Last week we talked about movement for having a consistent golf swing. http://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/movement-for-consistent-golf/ We focused on mobility in the hips and thoracic spine, because many people don’t move well here and have to cheat to get their club back to parallel because they don’t turn well. Today we will focus on the other end of the spectrum, people who bring the club back to far, because they are not controlling their turn.
The problem is not going past parallel in itself, theoretically you could generate more power from turning farther. The problem is when either you don’t have that much hip and spine rotation and get the turn by cheating by lifting your trunk and straightening the knee as above, or have the rotation, but are unable to control it. In the first situation, all of the variable you add to your swing will make it less consistent. You most likely will waste your distance gained by not being straight. In the second case you may have tested your rotation and it is fine. But you still are very inconsistent with both power and accuracy. This may occur because you can’t control how far you are rotating, or your link from your trunk your arms is not well controlled.
If you are not controlling your spinal rotation, you can work on this with a golf pro to work on technique, or physically you can work on core control activities. Evaluating your rolling http://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/roll-for-your-core/ and exercises such as http://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/but-i-cant-roll-some-exercise-progressions/rolling progressions hip hinge http://wp.me/p3PbeT-hl, and chophttp://ascentpt.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/exercise-of-the-week-half-kneel-chop/ping are good places to start.
If you are not controlling your connection from your torso to your arms, you will drop a lot of power. We generate the most power from our big torso muscles and transferring the energy directly to our club. If our scapular muscles aren’t doing there job our arms will disassociate from our body causing you to arm swing. This again adds variable and drops power. You should work on scapular strength and control exercises, and work with your pro on drills which get this to work together.
Hopefully you find some things to help your game improve this summer.