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Swing Analysis: In the Lab: Swing Observations

So I apologize in advance for subjecting you to my harmonica playing, but upon review I decided that it wasn’t that bad. I work pretty hard at it (and take lessons!) and am improving at a fairly brisk rate. I relate much of my success to my experience with golf and golf instruction, and I am applying the lessons I have learned in regards to the subject of learning. So once you get through the musical interlude you will find a comparison of Arnold Palmer and Johnson Wagner, certainly an odd pair (so you have to wonder, (“why do it”?). What occurred to me was the vast difference in the amount of upper body coil (or “turn”) in the two swings. I did Wagner’s swing a short while ago and it stuck in my mind that he made very little upper body turn, but used his size and technique (his own unique version) to put the club on the ball in a superior fashion. When I watch this particular Palmer swing I was blown away by the amount of pivot movement in the backswing. I am beginning to think that this is the superior movement, as the number of players who employed at least part of it (especially the left heel lift) is just a Hall of Fame list.


4 Responses to Swing Analysis: In the Lab: Swing Observations

  1. Daryl Chappel February 24, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Wayne O
    Big D here. Ok so we’ve been working on your harmonica playing skills quite hard over the past few months. I have to be honest I just don’t think your getting “it”. I know it’s tough love but there is love. First off I can tell EASILY that those elbows are flared out and not squeezing in like there suppose to be, so work on the squeeze more. Second, your not compressing like you should especially in the transition. Transition is the “key” in playing harmonica. How many times have you heard that? Prolly one or two gazinta at least. It’s just not working for me and I can tell it ain’t working for you either. Third, we need to consider a grip change. I know I know you are a true interlock guy, but I think it’s time to consider going to the Vardon grip (thats the overlap grip if you didn’t know that). Let’s work on those for a few more weeks and send me another video and will go from there.

    Big D

  2. Jeremy W February 24, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    I heard brandel chamblee can describe how to play harp in 2 concise sentences

    • Daryl Chappel February 24, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Brandel is at a completely different level than Wayne O when it comes to the harp. Wayne tried the harp but that was to much instrument for him. So I gave him the next best option, the harmonica. I like to call it the “noisy cricket”. But hopefully we can get Brandel and Wayne O together for a jam session, Harp vs. Harmonica. Oh I can’t wait

      Big D

  3. B MO February 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Jeremy, that was brilliant. Daryl, hilarious. This site just gets better every time I visit. Wayne, you should do more playing. Thoroughly enjoyed this…

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