Swing Direction Plus Launch Angle with Driver

Want to cover two topics here.  The first topic is Swing Direction.  Here is the YouTube Video.  In the above video I placed an alignment on the ball line a driver distance behind and in front matching the shaft plane.  The goal is to give you the ability to get the club to travel from under the one behind and over the one in front, over the one behind and under in front, or under and under.  With this you can get feedback where the club is coming from and going to.  Below I am showing a swing direction that could go under and over.

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Now let’s chat about swing direction and attack angle.  As a golfer it is hard to have a swing that is going out to in to and an upward attack angle so as we get the swing more from under to over there is a better chance.  Here is another drill to keep the swing coming from the inside and now get the attack angle under control.  I placed an alignment rod on the target line at an angle that put it a grip above the ball and rolled up a towel and placed that a foot in front off the ball.

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This will set up a path that the club can come from inside low and go above the ball.  See the below images showing this movement.  I hit some balls with this setup and it got the path right 6-8* and attack up 3-5*.  Great way to maximize your driver for the most distance.  With solid strikes it will produce a high launching low spinning ball.  Click Here for the YouTube video.

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Use these videos and drills to help get your swing shape where you want it and get that driver maximized.

Over Under Video Video: https://youtu.be/f5sIiQz5Eiw

Driver Attack Angle Video: https://youtu.be/0v_oHpB_i2c

Hip Tilts in the Golf Swing

The hips do not turn level in the golf swing.  Good players have their hips tilt in the backswing.  The reason for this is as the golfer is turning the trail leg loses flex and gets longer and the lead leg gains flex and gets shorter.  This causes the hips to tilt in the backswing.

To illustrate this I put an alignment rod through my front belt loops and you can see with the right leg longer then the left it creates a side tilt.  Using 3D gathering systems like Gears Gears Sports or 4DMotion we see the best players with a tilt between 5-20* depending on the player and club being used. 4DMotion is a great option to get a sensor or two and get feedback from your swing.

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Now the question becomes how long do the hips stay tilted in the downswing?  Into lead arm parallel on the downswing the pelvis loses a few degrees but still are tilted between 8* and 15* for a mid iron.  Lead arm parallel is the point that the vertical force on the lead foot spikes and the hips start to rise.  We see the hips level out between lead arm parallel and shaft parallel.  Here is an image from Gears showing the the level position for this player.  After this the lead hip gets higher all the way to the finish.Screen Shot 2019-01-07 at 7.24.03 PM.png

Below are 2 images.  First image on the left is where I pushed my hips forward fast which caused my head to go back and the left hip to get high.  The second image on the right I was falling more into the left leg before pushing off the gourd.  Was doing a drill covered HERE in this YouTube clip working on getting the alignment rod between the belt loops to contact the alignment rod in the ground behind me in the white area before impact.  Left photo was a thin shot where the club landed slightly behind the ball due to tilting back and the right photo was a solid strike with ball then turf.Screen Shot 2019-01-07 at 7.16.32 PM.png

How can you train this?  One option would be to place an alignment rod between your belt loops and at the top of the swing have it point towards the ground around 5′ in front of you.  You could put an alignment rod on the ground outside the ball as a reference point.  Another option is covered in the below image and in THIS YouTube clip.  Using a 6-10′ string around an alignment rod or something down at the ground you can hold one side on your left hip and the other on your right.  As you turn your trail hip back it will pull your lead hip forward.  Can do this holding it in your hands as well and give you the feel for tilting the shoulders on top of the tilted hips.Screen Shot 2019-01-07 at 7.36.47 PM.pngScreen Shot 2019-01-07 at 7.37.16 PM.png

YouTube Links:
Alignment Rod Drill – https://youtu.be/WT6ZxqzbpQw
Rope Drill – https://youtu.be/91eUAH1sCsg

Elbow Plane Line

Let’s talk about the Elbow Plane Line (Click for YouTube Video).  This line is not the fix all line but is a good reference point.  If you are looking for exact you will need to line up your camera in the correct spot where the camera is hand height and perpendicular to the target line.  I use it as a good enough line because my preference is to film at chest high just in front of the toe line.

Let’s take a look how I add the line.  You can see in the above photo how I take the swing to impact then draw a line up form the hosel and out the back of the shaft.  The reason for impact shaft line is the shaft rises from setup and the dynamic movements of the swing.  When taken back to setup the line roughly goes through the right elbow (7iron pictured).  I tend to have low hands at setup and always working on getting them higher and when focusing on it feel like they are on this line.  Looks like I need to work on some setup pieces.

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Here they are at at P6 or shaft parallel.  Left going down the line and right staying above.Screen Shot 2019-01-15 at 6.44.30 PM.png

Here is just after impact you can see the club stay on the line on the left and the right where it came from above it went left and under the line.Screen Shot 2019-01-15 at 6.46.08 PM.png

A club that is traveling more along the line will usually have a stronger impact than one that is working too much form under or above.  Those clubs will be producing more of a glancing blow.

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Rotate to Balance

Balance is key in golf.  Turn on the tv and you will not see players moving all over the place, falling forward, back, and around at the finish.  The reason for this is it keeps the swing direction and impact more predictable.  If you are falling back that can move the swing direction more left and land the club too far behind the ball.  Click Here for the YouTube clip on this blog.

Here is a good drill I learned from Martin Chuck at the TourStriker Academy located at the Raven in Phoenix, AZ.  Place your club across your thigh and put some pressure into both legs.  Keep this pressure constant into the finish.  See the above photo for the start and finish.

In the below are to finishes for comparison.  The left photo we see often with the golfer finishing with too much pressure on their trail foot.  This keeps the center over the ball and the low point back too far.  What we want to see if on the right.  The golfer is standing on their left foot, 95% of their pressure is on the target side of the ball line, and there is just enough pressure on the back foot so they don’t fall over.  Can also see that the back of the rear is on the ball line.  This is a good check point to hold and assess where you are, how it feels, and how it looks.

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Start small and grow your swing.  For the YouTube video direct link click below: