Golfers all face the same thing that learning swing mechanics is a though thing to get right. Every golf forum is filled with how do I do it or how do I fix this or such. For many this becomes a fascination in itself to be more technical minded and to dwell into the details of how a finger moves. I understand such and it might be good but can also lead you into darkness and more detail than needed.
Over the top or OTT is when the right shoulder goes internal rotation from the top instead of externally rotates from the start top position. Instead of locking the right shoulder the socket the muscles does a judo throw over the shoulder socket which leads us to let the right elbow to go up and around in the down swing.
The Gif is Rory doing a proper top action External
The red shirt guy isn’t doing it right Internal. (Kelvin research)
I been suffering from it and its been so bad I cant use a conventional grip anymore without doing it so I changed my grip.
Here is Larry 3 days ago a typical slight OTT with a spin around to the left side from the top. The second swing is 3 days later with new instruction. The OTT is now gone.
Main reason why this happens is that he now shallows out the shaft better obviously in the down swing which are due to the external rotation he now started to do. To shallow out the shaft in the down swing, then you need to do a proper external rotation of the right shoulder. I been reading up on fixes for the OTT over the years but none of them have worked for me.
I am a fan of concepts for sure my instructions are based upon detailed analysis but once formulated then the instruction itself is vague. The brain cant do detail that will fuck it up. If you are free to form a reference then you will find one that works for the task at hand.
So I asked what make it so you can always do a external rotation?
Once you are able to do that then you will find a proper action in the down swing and so it seems.
This works even for a tour Pro like Hans.
Many believe a tour pro have perfect swings, none of them do and many have huge compensations in them and they can play the tour due to them don’t go overboard with their game they stay with the game they know as if they go outside it then their score goes out the window and blue screens.
Naturally this new instruction allows you to start removing the OTT action you done and start activating the muscles of the right side, the scapula contraction and the latimuss dorsi and other spinae muscles also.
My thesis here was if one is able to do a proper external rotation as it seems its need to do for a good golf swing the question then becomes how to make sure your able to do it right. Hans, is for example surprised about it.
He hit a 375 yard carry driver with the new move.
He said it’s a bit longer now… Problem for him with irons is to much spin on the ball. I suggested a check with custom fitting to find more optimal launch angles for him.
While a tour pro will have any swing working for them the question still will be how consistent can you do it. Brian Gay for example don’t load his right side and activate them properly and he also hit it short but have superb putting to make him play the tour. Once you hit more greens and are more consistent then its all down to close to pin and putting.
A swing like Brian gay for example is so timing/compensation based its for me surprising he even can play the tour. A rising up at impact, not loading the right side properly etc…
The idea here is to train oneself to feel the external rotation and make sure it works as you then can speed up the swing motion. You can add likely 10-30mph depending what swing speed you had from the start once your movement starts to work for you.
Reaching the potential you have much like Mike Austin did.