Sticking with my 2014 goals, I had my first lesson of 2014 with a new pro at my course. This is guy is a top 50 of the top 100 teaching pros as published in the latest Golf Digest magazine. I figured he had to know what he was doing, right?
After the pleasantries and telling him about my limited golf background, past teachers and personal goals, I gave him three swings recorded on Track Man and then it began. Bad turn. Bad shoulders. Bad plane. Bad angle of attack. Bad, bad, bad. Man, he broke me down and shattered my image of my golf swing. I shot 79 last weekend and this pro was breaking me down like a beginner. Apparently, I've developed my own swing mechanisms to compensate for my badness! And I thought I was getting better.
So, I went into this lesson looking for and expecting some fine tuning and I came out with a whole new swing. The new move may be familiar to many here, but it's the opposite of what I've been doing and thinking is the right thing. The only thing he didn't change was my address and takeaway. After that, oh boy. First, the move left. He emphasized the lateral hip move to the left while staying CLOSED. Additionally, I had to get my left shoulder lower than my right. My first move left was to drop my right shoulder and elbow - moving towards the slot. Not anymore. This idea wasn't hard to accept, but the synchronization of my swing has to adjust.
As I make this move left, I'm now supposed to get my hands further from my body - create a wider arc. So, somehow, the hands begin to move while I shift down and left, keeping my hips and shoulder closed to my target (pointing somewhat backwards). My arms and shoulders want to move together, not anymore!? I don't understand this at all and have no idea how to incorporate this into my swing. I will definitely be looking for my info on this move and how to install this into my swing. It's on the back burner for now.
Then, as I make the final approach and turn towards the ball, I am supposed to fire up and away? Hit the wall. Spin out. Thrust toward the ball/target, but stop moving forward/down the target line. Apparently, my swing before yesterday continued too far forward and left and thus zapped my energy/swing speed. Idea is slinging a club down the range with the left hand. Spin away, not down the line to create speed. Makes sense, but it's so different from what I've been doing. I spent a couple hours after my round today practicing this move. I placed a bag stand next to my left leg and made swings consciously not hitting the stand. It seemed to help ingrain the idea.
He called me a tugger. My arms stayed close to the body and followed the shoulders. I thought the shoulders turn and the arms follow? If the arms are moving, shouldn't the shoulders also be moving? According to this pro, I need to learn to allow my arms to swing more freely. All of this is going to take some getting used to.
I took these new swing thoughts to the course today to play with my regular group. I warmed up great. Made a routine par on 1, then all hell broke loose. I went on to shoot 90. Needless to say, I had a few things on my mind with every swing. As mentioned, I spent a couple of hours after my round working on the new swing moves and began to flush everything. I will return tomorrow and work some more. Anyone else feel as though lessons just screw everything up?
I'm curious to hear from others that are familiar with the swing moves noted above. If you can elaborate on the concepts, I'd like to hear. Thanks and have a great 2014 golf season.