Brandi’s Priority List
- Turning in a barrel
- Elbows married
- Wrist hinge
Turning in a barrel: All swing motion should stay inside your feet…your instep…shoulder width…to prevent swaying upper body. You’ve done a surprising good job getting back to the ball, but you are losing power and swing speed in doing so. When your weight transfer goes past your instep the center of gravity over the ball is lost and must be regained…a difficult move and with the loss of power.
Please study Gregg Norman's swing recorded at Turnberry in 2009. Norman had one of the most compact swings in his day. His upper body stays inside his insteps in both directions. His swing is efficient, compact and effortless and it was always impressive to watch him compete. His video is posted below yours.
Elbows married: Elbows should remain close together throughout your backswing to forward swing and finish. The more they separate the more trouble they will present to you. Avoid letting your elbows fly away from your body. Keep them contained and allow them to easily turnover through your swing motion in a natural rhythm. Your swing will fill more compact as a result. In addition, a flyaway elbow on the backswing will cause your left wrist to hyper-cup…and cupping is a weak move into the downswing with a great loss of speed and power…and is a major cause of inconsistent ball striking.
Wrist hinge: This is a key component of a powerful golf swing. Maintaining a secure grip, consciously push the end of the golf grip with your left hand when the club reaches waist high…the club shaft is parallel to the ground at this point. Gently pushing the grip will help you achieve a proper hinge. Don’t push hard and don’t overly hinge. This is just part of your takeaway motion as your club heads up to the top of your swing. You will hold the wrist hinge until the very last moment before the club face impacts the ball. This means that you will be hitting the ball with a de-lofted club face. Your hands and the club’s grip will be in front or even past your left leg when the club face meets the ball. Done well, this is what is called Smash Factor…it’s a sweet feeling to hit the ball flush with a lot of speed…and the sound of it is music to the golfer’s ears.
Speed: I talked a lot about speed at our consulation and again here. There are many factors that can enhance or negatively impact speed. Your swing is well controlled, and while it appears very practiced it may be preventing you from developing a higher club head speed. Club head speed doesn’t require a lot of effort—in fact your golf swing should develop speed progressively with the maximum speed a ball impact...effortlessly.
Please watch the two videos about increasing your speed effortlessly. The videos by Adam Bazalgette is below Gregg Norman's video.
Initially during your backswing, your upper body drifted outside of your right leg. In looking at this first swing sequence, [you can stop the swing sequence motion in the lower right corner and then you can control the individual slides with the dots at the bottom of the images] your upper body moves past your outer right thigh. This move begins around dot #10 and continues to the top of your backswing. Around dot #18 your body begins to shift back to the left. At dot #23, just before impact, your tilted upper body is now completely inside your feet and you have a nice reverse K position at this point. However, your left elbow breaks and is separating from right elbow. The goal is to keep your elbows close together throughout the swing. In the next slide the elbows continue to separate. You should try to keep them together through the forward swing, too.
In the backswing when the club reaches parallel to the ground the hands are extended out to maximize the radius of the swing arc. This is about dot #12. At this point, you should begin the wrist hinge that is completed at the top of your backswing. As you reach near the top of your backswing your left wrist begins to cup and this is resulting from your right elbow moving away from your body and away from your left elbow. We talked about that this is something you work on later after you’ve made your swing more compact by completely eliminating your upper body sway in your backswing.
Your upper body is to remain inside the space of your feet as much as possible so it’s easier to stay centered on the ball.