A couple of weeks ago I published a daily about setting up with the proper pre-loaded, heavy right position. What I didn't discuss that day is how to determine whether or not you're pre-loading too much and how you can fix it if you are. This is a really crucial part of the Peak Performance Golf Swing even though it's just a small movement in the setup before you start your swing. However, it's importance cannot be understated.
Cy Wong sent in a question regarding PLHR (pre-loaded heavy right) because he was having some issues hitting the ball right of his target. He felt that being PLHR was the problem and thought he could make better swings standing more upright. But, instead of fixing what the issue was, Cy chose to compensate for it. So, today I want Cy and anyone else having trouble with getting PLHR to pay close attention.
I have a question with the pre-loaded right part of the PPGS. Especially with the driver, if I preload right, knees slightly outwards, right shoulder down, spine tilted to the right I would hit the ball right, followed by a slice, sometimes really bad. If I set up straight, this does not happen. What am I doing wrong? Can you do a daily video on this topic and explain why the ball flight would change when pre-loaded right?
This is a very common question and issue that I see with students. As with most swing problems, when you get to the driver it can be much more exaggerated. So, let's first explain what pre-loaded heavy right is.
What I mostly see when people are having troubles is that they are setting up with an improper PLHR position. Most golfers will tend to over tilt or dip down. When the upper shoulder goes down right, the lower body goes left, so you become collapsed. This can lead you to bottom out behind the ball or pull up out of the shot to avoid chunking it. Instead of just tilting your upper body, PLHR means taking your whole body and moving it about 1 inch back to the right. It's like sitting onto your right side, but just about an inch! I can't stress that enough.
The first issue is where the right foot has to be. If you take a club and put it under your armpit and hang it straight down it should be over your knee. It should touch your knee looking down at where your big toe is. So, PLHR is like taking your belt with your hands and moving yourself over one inch. Look at the video. You'll see that I move my whole body, not just the upper part. Being PLHR doesn't call for a tilt, rather an entire shift of the body slightly to the right.
A lot of students will have their heads and shoulders behind the ball, but the rest of their bodies are forward. Picture yourself standing on a one inch incline or step like the mat in the video. You're trying to keep your spine level to that hill. That's what PLHR should feel like. You can't let the knee get outside of the foot and the foot cannot be rolling over.
The great thing about being PLHR is if you're in dynamic balance and you start turning too much, you'll lose your balance. It almost guarantees that you have to make the limited turn, vertical swing to stay in balance when you're PLHR.
The other important thing about PLHR is that when you get into sidehill lies, especially downhill lies, and you still setup up PLHR you're going to bottom out everytime. So, if you've got a true downhill lie you've got to get your shoulders more level and equal to the lie and almost feel a little pre-loaded left so you won't bottom out. Even I forget that now and then. You've got to make sure you understand your lie and what changes are required in the setup.
PLHR is a simple thing to do when you do it correctly. I'm going to guess that Cy is either too wide with the knees or with the back foot. Remember, the only foot that gets wider or narrower is the front foot. Either that is the problem or he's got too much tilt and he's collapsing.
Just move about one inch when you get pre-loaded, heavy right and you should start hitting the ball a lot more consistently.
Keep it vertical!
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