Driv­ing: Half mea­sures

Shorten your back­swing to gain power – and con­trol

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Shorten your back­swing to gain power – and con­trol.

Fault: Loss of con­trol, caused by over-swing­ing Fix: Prac­tise half-back­swings

Your back­swing is longer than you think. When­ever you feel you are stop­ping the back­ward move­ment of the club, mo­men­tum takes it on a foot or two fur­ther. This is why so many golfers over­swing, a sit­u­a­tion that sees the cru­cial con­nec­tion between the arms and body break down and con­trol of the club’s path lost. To over­come the over­swing, you need to stop the club sooner than you might think to com­plete your back­swing. Try this half­back­swing drill – you’ll be sur­prised at the re­sults.

Har­nessed power Get the rhythm of this shorter swing and you’ll sur­prise your­self how far you can hit the ball... and with how much con­trol. Go back to your reg­u­lar swing to see how long it feels. TG TOP 50 STEVE ASTLE MOR­LEY HAYES, DERBY Ad­vanced PGA Pro­fes­sional and Head of Coach­ing at East Mid­lands Golf Academy Solid at the top In re­al­ity the club will travel a lit­tle fur­ther, but you’ll still feel more solid, com­pact and bal­anced. Bet­ter arm/ body con­nec­tion helps you com­plete up­per body ro­ta­tion, back fac­ing tar­get. Lead arm par­al­lel Here’s a great lit­tle ex­er­cise – hit 10 driv­ers mak­ing noth­ing more than what you per­ceive to be a half-back­swing. Aim to swing back so your lead arm is no fur­ther than par­al­lel with the ground.

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