Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Golf swing pivot

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    DonkeyHunter
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    Excellent posts as usual.

    IMO, the grip is where it all begins and is the most underrated and overlooked by amateur golfers.

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    tampaspicer
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    DH what course do you typically play?

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    #1187059

    DonkeyHunter
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    DH what course do you typically play?

    Bella Collina is my home course.

    Aside from that, Mission Inn and Orange County National.

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    Coffeeisland
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    What I call an internal left shoulder rotation, others simply call forearm rotation. It is accepted by everyone…I think…..that it must occur. It can be/is a very nuanced move.

     

    We can clearly see Hogan’s left elbow move away from his body. The key is to keep the arm and shoulder connection. Some golfers may find it more natural to allow the left arm to “get inside”(keep the elbow close to your torso),  accomplishing this by delaying any rotation until well into the takeaway…..my preferred method. Others will prefer to allow the left arm to “maintain” its parallel to the target line posture by beginning the shoulder rotation earlier. Whichever you prefer, you must realize that allowing the left elbow to move away is what will keep the swing from getting too far inside. For this movement, rotation = getting away from your body….a little.

     

    Again the key here is upper arm to shoulder connection. You have to learn how to NOT LET YOUR LEFT SHOULDER PROTRUDE OUT while rotating. It may be easier to think of not letting the shoulder raise up and take you out of your posture. The shoulder movement would be similar to twisting/pushing a rod straight down into the ground next to your left foot. Imagine there is a little resistance and you need to keep the rod straight. You would naturally keep the left arm straight and tight to your body. If the shoulder protrudes, the rod will go in crooked. Using a left hand golf grip, twist it clockwise into the ground. Note the small movements your shoulder makes. Is there contraction? Does the upper arm/shoulder connection naturally get tighter? How? Find the small movements that initiate this shoulder movement and repeat it.

     

    Now get into your takeaway “spot” and let your elbow come out a little while keeping the shoulder down/in. Experiment, you’ll find it. When you do, it should open up a whole new world of understanding that rotation doesn’t have to equal getting too far inside. Since the waggle clearly involves both arms, the other benefit is this will now also encourage the right elbow to stay/get in front of you instead of getting stuck behind. The proper left shoulder movement will also encourage you to feel the connection between the left shoulder and lower body movement. It can greatly enhance your pivot…..makes it much more natural for your body to “want” to pivot properly vs manipulating your way into it. This is where the power lives! Find it!

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    • This reply was modified 3 months, 4 weeks ago by  Coffeeisland. Reason: Left elbow “close to your torso”. Not, “touching your side”
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