Ok so...I was at the range today - pretty much working on drawing the ball and getting my weight over the front foot / left side. Was having issues doing so (as usual), so I started making a bunch of practice swings in very slow motion to see if I can notice WHAT is is stoping me from getting my weight over / hanging back and flipping the club etc. I realized I have very little hip action in my swing, I am very flexible and have no problem getting my back to the target, shoulder under chin etc. but when I unwind, I noticed I pretty much am just using the muscles in my back, arms and chest to swing the club down....very little of the movement was being generated from my hips / legs...SO...
I came up with a drill (if this is already a real drill please dont bark at me lol! Im saying I came up with it because I came up with it on the spot and I have never heard of it, seen anyone do it, been instructed to do it etc.), anyways I took my normal setup, alignment etc. and absolutely 100% forced my self to make the swing using NOTHING but my waist / leg muscles (but more so just waist). At first it was very hard because I kept wanting to muscle the club (which is obviously my problem) but after 5-10 mins, I started making swings 100% using only my waist. I didnt even realize you can get the club to top of backwing that way!!! Anyways, the reason Im excited and in somewhat disbelief is because...every shot I hit doing this was striped, center of club face, down the middle or slight draw, 225-235 yards (my 3 wood). I kid you not, once I got the drill down (to the point as I mentioned, was using 100% waist, legs, and I guess weight transfer via waist leg muscles) I hit about 25 balls and all of them were perfect.
1) If you were just looking at my swing even though I was only using hips etc. during the drill, you probably would not know, I didnt video it, but from what I can tell it would look like a normal swing from the outside. BUT is this a reliable way to swing during a round or just a good drill?
2) assuming, sure this might be a good drill but dont play a round doing it - then what are the best ways to practice syncing up the upper body arm movement with the above described action?
3) Based on the fact that I was hitting em really bad before this drill today on the range and then perfect when doing the drill on the range - could you extrapolate that weight transfer and hip movement is/was one of my major issues?
All replies, comments, questions are welcome!