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Wayne D. Gaining On It

Well, it’s getting better. I made what I consider a breakthrough by getting rid of most of my knee flex at address and concentrating on adding flex to the right leg while pushing it backwards right as the hands, arms and upper trunk start the club away. At the same time I am trying to use my hands and wrists to get the clubhead to swing up the shaft plane instead of under it, and when I do this in combination with not straightening the right knee in the takeaway the club has much less tendency to cross the line at the top. All this sets me up to transfer my weight more directly into the left heel in transition, and when that happens my sequence improves and I can feel what Hogan was talking about when he showed the downswing plane as shifted to the right of the target . When the right arm drives in for the sidearm throwing action the lower body has to be in position to rotate as it slides so that the club does not get stuck coming from too far in to out. When the sequence is correct and the body is cleared with the arms in front it’s a wonderful thing. I’m finally hitting the ball.

7 Responses to Wayne D. Gaining On It

  1. Charlie CHUCK November 4, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Excellent. I always learn something from these. Always nice to hear of progress being made.

  2. Lance November 5, 2015 at 7:43 am #

    Yep, looks better.

  3. Steve November 5, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    At 4:32 did you mean the left heel or the right?

    This is great. Keep these coming.

  4. David W November 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm #

    Hi Wayne, I notice Hogan s left foot may be maybe 1 inch back more then yours. Maybe just the camera angle if so sorry, but if true my question is if you align a tad more open would this help the left leg and back. I think you were open then changed to more square. Have you tried open with the straighter legs? Anyway, love Hogan, and you are looking more and more like him everyday. Golf swing that is and you are definitely “gaining on it”. Thank you David W

  5. Jack November 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Wow, what a difference that makes. Definitely like how the lifting up tendency in the backswing is reduced/eliminated here.

    Wayne, I actually like your driver backswing more than the iron backswing (despite you saying the opposite) as it reminds me more of what Hogan did (despite your coming up under the plane going back) – because at least with your driver backswing, your left shoulder stays under your chin more, whereas with your iron backswing, if you were smoking a cigarette like Hogan did on the practice range, you would come close to scorching your golf shirt at your left shoulder with the end of the cigarette.

    That, and your progression is much closer in my mind to Hogan’s (Hogan’s: 4 degrees, plus another 4 degrees while yours was 4 and then 6) with the shallower driver backswing than with the iron (Hogan’s 4 then 4; yours 5 then 5). You just appear way steeper than Hogan with the iron than you do with the driver.

    Thanks for this, as this gives me something to try at Golftec during my lunch hour.

  6. Jack November 12, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Well, I tried to do it at Golftec, and pretty much failed. This is just so difficult when you have screwed up lower vertebrae (L3, L4, L5, S1 for me). Basically I can get the backswing almost where I want it, but then in transition things start to break down because the required posture is just so hard to maintain. Even if I succeed in getting the shaft to flatten in the helicopter fashion, I don’t seem to be able to keep the bend in my posture when winging around to the left, and a “pull away” move is the result. When I manage to not have a pull away move, I shank it, badly. It’s back to the punch drill for me.

  7. Jack November 21, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    OK Wayne, so I followed your advice, especially the part about getting the left leg to wheel around to the left. Also, I happened upon the notion of holding back the club head with a full wrist hinge and active use of both index fingers to keep the club cocked in the “L” position – did short backswings starting from the club shaft-parallel-to-the-ground position (with hands down in front of me). Tried just keeping the “L” through the hitting zone. That cured the shanks and gave me more than a few good strikes with the 7 iron. No idea about the ball flight, and didn’t care. This also helped me finish around to the left with both arms closer to each other. The point as you say, is to be able to see on film that I’m doing the drill correctly.

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