Drills to cure swing faults?

Drills to cure swing faults?

Post by Richa » Wed, 10 Sep 2003 02:19:41


I recently studied some video of my swing action (following a couple
of disastrous rounds at my local course) and found two major things
that I'm sruggling to correct.

I'd appreciate any hints and tips on drills to help cure these faults.

First is an overswing on the backswing.  I'm quite flexible and even
when I do what *feels* like 3/4 turn the clubhead goes about 20
degrees past horizontal on the backswing.  My wife suggested I fit a
metal spike on the club to dig me in the shoulder if I turn too far
but I thought that was a bit drastic - any alternative suggestions?

Second, I set up in an "athletic" stance - straight back, flexed
knees, relaxed shoulders.  All the angles seem consistent at the top
of my backswing.  When I get to impact, however, my shoulders are
hunched up, my legs have straightened, my hips are forward and my
heels are coming off the ground. Altogether I seem to be straightening
up, tilting the head away from the ball and the plane of the club is
slightly steeper.  I've tried to correct by feeling that I stay flexed
and "low" through the swing.  This has improved things somewhat, but
I'm still doing it to some degree.  What can I do to ingrain a
consistent set of knee/spine/shoulder angles through the swing.

I reckon if I could fix these I'd be on my way to some better control
of the ball, particularly with the woods.

 
 
 

Drills to cure swing faults?

Post by Miss Anne Thro » Wed, 10 Sep 2003 06:31:00

A golfer using an "athletic stance".....................that's funny.
Wouldn't an idiotic stance work better for golf?

 
 
 

Drills to cure swing faults?

Post by Mike Daleck » Wed, 10 Sep 2003 08:58:26

Quote:

> I recently studied some video of my swing action (following a couple
> of disastrous rounds at my local course) and found two major things
> that I'm sruggling to correct.

> I'd appreciate any hints and tips on drills to help cure these faults.

> First is an overswing on the backswing.  I'm quite flexible and even
> when I do what *feels* like 3/4 turn the clubhead goes about 20
> degrees past horizontal on the backswing.  My wife suggested I fit a
> metal spike on the club to dig me in the shoulder if I turn too far
> but I thought that was a bit drastic - any alternative suggestions?

Why are you assuming there's an overswing?  Have you ever seen John
Daly?  

If you're still feeling it's too far, then what about trying a
half-swing?  

I have a drill where I use headcovers (cut off the necks) under each arm
during the swing.  During the entire swing, they must not drop out, even
at the finish.  This encourages a good turn for me, a better release,
and keeps my arms in where they remain connected to the body during the
swing.

I'm wondering if a headcover under the right arm might teach you to
restrict that swing.  (BTW, you could take a small hand towel or big
washcloth and get a similar feel to a headcover w/o destroying a
headcover :).

Quote:
> Second, I set up in an "athletic" stance - straight back, flexed
> knees, relaxed shoulders.  All the angles seem consistent at the top
> of my backswing.  When I get to impact, however, my shoulders are
> hunched up, my legs have straightened, my hips are forward and my
> heels are coming off the ground. Altogether I seem to be straightening
> up, tilting the head away from the ball and the plane of the club is
> slightly steeper.  I've tried to correct by feeling that I stay flexed
> and "low" through the swing.  This has improved things somewhat, but
> I'm still doing it to some degree.  What can I do to ingrain a
> consistent set of knee/spine/shoulder angles through the swing.

One of my swing flaws is a tendency to "stand up" during the downswing.
My pro taught me to feel my setup stance in the small of my back; I have
to retain that feel throughout the swing.  My setup is akin to getting
ready to sit down on a stool:  ***out a bit, arms*** straight
down.  By maintaining that lower-back feel, I have an easier time
maintaining my posture during the swing, which is the number-one key I
have.

Both of the above are just ideas.  I'm not a pro, nor a teacher, but it
sounds a bit like me (except for the overswing at the top :).

Mike

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