OTT and RIT, the sequel.
In this context, OTT simply means that you want to be on or slightly under plane, but for some faulty move or moves, one or both ends of the club approach impact above plane. This means that instead of the nice fast in to in swing with a free flowing throw, you have some sort of compensation moves going on that cost speed and you usually end up searching for your ball.
Before the Hardy videos, I thought OTT was primarily a right shoulder problem. Essentially, throwing the right shoulder out and forward. In fact, in my old Lynn Blake / TGM videos, he says "if you can't get the right shoulder moving down plane, nothing else matters much".
What I have learned from Hardy is how you can get above plane due to the right hip moving forward, losing your posture and, critically, due to the right arm. You also come OTT if you throw from the top, which goes back to my posts about transition moves and laying the club down.
The Hardy videos make it clear that you need to keep the right hip from moving forward, while the left hip moves back. He talks about a "Sergio drill" keeping the right forearm by your side as you throw.
My personal favourite is his Sam Snead lawnmower feel. Apparently, Snead was a wonderful RIT player and when asked for a tip, he talked about the action of pull starting a petrol mower. Snead said he liked to feel he starts the mower with his right arm on the way back, and with his left arm on the way through.
To cut to the chase, my current pattern goes like this
1: when I set up, I like to feel the angle between my torso and right thigh and I want to maintain that
2: lawnmower back, do not lift or cick or rotate the right forearm, keep things compact
3: start the throw with the right hand, keeping the right upper arm back per Sergio, and stay turned with the shoulders until the throw has started
4: throw to full extension of the right arm as plane arm, lawnmower the left arm back as I get through impact
5: the body responds naturally to the arm movements, but I feel I hold that torso / right thigh angle.
I am not trying to save you the need to get the book and video, so I do not expect you to be able to follow this post as a pattern.
But for me, as a lifelong OTT hacker, the difference is night and day. The hip is back, the shoulder stays back, I am not throwing from the top, I am not standing up out of my posture or letting the right hip move forward. I feel like I am on plane through impact and the difference in strike is, as I said, night and day.
Now, the last thing I want to say is that this is nothing to do with being some ultra advanced, tour pro, best in class swing. This is just a solid, basic, on plane swing with a throw / release that adds some clubhead speed.
It works way, way, better than coming OTT for this particular hacker. The key, for me, is I know how it works, thanks to Hardy. Which goes back to the discussion about self diagnosis. Self diagnosis is still error prone, but the more you understand the better you get, in my experience, of working out why, when the swing breaks down.
Edited by Devongolfer, 10 June 2018 - 04:43 AM.