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Update: Hit about 200 balls at the range yesterday. I worked on starting the first 2 feet of my backswing without any rotation of the face or rolling of the wrist/forearms. It was actually a really good session. I can tell I am making better contact and far less fat/thin shots. Gonna keep working on it. you guys were right!

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I would say Dan was right ?

I too have taken lessons online from him and been there to see him twice and planning to get back in January. A few pieces of advice. Blindly do what he tells you to do. Blindly do the drills he

Me too I’m borderline obsessed with it. Hate when I can’t do something especially something seemingly simple. The hands straight back for a foot or so thing really is helping me a ton. Use my body to

So here is some updates, before anyone starts ripping on me. I want to give some background, I haven't been steep into the ball in a good while (probably a few years) I got bored and tried the another swing method for I'd say 2-3 months and I got super steep and laid off and now I'm fighting to get back to not so steep. Before: http://youtu.be/Xw4_Ffv6mlAAfter: (Sorry for the shutter, I'm at a lighted range) Been working on getting club vertical, standing a little further away, and keeping my head back behind the ball.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caOuaJ75tcw

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I'm inclined to agree with Krt22, and I hope Hogan and others have been mis-quoted. I have wrestled with this issue, myself, for many years and have come to believe that an on plane backswing is a very desirable thing. I understand Dan's affection for the stick drill. Even at this late stage of my career, backswing plane is something I attend to every day. Personally, I use a laser pointer affixed to the butt end of the club, and I like to see it trace back along the target line and thru the ball. My ability to do that with any regularity is a function of grip, stance and extension back from the ball. When I get the setup parameters correct, the rest of it goes smoothly.

Personally, I think we've been victims of some contrary teaching in this area. We've been taught for so long that "connection" is important. Yet, when I really make an effort to stay connected, the club goes flat. The only way I can stay on plane when highly connected is to back-hinge my wrists more than I want to. So, my ability to stay on plane while obtaining a desirable wrist position at the top tends to minimize the amount of connection I feel. Like everything else, it's a tricky balance.

 

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Just got my online lesson back. Dan was happy overall with my backswing, therefore, my hard work has seemed to pay off. I've been working on trying to stay down but significantly struggling on it. My irons have been very good, but my driver has been my enemy, pull draws/high push cuts. Dan identified it was because I did not clear my left side properly. I have a tendency to not clear fast enough and my right leg kicks in. He gave me two drills to work on. I'll be grinding it out! Will update with videos in a week or so.

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I started golf in the 90's and that's was the most popular theory, although it never worked for me and I realize it was the number one reason why I didn't get better. Lots of good players rotate the hand and forearm at the beginning of the swing, like Ben Hogan, DJ Johnson, etc. I feel it is better to help get the hands and arms connected earlier instead of much later in the backswing and hoping to find the "slot" on the way down.

 

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Curious on drills - was this one? I found my wife's old exercise ball in the garage , dusted it off, and am using it for this drill. If you want to keep it against the wall then you really need to get the left hip turning. Pretty easy to do and have it fall out toward the back in the finish. Really helps me feel very stable over the ball when pushing the ball into the wall.

 

 

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I don't know what Dan tells folks but I find that I push it into the wall pretty good to be able to keep it from falling - if I'm just up against it with light pressure then it falls out during the follow thru - so how far away you set up makes a difference - but in either case you really have to regain flexion and get the lead hip moving. Plus I feel really stable over the ball in setup with this. Maybe kobe has some more information or Dan will post what the benes are. I've seen this drill in the past on Dan's instagram but only recently jumped in when I found that old exercise ball when poking around in the garage - perfect size - it's a weight watchers 65 cm.

 

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In this vein, this video was very "lightbulb-y"for me. Clearing the hips, pivoting, etc. has never come naturally for me, and for a lot of others I suspect that confuse a hip spinout with the right hip coming out as being the left side clearing. I've even had a lesson where Dan C. points out the lack of left hip clearing as one of my bigger issues (among many other things lol) This idea where it's more of a linear, left hip socket pushed back that equals a pivot/rotation that made a lot more sense to me, and also looks almost like i'm sort of "opening" my hips on the downswing in recent video. Any other thoughts or suggestions on this?

 

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Nice progress on the swing. what I found was i started out just against a wall no club. then where the ball is positioned makes a difference - higher up I can keep it against the wall swinging a club thru finish - lower down not happening - I'm guessing based on the instagram post where Dan has people position the ball - I'm doing center of back (I'm in front of a mirror) and varying height but wonder if it should start more on the lead side so you roll it back and then forward - now that would be hard to keep it up. Devin Suri was doing it with it positioned on his butt and it definitely falls in the follow thru. Be interested to hear what Dan has to say about it when you talk.

 

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