Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
My ideal ball flight is a slight draw, but recently I'm either hitting a push that just never comes back, or I hit a pull hook. I don't typically hit it fat or thin. I stopped keeping track of a handicap, but when I did, I was around a 2. I'm closer to a 4 now, but even that might be a bit low.
In looking at my swing, I also should mention that I think I need more of a pause at the top. I did a little split screen analysis of my swing comparing to Dustin Johnson's, as we have similar body types, and noticed how much better his separation from his body is, and how much more he pauses at the top.
Fortunately, I found a couple face-on vidoes of you as well which helps with my analysis of your swing.
Once again, your swing is very good. Let's start with 2 changes and then go from there. These changes will help you immediately and long-term. Once you get comfortable with them, you can move on to something else, if needed.
Change #1: Change your setup. Currently, or at least in the videos, you are leaning into your left side at address with your ball position too far forward in your stance. Big no-no. This causes your shoulders to be open and a steep downswing. It also causes you to add extra tilt on the downswing. Open shoulders can cause you to swing across the ball, hence the pulls and the steep swing can cause a myriad of poor shots.
Here's what to do: check your setup in a mirror. Try to get your ball position about a ball or two inside your left heel. And look for your weight distribution to be about 50/50. From down-the-line, try to make sure your shoulders are square to your target line (parallel to your toes, hips, and target line). This square, balanced setup will help you alot!
Change #2: Hinge your wrists much sooner on your backswing. Currently, you're too much of a one-piece backswing. This limits your power and allows the club to get behind you. Ideally, you'd like to keep the club out in front of your hands throughout the swing. This limits rerouting in the swing.
Here's what to do: Practice hinging your wrists/club early or sooner. Think of it this way: when your club shaft is parallel to the ground, it should also be parallel to your toe line, AND the clubface should be as high as your hands. When your clubhead is as high as your hands, the shaft is pointing 30 degrees to the right. From here, you're "stuck".
Drill: practice a pre-set drill. Take your stance. Keeping your hands in the same place, hinge the club 90 degrees so it's parallel to the ground and along your toe line.....make sure your hands are in the place as they were in address (this forms a 90 angle between your left arm and the shaft). This should feel different for you. After getting into this position, make a full swing. Rehearse this a few times, and eventually hit balls doing this.
This is a pretty common drill, one you may have seen or even done before. Suzanne Petterson and Ryan Moore have played tour events doing this during competition. I'm not recommending playing this way, but I am recommending a much sooner hinging of the club to get you more on plane.
Additionally, this will give you a wider look at the top of your swing instead of it looking like your hands are close to your head, more similar to DJ.
A great drill for you to slow down your transition is to pause for 3 seconds at the time and then hit the ball. This forces you to start the swing from the ground up and smooths out your transition.
To summarize: 1) perfect your setup by checking it in a mirror, 2) hinge the clubhead up much sooner, and 3) practice the pause drill
Hopefully, this helps. I think it will. I look forward to hearing back from you in April and May after you had a chance to practice some of this. Good luck!