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Great video, I cant wait to get out on the range to try this “back slap”. I’ve been one of those who drags the handle through the hitting area most of my life with always inconsistent ball contact.
It makes sense that you feel “late” hitting the ball when you “back slap” early. When an ice skater is in a spin, the spin slows down when the arms are cast outward. Add a golf club and the slowing force is even stronger. So the early cast holds back the upper body relative to the hips and you get that “X” factor stretch between the hips and shoulders which gives a late, slingshot like feel. Gregg McHatton, a long time teacher of the Hogan mechanics and student of his swing said that Hogan always came through the hitting area with his right shoulder trailing behind his right hip. I think this early “slap down” move helps to produce that result.
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I have always seen that process structure in Hogans swing that Mchatton mentions… in fact it was the cornerstone of my teaching of Hogan’s swing to students in the early days and why I have always wanted to feel closed coming into impact with any swing I used.
The actual bio mechanical reactive process that takes place with the ‘Back Slap”: action is virtually a fail safe mechanism for not being able to get the trail side of the body in front of the hands through impact … at least I certainly cannot do it.
You will be amazed at how effective this action is when you get used to it… it really has the potential to produce a true repeating swing action…which is hard to imagine I know.
Thanks JH, I’m famous. I really respect your knowledge of golf and humbled by your acknowledgment.
Its all about input from everyone that helps us all in our journey for the answer to ‘our’ swing improvements… that softball pitch video info that you found is great and that guy has a wealth of information that I will investigate going forward, we all help each other with information input like yours.
I’ve actually putted a little with these thoughts in mind. Lock that trail arm behind the mid line (front-back, shirt seam) and feel like the pinky pushes the putter back and through. Aiming needs to be worked out but my feel for lagging-distance control is great. I really feel the early release to putt.
Haven’t thought about the process being used for putting …. and because putting is so individual in mechanics comfort application its what you can get to work within your confidence/comfort zones.
JH thank you for your videos.
I m wondering, i had a pic taken recently trying the da vinci code and i ve been told i ve got bended elbows…
The thing i find the hardest after practicing a bit is to control the ball distance, as it s a major slingshot type of swing/shot… I must be honest the irons do go really straight, but I have a bit of difficulty in adjusting distances… As far as the driver it does go darn straight, really straight but ball flight is much lower, and I feel l m loosing a bit of distance like 20 yards on a regular swing let s say.
I dont think any bending of the arms at the elbows on the back swing is a problem really… the inertia of the dowsing will straighten the arms always …. people dont realize that if you do bend your elbows on the back swing you are gaining potentially more power in the swing because you are introducing another lever in the swing…. I would love to be able to get my arms bending at the elbows in the back swing.
I think the loss of distance with the driver will disappear when you become confident with the much earlier release process in the swing… maybe you need the ‘riser’ finger action with the driver and not the ‘curve ball’ finger action… that would get the height back on the shot I would think.