>I've played for a long time with an incorrect forearm and clubface rotation
>on the backswing. I get to a position at the top where the clubface points
>to the sky. I'm basically playing with a shut clubface. The position feels
>'strong', yet it is weak. This is beacuse if I do a proper downswing
>rotation, I'll smother the ball. My only chance is to do a reverse-roll on
>the downswing and play closed - to - open through impact. The net result is
>weak. My other option is to try to get down with virtually no forearm
>rotation and try and really clear my lower body to prevent the clubface from
>closing any further. I believe that Duval plays this way.
You need to do what most books advise, practice the takeaway from
setup to horizontal over and over again--a full length mirror is very
very helpful in this. When you arrive at horizontal, your arms
should be extended fully, and your shoulders are fully turned, you see
the ball off your right shoulder. Your right upper arm should be
touching your rib cage (meaning your turned your torso and not just
your arms), and the club toe should be pointing up--and the club shaft
aligned with the target line. If the toe is closed, simply fix
it--make sure it points up. That sets your wrists properly and it
makes sure your grip is not far from neutral. The horizontal position
dictates your top position and of course it sets your swing plane.
Just get it to horizontal correctly and you have a good chance of
making a good swing.
A fundamentally sound grip is based on your palms always facing one
another. If you opened your hands and dropped the club, your hands
should be ready to applaud. At the backswing horizontal position,
they are still there. At the forward swing horizontal position, they
are still there, ready to clap together.
As you practice this vitally important first move of the takeaway, to
horizontal, make sure that you start with both upper arms tightly
glued (but not tense) against your sides. As you turn like that, your
torso turns the club AROUND your body like a washing machine agitator.
The golf swing is not up and down nor is it back and forth movement.
It is AROUND, just like a baseball swing.
As you envision and practice your swing AROUND your body like a
baseball swing, remember that the club toe opens fully when the club
is horizontal going back, squares up through the ball position, and
then opens at horizontal during the follow-through. Allowing the toe
of the club to align itself naturally is the key to accuracy!
See Ben Hogan's toe-up to toe-up drill in his "5-Lessons" book.
During setup I ensure that my grip is loose and my
arms and elbows are completely tension-free. NO DETAIL of the setup
is more important than tension. In fact, tension will simply override
and negate any and all correct setup components because you can't move
correctly when you're tense. Since I am lefty, my left elbow points
toward my belly-button, and both upper arms are IN FRONT OF my chest
rather than alongside it. My left elbow is ready to softly fold and
stay as close in as possible, without unnatural cramping, of course.
Be able to softly waggle the clubhead. Think soft, soft.
The secret to the golf swing is the turn. The secret to achieving a
free and smooth full turn is a lack of tension--like Ernie Els. When
you can setup without tension, backswing without tension, and swing
down and through without tension, you will be astounded that you will
hit the ball, even with a 2-iron, like a pro! The club really will do
the work--without help from your hands.