The Skinny on The Square to Square Method Golf Swing

square to square methodWhile making a valiant effort to get a conceptual grasp of the square to square golf swing method, a few thoughts came to mind and they were…

The loch ness monster, bigfoot, UFO’s and the chupacabra.

These anomalies are in the same mystical realm as this fleeting, yet ever revolving golf swing technique.

The square to square golf method is the brainchild of the late Jim Flick and Dick Aultman, which is most likely why the system gained any level of appreciable traction in it’s early stages.

The Square to square method was a short-lived method that came into fashion in the late 60s/early 70s and quickly went out of style due to it being too far left on the orthodox scale, the movement being rather unnatural and difficult to master.

These two attributes are not a good combination for creating a long-term buy in of the system.

With that said, there are key elements of the square to square method that are still loitering in the tool boxes of a few professionals, which allows for new life to be pumped into the popularity of this system. 

The key take away points from the square to square golf swing method are:

1. Keeping the club more comparatively square until about ½ way up the takeaway and allowing the golf club face to then move naturally with the body turn.

The golf club-head remains square from approximately knee-level in the downswing, to past the point of impact. The square to square method allows golfers to keep the golf ball on-line to the target through more of the follow-through phase of the golf swing.

2. Pre setting the impact position on the downswing: weight left, flat left wrist, hands 4 inches in front of the ball. This allows for simplicity of back swing and narrows the golf swing down to the shoulder turn. The results based on this player has been hitting with a consistent draw.  

Modern justification of proof that the square to square method holds some merit lies on squarely (pun intended) on the shoulders of one Steve Stricker .

If you go check out Steve’s stats, you will see that he is in the top ten in fairways hit, and greens in regulation. 

steve strickerAnother key feature of Stricker’s swing that parallels the square to square method is his cock-less wrist motion.

In other words the wrists are not behaving like they would during a “modern” golf swing where the wrists are more active during both phases of the golf swing (a.k.a. cock and release). 

From a golf fitness perspective one of the appealing features of the square to square method is the lower risk for injury.

This is due in part to the lack of emphasis on making a full shoulder turn and focusing on achieving specific body positions.

Golf jargon aside, as it relates to human movement, the modern golf swing does present considerable risk to the average person that attempts to do it. Average meaning that the statistics are in favor of someone trying to perform the modern golf swing while having pre-existing physical limitations.

Herein lies the inherent risk for injury in that when the body is forced to perform a movement that is biomechanicly unfavorable, the result is usually an injury. 

The square to square method does not emphasize a full swing but a ¾ turn that exposes the body to less of the forces that are associated with common golf related injuries.

As more people embrace the game of golf, the rate of golf related injuries also increase as well. It is within this statistic that the square to square method can and most likely will once again regain momentum in it’s quest for it’s rightful place in the golf swing toolbox.

To be continued …

3 Comments »

  1. Works really well, I’m 72 and right on the edge of breaking 80. One problem for me is working the ball. I hit it so damn straight some times I need to fade or draw the ball against the wind or on a par 5 dog leg. I,ve had to get used to the shots being so straight and the ball striking is ridiculously consistent.

    Comment by Hank — March 3, 2014 @ 1:21 am

  2. After 7 shoulder surgeries, 3 on the left, 4 on the right, 1 back surgery, 1 herniated disc that healed without surgery, and now finding out 4 months a go I have spinal stenosis in the bottom 3 vertabras, and being 61 years old, i’m constantly looking for a safe yet functional swing. I tried the S2S swing and love it. Shorter turn saves my back, plus i’m hitting the ball more solid every day. Shot 92, yesterday, 46 on front and back, if my putter comes around, I’ll break 90. I’m happy as a lark. Try it. Glad I did, never go back to conventional swing. Too much to think about. Just keep stomach straight and roll left shoulder down. Easy as pie. Enjoy.

    Comment by tim hankins — June 21, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

  3. WELL PUT.I have the book and you are correct in everything posted on the square to square method.Jim hardy one plane is similiar in some ways

    Comment by Deb Farmer — April 16, 2015 @ 5:37 pm

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