentleman at Square-to-Square golf call this one of the oldest myths in golf. It puts incredible amounts of undue stress on your arms and wrists for something that quite honestly, has no affect on the flight of the golf ball.

If you’re looking to add consistency to your game, look to remove as many of the “timing” pieces in your golf swing as possible. Trying to “time-up” both your wrists and the club face during impact of the golf ball is an unrealistic way to get the ball to stay straight or turnover.

It is a myth. You are not adding any form of top spin to the golf ball.

If you want a consistent club face, consider Tewell’s method.

Myth #6: Does Practice Always Make Perfect? (05/01/15)

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Give it some thought, and I’m pretty sure every golfer will come to the same conclusion. More practice does NOT mean better golf and will not equate to more perfect golf shots. It’s like my dad says, “you’re out there pounding sand.”

The way to practice effectively is to hone in on a few basic principles of the golf swing that are universal.

Tewell’s method is designed to instill these principles to your golf game, cutting your practice time down and making your effectiveness go up.

Myth #7: Using Different Swings for Drivers & Irons (05/05/15)

PGA Tour players don’t mold different golf swings, so why should you? During Doug Tewell’s days on Tour, he led the Tour in both driving and greens-in-regulation. This wouldn’t happen with two different golf swings.

What the Square-to-Square method teaches is continuity in your golf game. They focus on the address, the posture and ultimately, the way the body works in relation to the golf club and the biomechanics behind it.

If you tilt your body back and swing up with the driver, while leveling out and crunching down on your irons, with the better swing secret method Tewell & Oberholser have other ideas.

(Watch the video)

Stay tuned for more myths in the coming days!

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Ryan York’s Golf WRX Piece on the Square-to-Square golf swing