That’s why all of these scientific experiments, hard data numbers from launch monitors, stop action screenshots of all time and current greats, etc…are all fine and dandy, but they are used almost universally in opposition to the title of this post.
You can’t zero out positions in the downswing. They are the body’s reaction to what came before. So copying someone’s golf swing, position, or supposed power inducing move…Hell is empty and all the devils are here.
Copying Rory McIlory’s hip stall…LOL.
Sergio’s hands in the right hip pocket lag….really folks? He’s spent the better part of 5 years trying to tone that down…and hacks want to just yank that handle to that spot and expect results?
Hogan’s right elbow impact position. This is my favorite because I was told to do this. Several years ago my friend and I did an experiment. I got all my body parts in Hogan’s impact positions. And the right elbow where he did. I would have needed a set of golf clubs about 3″ over length to reach the ball. His wingspan was several inches longer than his height and mine is a few inches shorter. I also have a high waist.
Scoffing are you?
Et tu Brute?
Ask one Mac O’Grady about this issue and he may have some different insights, but he will 100% agree. He has very short arms and long legs.
Ever wonder why Ray Floyd had such a funky swing and used a nearly 40″ putter? Peter Jacobsen called him the T-Rex of golf.
I saw a video today that there is a torso stall that causes a whipping action of the arms…and if you actively do it, I want to play you for money.
The point is the ENTIRE downswing is your body reacting to what you did in the setup, backswing and transition. It is compensating to put the club on the ball, the best it can, after you screwed up so may things. Your body wants to hit the ball solid and straight, so if you don’t like your impact position, you don’t have enough lag or shaft lean, a Hogan right elbow or the club head speed you think you should have…those things are not actions.
They are reactions your body is making to just make contact with the ball.
You give your body good food and exercise, you get a fit looking body. You give it fast food and sloth, your body gives you obesity. If you are flabby and don’t eat right or exercise, you can’t just wake up one morning and say I want to look like Brad Pitt in Troy, just like you can’t hold lag.
You give your body a good setup, backswing and transition, you get sexy lag and compression that arouses your friends.
You make poor actions before the downswing starts, your body will give you bad reactions. Casting, flipping, early extension, no compression and weak slices with the driver…or else you’d miss the ball.
If you want to get better at golf you must embrace this concept…and play more golf.
One of my pet peeve examples.
It has been my observation that 75%+ (probably more like 90%+) of instructions teach lag as a primary pursuit without addressing the action(s) that are producing loss of lag as a reaction.
To me this is like turning up the radio louder when your brakes start to squeal.
I know, I know, frustration pulls out nonsensical hyperbole in me.
Ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge is the wings wherewith we fly to heaven.