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Trevor Immelman - driver - why club anchored a foot behind ball?

post #1 of 9
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Camera angle? A yard or so to the right? But even with the angle, looks like he's setting up w/an iron.

 

 

Video:

 

https://mtc.cdn.vine.co/r/videos/7B8035D3-7C09-4EC2-A168-59842230E970-1454-000000E1F13958E6_13baf3fe75b.1.2.mp4?versionId=biAMUCiau6rGxL74dvlhR7.RqS_RHm5G

post #2 of 9

Trevor has always struggled with hitting down too much on his driver*. Looks to me like he's taking drastic measures to try and get his low point behind the ball.

 

(* He averages 118 mph swing speed, which was 30th-fastest on the PGA Tour in 2012, but was only 124th in driving distance.)

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
 

Trevor has always struggled with hitting down too much on his driver*. Looks to me like he's taking drastic measures to try and get his low point behind the ball.

 

(* He averages 118 mph swing speed, which was 30th-fastest on the PGA Tour in 2012, but was only 124th in driving distance.)

 

Yikes, what is he, 5'11"? 160 pounds?

post #4 of 9

5'9", 178. Swings very, very hard. May have been a factor in the number of injuries he's had.

post #5 of 9

random info here...but while I was struggling to eliminate my slice, i moved my setup back like that.  It helped me setup with my shoulders square to the target.  Regardless of where in the stance the ball was sitting.  (BTW - it was due a video suggested here on TST)

 

If I had my clubhead forward by the ball, my shoulder line at setup was closed (outside-in).  so my clubpath was closed too on the swing

 

moving the clubhead, at setup, back to center, and focusing on a point in the center and swinging through the center (not the ball - the ball gets in the way so that's a side effect) was the single biggest improvement I ever had for driving.  I still do it to some extent.

post #6 of 9

Glad it worked for you. That's what counts!

 

In general, just as a thought in isolation, getting the ball more forward (or the low point further back) is not going to be a good one for the average slicer because a more upward (or less downward) angle of attack is going to send the club path more to the left, which is going to curve the ball more to the right -- all else being equal (which it never is.)

 

:-)

post #7 of 9

Yes I would assume that's in an effort to try and create a positive AoA

post #8 of 9

I've gone back and forth with a set up like that a few times in the past. It was a more comfortable and relaxed address position for me and almost had the feeling of giving me a head start in the back swing (sounds stupid but that was the feeling).

 

Problem always was, like Stretch said, it was easy to be out to in through impact. In my case I didn't slice the ball but hit plenty of pulls.

 

It also enhanced another bad habit of mine which is to move the upper body (and head) forward quite a bit during the downswing. Could knock the heck of it when it happened to be timed right, almost like a mini-Happy Gilmore, but it turned out to be way too inconsistent.

post #9 of 9

I've seen quite a few people with driver set-ups like that. As others have said, it helps keep the shoulders parallel with the knees. I think the video I saw on this also said something about it helping with secondary axis tilt as well.

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