STORE POWER IN A NEUTRAL POSITION
Don’t rush the backswing
I’m never in a rush and I let the backswing develop. It’s like a spring. It’s still going to uncoil with power, irrespective of how quickly you create that tension in the backswing. A smoother backswing helps store power with control .
FEEL HEAVY OVER THE BALL
I like to feel like there’s a little pressure in my left foot – maybe 55% of my weight – when I set up with an iron. I also like to feel like I’m very heavy through my feet and trying to grip the ground with my toes. This helps me to stay more centred over the ball and keep my head still as I turn. If my weight is 50-50 and I feel light through my feet then I can sway off the ball a little bit, which reduces my power and consistency.
Match your angles
I like my left arm, shoulder angle, left wrist and the clubface all matching at the top. From here, I can just rotate through the ball. If my left arm gets too high, I need to wait for it to drop into the delivery area. If you don’t match, you need to manipulate.
From the turf up
If you think ‘hit’ from the top, the upper body moves first and you cast the club over the top, outside the neutral plane. It can lead to a slice. The downswing starts from the ground up so the club stays on a neutral plane and you have an inside ‘attack’.
28 Golf World March 2018