I’m really happy to see quite a few 10+ handicappers join Lag’s modules or the forum recently. So for those doing Lag’s modules with crappy swings like me, let this thread be a place to discuss our progress. Let’s leave the lightbulb stuff for the threads that exist, although no reason to not mention them here as well.
OK, my status:
Modules I’m working on: 2 and 4
Swing issues: throwaway, inconsistent low point, arm swinger, dipping shoulders in downswing, fairly short hitter, poor iron play, misses are push/fades some days, pulls on others. Short game is quite good. Putting adequate.
3 months into the course there are still no miracles. However, having followed Lag’s posts, I now have a very good idea of every aspect of the kind of swing I’m trying to achieve, which are being backed up by the modules as I progress through them. I’ve never felt so sure of where I want to be and each module makes 100% sense to me. I’m doing well on the modules and Lag has progressed me quickly. I feel I have a long way before Modules 1 and 2 will enter my swing DNA, because I’m quite a long way from getting to the P3 4:30 position - I will need to find a way of getting there more and more over time. I’m considering flattening the lie on my clubs which may help. Something in my transition will need to improve. I have played a little with pulling the right elbow into a more pitched position at startdown, and this tends to give very good results for shorter irons, but hitting fat with longer irons.
Module 2 has been an eye-opener. Gone is my idea of superficially trying to get to the left leg on the downswing with a hip bump - that never felt right and Module 2 gives a much better weight transfer movement. I’m starting to get it, I just need to get in more practice which unfortunately right now I don’t have much time for.
Module 1 has taught me that my hands were hopelessly lost previously. I followed TGM but I couldn’t sustain the lag. I am beginning to learn to fire the hands, and when I do I get very good contact, but there is still the urge to hit from the top - to counter this I am using Sam Snead’s idea of a big body rotation with very little arm movement - very difficult to get throwaway this way. So transition is still an issue for me. As module 2 enters my swing DNA it is improving.
But what is my swing DNA? I’ve read a lot about it on here. Like many high handicappers I Imagine, I don’t feel I have a reliable one that I can turn to, i.e. swing without any thoughts. Regrettably I can’t remember ever having played a round of golf where I’ve played without swing thoughts. If I just swing at it with my “swing DNA”, anybody’s guess is where the ball is going to end up, and it’s going to be short. So that’s why I have to play with swing thoughts - I’m always fighting throwaway or some other issue.
My focus has now changed though. I need to be accelerating through and beyond impact. I’m beginning to lose the focus on the ball and think more of the final destination. It’s slow, but it’s happening. I love practicing with a 1 iron - when I later pick up a 5 iron, it feels like a 9.
I think that will do to get the ball rolling.