Posted 30 April 2009 - 08:08 AM
Went to the range tonight. I suppose I will call it a good learning experience!
Started with some 50m pitches. Realised I was flipping hugely and had quite an aggressive pivot turn going - more than necessary for a precision shot. When I tried to get the body action better found myself absolutely shanking it. This was a shock as I have NEVER shanked in my life. Sliced yes. Pulled yes. Shanked? No.
Mucked around a while but was getting nowhere so thought I'd hit a few full shots and come back to the pitches.
Then hit some 7 irons. Pretty good overall. A few pushes but not too bad. Can't remember hitting any fat which is a nice change. Pretty happy with the 7i overall.
Then went to driver to see what I could do about Sunday's push fade. Was putting it all over the place - straight, left, right, hooks, slices, low, skyed. Was quite a display!
Things were not looking good!
Went back to the pitches and realised that I was totally off plane on the backswing - way inside. And then the flippy release was bringing the front of the sole/hosel into the back of the ball. So after a while I finally remembered to hit down and out and started hitting the ball properly.
Was still pulling it a bit. My follow through was often a bent left arm that was pulled around my left side. Hands finished to the left, like they'd been pulled across. The club was straight up in front of me. This did not speak to me of a FLW, or arms straight a couple of feet past impact. Interested in people's thoughts and experience as to cause and correction for this.
Then the youngen and I went to the chipping green. And had some fun. Started off just relaxed whacking balls around and found a real hitting action out of nowhere. Just picking the club up and pushing it into the back of the ball. So kept working on that the whole time. By the end I was conscious of setting the wedges at impact fix at whatever shaft and club face arrangement I wanted, and then lifting the whole setup without disturbing it. Challenge then was to push it back through the ball without doing one of two things - either running out of right arm and hitting the big ball before the little ball, or flipping the hands and hitting it thin.
When I got it right I maintained the BRW and FLW and drove the hit through a definite feeling of getting weight into my front foot and hitting down through the ball. Was very happy with how this went.
The boy and I played a few chipping games. We are both up for 6 pushups now as penalties. Then we returned to the mats to hit the balls we'd saved for chipping and then go home.
Decided we'd have a driving game to finish. Don't know exactly but we probably hit 12 drives each. I hit most of them beautifully. Straight or close enough. And good distance.
I learned a couple of things with those drives. One was that I was pulling myself out of alignment on the backswing through too much extensor action. I was not maintaining my weight inside my back foot, and so I was having trouble getting back to the ball. Got back to just getting my right arm back to a good position with a simple right forearm takeaway, and then starting the downswing by getting my left heal back to the ground. It worked. I did hit one big slice and one big hook. And a couple of others that were going to be in the trees. But the rest included some absolute crackers.
So that's something to memory bank and work on in future sessions.
So that was a good way to end. Next thing to groove that chipping motion, and sort out whatever it is I'm doing with those pitches!