Originally Posted by mdl
Great thread Beachcomber! The arms and hands vids on the last page are super instructive. And it's cool you're putting the effort into sharing your attempts to improve from a good golfer (mid-singles) to an excellent amateur (scratch or near). Clips and threads here are too often either demonstrations from people who are already WAY better and just playing a different game than I am (ie, already scratch or +), or from newer golfers with frankly ugly swings where I can't learn much from following their current journey.
On your swing, you're a better player than I am and obviously Mike's a better analyst and coacher of swings, so this is more of a question than a dig or anything.
To my eye, your swing looks super sweet down through about P6 or so. Then it kind of looks like you're always hitting a cut, pulling in towards your body and sawing off the finish. You've got such a smooth stroke and nice coiling and uncoiling I keep wanting to see that smooth uncoil whip all the way through a strong finish post impact and instead it looks sort of over-controlled and cut off at the end.
Am I just wrong? If so, I'm definitely interested to know why, since that would def mean I'm going for something in my own swing that someone who's golf knowledge I respect isn't advocating. If I'm not wrong, is that something you know you do and aren't concerned about, don't feel it's a negative? Is it something you're concerned about a bit but it's not that big a deal and not on the top of the list of things to work on right now?
mdl... I've been trying to clean-up my backswing (P1 to P4) so that it can lead to better impact - more consistent - positions in the downswing. Therefore, most of the focus for me has been on the right elbow placement so that I can square-up the clubface at P4. It's taken me longer to get the proper positions @ P4 due to physical limitations that I've been fighting through.
I'm not sure if I mentioned this in this thread or not? But I injured my rotator cuff in my right arm ~ 5 or 6yrs ago while weight lifting (doing shoulder presses with too much dumb bell weight). I never went to the doctor to have it repaired, simply let it rest. And the right shoulder has never been the same. Don't get me wrong... My shoulder is strong enough to make the swings that you see in the videos... But maintaining the proper alignment with my right arm puts stress on that rotator cuff which creates a numbness in the shoulder.
I often hear a pop in it when I move it in various ways - especially early when I haven't stretched. And sometimes during the golf swing. So maintaining the proper elbow spacing has been a difficult journey for me.
Other than the weakness in my right shoulder / rotator... I have weak wrists which I believe ultimately makes it challenging to hit the proper clubface alignments @ P4. My left wrist bowes - I believe it may be to the load of the club?? These are things that I've been fighting through - and getting cleaned up.
But hopefully the work that I've put into strengthening my right shoulder - has helped me get closer to the proper alignments and geometry's - and can be seen in this thread?
The downswing will come my friend... But I won't really disect it until I get my arms/hands in the proper places at P4. I do talk about hips and things like that - just so that I can continue to make solid contact and play decent golf. But my swing is lightyears away from where I want it to be. So I totally agree that my finish is far from where it should/needs to be.