Golf, Part 12, The Transitional Short Shot Move

The transitional move is made from any point considered to be the top of the condition of loaded power. The top of a chip shot, for example, might be below the knees. The top of a full motion might be achieved with the hands above the shoulders.

Consider the lead side of the upper torso. Allow that chest, shoulder, upper arm, lat, and oblique are one unit, a one-piece block: the mover and shaker of motion. Allow that the shoulder is the center of clubhead arc.

The objective is to return the elbows back to their starting point at address as the upper torso turns to the target. Quite obviously, the Coiling (or take-away) must have been preformed in one-piece fashion or catch-up manipulations must occur so previous editions must be understood. The feel of the move should reflect a sense of Carrying the attachment (forearms, hands, and club) rather than throwing it or the clubhead as individual entities. Consider a tilted pendulum which must be moved back and forward by its Core, in this case, the upper torso. The fundamental nature is a conserving of clubhead energy that builds through a rotational motion of the Core, rather than a releasing of it.

Exercise #1: Review Exercise #2 of Part 10. Select a short distance target of about 25-yards, as in a chip. From a condition of good Athletic Readiness & lead hand grip, but without a ball in place, take the club back as directed. Club and hands should be waist high or less. The sense of weight in the feet should favor the inside of trailing heel and the inside of the ball of the lead foot. The trailing knee or leg should not have moved. The trailing shoulder should not have moved vertically. Position the trailing hand upon the club. Trailing elbow should be slightly bend and in front of the body. Trailing wrist should be bent, but not cocked. Return one-piece block back and slightly upward around its center to point the club at the target while maintaining trailing wrist bend. The move should have withdrawn the one-piece block and the lead hip while straightening the lead knee (strong lead side). A key is the condition of the trailing wrist. If it is still bent, the exercise has been completed correctly. Repeat until the move is comfortable and without manipulations in the hands area. Add golf balls and practice to pre-selected target. The more the turn or the more rapid the transition, the more energy is produced.

The next edition will begin discussion of longer shot transitions; there are two.

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