If that sounds funny after 17 years of swing research, it probably should – but I’m just now completing my model of what my theoretical optimal golf swing should be, and going forward, I get to hone that motion for myself!
I said at the outset, “I’m going to find a proper golf swing if no one else can teach it to me, and if it has already been discovered, I’ll find it – or build my own.”
I’ve never said to myself, “Right – this is the way to swing, and now I’m going to perfect this swing,” because there was always something wrong in my setup or mechanics.
So it was either a struggle to make my swing work the way the model I’d built dictated, or I was going through the model trying to find anything that could be improved.
After looking at the video from yesterday however and going through how I felt swinging, I know now how the Classic Golf Swing should work in optimal form, and now I can get about making my swing as good as it can be.
How good can it get?
Well, that depends upon the individual, but on the first day I was leveraging the club the way one should if one wants maximum results, I was already pretty close to absolutely stable in head position from address to impact, even with such awesome power generation.
Here is an overlap of my address setup and impact positions from a particular swing:
When I talk about wanting my address position to be as close to my impact position as possible and still offer full and free motion , this is what I’m talking about.
My cap is virtually in the same position both at setup and impact, which is why the cap, the ball and my leading foot (the latter two of which are perfectly clear) are the three clearest objects in the overlap pic – the only thing that changes in my cap position is the angle of the bill, indicating a near match in setup/impact positions of my head.
On the motion:
Now, let me ask a question – if the leading foot and head are in the same position both in the setup and at impact, how much lateral motion is taking place during the swing?
On the back pivot, virtually none, and on the down swing, just the lower body in the form of the leading hip shifting over the leading foot to power the leveraging action.
So, my swing isn’t “perfect,” but I now have the model I built over the years of 2014-’17 completed and I can now just get down to making my swing as close to one can in terms of power generation, accuracy and consistency.
Power & Speed + Balance
This is the fun part – if you think working on my free throw technique when I began playing basketball was exciting, you’d be wrong. The drilling of technique only begins to be fun when you are starting to master it and you can see it in the results.
For me, it will be first having harnessed the power to produce speed and distance in the swing, and moving on to tightening my dispersion and yardage with each individual club.
So as I said yesterday, this swing may change slightly in appearance with regards to setup and motion, because it’s nowhere near as good as I can make it with practice, but the basic model is there and a new phase begins for me.
More to come!