Yet anther swing that looks terrible, but has some things to work with.
Either being left handed he is trying to copy Mike Weir with those balk moves and/or he has more swing thoughts than he can handle…which if it is more than one it’s too many and it’s probably at least 4 or 5.
One of them is probably “keep your head down,” because his head drops about 18 inches during his down swing and that swing is going to top a lot of shots…which will make people tell him to keep his head down and makes it worse because you can see he pulls his arms in and loses his balance because he dives so much.
Let’s move on to what I would tell him.
1. He actually makes a shoulder turn, which is a good place to start from.
2. His setup is terrible and I might not be able to give him a swing thought yet until he gets his setup fixed. He needs to bend over more at the waist and bend his knees more. This will give him more room to let his arms hang down more comfortably. He needs to turn his left foot in and that will help his balance. His left shoulder is below his right at address, so that is good.
3. I think I would give him a week or so of hitting balls with the change in setup before I gave him a swing thought…the first swing thought I would give him was not to straighten out of his setup during his back swing. There are several ways to verbalize this and everyone is different. For some it’s keep the head still, for others it’s keeping your butt sticking out during the back swing…and still for others it’s to try and bend more to counter act the straightening up. Don’t know if I like the last one so much, because you can over do that, but whatever works.
I think after he stops both straightening going back and trying to keep his head down to avoid the top, he will stop diving. Shortening his arm swing would be my next target. I think by then, he wouldn’t be diving at the ball any more.
The fact that this guys has so many issues and still makes a shoulder turn bodes well for future improvement.
I think I like doing this. Especially finding swings that look terrible, but have something to work with…and swings that look perfect, but have many subtle issues that make them worse than they appear. What I am trying to get at is the goal is not a pretty swing, the goal is to hit the ball.