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Date Posted: 08:46:53 05/02/14 Fri
Author: Carlos Tomas
Subject: Club Head Path
I haven't posted here in quite a long time. The last time I was still struggling with my swing, trying to work with my complete set of 1-Iron woods and irons. I tried everything in all of Mr. Lake's newsletters. Slowly but surely over time things began to get better, but I didn't know exactly why. One of the newsletter suggestions was to get the headphones on and listen to music while on the driving range, drowning out all distractions, allowing increased focus. This is what got me going in the right direction. Over time, and I'm talking a couple of years, my ball was going mostly where I wanted it to go, with acceptable trajectory and distance. And my scores on the course improved as a result. My previous best results were 3 dips down into the high 80's (89, 89, and 86), but with most scores in the low to mid 90's. Now, most of my scores are in the mid to high 80's. It's a disappointing round when my score hits the 90's.
It took a while, but I finally figured out what I'd been doing right. The headphones caused me to focus on feel, so I know what "right" feels like. It turns out that the path in the air the club head takes during the swing is probably the most critical component. I had been keeping my right elbow in constant contact with my ribcage all through the swing, thanks to another great tip from Mr. Lake. Without doing anything with my wrists, just leaving them in "neutral" position without twisting or turning them in any way, just following those 2 things causes my club head to trace the correct inside-out path, well, mostly. When I examined my hip position at impact, and compared it with that of just about any good golfer on YouTube, I found my hips to be pointing about 45 degrees towards the target. To get in that position, I had to feel like I was striking the ball with the right side of my body, specifically the right shoulder and right hip. Doing that, you just can't avoid getting good extension.
I'll never be a pro golfer. But I'm a happy guy on the golf course these days. Thanks to my 1-Iron clubs, Mr. Lake's tips, and a set of headphones.
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