When it comes to golf instruction, I firmly believe that every golfer is in need of advice specifically intended to help their individual swing. No two golfers are the same, thus, no two golf swings will be the same. That being said, there are several common swing flaws, each with a simple fix, that I see every day on the driving range. While reading this article, please keep in mind the following quote: â??If it isnâ??t broken, donâ??t fix it!â?
Flaw 1: Loss of Spine Angle
As pictured below, the angle of your spine should remain fairly constant during the golf swing.
Most over the top swings that I see occur in part because the spine angle shifts towards the target in transition, which will start your club outside the proper swing path on your downswing. If the opposite occurs and your spine angle falls back in your transition, the result is usually a block, fat or thin shot.
Fix for Flaw 1: Feet Together Drill
Try hitting balls on the range with your feet together. Having your feet together narrows your base and prevents you from being able to slide your weight drastically from one foot to the other during your swing. If you lose your spine angle, you will not be able to follow through without moving your feet to prevent yourself from falling over. Practice this drill with any club and about a 70% swing and you will see a great improvement in ball flight consistency and balance.
Flaw 2: Breaking the Left Wrist at Impact
(Flipping the wrists)
At impact, the left wrist should remain flat. Often times players will â??flipâ? their wrists by breaking down the left wrist to help get the ball airborne. The result is usually a mishit shot or a hook.
Fix for Flaw 2: Left Arm Parallel/Shaft Parallel Drill
In order to hit solid shots consistently, the left wrist must remain flat at impact and the club must strike the ball as it is travelling downward (with an iron). This results in the compression of the golf ball, which will produce a longer, straighter golf shot. A great drill to work on compression is what I call the Left Arm Parallel/Shaft Parallel Drill. Take your normal set-up with a 7 iron (stance width, ball position, grip, etc.) and make a backswing only until your left arm (for righthanded golfers) is parallel to the ground. Use your core to pull your arms and club through impact and only follow through until the shaft of your club is parallel to the ground. This drill will force you to hit down on the ball more and control your swing with your bodyâ??s rotation, thus helping relieve you of the flipping of the wrists.
Flaw 3: Reverse Pivot
The reverse pivot occurs when a playerâ??s weight transfers to their front foot in their backswing and then to their back foot in their follow through. A lot of players that fall victim to the reverse pivot also possess what I refer to as a â??fake follow through.â? A fake follow through is when a player finishes his swing with his back foot planted on the ground, then, long after the ball has left the clubface, raises the heel on his rear foot into a traditional follow through position.
Fix for Flaw 3: Step-through Drill
The step-through drill is very simple. Take your normal stance and set-up and focus on transferring your weight onto your back foot in your backswing. As you transition the club, push off your back foot to transfer your weight and finish your swing by stepping your back foot over your front foot. If you are like most reverse pivot players, it will take you several attempts at this drill before you feel comfortable and hit some solid shots.
All of these drills will help you improve contact and consistency, which in turn will improve your distance and accuracy. For a more specific practice drill for your swing, please consult with your local PGA Professional.
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Author Bio:Â Colby Wolitz is a certified teaching professional and is currently the assistant pro at Hunting Creek Country Club in Louisville, Kentucky.