Here is what I learned from the Straight Shooting golf VHS by Dalton. PS: My user name, straightshooter, does not imply I am a shill for the product. Thanks
I learned that I needed to examine my irons and the lie angle specifically. Mine were too flat. I am now +4 degrees upright on my irons.
I was presented a take away method that I was able to copy, mainly to keep the hand/club position until the left hand had passed beyond my right (trail) foot.
This eliminated my inside snatched take away. I had to practice this small movement to get it correct.
His plan shows one how to get a neutral grip on the club which he promotes.
Dalton's program discusses believing the changes he is presenting saying if you cannot disprove them, go ahead and believe and adopt his differences to "book" teaching.
One of the main differences is the release taught by Dalton versus the delayed lag talked about by so many. Dalton has the students begin the release of the clubhead shortly after beginning the forward swing motion. Other teachers try to get their students to pull down and maintain the wrist cock and lag until the hands approach the area of the zipper of their britches. Dalton teaches a different theory of the release. He uses Jack Nicklaus quote that he began releasing the clubhead immediately after the forward swing began.
I am wondering if this information will be construed as "meat" for the folks on this thread?
I shall proceed, remember I am not a shill. I purchased the VHS set circa 1996.
Dalton teaches a "roll" of the left forearm (and therefore all else) as the forward swing is being completed. By many, this would be called a very early release, in Dalton's world this is the move which allows the clubhead to square up to the target line and stay square for a longer distance than the 3-4" of the typical rotary type golf swing.
As part of the motion, he promotes a level head position and an attempt to see impact of the clubhead with the ball.
And he teaches a high (vertical) finish which coupled with the body movement and roll motion, allows the clubhead to finish pointing toward the ground after the complete swing.
Along the way, one is presented with numerous check points (with drills) to learn and perform the swing motion. He teaches a "no drop zone" whereby if your hands enter the no-drop zone and you have not begun the clubhead release, you will not hit a square shot as you did not allow the clubhead the necessary time to get square to the target line.
He also uses his stop watch to show how the ideal swing has an elapsed time of 1.25 seconds minimum and 1.50 as even better. No other teacher has ever discussed this elapsed time requirement. From the elapsed time presentation, he demonstrates how the golfer must develop a rhythm within this correct time frame and he suggests the mantra "one....and...roll",
His swing also is a standing tall and upright posture with knowledge that the wrists are very important in providing club head speed.
His exercise of practicing hitting a rubber tire in order to see your square clubface is priceless.
I think his teaching does not have meat like is desired here. He does not give checkpoints A,B,C etc which maybe is the desired meat.
His workbook and the photos are easy to understand and easy to use to copy his swing.
It is all fairly simple but it is different as he differs from the grip and the release philosophy.
A great part of the instruction is his pointer to never bet a guy whose right shoe toe is worn out as this worn out area describes a golfer who finishes in a balance position with the weight on the left side and the right toe touching the ground!!