1. FULL SWING ANALYSIS

 

As I explained in the "How it all works?" section, this is not solely an instructional website, but is more of an overview of how I can help you with your game. If you want to learn more about my unique online golf coaching experience I would really look forward to hearing from you. Let's refresh you with fundamental number 1, full swing analysis:

  •  Full Swing Analysishow the body and golf club work together  in order to hit consistent shots on the range and the course

Tiger Woods has said, "I think the golf swing is all about rotation, all about trying to keep the club on plane."

 

Hank Haney, a well renowned and former coach of Tiger Woods, has said of the golf swing, "I think when you're trying to improve, the most important thing is to have a plan."

 

David Leadbetter once said, "What invariably distinguishes a good player from a poor one is their respective address positions or set ups."

 

 

My method is simple and that is to analyse all the key areas of the golf swing from position 1 to position 10. They are as follows:

  1. Address (P1)
  2. Club shaft parallel to ground on takeaway (P2)
  3. Lead arm parallel to the ground on takeaway (P3)
  4. Top of the backswing (P4)
  5. Lead arm parallel to the ground on the downswing (P5)
  6. Club shaft parallel to the ground on the downswing (P6)
  7. Impact (P7)
  8. Club shaft parallel to the ground on the follow through (P8)
  9. Trail arm parallel to the ground on the follow through (P9)
  10. Finish position (P10)

Rather than go into detail about all 10 positions in this overview I will focus on (P7) Impact and just some of the key indicators I use from down the line and face on. 

 

Down the line: 

  • Shoulders opening towards the target and not too tilted
  • Hips rotating but not too tilted
  • Flexion in both knees
  • Spine angle maintained
  • Backside line stays back - no extension
  • Head returning to address height
  • Trail arm straightening but still slightly flexed at the elbow
  • Trail foot grounded but rolling in
  • Club shaft slightly more upright than at address

Face on:

  • Shoulders rotating and not too tilted
  • Hips rotating but not too tilted
  • Shoulders, hips and knees stacked
  • Both legs externally rotating with flexion
  • Head stays behind the ball not ahead
  • Lead arm straight and in line with the club shaft
  • Lead foot grounded but rolling out
  • Lead hand bowing and rotating through impact

 

One of the most overlooked parts of the body are the legs and the golf swing works most effectively from the ground up. I have seen so many examples of technical issues at impact, simply because the legs are not working properly.

If you struggle to rotate it could be that your trail leg kicks in too much at impact. Unfortunately this will lead to the lead hip kicking up (higher than trail hip) which makes it impossible to rotate your hips, and leads to a loss of your all important angles.

Both knees must be in flexion and externally rotating. I would always recommend the basket between the legs drill, in order to get the feel of how your legs work down into the impact position.

 

 

Once I have received a video of your golf swing, my analysis will be based on these 10 key positions. 

I will then send you feedback, which will include explanations and a realistic schedule of practice. My main focus will be on the positions that need the greatest attention and  how I can best help you to achieve this.

 

Karl Knight

  

The 3rd at Trevose Golf and Country Club