Here are a few interesting pictures were taken from a video during a practice session with Moe in Titusville in 1999.
I was asking Moe about his lead hand position. I was holding his lead hand and asking him where he felt the pressure and how his wrist was unhinged. I was trying to learn how he planned the club (matched the club face with the swing plane) so well – one of the characteristics of how straight he hit the ball. Moe had perfect club-face angles because he had high lead hand position.
In this picture, I am asking Moe about the club face and what it looks like at address. I am trying to get his perspective – on what he sees as he looks down at the ball and club.
I have learned that what you feel and what you do are very different. Most of the time, you cannot feel what you do because you have no reference otherwise.
Changing feelings is difficult
When I first adjusted my hand position to match Moe’s position, I placed my lead hand in his position and set up at address. I remember my first thought as I looked down at the ball:
“There is no way I can hit a golf ball from this hand position”.
It almost felt like I couldn’t move. My mind was predicting that I couldn’t square the face at impact. My subconscious program was interrupted forcing me to become conscious of the change. So what did I do to overcome this dilemma?
I slowed down so I could feel how the change affected the rest of my swing.
Here is what happened in detail:
My improved lead hand had been rotated more toward the target which, in turn, change the rotation of my lead arm. My lead arm movement had changed because it needed to adjust how it rotated in the backswing. The new lead arm movement completely changed how the club felt in the backswing – making the club seem like it was moving more straight back in the backswing.
Here is my latest video, Inside the Single Plane Swing, to help you feel the Single Plane Swing –
Note: You must use video feedback to reinforce the feeling matches the model.
Of course, as you know, there is no way I would ever make a change without using video to ensure that my movement was matching the Single Plane Model. When I reviewed the motion, I did not notice a huge difference other than the movement of the clubface – as expected.
I realized that the “huge” hand position change that felt so dramatic – did not look that “huge” on video. It was hard to notice. Feeling are often dramatic while the effects are small. There is a good lesson. If you want to make dramatic changes, you must often exaggerate the feelings so that you match your perception to the reality of the modification.