Saturday, June 1, 2002
Flaws And Fixes 2002
A guide to finding and fixing common flaws that may be hiding in your swing
Fixing The Trap
Right Hand Drill
Select a wedge or 9-iron and tee up a golf ball. Grip the club with your right hand only, and set the back of your left hand against your right elbow. Attempt to hit shots as you keep your left hand on the right elbow throughout the golf swing. On the downswing, sense the timing needed to bring the right arm down with a gradual body turn.
Right Foot Drill
Take your correct setup, but with your feet about six inches apart. Move your left foot slightly forward and your right foot back and balanced on the toes. Your hips will close naturally as you find your balance. Proceed to swing the club. Your goal is to maintain your balance and spine tilt until impact. If you do, you’ll be assured that the club is traveling on a better path.
Are You Too Flat?
Here are the clues:
1 Your ballflight is very low and right-to-left, you seldom take a divot and you like hitting your woods over your short irons.
2 Also, you can’t hit a high, soft fade. Your playing partners notice that you take the club inside in the backswing and roll the clubface from open to closed in the downswing.
3 Furthermore, your backswing is short and you keep your hands very low to the ground.
First, check your setup. If you bend from the knees and not the hips, your upper body will tend to get too erect. This results in the shoulders turning too flat in the backswing and downswing.
If your setup is good, then the problem may be in your right arm. Many golfers try to keep their right arms close to the body throughout the backswing and downswing. This will also produce a too-flat approach to the ball. Coming into the ball on an overly flat plane can also stem from keeping the hands too low. Remember, the backswing is “up” as well as “around.”
Fixing The Flat
Stand erect, with your feet close together and your hands holding the club out in front of you (bottom photos). Bend from your hips as you set the club, keeping your lower back straight and your chin up. Feel like you’re sticking out your rear end. Your upper arms should rest lightly on your chest and hang straight down. Now, look at your target and set your feet apart. Allow your knees to flex as you keep your hips out. Practice this drill in a mirror to ensure your setup contains these important elements. When it does, you’re set up to turn correctly.
Feet Together Drill
Get in your correct setup, but with your heels about six inches apart (about a blade-length) and your toes flared slightly. Go ahead and swing the club, making sure to maintain your spine tilt. Your goal is to maintain your balance and spine tilt throughout the swing until impact. Doing so will get the club on a better path. On the course, make this your practice swing as it will help you sense the feeling of an on-plane delivery.
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