GAS the Watson Way

After a discussion of the 26 individual parameters that the TrackMan launch monitor measures, our Golf Fundamentals class discussion shifted to the principles of the golf swing. There are a total of 14 principles. Of those 14 principles, there are three pre-swing principles: grip, aim, and set-up or GAS for short.

The three grips are the overlap or Vardon grip, the interlocking, and the ten-fingered grip. When aiming, the first thing that needs to be aligned is the clubface. From there, the normal accepted alignment is one where the feet, knees, hips, and shoulders are aligned parallel left of the target. Parallel left is the imaginary line that runs parallel to the target line but a little left to account for the distance between the player and the end of the club. Set-up refers to ball position, posture and balance. Eight-time major champion Tom Watson discussed his views on GAS in his Lesson’s of a Lifetime DVD:

On the schedule tomorrow: Business Management and History of Golf. Business Management professor RJ Lancaster just had major surgery last week, and I want to wish him a speedy recovery. He’s a great guy who actually makes learning about business fun! His sense of humor will be missed until his return.

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