MIKE - Consulation

Hi Mike,

This is your consultation from 11.08.19.

You’ll find two videos here. One is with your driver and the other with an iron. Both ends of the videos were cropped to reduce the size of the videos.

First, you explained that you are an 11 handicapper and you want to become a single handicapper. I’m sure we can make this happen as you practice the drills and mechanics that I help you learn during our lessons. You have all the essentials to make this work and I’ve identified a number of elements that we can tweak in your swing and setup.

As we discussed, you should be aware of the tweaks we will be making as the list below demonstrates. However, we agreed that you treat the list as a priority list. #1 first and foremost importance and #6 is important, but less so than the other listed elements.

These elements include:

  1. Hip shift—lead the downswing with your hip shift first…then the rest.
  2. Grip pressure and placement—left hand/little and ring finger while the right hand/index and thumb pressure. Pull right hand up to overlap more of left hand as I demonstrated during our consultation.
  3. Elbow—keep your right elbow vertical in the backswing, then bring it into your right side on the downswing to shorten the circle, to keep the club behind you, and build up power by lagging the club with your wrist cocked as long as possible.
  4. Restricted movement in both back and forward swing—allow your arms to move higher towards the sky on the backswing and the forward swing, especially the forward swing.
  5. Wrist hinge—start no later than when the club shaft is parallel to the ground to push the grip end of the club away with your left hand...and maintain that wrist cock as long as possible until just prior to impact.
  6. Bowed or flat left wrist and hand throughout the downswing and especially just before and after impact.
  7. Ball placement—left heel for drives and centered for irons and fairway shots.
  8. Feet set up position—from squared to left foot flared to release the tension in your left leg when you finish your swing…and it’s easier on your body, too.

To help you with the hip shift, I've uploaded several helpful videos produced by Adam Bazalgette, a 2-Time PGA Instructor of the year and understudy of David Ledbetter and formerly one of his top coaches.


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