Ten-Minute Swing Changes

Quick Fixes To Save You From Suffering A Bad Day On The Course


Posture Perfect
A solid posture at address features slightly flexed knees and a straight spine. Tilt at your hip joint to bring your arms down and the clubhead to the golf ball without curving your spine.

A solid posture at address features slightly flexed knees and a straight spine. Tilt at your hip joint to bring your arms down and the clubhead to the golf ball without curving your spine.

Posture Fix
Set up to the ball with your feet together and your legs straight. Tilt from your hips, allowing your arms to naturally hang, and set the club behind the ball. As you do this, keep your spine straight. Next, set your feet apart and flex your knees slightly. You should feel very balanced.

Perform the drill again, but this time keep your feet together and make a few swings. This is done to promote balance and rotation in your golf swing. Next, hit some balls with your heels about six inches apart. If your ballstriking improves, this is your drill for the day. Hit every other ball on the range in this manner and use it as your practice swing on the course.

The TakeawayChange Three: The Takeaway
Avoid the dark side: the inside

On bad days, you can bet that your backswing is a little too far to the inside, which forces an over-the-top, outside-in downswing and nothing but weak, glancing blows that curve to the right. Golfers who take the club back with the right (rear) hand are especially prone to an inside takeaway. A low, smooth takeaway with the arms in front of the torso is needed.

To sense what a solid takeaway feels like, set up with the butt of the club in your stomach and choke down on the shaft. While maintaining your spine tilt, turn your hips and swing the club back until your shaft reaches eight o’clock. From here, hinge the wrists so that the club points down the target line. Do this a few times and then hit a few shots with that same feel. If your ballstriking improves, do a few of these “stomach” swings before each tee shot to maintain the proper feel.

Stomach It
In a solid takeaway, the club travels down the target line, not to the inside. The key to this is keeping your arms in front of you as you take away the club. The Stomach Drill helps.

Top Of The BackswingChange Four: Top Of The Backswing
Think left shoulder over right knee

If the club feels out of position at the top, then make sure you’re not reverse-pivoting and that you have control of the club and not vice versa. Grab two irons and place and make swings with both clubs held together. During these swings, make sure your front shoulder turns behind the ball and over your back thigh.

If this is difficult to do, you may be sliding your hips instead of turning them. Assume your setup and place a club across your shoulders. Make a mock backswing, focusing on moving the shaft over your right knee. If this feels different, then your pivot is the problem. Continue making mock backswings with an eye toward turning your left shoulder behind the ball. Once your pivot is good, go back to swinging two clubs, focusing on control and balance. Get the feel for how far you can swing the club back and still control it. Apply this feel to your swing on the course and you’ll be in for a decent round.

Ouch!
The dreaded reverse pivot, where, at the top, the front shoulder hovers over the front knee instead of the left. To get on your right side, make sure you turn your hips, not simply slide them.




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