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My swing issue

Post by Duke of Hazards » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:13 pm

So I've sucked with my iron/wedge play last several rounds, however on 18th hole of an otherwise forgettable round, I thought back to the near 70's round from last month. At that time, I'd identified a setup issue (open shoulders at address) and made a conscious effort the whole round to correct it by closing the shoulders at address. I hit my irons/wedges well that round and made 5 birdies. Of course, I quickly abandoned this setup process enroute to several frustrating rounds in the 90's.

Anyhow, on 18 in my last round, I did the tweak (mostly concentrating on keeping shoulders closed to target) and hit the best drive of the day followed by the purest 5 iron I've hit in a long time just pin high left. Got up and down for birdie.

In trying to search for the root cause, I found this dude's video which kind of illustrates my errant setup tendency (starts at 1:40 in the video), which is basically too straight of a trail arm along with a 'high' trail shoulder (protraction / elevation and internal rotation of the shoulder joint). I'm mostly just posting this for posterity, but curious if anyone else has had this issue.

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Re: My swing issue

Post by DougE » Mon Aug 19, 2019 7:39 pm

Agree with the video. I find when I align my shoulders, hips and feet, all slightly closed to the target line, I hit my best drives. As far as other clubs go, I typically set up that way anyway, so don't have to think about it. But with driver, trying to get some tilt and making sure my head behind the ball, I often catch myself with my right arm over my left at set up. And that usually leads to weak-assed fades. Funny though, even though I know that is a problem, it sometimes takes me 6 or 7 more drives before I realize it's THAT and not some other dumb move I'm making. I grasp at straws until I find the culprit. I need to start checking this earlier in my process of (swing flaws) elimination.

The biggest flaw for me always seems to be getting a little lax on covering the ball. So I always check that one first.

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Re: My swing issue

Post by CeeBee » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:54 am

I have this issue from time to time. Tough to fix. If all the things that go wrong with this game were easy to fix we would all be pretty damn good.
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Re: My swing issue

Post by Duke of Hazards » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:38 pm

So I had a bit of a swing breakthrough last week. I didn't realize how shitty I'd been swinging the club before, was totally rolling the arms away and sucking it inside on the takeaway, typical amateur garbage swinging. Was getting away with that with the driver, but not much else.

Now, I've got the beginnings of a proper one piece takeaway, keeping the clubface square to the target line as I turn away from the ball. It feels far more compact, but I now have confidence in knowing where the ball is going to go. Chipping and pitching are much better. Starting to compress it better. Also, the beginnings of a 'natural' wrist hinge at the top.

it's brand new, and I still have the old tendencies to pull too far back with the arms, but I think I'm on the right track. I wish I'd known how bad I was sooner, but fuck it, 2020's a new year and I'm ready to do this.
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Re: My swing issue

Post by legitimatebeef » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:30 am

Hell yeah motherfucker, sounds like you are figuring out yourself.

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Re: My swing issue

Post by legitimatebeef » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:32 am

This thread title reminds me of the mid 2000s when every other website tried to glom on to the success of Myspace.com. One could do a lot worse than Myswingissue.com IMO. :up
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Re: My swing issue

Post by Duke of Hazards » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:37 pm

Went to the range yesterday morning before work. I'm fortunate to have a range near me with grass. I truly believe that hitting tens of thousands of balls off mats over the years has handicapped me with an iron in my hand.

Anyhow, I had a mini breakthrough involving maintaining a firm left side at address and through the swing, specifically maintaining some tension in my lead side (left) obliques. Started hitting some nice iron shots, compressing the ball and taking a proper divot. Helped all the way down through my partial wedges, where I was able to turn through the ball and not flip my stupid hands at it.

We'll see how this holds up over the weekend.
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Re: My swing issue

Post by DougE » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:38 pm

@Duke of Hazards You're onto something. Great. I call it covering the ball. Its gives me a good strong left side to work my core through the ball to a full finish. It also adds distance. When I discovered it back in the day, it changed my game. It truly was a breakthrough to much better ballstriking throughout the bag. And, more distance. Do it correctly and the ball will jump off the clubface. Say goodbye to weak fades and slices. Though you still can fade it if you want, there will be a lot more zip on the ball. If you want to draw it, just change your path. (Easier said than done.)

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Re: My swing issue

Post by Duke of Hazards » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:32 pm

Thanks Doug. I'm hopeful. It was a markedly different feeling. Just want to hit good iron shots.
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