Once more, we probably did more talking than hitting, especially as one of his favourite golfers just happened to win the PGA Championship last weekend.
David’s just starting to hit balls again after an extended time off playing due to various ailments, and we were able to discuss his swing a little as he is in the process of shaking off the rust and getting back into the “swing” of things, excuse the pun.
Today, he was watching how I start my take-away (he describes it as a solid motion with the body and arms) without any hand or arm action, just the pivot into the back swing using the hips and legs and weight shift.
Driver – Facing the Camera
I also showed him a little of how the left foot “stomp” and spine tilt would help him generate speed and power just using his own body instead of trying to use muscle power.
David’s in his late 60′s, so I feel that a more mechanically-proper swing will help him not only increase his speed and distance (which is already happening for him), but to maintain it with the coming years.
Driver – Down the Line
Using muscle power to swing the golf club instead of the body becomes more difficult as we age, but as long as we can move with relative ease, we can still create leverage with our bodies to move that golf club.
Anyways, it was a far-ranging discussion about the golf swing, classic versus modern, various pro golfers- even a little philosophy and world events thrown in there, why not?
So, with just some initial work on his swing, David hit a couple of surprising drives, distance-wise, by the end of the day. Like cracking a few drives a good 20-30 yards further in the air than his early balls surprising. But one could tell by the sound and flight of the balls that he was getting more out of his action once he began to put it together.
He was also getting a good feel for his metal-woods and my 3 rescue club, just hitting nice shots and letting the swing changes filter through the subconscious.
I daresay it’s so much easier to convey things in person to people, because you can dig so much deeper into the nuances and also discuss why this is more effective than that.
All in all, great improvement. The videos are simply to show what David’s doing right now, we’ve discussed what he can do to make his swing more efficient and powerful, and we’re just going to take it from there.