I made an eagle today. Pretty unexpected considering the conditions. The course was soaking wet (cart path only), so all my drives got stuck in their pitch marks upon landing. It was challenging in that regard. However, on the 461 yard par 5, I reached in two and sunk the putt. I ran out of day light after that and unfortunately only got a few holes in.
OK, obviously, it's a short hole, and all the regulars here call it a par-4. But it's somewhat demanding as far as placement goes, so that tends to make up for the shortness of length. The green is small too. All that being said, it's an obvious birdie hole for whoever plays it, so there's that too.
Driver, 3-hybrid, 12 foot putt. Sweet. First time playing in a while too, and this was a pleasant surprise to say the least.
On the range, I was struggling big time, going thru my James check list of things that I really have to monitor; however, nothing was working really. I went in the clubhouse and found the head pro who looked at my swing on video and told me I was really shut at the top. Then, I remembered James telling me many, many times "do not palmar flex your lead wrist AT ALL because that wrist condition does not match the other components of your swing." Essentially what I think happens is this: the shut P4 position leads to me needing to open the face at some point in the downswing, or I'll never be able to start the ball right enough. Long clubs are too difficult to hit high. So I compensate by somehow opening it up and kicking the clubhead out... it's not a fun way to play this game.
Now, instead, with the cupped wrist, I can go from open to less open on the downswing, and actually hit the ball with enough loft. For whatever reason, this really matches the other pieces of my swing.
So I got to the course finally after the rain died down. There was barely enough light to play a few holes. So, as I walked to the first tee, I decided all I would feel was extreme dorsiflexion throughout my backswing... and it worked... I remember using this feel on the day I shot 77 back in October. I went away from it after it was somewhat ingrained and James and I began working on different things; however, over the last two month layoff, I guess it went away, and I went back to my palmar flexed wrist condition at P4.
It's crazy how I cannot feel bowing AT ALL when I play. Three years ago, it worked wonders. It's the primary reason I dropped ten strokes that season. Now, it's a death move.
Anyway, I'm strongly considering another James clinic in Orlando soon.... I'll post some vids and blog my progress after that. This thread needs to be a better record of the various feels and mechanical changes I'm experiencing, so I can better understand my progression over the long term. I wish I had a post here where I wrote about how important cupping the wrist is to my swing.
PS- Sorry no videos... All my swing vids from today are of me taking the club back too shallow, bowing my wrist, laying the shaft off, and then tipping it out by P5. I didn't get any of my dorsiflexed swings on camera, so who knows if I was actually doing that or not. Hopefully you guys will trust me when I say that's what was happening