The monster backswing is not helping


Macedon - Paul Riccio understands. 

The head pro at Champoins Golf Center watches the pros every weekend just like you do. He sees their 300 yard bombs. He'd like to hit them, too. 

What he'll tell you is not to try. At least not the way most think they should try. 

"One of the problems that a lot of golfers have, they want to hit it so far that they start moving their lower body," Riccio says. "They try to get way over (on the backswing) and (the lower body) moves way out of sync."

The fix is to keep the lower body quiet. 

"The Tour players, when they swing they extend their arms. (The lower body) stays pretty still," Riccio says. "It coils. It's like a spring and then you come back into the ball. Everybody wants to wind up and really get loaded on that right side and it just doesn't work."

Riccio demonstrates with 89 year-old Sonny Veltre. The recently named Town of Greece Senior Citizen of the Year still wields a pretty good swing. Veltre uses his back leg to strengthen his base.

"Use your right foot. Push the weight in," Riccio says. "Get your right knee in a little bit and push the weight in on your the inside of your right foot to help stabilize you."

The arms can also help keep the base still. Keep them under control. 

"When you're coming into the ball, you want your arms to come through and be close to your core," Riccio says. "Don't let your arms get out away from you where you're coming over the top."

Riccio is teaching from his new simulator in Macedon. It's a treasure trove of information most golfers rarely get to see. 

"You can get all the details of what you're really doing in your swing," Riccio says. "The main thing I look at is the club path because you can tell."

Many players learn quicker via the simulator because they can't deny what's in front of their eyes. 

"I can say it, tell a client, "hey, you've got to come from the inside more. You're coming over the top". When they see it on the simulator, they tend to believe it a bit more," Riccio says. "Not that they don't trust me, but seeing is believing."

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