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I’m trying to simplify my swing so it’s as easy to repeat as possible. The closer you can get everything to neutral and the fewer moving parts you have, the more margin for error you have if your timing is a bit off. A more stable swing will hold up better under pressure too.
The two main things I think about are the line of the clubhead on my takeaway and a good rotation that keeps my arms and body connected and in sync throughout the swing. Here’s how I work on them.
Stand ‘on top of your legs’ at address
A big key for me at address is standing to the ball properly in terms of my body position. My coach would describe it as ‘being on top of my legs’. I can get my weight and angles a little bit into my right side so I focus on getting centred and balanced over a really solid base. Then I get the basics right – the ball just inside my left heel, the shaft close to vertical and my shoulders tilting up.
Arms and body working in sync
If I’ve rotated well into the right side and kept my body and arms connected in the backswing, I find it a lot easier to keep them working together in sync in the downswing. Most of my bad shots come from a tendency to get ahead of it so my arms and club have to catch up with my body rotation. I want it all to match so the body, arms and club naturally get to the ball together.
Stay connected in the takeaway
I’m looking to bring my arms back on a good line in the takeaway. My bad tendency is for my hands to go away from me a bit and get outside the line so I try to keep them on a neutral path so the club is on plane when I start my rotation. It’s all about getting the right feeling for me, but that will be slightly different for every player depending on your body and tendencies.
Higher flight is a sign of a pure strike
I like to feel like I have a very square clubface through impact; the synchronisation in the downswing helps keep the face squarer for longer. When I’m playing well, my ball flight is always higher because I’m maintaining the loft at impact rather than closing the face as my hands catch up. I like to see the ball going a little bit from leftto-right because it shows me what I’m working on is working well.