Everyone chooses their own path, one is good & one is bad
JUST LIKE IN LIFE, IN GOLF WE HAVE A PATH TO CHOOSE. ONE MAKES THINGS EASY, THE OTHER HARD.
Staying on the right path requires
discipline to become habit, but in the end you will be rewarded. The other path is reckless, and causes grief and frustration.
The clubhead does not follow the same path back and through during the golf swing. With all of the turning and twisting the body does this would be impossible to achieve consistently and not to mention, counterproductive. Like it or not the the clubhead is going to make a loop during your swing. You are either going to make a loop that travels out on the backswing and in on the through swing or the opposite– in on the backswing and out on the through swing.
The two paths achieve far different results. The most popular choice made by amateurs is shown in the first image. That is the path that goes IN on the backswing and OUT on the through swing. This is the classic, “Over the Top” move that tortures so many golfers.
If you are one of those who have their clubhead inside your toes when the shaft is parallel to the ground on the backswing, then from this point on the rest of your golf swing is a recovery mission. Meaning you will have to do something wrong to try and correct something that is already wrong. That is a bad recipe for success. From this position your body will begin its process of trying to make compensations for the faulty swing path. Because the clubhead is “stuck” behind you at this point your arms will begin to lift the club in an attempt to re-route the path. This will result in the club coming into the ball from the outside. And that’s how you get the over the top move. Many golfers have this move but they don’t understand how they do it and more importantly, how to fix it.
When the club comes over the top it creates so many problems that I can’t discuss them in a short article. Each person who hits from over the top has their own unique set of issues. Some will hit snap hooks. Some will hit pull-slices. Some constantly hit the ball off the toe. The possibilities are almost endless. One thing is for sure, you’re going to compromise contact, consistency, distance, accuracy and confidence.
The proper path shown in the 2nd image puts you in a position I call the, “Pro Position.” This is the position that almost every tour pro is in at this point in their swing. This position allows you to think less about what needs to happen on the through swing. This position will help you develop consistent contact, power, accuracy and confidence.
If you get into,“The Pro Position” (the club equal to or just outside your hands when the shaft is parallel to the ground during your backswing) you have already done most of the work to get the club on a terrific path, then, without much effort on your part the club head will come into the ball on a nice inside path and you’ll hit the ball closer to your target. By choosing this option you will begin to play more instinctively, instead of having doubts and fears running around your mind mid swing.
So, make a good choice, choose the proper path on the backswing. Let’s make this hard game as easy as possible.
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