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    Default Swing Advice - 9 to 3 Drill

    I have not been golfing much so I decided to work on some easy swings. Here are a few videos I did today while working on a 9 to 3 drill. They were with a PW averaging a 100 yard carry. Both of these shots were pretty good, however I was fighting a straight slice on a few shots. I am working on a better takeaway and backswing plane.

    My swing is longer than 9 to 3 although it did not feel that way while doing it! The biggest issue that I fight is getting steep in the downswing. I have very little hip turn regardless of backswing length.

    A few years ago I played the NSA pattern with pretty good results. I kinda drifted away from it for some reason…..

    Any comments would be appreciated!

    Thanks!








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    Backswing looks very nice from the DTL view.

    Downswing - the shaft gets steep and you are out -to -in. I think it is common for people to open the face with a steep swing and a slice is a typical shot shape. That's nothing new and I think you already know this.

    I think you need to get the shaft (or clubhead) to attack the ball from the inside some more. You can see how vertical the shaft is when your arms are about halfway down. This move is somewhat playable with the shorter irons and wedges. But I think long irons and the driver/3W will be problematic.

    Look at where the shaft is, for a tour player, when they are halfway down. Then look at your position (in your slow mo video at 0:17). I'd say the shaft, for good players, sort of runs up across the right bicep muscle. See the difference between your swing and that of a tour player? Grab a video (DTL) of Rose, English, etc and see where the shaft is. I'd say your shaft is pretty much over your right shoulder.

    From face - on: looks like an early release / chicken wing attitude at impact. Again this may be tied to the overly steep shaft position on the DS.

    In summary I think you need to shallow the downswing out a touch. That's my $0.02 (non-expert opinion).
    I once shot 70, then I had to play 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

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    The big question is the HOW do you shallow the shaft?

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    Looks like all arms on the backswing, I think you need to get some more body turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zachgolf View Post
    The big question is the HOW do you shallow the shaft?
    There are many ways and I was hoping for Brian to chime in first before any real fixes are proposed.
    I once shot 70, then I had to play 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18.

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    He is dropping his hands straight down from the top which steepens the shaft. Needs to have the hands go out towards the target line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zachgolf View Post
    The big question is the HOW do you shallow the shaft?
    When I learned to shallow the shaft, I used a "pump" drill, where I would take the club back to the top and "pump" up and down, making sure to keep the shaft flat and "underneath".

    You have to start getting flatter, and then after some time watch again and see if you overdid it or need to keep flattening.

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    I hope this helps, it helped me.
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    If I grip it strong and hit it long is that wrong?

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    this one helped a lot too!!!

    If I grip it strong and hit it long is that wrong?

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    hp12c,
    This is absolute GOLD!!!!
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