Originally Posted by mvmac
Yes the hips can only go so far forward, Troy does it differently than Charlie Wi does. I think Gary Edwin likes to see the "reverse K" set-up that Troy uses. Just a piece Troy added to ensure that he draws every ball
The "reverse K" makes a nice mental picture which implies that there is forward hip positioning at address. This begs the questions: (1) Would it be best to minimize the amount of forward weight distribution/hip positioning at address, and on the takeback, in order to preserve some hip slide in the downswing? (2) Or, is it not necessary for the hip slide to be a part of the downswing, the hip having already been positioned forward at address or in the takeback?
I'm trying to narrow down some specifics to think about the next time I go to the range. After learning about the S&T approach recently, I was at the range for the first time in many years last week. My address was weight neutral with both knees flexed. On the backswing, I focused on transferring weight partially forward, bending my left knee and straightening my right knee, and then transferring the rest of my weight on the downswing. This was a complete departure from my prior technique in which I was taught to flex my right knee and pivot around my right leg. I hit all of my clubs and hit the ball as well as I could have expected after such a long hiatus. There were some fat and thin shots. Many straight shots and some fades to one degree or another. But, no draws at all. Consistently hitting the ground in front of the ball was something I didn't do before. I either picked the ball (most of the time), or I hit it thin or fat. The idea that such a simple concept would allow me to consistently take a divot in front of the ball, and consistently hit draws, is what got me motivated to get back out.
Since then, I've read about the "hip slide," the "secondary axis," and now, the "reverse K" address. The reverse K address seems easy enough to incorporate and would eliminate the need to think about bending my left leg and straightening my right during the takeback. The hip slide and secondary axis seem to be part of the same movement. But, I suspect that if I start in a reverse K set-up, I won't have much room to execute a hip slide or a secondary axis. What do you think?
Thanks for reading.