There has been some confusion regarding the proper vertical position of the club at the top of the backswing. I recently published a daily titled, Picture Worth A Million Words. The picture on that page shows the club vertical at 12 o'clock.
Jim Salvarakis referenced that video along with Sacred Burial Ground Defined. The one thing that I tried to explain with both videos is that we're swinging on the maximum incline plane for our posture. Because we don't hit the ball standing straight up, you have to take into account the angle your body creates when bent over the ball.
In your recent videos "Picture Worth A [Million] Words" and "Sacred Burial Ground Defined" your description of what is the proper PPGS vertical, up the tree motion is substantially different. In "Burial Ground" you say go "vertical on the maximum incline plane" but in "Picture/Thousand Words" you show the club position as absolute vertical to the ground. Can you please further clarify? I believe your description in "Burial Ground" is more natural. thank you.
Okay, let's try to define this once and for all. At the top of the swing, the club is dead vertical. Vertical is in harmony with gravity. But let's look at this in more detail. I always believe that the plane we swing on is an angle from the ball through the neck and resting on the shoulders. My shoulders are connected in the ball and socket joints so the arms have rotation. When we put both palms together they are diametrically opposed, which means they work together. After we take the club back into the catcher's mitt toe up, it must next go straight up.
Because I'm bent over the ball, I'm swinging my arms up with a little bit of rotation. However, we turn only to where the upper arm (from elbow to shoulder) is over the toe line. When I lift, I'm going up on a diagonal plane but I'm only rotating my arms enough to make sure they go to vertical. I'm not going to let them keep rotating because that's going to cause me to go on a different plane then what I want. It's all about getting on the maximum vertical incline plane. In the PPGS, we're always swinging on the maximum incline plane for our posture. Posture is determined by our athletically ready position and the different lengths of our body parts. People's planes will differ because these elements are usually unique to each golfer.
My right arm and hand are very active in making sure I keep the club vertical. Good lift gives you better freefall which maximizes clubhead speed. You can swing a light club with more speed and more control than a heavy club. When you're in control of your club, it makes for a much easier game.
I really hope today's video can clear up any confusion that may have arose from the two videos Jim mentioned. If not, please leave a comment or question below.
Keep it vertical!
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