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  1. 1.Improve your right elbow movement in transition . Study the “elbow move quiz”( no sound) on YouTube . Notice that the first golfer ,J.B. Holmes , also has his right shoulder internally rotated at the top, but aggressively externally rotates it during transition . Doing so will move your right elbow TOWARDS the TARGET LINE in transition as it also moves towards the body 2.Great ball strikes start their sacrum at the bottom of the spine moving towards the target as their arms and hands are still moving back . To accomplish this firmly duct tape a lacrosse ball on to the bottom of an old graphite shafted driver and make practice swings The extra weight on the driver head will force you to feel the sequence of starting down first with the lower body .
  2. Using a ball between the elbows will keep the distance between your elbows at a constant distance . It will NOT guarantee that your takeaway / backswing will be correct , so it is important to start your takeaway via moving your hands straight back until they pass your right thigh. But once your takeaway is correct , using the ball will help to avoid bending your right arm too much and help to avoid getting your right elbow behind the seam of your shirt.( stuck) Soft spiked ball at Dollar Stores
  3. Look at your setup. Notice that your upper arm are hanging very slightly inwards towards your body. Compare that position to that of Justin Rose , where his upper arm is hanging vertical. How do you make your upper arm vertical? . You move very slightly away from the ball, about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. The major issue with your swing is your takeaway in which you quickly move your hands away from your body. You need to correct this via moving your hands straight back until they pass your right thigh
  4. Summary of problems 1. Backswing too long 2. Downswing almost all lateral- little rotation 3. At first parallel on backswing clubhead is inside hands with the shaft facing to the right of your target. This often leads to a right elbow that is too far behind the body-STUCK 4. Very steep in transition -partly a result of your stuck elbow position Suggestions 1. Narrow your stance an inch or two 2. Flare out the left foot 1/4 turn . Thus will reduce the length of your backswing and increase your ability to rotate going down 1+2 will reduce the length of your backswing 3.During your takeaway move your hands straight back until they pass your right thigh- this will help to align the shaft parallel to your target at first parallel. 4. Buy a soft spiked ball about 6 inches in diameter at your local dollar store and hit irons with this ball between your elbows. Doing so will prevent your right elbow from getting behind the seam of your shirt DRILL Hit balls with your feet very close together- a couple of inches apart. This is one of the best drills of all time and particularly applicable to you. Too much Lateral motion will force you to lose your balance
  5. Are you crossed eye dominant? To test this make a circle with your thumb and middle finger . Look through this circle at the ball with both eyes open. Now close your right eye with your left eye open. Then do the opposite. Whatever eye that you see the same as with both eyes open is your dominant eye. If it is your left eye , you are crossed eye dominant .
  6. You are making a serious mistake in underestimating how much a poor setup can effect the rest of the swing. It effects swing plane , your ability to rotate , your balance among other things . It will also predispose your back to injuries . If you do not learn to setup correctly , you should give all pretense of consistently compressing the ball. If you wish me the describe the in detail how to setup , I will do so. If not have a happy holiday season
  7. First things first , you need to improve your setup posture . Currently you setup with a noticeable “ C “ posture or an obvious kyphosis ( round shoulders) in your upper spine . This leads to among other things problems with your ability to rotate . You need to setup with a spine much less curved in your upper spine , closer to that of Jon Rahm below . Second , you need to stop taking the club so inside . This leads to a position at 9:00 where your left arm is very angled relative to the target line . The “C” spinal posture at setup is a factor in this takeaway. The two printouts are from an article in the 4/2020 Golf Magazine by Athletic Motion Golf. To avoid an inside takeaway, you need to take your hands straight back until they pass your right thigh
  8. 3 suggested drills A.Setup with a slight shoulder tilt and some right knee brace. Then turn your shoulders . Some , but not all of the brace of your right knee should be maintained .Some space should open up at your right hip at the top. ( Peter Finch Golf) B. Place an alignment rod at a slight angle close to your right hip. Then turn back without hitting the alignment rod . Again some space should open up at your right hip.This can be done with or without a club(Scratch Golf Academy) C. Right pocket back. Pull out the inside of your right pocket.As you turn back this inside of your right pocket should disappear( Golf shorts-Justin Klemballa)
  9. Playing the ball back in your stance moves the path more to the right , increases the attack angle , delofts the clubface increases spin and places your head in front of the ball.It can act as a compensation for flipping because you are hitting the ball at a low point farther back in your swing. Top players have lateral movement of their pelvis/ hips at the beginning of their backswing , but this movement is slight , around an inch , and is over by the time the hands reach their trail leg. After that the movement is only “rotation “ during the rest of the backswing . Now that you diagnosed your own problem, what suggestions would you make to improve it ?
  10. Work out for strength not for bulk. More like Bruce Lee than Arnold . Developing strength via body weight training Book “ Naked Warrior” by Pavel
  11. Look at the the 3 screen shots below. At address it is obvious that you are playing the ball too far back in your stance . Among other things this will affect any shoulder tilt that you will normally have from your right hand below your left on the grip. Now let’s take a different tac. I want you to diagnose your own swing problems by concentrating on your RIGHT-side pelvic/ hip movement at 9:00 in your backswing and at the top relative to their setup position in the front video. Specifically is your pelvis moving laterally or is it rotating or both and at what points in your backswing are any such movements occurring . Next look at the angle of the left side of your spine at the top.Is it tilted away or toward the target. Next , has anything changed about your head position at the top. Has it moved toward or away from the target - has the tilt of your head changed from setup?
  12. Absolutely correct. Changing motor skills involve creating new neural pathways in the brain. At first new neural pathways are not well developed , so many repetitions are vital to strengthen this new neural pathway. But equally important and possibly more difficult is to avoid regressing to your old , incorrect , comfortable , well ingrained patterns. These old patterns are based upon well developed neural pathways; stress in developing a new motor skill ,such as initial poor strikes, make it easy to fall back to your old habits. That is among the reasons why one should ditch regular speed , full length swings when making swing changes
  13. Studies have shown that static stretching before an activity ( holding a stretch for 30 seconds) is neither effective at preventing injury or improving performance. Static stretching does have its place after an activity , but one should emphasize DYNAMIC stretching if your goal is increased performance . After the age of of 30, it has been estimated that you lose 3% of muscle mass each decade . This muscle loss accelerates after the age of 60. But the good news is that this loss can be slowed down or actually reversed through resistance training . Does that mean that you need to do heavy weight training . Definitely NOT. As I have aged , I have become more concerned about injuries caused by heavier weights. My re sistance workouts now emphasize using body weight and elastic bands as resistance . As examples I do push-ups , pull-ups for my upper body , pistols and wall sits for my legs and prone cobras ,locusts and dragon flags for my core . I also add in some plyometric speed training specific for golf and some balance exercises . And watch your diet. It is amazing how we as Americans have devolved into being overweight .
  14. YES, but I do NOT want to give the impression that the rear leg will not straighten as you make your backswing . IT DOES, but not to the point where it is close to straight or locked . Patrick Kelley does a very good job of presenting short YouTube videos on specific areas of the swing . Enclosed are 3 videos addressing the right elbow. The first shows a good position of the right elbow going back The second is a one arm drlll emphasizing the right elbow going down and the third shows how the right elbow should be in front of the right hip in the lower downswing. IMG_0909.MOV IMG_0906.MOV IMG_0910.MOV
  15. The instep of the foot is the bony structure on top of the arch of the foot. I prefer to think of the pressure on the rear foot at the top as towards the bottom inside of rear foot. Unless you possess superior flexibility , the front hip/ knee will bend more than the rear going back. A good checkpoint is that a small amount of space between the knees at the TOP can be seen in a dtl video. A little more than can be seen in the first video, but not as much in the second video. And yes, This will result in the right elbow and arms being more in front of the body at the top and not stuck or behind the seam of your shirt.
  16. At setup , you need to relax your arms - this means adding some SLIGHT bend to your arms at setup The centerpiece of your problems is an almost straight right leg and a left leg that is too bent at the top. This causes two problems 1. weight moves toward the outside of your rear foot - look closely at your rear foot in the two screen shots below Instead you should be loading weight into the middle inside of your rear foot 2. It enables too much pelvic “rotation” , which encourages your right elbow to move behind the seam of your shirt By 9:00 in your downswing the orientation of your upper arm is too horizontal . Compare your right elbow position at 9:00 to that if Tiger . From that position it is impossible to get your right elbow on and in front of your right hip at impact, so you stall your pivot and flip Suggestions 1. maintain some bend of your rear leg going back 2. place a sponge ,small spongy ball or 1/2 tennis ball under the middle outside of your rear foot . This will act as tactile feedback to help you load properly going back Between 1 and 2, you will shorten your backswing and prevent your right elbow from getting behind your body 3. Watch the “elbow quiz” on YouTube . The rear elbow should move both down and towards the TARGET LINE
  17. Athletic setup-the basics IN BALANCE - fore-aft weight towards the balls of your feet - notice that Tigers and Justin’s TIBIA( lower leg bone ) is close to vertical NEUTRAL SPINE - similar to the spinal posture required to perform a dead lift- unless you want to risk injury , those who perform dead lifts need a “ neutral spine”posture. While most golfers are not risking immediate injury as in the dead lift , they are risking longer term injuries and swing inefficiencies if they do not setup with a “neutral spine . Tiger and Justin Rose You violate the first by bending your knees so much You violate the second due to excessive kyphosis(rounded shoulders)
  18. You need to focus on keeping more weight toward your rear heel for longer in your downswing . To effect this try putting a SW underneath your rear heel and keep your heel planted on the SW until after impact
  19. Setup is still suspect even though your knees and front foot flare are much improved Setup technique suggestion Without a club , stand up in good ERECT posture about 2 inches from a kitchen or bathroom counter . Place your hands on each respective hip bone and push back. This will result in your butt moving back so your butt touches the counter . Simultaneously your spine will bend so that your spine is tilted towards the ground . Although your spine need not be rigidly straight at this point , it is important that your upper spine not be in khyphosis ( round shoulders) at this point . Your upper arms should hang close to vertical with short irons and will be more angled with a driver. Then flare out your lead foot 1/4 turn . Now when you do this technique while holding a club your upper spine will become slightly rounded due to the weight of the clubhead., but not as much as you are currently doing . And because your right hand is below that of the left on the grip , your shoulders will be slightly tilted away from the target . Finally you should preset some shaft lean with irons by placing your hands just off your inner left thigh. With a driver your hands should be more towards the middle of your stance to facilitate hitting slightly up on the ball. The ball position should not move when hitting different clubs . It should be inside your front heel. This translates to about the front -middle of your stance with the narrow stance of a wedge. As you widen your stance with longer clubs by moving your right foot away from the left , the RELATIVE position of the ball will move forward but the ball does not move. Even though it does not require athletic coordination to adopt a correct stance , it does require an anal attitude of attention to details.
  20. Although Mr Cheney is definitely S+T oriented , his videos contain many insights which can be applied toward non S+T golfers . One of the better golf pros on YouTube .
  21. Setup changes are usually the easiest to change because they are static and do not involve moving parts. But because setup changes inevitably cause a chain reaction of changes in your swing , it is hardly unusual to feel uncomfortable swinging for a protracted period of time . To be realistic I would expect at least 2 weeks of practicing setup changes in front of a mirror before these changes are comfortable and another 2 months of hitting balls with these changes before you see positive results . Your ultimate goal should be to hit “knuckle fades “ ( fades from the inside) and completely take the left rough out of play , but that is a far more advanced technique .
  22. My irons are still Pingeye2 Berryliums.In the mid 80s I thought that I could play , so I custom ordered a one iron . Although I mainly use a driver off of the tee, I do occasionally use the one iron off of the tee or on long par 3s. There is nothing like the feel of hitting Pingeye Berryliums in the middle grooves . Feels like a sharp knife cutting through softened butter.
  23. Agree, although I would like a slow motion dtl video to see more detail on specifically how he shallows. Notice three emphasis - flaring lead foot - starting down with lower body - drill emphasizing connection with bent right elbow. One additional point - because he starts down first with his lower body , his hands have the look of pulling the arrow out of the quiver in the early downswing . This is a similar look to many great golfers and is the opposite of casting Jack Nicklaus said it best “Starting down I try to sense the clubhead lagging until the downswing has been initiated by my feet and legs, at which time I know I can safely release with my hands and arms “
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