ROCKY 7.31.20 LESSON
It was hot and humid today during our lesson. I know it was probably exhausting because of the heat, but I believe we’ve broken some new ground that will help you improve your ball impact in the near future…with practice.
We agree that the bottom line in hitting the ball straight and long has much to do with Smash Factor. The speed in which you impact your golf ball is one factor in determining distance. The other factor is angle of attack. This is how the clubface enters the impact zone and exits after you strike the ball.
Currently, at least during the early part of today’s practice, your clubhead entered the impact zone with too little clubhead lag and this gets your clubface ahead of your hands at impact. This adds significant loft to the clubface. This is the reason you’re hitting high flying shots, and this robs you of yardage.
In addition, your clubface, both the 7-iron and your driver enter the impact zone with an open angle, which causes the ball to be either pushed to the right, or sliced left to right. The reason it will sometimes go left is because your take the club inside too quickly on some shots.
This is probably a reaction to your subconscious mind knowing that your clubface is open. You try to correct it by closing the clubface very quickly and this pulls your club inside. Also, sometimes this occurs because you separate your elbows and the left elbow moves up and away in your forward swing in order to PULL the club around. The flaws have a domino effect.
Instead, we need to correct the open clubface approach, and have you chase the clubhead down your target line as long as possible with both arms fully extended.
I know this is a lot to absorb, but it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds in black and white print. This is just to clarify for you the small adjustments that need to be made in order for to hit the ball more consistently. Whenever you hit behind the ball or top the ball this is because your foundation has moved your swing arc. That’s why the foundation is so important.
Proper sequencing of the golf swing motion is also just as important.
I’m going to list the adjustments we worked on in order of your practice priorities.
- TAKEAWAY: For proper sequencing, you can use the trigger device we talked about to initiate the takeaway. Shoulders perform the takeaway with a full ¾ Pivot by the time your club shaft reaches waist high. This eliminates starting the swing with your hands. It also eliminates reaching across your chest because you keep your arms and hands in front of you during the backswing.
- DOWNSING: The sequence for the downswing starts with the ankle shifting your weight from the inside of your left foot to the outside, this triggers your left knee shift and it in turns triggers your pelvis and it triggers your core and it triggers your shoulders and they trigger your arms, elbows, wrist and then finally your hands…holding your wrist cock to create lag in the clubhead during the downswing. Lag is critically important so that your clubhead approach to the ball is down to the back of the ball with hands far forward of the ball at impact.
SWING FLAW ADJUSTMENTS
- Bending your left knee forward or allowing it to dip inside interrupts your swing arc and causes an unstable foundation for both your back and down swings. I demonstrated the twisting motion for your left leg that allows it to resist and gain torque which stores energy that will later be transferred as speed as it unwinds during the downswing. In fact, every part of your body should have a modest amount of resistance to the pivoting of your shoulders in order for it to torque and store energy.
- Sequencing your movements is critical to producing a powerful swing. The arms cannot do it alone and they attempt to when they initiate the takeaway or the downswing. The sequence is as follows:
- Takeaway: shoulders, core, pelvis, knees, ankles, feet. [Notice that your hands and arms remain quiet and they stay in front of your pivoting chest.]
- Downswing: feet, ankles, knees, pelvis, core, shoulders, upper arms, elbows, lower arms, wrists, hands.
- Shoulder alignment is often out of sync with your lower body alignment, which is aligned to the target line. The reason is because the right shoulder is down and OUT in order to reach the handle of your golf club. When it’s out, it pushes your left shoulder away from the target line and your upper body is then out of alignment with your target and your lower body…it’s an open upper body stance. The shoulder should be down, but not OUT.
The photos, videos and gifs are for your visual look at your body…that thing you can’t do while swinging your club.
The videos have several freeze frames so you can examine and evaluate your position at these points.
The photos capture some of the critical positions during your swing as well.
The gifs, these are the most entertaining to watch, you swing over and over and never get tired. Wouldn’t that be great if that were reality. The point of the gifs is to allow you to observe your swing in action, repeatedly. Focus on different positions as you watch the gifs, particular the impact position so you observe what is happening with your clubface.
That should do it. Have some great practice sessions and will have a check-up when you are again ready.