Peter_b, on 17 April 2012 - 03:55 AM, said:
You're not there yet.
The most important Key Success Factor for this swing is leverage through impact. In order to have that, the hands must be pulled back to the inside while the club head goes down the target line. Impact should feel very heavy and deliberate, with plenty of resistance from the club head itself as well as the collision with the ball. This resistance should run up your left arm, down your left side all the way to the left heel. At its best, the ball should virtually melt on the club face.
Compared to what you're doing now it should probably feel something like hitting the ball in the middle of the release. You know that part of the down swing where you really get a grab of the club head and can apply some serious force on the shaft. The trick is to move that alignment closer and closer and closer to the ball. What you will end up with then is a leveraged impact. Where you pull hard with the left side through the ball, and push hard with the right. And when you really get it, the arms behave like steel levers who simply leverages the force you apply with your pivot - right at impact!
This is feel stuff, and feel is an individual thing. So take it with a grain of salt. But the feel and the intentions in a slicefixer release is very different from a crossover release. I have a feel that an impact bag could do wonders for you here.
Some geometrical pointers:
You are overdoing the tilt away from the target at address. Aim for a reverse K, where left foot, left hip and left shoulder is on the same vertical line as seen face on. Hips square to target line, shoulders slightly open.
You have a right elbow issue that starts early. Turn your right elbow so it faces the ground more at address. This will promote more of an elbow folding and less of a chicken winging later on. Also, since you're going to swing your arms a lot less, you need to turn your pivot more and sooner.
Your arms are disconnecting with your pivot early in the back swing. Aim for a one piece takeaway. Frozen hands and arms for the first few inches. Brace your shoulders and upper arms to create a firm connection between pivot and hands. Only move the club with hips and shoulders in the takeaway. Actually do as much as possible with the hips as this will give set you up for using more leg power coming back down again.
You can try to hit 7-1's with frozen hands and arms. It will emphasize correct use of the pivot and full pivot-hands connection through impact.
Right now, you're not turning into the back foot and loading it. You are turning EVERYTHING above the ancles. Brace your back foot at address. Athletic. Ready to jump. Or at least ready to push forward during transition. In the back swing, everything can turn except the back foot, knee and femur. Even the left foot can turn if you let the heel come off the ground (this is not mandatory though). The motion of the right leg is a linear motion away from the target line and slightly forward in order to assist in rotating the right hip around the lower spine. But the rotation stops in the right hip joint. So don't let the back knee or foot take up the any of torque.
Hopefully this will set you up for a proper transition.