Get In Tune

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

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While there are definite differences in the clubhead's angle of attack at impact when using an iron or a driver, the relative position of the body is nearly the same. The left arm is long while the right arm is still bent, the hips are open, and the legs are pushing away from the ground and becoming straighter through impact. With both the irons and the driver, the hands lead the shaft into impact. The amount they lead is up to the player, but there must be a little forward handle position if the ball is to be struck properly. While it seems hard to understand, the clubhead can be going down with the iron and up with the driver while the hands are leading in both swings. The good news is if you sequence the swing correctly and keep your hands and arms relaxed, the alignments at impact will be much easier to achieve. You just can't force it!


It's time to let go. The upper left arm and chest lead the motion, the feet and knees take over at the top, and now it is momentum's turn. When the legs push against the ground through impact and the hips are cleared or rotated out of the way, all that's left is to "throw" the arms and club out of your shoulder sockets. Trying to "hold" the angle after impact slows down the clubhead and avoids the freedom of the release. When done correctly, both arms will be straight, the club will be slightly outside the hands, the weight will be on the front foot, and there will be nothing to do but let the club take you to the finish.



The finish on the lower left is fairly typical with many recreational golfers. The clubshaft is pointing behind me toward the ground, the body is under-rotated, and the weight hasn't moved into the front foot. The old saying holds true, "If you don't know where you're going, you probably won't get there." Focus on pointing your right shoulder to the target with your right foot up on the tippy toe and the club wrapped around, and you'll be amazed how much better your swing becomes. Working on mechanics is great on the range, but if you're going to keep one thought on the golf course, make it, "Stick your finish position." It can make all the difference!

Top-25 Golf Tips Instructor Brady Riggs, PGA, is one of the most sought-after golf instructors in the country. Based in Southern California, Riggs can be reached online at


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