Really good session today using this drill:
Here are a few videos that are particularly pertinent to my current swing issues and learnings:
Shoulder turn and how it affects swing plane / steep swing. Need to feel like my left shoulder is moving back behind the ball.
Chipping – everything moves together. Chips go wrong when it is just an arm swing. Turn back and turn through, the arms just go along for the ride. Pitching is exactly the same but you just add a bit of wrist hinge.
The points that resonate the most are:
- The first couple of feet of the backswing are very important – the ‘takeaway’ – getting this right makes the rest of the backswing right. Maintain the ‘Y’ for the first couple of feet.
- You have to turn your body, not just your arms/hands. Beware the fake turn.
- The turn can be gentle, no need for an aggressive turn. Don’t overdo it.
- Suppress the right side in the downswing.
Practice points for next range sessions:
- Working on takeaway, ‘maintaining the ‘Y”.
- Getting a full, gentle turn – find a key, thought that works for me e.g. left shoulder, sternum/ belly button away from target etc.
- Making sure the left side controls the swing (suppress the right side).
Leads me back to Carl Lohren – starting swing with lead shoulder and letting lead side control the swing. I think when I’ve tried it before, I’ve been guilty of just lifting my left arm rather than turning properly. Will experiment with it again, making sure that my shoulders actually rotate.
I need to feel like it is less rotary than a wedge or iron swing, and focus on my left side so that my right side doesn’t take over. But I have to get a full shoulder turn. If I don’t, then my arms get ahead of my body and my right side takes over to try and generate power, usually resulting in a wipe across the ball and a big slice.
Focus: Left side in control, full shoulder turn.
Really enjoying hitting these now, as my quality of contact is so much improved. I need to feel like everything starts back together slowly, and my body rotates, it’s not just an arm lift. Then on the way back down, I don’t rush with my arms, they slightly lag behind.
Focus: Slow the arms down, use the body.
Haven’t hit many and they have been a bit scrappy, but the good ones are very good. Been focusing on getting a full turn behind the ball, but can still get a bit armsy. MOre practice needed.
Focus: Full shoulder turn, slow the arms down.
Can’t wait to get my new clubs and work on perfecting my turn with them.
You have to rotate the body, arms, club as one unit back and through when hitting wedges – keep the triangle intact.
Don’t just use your arms.
In a blatant contradiction of some of my previous posts, I am now convinced that one of the biggest reasons for my inconsistency is because I am prone to making a ‘fake’ turn.
It’s especially bad when I am tired, lazy or under pressure. I basically don’t make a full turn, I move my left shoulder to my chin without really turning. The main reasons this is bad are:
– power: less shoulder turn = less power. So you use your arms to generate more power, and usually end up going over the top.
– sequence: when your shoulders don’t turn properly in the backswing they get a head start on the body in the downswing. So you end up casting and/or flipping at the ball to catch up.
Some really good links on the subject: