**Update: Further musing about my journey at bottom.
As it turns out from analysis of my Tracer Golf session yesterday, it’s not just the foot line in my stance that has to be angled, but also my shoulders, in order to come to impact with shoulders square to the target line.
It’s not a huge surprise, given the nature of my scoliosis – it’s not just a left twisting offset of my shoulders, but I also have an “S” curve in my spine viewed from the back, so these are uncharted waters as I do what I should have done years ago.
By employing nothing but the weight shift and pure leverage motion down from the top, I found after the session (because I was still getting left shots even with the angled stance) that in order to square the shoulders at impact, my stance requires as well slightly closed shoulders.
It’s nothing more than the matter of my spine working differently from a normal one – with the twist and the curve, it moves differently, and part of that difference means that I can’t force it to move normally, rather I have to find the proper setup which arrives me at my desired destination when in motion.
How Did I Do It?
I will state again that I’m surprised I’ve ever managed to make decent contact with a golf ball swinging a club, such is the chasm between how I have been setting up over balls over the years and how I should be doing so.
It is also painfully obvious why, when I might be playing and swinging very well, I could produce shots that were absolutely shocking.
Hopefully, once I’ve rebuilt my stance, those shots will be a part of a very depressing history.
I’m closing in on it, and while I didn’t get there yesterday, I made a huge leap forward and hope to close that remaining gap the next time out.
More to come.
It does come to mind, perhaps, that I was able to swing as “well” as I did in years past because I was swinging left-dominant and, being cross-dominant (I write, eat and perform all other fine motor skills with my left hand, such as drawing an arrow back, shooting a rifle, threading a needle, etc.), I was able to more or less get away with setting up to the ball as anyone else might.
In that regard, as long as I swung the club with my left arm and concentrated enough, I could put pretty decent swings on a ball, even with a hard outside-in club path through impact.
As stated earlier, I used to play a pull-fade – I would aim directly at the target, the ball would start left of the target and fade back, sometimes perfectly on target.
So, it is likely that when I would go after a ball harder than usual, I would unconsciously engage the right arm and use more pure leverage, which is the death move, as this would result in a huge outside-in club path and a turning over of the club face.
And what was my disaster shot when things went wrong?
A pull-hook that I might find two fairways over if at all, or a pull slice that would be travelling sideways (and usually into the drink or forest, of course) when it came down.
That would also explain how, the closer I got to a right-dominant swing, the more left my shots were going during my launch monitor sessions starting last September.
So, my hand-eye coordination was nearly adequate to keep things on the rails when swinging fast but without maximum effort, but nothing could prevent catastrophe when I either swung as hard as I could (which triggers the pure leverage move) or the closer I got to swinging right-dominant.
At least, those are my current thoughts on the topic.
Just curious, how often would you typically hit a “disaster shot” during a range session? 1 in 5, 1 in 10…? BTW: your swing research still fascinates me; nothing else like it.
It depends upon whether I’m doing research or, when I have settled on a particular model of swinging. When I’m researching models or implementing changes, there’s no limit to balls that go in any given direction, because of course, nothing has been settled into.
When I’d established a particular model, my first few shots can be iffy while warming up, but hand-eye coordination would take over and I’d spend a very enjoyable time striping balls – anyone who’s seen me hit balls when I’m using a settled-upon model can attest to that.
It’s when I would hit the course with a very workable swing that disaster shots occurred, usually from trying to hit a ball harder than I’d been doing. The easier I would swing, the less chance of that, but I walked away from the game for years because of those disaster shots until I decided to figure it out.