Continuing to shoot good scores, lots of rounds in the 60's. Shot -2 in the SCGA mid-am qualifier and playing that tournament this Monday/Tuesday. Currently playing to a +4 at my club.
Long term piece to start. Sticking with the theme of getting the com of the club further and higher on the backswing, I've been doing a lot of practice and rehearsals feeling my wrists stay uncocked (ulnar) on the takeaway. My tendency is to do the opposite, head and handle works down and the shaft rotates around it's com too much too early. From there it's going to be hard to do anything but force the grip out in front of me, which gets me super shallow.
Basically I want to be more like Rory or Dechambeau on the takeaway which would do a few things:
- hands have to ascend sooner (feels like I'm literally picking my hands straight up)
- easier to stay centered
- easier to lower in transition
- will lessen the amount I force the grip out which gets the com to fall behind me
I'm doing this by continuing to feel myself "upload" before the club moves back and actively feel the handle raise on the takeaway. Can't "push" down on the grip if I do those two things.
Shorter term piece as I'm struggling with shots trailing left, especially off the tee. Issue is as I'm feeling the steep hand path (my last post) my chest is staying closed for too long as I'm doing it. To get the chest to open earlier the image I have in my head is that I have a laser pointer sticking out of my sternum and I want the laser to point to a spot in front of the ball by impact, so that gets my left side to stay lower longer in the transition/downswing.
That's what I'm working on here with the steep hand path. I give the backswing stuff a "B". The slow-mo shots were hammered.
On course or play feels are the same:
- Trigger move
- Complete my backswing
- Hit it as hard as I can
Some pitching practice, gradually increasing the distance with each shot. This is the most improved part of my game the past several months.
- Chest in front of the ball at 1
- Left arm rotates while maintaining extension in left wrist
- Turn chest, stay flexed over, right arm is passive