Jeff Mitchell: Hi, this is Jeff Mitchell with The Golf Standard.
Today's topic is around and around.
The golf swing is seemingly very complicated, and hopefully I can put a little bit of that in perspective today with the topic I call "around and around".
Interestingly enough, when you swing a golf club, the body itself goes around and around.
Interestingly also, the golf club goes around and around the body.
What you may or may not know is that, whereas the body is going around and around, your center of gravity is going parallel to your target line on a straight line.
You're shifting your weight to the right, you're shifting your weight to the left, on a straight line by creating a motion that's around and around.
Also interestingly is the club head goes in a straight line through the whole swing, and the hands travel on a straight line through the whole swing so that if I were standing straight up and I had the club perfectly at chest level, as I go back the club head is going to stay perfectly level to the ground all the way to the top of the swing.
It's going to come back right to where it started, and it's going to travel through on a horizontal line also on a straight line all the way almost through the entire swing.
At the very finish, it kind of comes off of that because your posture changes to take pressure off your back.
Interestingly enough also from this position, the hands seemingly travel from a position well below this horizontal plane, up to meet it, back down to the address position, and then up to meet that plane on the other side.
From that perspective, it might look like it's going in a semi-circular manner, but truth is it's going in a straight line also.
As you can see from down the line, as I take the club back it travels in a very horizontal or straight line path all the way to the top of the swing.
As I come back, it returns right to that spot and remains on that straight path all the way back and through.
The thing that most people don't quite grasp that I've seen is you have to do this on an inclined plane.
It's easy to describe this in horizontal terms, but you really have to understand that the club travels on an inclined plane.
Which, based on your setup, is probably just a little bit above the navel.
When you swing he club, you will see that that club travels on basically a straight line back, straight line through, and the hands, which are below that, will travel on a straight line back and through also but on a slightly steeper plane.
As you're going around and around with the body, and you're going around and around with the club, you might also consider that one of the goals is you're trying to swing the club in a straight line.
You can practice by standing straight up right here and taking some swings like this.
You'll see the flash of the club go through, and you'll be able to tell if you're going like that.
That'd be over the top.
This is inside out.
They'd go start left and slice.
The second one would start right and hook.
You can figure out where you are in relation to that straight line.
Then, as you get a little more comfortable at shoulder height here, you can gradually move this down a little bit, putting yourself in your normal posture while still trying to do that same thing.
Swinging that club on a straight line to where once you get to the golf ball, you're going to have that figured out.