Watching Moe hit a golf ball was magical. When I first saw him I couldn’t help but think “What would it feel like to stand inside Moe’s body and feel what he felt?” It took me a few years to achieve his feeling and prowess. Now I teach what I know to others and set them on their own journey to feel what Moe felt.
Moe Norman’s golf swing is a set of positions and rotations in sequence – a set of biomechanical movements and positions where the body moves and stops at various times and various speeds. It’s a science and when broken down, it’s actually rather simple.
The problem is that most golfers learn to move at full speed trying to sequence all of the moving parts when, most of the time, the parts are in the wrong places. When this happens, the body movements compensate causing ineffective motion or “inefficiency” in biomechanical terms.
Efficiency is when the body rotates and moves effectively in sequence creating optimum speeds at the ideal moments. The result is a balanced and effective movement of the body with a quickly moving golf club producing ideal clubbed speeds at impact.
Many of the problems start at the address where the body is out of position. The pelvis and torso are incorrectly tilted and rotated making it extremely difficult to rotate and tilt into the backswing. The problems cascade from there into the transition and then into the downswing and impact.
Another problem is that most of us use feel to determine whether we are swinging correctly and to make adjustments if necessary. The problem with feeling is that it’s based on personal experience. Basically, you can’t feel what you don’t know how to feel and we can’t do something we don’t know how to do.
Let’s take a look at address and how I measure the ideal starting position.
The first thing I look for is the ideal Sideband of the body or spine tilt. If measured this will be 20 degrees.
Next, I look at a few of the basics of my address including my trail leg position, back of the lead hand to the target and the rotation of the lead foot.
I also check the alignment of the club shaft to the lead shoulder and make sure the club head is beneath my nose. There will be a space between the club head and the ball position.
Once the address bend and positions are in place, I can view my address from the Down-the-Line view and see the ideal Single Plane Position. From here I will notice that the club shaft and trail arm will align. The lead arm is above the trailing arm and the plane line goes through the center of my back.
Looking at a bit more detail, I make sure that my legs are straight but not locked, the ball is slightly positioned on the heel of the golf club and the back of my head is aligned with my upper back.
Obviously, you must take a video of your swing to check all of these positions. You can also use a mirror.
I make check my address position every time I practice. I suggest that you do the same.