Clap for ac­cu­racy

Feel how to limit fore­arm ro­ta­tion and de­liver a square club­face

Golf Australia - - THE WANDERING GOLFER -

AD­DRESS PALMS FAC­ING

With the fo­cus on ro­ta­tion in the golf swing, it’s easy to overdo ro­ta­tion in the hands and for­erarms. To feel a more e ec­tive move, leave the club to one side. Take your reg­u­lar set-up but leave your hands an inch or so apart, palms fac­ing.

DOWNSWING OVERCOOKED RO­TA­TION

With that in­ten­tion – which par­al­lels the ideal de­liv­ery of the club­face – the no­tion of rolling the fore­arm open is alien. Yet this is the mo­tion many club golfers make in a mis­guided quest for ro­ta­tion.

AT THE TOP PALMS ‘CON­NECTED’

Now make a back­swing with your trail hand and arm only; leave your lead or gloved hand in its ad­dress po­si­tion. As you swing the arm back, main­tain an in­ten­tion that you will bring the hand back down to ‘clap’ the lead hand.

IM­PACT SMACK THE GLOVE

Now swing the trail hand back down to clap the gloved hand. Re­peat this drill a few times to feel how the trail palm feels “con­nected” to the lead palm through­out its jour­ney. Fi­nally take a club and look to feel the same trail arm ro­ta­tion.

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