Its due to the rotational force in the modern swing, where you have to balance the upper body and middle body movements. If you are a pro you will hook it or block the shot. If you’re an amateur you will slice or push or pull things.
It’s the same things happening, a balance between the forces of the middle body moving around (rotate) and the upper body staying into the line.
David Duval for example had a slice swing. if you look at his lower body he was about as open you can be with hips and his grip was strong and that was all due to what he did was slicing the ball with his move but since he used a strong grip and his upper body action he hit it straight. Good enough for a 59 and world nr1.
I steer amateurs to fix their pivot.
It’s a way to make them go into proper impact position. Its relatively easy, I ask so what’s your impact position now? Please show me. They show me and I say, ok now tilt your spine until I say stop, and once they do that I say, ok that is the one you need to have.
I say that is the same one Hans has. For most this will feel alien, wrong, uncomfortable and so on. If your used to swing one way to impact your brain informs you with a ball that this is normal and to change that is way hard.
I simply say, ok that is the angle you need to have at impact with your vertical tilt with middle/upper body.
Setting a static impact position lets you experience the difference, and as you swing you once you start doing this right, will take note your matching the new impact position.
That is why people do all those things, they haven’t been able to do two things, proper impact and feeling of the club head and ball contact first, I ask so can you feel the club head making contact with the ball or mat/grass first? If its thin, fat, or such?
You then need to spend training learning to do that. If you don’t have that, you need that. Feedback from impact will teach you a better swing.
It might seem strange I do that for an amateur as people would say but what about my technique? I say, I don’t care, if you cant feel that you need to learn to do that, period. If you don’t have feedback to impact how else can you know your doing things right? You cant.
Once this improves and the pivot improves which indicate better action with the springboard effect.
I talked to Hans about his motion, its flawless now. His 5i the other day is poetry in motion. I told him, do this tempo action for the coming months before season starts. That will be his best thing he can work on as it will solidify his action but that takes around 3 months to happen in the brain.
Once you built it then slowly a new representation will be built to that which will be different in how you relate to this way of doing things.
You will rotate in the Mike Austin swing also, but the rotation happens after impact. We don’t need the pivot to go the way it does in a modern swing but we might need to have it move the way it does in an older swing like, nelson or Nicklaus or such first before you understand what to do in this type of pivot.
The image shows me from indoor yesterday, as I worked my swing I practice imperfect it means I want to know what to learn and do to educate my body what to do. If I am able to then I will change the action instantly. I come home, rest, food, coffee, stand up and then swings differently directly as the image shows a vertical tilt now. (left image)
Indoor I look like Lee Westwood impact, to the left its now different look like Austin and Hans.
I focus intensely when I practice then I just don’t bang balls I educate my body what to do. Now some might say it’s the unconscious and I go no the body. As I become aware of what the body was doing when I couldn’t sync my kinetic chain, then I also could start to sync what I was not doing to do what I wanted to do.
Its due to the brain cant change things, it only re-builds things. Change is the brain access different portions of the brain instead of the one you normally use. Hans has flashes from memories he played his home course he has a strong memory and visual acuity and I have helped him understand what a vestibular reference is. Now he can re-set and re-boot himself what to do when he has such flashes, he then go back to the reference position.
That he needs to do until the flashes stop. Its then dominant in his action.
Let see him swing then.
You need proper feedback.
Learn to feel the impact with club to ball vs grass/mat.
In January with Simon I worked on that. Once I felt that impact hitting the ball first I knew ah there it is. Yesterday I didn’t even need to do that as I felt where I hit the ball, or mat, or thin or fat or such. I applied the 3 RBIm learning steps strategy and worked on my education of the body if I needed more of that or if I could just do it.
Awareness its what I do, and you might think but this is just a golf swing?
Yes but how do you change your swing action without spending two years on it or like tiger woods 4+ years and no fish with Foley?
Hans changed his swing once he started to understand this was better, it started 2011 mars in Spain, I said, lift left heel let the left side follow along. Small things and after a long time a whole year before he went, ok lets do this then and then a year later he is done. Its not like I told him this you do and then this, its more like, can you hit the ball the way you want, do you miss it? If he miss it and didn’t hit it I found a way to improve this and once the modeling project was done then he looked like a motion you find with Mike Austin.
Loaded with todays knowledge I would done things differently but before I know what I am doing, I am really careful to not do things I don’t understand.
Moe had the feeling of greatness, once he hit that way then he knew one thing, he would always hit it where he wanted.
Took Moe 6 years to find it he didn’t have a trainer around to ask. I suspect Hans be able to do what Moe once did and what Hogan once did and everyone would look at Hans swing and miss it.
The secret to ball striking.