Today's question comes from one of our female Surgites. Tina B. is having some trouble getting the club vertical in the backswing, and says the only way that she's able to do so is by cocking her wrists at the top of the swing. As you may or may not know, I advocate no wrist cock in the golf swing. When swinging with the PPGS, good wrist action is no wrist action.
So, how can you get more vertical without cocking your wrists? In this case, I think all Tina may need is a little more lift in her backswing. But, she'll have to lift with both arms and avoid a flying right elbow.
I have a question for Don,
1) I have been focusing on not cocking the wrists as per the videos, etc. But I notice that I cannot seem to get the club to 12:00 (from face-on) when the arms are at the 9:00 position (as you instruct in the videos) if I don't "cock" the wrists a bit. If there is no wrist cock (as I perceive it), I am at about the 11:00 position instead of vertical. Is this a problem? Can you expound on this a bit in a daily?
2) I am finally getting my (women's) swing rite down to a 3 and sometimes 2 in practice, but can't seem to convert that power to my swing with a club in my hands. Suggestions on how to make the transfer? Thanks!
In my opinion, Tina needs to add a fraction more lift. But, remember that you lift only as much as you can without changing your spine angle. Once your spine angle has been compromised, a whole bevy of problems can arise.
I also think that a lot of times people don't lift the right arm. They lift the left, but then they don't lift the right arm along with it. Instead, it just remains against the side of their body. So, make sure that both arms swing up vertically.
As far as the Swing Rite, the length of it is shorter than a typical club so that can make it easier to swing vertically and with acceleration. It's a great training aid to get the feel of acceleration directly at the impact position, but make sure that you take some practice swings with your clubs as well.
As always, check out the video for a more detailed explanation for both of today's topics. I hope everyone is starting to enjoy some warm weather and able to get out to the golf course!
Keep it vertical!
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