Playing with Fire!

by Max on Monday, February 7th, 2011

Okay, the reason why today’s post is called “Playing with Fire” because today’s practice session literally felt like that.

For the first time in my life, I could “feel” my hands and clubhead “lagging” behind my lower body and I could sorta control it.

What happened?

Well, you know the other day I told you to have more fun and showed you my new trick shot? It turns out to hit that trick shot, my body had to do some intuitive moves, that of really starting the downswing with the lower body and making sure the clubhead never “releases”.

Oddly, I tried that same move on my full shots and boom, I felt like playing with fire, or that thing Ben Hogan doing in his still photos, lagging the crap out of his arms and hands before impact.

Anyways, here’s the swing thoughts that made it happen:

#1. Feel like at downswing, your right elbow touches the tip of your right hip. When you do this, you HAVE to start your downswing with your lower body.

#2. I am usually a bad cocker, I mean I don’t usually cock my wrists all the way on my backswing. Well, today I made sure I cocked all the way BEFORE starting the downswing, this helped me because now I can cock all the way and on the way down, just turn my body without worrying about releasing the club.

#3. On the way down, DON’T consciously try to release your right hand, do the opposite. What this will do is make you turn through more with your elbows and body instead of breaking down and breaking your right hand.

This should help you scratch golfers and single-digit handicappers. But don’t try it if you still can’t break 80. Nothing personal, just sayin’ this blog is about “advanced” golf.

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