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BillyD

Hands close to body at address

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My first post after years of lurking. No, I don't have a video (which would help).

I've played for years as a 15-16 hdcp. Amateur "experts" on the course will tell me I set up with my hands too close to my body on iron shots.

Because I have a large chest and small waist, setting up with my arms on top of my chest seems to extend my hands too far out and I have problems making a full turn or even a decent takeaway. So I start with my hands close to my thighs like Jim Furyk so I can fully turn, but when I come down I am not blocked. In other words, my downswing is conventional.

Does anyone else have this "problem"? I get all kinds of criticism from low cappers when I'm having a bad day, which tends to happen no matter what. They the hands are my problem.

Anyone else with this issue and how do you manage?

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If you look at My Swing thread you'll see I had a similar set-up a few years back:

The first thing I changed was that set-up, on the advice of @iacas.  I straightened my knees some, bent a little more from the waist, which allowed me to set up a little further away from the ball, and let my hands separate from my body a bit.  I obviously don't have the "large chest/small waist" situation that you describe.  That change made my NEXT change possible, but I did my best to work on just one thing at a time.

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