Right now I have conflicting ideas with other instructors and those “in the know.” I have seen a few posters comments here about golf instruction being too “cause and affect” and I would tend to agree.
I am cause and affect sometimes, but I am trying to be a little more perception oriented because I think that is where most of the problems lie.
Like when I talk about amateurs wanting to help the ball in the air causes a laundry list of problems, instead of what actual physical problem “A” causes issue “B.”
Goat Humping is a popular problem. I say the perception of wanting to swing inside out and hit a draw and/or wanting to hold the lag causes this issue and the club gets under the plane and forces the goat hump.
I have been corrected by people telling me the goat humping causes the club underneath….etc. etc. Of course the goat humping starts first, as the lower body shift is the first thing that starts an “in sync” down swing. (Not the turning of the hips, but the shifting. The turning happens in sync with the upper body turning.)
I see it a different way. I see it as people think they want to, “Swing inside out and more shallow and want to hold the lag…and to do that you must lead with the lower body.” That leads to them extending the hips out toward the ball to get the club moving in that direction.
If I can convince them they don’t have to swing inside/out so much, or hold the lag, they won’t want to create that outward hip thrust.
If they swing on plane and release properly, the hips will shift and rotate properly.
So take away the bad perception and the bad movements disappear.
Micromanaging precise movements individually is hard.
Wait, that should be my swing theory. Remove the bad perceptions and the bad movements will cease to exist.