The Peak Performance Golf Swing uses a limited turn. This is one aspect of the swing that I think gets overlooked. We don't want to have a big, rotational swing that gets us deep into the sacred burial ground, but there has to be a turn. Otherwise you would just be swinging outside and over the top without any sort of consistency.
Jonas Weingarten and Allen Fisher both wrote in about the role of the left arm in the takeaway and backswing. Jonas is having trouble seeing the ball when he swings his arms vertically, while Allen has figured out how to put himself in the right position every time he swings the club.
Here's what they had to say:
I have a question regarding the foundation swing series that I have been using. I find that I cannot get my left arm out of the way of my face during my backswing so I can't see the golf ball as I start my downswing. I realize that I am not as flexible as I use to be, however, females have their breasts to deal with during their backswing and are successful. What am I doing incorrectly?
Allen then shared his "eureka" moment, which has him swinging better than ever:
Eureka...Evolving from below was your sternum video a few days ago. I think I finally have it. You said your chin hits your left upper arm (bicep). My key...bouncing your left upper arm or bicep off the FRONT of your chin STOPS your backswing and prevents overturning and overrotation into the SBG and stops excess movement. Once I bounce off my chin the club just fires up and the ball goes boom, straight and high. Then, now for the first time, the RECOIL happens automatically. It just happens. Very Strange.
Anyway, very excited and hitting lots of great balls with zero effort. Using my chin to STOP the backswing and act as the bell ringer triggers the whole sequence. To do this, I have to keep my chin down and my head held completely still. The weird thing is there is so little movement that it's impossible to feel where the power comes from, but it is there, for sure.
When you get to the top of your backswing, your chin should hit your bicep at the same time you start ringing the bell and bumping to start the forward swing. Jonas is most likely swinging his arms too far in front of his body. Instead of swinging his arms up over the toe line, he's swinging up outside. That means his first move is out, instead of turning the club toe up into the catcher's mitt.
He might also be lifting the club so much that he's reverse tilting. A good way to see if you're reverse tilting is to put your back to the sun and watch your shadow. It will give you instant feedback!
You can also use a baseboard in your house to test your takeaway and turn. The club should only stay on the baseboard for a half an inch. If it stays on it any longer or you feel resistance from the wall, it means your first move is to the outside.
Give it a try and keep it vertical!
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