Now that my back feels better and I can practice more I am having fun trying to do the things I’ve been teaching forever, things like gaining width in the backswing without standing up, getting deep into the right hip without straightening the knee, and opening up for the sidearm throwing motion rather than my legs getting stuck facing the ball at impact with the accompanying high exit. I had to jimmy a swing (Will Wilcox) to compete in my Senior Section Championship (well, I didn’t have to but I thought it would help) but now I figure that I really should get back to trying to swing the way I know will work the best if I can do it. That’s really what it’s all about though isn’t it, creating a model in your mind through study and practice and then focusing on what you do that isn’t part of the model?
Here I come back to an idea I first had over 20 years ago watching Hogan films. It’s the hula hip action, whereby the right hip gets deep and drives forward well before the backswing ends, while the left leg tries to snap backwards, creating a swivel in a continuous motion, kind of like half a hula hoop movement. This creates a nice separation of upper and lower and gives the swing a dynamic rhythm that I believe will be much more repeatable. I’m already seeing good results and my body hasn’t blown up, so I’m very encouraged. I’ll keep you updated.