Richard (big, big Ben Hogan fan, one of the first things he mentioned was last year’s Wax Golf Ben Hogan Project) first watched the MCS “Ultimate Leverage” video about a month ago, if I’m correct, and decided he wanted a little personal tuning.
His major problem being the DJ Special – a steep down swing plane, prone to coming over the top and really ruining some good rounds he’d have going.
Here’s a before pic of his 7 iron down swing:
First, I gave Richard a live demonstration of just how simple the UMCS “floating pivot” is, and then we talked about the action of the “throw release” that he’s been looking for.
And after we adjust his stance line and I gave him a visual that he instantly understood with his particular way of looking at the swing (sometimes it’s a matter of giving ten different visuals for the same action, and here it was the “drop & pop” that shallows the down swing plane), he was doing this:
And these were full swings actually hitting balls at a target, not just swinging and trying to replicate a particular angle.
Once Richard had the visual he needed to get that right elbow and shoulder dropping into the slot instead of coming out and around, he was off to the races:
He’s not “a big guy,” but I especially loved his tempo, even before the swing changes, and check out this impact position with his driver now:
Notice the swing angle stick he laid down while we discussed the pivot and the driver swing.
So now Richard has some things that we discussed today, on which to work (grip, posture and arm position at address), and I imagine that handicap will be dropping!