During a recent golf lesson using aboutGolf simulator technology, I noticed a student struggling with distance, scooping (very high launch angles with an 8-iron) and balance issues. I decided to use force plate analysis and picked up a few things in his footwork which you might find interesting in this weeks instruction article.
I always like analyzing the swing from the ground up, something Hank Haney taught me. The student sets up very well to the golf ball - excellent grip, aim, stance, alignment and posture. We've worked on the takeaway move, so he gets the club moving away correctly and loads his weight nicely on the right side to about 70% - we'll call his right side the non-target side of his body.
As the student starts his downswing, it looks like weight shift, lower body rotation and swing plane are all functioning correctly and then bam - just before he hits the ball the weight shift jumps back to his non-target side. Almost 60% of his weight shift jumps back, weight moves to 100% on his toes, which stops any additional forward hip bump or weight shift moving forward and through. When this happens, he loses his balance, falls forward, flips the wrists and shoots an 8 iron almost 29 degrees in the air.
We fixed this with a simple Gary Player walk forward drill, a step forward drill and a few smaller shake hands swings to get him feeling the correct weight shift, hip turn and balance. He literally went from hitting his 8-iron 74.9 yards on the carry to 160 yards on the carry - it was incredible to watch how these simple drills were able to transform my student. Had this lesson been outdoors, without a Boditrak or force plate measurement, you would never pick this up.
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