Thanks for the kind words Gofas. But there is still a lot of work ahead. The good news is that I believe I have a roadmap identified to get to where I want to be.
Here is a check list of things I'm working on....
1.) Modifying my Attachment - cupping my left wrist to square the club face - creating more dynamic loft with a positive face.
- Checkpoint is A4 (top of the swing) - looking to see if the face is closed (currently) or square (goal)
The Red is me actually hitting the ball on 1-13 range session. The Yellow is a few frames before the top from the same swing on 1-13 range session. I believe if I shorten my back swing a little more - I can keep my right elbow in a better position. The Green swings were with Mvmac (6-1-12) and Mvmac and Dana (12-3-12)... Where they helped me get into the proper position with club such that the face was square. The challenge is I need to hit this geometry while actually hitting a golf ball. Not so easy for me.
2.) Right elbow placement - trying to make sure my right elbow doesn't travel behind my shirt seam. Trying to gain more of a pitched right elbow in the back swing - and leading into the down swing.
- Checkpoint is A4 (top of the swing) - look to see that my right elbow isn't behind me - going beyond my right shirt seam down my right side
- Currently I believe my turning rates - especially my upper is too much - meaning my upper torso and shoulders continue to turn in the back swing which gets the right elbow behind the shirt seam and causes issues in the downswing
- This is something that I've been fighting for a long time - but after a lot of research (on this site) and discussions with my instructor - I believe I can fix this issue by simply not turning my left shoulder down and under so much - I think that I'm over doing this shoulder turn in my current swing??
3.) Regaining Flexion - Keeping a Steady Head - Head on the Wall: By getting my right elbow location fixed on the back swing - by not over turning my upper torso/shoulders - I can get my right elbow back into my belly on the downswing. At A6 (shaft parallel to the ground on the down swing) - my right elbow is off to my side which causes my right hip to move toward the ball - right knee bends - and goes toward the ball - and results in early extension (Goat Humping).
- Checkpoint from A5 (left arm parallel to the ground on the downswing) to A7 (impact) - I need to keep my head on the wall
- Currently my head is pulling off the wall because of the right elbow doesn't have room to go into the power slot and reconnect with my belly.
So I have two priorities right now...
Priority #1. Cupping my left wrist... Will help square the clubface at impact.
Priority #2. Not over turning my upper torso and shoulders.... Will help me reconnect the right elbow on the downswing and not get caught on my side which leads to early extension issues.
Key #1. Steady Head - practicing with a wall and working on my geometries in a mirror will help me clean up some of the issues I have.
Ultimately, I believe if I can nail these items... then my finish posture will be better as well. I won't have as much of a 'Reverse-C' as my head won't be tilting back away/behind the ball. So I should be more on balance in my finish which will look better - and increase my accuracy and distance.