LAUREL – 1.15.20
Laurel tested the new Titlelist T300 irons and she didn’t really notice a difference compared to her current irons. However, this may be because the Titleist irons are men’s standard size clubs and standard shafts that are too long for her stature.
Also, Laurel has been unable to practice for about a week because her clubs have been locked up at the golf course and the team hasn’t been to practice due to rain.
Complete review of grip, stance, posture, ball position, alignment and swing motions.
FLAW: Laurel positioned the club handle correctly diagonally across her fingers, however the handle followed her palm’s lifeline rather than position under the heal of her palm.
FIX: Repositioned grip.
FLAW: None. Posture is Proper—knees bent, spine hinged from hips, and arms hang correctly from shoulders. Vertical weight aligned with feet, knees, hips and shoulders, chin up. In balance.
FLAW: Laurel positioned ball in the center of her stance rather than just ahead of center.
FIX: Repositioned stance to the ball.
FLAW: None. Alignment is Proper—feet, knees, hips, shoulders aligned parallel to target line.
1 - TAKEAWAY—there is a tendency to initiate takeaway with left arm. This causes the left shoulder to move well before the right shoulder, which takes her backswing too far inside. Because the club moves too far inside it retracks over the top in the downswing to get back to the ball. This move is one of the reasons for not impacting the ball with a square club face. This can cause hitting behind the ball, topping the ball and missing the ball. The divot, if there is one, will cut to the left of the target line.
FIX: Initiate takeaway with both shoulders connected together while pivoting around spine angle. The club should move low and straight back to just below hip high before the club begins to move up and over the shoulders. This will take a lot of practice with and without the club…every day to overcome this tendency.
RECOMMENDATION: Practice this connected takeaway every day for at least 30 minutes…with and without a club [hands clasped together to simulate gripping a club].
2 - THREE-QUARTER POSITION—shoulders stop turning [pivoting around spine angle] and here starts a lift of the upper body to complete the backswing. NOTE: I did not see this during our lesson or I would have mentioned it then. I saw it when I watched your vids.
FIX: Complete the shoulder pivot around the spine without lifting upper body.
RECOMMENDATION: Practice a complete shoulder pivot, with a club often. At home in front of a mirror, practice with hands clasped to replicate holding a golf club and make a full shoulder pivot until it feels natural.
3 - TRANSITION—there is a tendency to initiate the downswing with the arms. This generally causes an over the top downswing, however it’s more of a slight over the top and can be corrected with practice.
FIX: Move in two directions at same time. The hips must initiate the downswing, but it starts in the feet to be factual. The rear foot, which is holding 80 to 90 percent of the body’s weight during the backswing must push the hips forward, all the while she is completing her backswing. The hip shift starts when the backswing is about 3/4s to the top of her swing. This shift will help the arms to drop to her side taking a shorter path back to the ball.
RECOMMENDATION: Practice this transition with and without a club anytime and anywhere for the foreseeable future. All advanced golfers continue to work on this transitional move because it is critical to the proper swing. Without this move the arms are doing all the work and the smaller muscles just can’t provide the speed and power of the body uncoiling through the hips and upper body.
In the videos below, notice the incomplete shoulder turn [pivot]. The shoulders stop turning [pivoting] around the 3/4 backswing and the upper body is lifted in order to complete the swing to the top. Best observed in slow motion.