When swinging vertically, the golf club should become light and easy to wield. When you start turning too much, the club becomes heavy and much more difficult to swing. George Snyder has seen vast improvements in his game over the course of his time using the Peak Performance Golf Swing, but he's looking for a reference point to help in his understanding of the swing.
Using the vertical swing and your putting videos, I have improved my score by 10 strokes in 14 months. My goal is to reduce my score by another 6 strokes in the next 10 months or sooner. I have taken a personal lesson from you, purchased several of your video lessons and watched many of your daily lessons; but, I never have read, heard or seen any direction on where the butt of the club should be at the top of the "forward swing." I ask this question because I cannot see or feel where the club head is at the top of the backswing; but, I can easily feel and see the butt of the club. I have been experimenting on the range, and found that when I start the butt of the club down away from my toes on the "upswing," I am able to hit a draw which I have never been able to do before. Is there any tips that you can give me and others on using the position of the butt of the club as a reference point to make the 3/4 vertical swing correctly?
Yes George, there are some tips I can provide. It's actually something I look for a lot when I'm doing video analyses of students. For those who may not be aware, the butt of the club is the bottom of your club on the grip end. When we take the club into the catcher's mitt and the shaft and forward arm are over the toe line, there's no more turn. Instead, it's all lift from that point. Because we are bent over when playing golf and not standing straight up and down, we are swinging the club vertical on a diagonal, incline plane.
Once I'm at the top of the backswing, the diagonal plane will bring my elbow, hand, and the shaft of the clubhead inside the toe line. But, the key that determines whether you're too deep in the sacred burial ground is the position of your elbow to your shoulder (of your forward arm). One of the things I check when looking from a "down the line" view is where the butt of the club is in relation to the ground. I will draw a line from the butt of the club on down to the ground. I want to see the line just about at the ankle. Remember, anytime I talk about the toe line, I'm talking about the toes, knees, hips, shoulders, and eyes all being parallel left of your aiming line. If the line we draw is too close to the toe line, you're actually too vertical and slightly outside. If it gets anywhere deeper than the ankle, you are too deep.
During the transition, your job is to make sure the club doesn't get laid off too much. It will lay off a little bit, but you've got to fight it to make sure it doesn't get too flat. When you swing up to the top of your backswing, stop and look at where the butt of the club is. If you can draw a line down to your ankle, then you're in a good position.
A light club is easier to swing than a heavy club. Some people say it's hard to swing vertical because they can't feel the club. Well, if you can't feel the weight of the club, it means you're swinging within the vertical parameters of the PPGS, so keep it up. Remember, we don't want a heavy club. We want a light club!
Keep it vertical!
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