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September 30, 2012
I am 70 years old with degerative disk problems in my lower back. I just took a video of my swing and it appears that I have a problem with separation betweem my lower and upper body. It looks that my lower body wants to turn back along with my shoulders in my backswing causing my head and spine angle to come up. It looks like a similar thing happens on my followthrough with my hands going up too high instead of around.
What would you recommend for someone like me to get more separation for a better shoulder turn?
October 1, 2012
Jim, You are coming out of it on the way back because your body feels the tightness and wants to relieve it. This is human nature. You need to be turning back as far as YOU can not as far as I or other people can. If you can only get to 70 degrees don’t try to go back farther. So you stabilize the lower body and start turning your shoulders back. Once you feel the stretch/tightness you are done. Hinge your wrists fully to get the club to the top. Once you are at the top you need to then work on starting down with your downswing trigger. In doing so, you go to the touch the legs position. If you are coming out of it in the through swing you are trying to hit it too hard with the arms. The harder you hit the more you will look to see what you hit. So obviously you need to turn the arms off and power the swing with the lower body.
Also, you should not be looking for your ball until after you hit the ball. If you do you will be maintaining the spine angle through the shot. I think one position you are forgetting is this one:
Spine Angle Follow Through: http://ignitiongolf.com/follow-through-eyes-tilted
I am assuming you purchased a video golf lesson. That is why you sent those swing. I really do not have time to watch swings from people because if I start then everyone will send in their swing and I will have even less of a life than I already have. We offer this as a separate service. My assistant watches the swings and send you back your own lesson explaining what to work on. You can find out more here:
Great response Paul. I agree completely that the ability to turn properly is individually specific. Jim, degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine does make it difficult and painful to move the spine… I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. Depending on the severity, symptoms can be constant or intermittent. In light of this, dynamic exercise (as I’ve shown throughout the videos) is highly recommended but obviously within reason. I would highly recommend visiting a physical therapist in your local area for proper evaluation and treatment concerning your specific diagnosis. Your MD should be the person to help you get this started and also look at other treatments if necessary.
Jeremy Klinkhamer, PT
December 26, 2013
For both Paul and Jeremy ,
It’s just fine to be able to rotate fully on THE backswing and THE through swing : i do rotate fairly well since I practise this daily .Where I am bad at is THE SPEED of the forward rotation :I taken THE test shown on video by Paul :speed of THE club headwith arms and wrists only ,speed with THE same plus hip rotation .then finally speed with THE arms plus THE hips plus THE rotation around THE left leg .THE result is that THE increase in speed from THE hips and THE rotation over THE left leg is minimal over THE SPEED it THe arms only .
I keep working on this weakness continually withno result .
I did a tip on using the Ultimate Swing Trainer for hip speed here:
DRILL: How To Get Faster Hip Rotation: http://ignitiongolf.com/drill-faster-hip-rotation/
Then you need to be constantly be working on lag and wrist release drills. You said you played a fade. In saying this at your level I know your wrists are too tight. This tightness is holding the face open slightly through impact. I wouldn’t be surprised if you weren’t coming over the top slightly too. This would create contact at a glancing blow instead of more direct contact. The only person playing a fade purposely would be someone who does not need or care about power.
You should be doing this constantly:
DRILL: Lag And Release Drill: http://ignitiongolf.com/lag-release-drill
Finally, you could always do a video golf lesson with us so we can see what you are doing instead of spending a ton of money on a machine that may or may not help. You can find out more here: http://paulwilsongolf.com/las-vegas-golf-lessons/video-golf-lessons.htm
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