‘Fly’ Into A Good Golf Swing

The Airplane Drill Will Rev Up Your Swing’s True Engine

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Are you an arm swinger? Does your swing sometimes feel as though you are chopping wood with a heavy axe in your hands? Do you ever feel like you are swatting at the ball? Do you want to hit the ball further? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it sounds as though you need to learn how to use the big muscles of your body as the engine for your good golf swing, making it easier to repeat the movement and allowing you to create more clubhead speed.

I love this “Airplane Drill” because it helps you make a full shoulder turn and feel the rotation of both the upper and lower body both in the backswing and through impact to your finish.



To begin the forward motion, press down into to your lead foot and then rotate your hips on that forward leg and shoulders toward the target allowing your gloved hand to move down the target line and then to the left, finishing high above your head. Your trail shoulder will be lower than the gloved one. Your trail hand will now be pointing down to the ball. Welcome to impact. The majority of your weight should be on your forward foot, allowing you to turn around that leg and for your trail hip and foot to come forward in the rotation towards the target.

Gail Graham is an LPGA Teaching Professional at Esplanade Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida. She is a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member, 17-year veteran of the LPGA Tour and and 1997 Australian Masters champion. Reach her at [email protected]

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