This little piece has been working wonders for me and, along with the changes Brian has me doing on Evolvr, has pulled me out of a 3 week funk. Initially I was just trying to keep my arms ram-rod straight and elbows squeezed together as close as possible throughout the entire swing. These are, of course, just feels. My arms obviously can't stay ram-rod straight if I want to achieve any semblance of a proper A4 position.
This immediately got me:
- going back on plane instead of yanking it inside
- swinging within myself
- levelling out my shoulder pitch a bit (this is the main issue I am working on with Evolvr)
- coming into the ball from the inside
- aggressively shifting my weight
- exploding through the ball with a ton of extension
I had a few issues with the way I was doing this and the feels I was using. The ram-rod straight and elbows squeezed tightly introduced a lot of tension in my swing which at times would cause me to come off the ball too much from A3-A4 and when that happened I would either make a huge weight shift back through the ball to compensate (which gave me great shots) or I'd just spin out with no weight shift which usually caused me to hit a thinned (almost topped) ball that would just worm burn and peter out in the grass. As could be expected this also lead to some mega fats where the divot went farther than the ball...in other words very inconsistent which can be expected with any method that has you coming off the ball in the BS.
I've now settled into the feeling of taking the club back with my right arm and just feeling that arm staying as straight as it can, as soon as it feels like it has to bend I'm done my backswing and it's time to slam my hips forward while exploding my lead shoulder up and around. I haven't done any camera work since shifting to this feel so I can only go with ball flight for now. It feels like my backswing is REALLY short but I'm hitting my 4H well over 200 yards on good strikes and I'm getting a ton of height (the good kind, not ballooning flippy kind) so I'm pretty stoked. Since moving to a more right arm focused feel I've been able to get all the benefits without the tension that came with my previous feels. Mostly eliminated the thins and fats. Now if I could just get my club face to behave so I can predict where these bombs are headed...
All in all, great thread and tip that can probably help a lot of golfers with a variety of different issues.