I got out today and made some swings on video and sure enough, I was right!
The difference – well, you’ll see the “shortest” back swing you’ve even see me make, but still with a big hip & leg action:
Yes, that was my top position today.
I haven’t had time to look at all the video, but here is one swing from the face-on angle that I was able to gif. with a little pic sequence:
As you can see from the real-time speed gif., I was “swinging for the fences” with a nice recoil showing how relaxed my body was at the finish, and there were actually two things I did today that I haven’t done before, feel-wise.
I’ll be explaining those two things in time when I can fully articulate the changes in my “feel” for these swings.
You can clearly see the difference in the shaft positions from last week:
To today’s top:
In a very small nutshell, the two things I did today were
- Try to get a more “under” feel on the back swing pivot to keep myself from pulling the hands up as has been my habit for years, and to terminate the back pivot when I felt I had reached my limit, rather than trying to get more out of it and
- Feeling a little more right tilt in the transition and down swing, so that I could really get after the ball like a baseball home-run swing (but without an open-shoulders impact), which let me get that “drop” a little better.
That’s as good an explanation as I can muster at the moment, so I’ll have to put some thought into the exact wording for later, and of course I’ll be able to demonstrate what I was doing today as well.
One thing I am delighted about is that I now have no issues at all with my swing plane, and for someone who struggled with steep down swings and always had to manipulate the swing to keep the plane neutral – today, I was swing pretty darned hard at the ball and at no time did I ever worry or even think about my swing plane.
It will be fine if you take care of the setup and mechanics, and all of that mock-swinging you see from the players on TV where they are always checking their angles – this is why they have days where they can’t hit a barn from the inside, which happens when you are relying on manipulation and hand-eye coordination to strike the ball solidly.
Build the proper set-up and perform the proper mechanics and swing plane issues will be a thing of the past!
The best part?
Today was the first time trying these changes and, after a few swings to get used to the difference in feel, I made the best swings, technically, I have ever made.
Now, just imagine how I’ll feel about things after a little time to really get used to and groove this action!
More, much more to come, WAX Nation.
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