Posted 10 October 2019 - 04:23 PM
I switch to arm power for anything less than full power.
The context of this is my full swing with deliberate pivoting to drag the club through. That is what I "turn off" for short game.
What I like is a feel that the pivot does not move, it waits and waits and can wait all day, if necessary, for the arm action to hit the ball. What I hate is the feeling that the pivot starts early, moving the hands and the club towards the ball, causing the arms to rush to catch up.
Now, that said, once my arms are ready to go and begin the hit, I am not trying to restrict pivot movement. Some pivot movement is fine with me as long as it follows and goes with the arm action, rather than leads.
For me, there is a distinction between pivot power, which leads, and a pivot movement that follows. There are several threads on here, Venetos, Manuel De La Torre, a couple more, I think, that talk about arm swings rather than pivot power.
The tricky thing I find with short game is that there are so many methods, I have tried them all, and they all work really well for me on our short game area. On the course, you get one go and each shot is different and there is more pressure.
The reason I think I prefer right arm for short game is twofold
1: I just think the my right arm has more instinctive distance control built in. Think tossing something into the bin.
2: if the pivot is waiting for the arm to move, I have more time. I can stand there as long as I like at the top of my swing. In practice, I don't actually hold at the top, but I don't feel rushed on the way down, which is what I really prefer.
I have "fallen in love" with a nice pivoting short game many times, I can get into the groove of doing those shots and they feel great. But, for me, they just don't play as well on the course.