Hi K...great article and the dots are beginning to be connected....while I realize the following is simplistic...would it be correct to practice the downswing by turning the spine engine and keeping the shoulders parallel to the target line?
Peter, that's on the right track. Next article on how the leg/hips move will help to connect more dots. K
I was just looking at your 2 videos of Kaymer and Quiros (close ups) and if you pause them at the same spot of the finish, club exiting left shoulder you will see, and I think agree with me that Quiros is in a horrible position (reverse C) that could eventually lead to back issues while Kaymer is in perfect position with straight spine and side bend. Kaymer has what you call hip stall and is #1 in the world.
Quiros is in a horrible position? Where is your research posted? His position looks similar to Mike Austin, who possibly hit it longer than anyone, and was killing it into his late 70's.
JP - I appologize horrible may have been a bad choice of words...I mean he is indeed a world class golfer. I just feel that the position he puts himself in (the reverse c) could potentially be really bad for his back.
I received the snap trainer and look forward to working with it...if I use the heavy chains correctly....is it likely that I will be using my spine engine correctly?
Most likely will be doing things correctly but wait till next month's article to see if you're doing it right with the legs and hips. K
Good stuff here Kelvin. Looking forward to more lower body info to tie things together. Just got hit with 8 more inches of snow here in MN today. Going to be a while before we can get out and play. I am traveling to St.Louis in early April over the Masters weekend to visit my old High School teammate. Play 3 rounds, watch some golf and have some fun. After I return I should be able to get some new videos to you. Super excited to add more of your stuff to my swing. Last year was +1 to +3. See if we can't shave another stroke or two this season. :)
George, you're the man. If you get any better you might have to quit your day job. LOL, keep up the great work and send me video when you have time. K
Kelvin, any progress on the exercise videos for the Iron Woody Bands?
Sean, I shot some video today but in HD and it won't play correctly on my computer so I'll have to try again on Thursday. K
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlNui9WKCCQ Iron Woody Power Band training ideas. Can be used in many different ways. Here are a few. K
Kelvin, love your articles, this one included. I am always looking forward to the next one. I know that will be about the lower body and the next one afterwards. It keeps on coming back to stretch shortened cycles. That rarely discussed by really the overriding concept of the golf swing. Actually its the antithesis of stretch shortened cycles that this applies to. I have taken to heart your comments in this regard. The coiling is on the downswing not the backswing. The coiling is not the upper body against the lower but the lower against the upper. I guess all the micro and macro moves allows one to maximize this coiling and if so then the power must be limitless because all I have been trying to do is to be sure and sequence properly by allowing the lower body to turn and keep turning to the left without doing anything to the upper body and the ball just goes and goes. I feel as if a great burden has been removed from my psyche. I feel that I finally understand the swing on this most basic conceptual level. I cannot thank you enough. Without you bringing this up to my and everyone's conciseness I and we would have been lost. It's amazing how counter intuitive this game really is. I understand stalling now! You have to keep turning the lower body to provide the elastic stretch and one must keep turning left or the stretch is lost and a stall occurs necessitating the hands and arms to take over and voila, a flip!! Your comments about tiger and the lack of his dynamic lower body make perfect sense to me now! And conversely that was what made him great and now I know why! I realize this is a start, that I understand. But at least I have a foundation now, thanks to you.
In your Woody video you commented that your student's upper back was rounded. Is he also maintaing lordosis with a rounded upper back?
Jim, remember that there is only some lordosis on the right side by impact. The left side is more in extension and therefore lordosis is removed. See the picture of McDowell in the previous article for what this looks like. K
Thanks for doing the videos Kelvin. Looking forward to this month's article.
Kelvin, I have followed your column religiously and it has helped me tremendously. You seem like a biomechanics expert! Maybe, you can advise me. I am slim and fit, but my ribcage seems too wide for my shoulders and arm length. So i am forced to round my shoulders and lay both upper arms on my upper chest to hold the club. As a result, any time I fire my hips on the DS, my arms seem to lag my torso turn and i get casting into impact? Is there any solution for this? Can you tell me which pros to watch for their set-up and technique? Many thanks, John
John, I just submitted my April article on the hip turn and the information in that article should help you. In all likelihood, you are sliding excessively and causing a rotational stall. This causes the early firing and casting. So give it a few days and my article should be up on the web. K
Hope your are well, I hope its ok to post this question in this articles Q&A,
What are your thoughts on the right leg during the backswing, should the right knee maintain its flex and not straighten or should it be allowed to straighten as per Jamie,
David, I just completed an exhausting April article on the downswing movements of the hips. Will be up by next week. My topic for May's article is on the backswing movements of the hips. So to hold you over till then, the right knee should slightly straighten and also slightly rotate outward or externally rotate. One thing it should not do is hold inwardly too rigidly. K
Once again a great article, Kelvin!
I learn a lot as you move forward. It seems to me as a lot of your findings adds upp to creating a lot of rotational lag from the feet to the shoulders and an effort in the downstroke to maintain it until past impact or at least very close to it.
When I look at some of the videos you put up here I start to think of Ben Hogan. He is perhaps the greatest hip clearer of all tiimes and still a central swing model for the enthusiasts. It would be very interesting if you did an analysis of Hogan - preferably the version right before his car accident.
Bernt, you read minds? My next article features Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. I was mainly looking for athletic swings from the past that were not "taught" in the modern way with cameras and teachers influences. It should be up on the web in a day or two. K
I guess I am a bit psychic. I am pretty good to predicting how a good B-movie from Hollywood ends....
I can't wait to get my eyes on the next article.