Manuel de la Torre Golf Swing

Manuel de la Torre is the leading proponent of Ernest Jones´ Swing the Clubhead principles. In his amazing book “Understanding the Golf Swing”, he proposes a method to execute a simple, consistent and repeatable golf swing -without worrying about body mechanics-. I have found to get much consistency in all my shots using his simple approach: ‘ Swing the entire club toward the target with your upper arms, and allow the relaxed body to respond to the swinging motion’. He proposes no weight shift during the backswing as the key for consistency: just keep you in balance and centered over the ball. www.manueldelatorregolf.com
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13 Responses to Manuel de la Torre Golf Swing

  1. 1BoomerTEE says:

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  2. abbott080 says:

    As the club begins to build up speed and the left hip makes the first move down the target line before it turns backward, the width of the stance will hold up just fine. If you have a tendency to lose your balance, your stance might be to narrow. w w w (dot) golferbreak80 (dot) c0m

  3. Noreaster1971 says:

    There is another book about the Manuel’s teachings called Golf with Manuel. Understand De La Torre does not say to play the ball center for all shots. If placing the ball forward for the longer irons and woods then do so. I have been using Manuel’s methods for years now and belive me it is the best thing you can do for your game. When I hit the course I play the game of golf. It is just me and the target not what my shoulders, hips or feet are doing during the swing.

  4. emncaity says:

    [Part 1:]

    Re center position…jeez, y’know, it’s been a year or so since I read de la Torre’s book, and I’d forgotten about that, I guess. I kind of like Kostis’ idea about that: The ball can go forward of center to the degree that you can still hit the ball from the inside on a relatively shallow angle of approach. The reason you would move it forward (but not way forward, inside the heel with anything but the driver, for sure) is to accommodate the increasing force of the lower body…

  5. emncaity says:

    I really don’t understand youtube sometimes. Sometimes a whole post goes missing, and the one you put in 30 seconds later appears.  Weird.

    Anyway: Unless you have very little movement with the lower body, if you leave the ball in the center with the longer clubs on full swings, you’ll tend to get a little past the ball, which gives you problems with path and release, IMHO. But all of this is adjustable dep. on the individual player.

  6. emncaity says:

    (I don’t know if the last one on center ball position posted, but I’ll continue here…)

    …and the reason you would keep it further back is that the lower body isn’t moving forcefully enough to lengthen out that inside arc (or make it a bit of an ellipse). So on shorter shots with little lower body movement, you’d tend to keep the ball center or even back of center, while with longer shots and more lower body movement the ball would go forward.

  7. emncaity says:

    Boy, do I agree with you about simplicity. The top players are all smart in their own way, but I don’t think any of them are there because they complicated the golf swing.  Otherwise you’d see a consistent trend where the guys at the top were the brainy swing theorists and the lesser players were the ones who just stuck to a few simple fundamentals. Guys like Nicklaus, Snead, Watson, Norman–and I’ll bet Tiger, too–spent an entire career working on essentially four or five things.

  8. DeniedHealthCare says:

    I’ve been looking into those guys! Your recommendation sounds similar to a message I read on the old mike austin forum. Golf is definitely easier when I focus on very few things. Do you suggest sticking to Manuel’s center ball position?

  9. emncaity says:

    Ohhh…sorry.

    Well, I really do hope it goes well. For the record, guys like Jim Flick, Bob Toski, the older Peter Kostis stuff (Inside Path to Better Golf), et al. are grounded in de la Torre’s stuff–or rather, a lot of what they teach goes back through de la Torre to Ernest Jones. I mean, just in case you’re looking for other sources along the same lines.

    Good luck!

  10. DeniedHealthCare says:

    sorry I meant I was typing this post with his book in my hand.

  11. emncaity says:

    Well, thanks!

    What book are you typing? Sorry if I’m not getting this…

    You’re really on target re “simplicity.” For every player who’s spending countless hours trying to match the angles in the latest article or book, follow all the “laws,” get all the hundreds of mechanical things perfect, at some point it ought to occur to them: Would anybody really make a living on tour if golf were this complicated? And how do you accomplish all the other physical actions in your life?

  12. DeniedHealthCare says:

    This recommendation means a lot coming from you! I’ve read several of your posts, and you really seem to understand the golf swing. I’m typing this book with Manuel’s book in my hand. I just pure’d a 7 iron in the woods behind my house using his method. I’m after simplicity.

  13. emncaity says:

    Absolutely the most brilliant guy on the golf swing that only insiders know. When you’re at wit’s end after going down all those “body drives the swing” and “push the levers” theories (how’s that going for you, esp. off the range and in a competitive situation, anyway?), shake it out of your head and go see this guy or buy his book.

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