TIPS AND INSTRUCTION ON FULL SWING
BEST TIP: It's like throwing a frisbee with your left
Strive for a "one-piece" takeaway. Move shoulders with arms and
hands. Extend left arm.
Take club back low and slow.
Let your body start the backward movement of arms and club.
On backswing, coil with your shoulders first, then hips.
On takeaway, when club is halfway back, shaft should be lined
up with toes, and right arm should be a little higher than left arm.
At top of backswing, keep weight on inside of right foot.
Feel "lazy" at top of backswing to promote the right tempo.
On backswing, keep arms in front of your chest. Make
sure left arm stays with your chest on downswing. If
arms go slack on downswing, club will fall behind,
producing weak pushes or slices.
Drop arms into downswing by gravity alone.
On downswing, right elbow should lead right arm to
On downswing, pull rather than push the club along
the swing plane.
Start downswing by transferring weight to left foot and
by moving body toward target.
On downswing, chest leads arms to create pulling action. It's
like throwing a frisbee with your left arm. Forget the hips on
downswing. Level rotation of chest squares clubface without
conscious forearm rotation or wrist-flipping.
On downswing, try to keep shaft at 90 degree angle when arms
On downswing, keep the hinge in your right hand as long as you
Left side should start the downswing and right side does the
On downswing, let right elbow fall to right side to keep ball
Make a shallow approach to the ball. For shallow, inside-out
swings, start downswing with body.
Proper sequence on downswing is shift weight, rotate hips,
release hands and arms.
Hands should be in front of ball at impact on all fairway shots.
Think about swinging only the handle of the club to get a
smoother swing motion.
Keep height level and left arm straight throughout swing.
Maintain flex in right knee throughout swing.
Keep arms and shoulders loose throughout swing. It generates
extension and speed.
To help square clubface, try to touch your left forearm with your
right forearm at impact.
Keep clubhead moving along target line.
Keep your elbows together throughout the swing.
Keep spine angle (the forward bend) constant throughout swing.
Divots should point toward target.
keep head and body behind ball throughout swing.
Hit with 80% of power.
When in doubt, use more club.
Point your chin at a spot just behind the ball throughout the
To get correct feel for swing, practice with right foot drawn back
and flared to the right.
Swing path controls the direction of ball flight. An open or closed
face controls fades or draws.
Accelerate through shot.
Make sure left shoulder and arm are in the same position at
impact as they are at address.
Keep body behind ball to prevent "skyed" shots.
Move the ball with the clubhead, not your body.
Drill to promote correct feel: Freeze midway into downswing and
make sure that handle of club points to target line, right arm is
pressed against side of chest and shoulders are lined up to
right of target.
Keep both feet flat on ground longer throughout swing for better
Control shot with speed at which you unwind your body, not with
hands and arms.
|Keep Right Elbow in Front of Right Hand for Proper Approach
There are many misconceptions about the role of the arms in the golf swing, and I have a simple key
that helps eliminate confusion in the mind of most players. Keep the right elbow in front of the right
hand in the early stages of the downswing.
This method keeps the right shoulder back and assures that the clubhead approaches the ball from
inside the target line. When the right hand gets ahead of the elbow too soon, it means the clubhead
will approach the ball from outside-to-inside, resulting in a pull or pull slice. This takes a little
practice, but it will help, if you will take the time to perfect it.
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