It is always interesting to talk to our students after the schools. Often we get a common response from the student(s) – they come to the school expecting to have “Big Things” to work on in their swing and it really comes down to what they consider the “Little Things”.
The issue is what they consider “Little Things” cause major issues in the golf swing. These issues when “incorrect” can quite often lead to a series of compensations in the golf swing that may seem to be the “Big Things”.
Let’s talk about a few of “The Little Things”:
1. Face Angle.
Having a square face to the target at set up is CRITICAL. This is something you need to check every time you practice. In fact, I check every shot I hit during practice. It is relatively simple using the Alignment and Ball Position trainer with a yard stick.
Most students we see error having an open club face. With an open club face, you will hit the ball right with a “glancing blow”. To make up for this, most will not square the face at set up (since they don’t know they have a problem), but rather pull their lead shoulder out causing a outside to in (across the ball) path to try and square the face.
In other words, a “little thing” – not squaring the face at impact can cause a BIG problem – an outside to in path.
2. Distance to the Ball
Having the proper distance to the ball is CRITICAL for a proper swing. It allows for the proper spine tilt at set up which allows for the proper movement of the club on the single plane.
Too close to the ball will cause you to stand to upright, not allowing the club to swing “under you”, but rather “around you”.
In other words, too close to the ball will cause you to come across the shot (or outside to in) and for many a “too steep” swing.
The “little thing” – distance to the ball – easy to check, can check often… can cause a BIG problem – improper spine tilt, which doesn’t allow the club to run through the pivot point throughout the swing. Inconsistent results and typically an outside to in path.
3. Stance Width
Having proper stance width is CRITICAL for a good balanced swing. It allows for balance and speed production. Without this balance golfers have difficulty getting the club in proper positions in the swing. Many times causing a “reverse pivot”, “early release / casting” in the golf swing, etc..
The “little thing” – stance width (too narrow a stance) can cause BIG problems leading to loss of balance, loss of distance, reverse pivot, etc..
Would recommend taking some advice from your fellow student(s) – look at the “little things”…
Typically fixing the “little things” will affect and fix what most consider the BIG issues of the golf swing – or at least give you a better chance to fix those issues.