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Handle at Impact -- Shaft Angle at Impact vs. Address from DTL

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm not talking about forward shaft lean at impact.

 

I'm talking about returning the shaft close to or at the same angle it had at address at impact from a down-the-line perspective. Here are some examples of good players doing this (It's important to note that not everyone good does this):

 

 

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You'll notice its really close -- 46 degrees according to Analyzr (that's Sergio by the way).

 

Here's Rory with some kind of a mid-iron I think. He gets pretty close.

 

 

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I've noticed that a lot of really, really good ball strikers do this, or at least, come close. They tend to stand closer to the ball than most amateurs, and as a result, they have a downswing hand path that is much closer to their bodies. Am I on the right track that this effectively lowers the golfer's handle, and would thus allow the golfer to hit the ball "straighter" more consistently?

 

Sorry if I tend to use myself as an example, but I struggle with this and realized this last night during my video film study session (Yea, I do that now c2_beer.gif).

 

 

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This shot actually went straight, but I normally hook or push the ball on a miss. I'm extending early a bit, but hopefully that's not the issue here. You can clearly see how much my handle has raised and how far away the handle and my hands are from my body relative to Sergio and Rory. And it might be the camera angle, but you can see both of my forearms, but you can't see Rory's or Sergio's.

 

Here's a Ben Hogan example: Just to preface this, I'm not a crazy Hogan fan. I've read Five Lessons and his wikipedia page a few times, but that's about it. 

 

I apologize in advance if this Hogan swing was when he was old/post-car accident, or whatever, so please correct me there if this is a horrible example of Hogan. But, he does the same thing as Sergio with his downswing hand path being quite close to the body and the shaft angle lining up and matching its address angle:

 

 

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Sorry for using my swing as an example here again -- and Erik, if you'd prefer to merge this into my swing thread because of this, I understand -- but I'm planning on standing closer to the ball and having a "tighter" hand path (meaning closer to my body) on the downswing so my handle doesn't raise so much.

 

What's the significance of all this stuff? Is this a really important aspect to solid ball striking? Through my studies here over the years, I've learned extensively about hip slide, forward shaft lean, a steady head, and a whole warehouse's worth of other awesome things that pertain to this crazy game.

 

When you take lessons with an authorized Stack and Tilt instructor (I've had quite a few) -- if you are a slicer like I was in the beginning -- what they do is give you a ton of draw pieces -- maybe some wrist bowing, hips preset forward at address, maybe some axis tilt preset at address... and maybe a raised handle. If you're like me, over time, you've tended to overdo some of these pieces, and as a result, began to hit some unwanted hooks and blocks out of the course. I desperately need my handle to not raise so much. I suspect that standing a bit too far from the ball at set-up contributes to the issue; and the subsequent downswing hand path I use exacerbates the issue futher -- hence my theorized fix. I'm using these analyzr photos to support my hypothesis.

 

What do you guys think of this topic here?

 

Here a few more pros I found who do this really well. Like I said, not everyone does this, but a lot of really, really good players do it. I'll test it out tomorrow at the range to see what happens.

 

Vijay

 

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Sean O'Hair gets pretty close.

 

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Moe Norman

 

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post #2 of 13

So does Natalie Gulbis in some videos I have.

 

Point being... 90% of this measurement is simply a measure of how much the wrists have uncocked. Setup is largely irrelevant when it comes to ballstriking, and you'll find a lot of golfers will return the shaft steeper at impact than it was at setup.

 

 

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post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

OK, I appreciate the response, Erik.

 

What are your thoughts on the problem of having a handle the raises too much at impact? Common faults and such.

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Originally Posted by JetFan1983 View Post

What are your thoughts on the problem of having a handle the raises too much at impact? Common faults and such.

 

Sorry, not trying to be... anything... but define "raises too much." :)

 

if the handle is too high you've probably swung on a steep plane and likely too far left, which can come from a whole bunch of issues.

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Originally Posted by JetFan1983 View Post

What are your thoughts on the problem of having a handle the raises too much at impact? Common faults and such.

 

Sorry, not trying to be... anything... but define "raises too much." :)

 

if the handle is too high you've probably swung on a steep plane and likely too far left, which can come from a whole bunch of issues.

 

You're not being anything a3_biggrin.gif. Trust me, I've been around here long enough to know how to read your posts and not assume anything about your tone. I know you're a good guy. So don't worry about that when dealing with me!

 

I figured the problem out. I was in something of the right neighborhood with my OP, but missed a fundamental issue that needed to be addressed first.

 

I actually swing way too much to the right, with shoulders and hips that are too closed, for reasons which no longer pertain to this original topic, which you've sorted me out on. So I apologize for the thread since I am now aware of the issue.

 

I'm early extending with not enough rotation. I have so many hook pieces installed in my swing, I need to feel some high handicapper stuff now. 

 

More rotation in my hips and shoulders = more flexion, lower exit point, and a lower handle from DTL. 

 

I think though with my OP, that standing closer to the ball and having a hand path on the downswing closer to my body is a useable piece here to reduce draw curve, but probably isn't necessary.

 

Sorry for the original question as I should've just bumped my swing thread with this question and a clip of my swing. 

 

Thank you for pointing out how the amount the wrists uncock affects most of how this looks on video.

 

PS- Everyone should grab analyzr. So fun to tool around with that program.  

post #6 of 13
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I actually swing way too much to the right, with shoulders and hips that are too closed, for reasons which no longer pertain to this original topic, which you've sorted me out on. So I apologize for the thread since I am now aware of the issue.

 

I'm early extending with not enough rotation. I have so many hook pieces installed in my swing, I need to feel some high handicapper stuff now. 

 

More rotation in my hips and shoulders = more flexion, lower exit point, and a lower handle from DTL. 

 

 

Yeah, can sometimes see the BOC (butt of the club) aligned too high with guys that early extend/head comes off the wall.  Too high with not every much shaft lean.  Good feeling is just to have the elbows stay closer together on the downswing.  Helps you, some even say forces you to regain some flexion.  Good pic of Mike Weir working on something very similar.  Notice his his torso would be very similar to his address inclination.  When the elbows bend, wrists uncock too soon, the hands can't get down fast enough.

 

 

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post #7 of 13
To me, a good impact position is going to include some ulner deviation, which will raise the handle DTL. I think Hogan is a really bad example because at set-up he set his hands unusually high. If you watch his swing including pre-shot routine he would often lift the hands right before he started the swing.

As a point of understanding for myself regarding the term "raising the handle", I have always though that was going to be discussed in terms of a Face On view where you measured the handle from A6 to A8. Is there another name for this kind of handle raising?
post #8 of 13

This thread is eerily similar to the things I'm working on now in my swing.  The handle raising for me is an issue that was identified as something I have to fix to play better golf.  JetFan as Mvmac stated, and I'm sure you know... The golf swing is basically:

 

1.) address - flexion,

2.) back swing extension

3.) down swing pre-impact - regain flexion

4.) follow through impact - post impact - extension 

 

The 3rd piece - regaining flexion is where an issue could lie... At least for me it was identified as an area I need to work on.

 

A few drills to help with it are:

a.) The head on the wall drill will help ensure you are regaining proper flexion on the down swing.

b.) The tee or glove under the armpits drill will help ensure tight elbow spacing on the back swing.

 

- For me this really helps ensure my right elbow isn't getting stuck on my right side - if it is stuck on the right side - or bunched - then you have to raise the handle to get the club to make impact

 

Look at Tiger Woods in this sequence....

 

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See how much he regains flexion on his downswing?  And how his right elbow has room to pass from A5 into A7 impact?  I called this the 'Power Slot' (represented by the yellow lines) in a thread awhile back in another thread (could be myswing thread - I can't remember??).  

 

 

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Anyway, this is my favorite thing about Tiger Woods golf swing - how he regains flexion - and gets himself into a power position or Power Slot... Basically, Tiger gives himself the space/area to make a powerful move with his arms and hands so they can fly through the impact area without any interference or delay.  

 

From what I have learned from Mvmac and Dana is that when the golfers right elbow gets behind the shirt seam in the back swing (A4 checkpoint - see the orange angle) - it becomes difficult to properly regain flexion.  Without properly regaining flexion, it is going to be more and more difficult to have the proper spacing to enable the club head, shaft, hands and arms to pass through without some sort of breakdown (handle raising).  This would be a failure or breakdown of the 'Power Slot'.  Keeping the right elbow below the left - and ensuring they are tight will help.

 

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Notice how the upper horizontal green line intersects with Tigers left elbow - and the lower horizontal green line intersects with the right elbow.  The red vertical line shows how Tiger gets his right elbow in position to make a powerful move into the ball - setting up the Power Slot.  His right elbow is not behind his shirt seam, near the upper thigh and right pants pocket.  This is an excellent checkpoint to reference in the downswing - and will immediately tell you if your elbows are too far apart.

 

Another checkpoint to look at is the angle between the right bicep and forearm at A6.  If the arm is overflexed - the angle will be less than 90*.  The proper right arm angle between the bicep and forearm should be greater than 90*.  I don't have analyzer to get some references, of good angles for the right arm at A6 - but know that if you don't have the proper angle here - the handle will raise as your hands will come into impact higher.

 

You can see Tiger given his Power Slot move - gives himself plenty of spacing to get the right arm extended and through from A5+ into A7.

 

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JetFan, thanks for making this thread... I love this topic and I hope more intelligent discussions follow as I'm eager to learn.

 

Best,

Beach

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by mchepp View Post

To me, a good impact position is going to include some ulner deviation, which will raise the handle DTL. I think Hogan is a really bad example because at set-up he set his hands unusually high. If you watch his swing including pre-shot routine he would often lift the hands right before he started the swing.
As a point of understanding for myself regarding the term "raising the handle", I have always though that was going to be discussed in terms of a Face On view where you measured the handle from A6 to A8. Is there another name for this kind of handle raising?

 

Yeah, handle raising would be the handle ascending from A6-8, slows the rate of closure of the face, gets the club out of the ground.  The issue dtl that we're talking about imo, are the wrist alignments at impact due to early extending or staying closed for too long.  So maybe too much ulnar deviation at impact.  I can see how it can be confusing when there isn't that much distinction with the wording.  The ascent from A6-8 is coming from the legs and hips, which is hard to do when you early extend which leads to over-flex the right knee (speaking from personal experience lol)

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That is an ugly golf swing... Poor example. b2_tongue.gif

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OK, I appreciate the response, Erik.

 

What are your thoughts on the problem of having a handle the raises too much at impact? Common faults and such.


it begins at address...the modern light upright clubs, designed by "engineers" for the masses, for the masses main problem...out to in swing.

when at address the brain registers everything, and there lies the first problem, not the only one, but the cause of all the other effects.

post #12 of 13

Frankly, I think this is a key fundamental of a good golf swing that I had to learn on my on to become a better iron player. Until I learned to regain the proper shaft angle to have the club head return to impact level (like you have at set up), I could not strike the ball well. Of course, I also hand to understand that the swing path and face angle and angle of attack required that I be open on my irons to hit it straight.

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So, JetFan1983. I think you have hit on something that is vital to great ball contact with irons. That is my opinion and I shot in the low eighties and high seventies - so - I'm not a pro.

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