Warm Greetings from the GREAT State of Texas/USA! Thank you for submitting your Golf Swing Video. I appreciate the opportunity to offer a few things for you to consider.
You have some very nice things happening in both your set up and swing motion…good for you! You indicated that your “miss” tends to be on the hook side and you wondered if your clubs might be a little too long for you. My sense is that these two things might be related!
Consider this. If your club were a bit shorter (I did notice you moved your hands down the grip end of the club to “shorten” this a bit…perhaps for comfort?), you would likely be able to tilt a bit more forward from the hips at address, potentially enabling you to rotate on this “tilted axis”, changing your swing path to a bit more inside/out instead of outside/in or down the line. This, coupled with some work on clubface awareness, could help you lessen your hook and possibly work your ball flight into a draw…a playable ball flight!
The other thing you might want to consider is to work a little on your transition from the top of your golf swing to impact and finish. If you start this motion with your arms/upper body, your swing path will not be in the inside/out circle you might like…it is easy to go outside in with this order of movement. Instead, think of beginning your forward swing with a shift/turn sequence, as if you are throwing a ball or skipping a stone: step and throw. This image can often help create the sequence that is desirable for an improved circular versus linear swing path!
To get a feel for this, I like to have my students simply do a “baseball-style” swinging motion, a continuous level swinging of the club in orbit around their body while feeling a shift/turn/shift turn sequence, finishing on their front leg, facing left of the target. When this feels pretty fluid, simply bend from the hips and repeat this from golf posture; a tilted “baseball-style” swing motion! Try it out and let me know if this helps!
Last but not least, see if you might relax your right arm at address a bit so that it is not so tension filled. This “little” thing ends up being a “big” thing…when the right arm is so tight and straight at address, it can force the swing path a bit outside/in. Think of letting some tension release in the right arm…the elbow might even have the subtlest bend at address. Definitely, something to be aware of.
Summary: All throwing and striking sports have a similar order of movement: step and throw. So it is in the golf swing. Know that you have #Permission2Move! If you shift and turn you will have athleticism and good energy transfer in your swing while producing body-friendly motion!
Keep up the good work! Love that you are an architect! Thinking that the visual imaging of your golf swing motion might be very relatable for you. Just remember, there are no lines in a circle…swing the club in a circle for the ball to end up “straight”!
LPGA Master Professional Deb Vangellow teaches at Riverbend Country Club in Houston, Texas. She is the 2012 LPGA National Teacher Of The Year, an LPGA and Golf Digest Woman “Top 50” Teacher, a Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine “Top Regional Teacher”, a US KIDS GOLF “Top 50 Master Kids Teacher” and a GRAA “Top 50 Growth Of The Game Professional”.
Deb serves as the President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Membership and is a longtime lead instructor in the LPGA Global Education Program. An educator/coach who offers wellness based developmental programming integrated into her “student centered” philosophy, Deb can be reached at 281-277-4653 or followed online at www.debvangellowgolf.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.
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