Untangling Your Swing

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As a golf instructor you’re always dispensing advice. Sometimes when giving golf lessons or offering golf tips, you emphasize key positions in an effort to help a player eliminate a swing flaw. Players then obsess about achieving these positions and focus almost exclusively on achieving them during their swings. They also start thinking about specific body parts and where they should be. As a result, their swings get jerky and off balance. And they become a tangled mess of adjustments and re-routing.

Three swing flaws that often tend to entangle players of all golf handicaps are the following:

* Sweeping the club back behind you
* Swing becomes too upright
* Arms collapse at the top of the swing

In an effort to help you eliminate these flaws, we describe each below. We also describe drills designed to eliminate them and help you untangle your swing.

Club Gets Stuck On The Downswing
Among the most common swing flaw is sweeping the club back behind you during your backswing. This flaw causes the club to get stuck behind you in the downswing. As a result, your body races ahead of your arms on the downswing, forcing you to sling the club out from your right side (left of left-handers) to get it “unstuck.” In short, you’re pulling the club off plane. Ideally, you want to let your arms and chest move back together. That keeps the club balanced. It also lets it come back to the ball in front of your body.

To eliminate this flaw, try the One Arm Drill. Start by making some practice swings without the ball using only your back hand and arm. It’s hard to pull the club off plane when you do this. Centrifugal force works hard to keep it in balance. Try to remember the balance feeling you get when you do this. Try to keep the same balance after you add your other hand to the club. Also, retain the same grip pressure throughout the swing. After ingraining the feeling, try hitting some balls.

Swing Becomes Too Upright
This flaw affects players with high golf handicaps mostly. But you can find the flaw in the swings of players with medium and low golf handicaps, too. The flaw starts right at the beginning. It involves grabbing the grabbing the grip too tightly and then jerking the club back quickly, causing your swing to get too upright. From there the club tends to come down and back to the ball from outside the target line without much power. Instead, let the clubhead move back first. Meanwhile, focus on making a complete shoulder turn.

The Whoosh Drill helps correct this flaw. It’s a good drill to follow the One Arm drill. Grab the club by the clubhead end. Now make some baseball swings at waist height. This move is more natural and more intuitive because you’re not bent over. Try to feel your weight transfer back and through. Next make the grip end whoosh through the air early on your back side, then late in front of you. Change the whoosh point by altering when you release your hands and arms.

Arms Collapse At The Top
Extension creates power. The more you extend you arms during the swing, the farther you hit the ball. It’s a matter of physics. But extension can also create too much tension, if you’re not careful. Extending the club away from you during the backswing often causes your arms to collapse at the top. This narrows your swing and saps power from it. What you must do is relax your neck and shoulders at address. Then let the club flow back naturally. Let your wrists hinge naturally as well. Don’t force them to hinge at a certain point.

To correct this flaw, make a few practice swings over the ball before you hit your shot. Make the swing at full speed, so that the club whooshes at the bottom of your swing arc. Focus on making the sound of acceleration at the correct point, not making impact with the ball. After three or four swings, set up and hit the ball. Keep thinking about speed not impact.

These golf tips will help you create a smoother, more natural swing as well a more powerful one. In addition, if you’re going to add a swing thought, say something like “low and slow” in your head as you go through your swing. If you want to achieve a low golf handicap, you first must iron out the flaws in your swing. Otherwise, they will just get you tangled up in a big mess.

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