Originally Posted by iacas
Zeph, when you get a golf ball there, you direct the pressure where your right hand sits on top of your left hand at the golf ball. Direct it - throughout the downswing - forward of the golf ball. WELL forward of the golf ball. Almost up in the air and out by the flagstick forward.
To be clear, I'm talking about directing the pressure in the right hand where it touches the left hand - about at the base of the left thumb - and just keep directing that pressure with the right hand FORWARD. Not at the golf ball, FORWARD.
Pressure point 1, yes? I'll give it a go. I have found some different feelings in this area. There is a difference between directing the pressure towards the ground in front of the ball, and the air in front of the ball at hip height, where the hands really go. I believe I have a tendency to drop forward with the upper body when trying to get the hands down in front of the ball, rather than the air towards the target. As you noted in the Lag - Too Much of a Good Thing
thread, the hands reach lowpoint around impact. So by trying to get the hands lower after impact could just make my other stuff fail.
Originally Posted by Leftygolfer
Zeph, I know you have been working hard for a long time. I'm curious to what has happened with your scoring average. To me, that is the biggest indicator of improvement.
Good question. I shot my best round ever with a 77 some time ago. From that round, my swing went a bit haywire, and shot 85's the following rounds. I don't really know what my average would be at this point. I play some golf, but it's usually practice golf. As long as I'm making changes in the swing, the shots will be inconsistent and affect my score. When I had a consistent swing going, I could hit over half the greens on the round. If I really make an effort to score, I think I can shoot in the mid to low 80's consistently at this point.
I'll be looking at some new irons soon to help me out a bit. My current set is not quite as forgiving as I need them to be. I'm losing a few shots right now from off-center hits.
Scoring average is of course an indicator, but I wouldn't say the best. If I went out and played golf today, I wouldn't say my score would reflect my swing, compared to a year ago. I hit it a lot more consistent then, but didn't have the control and ballstriking I wanted. I'm pretty much rating my progress by how I hit the ball. Quality of contact and the shot cone. Until I get my hands in a better position at impact, I'll be inconsistent in both areas.
I've been swinging golf for a long time, and found that I'm happy with it. At some point, I'll hopefully play more golf, but right now, I'd be more happy with a good ballstriking round of 90 than a bad one of 80 where putting and short game was good. As Erik said in the 65/25/10 Practice Ratios: Where to Devote Your Practice Time
thread, working on putting and the short game is easy compared to the full swing. If I get the swing going, the rest of the game can be improved pretty quickly.