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I might be 6'6" but I'm not as long as I used to be... especially in the irons but anyhow... I cannot make a full turn anymore... meaning I physically can't... I got in a car wreck a few years back...

So I'm wondering... instead of fighting my urge to want to turn my hips and take out a bus window...

SIMPLY PUT IS A 3/4 Swing the way to go... on the range and the course it is my most consistent shot
post #2 of 12

It can help.  Have you seen this thread?  The drill below is excellent for determining the length of your backswing.

 

 Shorter (Probably Better) Swing? Keep the Right Arm Straight 

 

post #3 of 12
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I watched the video... is it possible with the longer clubs (Dr, 4w, Hy) because especially with the Driver... people include me get really "handsy" with the Driver and swing too much with my arms
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I watched the video... is it possible with the longer clubs (Dr, 4w, Hy) because especially with the Driver... people include me get really "handsy" with the Driver and swing too much with my arms

Absolutely. With the longer clubs, the weight of the club head is farther away from your body, your hands can sense this, then the elbows and wrists break down to help you "cheat" to a full turn.
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So with the longer clubs how would I avoid this?
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So with the longer clubs how would I avoid this?

Practice the takeaway with the feeling that you want your right arm to be as straight as possible.  This limits how far back you can swing because the right arm would have to collapse to continue further.  You left arm will stay straight too.

 

You can also work on your shoulder turn.  Check out #4 is this thread posted by @Foursum Golf.  This one really helps.

 

 Five ways to tune your game, no talent necessary 

 

4. One exercise for more flexibility and core strength.

 

This one move is not going to give you the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger but it will help in developing flexibility and core strength.

 

Get in your address position (with the proper posture that you’ve been practicing), hold your 5 iron at either end and lay it behind your neck, across your shoulders. From there, turn into your backswing, while keeping proper posture with a consistent spine angle, and hold the position at the top of your backswing. You should feel your core muscles being engaged at this point.

 

While you’re in this position, take note of the angle the shaft is in across your shoulders. When you make your downswing, make sure to emulate this same angle when you are at the point of impact. Your hands on either end of the shaft should be in the exact opposite positions that they were when you were at the top of your backswing.

 

Complete your swing to a balanced follow-through. Do this for 15 minutes a day and you’ll find you’ll have a little more core strength at the beginning of the season and a lot more flexibility.

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So with the longer clubs how would I avoid this?

+1000 on what @boogielicious has posted. The straight arms feel is my main feel for backswing. Basically I feel the control in my right hand, drawing the club back (you may like the feel of keeping the club face "looking" at the ball) while keeping my elbows close together and arms straight. As soon as I "feel" like my right arm is going to start bending, my backswing is done. Shorter is better and, very likely, nowhere near as short as you think it is. All my very best shots have these feels very pronounced, but I know from video that what I think is a ridiculously short backswing is actually quite full and complete looking. Part of the reason for this is that your shoulder turn will be fuller than you think and even though your arms haven't travelled as far as your used to, your body has made a much better turn. 

post #8 of 12
I take less than a full backswing. With your size, you'd still have plenty of arc on your swing. Resist the temptation to over swing. Don't think you have to swinger faster or harder to make up for the reduced backswing. You generate most of your swing speed when you release your lag toward the bottom of your downswing. As always, follow thru.

Try a half swing punch shot with a 5 iron making sure you "strike the match" when making impact. See how far it goes in relation to your normal 5 iron. It probably won't be too much shorter, but probably a little lower ball flight.

See Dan Pohl's swing. He was 3/4 and one of the longest hitters on tour in the day. Actually 3/4 may be a better swing anyway.
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I might be 6'6" but I'm not as long as I used to be... especially in the irons but anyhow... I cannot make a full turn anymore... meaning I physically can't... I got in a car wreck a few years back...

So I'm wondering... instead of fighting my urge to want to turn my hips and take out a bus window...

SIMPLY PUT IS A 3/4 Swing the way to go... on the range and the course it is my most consistent shot

I been feeling the same way, my hips move too much and I get more consistent results with 3/4 swing from wedges to all my irons.

Its a difficult change for me, what I find helps is to have ball position off my left armpit rather than ball position off my stance/left foot. 

This reminds me to minimize weight shift. 

 

Good Luck!

post #10 of 12

"3/4 swing" is a matter of feel vs. real for me. I don't feel like I take it back more than 3/4, but I'm really at parallel.

post #11 of 12

@onthehunt526 have you seen this video. Also having the right foot a few inches back of the left foot can also help with the hip turn.

 

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I pretty much use a 3/4 back swing all the time, and I get good results from it. Especially where accuracy is concerned. Yes, there is some loss of distance, but it's not the end of the world. The only down side is I have longer approach shots than I use to have. Instead of an 8i I am now using a 6i for the same distance. 

 

Probably in the minority here, but I think holding my lag longer helps with a slower swing speed. It's helps to give me more of "usable" length on my golf shots due to increased accuracy.  

 

Due medical repairs, and being older I am not as flexible as I was 3 years ago. Fortunately, after 40+ years of golf, I don't have any back issues, and I don't want any at this stage of my life. A 3/4 swing does the trick for me. I will be breaking 80 on a regular basis pretty soon with a shorter back swing which is my present goal.

 

I had my PT tell me that my 3/4 back swing would also help with a possible excessive follow through, which in my situation could cause me some grief. 

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