While I agree...February 17 2010 at 9:33 AM
|Allen (Login allenws)|
SAGF Members 2000
Response to Flying the line...
that Kelvin's scientific analysis capabilities are lacking, I do think that he has some interesting ideas.
I do agree that if you get your body too far forward in the DS that it can cause sequencing problems that can slow you down. Of course, this is only a problem for those of us that have learned to start the DS with the lower body.
I particularly like Kelvin's comments on release. I think that this might be the missing piece for how to best get the club down to the ball from 6/100's. I stumbled upon this myself late last season as I was struggling to figure out how to get the club head from 6/100's to impact without straightening my trail arm/hand and losing the angles. The only way I could seem to do this was by bowing my lead wrist and using ulnar deviation to drop the club onto the ball. These two simple moves immediately removed my snap-hook penchant and my fat/thin problems. My ball striking improved overnight and I went on to get some of my lowest scores of the season. It was no fluke as I have continued to make excellent ball contact all winter long using this technique when hitting balls into my net.
Bowing the lead wrist in the DS starts to rotate the club face closed, and using ulnar deviation to get the club onto the ball essentially locks the wrists and prevents them from flipping closed at or before impact. It seems to allow me to get my hands ahead of the ball with full angle retention without leaving the club face open or closed at impact.
I do think that there is merit in using your hips more actively in the DS. One only needs to look at all of the longest hitters, whether it be JB Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Wastson, Jamie Sadlowski, etc. to see that they all have this common trait of rotating their hips rapidly and fully to or just before impact. They don't slow them down halfway to impact as do most of the shorter hitters. I'm not exactly sure why this works for them ... maybe other golfers are decelerating the lower body too far before impact and lose some of the angular momentum? Or perhaps this type of body positioning aids in getting the arms/hands into a better impact position as I've described above? I'm only guessing.
I also find Kelvin's spine powered golf swing theory interesting. Performing a side bend with a slight lower back arch to drive the DS will probably result in a more consistent process of "getting the trail elbow to the navel" and "sticking your a$$ out."
BTW, Kelvin is fascinated with long hitting golf professionals that have had little or no golf instruction. Jamie Sadlowski and Bubba Watson fall in this camp. He evaluates their swings trying to figure out how they accomplish what they do based on their pure athleticism. He lumps early Nicklaus and Tiger into this pure athleticism camp as well. They do things that other golfers don't ... what is it and why?
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This message has been edited by allenws on Feb 17, 2010 10:32 AM