Pre-loading weight on the left side

I found this over at The Sand Trap, interestingly it’s a lot of the things I have been experimenting with on my own swing.

Posted August 31, 2016 (edited)

I have struggled with fat shots for years, and have gone through hundreds of different combinations of grips, stance and backswing, largely to no avail–until recently, and, now, 90% of my strikes with long and short irons are flush.

Here’s what I do:

1.   Two-knuckle left hand, firm. (Moderately strong grip.)
2.  Right hand:   two middle fingers very light touch on shaft.  Thumb and index finger virtually off the shaft. Pinky hovering over left hand.
4.  Feet slightly less than shoulder width apart.
5.  Toe line open 10 degrees.  Right foot 10 degrees open relative to toe line. Left foot is 20 degrees open relative to toe line.
6.  Wrists have zero tension:  angle between shaft and forearms is almost 180 degrees, i.e., wrists are “drooped,” not cocked up slightly to lift clubface.
7.  Weight is 80% left.  (That’s not a typo.). Head is angled right.
8.  Take-away is 100% by left arm push.  Two fingers of right hand serve only as support going back.
9.  Take-away direction is along the 9:30-3:30 direction (outside-in).
10.  There is no wrist cocking, only a dorsal hingeing; the hingeing is not made to happen; it occurs naturally.
11.  I try to stay on the left foot as long as possible on the backswing.
12.  Left arm goes back about 135 degrees, with the butt end of the shaft pointing toward the ball.  (The shaft makes an “L” relative to the left forearm.)
13.  Swing down along the 3:30-9:30 direction.
14.  The right hand should come off the shaft at the end of the swing, evidencing the extremely loose, two-finger right hand grip.
Hope this helps other high cappers.

Edited August 31, 2016 by Joe Mama


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