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Working on Key #4 – Diagonal Sweet spot path

Here’s a few swings I made during practice today.

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.

key#4-beforeandafter

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.

key#4 - 21-05-13

My next priority piece – higher hands at A4 – controlling key #4

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.

Not getting my hands so deep will also help with an older priority piece – which was to get the club head passing through the hands at A2.

I could also do with a slightly steeper shoulder turn.

key-4-20-5-13

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.

5 Simple Keys

5 Simple KeysGolf Evolution have created their own learning system named ‘5 Simple Keys‘. Through study they have determined that all of the great players have these 5 things in common.

So what are the 5 simple keys?

Key #1 – Steady head

Key #2 – Weight forward (at impact)

Key #3 – Flat left wrist (at impact)

Key #4 – Diagonal sweetspot path

Key #5 – Club face control

By mastering any one of these keys you will improve your ball striking. The more keys you master, the better you will hit the ball and the better you will score.

I must get my hands on their DVD! My experience is from the 5sk instructors at Evolvr, reading about it at The Sand Trap forums and watching youtube videos posted by the 5sk instructors.

My next priority piece – higher hands at A4

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!

Golf – My priority pieces

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?

  1. (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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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).
  4. (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.
  5. (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:

delivery position

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).

A2

 

My first milestone

Well… I’ve broken my first golfing milestone, ‘Breaking 110’ – by shooting a 108.

I did this while using the the stack & tilt swing, which while making a lot of sense to me I just couldn’t make it work. I’d hit the ball fat consistently, as well as having problems hitting the driver. This is a lot more down to me rather than the ‘swing model’.

I’ve switched back to a traditional two plane swing and, although I’ve not shot my best score I’m hitting the ball better, more consistently and driving fairly well too.

I need to join a better golf course as where I’ve been playing isn’t the best – I lost 3 balls in the fairway last time out, without those penalty strokes I’d have shot at least my best score of 108 again, which is annoying.

Playing again tonight, next milestone, ‘Breaking 100’, here I come!

Golf and the Stack & Tilt golf swing.

A couple of months ago I decided I was going to take up golf again and have played more in the 2 months since then than I had in the previous 7 or 8 years of owning golf clubs – I’ve still played less than 20 rounds in my life though and I’m yet to break 110, my best 18 hole score to date being 114 at Chester le street.

I’ve been struggling with hitting shots fat with the irons and slicing the driver.

Since dusting off the clubs in April I’ve been doing a lot of research about the golf swing and have really liked what I’ve read about the ‘stack & tilt’ (S&T) golf swing which was created by Andy Plummer and Mike Bennett.

The S&T swing has a lot of critics, but to me, it just makes sense! Why move off the ball, only to move back towards it for absolutely no gain?

S&T advocates that your weight starts left at address, stays left in the backswing and moves left on the downswing, and keeping the upper centre (head and chest) over the ball. There’s no movement off the ball!

This the main way in which S&T helps you to hit solid shots, consistently.

The critics of S&T are usually the people who haven’t taken the time to learn about it and therefore don’t understand it.

The basic fundamentals of S&T are:

  1. hitting the ground in the same spot each time (to promote solid contact with the golf ball)
  2. hitting the ball far enough to play a hole in a reasonable number of shots
  3. hitting the ball with a predictable curve, the stock S&T swing will produce a high push-draw.

So far, my knowledge of S&T has come from Internet reading and videos, I should have the book (pictured above) soon as well as the DVDs.

I’ll be writing more about S&T as I learn more here on my blog for a few reasons:

  1. to help to consolidate my knowledge, writing about it makes it stick (there’s a revision tip for you)
  2. to help track my progress
  3. to help others learn about S&T
That’s about it for this blog post.