This drill will help you to keep your hands passive, allowing the Large Muscles to take over for more consistency and power:
If I concentrate on a full shoulder turn, keeping the wrists firm and wait at the top until the club is “ready” to come down, I seem to be ok. Fyi had problems hitting from driving range mat on street shoes. Feet were slipping. Set up to side of mat on concrete and it made a big difference in balance and contact.
I have three concerns with your comments Dennis. I know that if you use the term “wait” something is not right. You should not have to wait if the shoulders start first and control the backswing. Usually when someone is waiting it is that they moved their hips first to initiate the backswing and the lower body is waiting for the club to get to the top. Next, keeping your “wrists firm” is not the same as keeping your wrists “passive”. Your grip pressure on a scale from 1-10 should be 3 and it does not change. If you grip too tight you can not turn your shoulders. Last “slipping”. Slipping tells me you are either not setup in balance to begin with or you are sliding during the swing. Slipping also tells me the hands are taking over somewhere in the swing. Can you please send me a swing video (Front and Behind down the line) so I can see exactly what is up? … Ross
Thanks Ross. Great advice!
Hi Ross. The straight arm drill raised a question in my mind. I notice that you move through the ball very smoothly and always are very balanced on your left foot. I seem to overdo the rotation sometimes and feel totally out of balance. Can you address controlled rotation v out of control and how the left leg and foot control balance and speed of downswing.
This is common for a couple of reasons. Some people have trouble rolling to the outside of their front foot. Sometimes it is because they are “Locking” their front knee ( must remain flexed during the swing). I have seen many of my students improve in this area when I have them flare or turn their front foot out at setup. Maybe as much as a 45 degree angle to accommodate for the rotation. If you start with your foot in one place at setup and it has significantly changed positions at the end of your swing, you may be a candidate for the flared foot setup.
Now for another approach on why you may be out of balance. The swing must unwind from ground up to be in balance at the end. Just like throwing a football. Now, if the hands take over and throw the club head at the ball and the arms and club get ahead of the body turn, you can be moved all over the place. Take small swings and feel the hip turn pull the elbows down back in front of you body as you keep turning. This move is awesome. This keeps the hands and arms passive, but gets them back where they can work with the body turn. I thought of this a couple of months ago and have seen wonderful results with my students. Hope this helps you… let me know… Ross
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