Posted Yesterday, 09:16 AM
I have been at the point you are at, wanting but not knowing. I am self-taught on this swing. It has not been easy, but it has paid off.
I have the book. I have watched his videos endlessly on youtube - the old ones that are up now, from 1989 or so, are invaluable, as you are able to watch Ballard explain the fundamentals and the rationale. I have read the ideas offered here by people like 97speedster.
It has taken a lot of time and focus to be do-it-yourselfer. But there is a payoff: I now feel as though I understand enough about the swing to self-diagnose, when the wheels fall off. Which they do.
I will say two things about this method that I think are of importance. First, if you are going to do it you need to commit to it, 100%. By this I mean that what Ballard teaches is, in certain respects, in conflict with other things that you have been taught and that you read about and see on TV. You simply have to ignore all conficting advice and believe in what Ballard teaches. And, you will find out that what he teaches is bulletproof - do it right and it works, period, if it isn’t working you aren’t doing it right.
Second, details are important. If you are going to do this swing method you have to do all the key points. I watch the videos again and again and listen to every word and learn something new every time. Example: “the folding of the left arm at impact is what accelerates the club head”. This goes hand in hand with “connection of the left elbow”, “playing with a half a left arm”. Which in turn goes hand in hand with letting your spine/head shift forward in the downswing - if you hold your head back and hit into a reverse-c you are not only going to hurt your back eventually, your left elbow is likely not going to fold real well at impact. What I am trying to say is that it is a complete system, all of the parts are designed to fit together.
You ask about affirmation. One way would be if you can find a Ballard instructor in your area. Another way - if you decide to do it the way that I did - would be to take yourself to a point where you think that you understand and are doing the key points, then take videos and send them to Ballard. His website says that he will give you feedback on your swing for $150. Think about that. For a hundred fifty bucks you get feedback directly from a person who has worked with more PGA champions that just about anybody!!