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Golf World (UK) - - CONTENTS - AN­DREW ‘BEEF’ JOHN­STON

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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.

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