Had a quick practice session today. What I mean by quick is that I showed up at 7:45 am and hit a few balls on the range before my 9:00 lesson. Of course, I propped up an Ipad and took a few swing videos. Here a few shots from my swing sequence and a few notes of what I focus on in my personal practice:
Club Face Position at the Top
The clubface position at the top is an indication of my lead hand grip position AND my lead arm rotation. I used to have trouble with this getting the clubface closed at the top due to an improper lead hand grip. Moe helped me correct this but it took some time. He would often say ‘Straighten it out, straighten it out!” when my shots would hook to the left.
The club face in the picture above is what I consider perfect. the plane of the face mirrors the lead forearm and hand. This is a planned clubface position and a very important part of hitting the ball straight.
Of course, I always take a quick look at my address position. I’ve been paying particular attention to my pelvis position. In a way, I’m sticking my butt back a bit. Not too much though. I make sure the club is aligned with my trial arm and lead arm visible without too much knee flex.
Impact shows a bent trail and the rotation of my upper and lower body. The club returns to the address plane.
I always check mine by plane. Here you can see the club matching the original plane at address, my trail foot (heel) remains on the ground.
As a side note, I found that my Apple Watch messes with my sequence. It was causing some This is the heavier version of the Apple Watch. the aluminum watch (lighter one) didn’t seem to affect my feelings as much. I recommend not wearing a watch on your arm when you play golf or practice.
I’ve been playing around with a few different drivers recently. The Callaway EPIC 9 deg. Sub Zero and Rogue 9 deg Sub Zero. I liked both drivers equally, however, I found that the heavier 75-gram shaft caused me some problems. I had a much better feel with the 62-gram shaft. Actually, it was a huge difference. With the 62 gram shaft, I could easily feel the club movement while the 75-gram shaft made the head feel lighter. I could see why Moe would add weight to the heads of his clubs. One way to feel the head is to also lighten the shaft.