HUGH -Kingwood – 4.10.20

Hi Hugh,

This is a rather wordy and long analysis, but since I haven't worked with you before I don't know how much golf lingo you know.

I recap at the end my suggestions to work on by priority. These are just suggestions, so you decide if any of it works for you.

My email is at the bottom if you have any questions.

In the whole, you have a great start for just a couple of weeks at the game. I’m sure that your dad has played a big role in getting you to where you are today. It also means that you are adapting very quickly due to your own athletic ability.

If your dad has the time to continue teaching you, I believe you will definitely continue to improve your game become a serious player. There are many aspects to it besides just swinging the club. He can fill in the gaps…chipping, pitching, putting, etc., not to mention the rules of golf and etiquette.

But this analysis is only about your current driver swing.

Overall, your set up looks good, grip good, stance width looks good, posture looks good, tee placement looks good, and the initial takeaway looks mostly good. So, good marks on these important elements.

However, in the first part of your takeaway it appears there is a premature rotation of your left hand over your right hand and this moves your driver inside and behind you too soon.

Instead, try to take your driver head straight back while holding off that early rotation. The rotation will occur naturally just before the driver’s shaft reaches horizontal at waist high. Your dad can show this.

Your video shows that your arms are reaching across your chest to start the takeaway. Instead, keep the club in front of your sternum by allowing your shoulders to rotate around your spine near the beginning of the takeaway. This becomes easier when you drop your left shoulder down, under and around to start the takeaway…that’s keeps your shoulders in charge of your takeaway rather than your arms and hands. Very easy to demonstrate, but a little difficult to explain. Again, I think your dad can help you with this part.

From there, your swing moves up on plane and it pretty much remains on plane through your downswing.

However, I noticed that your left elbow bends quite a bit throughout your swing. This is causing some of your inconsistent shots.

Instead, keep your left arm extended "almost" completely straight, throughout most of your swing…it should only bend as you finished your swing. To get the feeling of this I do recommend you start by holding your left arm as straight as possible, even locked at the elbow if necessary, to get the correct muscle feeling. You may want to exaggerate this arm extension to help you “feel” what it’s like to keep your arm straight. Many top pros actually do lock their elbows and while I don’t advocate this, it can work at the highest level of golf.

The top of your swing looks fairly good and it appears your club is near the proper slot and still in plane with your left arm. Also, I like that your left wrist is straight at the top of your swing. Keep it like that. A lot of golfers cup their wrist at the top and this can lead to inconsistent hitting.

The start of your downswing is initiated by your hands and arms actively pulling the club down. To hit consistent drives and fairway shots, you’ll need to begin your downswing with a slight hip bump forward and the start of your hip pivot to start the club down. This is tricky, but all good golfers learn to do this move. It’s natural to want your hands and arms to lead the club, but you will benefit by delaying this move until you move your pelvis first. This will get your shoulders more involved on the downswing instead of your hands.

When you bump your hip forward this will cause your right shoulder to drop down and this causes your right elbow to move in toward your side. This is how to initiate a powerful downswing. Your right elbow will continue down until it brushes the front of your right pelvic crest. This is very important in getting the club down on an inside track to the ball with your shoulders leading the club.

You will continue this path through the strike zone and the clubface squares at impact, and the club path continues straight down the line after ball strike. Keep the club moving straight to the target until the clubhead pivots around and up to the top of your swing.

Special notes:

The reason you’re hitting right on some of your shots is because the clubface is open at impact. This is because your downswing is going outside of the proper inside swing path. This means that when you learn to stay on the inside swing path your clubface will very likely square automatically eliminating hitting right.

In general, if your golf ball drives straight right with curving, it means that your swing path is going in that direction. This shot is called a push. Correct it by driving the club straight toward the target.

If your golf ball starts straight, but then curves right it's a slice. This means your club path was correct, but your clubface was open at impact.

Park this next thought in the back of your mind until you practice your swing more.

I would like to see you start cocking wrists during the backswing from about when your shaft is waist high all the way to the top. This is a subtle but important move so that your wrists are fully cocked at the top. If you don’t understand what I mean by this your dad can easily explain it to you.

Once you've made the suggested swing adjustments, I suggest you work on creating lag in your club during the downswing. In your current downswing, you are releasing [uncocking] your wrist too soon, and they are cocked much to begin with. Again, your dad can show you this.

In words however, you will see in the videos that your clubshaft is below horizontal when your hands are about waist high. At this point, you want the club shaft pointing upwards about 45 degrees from waist high. This will increase your clubhead speed at impact, which will increase your ball speed and this in turn will increase your distance.

Just to recap by priority [work only on one suggestion at a time]

  1. Start takeaway with your shoulders
  2. Keep elbow straight…really extended…not bent
  3. Move the club straight back before you rotate your wrists
  4. Initiate your downswing with a hip bump and pelvic pivot
  5. Drop right shoulder to your side and stay on the inside path

That’s more than enough for now.

Let me know if you have any questions.

You can email at mrglen43@gmail.com