Here's the latest swing update, hitting the old Macgregor 985 blade (5-iron).
First off, I want to once again state the absolute importance of having a camcorder handy to look at your swing. A lot of golfers would rather spend their money getting a $300 driver or putter, but they would be far better off spending $175 on a decent Mini-DV.
I had been swinging the club pretty well the past week or so and yesterday I was swinging the club quite well on the video at the PGA Superstore practice bays. But then today I went out and noticed I was reverting back to my old problematic swing where I would have a short, laid off backswing. I don't know about you, but reverting into old habits or developing new bad habits is something that happens to me all of the time. But with the camcorder handy, I can get those bad habits before they become permanent.
Anyway, I toyed around with my address position and liked a little more what I have going on here than last week.
THIS WEEK'S ADDRESS POSITION
LAST WEEK'S ADDRESS POSITION
This week's address position I am still the same distance away from the ball, but I'm using more waist bend and less knee flex at address. I haven't really 'cocked the right ankle', but I'll be working on that.
You'll notice that in my new address position my right forearm is no longer on plane, but that's something I'm trying for now. I don't think getting my forearm on plane or bending the plane line at impact is an issue right now, so having the right forearm on plane isn't quite necessary. But if things go awry, then I'll just bring the right forearm back on plane. It should be noted that my right elbow is still bent at address, I find that something very advisable to do, if anything to square up the shoulders.
My clubface at P5-P6 is looking quite good right now.
I'll probably be getting a lesson pretty soon. Hopefully to create a plan towards my neck/head tilt (which is slightly better, but still problematic) and maybe work on getting more towards the elbow plane on the downswing. But, I'll have to wait for the weather to get a little warmer as it's supposed to snow tomorrow and stay in the 20's and 30's for the next week or so.