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Obviously the "whoosh" would be the fastest point of your swing and you want that to happen at impact. When I'm not releasing my driver it's because my hands are trapped behind my body. I try to shorten my backswing which helps me keep my hands in front of my body during the swing.
- Don't shift your weight much if at all off the ball during backswing
- Turn your shoulders as much as your flexibility allows
- Keep your arms on your body / short backswing and don't wrap your arms around your body on the way back, your hands should get on top of your right shoulder.
Obviously 1000 people will tell you 1000 things but these basics should help a 36 handicapper a lot.
Biggest one is the weight shift. Keep that weight still on the way back and turn those shoulders. You'll pound it if you do it right.
If you are hooking the ball your arms are likely getting trapped behind your body / late release. Make sure you don't turn your shoulders flat, keep your left shoulder down so the angle of your shoulder turn doesn't flatten out.
Keep in mind he's only been back from rehab for a few months as well. I also think that he's going pretty hard to his left side and maybe he's not as straight as the last few years. He was hitting it a bit easier before the surgery which gives smoother rhythm.
“My name is Diggitydog and I’m a Swing Snob.” Well I used to be, but it's been over a year since I switched from my "Leadbetter" style swing to the controversial Stack and Tilt golf swing. The reason I switched was the discovery I made of hitting golf shots more consistently. I used to think there was only one proper way to swing a golf club. I was a "swing snob". I have changed my thinking. I believe there are many proper ways to swing a golf club. Many examples are on tour, Ben Curtis / Jim Furyk / Fred Couples / Colin Montgomerie / Steve Elkington / Tiger Woods....the list is as long as there are players. Many different swings and all are successful in their own way. If you are struggling with consistency using your current swing try Stack and Tilt. I did and it worked fabulously. People who complain about the swing not working or have mediocre results did not implement S&T properly. I've hit many balls with Stack and Tilt and I've hit, without exaggeration, the purest shots of my life over the past year. I won't lie though; I've struggled at times when I am not executing the swing as I’ve learned it. I've ordered the DVD's because honestly I just want a solid reference beyond the GD article to work with when my results are not what I know they can be. I also can agree with S&T critics when they say that Golf Digest articles show poor conventional swing positions, and I also see some of the tour players not exactly executing the swing as they’ve demonstrated / described in their articles. Those things make the swing easier to disregard for the critics but at the end of the discussion grooves meet dimples and RESULTS are all that matter.
People who are disagreeing with the theory are obviously free to do so. If you are shooting scores that you are pleased with, don't struggle with consistency then don't switch.
I've moved from being a "swing snob" to having an open mind and my golf time is so much easier as I don't have to be swinging "perfectly" to play a good round. Refute it all you want but Stack and Tilt works, even if you don't like the theory. I think of it like religion. How can more than one theory be correct? Religion is not so flexible, luckily in golf there is more than one version of “correct”. There is no swing that will give you a perfect result every time. Not possible. That’s why we play. You cannot mix the theory of Stack and Tilt with much of the current conventional swing theory. You must commit and believe in the results of the golf shots. That will be your biggest challenge if you switch. Remember this: The ball doesn't lie. A properly executed Stack and Tilt swing will produce an efficient strike on the golf ball from the lob wedge to the driver. The problem with people carving the swing up saying “it didn't work for them” is that the swings haven’t been executed properly.
Mentally I made a huge decision, at the time, to switch to a new swing that is so radical compared to what I had been taught. If you’re a computer guy it’s like switching from PC to Mac. They both get the job done, just in different ways. More people use PC's than Mac but those who use Mac's can't understand why the entire world doesn't use them. That's how I feel about Stack and Tilt. It’s not an easy decision to throw away what you’ve invested in the conventional swing. You must think of it differently. Your swing is a journey and committing to a new theory is a step in that journey. If you commit to the Stack and Tilt theory I am convinced it will be a step forward. It’s hard to listen to the critics say things like “Stack and Tilt is not a good swing it is good for 7, 8 and 9 irons.” Because those guys are supposed to know, but just because Johnny Miller and David Leadbetter don’t like the swing doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It’s hard to listen to swing snobs ask you questions like. “Have you always done a reverse pivot?”
Believe and commit. Stack and Tilt works, and when you pump the ball down the middle, pick up the tee before the ball lands and put the driver back in the bag all day long they'll want to do a reverse pivot too!
I played golf with a guy and his father on Father's Day. On the 18th hole the Dad says to his Son. "You shot that out there like Tiger." The Son turns around after saying virtually nothing all round. "The ONLY thing Tiger and I have in common is that we both breathe." Then he walks to his cart and that was the last thing is said for the round.
I was thinking blades but all the golf shop dudes are like "1 in 7 people can hit blades so we don't carry them." What's all the fuss? Is it hype or what?
My misses are not heel or toe much they are more thin or not closing the face or closing too much but sweet spot isn't really a problem.
Dude, I know your frustration. I was watching some video of my swing last year and I kept thinking I was fixing the swing and making it better but really I still had one big fault in it that was causing inconsistency.
Think of these things.
1) Your goal was 79 once and you hit 80 once. - don't beat yourself up. that's close
2) All the practice you've logged will pay off in short game and experience.
I'm going to guess that you're losing strokes on your long game, just a guess, penalty strokes etc. if that's the case, use the winter to fix the faults.
Step back, relax and don't rush things. You're not going pro even if you want to, you want to be a good amateur, right? Use the off season to get things going, the hard work will pay off and you'll beat that 77. I'm in the same boat as you in lots of respects. I was lucky enough to have some good rounds that I met my scoring goals a couple times this season. If you practice lots and don't have success you need to be honest on your evaluation. How are you practicing? Does the practice mimic play?
You'll get it, but the cliche is true, just relax and play.
I was just thinking about this head thing and if you watch Anika Sorenstam hit you would think she hits her driver 200 yards. I think there is something to this head release thing for generating more power through the ball.
I asked my former instructor who attended the President's Cup how he liked Mike Weir's swing. He said didn't notice too much on him but who I was really impressed with was Trevor Immelman. He commented how his swing was so solid etc.
In the November 2007 Golf Digest Trevor Immelman does a feature piece and one part he's talking about getting his head moving earlier in the swing similar to Anika Sorenstam.
All this head moving talk got me thinking yesterday so I did some practice swings where I let my head pull up earlier and it really felt like I was accelerating through impact without any extra effort. It was a weird feeling though that is for sure. My feeling was that my impact would be affected by this move, not sure.
Also the other thing my instructor was impressed with was Woody Austin. He took out a driver on the tee box, dropped a ball on the grass with no tee, whacked the ground behind the ball a few times with his driver to fluff up the lie and hit a sweet driver off the deck on the tee box. Oh Woody, you're a crazy mofo!