It’s time to make some progress on your golf swing.
The latest “Troubles and Solutions” DVD is designed to help you further understand your golf swing. The purpose is to have you make comparisons and “check” your golf swing against the ideal model (Moe Norman’s single axis swing).
There are 5 Places to spot Trouble in your golf swing
Pic 1 & 1a
The Grip is the first place to check. How is your grip?
Remember – a good grip is a key to a good golf swing.
Trouble – if the grip is too strong (rotated too far to the right for right handers or left for left handers), the club head will be shut at impact. You will make compensations in your impact position/swing, etc.. to make up for this improper grip.
Check the V’s formed between the thumb and forefingers – are they pointed to the correct spots – Remember as discussed in past etips (many times) – fingers of lead hand, palm of trail hand, but more importantly – the shaft should line up with the lower part of the trail arm – which leads to:
Pic 2 & Pic 2a
Address position puts the club on the single plane.
How is your address position?
Check that the shaft of the club lines up with the lower part of your trail arm.
Trouble – when the lead arm is NOT above the trail arm (from down the line view). The lead arm SHOULD be above the trail arm at set up. If not, will many times cause the “over the top” or outside to in downswing.
And from a face on position – a straight line if formed from your lead shoulder to the club head. Check the angle of your shoulder’s at set up.
Trouble – they should not be flat – they should be at an angle (tilt) backwards. The lead shoulder should be above the trail shoulder at set up. If the shoulder’s are flat – most of the time, the lead arm will NOT be above the trail arm as described above.
This IS A SINGLE PLANE SET UP.
Pic 3 & 3a
The club shaft and club face should move on plane.
Is the shaft and club face on plane?
Note – the shaft of the “bisects” the trail bicep muscle in the backswing. Also note, the hips and shoulders ARE turning in the backswing.
Trouble – lack of hip or shoulder movement in backswing will typically cause a “steep” angle in the backswing and then an over the top (outside to in) downswing.
Note – the club face should have the same angle as the back of your lead hand at the top of the swing – also note, the lead hand/wrist is relatively flat at the top of the swing.
Pic 4. & 4a
Impact should return the club to the address plane.
How is your impact plane?
Notice at impact, feet are down, lead arm is DEFINITELY above the trail arm, shoulders, feet and knees are square (hips are OPEN) – this is “facing ball at impact”. This is proper impact position for a single axis swing.
Trouble – if the shoulders are open, feet are up, lead knee STRAIGHT – you have, or are, come over the top (outside to in) in your downswing.
Work on facing ball at impact position.
Pic 5 &5a
You should be stable through impact and into the finish.
How is your stability? Are your feet on the ground?
With a proper single axis “on plane” swing, stability should be produced through and past impact. Notice – feet are still down, KNEES ARE STILL FLEXED – including forward knee – the shaft of the club and trail arm form straight line – the hands ARE RELEASED.
Trouble – it is basically impossible to acquire this position if you have poor grip and/or poor set up and/or poor takeaway and/or poor impact position. Working on these positions and parts of the swing allow for proper and stable release and finish.
When you begin looking at your golf swing correctly, you will begin to find out how you can understand your troubles and begin to have the correct solutions to solve the problems.
Remember – Always Practice with a Purpose