Irons: Path fin­der

Use two canes to keep your action on-plane

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Use two canes to keep your action on-plane and im­prove con­sis­tency.

Fault: Miss­ing greens right or left Fix: Base your swing on your set-up shaft an­gle We can de­fine swing plane as the an­gle on which you swing the club. That an­gle is set by the pitch of the shaft at ad­dress. If you can keep the club mov­ing close to this an­gle through­out the swing, you’ll find an on-plane action and an ef­fec­tive, neu­tral swing path through im­pact. Two align­ment aids are all you need to train this on­line action.

Check­point 1: Set-up

Take your 7-iron and ad­dress the ball. Take note of its shaft po­si­tion, and get a feel for how your swing would work around this an­gle. Place two canes be­hind you on the same pitch – in­side and out­side the ball – to frame this an­gle.

Check­point 3: De­liv­ery

Con­tinue to the top, still in slow mo­tion, and swing down un­til your hands reach hip height. Again, pause and check your po­si­tion; as be­fore, the shaft should feel it is between the two canes, mov­ing down through your power chan­nel.

Check­point 2: Half­way back

Swing the club back slowly through that cane gate­way. Stop when your lead arm reaches hor­i­zon­tal and check the shaft’s an­gle broadly matches those of the canes. Pic­ture the canes as a power chan­nel within which you need the club to move.

Check­point 4: Im­pact

Fi­nally, move down to im­pact. Ide­ally your shaft will be as close as pos­si­ble to its set-up an­gle. When you go at full speed, swing forces will com­pro­mise this, but it’s a sound goal to have. Achieve it and you’ll find a strong, neu­tral path through the ball.

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