Re: My Swing (Zeph)
Little update on what I'm working on and how it is going. Most of this is stuff I've been told to try out by Golf Evolution through my Evolvr account.
Goal: Better impact positions, hands more forward, shaft leaning forward.Swing The Hands Down Fast
It's pretty simple, you want the hands to get from the top of the backswing to somewhere at or in front of the ball as fast as possible, feeling like the clubhead is still above the waist. Drive the butt of the club towards the ball. This drill is one I'm always keeping in mind, as it is important for me to speed up the arms. I used the arms a lot before with my OTT swing, so I started holding them back, now I'm speeding them up again. This time on a better plane.
This drill works, but a problem is that I just flip it faster when I swing the arms faster.Get The Hands In Front
Very similar to the last drill. The red line on the picture is where I could put a stick in the ground as a visual reference point to where I want my hands to get before impact. I don't want to look at the stick, but have it in my vision.
This drill is one that have proved some results, but the hands still flip too fast.The Impact Bag Drill
Put the bag two feet or something behind the ball, avoid hitting it when swinging. I like the theory of this drill, but I have a hard time making it work. Finding a good place to put the bag, and which height it should be is not too easy always. I also started moving my upper body forward to avoid the bag when doing this drill. Some shots turned out fine, but in the end, I ended up hitting a lot of them thin. I also started timing (subconsiously) the flip perfect, combined with the head moving forward, I still hit it fat.Swing Low
Hit the ball low, keep the arms low. Yellow lines indicate high hands and high launch angle, red lines indicate the mental line I want to get them at. I will of course not get the hands on a different plane line in the picture, it's just an exaggeration for how to feel it. Imagining there is a low table I have to get my hands or clubhead under. I hit my punch shots very good, which is very similar to this drill. The results with this drill are usually good. I've been hitting a lot on a simulator, which tells me the exact launch angle, so tracking the progress is easy. I can usually tell by the launch angle somewhat accurately how much I've flipped.Pressure Point 1
Drive PP1 all the way from the top of the backswing. Results are very scattered, I get handsy, hold off the wrists or roll them over. Using these PP's also puts my focus on the hands, which often leads to flipping more.
Will probably work better with a shorter backswing.Pressure Point 3
Drive PP3 all the way from the top of the backswing. Similar results to PP1 really, perhaps slightly better control of the clubface. Still roll the clubface over a lot and pull-hook it when trying this.Add Lag On Downswing
Imagine Steve Stricker, folding the right wrist late, then Sergio Garcia, adding lag on the downswing. Red lines is Sergio at the top, yellow lines are at P5. Shows how he adds lag and lessen the angle between the lead arm and shaft on the downswing.
I'm not a fan, I ended up hitting the ball fat and thin, also messing up the clubface angle, sending the ball in all directions. It felt hard to control and not very consistent. I still flipped it.Aiming Point Drill
Look somes inches in front of the ball when swinging. I've done this some times a long time ago, and the contact felt wonderful, didn't record anything back then. Today I can hit some good shots this way, but not having the ball in the center of my vision mess stuff up more than it does help. I'm trying to build muscle memory, and if I have to swing with my eyes looking forward for some months, other stuff will get wacky. I do look just ahead of the ball from time to time, sometimes when chipping.
It works pretty good, but I'm not comfortable with it. The contact is also sometimes not good.Shorter Backswing
Shorten the backswing, primarily the arms. I've shortened my backswing some these last months, but would like it shorter still. I think this is a key point for me. Like I mentioned earlier, I hit punch shots great. A lot of it is because I have a shorter backswing. It feels very short to me, but when I recorded a swing once, it turned out the punch shoot feeling was how I would like my full swing to look.
I'm trying to feel that my backswing stops when the shoulders stop, preferably making the shoulders stop a bit sooner too. Really taking what feels like punch shots to me. Working on this is what have given the best results so far. I'm hitting the ball better, as far as I want to, and more comfortable. I don't tilt my upper body forward as much, or spin the hips as much. It feels like a more controlled swing and more comfortable.
I still have to combine this drill with swinging the arms faster. When I get it right, I can hit the ball the distance I want with what feels like less than 100% swing, more like 90%.
Picture shows where I want to be at the top of my backswing, red lines show where I'm really at. Leading hand and shoulder angle.
If you wonder what some of the acronyms mean, look here: http://thesandtrap.com/forum/entries/61-The-Big-List
So sum up, I've tried a lot of things, what I'm pursuing now is a shorter backswing and faster hands. Not thinking at all about lag, flying wedge, flat left wrist and all that stuff.