TARA 7.11.20 Lesson

Hi Tara,

Good job today…in spite of the oppressive heat!

We worked on your takeaway as one piece with your shoulders leading. When your shoulders are ¾ pivoted your club shaft should be about horizontal, maybe just a little above that. This means that most of your shoulder pivot happens in the beginning movement of your backswing. Your pelvis and right leg should turn in toward your backswing, and at first your right knee was moving out away from your pivot, independently. We got that corrected.

The element we need to continue to work on is getting your right arm, the lead arm, straighter and more extended in the backswing. At the top of your backswing there is tendency to buckle your elbow.

Your left arm looks fine at the top of your backswing with the elbow pointing down toward the ground. This means your keeping the arms connected at the elbows.

Your upper and lower body is fully torque, creating a lot of stored energy.

It appears that you begin your downswing with your pelvis to unwind your body and release your torque. The only area of concern here is your arms continue to not be fully extended. This causes your clubface’s approach to the ball to be in a bit of a scooping position rather than a striking/ball compression position.

We continued to work on chasing the ball toward your target instead of bringing the club inside too quickly.


Putting the ball should be a smooth stroke rather than a quick hit. Allow your shoulders to rock your to rock your club back and forward the same length and tempo without slowing down or speeding up. The length of your backswing will determine the distance your ball travels if you keep the tempo and the forward stroke the same as the back stroke.


Per your request, you’ll contact me when you want to schedule your next lesson.

This slow motion video has 3 freeze frames: 1. At 3/4 shoulder pivot with club shaft at horizontal in your backswing. 2. The top of your backswing. This illustrates that your left elbow if correctly pointing down. It also illustrates that your right arm is folded at the elbow. We may want to shorten your backswing a little in order to keep your right arm straighter there. 3. This freeze frames shows that you are correctly chasing the ball to your target instead of turning inside too quickly.

This slow motion video has two freeze frames: 1. At the top of your swing you can see that your muscles throughout your body are fully torqued with stored energy for your downswing. 2. This FF shows that your right elbow is folded and pulling your club around a little too soon. When fully extended, it is easier to chase the ball to its target.