For most players, extra head movement during the swing is a nuisance. It can result in inconsistent contact, and quite often lead to fat shots. The players on tour that get away with extra head movement, like Jim Furyk, get away with it because they are able to maintain a consistent spine angle throughout their swing. This type of swing is not something that can be taught, it takes years to perfect. So with that in mind, a simple, repeatable swing that maintains a consistent spine angle is the best approach to improving consistency and ball contact. The easiest way to maintain your spine angle is to reduce your head movement – this drill will help you achieve this.
This drill is simple enough to perform… you don’t even need a club. Face a wall, and get setup in your address position. Cross your arms across your chest, and move towards the wall until your head is making contact with it. Next, start back as if you were performing a swing – at the top of your backswing – hold the position… your head should still be in contact with the wall. Next, follow-through, focus on keeping your head touching the wall until after impact.
This simple drill will help you steady your head, and feel what a stable spine angle is like. With some practice, you shouldn’t have any issues with fat shots anymore. Give it a try.
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If you’re one of those players who often hits thin, topped, skulled, fat or even shots off the heel, bottom groove or toe of the club, your spine angle is likely to blame for your inconsistency. Truth be told, the age old adage of “not looking up” isn’t necessary if you can retain your spine angle – case and point, Annika Sorenstam’s swing.
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Do you suffer from fat or thin shots on those tight fairway lies? Do you dread those 50 yard shots to the green off a wet lie? Do you suffer from inconsistent ball contact? If so, this drill is for you… Read More →
The constant talk about the secrets of the pro’s has always given me a bit of a laugh. First of all, the golf swing is no secret, nor is anything the pro’s can do with their swings. The secret is actual being able to perform the moves we all talk about. For example, creating lag; more than half the golfing population still cannot perform properly. Therefore it must be something else, something the pro’s know that you don’t — right? Wrong!
Understanding the proper movements is only the start of the battle, being able to perform them correctly is the real fight. This drill will help you to create more lag by encouraging a downward blow into impact. Also in the process, being able to perform it correctly will drastically reduce your chances of hooking the ball or hitting it fat. Start by spray painting a line on your range (ask the superintendent beforehand), and place balls along it and start swinging as shown in the picture. Pay specific attention to your divots.
One sure fire sign a pro is creating lag is their divots. Your divot gives you many clues into your angle of approach. Your angle of approach will determine your solidness of contact, trajectory, and most importantly spin rate. Ever wonder why professionals can spin back a seven iron and you can’t? It’s not a magic move, it’s just physics. To start hitting the ball like the pro’s you need to learn how to create lag.
If you are creating lag properly, you should have a rather shallow divot that starts after the ball. Take a look at the video below and see for yourself. You will notice that the divot starts ahead of where the ball began. If your divots start behind the ball, you are not retaining your wrist cock long enough. In other word, you are casting and losing a lot of power. Casting can commonly lead to fat shots and hooks.
If you suffer from a lack of distance, and routinely hit heavy and hooked shots, give this drill a try.
Based on the poll I recently set up, it seems slicing is the number one problem of my readers, followed closely by fat shots. This is in interesting trend. A poor swing path can cause both of these problems. Read More →
When you watch golf professionals live or on TV, what’s one thing you notice more than anything?… They’re incredibly consistent. The key to consistency is creating a repeatable and dependable golf swing.
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As a kid, I heard the saying ‘hit down on the ball to make it get airborne’ many times. I’m sure many of you have heard it yourselves. The whole concept of hitting down on the ball was quite a difficult thing to understand. I’m sure that to this day many of you think that scooping your wrists is the best way to get the ball airborne. The truth is scooping your wrists creates inconsistency and a lack of distance.
After many years of teaching the game, I can relate to my students who have problems with this concept. They key to getting the ball airborne (not to mention, with spin) when using your irons is to trap it between the club and the ground at impact. The loft of the club will do the work getting the ball into the air.
To try and encourage more of a downward blow into impact, try this headcover drill. Place a headcover a foot or so back of your ball at address. Force yourself to make your swing a little more upright on the backswing and downswing, and you will get into a better position at impact.
You will learn very quickly what it takes to get your golf ball airborne with proper technique.
A stable base of support is needed in order to hit the ball with consistency. Yes, it’s true moving up and down during your swing is not helping you hit the ball straighter! The most common fault I see in golfers who do not have a stable lower body is too much knee flex. Ideally, you want your knees to be unlocked, not bent. Read More →