I know I said that I would post video from Tuesday’s session once I’d had a chance to review the swings more thoroughly, but I am not satisfied with the overall, so I’ll have to renege on that promise.
The issue is too much rotation, and it isn’t the pivot action but the setup that was causing the issue.
If not set up properly, especially if you’re a left-dominant person such as me, you will always struggle with early rotation in the down swing, but that’s only so you can make contact with the ball.
It seems to be an easy fix however, as I was doing the things I was supposed to do, just not far enough away from before – an adjustment in the setup and everything seems to be working properly.
Face-On View – 5 Iron
There are of course more indicators than the one I mention (early rotation) that told me I still wasn’t there – again, the difficulty I had in getting settled swinging is a big key, because even if it feels “different,” it shouldn’t be that difficult to get going.
Another indication was my top position, which again I feel goes too far past parallel for what should be an optimal action.
Finally, the early rotation, which I can show in the 5 iron swing down the line – if you get to the top and the shoulders begin to turn rather than the trailing shoulder dropping as the first action of the transition:
If you just watch the gloved left hand getting to the top, on the transition pause, it moves slightly higher and closer to the target line, when it should do the opposite in a proper transition.
That is not actually a mechanical flaw but a hand-eye coordinated reaction to where my hands and club are at the top compared to what my eyes are seeing looking down at the ball.
I can virtually guarantee that once I get that optimal setup position to go with the pivot action I have already developed, you won’t see that early rotation at the top in the transition.
So, if I have indeed found the setup flaw, I should know very quickly next time out, because I can’t keep getting closer to my goal without actually reaching it.
More to come!