LOGAN Consultation 7.17.20
Great to meet you today.
While you say you’ve had very little experience swinging the golf club, you certainly have a lot of potential in golf from what I observed.
Your basic swing motion is quite good to start with because you don’t sway or rock back and forth throughout your swing. You stay centered over the ball.
Quite a few of your shots with your irons went right and these are called pushes. This results form hitting the ball off the club’s toe with an open face. If the club isn’t already open at impact, it will open if you hit the ball off the toe of the club.
You also understand how to initiate the downswing with your pelvis. This is significant because it can be difficult for many golfers.
This is how you should practice: Do these in order of priority as listed and do only as much as you can easily remember. And then just hit the ball with a lot of focus on where you want the ball to go.
1. Your grip was adjusted to a strong grip with the left hand rotate clockwise on the grip so you can see at least two or three knuckles. Your right hand should feel like it’s almost underneath the club with it rotated counterclockwise with your palm‘s lifeline fitting snuggly over your right thumb. This will give a stable and strong grip to swing the club.
2. Set up square to your target line with your feet, your knees, your pelvis and your shoulders. Shoulders should be seen equally well when looking down in your address position. If one, such as the right one, is more prominent than the other one, then it is out of position. Keep them even at address.
3. Weight should be towards your heels and your body should be in an athletic position almost if you’re sitting on a high-legged stool. This will keep you balanced throughout your swing.
4. For most of your mid to longer irons [7-3], the ball will be just forward of center in your stance by a half to a full ball width. For shorter irons [wedges through 8], the ball will be in the center of your stance or just short of center by half or full ball width.
5. You clubhead will be placed directly behind the ball and your club’s grip will be forward of the ball with the grip near your left thigh. This creates a leaning club shaft from the grip to the ball and thus delofts the club face which will compress the ball on impact.
6. To start the backswing [the takeaway], simply rotate your shoulder around your spine. This is a pivot and not a turn, meaning that your spine remains in place while your shoulders pivot around it. Both shoulders must pivot together at the same time. This causes your left shoulder to pivot under your chin while your right shoulder pivots higher up pulling your upper body around your spine. Your shoulder pivot should be immediate to move the club back and not involve moving the club with your hands…in other words, no lifting the club with your hands only. By the time your club shaft reaches your waistline [horizontal] in your backswing you should have a ¾ shoulder pivot. The last quarter comes with the slight pivoting of your pelvis with your left knee moving slightly toward your right knee…but not as much as you are currently allowing.
7. Reaching the top of your swing should be short of your club shaft reaching horizontal over your head. Less is better. You should feel fully torque [muscles stretched and flexed] at the top. This is loaded energy waiting to be unleashed on the ball. If your muscles feel loose and not fully torqued it’s because you’ve over-rotated your hips to the back. The pelvis should resist pivoting until it’s required to in order to complete your backswing.
8. The downswing is initiated by pivoting your hip forward. There is a slight shift forward as your weight shifts to your forward leg [left] and your hips pivot around your lower spine to complete the forward shift.
9. The shift and pivot of your pelvis will cause your right shoulder to drop into place and this begins to bring your club down in a shorter arc than the backswing. Your right elbow comes into the right crest of your pelvis on an inside track to the impact zone.
10. At impact your club should race on toward your target, or target line. This will help prevent you from swinging the club inside too soon to finish your swing.
You have a basic flaw that causes you to hit low right shots: an open clubface at impact and/or hitting off the toe of the club. The reason this happens is generally because you don’t get the club back to the square at the impact position. This is most often caused by over rotating the forearms in the backswing. As I demonstrated, you will want to keep the clubface square throughout your swing so that means the forearms shouldn’t rotate other than what your shoulders requires during your backswing. This will make it much easier to get the club face square at impact.
The other flaw that you have in your swing is the lack of lag. Instead, you have a tendency to release the clubface too soon in your downswing and this creates more loft to the clubface at impact and sends the ball up too high, or you’ll blade it and it never gets airborne.
Positionally, keep your left hand cocked during the downswing as long as you can…even past the ball while the clubface is lagging behind. This delofts the club and will help you compress the ball for a better launch angle and a longer flight.
We didn’t spend much time with the driver, but you hit several really good drives. The basic difference between hitting irons and hitting woods [driver and fairway woods] is that you hit down at the ball with irons and with the driver you sweep the ball off the tee, or off the turf if in the fairway.
This was a quick little exercise to line up the ball and putt utilizing a stroking motion rather than a hitting motion. Most golfers leave their putts short and this is major flaw in hitting at the ball with varying speeds versus stroking the ball with the same speed [tempo] and varying the length of the stroke to cover the distances needed to go past the hole by a measure of 6 to 18 inches if the ball doesn’t go in the cup.
CHIPPING AND PITCHING
We didn’t get to practice this, but we will next time.
The videos of your swing are in regular and slow motion and freeze frames. I’ll leave comments under each one.
It was very productive session and I look forward to working with you in future lessons.
This is a solid swing however I would like to see a little less movement from your waist down. Your pelvis is pivoting too far, which in turns pulls your left knee too far. This motion can put you into a mild reverse pivot.
This is the same video as above except in slower motion and with two freeze frames. The first FF is at the top of your swing which demonstrates your ability to stop the swing when your clubs haft reaches horizontal preventing an overswing. The other FF right after impact illustrates your clubface was square. However, there is very little lag in the club shaft…your arms and the club shaft are fairly straight up and down and this causes a weaker shot.
This video in regular motion shows is basically a similar swing except it’s taken down the line.
This is the same video in regular motion with two freeze frames. The first FF is at the top of your swing and it shows your arms are in fairly favorable positions. Left arm is straight and there’s not a lot of cupping in the wrist. The club is horizontal however it crosses over your swing path [down the line alignment]. This may be due to your right-hand position and we’ll take a look at that next time. The second FF is at impact. You can see that your club face is open, and it is seriously delofted. This should make your ball fly to the right and it will be a weak shot.
This driver shot looks pretty good however your right shoulder looks to be dropped down and out. Notice the stripes in your shirt across your shoulders. The are not in alignment with the shirt’s stripes through the rest of your body. While your lower body is aligned to your target in the distant right corner, your shoulders are aligned to the center of the range.
This is the same video in slow motion with three freeze frames. The first FF is when your club shaft reaches waist high. At this point you should have a full ¾ shoulder turn and it looks like it’s not quite halfway turned. This is because you are reaching across your chest more than pivoting your shoulders. This usually occurs as a result of lifting the club with your hands rather than starting the backswing with your shoulders.
The second FF is at the top of your swing. Everything in your upper body looks pretty good here, however your left leg is turned a little too much…although less than in your first iron swings.
This video in regular motion has two freeze frames. The first one at the top of your swing and the other one at impact. At the top your left leg has a little too much turn. At impact you driver is square to the target and you hit the ball long and straight.