Get In Tune

Quick tips to help get your swing back on the right track and start shooting lower scores

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If you want to start hitting better golf shots right now, heed the advice on the following pages. I've purposefully tried to make various positions of the golf swing easier for you to understand, rehearse and memorize, as you'll see by the breakdown of the swing into six pieces. Practice each of these, and better iron, wood and driver shots will come your way in no time.

TAKEAWAY

When it comes to the takeaway, what we're really talking about here is the leading motion of the golf swing. And to get things started correctly, save yourself the nightmare of having to compensate for a bunch of early mistakes by starting the club back the right way. The motion back away from the ball should be powered by the connection between your upper left arm and chest. When done properly, the arms, hands and club should be moved by this simple and easy-to-feel connection that serves as the "leader" of the backswing. A great way to make this work on the course is to use a rehearsal (waggle) takeaway just before initiating your swing, as I'm doing here. This will give you the proper feel seconds before it counts, making it much easier to get things moving in the right direction.


Upper left Arm and shoulder lead the takeaway Using the hands on the takeaway is a big no-no!

And by the way, if you add too much hinge in the hands, you'll wind up with a handsy, flippy golf swing as opposed to a strong rotational one.

MIDWAY

Once the swing has started back properly, the momentum of the club should be enough to help hinge your wrists the correct amount, at the correct time. The swing becomes contrived and inconsistent when you try to overdo the proper hinge in the wrists or avoid it altogether. If the hands and wrists become overactive, you'll create too much hinge too early, creating a narrow backswing that's less powerful. Trying to extend the arms too far for too long will prevent the proper hinge and lead to excessive lateral motion in the upper body away from the target. The solution is quite simple. Maintain the slight bend in your right arm and allow the weight of the club swinging back to hinge the wrist, and you'll arrive at the proper position midway in the backswing. When problems are avoided early, they don't need to be compensated for later.

Don't force a hinge Let the club's momentum do the work for you




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