Hi, I’m Don Peterson of the Swing Factory
Golf Center here in Woodstock, Georgia just north of Atlanta. As a teacher, you try to
come up with a different ways to explain thing to people and I have two analogies to share
with you today that help me explain centrifugal force to my students. Centrifugal force is
a good thing if you can use it to your advantage in the golf swing it can help you quite a
bit. When I was a kid i’ played with a record player or turntable. And, I used to put army
soldiers, little plastic soldiers on it, I remember watching the spin around and the
ones on the outside they would fly off of the turntable. So let’s use that as an example
to explain the golf swing and how you can use that to work in your golf swing. Let’s
take an imaginary penny and we’ll put it on the record player. We’ll put it down there
at six o’clock, and then we turn it on to the high speed or 78 rpm. The penny would
go around about half a turn and then centrifugal force would make it fly off at two o’clock
let’s say. Stop the turntable, pick the penny up, put it back at 6 o’clock, turn it on to
the same speed and the same thing would happen. The penny would go around and fly off at 2
o’clock again. So, I’m going to be a human turntable. I’me going to grab a few balls
here and a during the golf swing you want to rotate. Make as perfect a rotation as you
can standing on two legs. So you see good players and touring professionals make this
perfect rotation and what looks like around their spine and then into their follow through.
So, I’m going to mimick that, and I’m going to throw these three golf balls out there
like the penny on the turntable. The arms are going to be kind of like the platter on
the turntable, and my body will represent the motor or the spindle, drive shaft and
the ball is going to be the penny. So, I’m just going to put the ball back here because
the penny was free to fly off, so I’m not going to hold onto it, I’m just going to hold
it in my hand or my palm and then I’m going to rotate my torso through using my hips and
my lower body and I’m not going to pull with my arm because that would ruin it so I’m just
going to rotate through and you’ll see the ball fly out here. And, they will fly off
in almost the same direction every time, in fact, I’ve had times when I’ve thrown these
balls and they rolled out there and have touched one another. So, it’s a very accurate thing,
all I’m doing is just rotating my torso through and letting my arm come along with it, alright.
So, in the golf swing, then what you have is you have a club head – and that is the
penny on the turntable. So, when you get to the top of the swing, your arms are the platter,
your wrists relaxed so the club is hinged and the club head is just like the penny on
the turntable so now I’m just going to turn on my torso and when I rotate through centrifugal
force is going to affect this and make it fly off just like the pennies flew off and
just like the balls flew out of my hand. Now, one of the things that I want to let you know,
if I were holding onto the ball, OK? Then, I have to have timing. So, when I come through
I would have to let go of it at a certain point. And, if I were to let go of it too
early it might go out to the right, and if I were to let go of it a little too late,
it might go to the left. So, that’s having CONTROL, and I don’t know that I want to have
control and or timing in my golf swing. What I want in my golf swing is freedom and centrifugal
force. Ok? So, if I have freedom and centrifugal force, and I have perfect sequencing, sequencing
is different than timing. If I have perfect sequence, then I can have a very accurate
reaction or centrifugal force can help me have a very accurate golf shot every time.
Now, when I hold onto the golf club, I want to have a grip that allows the club to swing,
and I want to rotate in as tight a circle as I can. Because what happens is now I’m
going to have a perfect bottom of the swing arc. If I allow that club head to fly out
by centrifugal force, and I rotate perfectly, then I can have a perfect bottom of the swing
arc. Alright, so if I have a perfect bottom of the swing arc, then I can put the ball
right there at the bottom of the swing arc and I can get solid contact every time. Now,
many of my students understand that, they get that right off the bat but what they don’t
understand is how the face gets to be straight or square at contact. They say my face is
always open or my face is always closed. So, the second analogy I always use is, I try
to tell people that in England they have those double decker buses, and they are top heavy.
So, if you were driving one of those buses down the road and you came 70 mph and you
are coming into a 30 mph corner, well if the bus driver would try to turn well what would
happen is that bus would tip over, and it is going to happen the same way every time,
regardless of really how fast the bus is going as long as it is going fast enough it’s going
to flip over, you could go 70, 80, even 90 mph and that bus is going to flip over and
flip in the same spot every time as you try to go around the corner. So, here is what
we’ve got. We’ve got a golf club head where the weight is on the, actually, the top of
the shaft. If it were on the bottom it would be down here, we don’t hold a golf club like
that, we hold it with the club head on the top side of the shaft. So, as it swings it
is top heavy and it has a tendency to open and close as we swing the club back and forth.
Alright? So, at the top of the swing, we’ve got a penny on a turntable, and then all we
do is we turn on our motor, which is our core, and we start unwinding. That is going to bring
our arms around, which is like the platter, the platter comes around, the penny flies
off when centrifugal force affects it. I’m not trying to rush it through with my arms
or hands because that would ruin things, ruin the sequencing. So, what happens is I just
rotate through, the club flies or the club head flies out when centrifugal force affects
it, it turns into a top heavy bus headed towards a 30 mph corner, which is the bottom of the
swing arc. The club just flips over and you have perfect contact and squareness of contact
virtually every time! Not relying on your control, relying on control that science gives
us, the science of centrifugal force and inertia and the physics of the swing. So, what i then
do is I’ll take a ball, I’m going to hold this club with two fingers and a thumb and
I’m just going to show you this is a little demonstration that I use when I’m trying to
explain this all to my students. If I just hold this with two fingers and a thumb, I
have no control here and the club is very free swinging, so I pivot, and I pivot through
and you can see….hardly any effort at all the club face squares itself and you can hit
straight shots – time after time. So, try this in your practice sessions the next time
you go out.Try to give your club freedom and centrifugal force and learn to use the laws
of science and hit the ball perfectly straight, time after time. Thank you!


  • I've just recently started golfing again and have been watching a lot of videos to help with my swing. This is the only one that has made any sense to me. Can't wait to try this at the range. I'd go today, but I was already out there and the old lady might get pissed. Thanks

  • This concept has been working very well in my iron swings. I build up that force in the club head and keep it through the ball. The face open and closes by itself. The hardest thing is to keep from trying to manipulate it, but if you restrain yourself it works great. I can easily hit my MB(712) 3 iron doing this. I have even had fun with an old Ping 1 iron hitting 1 good out of three. Not much luck yet with my woods I don't feel the centripetal force build up in those heads. Any ideas?

  • Two things you might try – 1. Make sure your left ulna bone and muscle pad are on top of the butt end of the grip (if you're right handed). 2. Watch my "Submerge the Ball Drill". This drill keeps you from "lifting" your arms during the back swing and helps keep the hands working closely with your core and your hips. Thanks for the comment and I wish you luck with that ole Ping #1 iron – I loved mine back in the day!

  • You need to set up a swing studio in your home! Thanks for the comment – make sure you see my "submerge the ball drill" too. I feel it is one of my best. I'll have a couple of new videos coming out soon that many of you will really enjoy so join my youtube channel at /mrbbgolf. Thanks!

  • Thanks Ian, Please feel free to join my youtube channel at /mrbbgolf, or like the baseball golf swing method Facebook page. I'll have a couple of good videos coming out in a couple of weeks.

  • Centrifugal force is essential to a good swing. Before I incorporated this into my swing, I was holding lag in the very beginning of my backswing and then inadvertently casting my hands which led to a slight flip in my wrists at impact and inconsistent ball flight. Incorporating this concept was a breakthrough for me. Not only is ball flight consistent, it automatically brings the wrists forward at impact and I added 20+ yards to my irons.

  • I am a new player on the Senior tour in Europe… and this is exactly what I work on… centrifugally forces… but I go even futher… all my shoulders are passiv and only supportive my centrifugally swing… (inspired by Mike Austin swing)… This is very efficient… a lot of high straight balls… even with the most difficult club, the driver.
    To do this centrifugally swing system, I was obliged to putt more swing weight on all my club set (D5,5 on all my irons, D7 on the driver, D4 on the 3 wood and rescue)… as I've increased the swing speed a lot … I was obliged to change my shaft flex (Frequency) for the all clubs in my bag: 4 to SW irons, 345 to 345 CPM; Rescue at 326 CPM; 3 wood at 310 CPM; driver at 307 CPM… at 49 years old I play in xxx with no pain no effort.
    I work on it since june 2014… and now it is efficient and repetitive… with a fantastic swing sequence… At the end we don't try to catch the ball… but we trust the centrifugally force in the swing… I can confirm it runs but you need more swing weight in your clubs…

  • Centrifugal force explains why so many little kids, with sticklike arms, swing so beautifully almost immediately.  They're too weak to fight the weight of the club.  They have no choice but to surrender to centrifugal force, to the weight of the swinging clubhead.   Adults, on the other hand, often try to control or muscle the club.  This leads to too many problems to count, including:  slowing the clubspeed at impact, taking it offline, opening or closing the face at impact, moving not swinging the club.  Learn to make physics your friend.

  • The club head delivered to the ball is due to centripetal; force not centrifugal force. The Ball on the ground was never on the club but got in the way of the centripetal force of the club. Centripetal force is the pulling of an object around it's axis in an accelerated curved path. Both wrist in a golfer serves as the axis of the club head as well as the axis of the triangulated shoulders of the golfer. Maximum impact on the golf ball occurs when the centripetal force of the club head aligns with the centripetal force of the triangulated shoulder. At least that is the way I would interpret Physics in golf.

  • Great video. Can you verify, will the hands stay really close, almost tucked to the body and I assume the wrists stay very relaxed to let the centrifugal force work? And finally based on your explanation, you just pivot the body. But do you drive the arms forward at all? Are the arms just being transported by the pivot, or can you add something with the arms?

  • Nothing causes more confusion than centrifuge force.
    Centrifugal Force.

    When you swing a ball on a piece of string your hand exerts a centripetal force on the ball; this is the force causing the ball to deviate from a straight tangential path. The ball reacts by "EXERTING" (cannot emphasize this enough) a centrifugal force on your hand; this obeys Newton's Third Law to a T. The centripetal and centrifugal forces are real forces.

    When a car goes round a bend the road exerts a centripetal force on the car and its contents; the car and its contents react by exerting a centrifugal force on the road. The centrifugal force exerted by the passenger on the road passes through the car this is why you may find yourself being pushed against the side of the car.

    From the above it can be seen a rotating mass "EXERTS" a centrifugal force, it is not subject to such a force.

  • DP:

    You are a really good teacher. Just trying to get through to the golfing world that the hands of the greatest players have been passive in the swing is a worthwhile effort. Thank you for teaching that, because you are one of few who do.

    Not that it makes that much difference, but it is centripetal force (or central force) that causes the shoulders, arms, body, and then hands to fly through the impact zone without the swinger putting any conscious effort into it.

    Another point worth making is that the stronger the arms and more powerful the grip of the swinger, the faster they fly though the strike zone. And the less tightly they have to grip the club.

    Thanks again, LB

  • There is no such thing as centrifugal force. The clubhead accelerates because of centripetal force. It is being pulled toward the center of the body. It is amazing that people expound on ideas that have no basis in reality other than their own.

  • I can see this concept being of some use in the short game and controlling a heavy club as its swung but you say yourself youve taught baseball pitchers who throw the ball fast and accurate. They are not knowing/thinking/using centrifugal force!

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