Face the ball at impact?

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December 20th, 2010, 9:48 pm #61

First I do not believe Dr. Neal and Dr. Mann are measuring the same thing. If you look closely at the swing analysis report that Ham referenced you will notice that 'Setup Foundations' (address) has a perspective that is pretty clearly vertically above the golfer. Dr. Mann has that same perspective for address and impact but the referenced report has a very different perspective for downswing/impact. You'll also notice that the report does not have the target line indicator (the black line) for impact that it has for setup. Add to this that the technology of the device is that it will measure rotation along its axis and there is a lot of evidence that shoulder rotation at impact for Dr. Neal is on the tilted axis of the upper torso and not relative to a horizontal plane (which as you noted will vary with torso lean).

If this is the case then directing people to have their shoulders 25-50 deg open to the target (horizontal plane) is totally incorrect.

I think when a golfer hears 'shoulder rotation' and 'open' they think of the horizontal plane and the target. I think a golfer hearing 'trunk rotation' is more likely to ask what is meant as well as to think of it on the tilted plane of the torso. The term 'open' in my opinion is still problematic; better to say 'past level' I think.

Peter
If this is the case then directing people to have their shoulders 25-50 deg open to the target (horizontal plane) is totally incorrect.

Incorrect is an interesting term. It might be incorrect technically but that advice is a lot better then telling people to 'face the ball at impact.' IMHO of course.

Hmmm, this is especially true of folks who are using strong grip swings. Strong grip swings work best with the body open at impact. This is one very good reason why Dr. Mann's data might be out of date. I believe that there has been a significant trend towards strong lead hand grip swings on tour since Dr. Mann did the model. Dustin Johnson is one good example.

Regards, Herbert
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December 20th, 2010, 10:01 pm #62

though there was a certain Duval during the time of Dr. Mann's measurements beyond all the Harvey Penick trained golfers.

Facing the ball at impact seems to work pretty well for one noted golfer

Peter
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December 20th, 2010, 10:27 pm #63

gets confusing when someone chooses to use one term and then change it when called out that they are incorrect. I will give it to you that you explained that Dr. Neal did not measure shoulder turn nearly 2 hours before asking the question though in a separate part of the thread

Note that my reference to an earlier post about Dr. Mann has no ambiguity about what was measured as open.

Peter
the question as to why you answered with measurements for the shoulders when upper torso was requested. Do you have no measurement for the upper torso at impact from Dr. Mann? Is that why you answered with shoulders instead of torso, or were you confused due to cold weather??

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December 20th, 2010, 10:32 pm #64

you got a response from Dr. Neal

Yes - As Herbert's example (of an extreme forward bend) showed it's possible to be 0 Deg open to the target line with any degree of shoulder rotation with sufficient forward bend. Any degree of forward bend means that a measurement done on the torso axis (actually at the level of the shoulder blades based on the photo of the device - since the torso bends that might not be the axis at other points) is not accurate relative to the target line. That is even without the ability of the shoulders to move independent of the torso.

This aspect of geometry is critical to certain swings that emphasize forward bend and a more vertical plane to create greater consistency/accuracy.

Peter
Dr. Neal....and I am not posting about an "extreme" forward bend, but I see again how shoulders vs. torso can cause problems in understanding movement.

Ham

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December 20th, 2010, 11:44 pm #65

the question as to why you answered with measurements for the shoulders when upper torso was requested. Do you have no measurement for the upper torso at impact from Dr. Mann? Is that why you answered with shoulders instead of torso, or were you confused due to cold weather??

Ham
composite pro can provide a number of measurements that are not published in his book including torso rotation.

I answered with shoulder rotation because up until your 'correction' post that is the way you presented the data . My error for not understanding that you'd completely abandoned the idea that you'd been arguing so forcefully.

Peter
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December 21st, 2010, 5:21 pm #66

idea abandoned. The only change was terminology. In order to communicate with you the terminology was changed.

For MOST people shoulder turn and upper torso rotation are the SAME. In reality they are not.

Maybe the same could be said for hip turn.

Ham
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December 22nd, 2010, 2:35 am #67

The fact that, as you say, shoulder turn and torso turn are NOT the same means that the change in terminology was not to communicate with me but rather to correctly communicate. With regard to 'MOST people': As parents sometimes say 'If MOST people jump off a cliff would you'

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December 22nd, 2010, 8:25 am #68

of your communication is the response you got.

Everybody could learn something about communication here.



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December 23rd, 2010, 3:16 pm #69

I think that the measure of shoulder turn discussed in the long thread is rather difficult considering that the shoulders can move in a lot of different directions. There does not seem to be a definition of shoulder position at impact that I like; so far anyway. I do think that shoulder turn is being looked at from the wrong perspective in some cases. Shoulder turn to me is around the spine meaning that the plane that should be measured is not parallel to the ground.

Here are few pics of Moe:


Did Moe 'face the ball at impact'?

It is my opinion that telling most average golfers to 'face the ball' at impact will not result in a position at impact that matches Moe's. To me Moe is cranked around as far as he can get at impact considering the restraints of his body type, setup and his intention to keep the trail foot on the ground.

As for my swing I for the last number of years have trained myself to keep my trail foot on the ground through impact. I am now thinking that is a mistake. When I get up on my toe with the knee kicked in a bit I am lot more comfortable and my back feels better. It also seems easier to maintain the spine angle through impact. LOL I am in the early stages of this one so we shall see. I did get this training from a couple of pros that I had lessons with many years ago. One pro gave me some drills to achieve this impact position in order to overcome a tendency to pull hook at that time. His comment was that my lower body was following my swing instead of leading it.

Regards, Herbert
Feel free to carry on individual discussion in new threads.

Peter
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