I hear two cliches on the range where people are told to avoid them and avoiding them gets people in trouble.
Don’t slide (with the lower body) and don’t hang back (with upper body).
The irony of this just kills me. The cliches people promote (Hold lag, widen arc, swing to right field) are bad and the ones that are shunned are actually good.
Now this is going to make most people who don’t read my blog have a brain aneurism.
“Hanging back” is a lower body mistake and “sliding” is an upper body mistake.
That’s right folks, the cliches are wrong again.
When a golfer is “hanging back,” it’s not because the upper body is back, that is supposed to happen…that is proper tilt. A golfer “hangs back” when the lower body doesn’t shift left.
When a golfer “slides” it’s not because the lower body moves too much toward the target. There is really no such thing. It is a “slide” when the upper body is too far forward when the lower body shifts.
In other words, if you “hang back” and “slide” according to the book of cliches, you are gold.
Since the golf swing is an action/reaction movement, it would only make sense that the good cliches are actually bad and the bad cliches are actually good.
In this case, I am becoming a huge fan of irony.