It has been unseasonably warm here for a week or so. We had a lot of rain earlier this fall and winter but due to the 'La Nina' effect we may have a rather dry spring. This should be nice for golf but could lead to water shortages (our water all goes to SoCal) and high fire danger later on. I played both Saturday and Sunday and it was hot on Saturday, there was a bit of a breeze yesterday so not so bad.
Regarding spine angle I am working really hard to stick my butt out and keep my lower back in neutral. I am able to swing pretty much pain free on my lower back this way even though I am inclined at an angle that would have hurt me in the past. I found that bending my knees and keeping my weight back towards my heels really helps my lower back. I picked that up from Chuck Quinton's Rotary Swing website.
Another thing that I am working on that is kind of interesting I think is that I am trying to finish like Moe did with my back still arched and my upper body leaning towards the target. This move takes seems to take the pressure off of my lead hip and side. It seems to work pretty well but I have looooong ways to go to get it to where I can do it consistently.
Man you are a long way from home! What ever possessed you to take a trip to DC this time of year? DC is on about the same latitude as my Kentucky home, so you now know what kind of winter weather I deal with. However I have been down here in Florida for about the last month (I think you can see why ) and have dodged much of this unusually cold winter. Anyway I hope you make it back to the warm California coast soon and get back to working on your much improved golf swing.
Well the opportunity arose and I had never been to DC so what the heck? It is a bit cold alright though it was clear and sunny over the weekend which was nice. There is a lot to see and I have enjoyed looking around a bit. I had always wanted to go to the air and space museum in particular so that was pretty cool.
I have had a golf life long problem of leaning on it especially when I get in a certain state of mind that might be considered fearful or nervous. I just might try that drill! Can I use your swimming pool?
this morning. Your head still drops and that produces additional curvature in your back that might lead to back problems. For a comparison here is Azinger in about the same positions. He is hitting a 3-iron:
Your backside is about in the same place from setup to impact which is very good ... i.e. no hip thrust towards the ball in the DS. Now if you could get more hip rotation at impact like Zinger you'd be perfect. One thing at a time though.
Thanks very much for the comments! I am not able to achieve that position every time but I am getting closer most of the time and I can feel the 'bad' hip thrust swing when I do it. Usually the result is a pull hook or a slice or the good old friendly shank!
I would not have believed how badly I was moving through the ball if I did not see it on video. The before pictures are actually a marked improvement over what I originally saw. I probably won't post those for fear of causing the viewer to lose his or her lunch. I spent too much time in the past on face on video and not enough on the problem area... Of course I am not sure that this swing change will cause my index to go down finally, we shall see...
As for getting the hips around where they should be I am not sure that I can do that. When I try it hurts like He double hockey sticks. I either hurt the lead side under my rib cage or the lead hip or both. LOL, I probably need to go back to doing the Yoga or something... Yoga hurt my neck really badly though... I am a mess!
Yep I am working on that also, though there is a hard limit due to age and physical condition. I am trying to move the limit by doing some stretching etc. and by exploring different movements during the downswing...
the curve in your back is scary. You are bent forward from your waist and not your hips. It looks to me like a prescription for back problems. Notice how much more vertical your lower back is compared to 'Really Good'.
I am not bent from the waist... I have rather long legs and believe it or not my lower back is slightly arched in the picture above. The ugly looking curve is in my upper back which may be a problem for swing mechanics. I am having a really hard time changing that at all...
I'm not sure what you mean by 'arched' for your lower back but your lower back should be flat-slightly concave as is a bit more clear if you look at the trail side of 'Really Good'. Looked at another way, if you kept your lower back in the same position and eliminated most of the curve in your upper back (to match 'Really Good') you'd be standing far more upright.
Every time I have to bend forward for some kind of effort (like getting the ice up off my driveway yesterday) I can feel the change between pain and no pain by taking out the kind of bend you show in the photos and making my lower back flat to concave vs arched. It does however require more flexibility in your hamstrings than to might think.
Photobucket is not working now. I'll post an example in the morning.
Yes more upright because of the curve in the upper back or because of the loss of hip angle. LOL doesn't really matter? Hard to correct at any rate though I am happy with my progress so far. By arched I meant 'flat-slightly concave'.
As for hamstring flexibility that is why I have more bend in my knees.
Here is a look at DJ Trahan and Dustin Johnson at impact:
Which swing do you think is easier on the back?
This message has been edited by gHerbert on Feb 8, 2011 9:24 PM
it's not clear - notice that from the 'point' of his behind the top of his trousers are angled forward and from that point his back is flat. That equivalent part of your shorts is nearly vertical and your back is curved from there up.