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Pro Tip Tuesday Featuring Pro Instructor Brian Mogg

Pro Tip Tuesday Featuring Pro Instructor Brian Mogg

Brian Mogg Demonstrates a More Powerful Alternative to Casting on Your Downswing

One of the most prolific, and globally-minded, instructors in the golf industry, Brian Mogg was coached by legendary teacher David Leadbetter during his professional golf career and eventually joined the Leadbetter Academy as a teacher in 1993. By 1997, he was the Academy’s director of instruction and in 2002, he founded the first Brian Mogg Golf Academy in Orlando, FL. Today, Mogg oversees an expert instruction staff with Academy locations in Florida, Washington, Ontario and South Korea.

Mogg’s professional students have won more than two dozen times on the PGA TOUR and other tours worldwide, including Y.E. Yang’s victory at the 2009 PGA Championship. Mogg is a GOLF Magazine Top-100 Teacher and one of Golf Digest’s 50 Best Teachers in America and regularly uses the V1 Pro platform to improve his professional and amateur students’ games using video swing analysis and a unique teaching sensibility forged over more than four decades of playing and teaching at the highest levels.

In this video lesson, Mogg shows golfers how to stop the power-robbing move known as “casting” that can create unwanted havoc in the downswing. If you’d like to learn more about, and from, Brian Mogg, visit www.moggacademy.com.

How do you describe casting? 

Casting is the early release of the wrist angles and potentially widening the arc too early on the downswing. We want the full energy of our club making dynamic speed at that perfect moment of impact. If we use it too early, this is casting. It can be wasted because of poor lower body work or excessive arm swing, but releasing the club head too early before impact is the definition of casting.   

Why do golfers cast? 

Causes can be many:  poor grip, tilting of body not turning, over swing of club on backswing, inefficient folding of lead arm going back. Downswing causes are usually lack of lower body “posting” into the front leg and rotating the front hip to create the speed to retain wrist angles. Bottom line, casting is just a very weak pattern of releasing the club with no long-term upside to maximizing power in the golf swing.

How can a golfer identify casting using the V1 Golf App

Watching a swing on the V1 app can reveal the “where” and “when” of a golfer’s Release Point. Optimally, this release happens just before, then through impact. However, virtually all casting happens early in transition or before the mid-point of the downswing.  A modest “cast” is a soft early loss of the wrist angles that only loses a little yardage.  A severe “cast” has the club head passing the hands before contact, resulting in very weak shots.

Explain the drill. 

To help acquire the correct feeling, swing the club to the top of swing and pause. Then, switch hands to the cross-handed grip, pull the grip down and, automatically, the wrist angles should truly retain their same angles from top of backswing to just before impact. Put this in motion three to four times before returning the hands to their natural position and working to retain the same feeling with both the normal and cross handed grips. Never hit balls cross handed. Just pump the club down several times to acquire this increased wrist angles and enjoy the results!

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