A few weeks ago, Frank joined my learning group, and I noticed immediately his problems of losing lag and having a slight sway in his backswing.
Frank was currently working on the 9 to 3 drill but struggling with a few of the moves. We decided that continuing to work on the 9 to 3 drill would be a good place to start.
During his backswing he was letting his hips shift to the right. This caused his upper body to get too vertical, even slightly leaning toward the target as he finished his backswing.
As you can see, he was losing a slight bit of axis tilt that he had at address.
Furthermore, in the downswing he was very dominant with his right hand. Since he was pushing with his right hand, he was losing all of his lag as his hands passed in front of his right leg.
If performed properly, the club should be just short of parallel with the ground at this point in the 9 to 3 drill.
We started to work with 2 videos to help improve his technique. The first was the Maintaining The Right Hip Line Video. In this video he worked on not letting the right hip line slide to the right during the backswing.
His biggest breakthrough was when he had the feeling of the right hip line actually moving to the left as he made his backswing. THIS WAS ONLY A FEELING. In reality, the right hip remained still as he completed the swing.
Second, we worked on maintaining lag in the downswing with the 9 to 3 drill. The big breakthrough here was to keep the hands soft and actually feel as though the hands were increasing lag as he started the downswing, instead of gradually unhinging.
It all tied itself together after a couple weeks of practice when we decided to greatly exaggerate the moves. I told him:
“Feel as though your hands get in front of your left thigh and the club is still parallel to the ground. This exaggeration will really help you.
Don’t be afraid to exaggerate to the point of ridiculousness at first. This will help speed the process.
I would much rather see you come back with a video where the hips are shifting slightly to the left in the backswing and you’re keeping too much lag.
It will be much easier to tone down if you do this, rather than gradually getting a little bit better each day. You’ll exaggerate first, then we can tone it down once it becomes too exaggerated.”
This is when all of the moves came together. You can see from the photos above that what felt like extreme exaggeration was right on the money.
If you would like to see a full review of the changes Frank and I made, check out the full video below.
Great Job, Frank!
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