TWO-HOUR LESSON: 11-1
You came prepared to work today. We worked on just about everything…irons, fairway wood, driver, pitching and putting but we didn’t practice chipping today.
Our concern today involved mishits, hooks and deep draws in your full swing. One of the reasons may be the straightening of your right leg during your back swing. It would be best if you can keep the same knee bend starting at address through to the top of your back swing.
There were several other adjustments we addressed during the lesson as follows.
THE FULL SWING
We made several adjustments today to your overall swing.
- We strengthened your grip by rotating your left hand clockwise on the grip so that you can see several of your knuckles when you look down at your hand during address. Before today, the back of your hand was facing down the line toward your target in what is considered a weak grip. Your new grip is now a neutral. A stronger grip would involve more rotation and you would be able to see all of your knuckles but that would be too much and would likely cause mishits and hooks. The neutral grip is where you belong. Your righthand grip was fine so we didn’t adjust it.
- We worked on club shaft angle. At address, the grip needs to be pushed forward creating an angle from the club face to the grip. Your club shaft had been centered with no forward lean. We agreed that you would use the trigger word, MORE, to help remind you to push the grip forward. This reduced cupping of your left wrist and delofts the club.
- We worked on ball position. The longer the club, the more forward of center the ball is positioned. With the 7-iron, the ball is position about 1 ball width forward of center. With a PW, the ball position is about 1 ball width behind center.
- We did a right elbow check and it is mostly pointing at the ground at the top of your swing…even during your swing. And you are keeping it close to and connected with the left elbow. Obviously, a good job working on that before this lesson.
Initially, you were skulling [topping] the ball more than pitching it up in the air. Several faults may have been responsible such as not getting a good shoulder turn, starting the initial half foot by lifting the club with your hands instead of rotating your shoulder to initiate the swing. Also, possibly too much lower body motion. The lower body must remain fairly quite during the more delicate shots. Success depends a lot of feel rather than calculation. We switched from the 56-degree to the PW and back again so you could see the difference in distance each club achieved toward your target pin. I would like for you to rely heavily on the use of your PW for half swings and full swings but use the 56 when needed. And, please remove the 60-degree from your bag. I really prefer you not use this club this summer. I’ll show you later. In fact, I’ll show you how to make a 56 into a 60 so you don’t really need this 60-degree for now—it will only cost you added strokes.
We worked on the shoulder rocking method in which the back swing equals the forward swing and the shoulders totally control the distance and tempo…no flexing of hands or wrists. Your tendency is to take the putter back at one speed and then hesitate reassessing how fast or slow to swing the club. Just remember to make the exact perfect practice swing before putting the ball using the exact same perfect swing to stroke the ball. You can practice this at home your game or family room or back yard. You don’t need a golf ball…just practice the rocking motion of your shoulders while gripping the putter.
I have agreed to have a putting contest with you during our next lesson. Winner takes all! LOL
I will meet you at the course Monday morning for your tournament on the Marsh Course at Kingwood. I’ll try to be there for your range warm up and putting practice.
We can have a lesson on Tuesday as schedule and then I’ll come to your tournament on Wednesday. I have lessons on Wednesday, but I should be able to work around them.
The overall set up and swing is excellent. Now look at the slow motion, freeze frame of the same video below.
The first freeze frame is at the top of your swing. Everything looks good. Elbow pointing down, left wrist minimally cupped, right knee bent toward the left one, inside angle of your right leg maintained in weight shift.
The second freeze frame is after you’ve started your downswing and what you’re looking at is your right elbow visible below your left arm and it’s pointing toward the ground, as it should.
The third freeze frame is just before you enter the impact zone. This frame shows you’ve shifted your weight toward the target line [forward], your left wrist is just starting its rotation toward the target, your clubhead is in a lag position while your hands are well ahead.
The fourth and last freeze frame demonstrates how well you’ve maintained full extension of your arms through the impact zone and is now chasing the ball down the target line. Perfect position.
Overall, a power-driven swing with all elements in the proper position.
This video is in super slow motion demonstrating the downswing with every element working correctly.
The video has two freeze frames. The first one illustrates the perfect right elbow position and the second one your ability to maintain that great arm extension.
This video demonstrates the same elements working from a little different camera angle. Notice that on the third freeze frame the amount of lift in your feet. This is one of your power moves that provides extra yardage.
This last video is similar to the one above.