Working on Things
I’ve been taking some time the past couple of weeks to try to get in 100 practice balls each afternoon, as I’ve been experimenting with various tweaks to my swing and shotmaking. I’ve played a fade most of my life – inspired by Mr. Hogan probably – but have “perfected” that shot pattern to a point where I have severe difficulty moving the ball right to left when I want to. Because our golf course really favors a draw on a number of holes, my early New Year’s resolution is to tweak my swing a bit so that I can move the ball right to left more consistently when I call upon that shot.
So, I’m having to re-think a lot of the little pieces of my swing that make that fade so consistent, to see how to modify them to allow that draw to be worked back into my quiver of shots. Since I was a little kid, I was always taking things apart to see how they work. Of course, lots of those things didn’t always go back together as they were, and often I would have a few little pieces left over. Reminds me of the scene in the movie “Doc Hollywood”, when the shade tree mechanic hands Michael J. Fox’s character a box when he says he’s finished with his Porsche, and says “we always have some parts left over when we’re done”.
Anyway, that tinkerer’s mind is now dissecting my golf swing to focus on how it’s put together to produce a pretty reliable fade, and a straight ball as my norm. I’m having fun doing this just as I would when I take anything else apart. I’m setting the parts aside and “numbering” them, making notes of how they go back together. Yesterdays’ session produced a couple of “epiphanies” for me as I tackle this project, and I thought I would share those with you, in case any of you want to dissect your own swings this off season:
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as a slowly getting my handicap down, high handicapper. I've been working inside the house on my takeaway and making sure my left wrist is flat coming into impact. What I discovered, in my driver most noticably. Is at the top of my backswing, the grip moves from from the V in my palm, and slides so that it's straight across my palm, like a baseball grip. leaving me with either an open face at impact, or if I manage to still flatten my wrist it hooks hard. So I'm working on keeping the grip where it belongs so my shot comes off as planned.
I use to play a fade and worked hard last summer (2010)to work in a draw and now I cant hit a fade at all anymore with my irons but can still pull it off with the driver. Now my ball is pretty straight with slight draw once in a while. I wanna golf so bad!
Those shade tree mechanics really annoy me.
After 2 years of sweat and pain I'm happy to say that I've finally got ball control both ways as of the end of this summer. Man it's a rabbit hole for anyone to go down though. Good luck T.
Hey Banker -- got an 8:45 tomorrow with muh buds. Frost delay notwithstanding. We'll be discussing our April trip to Bandon Dunes. Me? - I like the East coast attiTOOD, and west coast weather.
The more I read Harvey Penick, the more I'm working on to just "take dead aim" and then swing away. I have too many swing thoughts so I am trying to get better at concentrating on making a good swing with only one swing thought, if any. I, too, am taking the S-L-O-W approach to build and maintain muscle memory. For 2012, I want to have more confidence in ballstriking. Hopefully, that will lead to more consistent and accurate golf shots.
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