Ev­ery­one chooses their own path, one is good & one is bad


New Zealand Golf Magazine - - PGA OF NZ -

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.

If you want help im­prov­ing your game come see me at the In­sti­tute of Golf.

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