It is becoming more and more clear to me that golfers don’t understand the shallowing of the shaft (I know I didn’t until the last few years, so don’t feel bad). When the shaft shallows, the body wants to react by staying in posture and turning hard.
They don’t know it’s supposed to happen, don’t know what it is, don’t know how to do it and in many cases, think they know all these things (I know I did, because people who claimed to be experts told me how to butcher the process).
Reminds me of that line from the movie, The Princess Bride.
“You keep saying that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
When I look back at how this was taught to me incorrectly, it makes me think of this line…
“My name is Monte Scheinblum, you kill my golf swing, prepare to die.”
Those not familiar with the movie, probably think I have lost my mind.
I’ll tell you what shallowing the shaft is not. It’s not intentionally dropping the hands behind you independent of a weight shift and turn…and ending up with a path so inside out that a Trackman computer laughs at you.
It’s gravity dropping the hands, not the golfer actively dumping them behind the turn.
With all of this hold the lag, Johnny Miller telling people to pull the butt of the club into a wall in front of the golfer and other such handle pulling nonsense, the final outcome is a steepening of the shaft, early extension, disconnected swings, shanks, fats, slices…and then Hank Haney telling everyone to solve this by rolling the wrists at impact, which makes you steepen the club more…and shank, fat and slice even more.
Wanna know how to shallow the shaft? It’s not swinging to right field for sure. That makes you whip it inside and steepen it on the downswing and hit shanks, fats and slices, or disconnect the arms, get a path too inside out and spend the day snap hooking drivers and hitting LW’s that draw 40 feet after a nice stall and flip and impact.
If you want to shallow the shaft and allow your body to take over the downswing…Don’t whip it inside on the backswing and do this…