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How a couple of pebbles can stop you slicing
Fault: Looping the club outside the line Fix: Use two stones to reverse the loop
With logic suggesting that an inside backswing path will promote an inside attack path, the typical move to defeat an over-the-top delivery sees the club golfer whip the club back inside the line. However, it doesn’t always work that way. With this overly inside path the club tends to lift straight up to complete the backswing – causing a loop which takes the club outside the line and promotes that slice. The key to defeating that out-to-in path is to reverse the loop. Let me show you how two stones from the garden can help.
Swing down over the inner stone Room created Loop reversal This drill – back over the outer stone, down over the inner one – works by reversing the inside-and-over-the-top loop trap so many slicers fall into. While it sounds simple, don’t expect instant success – it takes time to change the shape of your swing. As you swing the club, you will be able to see the stones in your peripheral vision. Make it your goal to deliver the club over the inside stone. Don’t worry too much where the ball goes; this is more about training a new path. That straighter takeaway created by the outer stone sets upa more upright plane to your backswing, as well as a strong, wide arc. This creates the room for you to drop the club onto a shallower plane, encouraging that inside attack path.
Set in stone Position the first stone 12-18 inches behind the ball on an extension of your ball-to-target line. Put the second one 6 inches inside it. Take your 6-iron and adopt your regular stance.
Swing back over outer stone Swing the club back over the first, outer stone. If you are prone to whipping the club back inside, this move takes the club back on a much straighter path that will feel odd at first. But persevere.
TG TOP 50 LEE SCARBROW JOHN O’GAUNT GC, BEDS John Jacobs Teaching Award winner, coaches Jamie Rutherford & Hannah Burke