“Where is Your Head at Set Up?”
In my first session with Mike Harbor we worked on swing path, and forward head movement.
From last week’s instruction I had an opportunity to play golf twice and a 30-minute practice session to work on last week’s drills. On Thursday I arrived at The Mike Harbour East Bay Learning Center at noon. As I warmed up Mike took the opportunity to review last week’s two drills I worked on and we discussed my two rounds played since my first lesson.
While warming up, Mike discussed simple and small changes we made to my swing in the first session, how to best apply them, and ingrain them each time I play. One of the most impressive aspects of Mike’s teaching style is how he utilizes my present swing and mechanics. To put it simply he is not trying to reinvent my golf swing but instead is working with what I have; taking into consideration my age, physical limitations and level of flexibility.
In session # 2 Mike once again slipped in a video while I was warming up and working on my head and swing path. After my warm up, he came over and played the video for me. As we worked my head movement a week earlier, we now were addressing the position of my head at my set up. It was apparent in the video that my head position was back in my setup almost looking at the back of the golf ball. In simple terms I was setting up with my head about 6-8 inches behind the golf ball creating a higher left shoulder and lower right shoulder at address. Mike explained that this is what was creating clean impact problems with the ball impact causing reduced height and ball flight.
Once again this drill immediately corrected my ball flight and impact. Mike then handed me my 3 wood which I have never been able to hit off the deck. With a club I just could not hit in the fairway, I hit a number of clean high shots with great distance.
Once again Mike’s instruction was simple to understand and the solution was very clear. After two weeks of instruction I have simple answers and a path to improvement. For the first time in almost 20 years of playing golf things are making sense to me.
Dateline May 4, 2017
- My 12-16 Week Goal is to reach a single Digit 9 Handicap
- My Average Golf Score Before Working with Mike 95- Handicap 18
- My Best Score Since working with Mike 87 on May 1,2017
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