Reed Howard “In and Up” (Backswing)

In a recent session with Reed we visited Top Golf in Okc.  Had a great time.  What a great place.  I think it is great for golf.  We even saw a local golfer bring his dog to keep him company as he practiced.

I made a few adjustments to Reeds grip and address.  He was tending to get his lead hand too week leaving the face slightly open.  I also removed some tilt in his address to give him a bit more lift in his backswing.

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There is a lifting motion in the middle of the backswing.

Moe considered the movement “In and then Up.  Here is Reed in the inward movement of the backswing.

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Here is the upward movement.

Screen Shot 2017-09-27 at 9.47.35 PM.pngNotice the great positioning of the Lead arm across the shoulder line and the trail arm in a “supportive” position placing the club directly on plane.  Also notice the club face in an ideal position.

(Review of Downswing in next post.)

Comments

4 comments on “Reed Howard “In and Up” (Backswing)”
  1. jetsfan23 says:

    Hey Todd and Reed,

    Where does Reed play. Would love to see his game develop, but havent figured out what events he plays. Best of luck Reed!

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  2. Bruce Kelso says:

    I appreciate the minute changes with respect to refining the grip and adjusting the spine tilt. I just finished going over the discussion with you and Jim Suttie about Moe’s swing; specifically about “soft hands” and how that is sort of a lost concept. I know that when my grip, spine tilt and plane are all in sync, I don’t try to release the club with my hands, but rather let my body rotation do it; letting the ball get in the way of the swing. I would certainly appreciate your input in this area as it relates to the downswing.

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  3. Todd Graves says:

    Bruce, I have difficulty with concepts such as “soft hands”. Mostly because I don’t know that it means. Does it mean light pressure? The way I see it is that the hands hold the club. The wrists move. The arms move. The shoulders move etc. I think when you refer to soft hands your are referring to “passive” hands as opposed to “active” hands. Then again, the hands can not be active – only the wrists can. So having said all of this, the concepts I do like are things like “skipping rocks” …. because I can relate this to the entire motion of the arms, wrists and body working together.

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  4. Bruce Kelso says:

    I think the “skipping rocks” analogy makes the most sense to me. I can relate to that feeling and motion.

    Thanks!

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