Hey BobKy, I tried a Holmes' type swing this past weekend. I have been experimenting with all types of golf swings this year, looking for something dependable that holds up in all circumstances. So, I have been trying them all
To summarize my results from previous posts about other swings:
S&T great accuracy. Works only with flat lies. Poor distance. Tend to flub shots.
One Plane (LaBauve) swing. Good distance, but accuracy can be very bad. At times, never know where the ball is going. Tendacy to pull shots. Swing is hard on the back due to bending over much more.
Symple Swing. Works great as long as you "feel" it. Easy to get a hiccup in the swing. Possible hooking "off the planet" issue. Requires shoulder swing to generate most of the power. Bad for me because I tend to get erratic with an upper body type swing. Like using my hips and leaving out my arms in the swing.
Holmes' swing. Results, Very good, so far. Accuracy was outstanding! Love standing very upright in the swing. Makes it easy on the back. Accuracy close to S&T. Average distance. Easy to make poor shots if not paying attention to details of the swing. Not very good results with fairway woods, hybrids, and longer irons.
This weekend, I re-read your post on your new swing. And, I briefly Googled J.B. Holmes. I notice he had a very strong grip with a short back swing. So, I combined your upright stance, Holmes' strong grip, (ala symple swing) and short backswing. I have some questions for ya if you don't mind sharing.
Holmes straightens his trail leg in his backswing. Do you know why? You mentioned that you may try to straighten your LEAD leg on the downswing. Is it because for more power? Do you use a very strong grip like Holmes? Do you try to simplify the swing or are you into getting into the details such as: hip bump/slide, getting the hands into the slot, creating lag, and other two plane type thoughts?