I've finally reached a place where I'm working on the same thing now at the range, over and over again. In the past, I've essentially practiced one or two things, and then moved on from it after only 2 or 3 sessions. Now I'm just consistently working on my shaft plane on the downswing, and trying to keep it as shallow as possible. The no.3 accumulator really kicks in hard for me, and I get really steep, and boy, this has been really tough to see much progress in.
Some good news about my swing though is I seem have command over keys 2 and 3. My head is stable and my weight consistently gets forward. Key no.1 is a bit iffy at times (flat left wrist), but I can fix that pretty easily by feeling a bit more palmar than normal on my downswing and keeping my forearms really close together on the follow through. Essentially, I've never felt this good about the first three keys ever in my golfing life. A huge positive there.
Key no.4 though it seems will take months to improve. It's all I work on anymore.
It's gotten so crazy, that out on the course, I hit a 1-3 yard fade with every club. I have more than enough power to play the course, and I can score really well with this swing, but I simply cannot play golf thinking about my shaft plane. It's purely a range thing right now, and I really have no clue when I will reach a point where I feel comfortable making a shallower downswing during a round of golf.
So, I doubt there will be many updates here for a while. When I can hit a draw again without thinking about it, I'll post another swing. The good news is that I feel very comfortable with how I'm going about fixing this, so now all I need are tons of range reps. I'm really looking forward to the day I bump this thread again with a series of swing vids that show I've conquered this. Key no.4 -- I've got my sights set on you!
Here's a summary of how I'm fixing key no.4:
1) Shorter backswing to control my right biceps location at A4.
2) A bit more right armpit pressure on the backswing to control my right biceps location at A4
3) Driving my right elbow into my belly button or "squeezing my elbows together" on the downswing to get my right elbow lower than my left at A5.
4) Maintaining the no.3 accumulator (aka Forearm roll) from A5 into A6 by working on elbow locations, but also just by not excessively rolling it so much.
5) Adding a bit more rotary with my hips and shoulders, which I think works well in conjunction with the above based on my current overall pattern.
Right now, a great image for me has been Ricky Fowler's downswing because of just how much I do not do what he does. He is the extreme image I'm working with visually when practicing. Take a look at his swing sometime and see just how much he does what I do not.
I can hit nice push-draws on the range with half-swings doing this, but I can also completely miss the golf ball or heel strike it too. The really-ugly-with-no-compression-push fade seems to be the most common range miss right now. I feel good though. It feels so ridiculously unnatural to do this, but juxtaposing myself with pros, I am 100% convinced this is the most important thing I need to be working on.
Til next time....
Wish me luck.