Swing Analysis: Wayne D. with the Driver

By Wayne | Videos: Swing Analysis

This is a quick update on my progress utilizing the “drag, flare, and open” takeaway I came up with recently while studying Hogan for the millionth time. It is helping to accomplish a bunch of things I have trying to do with my backswing: get the shaft up on the plane from the beginning of the takeaway (instead of cutting under), keep my upper right arm spaced away from me and higher at left arm parallel, and keep the club on plane and not crossing the line at the top (rotating the wrists and keeping the left wrist cupped externally rotates the right shoulder sooner which in turn stops the lifting of the elbow and lays the shaft off more to the left).

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Jack September 16, 2016

Consider a drill I have created for myself. Take a slightly narrower stance and when you get the weight on the balls of your feet, lift up your toes and keep them lifted for the entire swing. Take your normal back-swing, but, immediately as you start to go back, begin lifting the balls of your right (trail) foot off the ground (entirely off the ground) and rock your weight as far back into the right (trail) heel as possible. To the extent that you might feel your head pull away from the ball when doing this part of the drill, simply bend over a bit from the waist, just enough to keep your head out over the ball just like it was at address.

In transition, roll your weight that is on the back of your right heel toward the target until your weight is on the inside portion of your right (trail) heel (inward toward your left heel); keep the inside portion of that right (trail) heel on the ground, and keep the balls of your right (trail) foot off the ground entirely. This will prevent your right knee from kicking out toward the golf ball. The goal is to try to keep the balls of your right (trail) foot off the ground until impact.

Now comes the hard part: When you are driving/rolling your weight to the inside of your right heel (in transition), simultaneously try to lift the balls of your left foot off the ground (while the balls of your right foot are still off the ground!), such that, the weight you are transferring from your right heel can only go to your left heel, not to the balls of your left foot. Try to lean/rock back into your left heel as much as you did on the right heel in the back-swing.

As your weight goes left (and backward – deep into the back of your left heel), you will be forced to put your the balls of your left foot back onto the ground (else you will lose your balance and fall over) by about the time the clubhead reaches impact with the golf ball. But by that point you will have gotten your weight deep enough into your left heel and you can roll onto the side of your left foot some (and once the ball is struck you may allow the balls of your right (trail) foot to press into the ground and let your right heel come up off the ground). But keep your left toes flexed upward off the ground through impact and afterward (just like you see post-impact on the videos that we love to watch of Charlie Hoffman, for example). To keep your balance into impact you will find yourself forced to straighten your left knee, and it shouldn’t feel like a harsh snap at all. It’s just a consequence of pivoting off of the right heel and then pivoting around the left heel.

All of this makes it infinitely easier to maintain or increase your posture on the downswing (i.e. to compress into the ground) and to drag the grip and shaft leftward around your front thigh to exit to the left, and to keep your hips rotating left so as not to lunge forward (target-ward) and stall.

Christian September 16, 2016

Jack, I will try that drill. Great detail and well written.

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