What is PB's theory on the club at the top of the backswing?
I'm assuming it's not this 'two plane' backswing like you see here with Shawn Clement
, but more so 'Hank Haney-ish' if you will. Or, this video of Ben Hogan
Should I be laying the club back more at the top of the BS, or should it be more like the Shawn Clement video.
If the former, what exactly creates the vertical drop action of the arms. Here is a good picture of what I'm talking about.
How do I get that trail arm down so quickly before it comes around the body?
I have a couple of questions.
1) I'm in my living room with a club doing 2 different things on the takeaway. The current takeaway I use on my swing, and one that I think may be more proper. A) I'm taking the club away with the arms quite a bit as a unit. The arms go first, and more so turn the body. Then the left completes the end of my turn lifting the club up. The wrists probably don't begin to cock until the club is parallel. A good way to visualize the position that I am in is that... if a picture were taken of me face on when the club is parallel back... the butt of my club and my trail leg would probably form a 6 inch gap on the picture. The butt would also be pointed well right of the target. B) I begin the takeaway with both a body turn, and a wrist cock, simultaneously... not the arms. When the club is parallel, a face on picture taken would show the butt end of the club and the trail leg with no gap. The butt end is also pointing at the target. The arms have not really moved away from and around the body.
Which is proper?
2) At the top of the backswing... what should be happening? A) Currently, as Tom mentioned I'm not quite like the Shawn Clement video swinging that upright, but I am up and over plane on the latter 1/4 of the backswing. At the top of the BS, a picture DTL (down the line) would likely show an arm plane much steeper than my shoulder plane. The right elbow would likely show itself a little further from the body. B) In my living room, I'm trying a couple of things. At the top of the BS, a wristwatch placed on my left wrist would be much more pointing upwards to the sky. The right elbow is more in towards the body (that may be be the right wording to describe the feeling. I'd say as opposed to A where it's more UP and away from the body, with B it's more away and around the body as though the right shoulder wants to get away from my right ear). Also, the elbows are acting as if they want to stay as close as possible to each other. The right elbow isn't necessarily staying next to the body, but it is staying as close to the left elbow as possible.
Which is proper?
I just notice that it seems much easier to deliver the club from the inside when the club is more 'laid off' or laid back then it is the 'Shawn Clement way'. Swinging out to in almost seems automatic. If I should be bringing the club more upright at the top, how the heck do you get that vertical drop?