AARON - Lesson No. 3

SEQ1 — DRIVER

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

Set Up: It appears that your ball is teed too far back in your stance. Be sure that the teed ball is square with your left heel when hitting with your driver.

Backswing: At the beginning, your left knee moves slightly forward before it begins to move inward. Improve your swing by turning your left knee toward the right knee only.

At Finish: Right foot turns slightly past “down-the-line.” Improve your finish by ending your turn when you reach your target line, aka down-the-line. It also appears that your chest is moving very slightly past down-the-line, as well.

OVERALL IMPRESSION:

Your setup, swing and finish are more stable and overall much more fluid than in previous lessons...a sign that you're practicing between lessons. The club remains on plane throughout your swing—that's great!. Your right arm becomes vertical at the top of your swing preventing your left wrist from cupping. Your left wrist remains flat at the top. Your head is very stable throughout the swing and does not dip, sway or lift. Your body core is fully torqued at the top of your swing. Your hips shift down-the-line to initiate your downswing—perfect move. Your head remains level through the downswing and through the ball and only rises when it’s forced to move up with your body turn towards the finish. Nice work.

TEE THOUGHTS:

The ball is visible after impact in the 8th frame and it appears to have a very low trajectory. This may be a result of where the teed ball is located. It appears to be toward the middle of your stance, or slightly forward. Be sure that the ball is teed square with your left heel when hitting with your driver. This will allow the driver’s head to swoop upward toward the ball just prior to impact, which will help give the ball the proper lift off the tee. But from the camera angle this could just be an optical illusion in this sequence, however if your target was the 300 yard marker which is left of the blue barrel, then I’m pretty sure it’s teed too far back in your stance, which can cause your driver to impact the ball on a downward motion.

SEQ2 — 3-Wood

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

Again, it appears that the ball is teed in the middle of your stance. It should be slightly forward of center if it's teed low for the 3-Wood that you're using for this shot. However, when ball is not teed such as when you're in the fairway then centered in your stance is about where you want it to be.

SEQ3 — LONG IRON

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

I see that you are keeping your thumb on top of the grip throughout your swing now instead of wrapping around like a baseball grip. Nice.

SEQ4 — MID-IRON

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

PERFECT!!

This is a great shot. Everything was in the zone. The ball flight was excellent. You can see the ball begin its flight in the 3rd to last frame and in the penultimate frame you can see the tiny spec of your ball in the cloud above your head. One of the best shots of the day with every thing working correctly.

SEQ5 — SHORT IRON

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

Another great shot.

SEQ6 — KNOCK-DOWN SHOT

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

OUCH! This was your first attempt at a knock-down shot. Fortunately, the camera caught the club position just prior to impact and it was wide open. In the next frame you can see the ball cuts sharp right which is way off your target line. It appears that your left wrist remains cupped throughout this swing. Also, at the instant before impact your waist hasn't begun turning toward your target line and most importantly your left wrist is cupped and facing the ball. At this moment before impact, your left wrist needs to be flat and leading the swing—if not slightly bowed—and it should be facing more toward the target line. You just need more practice for this important shot.

SEQ7 — KNOCK-DOWN SHOT

ANALYSIS & TIPS:

Your second knock-down shot is a definite improvement.