Lesson with a Conventional PGA proSeptember 8 2009 at 9:00 PM
|CFischer (Login CFischer)|
There are no single axis pros around here so I took a lesson from a local pro with a good reputation. I told him I wanted to work on some fundamentals, not try to rebuild my swing. I did not tell him I use single axis, natural golf or any of that. I told him I was a large man and inflexible (both true) and so I reached for the ball to help me avoid swinging over the top. I have practiced the single axis swing for 2 months now using Grave's Golf Academy DVD Total Game Overview as a guide.
The lesson went well. Instructor did not try change my grip or basic setup, except initially he tried once to get me to set up with conventional angle between right forearm and club shaft, but he decided to leave that alone. He liked my ball flight as I was hitting well that day, very straight, though a little high. He filmed my swing, which is what I was most interested in so I could see what was going on. Here is what he faulted me on.
1. My left arm broke down at top of back swing. I could not feel this. Not a problem in and of itself he says, but it leads to a casting motion and an early release. Just as you guys have said here, he wanted me to a bent trail hand and arm at impact. I was fully extended.
2. He wanted a larger shoulder turn. I may choose to ignore this advice as it seems to run counter to advice I have seen regarding Single Axis Norman Type Swing.
3. My alignment was terrible. This explained why so many of my shots would finish left or right (with perfectly straight ball flight). I was capable of lining up as much as 30 yards right or left of the target on shots 175 yards or longer. He helped me correct this. Pretty basic stuff, and I thought I was lining up great, but until he showed me I could not see it.
The good stuff:
I had a good reverse K set-up. This is a fundamental of conventional and single axis golf. It is in Dr. Jim Suttie's excellent book "Your Perfect Swing" which I have used to help me.
My head is relatively still.
I do not come over the top.
The lesson seemed to help me a great deal. However, I bought a Handycam and was thinking of joining the Graves Online instruction site instead of getting more lessons from the pro, though I can get some short game instruction from the pro here. Any reason not to use a conventional pro, many fundamentals are the same, no?
Has anyone tried the Grave's Online instruction, sending in videos of swing?
One last thing, do you more experienced golfers think there would be any benefit to practicing swing with only left arm?