The core element of the golf swing is the physical pendulum (ref. Grosser 2001). On the basis of this fundamental principal, Dr. Ferdinand Tusker and Florian Kreuzpaintner have developed a sport science training concept and in collaboration with Thomas Thöni – PGA 1 star professional – have defined its possible and practical use in a textbook. Up to now, CARVINGGOLF has rested upon three pillars: muscular tension, clubs having equal shaft lengths and a new technique called the CARVINGGOLF technique.
The development of this technique led to new insights regarding improvement of kinetic energy and precision and led to the CARVINGGOLF “super” technique.

This technique is derived from the function of a chain made up of pendulums.
The upper arms, lower arms and clubs make up this pendulum chain and through working together with the shoulder, create a dynamic system. While the golfer using the CARVINGGOLF “normal “ technique is confronted with only one pendulum plane, the pendulum chain system of CARVINGGOLF “super“ moves on different planes.

This is a complex system of motion, which in its details cannot be consciously controlled. By making use of gravitational and inertial forces, this coordination is left up to the natural force of gravitation, depending fully upon the physics of pendulum dynamics. The shoulder axis becomes the point of intersection of the static-passive, the stable body and the dynamically active system of the pendulum chain. This axis is at the same time the center of the pendulum chain system.

Within this system, the stability of the static-passive system is decisive. Disruptive factors which reach the center of pendulum motion lead to an abrupt collapse of the energies gained through the pendulum dynamics and thereby never reach the ball.
The only disruptive factor of this kind which cannot be excluded is the unintentional transfer of the shoulder axis, consequently due to a passive or active rotation of the dynamic system around a virtual center of rotation.

Due to an active or passive body rotation, an unintentional transfer of the arm-club pendulum system can arise, leading to different consequences. The decisive factor hereby, is the position of the virtual axis (RZ) around which the pendulum system rotates in a passive or active manner. When playing the traditional technique with the spinal column being RZ, for example, the undesired lateral transfer xsg of the left shoulder is approximately twice as large as compared to the CARVINGGOLF technique with the virtual RZ in front of the chest. Compare xsg coordinates fig.II (red arrow) with xsg coordinates fig. III (red arrow).

fig. I: RZ system axis neutral fig. II: RZ system axis in the back

SE system plane
SG shoulder joint
RZ center of rotation – axis
SGA shoulder joint axis
SA system axis
ySG Y- coordinate shoulder
xSG X- coordinate shoulder
(red arrow)


fig. III: RZ axis: virtually in front the chest – CARVINGGOLF
(picture series showing the back- and upswing phase)

In order to ensure optimal prerequisites for unified geometric conditions of the golf swing, the CARVINGGOLF “super” technique rotates the pendulum system around the RZ axis in front of the chest (fig. III).

During the upswing, the shoulder axis “lifts“, thereby creating tension in both broad back muscles. This pre-tension is the “power motor” of the CARVINGGOLF “super” technique. It supports the dropping of the shoulder belt, in opposition to the inertia of the pendulum system, resulting in the creation of a high energy of movement. The principle of creating such energy is used, for example, when one cracks a whip.

Throwing a ball from the shoulder to the ground is a good exercise with which one can experience the feeling of a higher tension. Hereby, a rapid straightening of the stooped over upper body strengthens the feeling for this tension.


One can clearly see how Thomas Thöni “lifts” both shoulders, tensing his back muscles. To Thomas Thöni, the ball feels like an inert object, which is connected to the hands through the shoulders and the arms.

This experience is possible, given the following conditions:
the static system is stable;
the joints within the pendulum chain are loose, in order to gain energy through system inertia and muscular tension;
the rhythm of the physical pendulum steers the swing.

With these factors in mind, the CARVINGGOLF “super” technique can become a true alternative to the traditional pitching and chipping technique (accord. M. Grosser).

This exercise can be very well performed against the resistance of the water in a swimming pool. The feeling for rhythm, stability and the development and elimination of tension in the back muscles is increased in this manner.

“stack and tilt“, a technique used on the PGA tour, has a great deal in common with the CARVINGGOLF “super” technique. Billy Bondurak – teacher of the year 2006 in the U.S.A.– demonstrates the virtual RZ in front of his chest and Zach Johnson – 13th position/money list, PGA tour 2012 – starts the down swing against the inertia of the driver in such an extreme vertical manner, that during the reverse swing movement, the shaft takes on the form of a cracking whip.

Included of course are the CARVINGGOLF clubs.


CARVINGGOLF CLUBS with shafts of equal lengths

with shafts of equal lengths. They create the optimal prerequisites for unified geometric conditions of the swing movement.
These clubs also fit to the CARVINGGOLF “super” technique.

taught by our CARVINGGOLF “super” professionals
in Austria/Tirol – Seefeld Wildmoos – Mr. Thomas Thöni
in Germany/Munich – Eichenried – Mr. Barry Rixom

Munich, 07.25.2012 / J. Bechler / Dr. F. Tusker / F. Kreuzpointner / T. Thöni

reference: Tusker,F., Kreuzpointner,F.
Carvinggolf, Kern der Schwungbewegung
ONION Verlag GmbH München 2011

Grosser, M., Knauss, M.
Universal Golf Learning System
Passau 2001.

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