Posted 16 January 2018 - 11:57 AM
I just came back to this thread to respond with a little light bulb moment I had over the weekend. Then I read that last reply and it kinda coincides with what I think I may have discovered.
So my backswing was something I had worked on for quite a while this past summer. My practice was taking the club back connected and maintaining that one piece triangle about halfway back, then hinging up. I do this much better than I did before. Previously I took the club too far outside, got disconnected and rolled my wrists back. All in all, its much better. But in doing so, I never really even thought about or considered steep vs. flat plane. The way my swing is now is just a direct result of me hinging up.
so this weekend, I played golf and my buddy took a couple pics/videos of our round and for the first time, i noticed how steep my back swing plane was. One of my favorite pros is Rickie Fowler and I know his is complete opposite and flat. So I ended up doing a couple side by side pics/videos of myself vs. Rickie to compare and my backswing on almost all my swings from wedge to driver is WAY steeper than his. I know he may be a little on the extreme in terms of flat, but I think I am on the opposite extreme. my left arm almost covers my right ear on some swings where his seems to be under his shoulder on some.
so just playing around, i took some practice swings at home in front of a mirror trying to replicate a flat swing like Rickie. Honestly, i was just curious what it felt like as compared to my normal swing. What I noticed was first of all, it was actually pretty easy to do. I was a bit surprised. It actually seemed to make my backswing easier if that makes any sense. basically id do the same thing i have always done, but rather than hinge up, i was trying to hinge back. Most of the swings I recorded or took pics of werent quite as flat as Rickie's, but were somewhere in the middle of mine and his. Of course, yesterday and today are the coldest days in Texas of the year, so I cannot get out and hit balls. but just taking practice swings at home (i can hit balls in my garage into a net and take swings in my bedroom while working)... I noticed a few things...
1. by taking a more flat swing, it seems to be alot more compact and even a shorter backswing. Yet seems to make me rotate more (which seems to be one of the main issues Monte and others are suggesting from above).
2. definitely seems easier to get the club coming in from the inside to out. There is no manipulation or re-routing of the club needed. Sometimes with my "normal" swing, I have to really consciously try and shallow the club in transition not to come over the top. But it seems like with a flatter swing plane, this is needed much less.
who knows... of course this is just me taking practice swings in front of a mirror at home and not hitting balls on a course... but just something I kinda came across on my own and something I am going to experiment with once the weather allows later in the week. I am hoping a combination of what Monte suggested with my arms along with a little flatter backswing can help correct a few things without changing anything too drastic.
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