It may look like this is a fairly out of the box experiment but it is actually going back to something I was very successful with for a good while back in the early 2000’s. I originally opened my stance in 2000 due to an inability to clear my left side, and I won the 2001 National Club Pro with that open stance. I went away from it after 4 or 5 years when my body felt a little better for a while, and came back to it off and on after that although it never worked as well. I have been struggling with everything, especially the driver, for about 6 years, but now that I have had my surgery and my back is feeling better (and I can practice) I feel like I can do better. Two weeks ago I took my game out to Congressional for 3 rounds and didn’t even come close to hitting the ball well enough to shoot a decent score, so I figured I had to come up with something in the meantime. About a month ago I did a video on the swing of Will Wilcox, a young Tour player, and gushed about the technique he was using. His wildly open stance (rivaling Trevino) produced the type of swing action I talk about all the time, and it occurred to me that it would be interesting to try the same thing, that is, stand up extra tall and forward (on the balls of the feet) and pull that left foot way back off the line. From there if I pushed the right hip back as deep as I could get it in the backswing, lowering me (the proper way) and setting me up to clear much faster in the downswing, all of which is evidenced in this video. I’m looking forward to trying it out at the Homestead this coming week in the Section Senior Championship, but more importantly the video indicates that I now have a way to swing much closer to the way I have pictured it. I’ll keep you posted.
Results link 8/31 and 9/1