Okay, blogging community, I need some assistance. I haven’t worked on my swing in a while but today it was nice and I hit the range for a 50-ball bucket. My first five pitching wedges were perfect, but were followed by pure garbage (35 all over the place over the top toe hooks with an assortment of short and long irons), which were followed by 10 flawless 8-irons and partial wedge shots after I made a technique change. I don’t know what compelled me to abandon my traditional one-piece takeaway in favor of a early wrist hinge, but the adjustment triggered the pure strikes and I can’t figure out why.
Like any internet sleuth, I found this video by Sir Nick Faldo detailing the Pre Set Drill and how it has served him well for his ball striking. This is very similar to what I implemented.
On the one hand, who’s to argue with Nick Faldo? He was an awesomely consistent ball striker after he worked with David Leadbetter to change his swing. Leadbetter advocated for Nick to use the Pre Set Drill. On the other hand, he indicates this is very difficult to implement and must be done precisely to be effective.
My questions: Has anyone used this drill for an extended period of time or changed their swing to an early hinge and experienced success? I can recall only a couple of pros who had somewhat of an early hinge and were successful ball strikers (Raymond Floyd and Nancy Lopez). Is this a WOOD band-aid I just stumbled upon or is it worth the effort to make a change in that direction? I was hitting it pure and I’ve got all winter 🙂 Please advise. Thanks!