TRAN­SI­TION LIKE THE PROS

Elim­i­nate your slice and gain power.

New Zealand Golf Magazine - - CONTENTS -

James Lough­nane on elim­i­nat­ing slice and gain­ing power.

There is great ex­cite­ment in the

golf­ing world at the mo­ment as Tiger claws his way back up the world rank­ings. The re­cent US PGA championship was an ex­cit­ing and dra­matic spec­ta­cle. The power that the top play­ers dis­play is mind-bog­gling! De­spite tremen­dous dif­fer­ences in physique, tem­per­a­ment and tech­nique the top play­ers do have a num­ber of com­mon el­e­ments. They don’t all fol­low the same route to the top of the swing, but they gen­er­ally demon­strate the same char­ac­ter­is­tics in tran­si­tion.

If you are look­ing for more power in your game or if you would like to elim­i­nate a wicked slice, then im­prov­ing your tran­si­tion could be the key.

↑ 02: The key is to start the down­swing by ex­ert­ing pres­sure on the ball of the left foot. I have used the anal­ogy be­fore of have a soft drink can un­der your left foot. You want to feel as though you start your down­swing by ‘squash­ing’ the can.

↑ 01: The ob­ject of the back­swing is to wind up and pro­duce power that we will be able to un­leash through the ball. Here I am at the top of the swing with a nice full shoul­der turn. No­tice how my back now faces the tar­get. If you cant quite get here, don’t be shy to let your left heel lift a lit­tle. That will al­low you to make a big­ger hip turn which fa­cil­i­tates a big­ger shoul­der turn.

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