New Zealand Golf Magazine

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Generally we play our best when we keep things nice and simple. Simplicity of movement is only possible when you have a clear understand­ing or ‘picture’ of what you are trying to do.

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James Loughnane gives a simple but effective drill to improve your ball striking.

On a daily basis I see golfers trying to correct their downswings with a quick fix or gimmick. I have golfers telling me that they want to roll their wrists or swing from in to out. Whilst there may be some truth in what they say, more often than not these are just last ditch efforts to save the shot. Hank Haney once said, “if you want a good downswing – then make sure you have a good backswing.” I tend to agree with Hank! A good golf swing is a chain reaction – one good move leads to another. If you want to really improve your ball striking then try this drill.

This is a fantastic drill to do at home. Try doing this drill for just five minutes a day. It will make a huge difference to your ball striking!

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01: Take an alignment rod and push it into the end of your club. Now take your normal address position. It may feel a little odd at first with the rod resting on your lead hip at address. Now simply put, throughout the backswing one end of the club...
01 01: Take an alignment rod and push it into the end of your club. Now take your normal address position. It may feel a little odd at first with the rod resting on your lead hip at address. Now simply put, throughout the backswing one end of the club...
 ??  ?? 03: At the halfway point, the butt end of the club points at the target line.
03: At the halfway point, the butt end of the club points at the target line.
 ??  ?? 04: At the top of the swing, the butt end of the club still points at the target line albeit further along it.
04: At the top of the swing, the butt end of the club still points at the target line albeit further along it.
 ??  ?? 02 02: As we move the club away the clubhead points at the target line.
02 02: As we move the club away the clubhead points at the target line.

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