Hack's Journey From Hack To ...
Posted 14 June 2018 - 07:14 AM
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Best result: 2 over 74 at Hills International on 13 Feb 2016
Eagles: 21/10/16 17th Keysborough, 24/10/16 18th Woodlands, 15/4/18 16th Carbrook
Goal: A round at par or better!
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Winner: 2016 Nationals day 5 round at Woodlands
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Posted 15 June 2018 - 10:38 AM
TL:DR - I had a lesson with a new coach
When I signed up at the new home track, I received a voucher for a free golf lesson with the resident PGA Pro. At the time, just over 12 moths ago, I was having a series of lessons with the coach who did my club fitting, so never took up the voucher.
Anyway, fast forward 12 months and I found the voucher last week when I was going through my golf draw in my office desk. I thought it might be interesting to get a different opinion, perspective... So I contacted the local pro and arranged a lesson.
Was well worth the exercise.
The video analysis software he had was awesome ... I liked being able to see my swing through his eyes and the impact of his suggested changes. He could run my swing side by side as a before (start of the lesson) and after (toward end of lesson) so I could see the impact and change. I, of course, had the actual ball flight too as we were hitting out onto a range.
The key things he noted and recommended were essentially the same as I've been working on... I'm still not getting enough hip turn to start the downswing, but what was interesting is my left leg straightening was no longer an issue, but more so my upper body coming out of posture and that was a problem being caused by me still 'casting' from the top too much and not holding the "L" for long enough ... I was coming up out of posture to get the club to the ball as I had no 'space' due to my hips to clearing enough.
He recommended I make the start of the downswing with more hip turn and just hold the "L", which, is essentially a drill from Dante's 'Four Magic Moves', and once I had that happening better, we worked on me releasing my hands through impact (we worked on the impact and release using an impact bag).
To start, when I was holding the "L" and getting my hips to really turn, I was miss hitting a lot of shots ... the club was essentially too open at impact because my hands were not use to closing them as much. I started to figure that out, and then we went to the impact back and did a few drills ... when I went back to the full swing, I was able to get solid contact and straight ball flight with distance equal to my starting swing but using only a half length backswing ...
Now, I just need to really work on getting this grooved, and that means MORE range work.
I stayed at the range yesterday and kept working on it and then went for a walk around a few holes. As suspect it was a mixed bag on course as I just didn't have it grooved and lost way too many balls. So, I'm going back to the range for a few days, week, to get this next part grooved.
A few other notes for reference:
- Grip, posture, set up etc. was assessed as good - great.
- Backswing, turn and pivot was also assessed as good - great.
- The 'OTT" from shoulders starting the swing was NOT there ... YAY.
- The OTT, and thus out to in swing path, was from me 'casting' (i.e. not holding the "L")
- I had no hip slide, or sway, either back or forward ... YAY.
I just need to get MORE hip TURN to start the downswing and then get the timing of releasing the club through impact to get it back square.
This is going to be interesting and fun to see the distance and accuracy impact.
I'm excited for this next phase of my swing, golf ... development.
Edited by hack2489, 15 June 2018 - 10:39 AM.
Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:12 AM
would wearing spikeless shoes affect hip turn and stop casting?Asking for a mate.
What a load of shlt, you don’t have a mate.
Edited by Nathan No More, 15 June 2018 - 11:12 AM.
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Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:37 AM
would wearing spikeless shoes affect hip turn and stop casting?
Asking for a mate.
Now, who's showing their bat s.hit craziness?
Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:38 AM
What a load of shlt, you don’t have a mate.
I think the bat s.hit crazy ones refer to their imaginery friend as their "mate".
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Posted 15 June 2018 - 05:55 PM
I'm not imaginary...........imagery maybe.........
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Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:24 AM
You have a great platform to work off and I am sure you will be able to reach your goal of single figures.
You have two major parts to work on.
1 - Down swing, learn to separate the upper and lower half so we can develop more lag and power through impact. Get in front of a mirror and rehearse the movement of getting the hips or pelvis to start the down swing. While you are doing this in front of a mirror you can watch how much lag you are generating.
2 - impact & follow through, here we want to make sure the pelvis is rotating and you maintain your spine angle through impact into the follow through position. You will feel like your chest is move over the ball, avoiding the up motion of the torso through impact.
It will take some time to get the sequence correct but at least you have a better understanding of cause and effect.
Posted 20 June 2018 - 03:30 AM
I've had two sessions at the range to work on the swing changes. Irons seem to be ok, with, as you predicted a bit of a draw tendency.
I'm struggling to keep driver and fairway wood in "play". Seem to be pulling them left with draw bias so shots are finishing quite a bit left. Any tips?
I've tried ball position and restricting backswing to what feels like 3/4 position. Both help but no consistent results.
Sounds like you could still create more lag with the driver and fairway metals
Let’s see if you can leave a couple out to the right.
It will feel harder to leave the club head behind with the longer clubs as human reaction is to hit at the ball more with the longer more powerful club.
Posted 20 June 2018 - 06:48 AM
Posted 20 June 2018 - 02:27 PM
You need the "Whoosh" drill!!
At the risk of channelling the red head responsible for it...
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