Many may have seen me write about how I am not a big believer in using alignment sticks on the ground as an alignment tool...let me explain why I believe they aren't all that important or beneficial.
The main problem with the obsession with address alignments is that NOTHING looks the same at impact......
At address the feet are flat but at impact the right heel is off the ground.... At address the knees are square but at impact the knees are not where they were......At address the hips are square or near square yet at impact the hips are normally (or should be) open...At address the shoulders are square or near square but at impact the shoulders are normally open.....At address the head is in one place yet at impact the head is usually lower- because of ALL the above.
Hands- Arms- Club...ALL different. At address no pressure...yet at impact there are tons of pressures (hopefully!!!!)....... EVERYTHING CHANGES.
In 2011 I uploaded a video to my YouTube Channel showing the footwork of a lot of famous golfers from throughout the years. That video attracted a lot of attention as I zoomed into the feet of these players (including myself) and showed a very different activity in the footwork than what most people noticed or modern instruction had distinguished should occur in the golf swing.
The close up of the feet allowed the viewer to see a very distinct rear foot drag in all the swings. This grip and grind in the feet whilst not a goal in the golf swing is definitely a vapour trail of wonderful ground pressures into the feet as a balance and support system to help move the club void of stalling the body or over using the hands.
Every person will have different attributes of build and strengths in their hands or legs or core and range of motion limitations in certain areas.... This is the exact reason we will never look like someone else when we swing a golf club.
No-one will ever say that my golf swing looked like Ben Hogan's when compared on video or when comparing still static pictures. However the dynamics of the motion are much closer when viewed below than most people would see or believe.
The answer to the title is - we CAN DO BOTH...
Take a look at the adjacent pictures.
Camilio Villegas shows a classic bent right arm into impact. His shoulders and hips are quite comparable in their rotation ratio. His right leg is flexed and driving with the club with his balance working around his left heel and right toe. The shaft of the club if extended would run right into his belly button region just above his belt.
Chad Campbell shows a more thrusting right arm into impact. His hips have opened up and his shoulders have stayed squarer in an unmatched hip/shoulder alignment. His right leg is straighter and stopped in relation to the club into a more flat footed toeward balance point. The shaft of his club if extended would run up higher into an area closer to the sternum.
So in moving the golf club through the motion Villegas is returning the clubhead and shaft to a much closer position to his address position than Campbell is.....
Ever wondered why golf is seemingly easy one day and you can do little wrong and then the next day you feel like you have never held a club in your hands before!!
FEEL........ It is the lifeblood of a consistent player.
So how do we create feel?.... Well we need to start off by thinking...What do we feel with?.... The HANDS.
Our hands provide us all the sensation of feel, so the more we can feel the club in our hands the more feel we are going to have...right....This is a huge reason I am all for heavier and not lighter equipment.
Now I am not advocating using the hands to swing the club. That amounts to having minimal control of the club and it's orientation and not enough body activity to move the club. I am talking about working the pressures of our entire body ALL the way into our hands throughout the swing. Pressures in the right direction throughout the swing are the glue that allows motions to function and stick and repeat with more control.