IMO, I think today’s post is epic in understanding why we create bad swing faults. Swing faults that are universal. I believe if golfers can wrap their minds around the concept in the next paragraph, they will take the first step toward simplifying their game and getting better.
I believe all well known swing faults happen as a result of the body being smarter than we are. We do something stupid and the body creates some sort of compensation to make up for it. We whip the club too far inside and get it way behind behind us…and the body knows to come over the top to get it back in front. Way OTT is terrible, but it beats swinging on the same ultra inside path we whipped it in on.
A cast is not a compensation, as much as it is an effort to get to the right place because we don’t know the right way to get there.
If you look at every great and near great golfer (anyone who made the Tour and some who didn’t quite), you will find they all have a similar thing happening immediately after impact.
The arms are in full extension and make a triangle with the shoulders, with the shaft going right up the middle of the triangle. After this position, the right forearm rolls over the left. That is a full and proper release. Even players with a hold off swing like Trevino, or a player with a more classic swing trying to hold a shot off…everyone gets there at some point.
All a cast is, is an effort to get to that perfect post impact triangle…it’s just the wrong effort.
Trying to purposely create lag, especially by trying to hold the angle with the hands and wrists, makes it difficult to swing in sync as the body wants to get to that post impact triangle. More often than not, the body will stall in order for that extension triangle to take place…and there you have a flip.
If you allow your body to release the club the way it naturally wants to, you won’t cast and you will create the amount of lag your body can create naturally and automatically.
I think I will now re-post my 5 part series on the release…starting Monday. I promise you something. If you watch the 5 videos next week and use what you see (especially day 2)…your golf game will get better, your body will hurt less…and you will definitely have more fun.