I wouldn’t blame you, because one rarely ever makes radical changes to one’s swing when using the exact same model, but I can show you what I see different in my swing from July to yesterday, showing the improvements I’ve made working on my setup and pivot.
It is slow work, but the fact that I can see differences shows that it is possible to keep improving one’s swing, up to a certain point, I suppose, and I haven’t yet reached that point myself.
Here are a couple of swing Gif.s from yesterday, before I point out the differences I see in my down swing viewed down the line from July:
Face-On – October 4th
And the down the line which I’m going to compare with roughly two months ago, here is yesterday’s swing:
Down The Line
… which we can compare with a swing from roughly two months ago, July 6th:
July 6th Drive DTL
Aside from the obvious differences I can point out with the setup pre-swing, let’s take a mid-downswing snap of the two for comparison’s sake:
From virtually the same angle (which isn’t too difficult because I like to place my camera with the view down the line over the target line, sometimes I get it perfectly like above), I can see some distinct changes:
- Starting with the club itself, yesterday’s shaft looks longer and the head is higher than July’s because at the same point in both swings, the July down swing has already released some, while I retain more “lag” in yesterday’s swing,
- The shaft is not only more behind me but lower in yesterday’s swing, showing a greater distance from the top of my shoulder than in July’s, and by quite a good deal if you want to measure increments,
- When I talk of early or over-rotation in the down swing, you can see both knees still in yesterday’s swing, while I’ve rotated more in the July swing with my hips parallel to the camera and only the right knee showing in July’s position vs yesterday’s.
These little things seem insignificant, but when you’ve got less hip turn and more lag at the same point in the down swing compared to another swing, you’re getting increased leverage coming into impact.
To put it very basically – I have a natural swing tempo that won’t change, so if my club head is further away from the ball at this point but reaches the ball at roughly the same time, it will of course be travelling at a higher velocity at impact, having travelled a greater distance in the same time.