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Practice Log 11/12/11 - Cmotion/Transition Feelings
I had to take advantage of a mild day here in the north lands. I was out hitting wedges this afternoon until the 5 p.m. sundown. WI is a land of darkness in the winter. A bad timezone for golf.
I've been learning a lot from Lee about Cmotion and I took it to the golf dome this week. Unreal power, accuracy, and consistency. Cmotion is a ten finger baseball grip with a limited, resisted backswing and an emphasis on getting your right hip and hand to crush the ball with a push/slap mentality. No thoughts of straight left arm or big backswing. Just resist the turn, store up all that tension, and smack the crap out of the ball with your right hand. It's scary awesome.
I think my right hand is very strongly connected to my brain due to my hours of practicing basketball. I want to get down to scratch in the next 4 years because that's how long it took me to master my jump shot. People talk a lot of crap and words mean little, I understand, but just ask my buddies from growing up, I can flat out shoot. I spent weeks of my life in the gym practicing my shot when I should have been spending some of that time learning to handle the ball, play defense, and run faster. But I severely digress.
The ten finger grip helps me a lot because it really gets my right hand and right side involved. I'm so consistent and effective with it that I spent most of the day trying to understand why my standard grip swings don't work as well. I know I tend to block myself in my traditional grip swings. My left hip doesn't clear in time and I hit it fat. Cmotion helped me understand how to feel that weight of the club in my right hand during/after transition.
My big feeling today was a feeling of "handing the club off" from my left hand to my right hand. Kind of like when an outfielder catches a fly ball in his glove hand and transfers it to his throwing hand in one smooth motion, I felt like I was handing the weight of the club from the left hand in the backswing to the right hand in the downswing. That mental image worked well for me. I was able to hit it clean and straight with every grip.
Lee talks about the pinky fingers leading the body. The perimeter of the hand has to be strong. On one side we have our thumbs which everybody understands are strong and important. People try to hate on the pinky though. When I try to explain Lee's perspective of the pinky I get a lot of weird looks. It's named a pinky so everybody thinks it's weak. I didn't understand it until I gripped a club and squeezed my pinkies. My hips were able to clear so much easier with the ten finger, pinky dominant grip.
I wish I would have been doing this stuff all summer when I could actually play golf. I feel like I have some things going right now in my swing that will always be there. I don't know if today's feeling (handing off the club from left hand to right hand) will be there tomorrow but I know Cmotion isn't leaving.