I can tell that I’m getting closer because my down swing plane is shallowing out even more, and I can show some visual proof in the form of one of my better swings last year vs the last time I was at the range.
I went from a very steep plane that appeared at some point in my swing research years, to a fairly neutral plane, to one that is actually getting “under” the plane that is my shaft angle at impact.
You’ll remember something like this back in the day a swing from 2011:
In that swing, you see my top position way above the impact plane with the hands and left arm, and the hands & shaft never getting to that plane line until impact, whereas last summer I got it to around neutral:
Now, you can’t get any more “neutral” than that – my hands, once they touched the plane line, never left it, while the shaft moved slightly outside the plane post-impact (in-to-out club path), and now I’m here:
You’ll notice that in the first two gifs, my left arm is fairly above the plane line, although my hands drop into the plane slot in last year’s swing. This year however, my arm touches the plane line, perfectly in line with it, and the hands drop below the line rather than staying on it.
This indicates more right arm action on the down swing, “pushing” or “throwing” the club rather than “pulling” it with the leading arm.
All of this is being done without conscious effort – it’s the setup before the pivot begins, and then making sure of the proper pivot action using the hips & legs without trying to jack the hands and club up behind me, letting the pivot turn the shoulders instead.
And you’ll see that in the progressive gifs, the trailing heel lift has been getting lesser and lesser.
You get more leverage “using the ground” by staying it touch with the ground swinging down!
I’ve been looking at Mike Dunaway’s back swing action again and I think I can improve on my action even more – I had a theory years ago about “pushing” and “pulling” actions, not with the down swing but with the back swing and down swing together, and I’m going to revisit that theory to see what happens, next time out.
If I’m correct in my hunch, it’ll mean that something I was theorizing about back in 2007, long before I started to build swing models, was actually right on the money!
If not, no harm in having checked it out.
More to come.
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