Post by stone on Jul 2, 2019 7:43:19 GMT -5
I love this forum for many reasons and one of them is that we talk about anything and everything.
Maybe I can help someone with their golf game
Below is an accurate example of the two ways your golf club bends during the swing. The "Lead Deflection" occurs when you whip your wrists through the ball and the "Toe -down Deflection" occurs naturally during the swing due to the weight of the clubhead succumbing to gravity which is temporarily reduced due to the force of the swing. Both of these deflections are controlled mainly by two things; the stiffness of the shaft, and the violence with which you swing.
"Lead Deflection" can dramatically change your ball flight from a draw/hook to a fade/slice simply by the timing at which you release your wrists. If you release early, the club head will be ahead of your hands, like the picture shows, and if you release late the clubhead will be behind your hands. As you can imagine, this can change the loft and direction that your clubhead is pointing by enough to take you from far left to far right.
"Toe-down Deflection" can cause either the heel of the club or the toe of the club to impact the ground causing the club to be forcefully rotated closed or open just before the club impacts the ball.
If you are serious about your game, get fitted by a good fitting pro with the latest equipment because what the shaft is doing at impact can only be determined in this way. Every golf swing is unique and two golfers who have the exact same clubhead speed with a driver will cause the exact same shaft to do very different things during the swing.
When I played competitively, and when I taught others, I always worked with mental images and feelings rather than angles and swing increments because as I said, every golf swing is different. This is the best mental image that ever worked for me and many I helped. When I was a young lad, we used to cut a small live branch from an apple tree about 1/2" in diameter tapering down to 1/4" in diameter and about 30" long. We would sharpen the tip, jam an apple onto the tip, and see how far we could throw the apple. The goal was to get the forward momentum started in a slow and controlled manner and then violently whip your wrist like cracking a whip. Just like the golf swing, the best distance could be achieved by the timing of when you whipped your wrists. Whip your wrists too early and the apple would go up in the air, too late, and the apple would slam into the ground a few feet in front of you. Now imagine that your clubhead could come off with just the perfect amount of force and time your release so that the clubhead would go straight toward your target with the maximum distance. Release your wrists too early and the ball (clubhead) will go left, release your wrists too late and the ball (clubhead) will go right. I edited that because I initially had it backwards....I lost track of what I was writing
If you ever wonder how the touring pros can hit the ball so far, it's because they can delay their wrist release until the very last mili-second and then violently release them........and control it Take a look at the third frame of the below picture and see how his wrists are still fully cocked while his hands are below his belt, and his right elbow is nearly touching his side; this is what creates distance. If you try to make a swing like this you will most likely hit 8-10 inches behind the ball until you learn to get it all in the proper position at the proper time.