If one would want to emulate a golf swing the recent swing by Hans is a good model to use. Naturally some want to swing like Nicklaus or Mike Austin as anyone holding a club knows the fun it is to hit it long. Its like 300+ yards for those in a good physical status.
2011 I had Hans started his swing change, it was little, lift the left heel in the back swing Hans. The reason for this change was back injury and pain he simply couldn’t play with his old swing and he didn’t want to change even when he couldn’t play?
As he started to lift the left heel up in the back swing he hit it longer he added at least 20 yards with that move alone. He now was in a good position to start altering things for the better. I am not a PGA trainer or instructor, I don’t do well with programs that teaches theory. I had to educate myself about the golf swing due to Hans couldn’t play the way he wanted.
So 3 years later after changes that been done over time I now understand the golf swing much better what is needed to create the desired action to do. It wont mean I am done but at least it shows I progressed far enough to start working this in a way that works faster and better.
I just wish I was healthier so I could do the work needed myself but it is what it is so I do as good as I can. Simon with this new recent addition to the instruction of the golf swing model played his best golf ever, he didn’t lower his handicap but he was for the first time 4 under his handicap after 6 holes and that has never happen before for him. He still ended up 11 shot worse than his handicap but that again is his best what he has done and he basically never practice.
He started to be more consistent.
Consistency been a big thing for me. I want to do a 0-4% accuracy so called dispersion pattern, it means if you hit a 200 yard shot your worst miss should be 4% of those 200 yards that means 4 yards left or right of the aiming direction and a total of 8 yards.
Now that is the level a player has when they win a tournament like Masters, British open etc…those who wins and end up in such contention have around those numbers those days. To make that your average is a daunting task and most would likely say to me its not possible. I give them the benefit of a doubt for sure as with a modern golf swing it isn’t possible.
However the future golf swing demoed by Hans?
Maybe not so impossible.
If you want slice mechanics then a rotational swing is there to be learned by many trainers offers just that to handle the two forces one going left and one going right. You can shoot 59 and be nr1 in the world with it like Duval did.
The main question I had to ask was, why is learning the golf swing so difficult and why oh why is it so hard to be consistent?
The recent week my brain produced some answers to me and yes I am not sitting and thinking all day about golf at all I play games, I watch TV and just do my thing. It is however how my brain works from the years of modeling things that the models I built to produce when I study a field always distil down whatever I work on so it becomes simpler but also provide the needed evidence of the how to and why.
The evidence itself is what happens for me when I understand the way the model works to produce the result it has. Its true for dyslexia as well for golf swings.
Hans follow trough for example is better than Nicklaus if one asks me now. If the swing was all you needed to win 18 majors or more than the game would be easy. Its just more to it, putting the main one and the consistency to go out there and put down everything to handle the pressure and such to produce the best game you can muster for the day and improve upon that.
Hans is soon going to his first round for the European tour q-school. For him it means 3 stages, the first stage as any has many good golfers with it but the 2 stage is when all the guys who missed the tour card on the tour comes in so the 2 stage is tougher.
Naturally he needs to pass the first stage so preparing for that is ongoing, it not the swing alone, it’s the mind set to focus on the task at hand and to deliver your best game on demand. Hopefully the coming weekend as he competes will give me the data I want to have from him.
I found you absolutely need to do a external rotation of the right shoulder (right handed golfer) in the down swing, when the right elbow goes down and not stays level or even goes up (internal rotation).
The question I then asked was how do I make sure I am able to do that and what is my evidence for it?
Now it goes down to feel as I don’t hit positions as a position your brain cant do. PGA style trainers think you can but our brain is really bad with such, logically you know you shouldn’t go to a stranger on a corner and ask them to blow you as they expect to be paid for it and its illegal to do so for you but since the reward is so great many do that instead of learning to you know be nice and ask a girl out instead.
Feel is a evidence when you do things right, that you can verify with the ball impact and trajectory due to the evidence will be in the ball contact.
I started to do the new instruction and found I when I been twice at the range with Simon that my shot pattern has picked up a tighter dispersion. What else is that Simon started to make better ball contact immediately also. Its how I verify if this works or not, if he can follow the instruction and prove from it then its all good as he don’t know a draw from a slice anyhow.
I also want to add distance as I know what I want to have a full tilt action with all I have into the ball. I as far haven’t been able yet to do so consistently but now there seems to be getting that down also. As I play tomorrow I find out how this works when I play, even if I haven’t played for a month it seems likely I be improved out there.
Here we can see Duval and Hans in the follow trough, Duval has turned (rotated) and has to contain the slice mechanic’s he has using a really strong grip to do so. Hans has still maintained his Austin release mechanics and have no issue with containing the forces.
Duval lost his swing consistency and game the last 10+ years though.
If it was just the golf swing that made you good it be simple but the game becomes easier if your mechanics are solid and functional and Hans atm has such swing IMO.
A swing for the future a heritage and legacy to the great swinger Mike Austin