Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Davinci Code Golf
JH I am encouraged to play competitive golf at age 67. All kidding aside your Davinci code and the “old school” of teaching makes perfect sense. The paramount aspect of the concept for me is how the hands stay close to the body. If you were a boxer or a striker in martial arts they know their greatest power comes from keeping their punches tight or in a short straight line. I think in many ways John you have tapped into something that is simplistic in its application, but ultimately you are not wasting or throwing your power away with the Davinci method. A shorter compact swing with less moving parts and in a straighter line hands staying in close and I think you are more in balance. JH I don’t want you to break your camera, but if you could do a face on view to demonstrate the hands and the forward release I think that would be beneficial. Love your passion thanks Rog
Will do some ‘at the camera’ swings next video….glad you like what I am doing with the Davinci Code.
Hi JH – The evolution of your swing thoughts/mechanics is fascinating. I’m learning more about the biomechanics of the swing and Da Vinci is superior through impact in terms of keeping the clubface square to the swing path (perpendicular to the late downswing plane). This is because you are keeping your arms connected to the torso for longer through impact (arms/club/shoulders moving at the same RPM). In the conventional swing where the hands travel a lot more, there has to be lots of supination and pronation of the forearms/hands (which rolls the clubface continuously) and therefore we have to somehow manipulate and hold the clubface square for a few inches at least through impact . That’s why even pga pros are inconsistent because they can’t get that clubface square at impact ‘every time’ on an ideal ‘in-out-in’ swing path. A person who limits any left arm pronation or supination through impact is Jamie Sadlowski (with an ultra strong left hand grip which he retains throughout his full swing) but his movements are not something many can replicate. Is the Da Vinci code swing okay for ones’s back?
Its interesting you mention Sadlowski… actually Jordan Speith does the same albeit in an abridged version… as does Lee Westwood…
What I find great about Davinci Code is because the delivery path is a bit more linear than a conventional swing if you dont time the shot perfectly the worst you will get is a shot that is a bit thin… but always straight… of course I am still evolving the mechanics and no doubt they will change somewhat but overall I think they are are breakthrough of significance.
I guess to answer your question about being easier on the back or not easier…. I can only speak for myself and I have a suspect lower back and to date I have not experienced any additional pressures or problems.
I you look at what is happening anatomically … because the hip girdle is not rotating off the stance line dramatically radially as happens normally in a conventional swing but driving backwards in a fairly straight line the rotational shear factor loading’s on the lower facets joints etc is reduced dramatically … Ok there is a bit side bend flexion happening but the spine is designed to handle that in moderation quite easily… and the swing certainly doesn’t over side flex the spine .
I just think its a try and see proposition for individuals to try and see if they have any problems with the action… I know for me its a god send for my poor old lower back.
it’s absouluty amazing jh.I’m not sure if I’m a page ahead or behind . getting caught up to speed on the davinci tubes . very good work sir.Cheers .right sq. hinge release standenthehandle.
I think you are up to date…. you are right about the lead foot being angled way towards 90 degs as being easier on the knee at and after impact plus it just gives the ‘rear drive’ action of the hips we are looking for…. wait till you see how it works with putting.. its a game changer.
Yes sir.a another great point of keeping the right shoulder back and under left . excellent .Cheers.
Hi JH -If you look at this You Tube video , you will see that your Da Vinci mechanics is almost exact like this stone skipper champion (take a look at the detailed slow motion showing his right arm and leg movements).
Now the only reason why this stone skippers trail side is travelling a bit is because he’s trying to create a horizontal spin (with a more rotary right arm action). But for golf we need the ball to go up and it would be analogous to trying to ‘roll’ the stone on water while its orientation was vertical rather than flat. That means his right arm wouldn’t need to travel in a rotary fashion but more vertical and he could increase his ‘forearm /wrist unhinge’ speed by restricting his elbow against his side. But the important thing I found from an anatomical perspective , is that it was easier on my back with with an open stance while shoulders were closed (left heel behind the right heel ) at address . This made it easier for me to that that left leg ‘push lean back’ move while firing the right side. So , in essence, Hogan was right that the golf action is like skipping a stone.
That action is very similar to that softball pitcher girl video I put up recently… technically the thrower would increase his larch velocity if he stopped his elbow at his trail hip position and let his wrist fire past his stalled up forearm position.. Trebuchet dynamics.
As you say if the guy was trying to skip the stone on its ‘edge’ instead of its ‘side his path delivery line would be more like what we need for the Davinci Code swing mechanics.
I think an open lead foot can work ok as long as it is angled towards the target and not away from the target … the rock skimmer had lots of secondary tilt which is critical in being able to keep the trail arm fulcrum point back as far as it can be at release point in order that the arm has extended as much as it can away from the fixed fulcrum of the trail shoulder at impact.
JH, I’m a big fan of yours as well as Lee Comeaux’s. I noticed, in the last couple of days, he made two postings on his channel addressed specifically to you. I had a hard time understanding what he was talking about and that should probably be expected since I lacked the context of your private conversations. You and he may be communicating at a level that’s deeper than what just an average Joe who’s trying to learn a golf swing can readily understand. Since I really am a fan of his and his swing I worry that *IF* his new teaching material is as esoteric and philosophical as these recent postings to you, he may not have any more success now than he did several years ago. I know you have no control of what he does but I guess I just wanted to give feedback to someone who has his ear and has taught golf for years. Even Hogan needed help getting his swing into words and pictures.
I haven’t seen the videos you mention as yet, I will have a look today.
I dont know what the answer is for Lee’s swing explanations for the masses , the swing is such a unique personal ‘natural’ occurrence for him that it is a very hard thing to verbalize .
OK… he built the swing he has now …its different from what he had some time ago … so its not a ‘natural’ natural swing but a ‘developed’ natural swing… if that makes sense.
The swing and its mechanics are personal evolutionary resultants…. so personal I believe that they j have just integrated within his body physiology and they have manifested themselves as part of his general unconscious processes that operate his general body limb locomotion processes … he doesn’t have to ‘think’ about how his legs perform the general function of walking …it just happens automatically… I think now for him his swing is just the same.
I guess the comparison of verbal complexity of explanation of a ‘natural process would be to actually explain the process of ‘walking’ as a Physiological/Bio mechanical/ musculature activation application etc….. how do you explain something that just ‘happens’ automatically subconsciously.
The difficulty for us all is that we as ‘outsiders’ to Lee’s personal swing feelings need a verbal vehicle of laymen understandable terminology uptake ingest-ability….. I absolutely know I do.
Lee is like so many other genius’s … they have the personal talent and ability of significant proportions but passing/teaching those talents/abilities on to others is a very difficult process.
How would Rembrandt have passed on his specific brush stroke talents to other aspiring painters… I think we have a ‘Rembrandt Comeaux’ ….. in our midst today.
JH so is the weight of your lead leg on the heel or evenly distributed on lead leg or where
Definitely towards the heel, and very much so coming into impact as we get the crear drive push back from the lead leg/foot.
Thanks so much for your hard work. The swing is a revelation, for someone who has always struggled to swing in to out its awesome, cant wait to take it to the course. I have cobra one length irons, so I believe it will be a great match for the swing.
Its really not hard work at all… I get as much out of the stuff I do as other people like yourself…. Golf is a great game but we all struggle for one reason or another at times … all I try to do is give some options to players that may fit their thinking and personal swing requirements.
would it be better for me to switch to graphite to swing easier with this type of swing?
I am a bit biased about graphite shafts because of the performance difference I experienced when I changed to the Taylormade M2 irons and the M lightweight 55 gram shaft which is the lightest softest shaft available in the M2 irons.
I have had all types of swing speed players hit the irons and everyone has loved them… so many players have bought the irons because of the great feel of the shaft, I hit different shaft clubs nearly every day and I haven’t found any I would change to over the M graphite shaft .
I think most club manufacturers have available a senior or A flex shaft in their range …. if you get a chance to try that type of shaft you should because they are so good compared to shafts of 10 years ago, I like a softer shaft because my swing is shorter than most and I need to load the shaft as much as I can over the shorter range of motion the swing has and to that end the softer shaft loads really well in the shorter swing.
As well because I hit a lot of balls in a week the shock of impact is greatly reduced on my joints with graphite shafts, having said all that their are some great super lightweight steel shafts available as well… but none in the 55 gram range as my Taylormade shafts are..
Bottom line thinking is really for me that I cam get more performance out of a super lightweight graphite shaft in my irons than I can with any thing else I have tried to date.
Thanks Dr J H Davinci. Tried your system today with 9ron-at my age same as yours I ve have nti hit 120 in the last 5yrs. Now all I got 2do is the same with my other clubs
Its the same with all clubs… you just need to keep the same address connection of that 9 iron with all other clubs…. resist the temptation to to let the trail arm get away from the body as the clubs get longer… .
Hi JH,You got to give that calf muscle some rest. Please please abandon the range for now. You can certainly show some chipping and putting techniques…reinforcing or fine tuning that part of the game.
I am struggling with the Calf muscle injury right now, as you get older all injuries take way longer to heal so I have to be cognizant of that.
I do have some Putting stuff that I want to show everyone and of course I can go over the the ongoing evolution of the Davinci Code Swing process without actually hitting shots for a while which I am going to do.
JH, i sit on the edge of my chair every word being digested…your swing Vertical Circle is like a Ferris Wheel it is a perfect VERTICAL swing…except we still have a slight TILT…the last few lessons are bringing the Davinci Code Swing to frutation.
Thank You for your intensity and knowledge.
Edward S Davison Jr
Hi Ed, I will be continuing to evolve Davinci Code for a while yet because I have found a couple of things that really need to be explained in more detail…they are evolvement variations on the original base line mechanics which have just surfaced with myself through evolvement of the swing of late . cheers JH
you are so interesting…sort of like i wish i had done LEARN and Experiment..I would buy a VIDEO OF DAVINCI, cant wait ti practice the chipping and putting…sometimes your your AUSSIE ACCENT GETS ME…GOD BLESS JH
Hi Ed, My own wife says she cannot understand what I am saying most of the time on the videos… I must talk much slower and be fuller in my pronunciation of words etc…….the problem is the videos are just really my personal practice sessions and experiment time ..they are not meant to be structured formal videos and that is why the audio is so ordinary a lot of the time. However as I am making the videos available to ‘other’ people like yourself I should make sure the verbal explanations are more readily understandable….I will be doing a video soon on a more structured Davinci Code Putting process… its really very accurate and repeatable as a method…way easier than any conventional putting procedures. cheers JH
JH, I will buy your VIDEO on 1Atomic Davinci…email@example.com
please show hitting a driver and a wood. Love to see how you do it
Hi BK, This Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3YAJFHWuaI has some driver swings in it. cheers JH