Chris’ swing is one more example of good lines and excellent sequence and motion being compromised by lack of pivot depth. If you are wondering why I call my general teaching method the “Pivot Compression Golf Swing” it is because there are so many swings that fail to approach their potential due to substandard body movement. Chris does a great job with his aggressive tempo and great rhythm, and for the most part keeps the club right on plane until the approach to impact, where his lack of hip depth causes his arms and hands to come in high and shoot out to the right after he hits it. My first suggestion is to change the set up to […]
This is a good one to watch as there are some essential items that we go over that I think will really help Stuart’s swing, starting with his balance and posture at address. Stuart sets up with his knees flexed towards the target and a lot of space between the back of his butt and his heels, and as his swing unfolds this has a tremendous impact on the entire ensuing pattern. He demonstrates almost a perfect takeaway, but as the hands reach the top of his swing his arms collapse somewhat, indicating that his “extensor action”, or the feeling of pushing the right palm into the left thumb while cocking the wrists (which in effect straightens the left […]
Justin sent his swing in last year around this time and then came down for an in-person lesson as well. In that time he’s been working hard on what we went over in the previous lessons and he has vastly improved. Improved sequencing, improved impact position, lots of good stuff. In this lesson we see Justin setting up with his hands a little too close to the ball, he combines that with dropping them from the top more than I like to see leaving him stuck with an in to out approach to impact. See Justin Baker part 1 Join the forum discussion on this post
Nick is an 8 handicap who is dissatisfied with his ball striking, suffering from general inconsistency with pull hooks and weak block fades being the most prevalent bad shots. We see here a solid set up and a pretty good looking move, but the first thing that jumps out is the slow backswing tempo. I count the swing out (to 40/8) and suggest using the metronome to add pace to the backswing. One of the reasons that the 3/1 rhythm is so common amongst good players is that it encourages an athletic transition, and that means that the lower body initiates the forward movement from the ground under the right foot and that as that movement (45 degrees diagonally […]
If you watched John’s first online lesson you can readily see that he has made great improvements in his swing simply by normalizing his setup, which was pretty radically tilted back and to the right initially. Here he looks nice and square and centered, and it makes a huge difference in the overall path of his swing. Now we can move on to other important items, namely his tendency to overswing and to spin his hips rather than driving them laterally. The concepts I go over here are the “early catch”, wherein I encourage John to experiment with trying to start his legs moving forward way earlier in the backswing, along with “extensor action”, where he would achieve structure […]
Tom has taken more online lessons than anyone, and has also come to see me face to face at least twice. I am proud of the improvement he has made in his swing, as it is obviously apparent that he makes a much better overall move than he used to, and he is getting better all the time. Of course, there are always things to work on, and in this lesson we focus on improving his leg work in order to get the hands to continue to move more out toward the ball and less down, and eventually more forward and closer to the body when the shaft is parallel to the ground in the forward swing. Tom’s right […]
Here we see how a poor start to the swing affects everything that follows. Neil sets up fairly well, although I do suggest that he stand up a bit taller, a feeling that would be made much easier if he aimed the grip end of the club at or above his belt buckle as opposed to well below it as we see here. This would also give him more room away from his legs at address which will help him move the hands and the grip closer to his right leg as he takes the club back. Neil has a pronounced forward press to start his movement, and while I’m not against a small triggering move such as a […]
This lesson continues the pattern of having swings sent in from good players seeking to improve a swing that is already way better than the vast majority of golfers. It just goes to show you how difficult it is to identify flaws in a nicely sequenced swing and to figure out just what can be done to make things better. Derrick’s swing has tons of good stuff in it: great sequence with a “hard catch”, good lines with the club not really varying much from being “on plane”, and plenty of lag with a nice looking impact. Most of the complaints I get with swings like this have to do with club/ball contact or overall consistency, but Derrick reports […]
Here we have another exceptional swing with excellent rhythm and tempo and seemingly spot on mechanics that under closer scrutiny reveals some key issues that has its owner seeking help. Many times I do these swing analysis’ and through laziness or just procrastination don’t write the copy for a while and then am forced to watch the whole video over again in order to come up with a coherent summary of what the swing was doing and what I thought would be good ideas to help it out. What strikes me as I watch is the subtlety of problems that wind up producing approach and impact positions that simply can’t be as effective or consistent as is required to […]
This lesson is a perfect example of how the relationship of the clubface to the body can dictate just about everything in a swing from set up to swing path as a result of trying to get the ball to fly in a desired fashion. In John’s case we have an excessively strong grip masqueraded by the hands forward, head back setup position and a corresponding closed face throughout the swing in spite of a cupped wrist, which should promote a more open face. John’s swing motion is powerful and fluid, but forced to be overly in- to- out in order to start the ball to the right enough to make up for the almost guaranteed right to left […]
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