BOB M — Lesson 2.21.20

Bob continues to redevelop his swing techniques for a more modern golfing style. In this, Bob has modified almost all aspects of his swing without any major setbacks in distance or dispersion from the target line.

Notably his swing allows the cubhead/shaft to stay mostly in plane to the top in his onplane slot. However, there are several points in getting there and what happens follwing that position at the top.

1. In the videos, it appears that Bob doesn't fully transfer 70 to 80-percent of his weight to the right foot during the takeaway and backswing. This may be the result of trying to maintain the right leg angle, which is mostly correct, however it appears to cause his pelvis to move in the opposite direction as it pivots [best seen in the slow-motion, front on vids. We need to see a more straight line down his right side at the top of his swing with the pelvis also along that straight line.

2. In the fron on vids [there are two], we can see that Bob bows his wrist during the takeway. This is a manipulative movement to get the club behind his body and should be corrected. The takeway should be a one piece movement without manipulating his wrists allowing the shoulder and pelvis pivots to turn the club behind him in plane with the left wrist flat along that plane.

3. There is a very slight straightening of his right leg during the backswing, but this improved during the lesson. Just need to tweak that a little bit more so that he avoids a possible reverse pivot, or change the center of gravity of his swing arc.

During the downswing, Bob performs a nice pushing down against the ground by bending his knees and dropping his weight to start the downswing. All is good until he reaches the impact zone. This is when Bob forcefully raises his upper body too much while straightening his legs. At this point, Bob would have a more fluid swing motion if he kept his upper body inline with the spine at address by allowing the shoulder-turn to  to naturally raise him up in an upright position following impact with the ball.

We reviewd several indoor/outdoor drills to help initiate the downswing with the pelvis turning/shifting toward the target line. As he mentioned, many top playing professionals utilize fairly major forward shifts to initiate the downswing and this is very true...most of them do this, however, this movement, unless practiced at the level that pros practice, can be detrimental to the amatuer's swing because it dramatically changes the center of gravity of the swing arc. Most amatuers don't have enough practice time to successfully make this work the way the pros do. It's easier to learn to pivot the hips forcefully to achieve a similar result. The idea behind the dramatic forward shift is in the stopping of it, which is very sudden. This causes a whipping action of the club which is lagging well behind his hips at this point and generates a lot of extra speed. However, at the amateur level, the sudden hip turn with a smaller shift forward also creates a sudden stop, which also causes this whipping action. I would like for Bob to experiment with the hip pivot/shift and then the hip shift/pivot to see the difference and to see how much he can flush his shots under control...direction and distance. Whatever works best for him is what he should go with.

I've posted several Clay Ballard videos that help illustrate the pelvis pivot and's some of both. Bob can use the backbutton to return to this site after watching the Ballard videos.