Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Swing Myths and Simple Fixes
Labels: Instruction, Faults And Fixes, Iron Play, Quick Tips, Ballstriking, Driving, Putting, Full Swing
Let it fly!
In this sequence, I’m doing the same thing. By letting my elbow drift up and away from my side as I initiate my downswing, it becomes a lot easier to keep my club perfectly on plane. And check out my impact position in both swings. My body is much more rotated here and in a much more athletic position.
I can’t count how many times I’ve heard other instructors tell their students that the key to successful putting is to keep your head down through the stroke. But before I digress, how many of you can shoot a basket while looking at the ball? Or shoot a target with a gun while staring at the gun?
Watch it go in!
Now, back to my point. By keeping your head down, you stifle the body’s ability to rock the shoulders through the stroke, invariably causing the hands and arms to collapse before, during or even after impact.
A better way to ensure a smooth pendulum stroke is to allow the head to rotate with the putterhead through impact. This will foster a more natural forwardstroke and also help train the eyes to become more accustomed to seeing how far each putt rolls out. The eyes also can help correct any tendencies in your aiming as well, since you can see the effects of the roll.
Practice a few putts and allow your head to rotate (don’t lift your head; rather rotate it from side to side) and get a feel for how far the ball rolls and in what direction with strokes of various lengths. In no time, you’ll see and feel what it’s like to become a better putter.
Bobby Hinds, PGA, teaches at Woodley Lakes GC in Van Nuys, California. For more information, call (323) 363-7761.
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