Originally posted by Tuslog59
Any thoughts ?
Yeah, we must remember that there is almost nothing to learn by watching a pro or even ourselves make a golf swing. That because it is impossible to "reverse engineer" the golf swing from looking at either our own or the swing videos of champions, etc. We can see and correctly identify the faults, the dynamic differences between theirs and ours, but we cannot make direct changes-and to try usually destroys a fairly functional swing. We focus on trivia at the expense of what is important-- the overall swing. Many good players, Hale Irwin, etc. refuse to look at themselves on video.
After the first few feet of the takeway, the golf swing occurs in "automatic,' we are helpless to change how the remainder of the backswing or the downswing happens--except to go back to grip, setup, takeaway, and mental plan.
We can see in a mirror or the video whether we grip and setup are correct. And of course we can match the pros in grip, setup, and body and club position and the first few feet of takeaway. A teaching pro can help you get those fundamentals correct. You can just look down or at yourself in a mirror to see whether your grip and setup stance are correct. You can check your position after the first few feet of takeaway--when the club is horizontal and you have made a good pivot turn. The club should be outside a line over your toes, the shaft should be aligned with the target, and the toe of the club should be pointing up. Your shoulders should be almost fully turned, your hands still in front of your chest, your arms "connected."
But most importantly, we can adopt a successful goal, our vision of what we intend to do. That is not visible on a video clip, but the results of the mental goal, focus on target, is very definitely evident. The mental focus makes FAR more difference than all the physical stuff combined. It will overcome a dozen technical faults.
We should not concentration on the ball because that will certainly cause us to decelerate--and fail to propel the ball accurately to the target. We should focus on the target and plan to swing the clubhead in a circle around ourselves, and especially to continue that circle AFTER the ball position, making a smooth follow-through all the way to our shoulder. That focus on target and plan to make the clubhead continue the circle will prevent deceleration and help you make a very nice swing- that will propel the ball to the target. You will be doing mentally what the pros do.
Nobody ever became a decent golfer by concentrating on components of the golf swing itself. Every successful player will say that. McClane knows that very well--and should be ashamed-- and he is (all the way to the bank!). He found his nitch and is commercially exploiting it-- but don't be taken in-- it doesn't work. You can't learn to play golf watching videos.
Read "Understanding the Golf Swing" by Manuel De La Torre. He teaches what all the best touring pros actually do every day, every swing.