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Ok, so I was at the range today and I had a feel of keeping my right hand and right shoulder close together in the downswing. I tried to maintain this relationship and carried in the downswing and it really helped. It helped get my right elbow to my hip, prevented early extension and helped with distance. It extremely helped my drives by adding more distance. Has anyone else had this swing thought? I understand it is just a FEEL but it seemed to really help. Any thoughts?
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Seems like the thought was designed to keep the lag longer and sounds like it accomplished its purpose. I've never used that particular swing thought, though mine is somewhat similar I usually think of Harvey Penick's concept of the first move down being a weight shift and bringing the right elbow down to the side. I actually don't think about the weight shift too much it just happens. I'd say if yours is working for you stick with it!
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Ok, so I was at the range today and I had a feel of keeping my right hand and right shoulder close together in the downswing. I tried to maintain this relationship and carried in the downswing and it really helped. It helped get my right elbow to my hip, prevented early extension and helped with distance. It extremely helped my drives by adding more distance. Has anyone else had this swing thought? I understand it is just a FEEL but it seemed to really help. Any thoughts?

Yes. This is one of the changes I made to my iron swing and it seems to be holding up. I'm not sure why it works except it just seems simpler and as mjs16 suggested, maybe it helps maintain lag.

You say it helps your drives. Are you talking about your driver and woods? So far, I've been unable to transfer this swing to my longer clubs (I'm getting ready to start a new thread asking for help on this).

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Yes. This is one of the changes I made to my iron swing and it seems to be holding up. I'm not sure why it works except it just seems simpler and as mjs16 suggested, maybe it helps maintain lag. You say it helps your drives. Are you talking about your driver and woods? So far, I've been unable to transfer this swing to my longer clubs (I'm getting ready to start a new thread asking for help on this).

It especially helps on my drives but I feel like I have to have a more level shoulder turn. If I don't, I slice it.

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It especially helps on my drives but I feel like I have to have a more level shoulder turn. If I don't, I slice it.

Thanks for the posts. I think I understand what you're saying.

I took some swings with my 3 wood tonight and tried to stay connected longer, swinging more with the body and less with the arms. Some success but still a long way to go.

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This is spot on the feeling that a swing should have. And I should emphasise it's a swing feeling.Only by swing can you feel this connection between arms and body.The arms and body feel perfectly aligned.It feels machine like and the feeling of connection is what you get. I think it is the golf swing. Look at the Tour Pros when they practice their swing.It is easy to see this connection as they tend to do it in slow motion.At no time are the shoulders really dis-connected. At the top of the backswing...yes the arms may travel a little higher,this suggests a short dis-connection,but in fact the idea is then to keep the profile of the arms and the shoulders as they end at the top of the backswing. Dis-connection can then only take place,if you start down with the shoulders or the arms as a first thought.In order to maintain the profile you can only do one thing,laterally shift the lower part of the body.When that happens,maintaining the profile is axiomatic and connection is maintained.The shoulders can then move followed by the arms,hands and club head.The feeling is of holding that connection,like your shoulder joint had suddenly fused to your arm. This means that the body and the arms and the clubhead hit the ball when they should in a proper timed release. It seems to me only when this feeling of connection is acheived,can you then move on to make any other alterations to build your swing.Consistency will become a more prominent part of the swing.
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