THE TRI­AN­GLE OF TRUTH

Golf Australia - - CONTENTS - BY THE SWING DOC­TOR | GOLF AUS­TRALIA’S R ESIDENT SWING T HERAPIST

Get into the ideal po­si­tion at the top of your back­swing like Hen­rik Sten­son.

THE tri­an­gle of truth … no it’s not some sort of su­per­hero de­vice for con­fes­sions. It is, in fact, the ideal top of the back­swing po­si­tion that leads to pure, true ball-strik­ing.

Here we can see the tri­an­gle as formed by Hen­rik Sten­son.

Now, some an­a­lysts might look at this im­age and sug­gest Sten­son has a slight fly­ing right el­bow – where the right el­bow sep­a­rates from the torso and points to the ground be­hind his body. Even Sten­son’s coach, Pete Cowan, ad­mits his charge lets his right el­bow fly a lit­tle bit, but his next move into the down­swing sees the el­bow dropped in to­wards the hip.

Sten­son’s swing plane ac­tu­ally mir­rors the an­gle of his shoul­der plane so he’s in a good po­si­tion.

All the great ball-strik­ers – no mat­ter what their swing plane is … steep, flat and ev­ery­where in be­tween – have the same thing in com­mon. His el­bows are level at the top of his back­swing.

If the right el­bow was higher (or fly­ing well right) than his left, the swing might then come over the top down into the ball. If the right el­bow was vis­i­bly lower than the left, the swing plane would be too flat.

Level el­bows = solid ball strikes.

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