QUOTE: Novice @ Feb 15 2007, 08:19 AM
Yes, but hitting down and out and continuing the downward
thrust until both arms are straight is not a natural action. It
seems as if we are hard wired to place the low point of the
swing at the ball, rather than where it really is under the
left arm pit. Hence the tendency for most golfers to just sweep
the ball off the ground without taking a divot. Unless I focus
on the thought of hitting down and out to the true low point
past the ball, my natural tendencies kick in and I just take
the ball as my low point and clip it off the grass.
You know, I find it really interesting how we use the word
"natrual" or "natural tendencies". Personally
I don't believe anything is natural...I think everything is
<u>learned</u>. There are 3 basic hinges you can
program into a shot. Open the little yellow book to 2-G and learn
to master all three so you can "know" the differences.
Each of these releases have certain effects on the ball and can
be very valuable when playing the great game.
As far as divots are concerned, I think it is usually overrated
and overdone. My divots are rather thin but they take place after
the ball is hit. So taking a divot may not neccessarily mean you
are achieving compression.
By no means am I saying that your swing thought of down and out
to the true low point is wrong. Programing that thought or action
is a good thing, the question, I think, is
<u>when</u> do you program it into the
noggin'/computer? And, can you let it be a
"natural" occurance or a built in learned component
that you don't have to think about while doing it?