What a great final round of golf by the 2012 PGA Champion Rory Mc Ilroy, and what a great golf swing. Obviously he loads up really well and is beautifully on plane. One comment that I heard several times from various announcers is how well his right shoulder chases down and through the hit. Let’s examine that.
In the constant battle to get our students to impact with the correct amount of shaft lean, you can teach pulling with the left side, supinating the left wrist, pushing with the right side, holding the angle at the back of the right wrist, equal left and right, float lag, and many more variations.
I have always wondered what Ben Hogan really meant when he said he wished he had 3 right hands. If you believe that the right side, or right shoulder, firing through aggressively can keep the left wrist from cupping and breaking down, then maybe that’s what Hogan meant. Nick Faldo has talked about this in his books and on the air.
The point is that not everyone can get to good impact the same way, and we must have several ways to teach it. I personally have a bad left wrist so I must drive the right side through to maintain my angles. I have a good friend who is a lefty playing right-handed so obviously he needs to feel it in his left side. My first question to Phil would be about his feel, left vs. right, coming into the ball.
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– Bill Hulbert
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