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"I have just joined hititlonger.com and I can't put the laptop down apart from a few practice shots. Because it is early stages I am just concentrating on the spine pendulum for now and already my swing speed is up over 10%. Can't wait to add the other parts of the swing and gain more speed. My accuracy is much better and my body feels relaxed and supple instead of taut and stiff. And it has made a big impact on my pitching and chipping which has always plagued me.
- Noah, Australia
I would be delighted to write a full testimonial sometime, but in the meantime I do have a question for you. It concerns the weight shift on the downswing: I understand very well the reasons for throwing the club head from the top, why this release cannot be delayed. I also understand that, assuming everything has been done correctly to this point, this throw will cause the weight to move towards the target - i.e. the spine pendulum must go back the other direction - in order for the body to maintain its balance.
My question to you is this: is this weight shift purely reflexive as a result of the throw, or is there a conscious effort to push the navel all the way forward? Are the two inextricably linked, or should there be a conscious driving forward of the weight before or after the throwing motion?
Many thanks in advance,