Wednesday, April 30, 2008
1 And 2
Swing with a tempo like the pros and you'll learn to make solid contact every time
There are several things you want to feel here, but probably the most important thing is the bending of the right arm and wrist becoming greater (increasing) as the lower body rotates. Many people refer to this phenomenon as “lag” and you can see why. Notice in the picture (above, right) how the angle between my right forearm and upper arm as well as that between my wrist and the clubshaft actually become more severe as I move into the downswing. This is the “AND” in the swing you need to learn if you want to become a solid ballstriker.
Step DrillIf you’ve been making a 1-2 swing for a long time, learning the feel of the 1-AND-2 swing can be a bit of a challenge. The key is to try and forget what you normally do and concentrate on the drill. To practice the Step Drill, set up to the ball normally and move your left foot so it’s almost touching your right foot. Start swinging the club back until your left arm passes parallel to the ground, and then lift your left foot off the ground and start stepping toward the target. You should feel your left foot land on the ground before you finish your backswing, which will force your lower body to initiate the downswing. Go ahead and swing all the way through the ball and into the finish. Remember that hitting the ground with your left foot before you finish the backswing is the “AND” in the swing.
The toughest part of learning the 1-AND-2 swing is getting the feel of it at first. the step drill will allow you to get the proper sensation while also hitting the ball.
Pivot DrillAt one time or another we’ve all probably seen a player on the range making swings with a club across his or her chest. What that particular person was trying to achieve we can’t be sure, but I highly recommend using a very similar technique to work on your pivot. Begin by simply placing a club across your chest and assuming your normal address position. Turn your upper body away as if starting your backswing. Before you complete your backswing, shift your lower body onto your left foot and continue rotating to the finish. Make sure you begin rotating your lower body before you allow your shoulders to move into the downswing. If possible, try to begin shifting your lower body onto your left foot while your shoulders are still moving toward the top of your backswing. Do the drill slowly, and be sure to initiate the move into the downswing with your lower body.
GT Senior Instruction Editor Chuck Winstead teaches at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La.
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