Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Get ready to hit it big
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Iron Play, Equipment, Driving, Swing, Power, Game Improvement, Full Swing, Drills, Exercises, Body, Slicing, Shotmaking
FOOT FLAREThe angle of your feet at address directly impacts your hip alignment. Look at these six photos and pay attention to how the slightest foot flare affects my hip alignment, and thus my swing.
When my toes are flared, however, my hips rotate to the right, or close. This not only causes me to overrotate in my backswing, but also sends my club traveling “across the line” at the top of my swing. These two faults cause me to get “stuck” in my downswing, so I don’t fully rotate through the shot. Shots tend to be thin and weak, because I’ve approached the ball from a shallow angle. I may also get very “handsy” at impact, and either hook the ball or hit a shot that goes straight and to the right.
BUMP YOUR HIP
BUMP FOR POWER
When you look at my setup, it looks like more of my weight is on my right side than on my left. But it’s not. It’s actually distributed 50-50 because I’ve “bumped” my left hip higher. Why? Well, being right-handed, my right-hand grip naturally loads more weight on my right side. Raising or bumping my left hip toward my target until my weight is evenly balanced gets me balanced, and good balance is the key to power.
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