Quick notes from Golf Central on the Golf Channel with Martin Hall. I feel affirmed about my hunches about the backswing that I blogged about a couple days ago.
- New book released by David Leadbetter called “The A Swing – the alternative approach to Great Golf”
- DL’s 8th instructional book. Why?
- It’s about the backswing – because the backswing is really difficult to repeat on a consistent basis . Most amateurs go way inside too quick or turn too soon versus really good athletes who can compensate better.
- It’s all about synchronization between the inside circle (your hands) and the outside (the club head) of the body or the 2 circles of the swing.
- Leadbetter mentions Calvin Peete as one of his favorite players with a great swing. Up there with Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, etc. Interestingly, Calvin swung with a bent left arm because it was broken during childhood and never re-set properly. He died recently.
- Calvin Peete never let the clubhead get behind his hands. Hands stay in and the clubhead stayed out.
- He likens it to a batter in baseball – go figure, just like I mused about in my recent random thoughts blog entry and I know the Grateful Golfer mentions this in his blog as well.
- If you keep the clubhead outside all the way to the top you end up in a sorta natural batter’s set-up position which sets you up for more consistent down swings where the club head levels out perfectly to strike the ball.
- Closing comments – It’s all about simplicity.
I’m gonna take a look at some Calvin Peete swings on Youtube or something. And next time I’m in the book store, I’ll check out the book.
But this is re-assuring …. Leadbetter’s approach. Because I still don’t fell ultra-confident about my ability to be consistent with my backswing.
What a nice end to what was an unusually grueling day in the Valley.