ROCKY 7.24.20 Consultation

Hi Rocky,

It’s a pleasure to provide you with this golf swing consultation. I accepted your payment and you asked me if it was right. I said, it’s right. But I was wrong. Consultations are always free. Because I had already given your son a consultation and we were working on his lesson I guess I forgot where we were with you. Your upcoming lesson is free to make it right.

Your overall swing is compact and effective with minor flaws most of which we addressed during your consultation. These consisted of:

  1. Your shoulders are out of alignment with your lower body at the set-up position in addressing the ball. It is open rather than square to your target line. This is because your right shoulder is down-and-out. Down is correct, however allowing your shoulder to also be out opens your upper body stance. Most of the time you will hit somewhere in the area of your upper body alignment which drives your ball to the left of your target.
  2. Additionally, I pointed out that your head tilted away from your target at address. This is not a significant flaw, but it isn’t correct either. Your head should be position straight above your shoulder with your nose directly behind the ball. It’s possible that this is the cause of your shoulder being out of alignment with your target.

In terms of your swing, there are several flaws to correct.

  1. The first and most significant one is your left leg is overly active and over rotating away from the target line. Keep it more stable by allow it to resist your upper body pivot. This will help you build muscle torque which becomes energy to unleash during your downswing creating more swing speed.
  2. There is a slight move of your club in the take-away with your hands. This causes you to reach across your chest to move the club away from the ball. Instead, your shoulders should move the club away from the ball. Correcting this will get your shoulders moving sooner to achieve a three-quarter shoulder turn before your get your lower body overly involved in the backswing and positions your clubhead at about waist high as a check point.
  3. Your tendency is to take the club inside too soon during the takeaway. With your shoulders in control, you can better take the club straight back on your target line. You also swing the club inside to soon at or following impact with the ball. This can lead to pull-hooks and slices depending on the direction of the clubface at impact.
  4. You have an overswing in which your club travels past horizontal at the top of your swing. It appears this occurs from bending your left elbow and cupping your left wrist. A cupped wrist can lead to inconsistent ball striking and weaken impact with the ball.
  5. Your elbows could be closer together throughout your entire swing. When you do this, your right elbow point straight down to the ground at the top of your swing instead of out away from your body. Even in the beginning of your swing the elbows appear to be somewhat separated and more particularly at impact with the ball. Your elbows should feel connected throughout the swing. Same with your knees.
  6. A somewhat minor flaw is a lack of connectedness of your upper arms to your chest during the initial takeaway. I only noticed this a couple of times, so I’m not sure how often this occurs in your swing. Several of the videos appear to show this, but as we discussed you normally feel connected here.

The sequence of videos, photos and gifs that I’ve posted below of your swing are in the order that they were taken. You will notice the progression of correcting most of your swing flaws toward the end of the series.

For example, your head is more centered over the ball, your left leg is less active, your shoulders are pivoting better, you’re achieving a straighter wrist at the top of your swing and there is less of an overswing.

I’ve included more graphics than usual because they show this nice progression in a way that is more instructive than my words. You will find them self-explanatory but should have any questions about them just ask me.

Enjoy!

Coach Glen

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