Video is the 1st dimension. It allows me to see, either in real time or slow motion, what the golfer is doing when they swing the golf club. We are looking at posture, swing plane, and how the golfer sequences their arm swing and body rotation. Balance throughout the swing indicates that the lower body is loading energy and leading the upper body in the downswing.
A launch monitor is the 2nd dimension. It shows what the golf ball and the golf club are doing in the impact area. Ball speed, club speed, launch angle and ball spin rates dictate direction and speed. The face angle and the swing (or face-to-path ratio) indicate how the golf club is delivered into the golf ball.
The above is sophisticated and useful, but it’s only 2 dimensions of analysis.
The 3rd dimension shows the efficiency of the energy transfer. Data is recorded as the feet and hips are rotating backwards and then forward to create a whipping effect through the ball into a balanced finish.
A big part of my job is to help synchronize the correct body rotation and movement of the golf club to optimize accuracy and power. The golf swing is a circle and the energy is transferred from the hips to the torso and then the arms and wrists. In the downswing, the hips start turning back towards the target while the back is still turned away from the target. This produces an energy transfer from torso into the arms and the wrists. As each preceding segment slows down, the energy is passed along the chain.
All those moving parts won’t be optimized without a good grip and correct golf posture. They are the fundamentals that set up the foundation of the rotation sequence.
Don’t let the neighbors see you doing this, but going into a field and throwing old golf clubs will allow you to feel the correct sequence. If you can imagine that, you can understand the feeling when it’s executed properly.
Come and see me and we’ll get that swing sequenced.