BM – 2.28.20 RANGE LESSON

 

Bob has made significant progress in redeveloping his golf swing and we had a good practice session today.

Areas covered include specific weight transfer in the golf swing, bowed wrist at top demonstrated with a tennis racquet, focus on inside to down-the-line golf swing, the backswing plane and pitching and chipping.

During the Takeaway, Bob flexes his lead knee away from the target line during his pelvic rotation and begins to push down on the ground near the top of his backswing. This lowers his upper body as his pelvis moves forward and through the impact zone his pushes off the ground to a straighter leg position as he drives through the ball. This is a power move. However, it would be even more powerful if he could have his pelvis turned more down-the-line at this moment rather than facing the ball.

Bob is doing a good job of creating lag with maximum hinge just after start of the downswing that is initiated by a good hip pivot, however the pivot slows in the impact zone and are facing the ball rather than continuing to pivot toward the target line. His pivot continues after impact.

From the vids shot from behind with his driver, it shows that when Bob reaches the top of his swing his right elbow is perfectly vertical, hand hinged sand his left wrist slightly bowed…Great position, although the club shaft looks too far outside the ideal plane…by a couple of feet past the ball.

The front view with his 7-iron in slow motion shows that his wrist is cupped through impact and facing down the line. This adds loft to the club face and launches the ball too high.

 

In review, elements that can be improved:

  1. Cupping at top of swing and through impact causing higher launches and some inconsistencies in direction.
  2. Hip rotation fine in takeaway but could start pivot forward earlier to initiate the downswing.
  3. Forward hip pivot hesitates through impact zone as pelvis faces the ball rather than angled forward.

 

In review, elements that add value to his swing include:

  1. Speed, which is created at the beginning of his swing by a maxed-out wrist hinge creating a lot of lag in his clubhead which translates into high clubhead speed.
  2. Ability to square the clubface through the impact zone most of the time.
  3. Adaptability to new swing tweaks, such as not straightening the right leg during the backswing, flattening and even bowing his left wrist at the top of his swing, keeping elbows near each other with the right elbow/arm vertical at the top of the swing, etc.

 

Next Steps:

Perfect practice, perfect practice, perfect practice.

Advise me when ready to take swing to the next level.