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Golf Swing Biomechanics - Part 2
"Understanding the biomechanics of the golf swing."
Biomechanics of Golf Swing Overview:
You will have many options to choose from and we'll show you how to find the ones that will work for you. Once you have all of your "components" you won't need to experiment any longer!
SWING BIOMECHANICS: BALL POSITION
All of the guesswork is taken out however if the golfer would set the club at address as the manufacturer designed it.
All clubs, except for the Driver, are designed so that the grip end of the club is ahead of the clubhead if soled properly, this means the shaft leans forward, not vertical or backwards!
If you address the ball, with say a 5 iron, and the shaft is vertical then even before you swing you've added loft and turned it into a seven iron!
That same 5 iron is designed to have approximately 8 degrees of forward lean at address. The best players in the world, using that same 5 iron, have upwards of 15 degrees at Impact! This turns it into a 3 iron!
Having said that, you have the option of setting up to the ball with the
shaft vertical as long as you can get into the proper Impact position. The shaft
leans forward at Impact!
We also need to cover where the ball is located in relation to the player's upper body, not the feet. The width of the stance changes during the course of a round but the width of the upper body does not. In addition, the target side shoulder socket is the low point of the arc and the fulcrum of the target side arm swing.
Therefore the ball with a wedge will be in the center of the chest, in line with the sternum, for full swing shots, the 5 iron under the target side of the chest, and the Driver at the low point, which is the shoulder socket.
This could vary depending on whether the player has exceptionally wide shoulders, but for the most part these locations will be fine for irons but the target side shoulder socket IS the LOW POINT and the Driver MUST be played at this location for straight shots!
Back of this location produces a fade, with no manipulation, and forward of this location produces a draw, with no manipulation.
You may see some players playing the ball back, or forward, of the target side shoulder socket but these players must either change the shoulder location at Impact, by leaning backward with the upper body, or must manipulate the clubface to hit a straight shot.
Chuck Evans, G.S.E.D.
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