Lesson of the Week: Jack Gallagher

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Jack is a long time website member and a regular contributor to the forum. He likes to think in detail about his swing and jumped on the opportunity to come over to McCormick Ranch for an hour face to face lesson. What you will see is a very nice motion that again needs slow motion analysis to figure out why it doesn’t work better.

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Tony December 21, 2015

great to see Jack prepared to video a swing without a ball in place. That shows a rare level of understanding about what is required to develop a good golf swing.

Jack June 26, 2018

Well, I thought it was time to check in on my old swing from my lesson of almost three years ago. Some parts of this are painful to watch. Even after Wayne corrected much of my backswing, the P6-7-8-9-10 positions are ugly to see in the face-on view.

I have spent the past two and a half years experimenting with the Joe Durant action, the Tommy Fleetwood move, and most recently the mini-me-DJ swing – the latter of these quite embarrassingly unsuccessful at Jack Frost National in the Poconos this past Saturday. Beautiful tree-lined course though – and one in which my older brother (natural born talent) striped it into all but two fairways (and the ones he missed he finished in the first cut of rough). The only reason he didn’t shoot par was the buried elephants in the greens, which were difficult to read.

I happened upon a Golf-Tec video (on Golf Channel) where the instructors were emphasizing something I do not display in the above video – what they refer to as “bending backward” into the follow through. Another way they explain this is that high handicappers like me tend to stay bent over in the throughswing for far too long a time, contributing to my lifelong habit of stalling out of the turning motion and over sliding (and then flipping the hands) toward the target – while low handicappers tend to continuously pivot, turning the upper body after transition and pointing their chest into the sky into the follow through much earlier than I have ever done. This seems to allow the better players to “leave their hands” at the top much longer. In turn, this allows them to retain wrist angle longer, or even increase wrist angle in transition down into P5.

Since I’m a low back pain sufferer as well, the trick for me is to focus the throughswing motion on rotating the thoracic spine while keeping the lower lumbar stable, so there is no need to kink my hips toward the target in an exaggerated way. Instead, my rotating thoracic spine can do the rotational work with just a moderate amount of lateral hip movement. My brain has clearly had things backward for a long time. I was wrongly under the impression that unwinding the upper body quickly would lead to a steep shaft into impact and less room in front of my torso for the arms & shaft to swing. The opposite is true. An earlier rotating thoracic allows the hips to stay back on the tush-line and creates more room in front of me for the club to pass.

How many other paradoxes will I learn about in this game? In any case, the last few minutes of the above video from my 2015 lesson has new value to me: it shows me precisely what not to do into the hitting area and early follow through.

I just went to my back yard practice net and smoked several balls into it, just to get the hang of it. It works like a charm in all three of my “imitation” pro-model swing types.

Here’s to hoping for a more enjoyable summer of golf, now that summer has officially, and finally, begun!

Thanks Wayne for all your advice, patience, and laborious study and videos of the pros.

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