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After having watched Martin's clinic videos and learned the "shovel" shot it has changed the way I view the golf swing. Know I understand why Hogan did some of the things he did in his swing and set-up.

1.) Diagonal set-up - It has always appeared that Hogan had his hips pointing toward the target in the set up with the feet slightly closed on the longer clubs. I feel he does this because it partially completes the back swing before moving the club, also sets live tension toward the target from the get go. Elk has said in his vid.s about Mitchell that it also predetermines where the club will come back to at impact. I see this. For me it feels like I have already made my turn and my back swing is basically just expanding the arms back away from the target and inside the target line.

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I think what is lacking in my take away is leftward intention or resistance and also right arm resistance when expanding  the elbow back. So Leftward intention - expansion of the right elbow straight back - centripetal force of the club head will take it out ward some, but try and bring the right elbow right into the side of the body.  The resistance of the right arm brings the club out and cocks the wrist where ever.With the elbow locked against the right side, turn the body toward the target, the right arm all the while pushing toward the ball maintaining pressure (lag) against the club head. This move should bring me into the ball.   Keep the body rotating around and just maintain pressure on the club head until impact. There is no conscious releasing of the club head.

Lag and Resistance Videos

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Had a terrible day yesterday and was frustrated, ended up breaking my driver shaft (idiot).  I swear I will never  break, throw another club again. I really don't mind the shaft, I didn't like it anyway. Back to the old GD ys7 x tipped 1/2", with all these high tech shafts out there, this one still is the best for me. Any way, had a FANTASTIC day of hitting today, just got through so I want to quickly post my feels.

When I start hitting it bad, it seems to always be because of my set-up and take away. It seems that I had gotten away from the good set up that I had going, so I started my session hitting it bad, then stopped, found some shade and started thinking. I decided to go back to the basics, set-up take away, the moves that I know. I need to start doing this every day before I start hitting.

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I tried to change my swing today to be a little more inside on the back swing. Couldn't hit it a lick. Was having a hard time getting back to the ball.  Then I started to get frustrated as to why am I changing my swing to look more conventional. The objective here is to hit straight, solid golf shots. I have figured out a way for my body to get in the right position at impact. Why would I change this? Because I decided to video my swing and think it doesn't look right, because so and so hit it this way. I was sitting there frustrated on the range and started thinking about the greatest ball strikers Hogan, Moe, Trevino, Nicholas and in my book Litzke. Guess what all these guys have extremely different golf swings. And guess what else, these guys didn't use video. These guys dug it out of the dirt. So goodbye video. I am a feel player, the ball doesn't lie. There is more than one way to skin a cat, and I am going to find my own way. That being said knowledge from other players and instructors alike on this site have helped me tremendously. I'm going to stop trying to build a perfect looking golf swing and figure a way how I can hit this ball. I really love this blog. It helps me realize that when you try to write down your thoughts, it really makes you re think what your doing and recall the feels that made me hit it well. Note to self : we are all different, quite trying to pigeon hole yourself into some one else's mold, Be yourself

BTW - I went back to the shovel today and started puring it again. Life is beautiful

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Major Breakthrough today!! The key to the takeaway is the reverse roll. This brings the hands in. The trick to getting in the sling is to bring the right arm up in front of the body. I was getting my arms behind the body and was losing the golf club. Got to have the cup left wrist. When I get the reverse roll going and the rt. arm bend in front of the body my wrist seem to follow. Another note on the take away : don't hold the hips in place let them come around naturally, I was using the visualization for the shovel where you are not moving the hips, but I  need to not consciously restrict the hips. Just let them come on their own. When I hold the hips and put the target lean early it tends to make me want to swing really quick. Especially on the driver let the hips come around.

Now, once in the sling, I need to contain the sling. The hips lead on the downswing, but for me when I don't focus on the hips it keeps me stable. For me to contain the sling best, I need to aim the club up and out to the right. By this I mean aim the grip end (butt) of the club to the right and upward to the sky. This accomplishes 3 things. It flattens out the shaft, it makes the sling easy to contain by keeping pressure on the rt. angle in the rt. hand, and this brings the hands around the corner. I noticed when I do not contain my sling I can hit the ball a little heavy and my weight gets up on my lt. toe during and slightly after impact. When I do aim it a little height and rt. it brings the hands in close to the body and around the corner phenomenally well. I figured this out by trying to master the motion and not concentrating on hitting the ball good. Two different things. When you learn this swing master the motions, don't grade yourself on how well the ball is hit.

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