Originally Posted by Redhook
Homer, your setup is money. So much better. You're hinging the club up sooner, which is better, but the club is still getting a little behind your hands on the way back. Not the end of the world, but you have to make up for it later.
I wouldn't worry about the closed clubface at the top. Right now, you couldn't play with a square face - it'd go miles right.
What'd I'd recommend right now is trying to add some width on your backswing. You're arms are collapsing a bit which decreases power and will lead to some inconsistency.
Try this: Grip the club with your right arm only. Swing the club to the top creating a 90 degree angle with your right arm. Hold it there. Then, reach up with your left arm. You should feel a little stretch in your left tricep/shoulder area. The top of your backswing you feel a little more like this. Right now, your hands/arms are way to close to your body at the top. No width = no power. Get your hands far away from your head at the top.
Simple swing thought that may help: "High and wide at the top"
Good luck and keep it simple. You're swing is very good so don't beat yourself up over minor issues.
I was hesitant to change anything between rounds since I've been hitting it well, but my swing off the tee went awry on the back 9 today, so I thought about what you said about the left arm extension on #18, and all I have to say is.... WOW. I hit my drive 337 yards (downwind downhill) with a perfect draw right down the center of the fairway. The power is back. We played 2 extra holes, and I knocked it on a 560 yard par 5 with a 3 iron (downwind, downhill). Can't thank you enough for the tips man.
Also, my buddy made a 2 on that 560 yard par 5 during our actual round. Holed out from 240 yards with a five wood to shoot 37 on the front. I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't seen it. I'm ready for a warm weather golf day. All 3 rounds played this year with under armour on.