PART II: Set Up and Backswing
1. The Set Up
An imaginary line drawn from the middle of the top of the head directly through the center of the body bisecting the legs (stance) equal distance from each heel., Check points: 1. Grip, 2. Stance (instep, shoulder width), 3. Ball position, 4. Arm tension, 5. Posture.
In the process of the backswing the left arm extends as the right arm gradually folds at the elbow joint. Simultaneously the right shoulder and right hip are turning BEHIND a fixed center point (or To The Right whichever language choice is more easily understood for the student on hand).
- Tangent Point: I refer to a fixed center only in theory (i.e. head or spinal column, reference/student’s zipper) as a starting point. I should, however, state that I do believe that as the body rotates either to the right (backswing) or left (forward swing), that simultaneous (later shift vs. rotation) to the rotation of the shoulders and hips, there is a lateral motion occurring. This lateral motion is allowed to occur when left knee releases toward the right in the backward motion and similarly the right knee releases towards the left in the forward motion. This motion is much easier to create when the student allows the heels of the appropriate foot (the knees and footwork) to work in unison with that knee movement.
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