(Today’s post is a concept/theory, a video will follow when I get back from Boise and Chicago. Boise to work with Frank and Chicago for vacation with wife.)
I am starting to believe that the left arm is the whole key to the swing.
In the downswing, if the left arm stays connected properly (not overly connected either) and rotates DOWN the chest during the swing, your body will want to tilt and rotate to create room…which will create “compression” on and iron and a positive angle of attack on driver. Which is what everyone wants.
The left arm rotating enough and down the chest is what connects the rotation of the club to the rotation of the body…and the downward strike to “compress” an iron.
So if the left arm has to rotate down the chest on the downswing, wouldn’t it rhetorically want to rotate UP the chest on the backswing? That is what I mean when I say the arm lift has to match the shoulder turn.
When you pull the handle by trying to create lag, hold off the release, pull the butt at the ball or the wall in front, etc., the left arm will have a tendency to not rotate, work away from the body and not work DOWN the chest.
All of those things I listed above…put them in a paper bag, light them on fire and throw them on the porch of a neighbor you don’t like. Especially the one Johnny Miller likes to pimp 2 or 3 times a year on NBC.
“Shank you Johnny.”
Now you have to dump your tilt and/or stall and flip the club to square it to the path.
All of this sounds complicated and it’s really not. When I make the video sometime next week, it will all make perfect sense visually.
This is the technical, sequential explanation of the gradual release I have been promoting for a long time.
Tiger is missing this movement…as have I. I have been trying to rectify this…I don’t believe he is.
…and this is the key to chipping and pitching when you struggle with that part of the game. I would bet all of you who struggle with that part of the game don’t implement today’s concept properly…or at all.
I know that’s my problem when I my short game struggles. When I don’t practice, I revert to paper bag contents.
That is my cliche. Something I find awful will be classified as paper bag contents. Sounds a little less profane and more subtle than…
Although in some cases, profanity is appropriate to describe movements I tried to perfect that kept me off the tour…but for the sake of avoiding being completely classless (and I honestly try to avoid crossing that line), “paper bag contents” is the phrase of choice.
I can see it all now, “Here is Mr. Cargo Shorts with this week’s paper bag contents to avoid.”