Post-Session Analysis (Day 1)

I knew when I left the range yesterday that I didn’t “have it,” so I was a little less annoyed that I’d spent the bulk of my time hitting balls and playing with the SC300i launch monitor.

It wouldn’t have mattered if I had gotten dozens of swings with different clubs from various angles, because the video would have been useless other than for analysis, and I did that simply looking at the swings I got on the launch monitor app and how I felt swinging the club.

It wasn’t mechanical, the problem was the setup – I did fix the left-dominant issue and was swinging right-dominant, but the trailing foot slide at impact and the numbers themselves told me there was an issue.

Don’t get me wrong – the trailing foot slide is essential in a golf swing if one is swinging with any degree of speed through the bottom and fully transferring the weight to the leading foot and turning through to the finish.

It’s that in the swing model I’m looking at and trying to nail, the foot shouldn’t release until after impact, either with a slide or a step-around – it’s the optimal action, I know from observing Mike Dunaway and having done my own swing modelling without hitting a ball – and the slide at impact told me I was still early-rotating on the down swing.

This Will Look Much Different Next Time

That meant a setup issue, which I quickly figured out this morning by comparing what I was doing yesterday to what I would do with the swing aid – keep in mind that I’ve never hit a ball with the new model, so I relapsed into the old setup when I hit the range and began to hit balls without having made any swings with the aid.

This morning, I made sure of the optimal setup with the swing aid then grabbed my driver and the first thought that came to my mind was, “Wow, that feels a lot different from what I was doing yesterday, different from any setup I’ve had with the driver at any time!”

I don’t think I’ll have to do that the next time out, because I know now what I did un-optimally in the setup, so that shouldn’t happen again.

So, one point – I made swings with both the correct grip (my grip was an issue in the years before until I changed it in late ’19, my last season really working on the swing) and with the right-dominant setup, which means that I’ll never have either problem again, having attained the correct feel for both and having hit balls.

These two factors are likely a factor in why I didn’t feel comfortable over the ball, but having had a session with a hundred swings doing it that way, it will now feel the correct way going forward.

Reset and I go again soon.

2 thoughts on “Post-Session Analysis (Day 1)

  1. Mr. McJohn

    Quick off topic question.

    Is the freedom of the hips in the backswing enough to create power on the downswing by itself? And if so, why? Or why not?

    1. DJ Watts Post author

      If you add the qualifier “in a mechanically-sound golf swing,” MMJ, then the answer is “yes.” Everything flows from that. The weight shift provides increased leverage & the trailing arm provides extra power in the swing, but that (trailing arm action) applies to any model of golf swing.

      Without the free hip action in the back pivot, the power created comes at the expense of the body’s health and wellbeing.

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