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I have been doing drills, actually mainly one drill. The stork drill. I was having some trouble getting back to the ball, and noticed a lack of stability in my feet. The stork drill is basically, hitting balls while standing with your feet close together with the left foot back, while standing closer to the ball with a tall right axis. i did these drills for about two days straight. What it did was helped my pivot tremendously. I was still sliding into the ball a little (old habit), but what the drill did was really help me to understand the power of the circle. The turning is really where the effortless power is, but you have to hit from a stable base, to have something to hit from. I have always had "happy feet"' which is a huge power leak, and kind of jumped at the ball. this sliding jump move makes you release your hands early, which is counter productive to effortless power. I filmed myself doing the stork drill and submitted it to Martin, he said it was getting much better, but still getting a little too forward through impact. Anyway I have been working on that, but I noticed that I was still a little closed at the "wall". So the last couple of days i have been working on the "belly roll" intermittenly while doing my drills. i have had a real tension problem in the take away, so what I decided to do was hit balls at about 50% effort while practicing and really focus on my stability. One other note is that these practice sessions coincided with Oostheizen winning the Open. one thing about Louis is that he hits the wall perfectly, cups the left wrist ( belly roll), and is soo stable through impact. I am convinced thisbis why he hits it so far. Think about it, compare his swing to Tim Clark, Clark is almost completely off his feet at impact with a driver. Clark, a very fine player, is not a long hitter and I believe it is because of this, just my own observations on how this effects my own swing. To make a long story short, lastnight the majic happened. I was focusing on hitting the wall followed by a belly roll, keeping my feet very stable through impact and turning through impact. I started hitting effortless bullets the exact trajectory that i have always wanted. The more i got in to this, I decided it was time to start really let the club tip back and continue that through impact. The overwhelming feeling that Ingot was that the back ok the club was justbdropping on the ball Notrying to square the clubface, just letting it keepnfalling. The control was amazing!!
After studying my week one videos and conversing on the DOCF site, I have been trying to correct some faults in my swing. I have come a long way on the back swing from taking it outside and looping it, to taking it down the line with a smaller loop. Now I have finally begun to take the club in strait away and it has made my back swing. I thought I was doing it before but when I saw it on video I could see that I wasn't. Now, from going to such extremely different back swings it has changed my pivot quite a bit. It was kind of throwing me off balance taking it that far in. I have learned to counter balance with a little forward lean. My arms are going new places that feel very different, so my body is getting used to the change. Taking it in has helped me horizontalize the swing coming down and really shallowed out my divots and my ball flight is more boring. Taking the club in hard like this builds up much more torque going back and I am sometimes dumping the club a little early.
My swing thoughts are reverse roll taking the elbow back as far as I can along the rt. axis, belly roll, swing hard left coming through. I had a case of the high rights now I am at the perfect trajectory, but I am thinking these movements through as I swing, which is quite difficult. I'm finding myself standing over the ball too long, getting brain locked. I need to rehearse the movements and just feel it. After I get used to the back swing, I need to descifer the pivot. I can still feel my weight getting on my left toe a little on the through swing which pisses me off to no end. I need to get more rotation left with the hips coming through, giving my hands some room to swing left. Of course, when I do this I tend to loose my spine angle and come up and out. Just minor tweaks. The set of the hips at address is still a little difficult to get used to with a K stance. I want to keep my hips level but I know I need to ride the right hip a little taller. Too much stuff going on in the head. Need to divide and conquer. Master a move and then move on to another. Stop trying to do it all at one time. I have not seen video on my extreme inward move off the ball, but plan to get some video soon.
I have had a case of the high rights a little slappy type shot mostly with a few gems sprinkled in since I started this process. I know I am doing something right because I am hitting it on the sweet spot consistently, just not quite getting back to square. I was thinking through the swing last night and especially the release. How can I get the club back to square with my body without trying to rotate the wrist. When I tip the club back coming down it seems like I am forever away from the ball, the only thing I can do to get the club back to square is turn the wrists some how. In the slo-mo swing Elk was doing in the video with Martin at Champions, Elk goes through the process : REVERSE ROLL, BELLY ROLL, IMPACT, COMING DOWN TO THE BALL HE SAYS - .......and the torque in the right arm gives it to the ball or something like that. So I am thinking, thinking.... Martin says to think of the release as one continuous sling into the ball...... so I am rolling my hands in a circle, club in hand seeing impact is square but with loft added. So if the motion is correct what gets the club in that slightly de-lofted position that we are looking for????
So I go to the golf course and am hitting 40 yd. pitch shots. I am opening the club face wide open and continuing the roll all the way around into impact. I am hitting high flop shots, but I want to flight the ball lower, so I start to swing the club a little harder left, still hitting it high. So while I am still thinking about the release being a complete circle from start to finish I let my hands continue this release, but I ride the right shoulder a little higher and try to turn my right ARM toward the target as the club is tipping back. BINGO. I hit a little mid height skidder, bounce, bounce, stop. That's it that is how you get the club from wide open to square with no effort. So I am hitting this shot over and over ( 2 large buckets) just in awe. Then I start to think about the feel of the motion I am experiencing. If you try to release the club with the hands there is no torque in your right arm. The torque I am talking about is between the CCW rotation of the arm against the CW rotation of the hands essentially the club. Think of it this way, if you were to stand with your arms extended with a club in them turned the club to the right so the club face is facing the sky. Now you can feel the weight of the club head, how would you turn the club over with out using your hands? You would rotate your forearm CCW, in doing this if you turn your shoulder first, then upper arm then forearm, you get to the wrist and there is where the torque is. The club is pulling down and your arms are twisting the other way. When I was hitting these little wedge shots it felt like the back of the club is headed for the right shoe, but if you exaggerate the motion of the high right shoulder and torquing the arm CCW, all the while letting the club head tip back the club comes right back to impact almost dead square every time. This brings me into the art of being into position to hit. Now I understand why being into position to hit is sooo important. This torquing the right arm through and before impact is what give you that right arm extension through the ball, and for me I can feel it right where the right trigger finger grips the shaft. There is no motivation by the hand but I can feel it right there. I started hitting 8 irons with this same swing and was just hitting some bullets. These were mid trajectory shots that fell right. I have been trying to get this trajectory since the change and it is finally here. Awesome!!! It was a fantastic feeling hitting these shots because I could finally feel that right arm extension through the ball and around the corner. And it was soo much easier to get around the corner, because for me thinking about torquing the right arm automatically got my right shoulder higher. I still have alot to learn about impact positioning, but it was so great to finally contain my sling. I could get the sling, but I could never contain it. That torque contains it. For some reason doing this gives me the compulsion to want to come out of the shot a little, but if i maintain my spine angle the majic happens. NOW WE'RE GETTING SOMEWHERE!!!...
I think I may have pin pointed the major flaw in my action up to this point. I feel like I am taking it back correctly - reverse roll, belly roll, sling..... but as I was coming into the ball I was loosing my spine angle. I was just watching the docf overview and review, and I need to get my right shoulder to move out toward the ball a bit and maintain flexion through impact. Tennis fore hand imagery, then swing the handle down the left axis. I have the high rights right now and I believe this should get me back to the ball correctly. Hopes up for tomorrow, we'll see. Over all up to this point I feel like I am making progress, but I haven't got all the pieces in place yet. I have gotten over frustration on the range by stepping back and telling myself something is just out of position, and figure it out and not beating my head against the same wall over and over again, thinking I am not able to do it. It is not really about ability as much as it is being in position to hit. I have not found the correct position to hit, but I'm getting close. After all this is said and done I am going to outline my progression and put together an "order of operations" of how to approach this method from grip to finish. Alot of the issues I am dealing with are the getting all the facts in order.
Today I went out with the intention of finding the sling. Martin directed me to the stork drill. This drill is basically putting all your weight on the right axis, open your stance, and just take it back and sling it through. The intent of this drill is to isolate the sling. What it did for me is teach me how to hit from my right axis. If you have your stance this open it gives your body the correct feeling of rotation behind the left axis. I was getting on top of my left axis through the ball, basically getting in front of the ball.