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Watch care­fully dur­ing the next tour­na­ment on TV and you’ll see one rarely-men­tioned com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor – all elite play­ers watch the ball with level eyes at the fin­ish of the swing. It may seem a small thing, but fin­ish­ing with those eyes level helps you hit with your max­i­mum power, in bal­ance… and that means longer, straighter shots. It also helps you avoid in­jury. Here’s why.

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Club play­ers of­ten end up in this stilted po­si­tion at the fin­ish, eyes more ver­ti­cal. You can see how this sti­fles core ro­ta­tion, weight shift and power; any golfer who fin­ishes here can only hit the ball with their trail arm. It also pro­motes the dreaded “re­verse C” spine an­gle which puts strain on the back, es­pe­cially the lower spine.

UP AND OUT

In­stead, from an im­pact po­si­tion that broadly holds your set-up an­gles, work on that ‘up-and-out’ pro fol­low-through move that takes you to this full fin­ish, chest fac­ing the tar­get and eyes level.

MORE POWER, LESS STRAIN

As you prac­tise this move, sense how it al­lows you to punch your weight through and adds a full-blooded, com­mit­ted qual­ity to your through­swing. Note too how you feel bet­ter-bal­anced, with less stress down through your back; when you turn through to a level, high fin­ish there is no pres­sure on your spine… and that’s a crit­i­cal as­pect of your tech­nique.

TOP 50 TEACHER An­drew Mur­ray For­mer Eu­ro­pean Open cham­pion spe­cialises in one-on-one or group coach­ing and cor­po­rate golf events. an­drew­mur­ray­golf.com

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