When I say this, I am not referring to those golfers who have had great success keeping the club on plane and hitting the ball solid. Nor am I referring to all of the golfers who have a good, natural and tension free one piece takeaway. In other words, a true one piece takeaway
I am talking about the millions of golfers who are told to do this, have to contrive it, cause tension, a late handset and get the club out of position. This often causes the shoulders to turn too flat as a late handset and shoulders turning vertically is a nasty feeling move.
You all know what I think about shoulders turning too flat…and try hitting short pitches and knockdown shots with the hands not completely set. That is a big problem. It ends up as a swing that becomes too long, giving time for the hands to set, but then…the swing is too long to hit the shot you want.
A late handset in a full swing makes it very difficult not to narrow the arc on the way down. I know this is actually thought of as a good thing for creating lag…but you all know how I feel about that.
Widening the arc and low and slow are other beauties that create a late handset and the club getting out of position. I am finding that setting hands too late is something that is ingrained in my swing from all the years of garbage I listened to.
I was hitting balls and there was a guy with a homemade swing. He set his hands pretty quickly, but had a beautiful shoulder turn and was dead on plane. The noodnik with him starting talking one piece takeaway and low and slow. 5 minutes later he was whipping the club too far inside and hitting duck hooks with driver and shanks with irons. My head almost exploded before my own epiphany struck me.
Don’t take my word for it. Set your hands a little quicker than normal while turning your shoulders. You will find that your shoulders almost automatically turn 90* to your spine. Try setting your hands a little faster and turn too flat at the same time…or widening the arc, etc. From a feel standpoint, you almost get a sense when you are doing something bad.
Here is a video that talks about some of these things. Again, this should be a natural process, but some of the bad info we have been subjected to makes the need to retrain ourselves to do what is natural. That is the bane of the modern golfer. Purging all of the new swing fads that create unnatural motions…and we are forced to retrain our bodies to do what is natural.
Just like I showed in my audition video yesterday, the hands will set naturally and perfectly if you allow it to happen.
The second video is a great drill to promote a true, tension free one piece takeaway.