In these swings I’m trying to get better control over Key #4 – diagonal sweet spot path. To do this I needed to get my hands a little higher at A4, keeping my hands less deep (should I have said shallower?) helps me to get them higher.
My other goal here was to get the club shaft laid off (pointing to the left and up to the sky) a little at A4 which I’m also achieving.
Now the hard part… Doing it properly, enough times, to ingrain it into my muscle memory.
Before and after still from the videos below. Swing on the right is after about 30 swings working on Key#4 yesterday. The swing on the left is from the day before.
Here is the video after working on Key #4:
And here is where I was at before working on Key #4.
And if we compare it to a swing from a month ago you’ll see an even bigger difference.
I probably shouldn’t have said ‘next’ priority piece as really this is the same as the last piece.
I’m getting my hands slightly higher at A4, though it wouldn’t kill me to get them a touch higher. I believe keeping my hands further in front of my body rather than getting them too deep will help me to get them up higher.
I also need to get the club laid off at A4, I’m getting too much across the line which can lead to an open club face at impact – keeping my hands in front of me will also help with this.
I could also do with a slightly steeper shoulder turn.
If you’re unsure what I mean by A1 through A10 then, to put it simply, the golf swing can be broken down into 10 alignments or positions which are as follows:
A1 – Address
A2 – Club shaft parallel to the ground (back swing)
A3 – Left arm parallel to the ground (back swing)
A4 – Top of back swing
A5 – Left arm parallel to the ground (down swing)
A6 – Club shaft parallel to the ground (down swing)
A7 – Impact! The most important alignment! Where you are here determines the outcome of the shot.
A8 – Club shaft parallel to the ground (follow through)
A9 – Right arm parallel to the ground (follow through)
A10 – End of the swing.
For more information about the alignments see here.
I’m working to the ‘5 simple keys’ pattern – My new priority piece is to do with Key #4 – Diagonal sweetspot path.
If you haven’t heard of 5 simple keys, I urge you to check it out. (more info here)
I’m hitting A2 fairly well now, my next priority piece (while keeping an eye on my previous pieces to make sure I don’t lapse) is to get my hands higher at A4 with the club pointing more to the left (laid off).
I need to feel as if I’m coming over the top and swinging more to the left on the downswing as at the minute I’m getting too flat and swinging too much to the right which is producing a lot of push fades due to the gear effect on heel hits, or, If I don’t hit the heel, I get a shank!
Making changes to your golf swing should be done in stages as trying to work on too many pieces at any one time is going to slow down improvement and could just plain confuse you. These one or two pieces are known as priority pieces.
I currently have a few priority pieces (which directly contradicts what I’ve just said above) but I only have 2 dynamic priority pieces in the swing the rest are static pieces at address.
So what are my priority pieces?
(Address) – More neck tilt (tilting my head downwards) – this will enable me to see the ball out of my central vision rather than straining to see the ball out of the bottom of my eyes.
(Address) –Hands closer to thighs – I was reaching out for the ball. There should only be 1 hand width between the butt of the club and your thighs – I had enough room for two hand widths.
(Address) –Weaker grip – I had a very strong grip which was causing issues with how fast I hinged my wrists and causing my to cup my wrist at the top of the back swing (this cupping can lead to an open club face).
(Back swing) – Club head passes through hands at A2 (see here for the golf alignments or positions) – I take the club head back too far to the inside which causes problems with the diagonal sweet spot path which means I need to make a compensation – this could cause an over the top swing leading to pulls and pull slices. The club head should pass through the hands at A2 (when the club shaft is parallel to the ground) from the down the line camera angle.
(Down swing) – Right elbow in to hip and hands down as the hips slide forward – This gets the hands down in to the delivery position, this helps to control the diagonal sweet spot path and aids in swinging from the inside.
So there you have it, three checks for address, a back swing thought and a down swing thought.
The below images are stills from full speed swings which show that I can hit these positions, I just need to work on them until they become second nature before moving on to my next priority piece – whatever that may be.
The ‘delivery position’, here I’m just about hitting the delivery position – me on the left, Grant Waite on the right:
Club head passing through hands at A2 (this still is from slightly after A2 here as my camera has poor FPS so the exact frame is missed).