NGAWire® | 8Feb10
Matt “o guru de golfe Salvador” Maser reviews Dan McKay’s golf swing.
Good ready position to start from.
Left arm parallel to the ground. Yellow line is the path the club head has traveled. Ideally, it stays between the shaft and shoulder planes.
Ideally you don’t want the club head to cross the shoulder plane as Dan has done here because it requires an equal and opposite move to recover.
Left arm parallel to the ground. Note the massive difference Dan’s club has traveled from the top of the back swing to the half way down position. When the club head/path is this far outside the shaft plane, Dan has lost club head speed and depends solely on his athletic ability to square the club face with his hands making it very challenging to have consistent ball striking. Also note how Dan’s hips have moved away from the red line and towards the ball (a).
From the over the shoulder plane position, you can see Dan’s hips and legs are not active in the swing, again the hands are doing all the work. You can also see Dan is losing his spine angle which buys him more time to square the club face. This is a result of the improper sequenced transition from back swing to down swing.
You did a good job of recovering the club shaft below the shaft plane. Now you see the legs becoming active and catching up in the swing.
Well balanced, shaft aligning nicely with the ears. The club head path and face position tell you what you need to work on. 1) Keep the club head behind the shaft , with a not so shut face. 2) Work on the transition by moving the hips first which provides space for the club head and arms to drop down behind the shaft plane. I’m sure it will feel very strange so have Steve confirm the club head positions match so you can remember the body feelings until they feel normal.