Originally Posted by mvmac
So it sounds like your body stops rotating and your arms keep going? Yes we've seen that with many golfers. First off make sure the feet are flared 20-30 degrees. Then on the backswing don't be afraid to let your hips turn, they control what the shoulder do. To help the hips, allow the rear knee to decrease in flex and the lead knee to increase in flex. This thread is a good resource
Example of flaring the feet
Thanks for the quick response. I don;t think it's so much that my arms keep going, it's that I have trouble making a full 90 degree turn without doing some funky stuff - collapsing my left knee to free up tension, dropping my lead shoulder forward (I saw you post some picture of Steve Elkington "exaggerating" that motion and I was thinking 'Man, that looks like me sometimes and I'm not trying to exaggerate anything!'). I see a big guy like Craig Stadler (I'm about 6'2, 280 right now) and wonder if I just don't have the ability to make a 90 degree turn right now. I'm sure it's in me because it once was, but not until I drop 70 pounds and work on my flexibility. My point was, I guess, when do you know your backswing should be finished? It can't just be a 90 degree shoulder turn for everyone (not that you implied that).
Another thing - I've seen you mention several times, as have many other on this forum, about how you should flare the RIGHT foot out much more than I'm used to. I read in the book "Swing Like a Pro" back when I first started this charade, and also heard from a pro I took lessons from, that turning the right foot out more than 5 or 10 degrees promotes too much hip rotation going back, which decreases torque as the torso coils around the hips going back and therefore sacrifices power. This makes sense to me, as I saw some golf special with Jamie Sadlowski and it showed how, whereas with a "normal" scratch golfer, the hip/shoulder turn ratio is around 2-1 (90-45 deg), Sadlowski was more like a 3-1 (135-45). I've also seen lots of face-on pictures of pros and many have little right foot flare. Less hip turn, more shoulder turn = more power. Any credence to this?
I've always heard that the LEFT foot is supposed to be 25 or so degrees open to promote clearing of the hips toward and after impact. Also, sometimes I feel that I want to restrict my right hip rotation because if I try to turn them too much, I get out of control coming back through on the downswing.
Soon I'll post a decent swing vid in the member swings section for some help. Thanks again, MJM