If your ball goes left way too often chances are you're standing up too soon. As you can see from these still of DJ in what I call "position A," his shoulders are nearly vertical and his hands are moving left of the target with the clubface pointing upward and left of the target.
This is how DJ has a strong grip and doesn't hook the ball.
Notice how his neck is parallel with the ground. He's not looking down onto the ball from a vertical position, he's looking level at the ball from a level position - as if the ball were eye-height if here were standing vertically.
To achieve this position, swing a club and look upside down, behind you off the left side of your body. Not that you really need to do this, but doing this will show you what it feels like to truly turn through the shot properly.
When you're looking downward at a ball below your head with a vertical or close to vertical neck, it completely impedes your ability to turn. Your head is never going to follow the body - it's always the head that leads and the body follows
The animation isn't perfect but hopefully you get the picture. Imagine the left side of your body is or is attached to a flexible rubber torsion bar.
By imagining the center of rotation is the left side of the body the entire golf swing changes and becomes very powerful and easy. When we think spine centered rotation, we have to think of things rotating different directions and we don't do that well.
Think of the shoulders being attached at the left shoulder to this imaginary tension bar so that it only rotates in one direction - like a pinball flipper or the way we swing a baseball bat.
At the maximum of the backswing, the tension bar is bent and twisted storing kinetic energy. The torsion bar will be strongest nearest the ground therefore as you allow it to unwind it'll pull the left hip first and then the shoulders.
A simple change in perception can change everything.
Another gem of a video JH! I probably didn't describe it as good as you did JH, but when I was experimenting with the bent lead arm swing, my set up looked like what you just demonstrated.
The difference for me was my thought was to keep the bend in the lead arm and to take the club back with the trail elbow pulling straight behind me like cranking a lawnmower.
Something else that I've been working on is keeping my wrist conditions the same as at setup all the way to the top of the backswing. Yesterday my only thought was keeping the cup in my lead wrist.
Almost impossible to do (at least for me in CL) in "my" full backswing. So I shortened my backswing to where my hands felt like they didn't pass my trail shoulder. I have to say JH that I had my best ballstriking session ever...I mean ever in my life!
The compression I was getting was unbelievable! The feel I'm getting is that I'm pressing (and rotating) the thumb pad of my lead hand into the ground. I'm locking my lead wrist and pushing the club with my lead hand into the channel and trying like hell to keep my lead wrist locked in that position to the top of the backswing (cupped).
I know that standing the club up and parallel to the trail leg is something that you and Bill have been preaching for a long time and I have been doing that for quite a while...but when I made that my biggest focus area yesterday, my CL light came on!
There's a video on YT where the guy talked about Hogan setting up with the cup in his lead wrist and keeping it there as long as possible, only releasing it with a bowing wrist into impact (or something similar to that).
Ok, are you ready for this? Let's get super simple. Throw your left hand (overhand) with your right arm. Imagine your left hand is a baseball and you're throwing that baseball with your right arm toward the target.
You'll do this overhand so it'll feel like your right hand it above your right shoulder. Yeah, above! It won't be above the right shoulder in relation to the ground but it will in relation to the shoulder plane.
When you throw a baseball your right forearm is not parallel to your spine angle it's open and angled outward. When you bend forward properly toward the ball this will be a perfect strike pose.
Hold the club with your left hand,, throw your left hand with your right arm and forget all about the club. The club should whip through the hitting zone with effortless speed.
I think this is what Jim Furyk is doing with his 2 finger overlap grip. Furyk's 2 finger overlap may enable you to get the feeling of throwing the left hand with the right arm.
We all know how to throw a ball and we do it without thinking. What happens is we're using the forearm as a cantilever to whip the hand around. When you swing this way you're just thinking throw the left hand, not swing the club
When you swing down at the ball that forces your shoulders up and your hips forward toward the ball. Basically, if you swing down you have to stand up as you do it.
When you throw the club overhanded, over your right shoulder, you have to bend and tilt and twist as you strike the ball.
Watch Fred Couples Swing below as well
I always wondered what made Fred's swing look so cool. It's that he's swinging or throwing the club overhand. His hands stay high, he flies the elbow like a real throwing motion. When you think of the swing as overhand it changes everything.
If your ball goes left way too often chances are you're standing up too soon. As you can see from these still of DJ in what I call "position A," his shoulders are nearly vertical and his hands are moving left of the target with the clubface pointing upward and left of the target. This is how DJ has a strong grip and doesn't hook the ball.
Notice how his neck is parallel with the ground. He's not looking down onto the ball from a vertical position, he's looking level at the ball from a level position – as if the ball were eye-height if here were standing vertically.
To achieve this position, swing a club and look upside down, behind you off the left side of your body. Not that you really need to do this, but doing this will show you what it feels like to truly turn through the shot properly. When you're looking downward at a ball below your head with a vertical or close to vertical neck, it completely impedes your ability to turn. Your head is never going to follow the body – it's always the head that leads and the body follows.
This might be the greatest golf swing ever. It actually looks like his right leg crashes into his left leg. There is no sway at all, only true rotation. Watch the brim of his hat, it stays essentially parallel to the swing plane even long after the ball is gone.
This is from Shell's WWG series with Hogan. Compared to Hogan this is a much better swing than Hogan's.
The best move in golf! Initiate the swing by slightly STRAIGHTENING THE LEFT LEG. That's right, the LEFT leg! As humans, almost every action we perform we actually do a little of the opposite just before. Lifting a weight, we push down before lifting up … we do this naturally. The same is true in golf – slightly straightening the left leg turns the hips slightly open and shifts the weight to the right all before starting the normal golf swing. Try it, it may take some time to get used to but once you start doing it naturally you'll wonder how you ever hit a ball without it. Suddenly, you'll feel a relaxed rhythm and timing to the swing. I believe this happens because of the slight relaxation of muscles before action.
I have never heard anyone ever talk about this or teach this. YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST! It's going to become a phenomenon. You'll see …
Stretching the latissimus muscle is the secret to a great golf swing.
It seems so simple when illustrated, but I’ve never heard anyone ever talk about stretching the latissimus to power the golf swing. When you try it you’ll say, ” … Sure, yeah, of course, it makes perfect sense.,” but, once you try it and you’re aware of the latissimus you’ll really feel a difference and suddenly the golf swing changes from a lunging, slapping, pushing the clubhead at the ball motion to a fluid true swinging of the club. When I say swing, I mean swing. When you truly “swing” the club it’s a completely different feeling from forcing the clubhead at the ball.
Once you understand that you need to stretch the latissimus, the only way you can do it is to move the left hip down and back. Most people do the opposite and thrust their hips up and forward. This is called early extension and causes flipping and the left arm to collapse through impact because it has nowhere to go.
By pulling the left hip back and down to initiate the downswing you will discover that instead of swinging downward across your torso, from high right to low left, you’ll be swinging slightly upward across the torso from low right to high left. This gives you all the room in the world for your arms to swing though to a high relaxed finish.
This is a simple motion that everyone can do. It’s just like hitting a pop fly in baseball. In this case though, the shaft is not the bat, the clubhead is the bat.
Note: If your grip isn’t correct, nothing will work correctly. The grip is absolutely essential. The greatest swing in the world won’t produce a straight shot without the proper grip. The proper grip is much stronger with the right hand than most intermediate golfers think it is. The wrists should be almost 90º to each other.
A weak right hand (on top of the club) causes you to push downward on the club with the right hand and shoulder causing over the top creating an out to in swing plane. There should be no effort whatsoever to square the clubface. Squaring the clubface happens naturally because of the proper grip not a conscious effort.
Golf shouldn’t be work, it should be fun. When you master this move golf is just fun.
Not a bad swing for never having picked up a club. Notice the small "Happy Gilmore" move of the feet.