I’m not a natural slotter, having trained TGM stuff as a youth, it was all about being on plane, not moving the shaft from the 3rd dimension back into plane from P3 to P4. This was a huge revelation for me a while
I think of natural slotters as those whose apply active forearm rotation through transition not necessarily knowing they do it, and not having the ability to NOT do it.
Learning TGM, I was taught to keep the butt end of the shaft on the downswing pointing down at the plane line… not “up the wall” which is the by product of proper forearm rotation. You see this with most all great strikers.
When you leave the “on plane world” you introduce the shaft into the third dimension. The path of the shaft becomes 3D… more like a table top that you then push upright into a more vertical disposition. If you think of a RH baseball pitcher’s arm, it reaches back toward the first baseman, not straight back behind toward second base. This increases the ROM as the legs and torso work more in a rotary motion with the addition of weight transfer which makes the entire action more oblong.
Same thing in a golf swing just that the orientation of different… roughly 90 degrees… meaning the pitchers hand path is over his shoulder approaching peak velocity while the golfer’s is down near the hips.
From working with the Superslotting stuff for over a year now… it’s the right way to do things. It makes sense and it feels correct. I really regret not learning this stuff when I was a teen. I would have had a much more successful career as a player, and the CR putting method I now teach here at ABS is pure gold bars. I putt better now with zero practice than I did working on my putting 2 hours a day when I was on tour. It’s just going back to the old way they did it… way back… putting with a golf club and using a golf swing, not a putter and a putting stroke. Works for some… never did for me.
Better late than never, and I am thankful I can share this stuff with the ABSers here, so that for those willing to take the time and put it a bit of work, great ball striking with the old skill set is attainable.
As I have said a million times, there is a lost art to striking blade long irons, and persimmon. They are still the best tools to play on a truly dynamic golf course… like Merion this year. Golf has gone sideways for now… I am sure it will come back at some point, but it’s like archery that is now about how far you shoot the bow. The great strikers were never about swinging for the fences. It was about explosive yet compact application of force and acceleration driven by the core or chi of the human body. Until this is understood again we won’t see consistent great ball striking by anyone.