It’s just that “pullers” fail to properly sequence the down swing (although a lot of it has to do with the setup and back swing pivot rather than what happens on the down swing) and pull on the wrong angle.
I’ve said before, and still feel, that my swing hasn’t changed much over the years. By that, the down swing action still feels the same for me as it did when I was coming over the top and swinging outside-in rather than inside out.
What I changed was the angle or plane coming back down, and I did that by adjusting and correcting my setup and back swing pivot action.
For example: If you make a back swing pivot and try to “cover the ball” with your chest coming back down, as I’ve heard on TV and read in magazines (and which makes no sense to me), chances are that you, as a puller, will come steeply over the top in your action doing so.
The reason being, you’re so focused on the down swing action that you never really complete the back pivot and leave yourself no other path to the ball except over the top.
Fix: If there is nothing wrong so much with your setup, and it all seems to go wrong on the transition to the down swing, you’d be better off thinking “cover the right foot” with your chest on the back pivot and thinking “high left shoulder” on the transition to the down swing.
Of course, it’s very difficult to do with a Modern Golf Swing action and setup, because the planted leading heel will restrict your hip and you’ll end up twisting the lower back to complete the shoulder turn, and that will just not end well for most people.
Just A Brief Aside Before I Continue
Of course, every time I bring up the Modern Golf Swing as I just did, I have to pause to deliver the following rant on that particular subject, because I can’t not it…
Just as not everyone who smokes will end up with lung cancer, not everyone who swings in the Modern Golf Swing models will end up with a bad back, but is this really something you want to gamble with?
Because, you’ve only got one back and when you mess that up, quality of life can be severely diminished – all to swing in a way that is not mechanically sound – doesn’t seem the logical thing to do, does it?
You can build a house that has a high risk of collapsing on you while you sleep one night, or you can build it according to a proper blueprint and code – and the thing that gets me, many people who would be nodding their heads right now in agreement with this statement will still go out today or tomorrow and insist on swinging with a twisting lower back and great risk of injuring it… alright, let’s move on.
The body is built with pretty much equal halves on the outside (inside, the organs and their arrangement are not the same on either side of the body’s center), and they work in unison.
To walk, you move one leg and foot forward while the other side remains in place until you plant the moving foot, then you reverse the process.
One arm swings forward, the other swings back.
Pretty much the same for running.
To swing or throw, you will have one shoulder moving in a direction while the other moves in the other direction with regards to the body center.
If the right shoulder goes back, the left shoulder moves forward, and if one shoulder goes up or down, the other moves in the opposite direction. Because when we swing and throw, the motion is in arcs, not straight lines.
So, you could say that if the shoulders move the same direction, that’s a sway, if they both drop, you’re “harpooning” the ball or ground, and of course, if they both go up, you’re coming up out of the swing or “jumping.”
So, if someone tells you that you’re pulling too hard on the swing and not “pushing” or throwing enough with the trailing arm, that’s not exactly correct.
You can’t push or throw with the trailing arm and not have the leading arm “pulling” or moving in the opposite manner to the throw or push. The body is simply not built for any other type of motion.
What the difference really is, is the angle on which you pull.
If you’re a puller, let me give you this following visual concept:
Think of the over the top or outside-in swing motion as you swinging with your right or trailing shoulder swinging over or around your left or leading shoulder, swinging through from the top.
Instead, visualize swinging under your left or leading shoulder with the trailing or right shoulder.
And I’ll leave you to chew on that, as anything further would be fodder for another posting!
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