Golf Digest's September issue is out and has a follow article with Bennett/Plummer. A good read but it still lacks detail about S&T.
It would be nice to more helpful hints such as about grip and wrist hinge. Or, "how can you get more power out of the swing" and where are the power leaks? My drives are still 20-30 yards shorter than my old conventional swing (Iron distance is about the same). I know other folks have the same issue according to other S&T postings on different sites.
I'm about half a club longer with all my clubs, including the driver. Fortunately I've always been comfortable with the driver, probably because I hit it just the same ( i.e not harder ) than my other clubs.
I too have read the problems others have had with the driver. I can only guess they are players with the dreaded over the top move who tend to lose the "inside" swing. I also follow the advice to tee the ball lower and that seems to help.
No, not my Depends. But I am leaking power somewhere in the driver. Last weekend, I had some really straight drives with the S&T setup. They were just 25 yards shorter than normal. I do tend to hook if I am not careful with the grip and the backswing but mostly I like how I can put the ball right down the gippy on most drives.
Question. Do you have your arms play any part of your swing with the driver? I am just thinking I may be losing the angle and releasing the club way too early.
Actually I think of this swing as a completely body-driven swing, in which my hands and arms do no more than react to the motion and acceleration created by the back and downswings. I just let them swing free.
One tip I did come across which may help - a nice description by a very respected teacher - " firm fingers, loose wrists " - maybe you've been steering it a bit, hanging on, and not quite releasing fully. Just let it go and trust it !
I think that there are a couple of key roles that the arms play in the golf swing. One of those roles is to keep the humerus bones attached to the rib cage in their address position as much as possible. This is crucial because it keeps the arms connected to the body, and doesn't allow for the left arm to lift or the right elbow to seperate very far from the rib cage. When you begin the downstroke, through impact, those humerus bones stay welded onto the body, with all the power being supplied by the pivot motion and transfer of momentum. You basically set the machine up, lock down that particular aspect of it, and pivot. It's very tough to get out of a good position if this is accomplished correctly. Take two tees, put one under each arm pit, and strive to keep that pressure point in tact throughout the swing. You will find the left arm must remain low, the right elbow must remain close to the ribcage, and the arms stay connected to the body throughout the pivot. Andy and Mike have all their guys do this drill, and it's a great one.
Another key role is the nursing of lag into the downswing. A great position to try to get into is (from a front view), to try to get the hands just at the right thigh, with the club parallel to the ground in the downswing. Strive to retain this lag. I will agree that to do this, you must have a firm grip yet supple wrists. However, the wrists do not just flop around haphazardly. Once the downstroke begins, the wrists are supple to nurse the lag. Then, about the time the position I described above occurs, the club should start to feel heavy. Once you feel this sensation, you know it's time to start the pelvic thrust, and drive the pressure point created by the club on your right index finger THROUGH the ball, with a feeling of no release of the hands. By coupling this with a well-timed pelvic thrust, you should have all the power you will need to send the ball into its orbit.
I can't stress the pelvic thrust enough. The hips have to start to level out in the downstroke to sustain their speed so that the body doesn't slow down it's rotation, usually causing a flip of the hands at the bottom and compression leakage due to a glancing blow.
In your previous message of what you stated, I tried to come up with an order of sequence.
1.step on the lead foot
2.relaxed hands and wrists until it reaches the height of the trail hip and then, try to lag the club
3.thrust the hips forward for more power when hands reach trail hip high.
We are talking about doing these steps in milliseconds. I don't know if I have that kind of timing. I like the idea of hip thrust to generate power, but is there anyway to simplify the other sequence of actions for more power?
(btw. With S&T I hit a 9 iron 135 yds, 5 iron 185 yds, and my driver 225-240 yds. I feel I am at least 20 average yards shorter on where I should be with the driver club.)