Xtreme Leverage Pt II – Driver

Not much to say today as I pretty much laid it out in yesterday’s posting, so here is the Driver swing shown from the same two angles.

This is as extreme as I can go, swinging with the right arm and hand only with the hips & legs, but in doing so, I also proved that the swing is indeed a whole-boy motion.

The proof?  I was pretty stiff and sore in the left back muscles today, even though I swung with only the right arm!

The soreness is always a clue that you’ve made a change in how you’re swinging, thereby using muscles you weren’t using before or using them a little more than before.


And as should happen when you get the swing working properly, you will definitely “use the ground” because that is your base when swing down from the top.

Two things that really stood out for me looking at this swing down the line, were how much hip turn I produced (look at that right leg post at the top), and how low that right heel was through impact:


Now I can begin to see just how fast I can swing and how far I can drive it using this template and really “stepping into it” from the top, with that right arm throw action.

Here’s my “3 To 9” action looking down the line:


You can think of a throw or, if you don’t throw right-handed (or left-handed and you swing lefty), then you can think of it as a “pushing down” action with the non-leading arm.


This is what I worked on all winter and got derailed on with the improper setup once I got back out of doors, but I’m there now, and it’s now time to start breaking everything down, WAX Nation!


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11 thoughts on “Xtreme Leverage Pt II – Driver

  1. Mark Cumberpatch

    DJ,

    This is very interesting, as I too have struggled with the balance between a pushing and pulling, left arm right arm dominance. I am ambidextrous, I bowl right handed while throwing overhand left handed. I write left handed and can wield a hammer effectively with both hands. I can skip rocks (side arm action) left only.

    What is puzzling is that a right arm throwing motion (the club head at the ball) a la Hogan in 5 Lessons seems more natural to me and have tried this in the past. It seems as a lefty too, I should revisit this notion. Are your hands neutral, that is to say the hands do nothing but hold on to the club, as Hogan describes in 5 Lessons.

    1. D Watts Post author

      I hear you, Mark! I am a mongrel myself, not dominant in any one hand but not ambidextrous, either. I perform most fine motor movements with my left hand (writing, eating, etc.) and gross motor/athletic with my right side (throwing, swinging).

      The problem with swinging with a dominant leading side is that you invariably begin to turn early with the upper body, when the most leveraged and powerful action is a straight down from the top move with the trailing arm and hand. So, one must suppress the urge to turn the shoulders to pull the swing.

      Now that I’ve figured out how to do this despite wanting to pull the swing with my left side, I will be far better able to explain, describe and demonstrate it than I have been to date.

      It’s a fun ride, and we’ve only begun this one! 😀

  2. Adam Tarbaux

    Hey dj I went to the range today and it brought more questions than answers because I’m able hook my irons and hit a dead straight 220 yard 3 iron but I’m pushing and slicing all my woods really bad. Me and my dad dont understand why.

    1. D Watts Post author

      Could be you’re sliding on the down swing, which would cause open face at impact.

      That and/or ball position. You’d want your woods ball position to have the hands just slightly leading the ball or directly above for a more sweeping impact. A couple of things to look at…

  3. Adam Tarbaux

    It’s none of those because I took video of my swing it’s my hands, they are not rotating over at the right time. It’s so bad my left palm is facing the target.

    1. D Watts Post author

      That is very odd, never heard of that before. I know that when people with hooking problems push or slice it’s because they deliberately held the face open for fear of it closing early. Have you had hooking issues in the past?

      1. Adam Tarbaux

        I only had a push slice with my woods ever since I picked up a club just recently I started hooking my irons but only my irons.

        1. D Watts Post author

          Do me a favor and shoot me a clip of one of your swings if you can, Adam. I’ll have a look-see if you wish.

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