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I am struggling with a couple of contradictions with my swing:

1.    Keep the upper body, especially arms, loose and supple to promote a swing rather than a hit; but do have tension in the lower body through coiling for power. Not being a natural athlete, I find myself either totally floppy, like a bit of spaghetti or totally rigid, like a plank.

How do you practice to feel this separation?

2.    Keep the head or spine still and use a one piece take away. When I make a wide takeaway, rotating my chest and arms together, I find it so hard not to sway to the right. The pros are so good at starting to turn their arms and shoulders without moving their head at all.

How do I train myself to get this separation?

I think my observations are valid because (on the rare occasions) when I achieve these goals that I am trying to describe, the shot is so easy and long and straight, but please feel free to suggest that I am trying to do the wrong things.

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28 minutes ago, Sclaffer said:

I am struggling with a couple of contradictions with my swing:

1.    Keep the upper body, especially arms, loose and supple to promote a swing rather than a hit; but do have tension in the lower body through coiling for power. Not being a natural athlete, I find myself either totally floppy, like a bit of spaghetti or totally rigid, like a plank.

How do you practice to feel this separation?

2.    Keep the head or spine still and use a one piece take away. When I make a wide takeaway, rotating my chest and arms together, I find it so hard not to sway to the right. The pros are so good at starting to turn their arms and shoulders without moving their head at all.

How do I train myself to get this separation?

I think my observations are valid because (on the rare occasions) when I achieve these goals that I am trying to describe, the shot is so easy and long and straight, but please feel free to suggest that I am trying to do the wrong things.

If you don't have one already, start a My Swing thread in the Members Swings section. Feel can be deceiving. You may think you are doing something, but the mechanics are different than how your body perceives it. Filming your swing can show what is the most important part to work on. We call this 'priority piece' here.

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3 hours ago, Sclaffer said:

Keep the upper body, especially arms, loose and supple to promote a swing rather than a hit; but do have tension in the lower body through coiling for power. Not being a natural athlete, I find myself either totally floppy, like a bit of spaghetti or totally rigid, like a plank. 

How do you practice to feel this separation?

Let your lower body turn. What ever your ability is to gain angle separation, but you want to be able to make a full turn. Restricting the lower body isn't beneficial.

3 hours ago, Sclaffer said:

Keep the head or spine still and use a one piece take away. When I make a wide takeaway, rotating my chest and arms together, I find it so hard not to sway to the right. The pros are so good at starting to turn their arms and shoulders without moving their head at all.

You might be focusing on the wrong thing.

3 hours ago, Sclaffer said:

I think my observations are valid because (on the rare occasions) when I achieve these goals that I am trying to describe, the shot is so easy and long and straight, but please feel free to suggest that I am trying to do the wrong things.

Maybe, Maybe not.

2 hours ago, boogielicious said:

start a My Swing thread in the Members Swings section. Feel can be deceiving. You may think you are doing something, but the mechanics are different than how your body perceives it. Filming your swing can show what is the most important part to work on. We call this 'priority piece' here.

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