The major points from today’s lesson are the following:

  1. Swing Speed — Excellent at just over 100mph with the Swing Stick.
  2. You’re raising up slightly during the backswing. Better pivoting around your spine will help over come this. Also, leading with your left shoulder and letting it drop more under during the takeaway will help.
  3. You will need to work on keeping your left arm straight in the backswing…it’s bending too much and shortening the backswing arc and interferes with consistent ball striking.
  4. Keep arms together during your swing as demonstrated with the armbands. Elbows should remain close throughout the swing and allowed to turn over [aka rollover] one another in both the back and forward swing.
  5. You could also straighten your back just a bit making it less rounded—as long as this doesn’t strain your back. A straighter back will definitely help you correctly pivot around your spine.
  6. Straighten the back of your left hand near impact so that it is not cupped to add more consistency and a higher smash factor [the equation between your swing speed and the ball speed]. We’ll measure your smash factor next lesson when I have all my gear with me. We’re looking for about 135 with your irons and 150 with the woods.
  7. Ball launch needs to be higher with your driver. I recommend a driver with a regular flex shaft, a neutral kick point and a 10.1/2-degree loft.
  8. Adjusting your 3-wood to 16 degrees should work for now.
  9. You would also benefit from having all of your shafts be regular flex.
  10. When on the practice range, try to measure your consistent “carry” distance for each club. You should make all your targets to be carry distance and not total distance on the range. This way you will be better able to land your ball at the distance you want it and factor in the roll distance.
  11. Putting looks good. Alignment and distance are reasonably good at this point.

The swing sequences below show your golf swings for driver and 3-wood in regular and slow motion speeds. The slow motion allows your to study your swing mechanics more closely than at regular speed.

Additionally, I added a slow motion speed video of Greg Norman to demonstrate the swing of an advanced player. Norman minimizes his body movements to exactly what is needed and no more...very compact and efficient. Notice that his left arm remains straight through the takeaway, backswing, top of the swing and all the way through the impact zone and doesn't break it until near the finish.

9.5 DEGREE STIFF FLEX DRIVER AT REGULAR SPEED

9.5 DEGREE STIFF FLEX DRIVER AT REGULAR SPEED

9.5 DEGREE STIFF FLEX DRIVER AT REGULAR SPEED AND 45-DEGREE ANGLE

9.5 DEGREE STIFF FLEX DRIVER AT 1/4 SPEED  AND 45-DEGREE ANGLE

GREG NORMAN SLOW MOTION SWING — THIS SWING SEQUENCE DEMONSTRATES AN EXCELLENT IMAGE OF AN ADVANCED PLAYER.