You’d be the global champion if you hit a great shot every time!
But if you follow these guidelines, you’ll strike a terrific shot almost every time, or at the very least see a significant improvement in your game:
The chances of the swing going awry until it reaches the so-called hitting area are pretty slim.
Nonetheless, golf being the weird game that it is, the decent swing could still go off the rails at this late stage.
When defects arise in both the excellent and bad swings, they do so for the same reason: to “assist” the clubhead in getting to the ball.
When the player loosens his left-hand grip somewhat and collapses his left elbow, they will appear in the good swing.
As a result of these actions, the player exhibits an unusual body movement, a sort of heaving motion, as if the player is attempting to assist the swing or hit the ball with his body. It’s a curious contortion.
The loosened left-hand grip and collapsing left elbow in this movement cause the club to rise sharply instead of falling down and through the ball as it should. The left elbow curls out to the left and bends toward the target.
The radius of the swing abruptly shortens, and since the straight left arm has been performing the duty of a constant radius throughout the swing, the club has no choice but to come up.
If the swing is from the inside, you will push the ball out to the right due to the loosening left hand and automatic strengthening of the right hand.
It could be a topped push or just a push if the club isn’t brought up far enough to top the ball. Every slicer knows that there is always trouble to the right on any shot, and it doesn’t matter whether we slice the ball into it or hit a straight ball into it. It’s still a matter of strokes.
If the defects are minor rather than severe, a third possibility is a dead ball, a straight ball that doesn’t travel anywhere. The loosening of the left-hand grip is, of course, to blame. The strong link between the arm’s motive power and the club that is being motivated has been diminished. At impact, the connecting link (the hand) flexes slightly, and force is lost.
Of course, the most refined strokes for a competent player are to keep his grip tight, maintain the wrist position achieved by the backward break, hit through with his hands, and let CQAM Jake take its course. At impact, the first ensures a firm, live connection between the arms and the club. The second ensures that the clubface is square. The hard-swinging hands provide the speed. But what about COAM? What exactly is COAM?
The Conservation of Angular Momentum (COAM) is an acronym for “Conservation of Angular Momentum.” The unexplained phenomenon in the golf swing causes the clubhead to catch up to the hands without the player exerting any effort. We’ll offer you the whole explanation in a few more paragraphs.
The same magic moves apply to the bad or ordinary player. Still, it would help if you first learned to get into the position that the good player is in as you approaches the striking area, maintains hand and wrist posture, slides hips laterally to the left, allows no hand lag, and makes no effort to move the club.
If you achieve these things, the eternal triangle will remain unchanged, and he will allow his body to move the club. You will never be in the correct striking position if he doesn’t accomplish these things. There aren’t any other options.
The excellent player shifts his weight to his left leg, and his right heel has risen slightly off the ground. His hips are leading his body to bend out to the left. Although the left shoulder has raised and the right shoulder has rotated past the ball, the top part of his body, anchored by his head, is still back, and his shoulders have not yet turned past the ball.
The right shoulder has sunk.
His right arm is pressed against his body. Although his hands are close to his right leg, the club is still nearly horizontal, and much of the wrist cock has been preserved.
The excellent player in this situation is lowering himself below the ball to hit it “out from under” and from the inside. He isn’t turning the ball high and over.
The location of the club, or the hands and the club, is the most perplexing aspect of this image. The hands are so far down, yet the club still has a quarter-circle to go.
Since the invention of high-speed photography, many images similar to this one have been printed. They’re ideal for demonstrating how we should be at this point in the swing. However, we feel they have resulted in more terrible photos than any other print.
What is the reason for this? Because they have instilled — or, if not, reinforced — a dreadful fear in the golfer’s head. This is his concern that the clubhead will never catch up to his hands at the ball if he ever gets in this position. As a result, he believes he would hit poorer strokes from this position than he does currently, assuming he could hit the ball at all. To him, it appears to be impossible.
This is one of the worries we touched on briefly in the previous chapter: the dread of not moving the clubhead quickly enough. It’s primarily to blame for what we’ve dubbed the average golfer’s insatiable obsession with the clubhead.
Of course, he thinks of it as the instrument that hits the ball, and he begins manipulating it right at the top of the swing to make it go quicker. Or he holds his hands back to allow the clubhead to catch up. Even though he knows he shouldn’t do these things, his subconscious overpowers his reason (as it always does), and he does an action known as “hitting too soon,” “hitting from the top,” or simply “flipping.” The desire to do so is fueled by more than just the need to get the clubhead to catch up to his hands.
Part of it is his erroneous belief that he needs to snap his wrists into the shot. We’re not implying that this snapping can’t or shouldn’t be done by professionals. We’re suggesting that for the typical gamer, it’s not necessary. Worse yet, it is suicidal. When attempting to do so, the regular player always gets the clubhead to the ball before his hands.
That’s because, as previously said, the swing through the ball is simply a continuation of the first movement of the downswing, which brings us to the hitting area.