Originally Posted by Homer Bailey
I worked on some of those thoughts last night, and had some mixed results. I filmed a couple swings, but the quality is pretty terrible, so I'm not going to bother uploading.
Question I have for you hook.... I worked on hinging my wrist a lot earlier, and got the club in line with my feet at the 90 degree, parallel position, but I noted my club face was still pretty shut. Is this a big deal? Should I be working on trying to make sure that club face is square at that point?
It's hard to tell my position at the top in these videos, as I filmed them myself, but I feel like I was much closer to square last night than the videos above.
A shut clubface may not be a big deal for some, but for you, it can be (btw, it's not that far off). Here's why: At the top of your backswing, ideally, you'd like to have the clubface, back of your left wrist, and left forearm all on the same plane. Currently, your left wrist and clubface are a little closed compared to your left forearm. This leads to inconsistency.
From this position you're misses will go in two directions: 1) you make a nice release, but the ball starts a little left and keep going left, or 2) you feel/know it's going left, so you hold on for dear life and block it right. Getting that clubface a little more open/square will allow you to let it go easier.
Now, that being said, there are some great golfers who play with a so-called closed clubface. Zach Johnson and David Duval come to mind. The difference, however, in their swings is they release/clear the body really well and really soon so the clubhead never passes their body. I wouldn't recommend this for you.
Working on this move, hinging the wrists sooner, is exceptionally boring and tedious. I don't like working on it myself. When I took lessons at the Leadbetter Academy, this is all I worked on and it drove me crazy. I would highly recommend trying not to become too obsessed with it. Just try to get the clubface a little higher sooner and a little more open (think "hands in, club up"). Gradually improve this position over the next month. The full change doesn't need to occur immediately. Also, never think about this when you're playing. Keep your on-course thoughts simple and target-related.
Keep working on setting up more balanced and square which will also help that backswing. After a little while of practicing this, I will give you a drill to get your consistent draw back.