I spent the last 6 months or so learning more about Hank Haney’s golf swing theory that he has taught Tiger Woods. I had guidance from Hank’s director of instruction in Texas and made great progress in learning this hybrid two plane swing. I did this for the purpose of educating myself more in depth to better help my students in the future. After 6 months, I’m DONE! I’m in the process of going back to my swing, the Rotary Swing that I teach and you can track this progress here. It’s always interesting to make changes and then try and go back to where you started. It can be like learning to walk again, but I enjoy the process because it helps me relate to my students who are making changes. I get to experience the same challenges and frustrations and now you get to share it with me on my blog!
The first thing I am targeting is the movement of right heel during the downswing. Right now, it is lifting off the ground and moving straight up rather than in toward my left. This is causing my right hip to kick in and creating instability in my lower body. My lower body is getting too far out in front and out of sync with my upper body and this is causing some inconsistency in my ball flight. You can see what I’m talking about in the picture.
You can see how my right heel is lifting straight up and my right knee moves in too much. This week I’ll be working on getting it to move more toward my left foot to keep my lower body from getting too far out in front and creating the jammed up look and feel I have at impact.