Originally Posted by Ernest Jones
I've been slowly drifting to a stronger grip that seems to suit my takeaway better and also allows my to come into the ball on a better path. I'm pretty sure that's what threw me when I scored a 57 the other night, I reverted back to a neutral grip and stated hitting big pushes. The stronger grip leads to some pulls but not really hooks, I tend to have very little curvature regardless of startline, I guess that means my face tends to follow the path.
Started intentionally aiming right (hard to do as a semi-reformed push fader) and playing around with stance to get a consistently drawing ball flight. WIP.
This is mostly just for my reference ***.
Misses today were slightly thin, a groove or two, no real effect on ball flight, just a little clanky feeling.
Also a few fats, again, not fat enough to be a disaster, just coming up a club short.
Other than that, good round.
More *** for my own reference...
By maintaining the "straight arms" feel I'm encouraged to make a fuller shoulder turn to get to the top. The fuller shoulder turn allows me to get ample power without over swinging, losing connection or trying to kill the ball. Yesterday I made a very controlled feeling swing with my 3H on the first tee and got so much distance I almost accidentally brought a bunker in to play. That's something I rediscover every couple rounds and play very accurate and easy feeling shots with effortless distance, and then I start thinking this game is easy! Unfortunately I inevitably start to get more aggressive and swing harder and lose that nice structured, controlled swing. The difference in my play is night and day. One makes golf easy and fun, the other makes it frustrating and a struggle.
Another benefit from these feels is that I tend to get a slight "loading onto the right side" feel which makes the weight shift forward more natural and intuitive.
So, my personal checkpoints for now are:
- grip strong enough to match my intended take away plane
- axis tilt and hips forward to match angles set-up by grip
- stance wide enough for stability but narrow enough to facilitate weight transfers (shoulder width up to long hybrids)
- take away controlled by a straight feeling right arm, very wide arc
- take away stops before "straight arm feel" breaks down
- transfer forward with exploding lead shoulder feel while maintaining "long arms"
- let whole body flow and react to arm feels, be athletic
Now, obviously, these aren't all swing thoughts that race through my head on every swing, just reference points to keep me on track when things get sloppy (every third or fourth round it seems)