Finding golf solutions to your physical deficits
GOLFSTR Swing Tip blogs are based on articles devoted to solutions recommended by professional golfers and coaches. I present their thoughts in a simplified version, because I am always looking for magic to ignite your (and mine) game. In a recent authorship tip GOLF PASS I discovered a clue that solved one of my physical limitations and I realized it any golfer who can’t swing like a pro can run into similar problems.
Whether you know it or not, we all have physical deficits due to historical injuries or wear and tear on our bodies. Whenever you are recovering from a broken bone or torn muscle or cartilage, other parts of the body adapt to repetitive movements. This is also the reason why you have difficulty changing your stance or golf swing.
IN GOLF PASS Online lesson I discovered my limitations in the upper body ia solution to overcome my spin limitation to improve my swing power and riding distance. When I asked other aging golfers about this limitation, I have found that this can be a common problem for most golfers over 50.
Adding backswing delay is a key element to add power to every swing. Rotating the arm allows you to add delay. The trainer suggested that we should:
1/ extend the rear arm (right hand for right-handed golfers) horizontally from our side
2/ bend forward (horizontal) from the elbow
3/ and rotate the bent arm (elbow to palm) vertical and off-vertical if you can.
My deficit (like many aging golfers) is that I can only turn my arm upwards about 80 degrees. Scratch golfers can rotate their arm about 20% beyond vertical. That’s 30 degrees beyond my capabilities. This gives them a 30-degree lead to add more delay (and power) to the backswing.
To compensate for this limitation in my lag and backswing, GOLF PASS the trainer suggested that i move mine foot dragging 2 inches back from an imaginary line running along my toes and parallel to the target line of my ball. This extra distance to spin gives me more arc distance in my swing to add power without bending my lead arm during the backswing.
With this new setup, I was able to add more power and distance to all my runs where I needed more distance. I don’t make this change for my irons because I know the distance they give me without changing the settings for my feet.
I also increased the height of the T-shirt (using a “Martini” T-shirt); I flattened the lead wrist on the straight lead hand (to shallow the downswing) and swung with more confidence into the inner quarter of my ball to increase the range and distance of my strokes. I also practice with GOLFSTR+ for straight arm attachment to add more power. Buy today at www.GOLFSTR.com
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